Mount Athos Cruise from Thessaloniki

Day trip to the heart of the Orthodox monastic life which beats for more than 10 centuries

Live a unique experience with the summer breeze that travels you while being on board to Mount Athos. During the cruise, you can admire eight of the twenty Holy Monasteries of Mt. Athos, situated in the west coast of the peninsula of Athos, in Sithonia bay. The cruise continues to the beautiful island of Ammouliani, which is the unique inhabited island in Chalkidiki; very popular for the crystal-blue water of the sea and the white sand beaches, all of them awarded with the blue flag.

Rates

  • Adult Price: 60€
  • Child Price: 30€

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Inclusions

  • Round-trip transportation to Ouranoupoli - Chalkidiki
  • 3-hours cruise around Mt. Athos
  • English speaking trip attendant-archaeologist
  • Basic travel insurance (during transport)

Exclusions

  • Cost of lunch at the restaurant
  • Personal expenses

Useful Information

  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Starting Time: 8:00am
  • Bring your swimwear! Swimming in the crystal-blue sea is included!
  • Women can also participate in the Mount. Athos Cruise!
  • This excursion takes place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (valid from 01/06 to 30/09)

Highlights

  • Visit Ouranoupoli
  • Cruise around Mt. Athos
  • Every Tuesday: Ammouliani island
  • Every Thursday: Alykes beach (in Ammouliani island)
  • Every Saturday: Ierissos beach

Tour Details

We depart to Ouranoupoli with the bus of Ammon Express along with our friendly trip attendant-archaeologist,

  • at 08:00 from the White Tower (entrance),
  • at 08:05 from Makedonia Palace Hotel,
  • at 08:15 from Aristotelous Square & Egnatia Street (at the white Statue of Venizelos),
  • at 08:20 from Capsis Hotel,
  • at 08:25 from The Met Hotel

The distance is 140km and lasts approximately 2 ½ hours.

We reach Ouranoupoli at around 11:00a.m, in front of the Byzantine Tower of Prosforion; a trademark of the city, and we board the ship for the enchanting cruise around Mount Athos. Mt. Athos is an independent monastic state with a history of more than 1.100 years old and nowadays consists of 20 monasteries where among there is one Russian, one Serbian and one Bulgarian. It’s an absolute experience that you can’t miss!

During the cruise through the west coast of Mt. Athos, we have the chance to see from a short distance and in turn, the ports (tarsanades) of the Holy Monasteries of Hilandar and Konstamonitou, the colorful Monastery of Docheiariou, the nearby Monastery of Xenophontos, the renovated Holy Monastery of Saint Panteleimon’s – the Russian monastery – the Holy Monastery of Xeropotamou, the main harbor of Mount Athos called Daphne, the impressive Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras (or Simonopetra) and the Holy Monasteries of Osios (Saint) Grigorios, Dionysios and Agios (Saint) Pavlos (Saint Paul’s), scattered along the verdant western coastline of the Mount Athos peninsula. Lastly, we can see the skete of Agia Anna (Saint Anne’s skete), just below the imposing Mount Athos, which stands magnificent at 2.000meters above sea level.

Later we visit:

  • EVERY TUESDAY*: The small island of Ammouliani, where we have free time to enjoy our swim in the emerald sea and to taste the traditional lunch. Ammouliani is a verdant island, with a picturesque port, traditional alleys, with the typical architecture of Mt. Athos dispersed around the island and serene waters that amaze every traveler.
  • EVERY THURSDAY*: The Alykes Beach in the island of Ammouliani, where we have free time to enjoy our swim in the emerald sea and our lunch in a picturesque tavern right on the coast, in front of the sea. Alykes is the most popular beach in Ammouliani and you can’t miss the chance to swim into its turquoise crystal-clear water.
  • EVERY SATURDAY**: The neighboring town of Ierissos, where we have free time to enjoy our swim in the crystal-clear sea in one of the most beautiful beaches in Chalkidiki, our coffee on the sun beds of the endless sandy beach, or our lunch at one of the traditional seafood taverns by the beach.

*Every Tuesday and Thursday the cruise is realized by a glass bottom ship that gives us the opportunity to see the endless seabed. The cruise reaches the port of Daphne, situated in the middle part of the third “finger” of Chalkidiki, so that we have the chance to see half of the Monasteries mentioned above. Later the cruise continues to the wonderful island of Ammouliani

**Every Saturday the cruise is realized with the ship “Calypso” which reaches the edge of the “finger” and you have the chance to see all the monasteries of the west coast of Mt. Athos. Later we visit by bus the village of Ierissos where we can either enjoy our swim in the beautiful beach or have a lunch break at one of the traditional taverns of the village.
We depart to Thessaloniki at around 17:00p.m and we are back after an 2 ½ hours, making the same stops where we started from.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations received within 2 days of departure will incur a penalty of 50% per person.
  • Cancellations received within 1 day of departure will incur a penalty of 100% per person.
  • Unused features are non-refundable. No shows forfeit entire payment.

Our Latest Reviews

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Rating: by wongk185 on June 15, 2019

Very nicely organized tour

The tours are very well organized. The guides are well trained and professional who explained us the history of the places. Also the tours allowed sufficient time for us to take photos and visit those monasteries. Highly recommended!

Rating: by YingYingLai on June 14, 2019

The highlight of our trip!

We had found out more about the trip from Visit Meteora website. The website is extremely informative and has helped a lot in the planning a Meteora trip. Our guide, Jim is very knowledgeable and humorous and we have learnt so much about Meteora, Greek...

Rating: by susanyg2016 on June 14, 2019

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Our tour guide is Jim he is very knowledgeable and he has a good sense of humor.. we enjoyed our Meteora Sunset tour. Thank you Jim.

Rating: by gps42 on June 14, 2019

Great tour

Meteors was amazing and they did a good job of showing us the sights. We really enjoyed it. I also forgot my hat in theIr bus twice and the returned it to our hotel both times!

Rating: by Dreamer26420152573 on June 14, 2019

SO worth the trip from Athens!

My sister and i took this tour and we are so glad we did! The area is so beautiful and so completely different than Athens and the monasteries are amazing to see. Our guide did an excellent job of telling the history of the place...

Rating: by yonseekian on June 14, 2019

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My Wife and I booked the 3D2N Meteora/Delphi by Railway from Athens with the company. They were very responsive and they provided clear instructions to take the train. The Dellas Boutique Hotel was booked for our stay, which was very lovely. We enjoyed both the...

Rating: by Qingyang X on June 13, 2019

Great experience

My parents, a friend and I took the two-day rail tour from Athens. It's a great experience. We selected the sunset tour and the hiking tour. The sunset tour is perfect for photograph-the light is so beautiful! The hiking tour is also great, but we...

Rating: by Curious_travellr on June 13, 2019

Great experience

Great experience, excellent value for money. I took the train myself from Thessaloniki and they met me and the rest of the group at the train station in really nice air conditioned Mercedes vans. The guide Maria was excellent and so was our driver, he...

Rating: by Passenger48336467362 on June 12, 2019

Visit to Meteora

This was an excellent company to deal with and everyone of their employees were awesome. We had a driver (Antonias) meet us in Athens and take us to Kalambaka, he was fabulous and fun. Next we took a morning tour to the Monestaries. Both Driver...

Rating: by Explorer64439416537 on June 12, 2019

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Great tour. Very informative. Guide was excellent. Tour bus was very comfortable. Picked us up at our hotel and dropped us off in town at our request. I would recommend this tour.

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