City Sightseeing: Thessaloniki Hop-On, Hop-Off with Kerkini Lake

City Sightseeing: Thessaloniki Hop-On, Hop-Off with Kerkini Lake

Thessaloniki, Greece

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  • Discover Lake Kerkini, one of Greece's top 10 wetland habitats.
  • Observe over 300 bird species, including stunning flamingos and buffalos.
  • Enjoy the picturesque views of Mount Beles and the lush Serres valley.
  • Take a memorable boat ride through the National Park's scenic lake.
  • Both Printed/ Smartphone Voucher Accepted!


Visit the Lake Kerkini, nestled in the Lithotopos area, stands as one of Greece's top most valuable wetland habitats with the hop on hop off bus tour. Having around 300 bird species and rare animal species, this destination captivates nature enthusiasts. The striking presence of beautiful flamingos and majestic buffalos adds a special charm to this place. With the backdrop of Mount Beles and the verdant Serres valley, Lake Kerkini becomes a paradise for tourists who are nature lovers. The National Park offers an unforgettable boat ride through its serene lake. This experience provides an up-close encounter with the diverse wildlife inhabiting the region.


Kerkini Lake is an absolute stunning place created by building a dam, across a river called Kerkinitis. This makes a giant pool of water, surrounded by small mountains and flat areas. The lake changes its look throughout the year, and lots of different birds visit it during different seasons. When you visit Kerkini Lake, the first cool thing you will see is the dam. At the dam, if you are lucky, you might spot flamingos. Flamingos are these amazing birds that live by the lake all the time, and they are super pretty. Sometimes, their feathers give the water a pinkish hue.

At the dam, you can also do something really exciting - ride a horse! But, make sure to tell the tour organizers beforehand if you want to do this because there is an extra cost of €5 for a 20-minute ride. After that, it is time for a little break with a cup of coffee. Then, the adventure continues to the other side of the lake. Here, you will visit a farm where there are buffalos. You can walk around with them and learn interesting facts about these amazing creatures. Once you have had your buffalo experience, the journey takes you to a village called Vironia. This village has a long history, and you get to enjoy a tasty lunch in a Greek restaurant. What is really cool is that this particular restaurant is where a king and the Prime Minister signed an important agreement that made Greece bigger.

After a delicious meal, it is time to head back to the city of Thessaloniki. On the way back, you will pass by the west side of the lake, giving you one last chance to enjoy its beauty before returning to the city.

Hop-on Hop-off Thessaloniki
As a bonus, the ticket for this tour also includes a 1-day ticket for a special bus in Thessaloniki which is the Hop-on Hop-off Thessaloniki. This bus lets you explore the city easily, and you can get on and off as many times as you want. You will see all the famous places like the White Tower and Ano Poli.

The Thessaloniki trip is like a day full of exciting things - from seeing flamingos and riding horses to walking with buffalos and exploring a historic village. Plus, you get to use a special bus to discover more about the city of Thessaloniki. It is a fantastic adventure packed into one amazing package!


Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour:
First Departure: 10:00am
Last Departure: 04:00pm (April, May, Oct) | 06:00pm (Jun to Sep) | 02:00pm (Nov)
Frequency: 75 minutes
Full Loop: 30 minutes (120 minutes in November)
First Stop: White Tower, Thessaloniki, 546 21, Greece
(Please check calender to know about the availability)
Kerkini Lake Tour:
Departure Time: 08:00am (From April - October)
Duration: (Approx.) 8 hours.
Departure Point: “Statue of Venizelos” on Aristotelous Square & Egnatia Street.
(Please check the calendar to know about availability)


  • 24-Hours Hop-On, Hop-Off Ticket
  • 1-Day Tour to the stunning Kerkini Lake on a Luxury Bus
  • Stops near the major sights
  • Multilingual Audioguide (English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Hebrew, Russian, Greek, Turkish, Bulgarian, Serbian, Romanian.)


  • Boat Ride
  • Meals
  • Any service that is not mentioned

Redemption Info

You can board the bus at any stop and voucher can be exchanged directly with the driver.
Paper Vouchers: Can be redeemed on the bus at any stop along the route.
Mobile Vouchers: Must redeemed at stop 1, Lefkós Pýrgos (White Tower of Thessaloniki)
You will receive a ticket in exchange for your voucher, which you must keep until the expiry date/ tour.
Please check your ticket to know when it expires.
After exchanging your voucher for a ticket, your voucher will no longer be valid.
In loss of voucher/ticket, company is not liable for any refund.
Flexible Ticket: Book Now! You can use your ticket any day within month.
Operational Update: Stop 3 and stop 8 are currently out of service. The Agia Sofia Church is within walking distance of stop 6.

Know Before You Go

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes (There is access for wheelchairs and baby strollers and inside the buses there's space for storage as well.)
Onboard Wi-Fi: Please ask bus staff for further details
Pets Allowed: No
Infants can travel free and you do not require to book infant ticket.
Multiday tickets can only be used on consecutive days.
Customers will see and meet the City Sightseeing Thessaloniki staff in or outside of the buses and at the departure/ arrival point Lefkos Pyrgos. 
Guests are reminded to exchange their purchased ticket for their tour ticket with the City Sightseeing staff at Lefkos Pyrgos or the bus driver upon boarding the buses. Please make sure there is the correct City Sightseeing company applicable to your voucher when boarding. 
The tour operates with double-decker buses with a capacity of 70 - 82 passengers.
Complimentary ear phones are provided, or you are welcome to use your own wired earphones with a jack connector
Tours operate in all weather, rain or shine. Refunds due to weather will not be granted unless the service is suspended as a result of weather.
Disclaimer: Due to traffic issues, public holidays, weather conditions, and unforeseen circumstances, there might be sudden changes in the route or on the schedule. Traffic congestion and road closures - may cause delays, reduced frequency and changes to the route. We’ll do all we can to provide a smooth and frequent service! No refund will be offered for any changes or cancelations due to any unforeseen circumstances.

Kerkini Lake Tour:
Tours run every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from April 1st until October 31st.
The tour starts at 8:00 from the “Statue of Venizelos” on Aristotelous Square & Egnatia Street
Audioguide Languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Hebrew, Russian, Greek, Turkish, Bulgarian, Serbian, Romanian.
The bus is not currently running to Ano Poli due to roadworks in the old city centre, but it is only a 15-minute walk from stop 2 and we strongly recommend Ano Poli as a fascinating place to visit.
The date selected at time of booking will be the date of the Day Tour element, and cannot be changed unless the customer calls the local number to check alternative availability. 
When you have arrived in Thessaloniki, you call ahead to reconfirm your booking details with Thessaloniki HOHO (Tsokas Travel) on +30 6936556285. Failure to do so, may result in the tour being delayed on the day.

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Cancellation Policy

No Cancellation Charges up to 24 hours before the chosen travel date. 100% cancellation fee applied within 24 hours of travel date.

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