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Mount Athos Glassbottom Cruise with Ammouliani Island visit

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. 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. 

From Ouranoupolis: Cruise to Mount Athos Monasteries

From Ouranoupolis: Cruise to Mount Athos Monasteries

Our cruise will start from Ouranoupolis, also known as The Gate to Mount Athos, as it is the last settlement before the border between the Monastic State and the rest of the world. During our journey you will observe 8 of 20 ancient monasteries of Mount Athos and will discover the history of this secluded place, accessed from the sea and allowed to men only, for more than 1000 years. Keep your camera on, as you might have a chance to take a picture of the dolphins swimming alongside the boat, or even a rare opportunity to see a Mediterranean Monk Seal, one of the rarest marine mammals in the world.

Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Peninsula Sightseeing Cruise

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.

From Thessaloniki: Sithonia Beaches and Scenic Villages Tour

From Thessaloniki: Sithonia Beaches and Scenic Villages Tour

Welcome to Sithonia, a stunning peninsula in northern Greece! Embark on an unforgettable day trip that will take you to some of the most picturesque and enchanting spots in the region. Each stop promises unique experiences, from idyllic beaches to charming villages and breathtaking coastal scenery. Fava Beach:(1 hour stop) Our journey begins at Fava Beach, a hidden gem known for its tranquil atmosphere and pristine coastline. As you step onto the soft, golden sands, the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea beckon you to take a refreshing dip. Relax under the shade of swaying palm trees or bask in the warm Mediterranean sun. Fava Beach is the perfect place to unwind, swim, snorkel, and immerse yourself in the beauty of Sithonia's natural surroundings. Kavourotrypes:(2 hours stop) Next, we'll venture to Kavourotrypes, a series of enchanting coves that seem like something out of a postcard. These small, secluded beaches boast a unique blend of fine sand and smooth rock formations, creating a stunning mosaic of colors. Take a leisurely stroll along the coastline, exploring the nooks and crannies of each cove. The turquoise waters and striking cliffs offer unparalleled photo opportunities, making it a haven for nature lovers and photographers alike. Sarti: (1 hour stop) A coastal town in Sithonia, is a true gem offering an unforgettable experience. Its Blue Flag beach captivates with golden sands and crystal-clear waters, perfect for sunbathing and swimming. Sarti's charm and beauty make it a must-visit destination on the enchanting peninsula of Sithonia. Porto Koufo:(1 hour 30 minutes stop) Continuing our adventure, we'll head to Porto Koufo, a picturesque fishing village nestled within a natural harbor. Surrounded by impressive cliffs, this peaceful bay is one of the largest and safest natural harbors in Greece. Watch local fishermen bring in their catch of the day or indulge in freshly caught seafood at one of the charming waterfront tavernas. Porto Koufo's serene ambiance and unspoiled beauty will captivate you, making it an ideal spot to unwind and savor the authentic Greek coastal lifestyle. Neos Marmaras:(1 hour stop) Our final stop takes us to Neos Marmaras, a vibrant town that perfectly combines tradition with modernity. Wander through its narrow streets lined with colorful houses, quaint shops, and inviting cafes. Admire the panoramic views from the town's elevated points, which offer vistas of the deep blue sea and Mount Athos in the distance. Neos Marmaras also boasts a beautiful marina, where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll along the waterfront or take a boat tour to explore the nearby islets. As the day comes to a close, you'll be left with cherished memories of Sithonia's captivating beauty and the warmth of its welcoming communities. Whether you seek relaxation, adventure, or cultural immersion, this day trip offers an unforgettable experience that showcases the best of Sithonia's natural wonders and cultural treasures.

Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Ouranoupoli with Mt. Athos Cruise

Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Ouranoupoli with Mt. Athos Cruise

Join a day cruise and discover the beauty of the Athos peninsula and the enchanting island of Ammouliani. See over 20 monasteries and take in the picturesque coastline on an unforgettable journey. Depart to Ouranoupoli with the bus Ammon Express along with our friendly trip attendant-archaeologist, at 07:30 from Aristotelous Square and Egnatia Street (at the statue of Venizelos). The route is 140 km and takes about 2 ½ hours. Begin your journey as you arrive in Ouranoupoli at approximately 10:30 AM. Be greeted by the Byzantine Tower of Prosforion, a trademark of the city. Then, embark on an enchanting cruise around the awe-inspiring Mount Athos, an independent monastic state with a history spanning over 1,100 years. Discover Mount Athos, comprising 20 monasteries, including Russian, Serbian, and Bulgarian monasteries. Experience the unparalleled beauty of the area as you sail along its stunning coastline. Take in incredible views and learn about its fascinating history. Continue, to the enchanting island of Ammouliani on Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday, where you will enjoy free time to immerse yourself in the emerald waters and relax on the sandy beaches. This verdant island boasts a picturesque port and traditional alleys, showcasing the typical architecture of Mt. Athos dispersed throughout the island. Take a stroll through the charming village and explore its local shops and tavernas. On Saturday experience a breathtaking cruise around the majestic western region of the Holy Mountain of Athos with the luxurious boat. Immerse yourself in the holy monasteries and be captivated by the stunning natural beauty of the sea. Experience the island’s serene waters, which never fail to amaze every traveler. Take advantage of the opportunity to taste traditional Greek cuisine at one of the island’s many tavernas, and indulge in the flavors of the region. Depart for Thessaloniki at around 17:00 and arrive back after 2 ½ hours, making the same stops where you started from.

Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Sightseeing Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

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. If you are lucky enough, be prepared to take some photos of the dolphins. Take advantage of the onboard bar, where you can buy food, soft drinks, beer, wine, cocktails, and snacks.

Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Cruise with Ammouliani Island Visit

Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Cruise with Ammouliani Island Visit

-Enjoy majestic moments on board, Explore all the SouthWest side of Mount Athos peninsula an UNESCO World heritage site. The wilderness of the landscape, the human's power who, over a thousand years ago, managed to construct all these spectacular buildings, monasteries like castles, skites like villages and arsanades like ports. Υou may be a witness of the daily shows that dolphins offer to us during our trips. -During this route, you will be able to be tour guided and see 8 monasteries: Holy Monastery of Dochiariou, H.M. Xenophontos, H.M. Panteleimonos (Russian Monastery), H.M. Xiropotamou, the central port of Mount Athos Daphni, H.M. Simonos Petras, H.M. Grigoriou, H.M. Dionysiou and finally in the shadow of Mountain Athos which towers up to 2033m. H.M. Saint Pavlou. Subsequently, you will see the New Skite, and Saint Anna’s Skite. -Next stop, Banana beach on Ammouliani island, feel the summer temptation, catch your sunbed and umbrella, listen to the music, taste real greek plates, swim, snorkelling, explore the full green and blue coast.

Combo Cruise to Mount Athos & Ammoliani Island

Combo Cruise to Mount Athos & Ammoliani Island

Our cruise will start from Ouranoupolis, also known as The Gate to Mount Athos, as it is the last settlement before the border between the Monastic State and the rest of the world. During our journey along the west cost you will observe 4 of 20 ancient monasteries of Mount Athos and will discover the history of this secluded place, accessed from the sea and allowed to men only, for more than 1000 years. After a short dive into the history of this unique place our boat will sail you to Ammouliani, the only inhabitant island of Central Macedonia. Enjoy your free time on this charming island, exploring the picturesque village or swimming in turquoise waters.

Ouranoupoli : Mount Athos 3hours guided tour

Ouranoupoli : Mount Athos 3hours guided tour

Mount Athos boat tour. Join a guided boat tour to the west part of the Mount Athos peninsula, an UNESCO world haritage monument in Greece. Admire the beauty of the landscapes where the time stoped a thousand years ago. Departure point is the main port of Ouranoupolis next of the old big Byzidine tower from the 14th century. Approximately 15min after the departure you ll be able to see the borders of Mount Athos where the monastic world starts, then you ll hear from the boat's speakers about the history of Mount Athos and approximately in 40min you ll be able to admire the first of the total 8 monasteries you can see joining the boat tour. Big experience surprises for our little friends, the wild seagulls will try to feed from your own hand, so bring some bread with you, dolphins are usually playing around as the boat sails.

Thessaloniki: Aristotle's Birthplace and Mt. Athos Cruise

Thessaloniki: Aristotle's Birthplace and Mt. Athos Cruise

Accompanied by our professional guide the day starts by leaving behind the Thermaic Gulf, passing by the lakes Koronia and Volvi, heading east through the beautiful route of the Castle of Rentina where the tragic poet Euripides left his final breath. Our first point of archaeological interest is the Acropolis of Ancient Stagera, the birthplace of the worldwide known philosopher Aristoteles teacher and mentor of Alexander the Great. After the guided tour our next stop is the small town of Ouranoupolis where we will have plenty of time to for shopping and lunch before and after our Athos Cruise. After a full day of impressions, we return back to Thessaloniki,

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Our Driver Stefanos was super friendly and informative! He contacted us the night before to schedule the pick up and he was there right on time. He shared his knowledge about the area and really considered the group wills and adjusted the times at each stop accordingly. The van was comfortable even when it was full and the AC worked perfectly. The beaches were amazing and we had more then enough time to enjoy them! I highly recommend this tour!

This was great! I never booked tours before because they are not my thing. But the heatwave in Thessaloniki really made me want to go for a swim. I think it was a huge success to book this one! Stefanos is a very nice guide and driver, he showed us the nicest parts of the area, and we got to swim many times. Everything is quite relaxed and nice and I got to meet a couple of very nice people.

The excursion is wonderful and I recommend it with all my heart. Incredible landscapes, the impeccable vehicle, with fresh air, the friendly guide, tells enough about the place without invading, the time spent on each beach is optimal and the beaches are paradisiacal. It is unforgettable!!!

This is EXCELLENT, not good, value for money- it worths every penny! And the bartender, who offered us a true show, made our day!

Beautiful scenery across the shore line. I wish you could stay a. It longer to swim in the sea.