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  • From Ouranoupolis: Cruise to Mount Athos Monasteries

    1. From Ouranoupolis: Cruise to Mount Athos Monasteries

    Start your journey from the port of Ouranoupoli. View impressive monasteries positioned on the cliffs like Simonopetra and Daphni, as you travel around the coast.  Discover the monastic state that has existed for more than 1000 years in accordance with the lifestyle and religiosity of the Byzantines. Keep an eye out for dolphins that may swim alongside the boat. Take the rare opportunity to see a Mediterranean monk seal in the wild, a critically endangered species. 

    This trip is excellent value for money! A 3 hour round trip on the boat, collected and delivered back to our hotel and only €20 euros pp.

  • 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 Aeg...

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

    3. 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 emeral...

    It's worth seeing Mount Athos although, I guess out of safety reasons, the boat sailed far from the rocks. The time to lunch or swim is pretty short so I couldn't do both.

  • Mountain Athos (Agios Oros) Monastaries Boat Tour

    4. Mountain Athos (Agios Oros) Monastaries Boat Tour

    Grab the chance to discover one of the most secluded areas of Greece, the famous Athos peninsula. Embark on a cruise, learn rich historical info, and enjoy a memorable day. The first part of the program begins with a transfer by bus to Ormos Panagias, situated in the northeast of the Sithonia peninsula in Chalkidiki. From this seaport, you sail towards the south of the Athos Peninsula, until you reach the south limit, where the highest point is 2,033 meters. From here, sail north along the western coast, where you will be able to see from a close distance, the mysterious and miraculous, centuries-old sites of Mount Athos and its 8 monasteries. After approximately 4 hours, stop in Ouranoupoli, where you will have enough free time to discover the village, to take a walk, to shop, or to have a traditional meal in one of the taverns there. On the way back from Ouranoupoli, the boat will sai...

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

    5. 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.

    Very nice tour. The guide - Demitria - full with knowledge, lovely. The bus and the driver were comfort and reliable. But... your site told us that it would be a 7 hour tour. It took 12 hours !! Please update the information in your site.

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 214 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 boat tour was really nice, we drove along the coast past the monasteries, with a unique view. The transfer was also included as stated, we were informed of the pick-up time by email the evening before and were also driven back to the hotel after the tour. It was a lovely afternoon and highly recommended!

Beautiful experience, nice boat, very kind staff, good presentation in a lot of languages. We saw the monasteries and some dolphins! The coming, by boat, of the two monks on our ship was a real moment to remember! I would highly recommend Calypso to any other traveller :-)!

This trip is excellent value for money! A 3 hour round trip on the boat, collected and delivered back to our hotel and only €20 euros pp.

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