• Duration: 11 hours
  • Easy
  • eTicket

  • Pick up available
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Description

Live a unique experience with the summer breeze that travels you while being on board to Mount Athos. During the cruise, you can admire eight of the twenty Holy Monasteries of Mt. Athos, situated in the west coast of the peninsula of Athos, in Sithonia bay. 

The cruise continues to the beautiful island of Ammouliani; the unique inhabited island in Chalkidiki very popular for the crystal-blue water of the sea and the white sand beaches, all of them awarded with the blue flag certification.

Highlights:

  • Ouranoupoli
  • Cruise to Mt. Athos
  • Every Tuesday: Ammouliani island
  • Every Thursday: Alykes beach (in Ammouliani island)
  • Every Sunday: Swimming & Barbeque in Vourvourou, Drenia and Ammouliani

Please note that this tour offers pick up and drop off service from designated pick up points in Thessaloniki. Simply select the pick up point that is closer to your accommodation from the list and our driver will be on his way! Pick up time will be displayed on your ticket, which you will receive after the booking.

Itinerary

Start the tour.

We depart to Ouranoupoli along with our friendly trip attendant-archaeologist,

‣ at 08:00 from the White Tower,

‣ at 08:05 from the hotel Makedonia Palace,

‣ at 08:15 from Aristotelous Square & Egnatia Street (at the statue of Venizelos),

‣ at 08:20 from hotel Capsis and

‣ at 08:25 from The Met Hotel

The distance is 140km and lasts approximately 2 ½ hours.

Once in Ouranoupolis...

We reach Ouranoupoli at around 11:00a.m, in front of the Byzantine Tower of Prosforion; a trademark of the city, and we board the ship for the enchanting cruise* around Mount Athos. 

Mt. Athos is an independent monastic state with a history of more than 1.100 years old and nowadays consists of 20 monasteries where among them there is one Russian, one Serbian and one Bulgarian. It’s an absolute experience that you can’t miss!

While cruising...

During the cruise through the west coast of Mt. Athos, we have the chance to see from a short distance and in turn, the ports (tarsanades) of the Holy Monasteries of Hilandar and Konstamonitou, the colorful Monastery of Docheiariou, the nearby Monastery of Xenophontos, the renovated Holy Monastery of Saint Panteleimon’s – the Russian monastery – the Holy Monastery of Xeropotamou, the main harbor of Mount Athos called Daphne, the impressive Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras (or Simonopetra) and the Holy Monasteries of Hosios (Saint) Grigorios, Dionysios and Agios (Saint) Pavlos (Saint Paul’s), scattered along the verdant western coastline of the Mount Athos peninsula. 

Lastly, we can see the skete of Agia Anna (Saint Anne’s skete), just below the imposing Mount Athos, which stands magnificent at 2.000m above sea level.

The schedule for each day:

EVERY TUESDAY*: We visit the small island of Ammouliani, where we have free time to enjoy our swim in the emerald sea and to taste the traditional lunch. Ammouliani is a verdant island, with a picturesque port, traditional alleys, with the typical architecture of Mt. Athos dispersed around the island and serene waters that amaze every traveler.

EVERY THURSDAY*: We visit the Alykes Beach in the island of Ammouliani, where we have free time to enjoy our swim in the emerald sea and our lunch in a picturesque tavern right on the coast, in front of the sea. Alykes is the most known beach in Ammouliani and you can’t miss the chance to dive into its turquoise crystal-clear water.

EVERY SUNDAY**: We do NOT visit the monasteries as we visit the beautiful area of Vourvourou located at the second «finger». We enjoy our swim in one of the most beautiful beaches in Chalkidiki accompanied by a barbeque of traditional greek viands! Later on we continue our cruise and visit either the paradisiacal Drenia isles or Ammouliani for swimming, sunbathing and relax!

*Every Tuesday and Thursday the cruise is realized by a glass-bottom vessel that gives us the opportunity to see the endless seabed. The cruise reaches the port of Daphne, situated in the middle part of the third “finger” of Chalkidiki, so we have the chance to see half of the Monasteries mentioned above. Later the cruise continues to the wonderful island of Ammouliani.

**Every Sunday the cruise is realized with the ship “Calypso” where we do not visit any monasteries as the activity is focused on the experience of the greek beaches, the sun, the relaxation and the greek viands! We have the chance to visit Vourvourou; one of the most picturesque and beautiful areas in Chalkidiki!

Back to base.

We depart to Thessaloniki at around 17:00 and we are back after 2 ½ hours, making the same stops where we started from.

What's included

  • Round-trip transportation to Ouranoupoli – Chalkidiki
  • Trip attendant-archaeologist (English/Greek)
  • Basic travel insurance (during transport)

What's excluded

  • The ticket for the cruise (you will receive en e-mail to book it):
  • Tuesday-Thursday 20€/person
  • Sunday 25€/person
  • Personal expenses

What do I need to bring

  • Swimwear, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.
  • Money for personal expenses.

Important information

  • The local office will send you an e-mail in order to book the ticket for the cruise!
  • You should be at the departure point 10΄ before the time indicated in the schedule. The bus cannot remain at designated stops, except for boarding
  • During the cruise, there are available coffees, sandwiches, beers and refreshments (not included in the price).There is also an audio guide, available in various languages.
  • Don’t forget your swimwear, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.
  • Please be consistent with the exact appointment times specified by the escort, so that the excursion will remain unforgettable to all participants

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee of 0% if cancelled

Categories

  • CITY BREAK
  • CITY TOURS
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • SIGHTSEEING ATTRACTION
  • PILGRIMAGE OR RELIGION
  • DAY TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS
  • BUS OR MINIVAN TOUR
  • MINI CRUISE
  • WATER
  • SUN AND BEACH

Guided Language

  • English
  • Ελληνικά

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