Things to do in Halkidiki

Our most recommended things to do in Halkidiki

Mount Athos Glassbottom Cruise with Ammouliani Island visit

1. 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. On Tuesdays, the tour stops at the center of the village of Ammouliani, while on Thursdays and Sundays, it stops at Alykes beach. 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. 

Chalkidiki: Lunch Cruise to Blue Lagoon & Vourvourou's Islet

2. Chalkidiki: Lunch Cruise to Blue Lagoon & Vourvourou's Islet

Delight in a fun cruise aboard a glass-bottom boat from Ouranoupoli's port to the famous beaches of Sithonia and the islands of Vourvourou and Diaparos. Enjoy plenty of opportunities for swimming and snorkeling, and savor a traditional Greek barbecue meal for lunch. Board a glass-bottom boat from the port of Ouranoupoli and set sail. Pass over the most famous reef of the area and admire the yellow corals. Travel to the second peninsula of Halkidiki, Sithonia, and take some photos of the picture-perfect beaches. Next, stop at the Blue Lagoon for 2 hours. Swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters of the bay at a depth of 2 meters. After swimming and snorkeling, replenish your energy with a barbecue full of traditional Greek flavors, such as souvlaki, Greek salad, tzatziki, and bread. Enjoy a glass of wine and beverages for your children with your meal, but inform the local partner a few days in advance if you require a vegetarian meal. Once you've had your lunch, make your way to Alikes beach on Ammouliani. Stop for 1.5 hours for more swimming opportunities at the port of the lagoon, or sip a cocktail at one of the various beach bars. The tour concludes with a return to Ouranoupolis in the evening.

Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Sightseeing Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

3. 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. Listen to live traditional music when on the boat. Take advantage of the onboard bar, where you can buy food, soft drinks, beer, wine, cocktails, and snacks.

From Thessaloniki: Chalkidiki Blue Lagoon Cruise with Lunch

4. From Thessaloniki: Chalkidiki Blue Lagoon Cruise with Lunch

Swim in refreshing waters, snorkel with colorful marine life, and savor a delicious meal on the beach with this cruise. Travel from Thessaloniki to Ormos Panagias in comfort aboard an air conditioned bus and cruise to Ammouliani on a sightseeing boat. Start your unforgettable day with a transfer form Thessaloniki city to Ormos Panagias from where your cruise will begin. Feel the wind in your hair as you sail to Ammouliani, a beautiful island complex where the boat stops at a charming village where you can take a short walk. Head to Banna Beach for two hours of free time. Soak up some sun, go for a swim in crystal-clear waters, and snorkel. Next have a mouth-watering lunch right on the beach (included in the price). On your way back to Ormos Panagias, enjoy 30 minutes in the turquoise waters close to Vourvourou and between Diasporos islands.

Chalkidiki: Scuba Diving for Beginners in Kassandra

5. Chalkidiki: Scuba Diving for Beginners in Kassandra

During the 3-hour class, learn the basic rules about scuba equipment and practice essential diving skills in the shallows, before going on a unique, guided, and safe underwater adventure with your PADI instructor. Get the experience of personalized training as you dive in small groups of 3 students or fewer. Progress at your own pace while you meet new friends. The dive site is selected for its ideal conditions for beginners and abundant sea life. The area is well known for its crystal clear water assuring excellent visibility, the absence of currents and of dangerous species and the easy access to a multitude of dive sites. See all the typical marine life in the Mediterranean sea: octopuses, sea anemones, starfishes, moray eels, sea slugs (nudibranchs), and a lot of fish varieties swimming around you. The program is aimed at beginners, so no license or previous experience is needed. All diving equipment is provided. Participants must be at least 10 years old which makes it an experience suitable for the whole family. Furthermore, once you realize that you want to become PADI certified, you will have already done the first step. The PADI Discover Scuba Diving program can be credited towards your PADI Open Water Diver course, the world's most popular and widely recognized scuba course.

Vourvourou: Guided Half-Day Kayak Tour in Diaporos Island

6. Vourvourou: Guided Half-Day Kayak Tour in Diaporos Island

Begin your adventure at Mikro Karydi beach in Vourvourou. Upon meeting you, your guide will ensure that you have all the equipment necessary for an enjoyable kayaking tour. The guide will also show you some basics about the kayak to ensure your safety throughout. Each double kayak has a portable cool-box containing sandwiches, fruit, bottles of water, and juice. Set off from Karydi beach, the most famous beach of Halkidiki, to see even more beautiful beaches along the way. Your first stop will be on the South beach of Diaporos island. Here, you will have some free time to explore the beach, take photos, swim, snorkel, and relax. You will also have the chance to discover the eastern side of Diaporos island Then, pick up your paddles again and head to Mirsini beach. After some free time here, you will make one more stop on a very small and wonderful beach on Kalamonisia island. Finally, return to Mikro Karydi where you will take a commemorative group photo and receive a surprise gift.

