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.

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  • 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 Adi E on August 17, 2019

Gorgeous

We drove in our private car all around the area, about 15 minutes. And we had stops in each monasteries (without getting in) the view is fabulous. Aftrr a few hours we went up again to see the sunset ???? and it was amazing!!

Rating: by Philip B on August 16, 2019

Do it

Guide Katerina and driver Andonis took the four of us (including a 7 year old boy - he loved it) on a 5 hour journey through 1,700 years of fascinating history and some of the most spectacular landscapes in Greece. They were simply brilliant in...

Rating: by vincentm922019 on August 16, 2019

Excellent tour with fantastic views

We had a great time with Evan our guide. We had unique views on 5 out of 6 of the active monasteries and visited one. Evan provided a lot of explanations (on the geology, wild life, monasteries, etc) and was also very caring and cautious...

Rating: by leilajordyn on August 15, 2019

What an incredible experience!

My day trip from Thessaloniki to Meteora was one of my greatest experiences as an avid traveler. Beautiful, historical and unlike any place I have seen, Meteora is a must. The team at Visit Meteora went above and beyond in helping me orchestrate the logistics...

Rating: by peterF6877CK on August 15, 2019

Strongly recommended

We took the 2 day train tour from Thessaloniki with a sunset tour and a hiking tour the following day. The three star hotel was worth four and our two guides were very courteous, funny and extremely knowledgeable in every aspect of Greek history and...

Rating: by joepE3008MR on August 14, 2019

Full day round trip from Athens to Meteora

The train ride was long. It was supposed to be 4 hours, but delayed 45 minutes because of mechanical issues. Having said that...it was all worth it! Our guide was phenomenal—native from the area. She described personal experiences she had interacting a particularly wise monk....

Rating: by mara5256 on August 13, 2019

Best Tour

With a variety of ages, this tour was perfect for everyone. Eva was a very knowledgeable and professional, and the driver was very careful and professional. Also participated in the sunset tour which can be combined to see some additional sights. the tour really made...

Rating: by Evelyn D on August 13, 2019

Absolutely fantastic!

On August 5, 2019, I took this train tour from Thessaloniki to Kalambaka and was greeted at the train station by Eva and George from Visit Meteora. This was the best tour I’ve ever had anywhere! Eva was amazing - such vivid and articulate storytelling...

Rating: by 63surf on August 12, 2019

Absolutely Wonderful

Took the tour as a last minute thing with my son. Having everything from the train tickets to the hotel to the food and the tours set for us, made this a truly memorable experience. We spent a month in Greece, and those three day...

Rating: by Achung9595 on August 11, 2019

Great tour except for the train

This was a fantastic day trip except for the train ride to and from. The day begins early at 7:20. The train is not very nice and the seats are not very comfortable, especially for a four hour ride. The ride brings you through a...

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