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  • From Ouranoupolis: Cruise to Mount Athos Monasteries

    1. From Ouranoupolis: Cruise to Mount Athos Monasteries

    Start your journey from the port of Ouranoupoli. View impressive monasteries positioned on the cliffs like Simonopetra and Daphni, as you travel around the coast.  Discover the monastic state that has existed for more than 1000 years in accordance with the lifestyle and religiosity of the Byzantines. Keep an eye out for dolphins that may swim alongside the boat. Take the rare opportunity to see a Mediterranean monk seal in the wild, a critically endangered species. 

    This trip is excellent value for money! A 3 hour round trip on the boat, collected and delivered back to our hotel and only €20 euros pp.

  • Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Peninsula Sightseeing Cruise

    2. Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Peninsula Sightseeing Cruise

    Board a sightseeing boat cruise and explore the southwest side of the Mount Athos peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and important center of Eastern Orthodox monasticism. Marvel at the rugged landscape and be amazed by the legacy of those who, over a thousand years ago, managed to construct these spectacular buildings. During the cruise, see 8 monasteries from a close distance from the boat, including the Holy Monastery of Dochiariou, the Holy Monastery of Xiropotamou and the Holy Monastery of Panteleimonos, amongst several others. Learn about the history of these religious sites from the onboard commentary. Discover more about the restrictions on entering this sacred area, as well as more information about the monastic lives of its inhabitants If you are lucky, you may also spot some dolphins throughout the cruise. Enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of the coastline and the Aeg...

  • Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Ouranoupoli with Mt. Athos Cruise

    3. Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Ouranoupoli with Mt. Athos Cruise

    Depart from the White Tower of Thessaloniki at 8:00 AM and head to Ouranoupoli by bus. You'll arrive in Ouranoupoli at around 11:00 AM in front of the Byzantine Prosphori Tower and board the boat for the cruise around Mount Athos. During the cruise you have the chance to see the ports of the Holy Monasteries of Helandariou and Konstamonitou, the colorful Monastery of Docheiariou, the nearby Monastery of Xenophontos, the renovated Holy Monastery of Agiou Panteleimonos - the Russian monastery, the Holy Monastery of Xeropotamou, the main harbor of Mount Athos Daphne, the impressive Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras and the Holy Monasteries of Osiou Grigoriou. Lastly, you can see Agia Anna, just below the imposing Mount Athos, which stands magnificently at 2,000 meters above sea level. After the cruise, visit the island of Ammouliani where you'll have free time to enjoy a swim in the emeral...

    It's worth seeing Mount Athos although, I guess out of safety reasons, the boat sailed far from the rocks. The time to lunch or swim is pretty short so I couldn't do both.

  • Thessaloniki: Private Traditional Villages Tour

    4. 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 e...

  • Chalkidiki: Scuba Diving for Beginners in Kassandra

    5. 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. A...

  • 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, and 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 get an appreciation for 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.

    It's definitely worth a trip as the water is so beautiful! The 3 stops each had their own uniqueness. MT Tours organised the trip. The coach pick-up was very confusing as our pick-up location changed at short notice. We were told to go to a remote area with no landmarks nearby. The coach didn't wait although we were only 5 minutes late, this meant we paid €70 to get to the next pick-up location. The lady we spoke to in the phone was rude and unhelpful. The lunch provided was awful so I would've much preferred using my time to stay in the water. The 2nd stop at Ammouliani had great little shops and food places, I'd recommend eating there instead. The day itself apart from this was a great experience and the scenery was breath taking.

  • Mountain Athos (Agios Oros) Monastaries Boat Tour

    7. Mountain Athos (Agios Oros) Monastaries Boat Tour

    Grab the chance to discover one of the most secluded areas of Greece, the famous Athos peninsula. Embark on a cruise, learn rich historical info, and enjoy a memorable day. The first part of the program begins with a transfer by bus to Ormos Panagias, situated in the northeast of the Sithonia peninsula in Chalkidiki. From this seaport, you sail towards the south of the Athos Peninsula, until you reach the south limit, where the highest point is 2,033 meters. From here, sail north along the western coast, where you will be able to see from a close distance, the mysterious and miraculous, centuries-old sites of Mount Athos and its 8 monasteries. After approximately 4 hours, stop in Ouranoupoli, where you will have enough free time to discover the village, to take a walk, to shop, or to have a traditional meal in one of the taverns there. On the way back from Ouranoupoli, the boat will sai...

  • Halkidiki: Half-Day Sailing Cruise to Kelyfos Island

    8. Halkidiki: Half-Day Sailing Cruise to Kelyfos Island

    Starting from the meeting point in Paliouri, choose either a morning cruise from 10 AM, or an early evening cruise from 2 PM. Meet your skipper and co-skipper and board the luxury yacht fully equipped with all you need for a fabulous time at sea.  Enjoy a welcome drink as you get comfortable and set sail, passing by the beautiful beaches on Kassandra’s coastline. Listen to music on the high-end music system and take advantage of the onboard Wi-Fi as you sail. Indulge in a delicious fruit basket, soft drinks, and a Greek meze as your head toward Kelyfos island.  Take time to swim, snorkel, and try some fishing in the incredible turquoise waters of the island. Back on board, set sail and marvel at the stunning nature lining the Sithonia coastline. Unlike Kassandra — whose coastline is lined with many resorts — Sithonia’s pristine beauty will amaze you up close or from afar. Watch from t...

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

    9. 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.

    Very nice tour. The guide - Demitria - full with knowledge, lovely. The bus and the driver were comfort and reliable. But... your site told us that it would be a 7 hour tour. It took 12 hours !! Please update the information in your site.

  • Chalkidiki: Sunset Sailing Cruise in Kassandra

    10. Chalkidiki: Sunset Sailing Cruise in Kassandra

    Embark on a tranquil sunset cruise with your family, friends, or partner on the open sea. Enjoy a cocktail, fresh fruits, and music as you take in the sunset off Greece's Halkidiki coast.  Enjoy the vibrant colors and breathtaking scenery as you sail along the coast. Use this cruise as the perfect end to your day.

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4.3 / 5

based on 402 reviews

The guide was super nice and explained a lot to us beginners. We dived at an incredibly beautiful dive site and really got a lot to see for our money. On the positive side, the diving instructor realized on the day of the dive that the risk of a weather change was too high and we could still catch up on this flexibly the next day. Always happy.

The boat tour was really nice, we drove along the coast past the monasteries, with a unique view. The transfer was also included as stated, we were informed of the pick-up time by email the evening before and were also driven back to the hotel after the tour. It was a lovely afternoon and highly recommended!

This trip is excellent value for money! A 3 hour round trip on the boat, collected and delivered back to our hotel and only €20 euros pp.

An amazing trip. Relaxing, no hurry at all. Thanks a lot to our guide Yanis.

Emilios was at and so patient with us, we had a great time!