Athens: Private Tour of Acropolis, Plaka and Lycabettus

7. Athens: Private Tour of Acropolis, Plaka and Lycabettus

Explore some of the most visited sights in Athens with a half-day private bus tour around the Acropolis, the Mount of Lycabettus, the Plaka district and several scenic locations in Greece's capital. You start your trip with a panoramic tour of the most iconic landmarks in Athens. Go to the Panathinaiko Stadium, home of the first Olympic Games. Next, stop by the Zappeion and Temple of Olympian Zeus, followed by the Athens Trilogy made up of the University, the Academy and the National Library. More memorable landmarks await you in your tour of Athens, like the National Garden, Hadrian’s Arch, St. Paul’s Church, the Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schliemann’s House, Catholic Cathedral, Old Parliament, Constitution Square and the Russian Orthodox Church. A visit to Mount Lycabettus will give you plenty of photo opportunities in one of the city's most stunning natural features. Thanks to the vantage point over town, the panoramic views of Athens and the Acropolis make this destination one of the most sought-after stops. Finally, stop by the Acropolis, and wander around this historical complex, filled with many of the most recognizable sights in Athens, like the Temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon and the Erechtheion. Stroll past the Herodion and Dionysus Theater, where you'll find the new Acropolis Museum, its collection of artifacts and the excavation site located under the museum. You will be next to Palka district, the perfect place to check out more Greek culture and cuisine.

Thessaloniki: Aristotle's Birthplace and Mt. Athos Cruise

8. 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 Graat. 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. Last stop is the Aristoteles Park, here you get the chance to experiment with the original interactive instruments influence by the inventions of Aristoteles. After a full day of impressions, we return back to Thessaloniki,

Halkidiki: Kassandra 4x4 Jeep Safari Off-Road Experience

9. Halkidiki: Kassandra 4x4 Jeep Safari Off-Road Experience

Visit hotspots only the locals know about during this off-road Jeep safari tour. With an experienced driver and guide you will get to explore unknown landmarks such as the village of Kassandrino, a prehistoric volcanic lake, Agia Paraskevi, and eat a delicious lunch at a family-owned tavern. Start your day of adventure at 9:00 AM by meeting your guide in front of your hotel. Your guide will introduce you to the day's itinerary before you set-off on your expedition. Stop at the old village of Kassandrino and witness one of the oldest temples in the area. Learn the history of the village while tasting local products from nearby farmers. Commence your off-road experience whilst travelling to a prehistoric volcanic lake. Spot beautiful turtles bathing and swimming in its waters. Continue on to the highest point of Kassandra. This is the perfect spot to see all 3 Peninsulas at the same time and some of the North Aegean islands. Follow an uncharted path through a pine forest to the south side of Kassandra and see the volcanic area of Agia Paraskevi. Climb down to the West Coast and enjoy your final stop at a family tavern with views of the gorgeous ocean. Enjoy a relaxing drive back down the West Coast to return to your starting destination.

From Sithonia: Private 4x4 Off-Road Safari in Halkidiki

10. From Sithonia: Private 4x4 Off-Road Safari in Halkidiki

Get an authentic taste of an off-road adventure during this private 4x4 SUV tour from Sithonia to Nikiti, Vourvourou, Parthenonas, and other spots that can’t be accessed via normal rental cars. Get an inside look at some of the most amazing places of Halkidiki that only the locals know. The adventure starts in the morning in front of your hotel. Meet your private local tour guide, get a pre-trip introduction to the tour, then set out for the first stop on the itinerary, the old village of Nikiti. At Nikiti, find one of the oldest temples in the area and learn the history of the area while tasting local products from farmers. Afterward, see the east coast of Sithonia at the village of Vourvourou and admire the view of the Athos Peninsula. Then, venture off-road to a prehistoric place 725-meters high at the ancient tree of Itamos. From there, maneuver up to the highest point of Sithonia at 1,000-meters high. Reach the perfect spot to see all three peninsulas at the same time along with some north Aegean Islands. Next, follow an uncharted path through a pine forest to the west side of Sithonia and see the traditional village of Parthenonas. Climb down to the west coast and reach the last stop of the tour, a Greek family tavern in front of the sea. Sit down and enjoy a local lunch (costs not included), then journey back to your hotel by traveling along the west coastline.

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We really enjoyed our trip, seeing different monasteries and spending some time on Ammouliani island (you get about 1,5h to spend here. There is a snackbar on the beach or you can bring some food if your own). Make sure to be on time in the morning so you get a good spot in the boat. Staf is very friendly!

It was a great day with Nectarios. He told stories and talked about Greek history on the way. We visited charming villages, special places, buildings on the way. Had a delicious coffee and lunch on the tour. Time was running with him - wish would kept this day longer! We enjoyed it very much!!!

Staff very friendly and helpful. The view it’s something fantastic. One of the best choice to do in holiday. Good music, nice view and close friends. I would recommend

It was a very nice experience, at first we were a bit exited. But during the course we felt safe and it was very fun.

Great! Beautiful and comfortable, highly recommend to all (families, couples, small groups of friends).