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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. On Thursdays and Sundays in May and September, if the weather is not good, the 1.5-hour stop will be at Ammouliani's Village.  Return back to Ouranoupoli is at 4 PM.

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.

From Ouranoupolis: Cruise to Mount Athos Monasteries

3. 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. 

Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Peninsula Sightseeing Cruise

4. 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 Aegean Sea throughout the journey.

Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Sightseeing Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

5. 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.

Vourvourou: Guided Half-Day Kayak Tour in Diaporos Island

6. 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.

From Thessaloniki: Chalkidiki Blue Lagoon Cruise with Lunch

7. 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.

Chalkidiki: Scuba Diving for Beginners in Kassandra

8. 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.

Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Ouranoupoli with Mt. Athos Cruise

9. 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 emerald sea.

Halkidiki: Day Sailing Cruise

10. Halkidiki: Day Sailing Cruise

Embark on a unique sailing cruise in Halkidiki on a Bavaria 40 sailboat. Visit scenic locations have the opportunity to swim in crystal clear waters. Feel the unique sensation of sailing, explore isolated places, let your spirit free in the calming and soothing beauty of the Greek beaches with a forest for a background. Immerse yourself in the turquoise water. Next, visit the famous Proto Carras secret coves for swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing. Most of these places are inaccessible by car. Along the way, there will be sailing when the wind is favorable. Continue the cruise and sail to Spalathronisia islands. See some of the most beautiful places of Sithonia Halkidiki peninsula and have fresh fish at a local taverna.

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What people are saying about Halkidiki

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We had a lovely time. Our captain, Marco, was brilliant and knowledgeable. The boat was fab and all worked well with finding the boat. We stopped at a great fish restaurant. Had a lovley time swimming.

We were really happy that we have a chance to see a little bit of Halkidiki. We really enjoyed the wiew of the monasteries at Mt. Athos from the boat.

All very well, exactly as planned. Very punctual, kind and helpful. Beautiful places. A positive experience.

Wonderful kind English speaking guide. Very experienced and felt well looked after.

Excellent Service and really nice trip! Recommending for families!