Thessaloniki (named after Alexander the Great’s sister) is 2400 years old. It is the 2nd biggest city of Greece with more than 1 million inhabitants. A number of tourist attractions are within easy reach of Thessaloniki: These include Mount Olympus (70 km from Thessaloniki), Vergina (at a driving distance of 40 minutes) and the UNESCO world heritage Mount Athos with 20 monasteries (at a ~2h driving distance, can only be visited by men).
Thessaloniki is directly connected to many European cities. Among others, we mention: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belgrade, Berlin, Bologna, Bordeaux, Bratislava, Bremen, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dortmund, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Goteborg, Hamburg, Istanbul, Karlsruhe, Kiev, Krakow, Lappeentranta, Larnaca, London, Malta, Manchester, Memmingen, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Naples, Nuremberg, Oslo, Paphos, Paris, Prague, Riga, Rome, Stockholm, Stuttgart, St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Vienna, Warsaw, Zurich, and a few others. Aegean/Olympic airlines is member of Star Alliance. Easyjet, Ryanair, Wizz also operate at Thessaloniki. The flight from Athens to Thessaloniki takes only 45 minutes.
The venue is a 5* hotel, Grand Hotel Palace.
A single room will cost <100 euros (on a BB basis). There is a plethora of 3* hotels at Thessaloniki with better prices.