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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 Nea Fokea: Chalkidiki 6-Hour Cruise by Sailing Boat

3. From Nea Fokea: Chalkidiki 6-Hour Cruise by Sailing Boat

Climb aboard an elegant sailing boat in the port of Nea Fokea and sail along the stunning coastline of Chalkidiki. Make your way to the village of Afytos, where you can cool down with a swim in the crystal clear waters and soak up the scenery. Continue to Kriopigi and go ashore to enjoy a refreshing drink at a small beach bar. Get served a fruit salad and enjoy another swim or top up your tan in the sun. Next, feast from a lunch of sandwiches and fresh fruit with water, wine, apple juice, coffee and iced tea at Kalithea Beach Cruise back along the coast and get dropped off at the port of Nea Fokea in the late afternoon at the end of your amazing experience.

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From Thessaloniki: Day Trip with Cruise around Mount Athos

4. 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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From Ouranoupoli: Blue Lagoon Three Island Cruise

5. From Ouranoupoli: Blue Lagoon Three Island Cruise

Departing from Ouranoupolis Port, explore the crystal blue waters of Halkidiki and visit three islands in just one day. The uninhabited Diaporos Island is a marvelous destination where you can enjoy the crystal waters of the area and jump in the sea as the rays hit the water. The local market on Ammouliani Island is a destination you can't miss. Take some time to admire local products as well as the centuries-old structures of the village before you head to Banana Beach. Soak up the rays or relax in the shade of an umbrella. Listen to music, taste real greek food, swim, snorkel, and explore the beautiful coast.

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Chalkidiki: Scuba Diving for Beginners in Kassandra

6. 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.

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Full-Day Sailing Cruise Halkidiki

7. Full-Day Sailing Cruise Halkidiki

Enjoy a full-day sailing cruise (7 hours) on the 12-meter Bavaria yacht in Halkidiki, to Toroneos gulf and Sithonia peninsula.  The luxury of the design, decoration and amenities will satisfy your every need. The yacht can board up to 8 people. The cruise starts from Paliouri pier at 10:00 . The yacht can board up to 8 people, and the route Route : Paliouri, Kelyfos Island, Spalathonisia, Paliouri Alternative route: Paliouri, Kelyfos, N. Marmaras, Porto Carras, Paliouri You have the option to swim, go snorkeling, fishing,  and simply sit-back, watch the world go by and enjoy a beautiful view.

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Thessaloniki: Aristotle's Birthplace and Mt. Athos Cruise

8. 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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Halkidiki: Half-Day Sailing Cruise to Kelyfos Island

9. Halkidiki: Half-Day Sailing Cruise to Kelyfos Island

Starting from the meeting point in Paliouri, choose either a morning cruise from 10 AM, or an early evening cruise from 2 PM. Meet your skipper and co-skipper and board the luxury yacht fully equipped with all you need for a fabulous time at sea.  Enjoy a welcome drink as you get comfortable and set sail, passing by the beautiful beaches on Kassandra’s coastline. Listen to music on the high-end music system and take advantage of the onboard Wi-Fi as you sail. Indulge in a delicious fruit basket, soft drinks, and a Greek meze as your head toward Kelyfos island.  Take time to swim, snorkel, and try some fishing in the incredible turquoise waters of the island. Back on board, set sail and marvel at the stunning nature lining the Sithonia coastline. Unlike Kassandra — whose coastline is lined with many resorts — Sithonia’s pristine beauty will amaze you up close or from afar. Watch from the comfort of your yacht how the wooded areas alternate with rock formations and splendid beaches. Then, return back to the starting point of your cruise with your senses well and truly stimulated.

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Chalkidiki: Sunset Sailing Cruise in Kassandra

10. Chalkidiki: Sunset Sailing Cruise in Kassandra

Embark on a tranquil sunset cruise with your family, friends, or partner on the open sea. Enjoy a cocktail, fresh fruits, and music as you take in the sunset off Greece's Halkidiki coast.  Enjoy the vibrant colors and breathtaking scenery as you sail along the coast. Use this cruise as the perfect end to your day.

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What people are saying about Halkidiki

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 72 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.

The guide was super nice and explained a lot to us beginners. We dived at an incredibly beautiful dive site and really got a lot to see for our money. On the positive side, the diving instructor realized on the day of the dive that the risk of a weather change was too high and we could still catch up on this flexibly the next day. Always happy.

I traveled with my boyfriend and another couple of friends. It was an amazing experience as we enjoyed a whole day (6-7 h) of sailing with Sven's boat.

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

Emilios was at and so patient with us, we had a great time!