Mount Athos

Mount Athos: Our most recommended tours and activities

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. On Tuesdays, the tour stops at the center of the village of Ammouliani, while on Thursdays and Sundays, it stops at Alykes beach. 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. 

Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Sightseeing Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

2. 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. Listen to live traditional music when on the boat. Take advantage of the onboard bar, where you can buy food, soft drinks, beer, wine, cocktails, and snacks.

Thessaloniki: Aristotle's Birthplace and Mt. Athos Cruise

3. 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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What people are saying about Mount Athos

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 449 reviews

Interesting explanations about the Athos monasteries in different languages, everything on board at the bar at really cheap prices! The sea at the stopover on the island was crystal clear, turquoise - like the Caribbean - but quite crowded. There is also a beach bar with delicious food. Dolphins (or small whales?) swam next to the ship and half jumped out of the water several times :) It was definitely worth it!!

highly recommended....Price performance we were eight people five adults three children it was very worthwhile we were able to explore the beautiful island of Athos and then we made a stop on the island of Ammouliani the beach was beautiful and the water was crystal clear blue turquoise all cases highly recommended

We really enjoyed our trip, seeing different monasteries and spending some time on Ammouliani island (you get about 1,5h to spend here. There is a snackbar on the beach or you can bring some food if your own). Make sure to be on time in the morning so you get a good spot in the boat. Staf is very friendly!

Very nice cruise and very interesting!! The stop on the Ammouliani island was heaven!! The water was cristal clear and so beautiful!!!! Also the timing of the cruise was perfect, not too long. I love Greece and Greek people!!!

Staff very friendly and helpful. The view it’s something fantastic. One of the best choice to do in holiday. Good music, nice view and close friends. I would recommend