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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. 

Chalkidiki: Blue Lagoon & Ammouliani Island Cruise & Lunch

2. Chalkidiki: Blue Lagoon & Ammouliani Island Cruise & Lunch

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 1.5-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 Peninsula Sightseeing Cruise

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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: Chalkidiki Blue Lagoon Cruise with Lunch

6. From Thessaloniki: Chalkidiki Blue Lagoon Cruise with Lunch

Swim in refreshing waters, snorkel with colorful marine life, and savor a delicious meal on the beach with this cruise. Travel from Thessaloniki to Ormos Panagias in comfort aboard an air conditioned bus and cruise to Ammouliani on a sightseeing boat. Start your unforgettable day with a transfer form Thessaloniki city to Ormos Panagias from where your cruise will begin. Feel the wind in your hair as you sail to Ammouliani, a beautiful island complex where the boat stops at a charming village where you can take a short walk. Head to Banna Beach for two hours of free time. Soak up some sun, go for a swim in crystal-clear waters, and snorkel. Next have a mouth-watering lunch right on the beach (included in the price). On your way back to Ormos Panagias, enjoy 30 minutes in the turquoise waters close to Vourvourou and between Diasporos islands.

From Ouranoupolis: Two Islands Cruise with Lunch on Board

7. From Ouranoupolis: Two Islands Cruise with Lunch on Board

Explore two magnificent islands of Halkidiki in a day. Set cruise for the turquoise waters of Blue Lagoon beach, at the narrow pass between the islands of Diaporos and Agios Isidoros. Savor a barbecue on board. Depurture at 11:00 AM from the Main port of Ouranoupolis village. Head to the first stop of your cruise, Blue Lagoon, located just opposite Vourvourou on Sithonia. During the 1-hour trip to Sithonia, enjoy a coffee while sailing on the calm waters and feeling the morning sea breeze. Keep your camera ready for some spectacular photos of dolphins which you most likely will find swimming in front of the bow. Drop anchor to enjoy the clear sandy seabed and turquoise waters in the Blue Lagoon. Marvel at a combination of a white sea bottom and shallow depth that gives a glacier blue color to the water. Swim, snorkel, and relax for 2 hours surrounded by exquisite natural beauty. Explore the hidden coves of this exotic paradise. Return on board to enjoy your Greel style lunch with a glass of wine or a soft drinks. Kindly note, that we serve pork souvlaki, so If you have other food preferences (vegeterian, vegan, chicken souvlaki) please do not hesitate to contact the tour operator one day before the cruise. As you tuck into lunch, the captain will raise the anchor and set sail to the second stop at Ammouliani, the only inhabited island of Halkidiki. Spend your free time on the island shoping souvenirs in the shops of the village Ammouliani or swimming at the beach bar 200 meters away from the port. At 04:45 PM, bid farewell to this traditional Greek island. After 15 minutes of sailing, arrive back at the port of Ouranoupolis to disembark around 05:00 PM.

Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Sightseeing Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

8. 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.

Kassandra: West Sithonia Coves & Islands Yacht Sailing Tour

9. Kassandra: West Sithonia Coves & Islands Yacht Sailing Tour

Sail across the turquoise sea of the Aegean on board a sailing yacht and enjoy plenty of free time to swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters. Marvel at the marine life surrounding the islands and shore at locations such as Kelyfos Island. Your first stop will be Kelyfos, also known as "Helonas," where you can admire the rocky bottom with its cascades of aquatic life. Next, tour the secret coves south of Neos Marmaras and stop at Kamenos for a swim or snorkel, one of the most scenic beaches of Halkidiki. See the green of the trees as they come all the way to the clear waters. During the stops enjoy your sandwiches on the yacht. If there is still time we will make a last stop at Gerochristos Island and Diaporti beach, depending on the weather and the mood of the group. Onboard we offer plenty of drinking water and coffee or tea We recommend bringing with you, some fruits, sandwiches, and any beverages you would like to have. You are welcome to use our plates, glasses etc. And our refrigirator. Just ask the captain if you need anything. We do not sell food or drinks onboard. The itinerary may change due to the weather or if the group prefers to do something else. The itinerary may change due to the weather or if you prefer to do something else.

From Thessaloniki: Sithonia Beaches and Scenic Villages Tour

10. 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.

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This small trip is worth even in the winter! all the stops in the way are beautiful and this is an amazing trip for someone who wants to see what beaches in greece are! The tour guide was also exccelent and a great guy overall!

Very good trip, Stefano(tour guide) is very kindly, helplfuly and good driver. Pleaces are beautiful, brake time on individual localications are perfect. Car is in very good condition and very clean.

Stefanos is a great and super friendly Guide. Small group and top places we visited. I can recommend it to everyone that wants to see the beautiful beaches of Chalkidiki without many tourists.

Small group which was very nice. Stefano brought us in many places. Thumbs up for Stefano! The tour lasted all day and totally worth it. Great weather and empty beaches.

Day trip was great with extra side trips on different beaches aside from the planned itinerary. That was a bonus.