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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 Ouranoupolis: Cruise to Mount Athos Monasteries

2. 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. 

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Mount Athos Glassbottom Cruise with Ammouliani Island visit

3. 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

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

5. 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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Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Peninsula Sightseeing Cruise

6. 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

7. 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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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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What people are saying about Mount Athos

We were looking for a boat tour that would be fine in length for a 5 year old. We thought 3 hours were great. The interior is very cozy in case it is too cold or too wet on the deck. Drinks and small snacks were also available at a moderate price. We liked it and would recommend the tour to others. It was of course also very informative and in all the languages required.

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.

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!

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.