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 795flaviom on September 19, 2019

Excellent tour

A comfortable vehicle, a small group, a friendly, informative and Meteora passionate guide, means a perfect tour. We enjoyed it very much.

Rating: by Kaf80 on September 19, 2019

Amazing & great!

Amazing views & nicely organized trip! Small bus was very comfy. We had a nice young lady as our guide- who was a local from Kalabaka- full of knowledge of the history & geology of the region.

Rating: by ישראל ג on September 19, 2019

excllent trip

very interesting trip. the guide gave a lot of information about the monastaries and the history of the area very recommnded trip. the guide was very very good

Rating: by JohnK1279 on September 19, 2019

Amazing Time

Booked the half day tour and I was not disappointed the guide (Vasilis) was informative and very engaging and friendly and I highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to visit the best of the best of this overwhelming historic site.

Rating: by LesM105 on September 18, 2019

Sunset tour

Katerina was an excellent guide with so much local knowledge. We were taken to great spots with lots of stops for photo ops.

Rating: by catherinedevaublanc on September 18, 2019

Meteora sunset tour

Very interesting trip. The different places discovered during the tour perfectly complete the visits of the monastries that you can do by yourself. Good guide. I highly recommend.

Rating: by OzCarebear on September 17, 2019

Sunset Tour

We did the sunset tour with Katerina and Costa (apologies if I spelt your names wrong). Costa is a great driver expertly navigating cars, buses, people and goats. He expertly navigated the winding roads & I didn’t have to worry about being car sick after...

Rating: by RAnnDomized on September 17, 2019

Athens to Meteora (Day Trip)

I decided to visit Meteora on my last day in Greece because well, why not. Visit Meteora took care of booking my train tickets so all I had to do was show up at the Athens train station. When I arrived in Kalambaka, the tour...

Rating: by cheryleats on September 16, 2019

Train to Train Tour

The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. The restaurant that the guide recommended was very very good too! We enjoyed the tour and learnt so much! Train ride was pretty long though, it was a (4+4) 8 hour in total to-and-fro ride.

Rating: by MaryL1254 on September 16, 2019

Half day Meteora trip from Athens

Very straight forward and informative tour, just what we needed for a day away from Athens. Beautiful scenery, went into 2 of the monasteries, the minivan/bus was comfortable and we would not have been able to do this on our own since we didn't drive....

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