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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. 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. 

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 Aegean Sea throughout the journey.

From Ouranoupolis: Cruise to Mount Athos Monasteries

3. From Ouranoupolis: Cruise to Mount Athos Monasteries

Our cruise will start from Ouranoupolis, also known as The Gate to Mount Athos, as it is the last settlement before the border between the Monastic State and the rest of the world. During our journey you will observe 8 of 20 ancient monasteries of Mount Athos and will discover the history of this secluded place, accessed from the sea and allowed to men only, for more than 1000 years. Keep your camera on, as you might have a chance to take a picture of the dolphins swimming alongside the boat, or even a rare opportunity to see a Mediterranean Monk Seal, one of the rarest marine mammals in the world.

Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Ouranoupoli with Mt. Athos Cruise

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

Join a day cruise and discover the beauty of the Athos peninsula and the enchanting island of Ammouliani. See over 20 monasteries and take in the picturesque coastline on an unforgettable journey. Depart to Ouranoupoli with the bus Ammon Express along with our friendly trip attendant-archaeologist, at 07:30 from Aristotelous Square and Egnatia Street (at the statue of Venizelos). The route is 140 km and takes about 2 ½ hours. Begin your journey as you arrive in Ouranoupoli at approximately 10:30 AM. Be greeted by the Byzantine Tower of Prosforion, a trademark of the city. Then, embark on an enchanting cruise around the awe-inspiring Mount Athos, an independent monastic state with a history spanning over 1,100 years. Discover Mount Athos, comprising 20 monasteries, including Russian, Serbian, and Bulgarian monasteries. Experience the unparalleled beauty of the area as you sail along its stunning coastline. Take in incredible views and learn about its fascinating history. Continue, to the enchanting island of Ammouliani on Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday, where you will enjoy free time to immerse yourself in the emerald waters and relax on the sandy beaches. This verdant island boasts a picturesque port and traditional alleys, showcasing the typical architecture of Mt. Athos dispersed throughout the island. Take a stroll through the charming village and explore its local shops and tavernas. On Saturday experience a breathtaking cruise around the majestic western region of the Holy Mountain of Athos with the luxurious boat. Immerse yourself in the holy monasteries and be captivated by the stunning natural beauty of the sea. Experience the island’s serene waters, which never fail to amaze every traveler. Take advantage of the opportunity to taste traditional Greek cuisine at one of the island’s many tavernas, and indulge in the flavors of the region. Depart for Thessaloniki at around 17:00 and arrive back after 2 ½ hours, making the same stops where you started from.

From Thessaloniki: Sithonia Beaches and Scenic Villages Tour

5. From Thessaloniki: Sithonia Beaches and Scenic Villages Tour

Welcome to Sithonia, a stunning peninsula in northern Greece! Embark on an unforgettable day trip that will take you to some of the most picturesque and enchanting spots in the region. Each stop promises unique experiences, from idyllic beaches to charming villages and breathtaking coastal scenery. Fava Beach:(1 hour stop) Our journey begins at Fava Beach, a hidden gem known for its tranquil atmosphere and pristine coastline. As you step onto the soft, golden sands, the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea beckon you to take a refreshing dip. Relax under the shade of swaying palm trees or bask in the warm Mediterranean sun. Fava Beach is the perfect place to unwind, swim, snorkel, and immerse yourself in the beauty of Sithonia's natural surroundings. Kavourotrypes:(2 hours stop) Next, we'll venture to Kavourotrypes, a series of enchanting coves that seem like something out of a postcard. These small, secluded beaches boast a unique blend of fine sand and smooth rock formations, creating a stunning mosaic of colors. Take a leisurely stroll along the coastline, exploring the nooks and crannies of each cove. The turquoise waters and striking cliffs offer unparalleled photo opportunities, making it a haven for nature lovers and photographers alike. Sarti: (1 hour stop) A coastal town in Sithonia, is a true gem offering an unforgettable experience. Its Blue Flag beach captivates with golden sands and crystal-clear waters, perfect for sunbathing and swimming. Sarti's charm and beauty make it a must-visit destination on the enchanting peninsula of Sithonia. Porto Koufo:(1 hour 30 minutes stop) Continuing our adventure, we'll head to Porto Koufo, a picturesque fishing village nestled within a natural harbor. Surrounded by impressive cliffs, this peaceful bay is one of the largest and safest natural harbors in Greece. Watch local fishermen bring in their catch of the day or indulge in freshly caught seafood at one of the charming waterfront tavernas. Porto Koufo's serene ambiance and unspoiled beauty will captivate you, making it an ideal spot to unwind and savor the authentic Greek coastal lifestyle. Neos Marmaras:(1 hour stop) Our final stop takes us to Neos Marmaras, a vibrant town that perfectly combines tradition with modernity. Wander through its narrow streets lined with colorful houses, quaint shops, and inviting cafes. Admire the panoramic views from the town's elevated points, which offer vistas of the deep blue sea and Mount Athos in the distance. Neos Marmaras also boasts a beautiful marina, where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll along the waterfront or take a boat tour to explore the nearby islets. As the day comes to a close, you'll be left with cherished memories of Sithonia's captivating beauty and the warmth of its welcoming communities. Whether you seek relaxation, adventure, or cultural immersion, this day trip offers an unforgettable experience that showcases the best of Sithonia's natural wonders and cultural treasures.

Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Sightseeing Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

6. 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. If you are lucky enough, be prepared to take some photos of the dolphins. Take advantage of the onboard bar, where you can buy food, soft drinks, beer, wine, cocktails, and snacks.

Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Cruise with Ammouliani Island Visit

7. Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Cruise with Ammouliani Island Visit

-Enjoy majestic moments on board, Explore all the SouthWest side of Mount Athos peninsula an UNESCO World heritage site. The wilderness of the landscape, the human's power who, over a thousand years ago, managed to construct all these spectacular buildings, monasteries like castles, skites like villages and arsanades like ports. Υou may be a witness of the daily shows that dolphins offer to us during our trips. -During this route, you will be able to be tour guided and see 8 monasteries: Holy Monastery of Dochiariou, H.M. Xenophontos, H.M. Panteleimonos (Russian Monastery), H.M. Xiropotamou, the central port of Mount Athos Daphni, H.M. Simonos Petras, H.M. Grigoriou, H.M. Dionysiou and finally in the shadow of Mountain Athos which towers up to 2033m. H.M. Saint Pavlou. Subsequently, you will see the New Skite, and Saint Anna’s Skite. -Next stop, Banana beach on Ammouliani island, feel the summer temptation, catch your sunbed and umbrella, listen to the music, taste real greek plates, swim, snorkelling, explore the full green and blue coast.

Thessaloniki: Transportation Mt.Athos & Ammouliani Cruise

8. Thessaloniki: Transportation Mt.Athos & Ammouliani Cruise

Get ready for a dav of sailing on the Aegean Sea with transportation from Thessaloniki to a thrilling cruise (additional expense). Enjoy pickup and drop-off from your accommodation as you get to your boat in comfort and style. This scenic cruise takes you on a journey through the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, showcasing the rugged beauty of the Halkidiki coastline and the majestic grandeur of Mount Athos. During this route, you will be able to be tour guided and see 4 monasteries: Holy Monastery of Dochiariou, H.M. Xenophontos, H.M. Panteleimonos (Russian Monastery), H.M. Xiropotamou, the central port of Mount Athos Daphni. There is a stop at about 13:30 at Banana beach on Ammouliani island. It is a remarkable place mixing the light blue and green colors which are equally attractive to many exotic destinations colored in turquoise. You will be able to relax there for 2 hours using sunbeds and under the shade of umbrellas, there is a beach bar where you can order anything you desire besides the menu you have already bought. After 2 hours of relaxation, food and exploration the vessel departs for its last trip today, whose destination is Ormos Panagias and it will be reached in 1 hour and 30 minutes. During the trip our bouzouki player will play and sing for you traditional songs with a Greek aroma. He will be among you so that you will be able to take pictures with him and enjoy his music. Arrival at Ormos Panagias is due at about 17:00. Once there, meet your waiting driver for the journey back to Thessaloniki and drop-off at your accommodation.

Thessaloniki: Aristotle's Birthplace and Mt. Athos Cruise

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

Accompanied by our professional guide the day starts by leaving behind the Thermaic Gulf, passing by the lakes Koronia and Volvi, heading east through the beautiful route of the Castle of Rentina where the tragic poet Euripides left his final breath. Our first point of archaeological interest is the Acropolis of Ancient Stagera, the birthplace of the worldwide known philosopher Aristoteles teacher and mentor of Alexander the Great. After the guided tour our next stop is the small town of Ouranoupolis where we will have plenty of time to for shopping and lunch before and after our Athos Cruise. After a full day of impressions, we return back to Thessaloniki,

Ouranoupoli : Mount Athos 3hours guided tour

10. Ouranoupoli : Mount Athos 3hours guided tour

Mount Athos boat tour. Join a guided boat tour to the west part of the Mount Athos peninsula, an UNESCO world haritage monument in Greece. Admire the beauty of the landscapes where the time stoped a thousand years ago. Departure point is the main port of Ouranoupolis next of the old big Byzidine tower from the 14th century. Approximately 15min after the departure you ll be able to see the borders of Mount Athos where the monastic world starts, then you ll hear from the boat's speakers about the history of Mount Athos and approximately in 40min you ll be able to admire the first of the total 8 monasteries you can see joining the boat tour. Big experience surprises for our little friends, the wild seagulls will try to feed from your own hand, so bring some bread with you, dolphins are usually playing around as the boat sails.

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The best day ever!!! Big thank you to very nice and kind Stefanos, who drove us safely throughout all Sithonia, showed us the best places and provided us with all informations. We’ve been at some of the most beautiful beaches, especially Kavourotrypes, where the water is crystal clear blue and sand is soft and white, we’ve visited picturesque Sarti with its breathtaking sea views and we’ve ate in typical greek tavern in lovely little village Porto Koufos. Everything was a perfection and I’m 100% recommending! Thank you again!

THE BEST EXPERIENCE!! I had with this company, one of the BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE on this trip!!!!! I travel all the world and I need to admit: THIS IS SOMETHING EVERY SINGLE PERSON should do at least once in life!! I love it and I’m am crazy to do it again!!! The beaches are like: 10 times more pretty than the pictures! One advice: bring some snacks with you 😋

It was an amazing tour, our guide was great, gave us all the infos and tips and tricks for our next Halkidiki vacation in Kassandra. I strongly recomand this tour, as it gives you the opportunity to discover Sithonia's best beaches and villages. Thank you, Stefanos for an amazing exeprience.

Everything was great. Stefanos was the best guide you could imagine. He fulfilled our every wish and told us everything about Greece. It was a long day, but it was beautiful. It's worth it, I've never seen such beautiful beaches

The trip was fabulous! The guide was very helpful and told a lot about the area! The beaches are beautiful, clean and perfect for swimming! Everyone who visits Thessaloniki should see these wonderful areas!