Things to do in Halkidiki

Our most recommended things to do in Halkidiki

Mount Athos Glassbottom Cruise with Ammouliani Island visit

1. Mount Athos Glassbottom Cruise with Ammouliani Island visit

Take part in a guided sightseeing cruise around Mount Athos bay in Halkidiki to view the imposing western part of the Holy Mountain Athos in a Glassbottom vessel. On Tuesdays, the tour stops at the center of the village of Ammouliani, while on Thursdays and Sundays, it stops at Alykes beach. After getting the chance to see 6 out of 9 of the local monasteries, take some fantastic photos as your boat passes the gorgeous Drenia islets or Donkey Islands as the locals refer to them.  Explore the majestic island of Ammouliani by stopping there for 1.5 hours where you'll have the opportunity for swimming or to have lunch. 

Chalkidiki: Lunch Cruise to Blue Lagoon & Vourvourou's Islet

2. Chalkidiki: Lunch Cruise to Blue Lagoon & Vourvourou's Islet

Delight in a fun cruise aboard a glass-bottom boat from Ouranoupoli's port to the famous beaches of Sithonia and the islands of Vourvourou and Diaparos. Enjoy plenty of opportunities for swimming and snorkeling, and savor a traditional Greek barbecue meal for lunch. Board a glass-bottom boat from the port of Ouranoupoli and set sail. Pass over the most famous reef of the area and admire the yellow corals. Travel to the second peninsula of Halkidiki, Sithonia, and take some photos of the picture-perfect beaches. Next, stop at the Blue Lagoon for 2 hours. Swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters of the bay at a depth of 2 meters. After swimming and snorkeling, replenish your energy with a barbecue full of traditional Greek flavors, such as souvlaki, Greek salad, tzatziki, and bread. Enjoy a glass of wine and beverages for your children with your meal, but inform the local partner a few days in advance if you require a vegetarian meal. Once you've had your lunch, make your way to Alikes beach on Ammouliani. Stop for 1.5 hours for more swimming opportunities at the port of the lagoon, or sip a cocktail at one of the various beach bars. The tour concludes with a return to Ouranoupolis in the evening.

Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Sightseeing Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

3. Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Sightseeing Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

Book a glass-bottom boat tour to Mount Athos and admire the breathtaking view of the monasteries from the water. Enjoy a cruise suitable for women and families who are not allowed to visit Mount Athos for religious reasons. Enjoy a cruise around the imposing western part of the Holy Mountain Athos. Take in views of the breathtaking holy monasteries of Halkidiki and be amazed by the unprecedented natural beauty of the stunning coastline and ocean views on the horizon. Listen to live traditional music when on the boat. Take advantage of the onboard bar, where you can buy food, soft drinks, beer, wine, cocktails, and snacks.

Chalkidiki: Scuba Diving for Beginners in Kassandra

4. Chalkidiki: Scuba Diving for Beginners in Kassandra

During the 3-hour class, learn the basic rules about scuba equipment and practice essential diving skills in the shallows, before going on a unique, guided, and safe underwater adventure with your PADI instructor. Get the experience of personalized training as you dive in small groups of 3 students or fewer. Progress at your own pace while you meet new friends. The dive site is selected for its ideal conditions for beginners and abundant sea life. The area is well known for its crystal clear water assuring excellent visibility, the absence of currents and of dangerous species and the easy access to a multitude of dive sites. See all the typical marine life in the Mediterranean sea: octopuses, sea anemones, starfishes, moray eels, sea slugs (nudibranchs), and a lot of fish varieties swimming around you. The program is aimed at beginners, so no license or previous experience is needed. All diving equipment is provided. Participants must be at least 10 years old which makes it an experience suitable for the whole family. Furthermore, once you realize that you want to become PADI certified, you will have already done the first step. The PADI Discover Scuba Diving program can be credited towards your PADI Open Water Diver course, the world's most popular and widely recognized scuba course.

Athens: Private Tour of Acropolis, Plaka and Lycabettus

5. Athens: Private Tour of Acropolis, Plaka and Lycabettus

Explore some of the most visited sights in Athens with a half-day private bus tour around the Acropolis, the Mount of Lycabettus, the Plaka district and several scenic locations in Greece's capital. You start your trip with a panoramic tour of the most iconic landmarks in Athens. Go to the Panathinaiko Stadium, home of the first Olympic Games. Next, stop by the Zappeion and Temple of Olympian Zeus, followed by the Athens Trilogy made up of the University, the Academy and the National Library. More memorable landmarks await you in your tour of Athens, like the National Garden, Hadrian’s Arch, St. Paul’s Church, the Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schliemann’s House, Catholic Cathedral, Old Parliament, Constitution Square and the Russian Orthodox Church. A visit to Mount Lycabettus will give you plenty of photo opportunities in one of the city's most stunning natural features. Thanks to the vantage point over town, the panoramic views of Athens and the Acropolis make this destination one of the most sought-after stops. Finally, stop by the Acropolis, and wander around this historical complex, filled with many of the most recognizable sights in Athens, like the Temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon and the Erechtheion. Stroll past the Herodion and Dionysus Theater, where you'll find the new Acropolis Museum, its collection of artifacts and the excavation site located under the museum. You will be next to Palka district, the perfect place to check out more Greek culture and cuisine.

