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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 the Mount Athos bay in Halkidiki to view the imposing western part of the Holy Mountain Athos in a Glassbottom vessel. This cruise departs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. However, on Tuesday the tour stops at the center of the village of Ammouliani, while on Thursday and Sundays it stops at Alykes beach. After visiting the 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. On Thursdays and Sundays in May and September, if the weather is not good, the 1.5-hour stop will be at Ammouliani's Village.  Return back at Ouranoupoli at 4 PM.

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Mount Athos Sightseeing Cruise on a Glassbottom Boat

2. Mount Athos Sightseeing Cruise on a Glassbottom Boat

Enjoy a sightseeing cruise around the Mount Athos bay in Halkidiki, on the Eirinikos Glassbottom bottom which is the one and only Glassbottom vessel in Halkidiki, founded in 2016, and one of the most fun things to do during your time in Ouranoupolis. The cruise departs every Wednesday and Saturday at 11:00 AM for a 3-hour cruise around the Holy monasteries. Enjoy a marvelous cruise around the imposing western part of the Holy Mountain Athos with your luxury Glassbottom vessel. 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. After visiting the monasteries, your cruise ship passes above a local reef, famous for its underwater views. Whilst passing over it participants will have the lucky opportunity to admire the yellow corals from the Glassbottom boat. 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.

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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.

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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 sail to the west to Ormos Panagias, and for 1.5 hours you watch a wonderful performance of traditional dances and Greek music. The cruise will finish in Ormos Panagias, where the bus will be waiting for your drive back to Thessaloniki.

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What people are saying about Mount Athos

A very recommendable trip. The boat is really nice and you have a great view of the monasteries of Athos and on the way back you can let the sea air blow around your nose. Information about what you see is available from the tape in several languages, so that everything is very easy to understand. The crew on board is very attentive and nice.

Very nice boat, the excursion was not too long, which for us was perfect. The boat was clean and the people working there very polite.

The boat îs travelling 500 meters distans to the Ahos Mountain and you don't make very good pictures.

We had such a good time on the boat and swimming in the green water of the Ammouliani island.

Nice boat, nice view of the monasteries and a nice beach with clear water.