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Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Ouranoupoli with Mt. Athos Cruise

1. 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.

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From Thessaloniki: Chalkidiki Blue Lagoon Cruise with Lunch

2. 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.

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From Thessaloniki: Day Trip with Cruise around Mount Athos

3. From Thessaloniki: Day Trip with Cruise around Mount Athos

Following early morning pick-up from central locations in Thessaloniki, travel by luxury air-conditioned bus to Ormos Panagias in the northeast of the Sithonia Peninsula in Halkidiki. Climb aboard a boat and sail towards the south of the Athos Peninsula, soaring to a maximum altitude of 2,033 meters. Continue north along the western coast and admire the mysterious and miraculous mountain that has been the center of Eastern Orthodox monasticism for centuries.  At the end of an approximately 4-hour cruise, stop in the village of Ouranoupoli. Enjoy some free time to discover the beautiful village at your own pace. Go for a stroll, browse the little shops or eat a traditional meal at one of the best taverns in the village. Return to Ormos Panagias as you are treated to a wonderful program of traditional dances and Greek music. Arrive in Ormos Panagias at around 17:00, where the bus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in Thessaloniki.

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Thessaloniki: Aristotle's Birthplace and Mt. Athos Cruise

4. 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.

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Chalkidiki: Crazy Bus Safari in Kassandra

5. Chalkidiki: Crazy Bus Safari in Kassandra

Take an adventurous trip in Chalkidiki riding a classic VW van vehicle in the prairies! Feel free and alive again as people did many decades ago! The tour starts at 10:30 AM. You will stop at the byzantine tower. Then continue driving to Sani Resort. There is also a small lake nearby. Admire nature by driving through the forest between Sani and Kassandria. The next stop is outside Fourka where a small church from 1850 is worth visiting. You can have lunch or even swim there, too. Following the road, you arrive at Agia Paraskevi, a small village up on the mountain. A lovely square is ideal for drinking a traditional greek coffee. Glarokavos is your next stop and a perfect place for swimming.  The tour is done in small groups of up to 8 persons and lets you discover Kassandra of Chakidiki with the "Bulli", which is a VW T2 mobile from 1977. You and your friends will visit 10 beautiful locations in the area. You get to see prairies, old chapels and you will have one stop at a beautiful beach for swimming. Later the tour leader will prepare for you a light meal as a picnic with snacks which you can enjoy in one of the places visited. The meal includes 2 bottles of water (0,5), 1 glass of ice tea, 1 shot of tsipouro, bread, cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, tzatziki, dolmadakia, olives, feta cheese and fruit.

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What people are saying about Halkidiki

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 82 reviews

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.

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.

The cruise is amazing. After the 2 hour cruise, I did go at a taverna called "Lefteris Tsikoulas & Patrycja Kubacka"(www.pirgos-restaurant.com), the food were excellent.

Terrific tour & guide (Lily) But it was supposed to be 7 hours & it was more like 11.

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