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 moutassemy on February 13, 2020

Amazing experience

It was amazing experience, we enjoyed every single second spent here in Meteora. The guide Eva and driver Sotos were so professional and friendly, the explanation was perfect... Worth of price and time We really recommend to visit at least once this breathtaking monasteries full...

Rating: by Cowwzy on February 13, 2020

Perfect

We had a wonderful time! We did the hiking tour and the rock scramble up the Great Saint. Our guides for both tours were fantastic. We learned so much about the area. Highly recommend these guys.

Rating: by S4427UKandrewf on February 1, 2020

Morning in Mountaintop Monasteries and Retreats

As a mid-winter tour this was small-group, unhurried, thoroughly informative and responsive to the group's interests and requests. History of the stunning mountain scenery and the hermit history leading to mountaintop monasteries was given in a relaxed and clear way appropriate to the size of...

Rating: by WindyPinesWife on January 31, 2020

Great trip!! Amazing scenery and excellent tour guide!!

The directions for getting the train from Athens were perfect. Lovely scenery along the way and then the tour guides were right there to pick us up when we arrived. The restroom on the train is a bit nasty. The guides took us to the...

Rating: by Asparafans on January 29, 2020

Divine and Natural Beauty

We booked for the 3-day Meteora /Delphi but due to the train problem (from Kalambaka station), we missed to see Delphi. However, the experience was compensated by getting to visit more monasteries. We enjoyed the visits after all. All of the Visit Meteora staff were...

Rating: by Michelle R on February 16, 2020

Terrific & Majestic!

Just a wonderful experience from Dimitris & his team... The luxury bus was safe, clean, water & wifi provided. It was a small group of us given the tour running in the colder months, but it was perfect to see the monasteries and views without...

Rating: by AdamPhilly on February 15, 2020

This tour was excellent!

This was a great experience. Their office was incredibly helpful while I booked this tour, giving me recommendations for the trains out of Athens. On day of tour, the van picked me up from the hotel on time. Eva was our guide and she was...

Rating: by moutassemy on February 13, 2020

Amazing experience

It was amazing experience, we enjoyed every single second spent here in Meteora. The guide Eva and driver Sotos were so professional and friendly, the explanation was perfect... Worth of price and time We really recommend to visit at least once this breathtaking monasteries full...

Rating: by Cowwzy on February 13, 2020

Perfect

We had a wonderful time! We did the hiking tour and the rock scramble up the Great Saint. Our guides for both tours were fantastic. We learned so much about the area. Highly recommend these guys.

Rating: by S4427UKandrewf on February 1, 2020

Morning in Mountaintop Monasteries and Retreats

As a mid-winter tour this was small-group, unhurried, thoroughly informative and responsive to the group's interests and requests. History of the stunning mountain scenery and the hermit history leading to mountaintop monasteries was given in a relaxed and clear way appropriate to the size of...

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