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On October 5, 1915, the 10th Irish Division and the 156th French Division landed at the port of Salonika, Greece. Their arrival was brought on by the combined attack of the Germans and Austro-Hungarians on Serbia. Such was the force of the attack, that it threatened the very existence of Serbia and the participation of Bulgaria only came to make matters worse for the Allied Forces. Despite their efforts, they could not prevent Serbia’s defeat.
That was the start of the Salonika Campaign, one of the lesser known but more interesting chapters of the Great War. Between 1916 and 1918, ferocious battles were fought along the Doiran Front by an Allied army of remarkable diversity – 6,000 men from six different nations: British, French, Greeks, Italians, Russians and Serbians.
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The Great War daily historical tour takes us to some of the most important battlefields, memorials and cemeteries around the region of Salonika and Northern Greece, as well as places associated with the support operations, which will provide us with a clear overview of the evolution and historical importance of the Salonika Campaign.
The tour visits both cities and the countryside and requires some walking. Among the highlights of the tour are:
08:30 Meeting and beginning of the tour from Thessaloniki.
09:30 Departure from Thessaloniki towards Sarigol (Kristoni).
11:15 Arrival in Doiran. Visit of the Allies’ and the Greek Memorials. View of the defense lines and the battlefields. After the visits, free time along the lakeshore for rest, coffee or some lunch (not included).
13:30 Arrival in Smol (Pefkodasos) to visit the Taxiarchon church.
14:30 Arrival in Karasouli (Polykastro) to visit the cemetery of the Clearing Station.
15:30 Arrival in Goumenissa, base of the French Army and visit to a local winery.
16:30 Arrival in Gefyra, place of the negotiations between the Greek commander Prince Constantine and the commander of the Ottoman forces Hasan Tahsin Pasha.
17:00 Return to Thessaloniki.