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Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Ouranoupoli with Mt. Athos Cruise

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Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Ouranoupoli with Mt. Athos Cruise

From US$ 73.58 per person

This wonderful day trip to Ouranopoli and Mount Athos brings you very close to the sacred peninsula. Enjoy a cruise around Mount Athos and marvel at the many monasteries before spending some time exploring Chalkidiki.

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Duration 11 hours
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English, Greek

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a wonderful cruise around the Mount Athos peninsula of Chalkidiki and see the magical monasteries built on the rocks
  • Explore the seaside of Ouranoupoli and have lunch at a Greek tavern
  • Swim in crystal clear waters of Chalkidiki
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Transport to and from Halkidiki – Mount Athos
  • English-speaking trip attendant
  • Ticket for the cruise
  • Basic travel insurance (during transport)
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All required protective equipment is provided
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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    Meeting point

    You can board the bus at one of the following meeting points: starting point, White Tower entrance at 08:00 AM; stop 1, Makedonia Palace Hotel at 08:05 AM; stop 2, Aristotelous Square by the Statue of Eleftherios Venizelos at 08:15 AM; stop 3, Capsis Hotel at 08:20 AM; and stop 4, The Met Hotel at 08:25 AM.

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    Know before you go

    • During the cruise, coffees, sandwiches, beers, and refreshments are available for you to purchase
    • There is also an audio guide, available in various languages
    • Due to Greek law, boats are not allowed to moor on the Athos peninsula so you will see the monasteries from the boat
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.1 /5

    based on 67 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      3.9/5
    • Transportation
      3.8/5
    • Value for money
      3.7/5
    • Safety
      4.4/5

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    This trip was operated by a Ammon express. We were a group of three people which was really nice and had Dimitris as our amazing tour guide. If you can try to book this tour with him! We drove to the third leg of the peninsula of halkidiki and took a cruise around Mount athos. It was an amazingly beautiful journey and I was lucky enough to see Dolphins on their natural habitat :) Just the trip itself was very relaxing.

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    June 25, 2021

    It was a fantastic experience. The cruise was great. The guide George provided a fabulous passionate insight into the history associated with the area, both Mount Athos and the whole of the north Greek area. Thank you George for your insight into both distant and modern history of Macedonia and its place in Greece.

    September 22, 2019

    Good

    The bus trip to Ouranopolis is a little bit too long (more then 2 hours)... The sightseeing of the monasteries from the boat is exciting but don’t expect to see them too close. Our trip was interrupted a little bit earlier for strong wind and we spent some more time in Ammouliani. I suggest to organise to stay at least two hours on the beach.

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    June 28, 2019

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