From Thessaloniki: Chalkidiki Blue Lagoon Cruise with Lunch

6. From Thessaloniki: Chalkidiki Blue Lagoon Cruise with Lunch

Get picked up at your hotel or nearby location in central Thessaloniki, and then journey by bus to Ormos Panagias for the start of your cruise to the Drenia islands complex of 6 tiny islets. Cool down with a refreshing swim and snorkel with the marine life on arrival, then enjoy a tasty lunch on the beach. Next, sail to Ammouliani island for a coffee or another chance to swim in the crystal-clear waters. Go for a stroll around the village to appreciate everyday life in Greece.  Stop for another swim close to the village of Vourvourou and between the Diaporos islands as you cruise back towards Ormos Panagias. Look for seagulls and dolphins in their natural environment and listen to some authentic Greek bouzouki music along the way.

Vourvourou: Guided Half-Day Kayak Tour in Diaporos Island

7. Vourvourou: Guided Half-Day Kayak Tour in Diaporos Island

Begin your adventure at Mikro Karydi beach in Vourvourou. Upon meeting you, your guide will ensure that you have all the equipment necessary for an enjoyable kayaking tour. The guide will also show you some basics about the kayak to ensure your safety throughout. Each double kayak has a portable cool-box containing sandwiches, fruit, bottles of water, and juice. Set off from Karydi beach, the most famous beach of Halkidiki, to see even more beautiful beaches along the way. Your first stop will be on the South beach of Diaporos island. Here, you will have some free time to explore the beach, take photos, swim, snorkel, and relax. You will also have the chance to discover the eastern side of Diaporos island Then, pick up your paddles again and head to Mirsini beach. After some free time here, you will make one more stop on a very small and wonderful beach on Kalamonisia island. Finally, return to Mikro Karydi where you will take a commemorative group photo and receive a surprise gift.

Thessaloniki: Aristotle's Birthplace and Mt. Athos Cruise

8. Thessaloniki: Aristotle's Birthplace and Mt. Athos Cruise

Benefit from pick-up at centrally located hotels in Thessaloniki, and then journey by bus towards the village of Ouranopolis. Pass beautiful Lake Volvi and Lake Koroneia on the way to the birthplace of the philosopher Aristotle in the ancient city of Stagira, where you will take a guided tour of the ruins on arrival. Continue to Ouranopolis to embark on a cruise along the coast of Halkidiki and marvel at Mt. Athos and its miraculous monasteries from the water. Learn more about this important center of the Eastern Orthodox religion for over 1,800 years. Hear about the history and cultural importance of the complex, and appreciate the natural beauty of the holy mountain's mysterious setting. Get some free time for lunch or to go for a walk in the village after your cruise, and then head back towards Thessaloniki via the pretty village of Arnea.

Thessaloniki: Private Traditional Villages Tour

9. Thessaloniki: Private Traditional Villages Tour

Starting the journey from your hotel and head towards your first stop in the village of Livadi. From here you will head straight through the oak and chestnut forest with many stops for spring water and trying local products. On top of the hill, you will enjoy the magnificent views over the Aegean Sea and the lakes Volvi. Next stop is the traditional village of Petrokerasa, where you will join the locals for a coffee break. Then you will have time for a little walk around and to visit the chapel of Profitis Ilias. From here you will continue crossing the forest until we reach Agios Prodromos, the village with the best souvlaki in the Thessaloniki area. Then its time for lunch and to try Greek food and wine in a traditional tavern. On your last stop walk around the village Galatista to admire the Byzantine architecture of the 14th-century tower and the buildings. This day is an amazing experience, with great photo opportunities and the best way to get a better feeling for the people and life in Greece.

Halkidiki: Kassandra 4x4 Jeep Safari Off-Road Experience

10. Halkidiki: Kassandra 4x4 Jeep Safari Off-Road Experience

Visit hotspots only the locals know about during this off-road Jeep safari tour. With an experienced driver and guide you will get to explore unknown landmarks such as the village of Kassandrino, a prehistoric volcanic lake, Agia Paraskevi, and eat a delicious lunch at a family-owned tavern. Start your day of adventure at 9:00 AM by meeting your guide in front of your hotel. Your guide will introduce you to the day's itinerary before you set-off on your expedition. Stop at the old village of Kassandrino and witness one of the oldest temples in the area. Learn the history of the village while tasting local products from nearby farmers. Commence your off-road experience whilst travelling to a prehistoric volcanic lake. Spot beautiful turtles bathing and swimming in its waters. Continue on to the highest point of Kassandra. This is the perfect spot to see all 3 Peninsulas at the same time and some of the North Aegean islands. Follow an uncharted path through a pine forest to the south side of Kassandra and see the volcanic area of Agia Paraskevi. Climb down to the West Coast and enjoy your final stop at a family tavern with views of the gorgeous ocean. Enjoy a relaxing drive back down the West Coast to return to your starting destination.

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We really enjoyed our trip, seeing different monasteries and spending some time on Ammouliani island (you get about 1,5h to spend here. There is a snackbar on the beach or you can bring some food if your own). Make sure to be on time in the morning so you get a good spot in the boat. Staf is very friendly!

It was a great day with Nectarios. He told stories and talked about Greek history on the way. We visited charming villages, special places, buildings on the way. Had a delicious coffee and lunch on the tour. Time was running with him - wish would kept this day longer! We enjoyed it very much!!!

Staff very friendly and helpful. The view it’s something fantastic. One of the best choice to do in holiday. Good music, nice view and close friends. I would recommend

It was a very nice experience, at first we were a bit exited. But during the course we felt safe and it was very fun.

Great! Beautiful and comfortable, highly recommend to all (families, couples, small groups of friends).