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From Ouranoupolis: Cruise to Mount Athos Monasteries

1. From Ouranoupolis: Cruise to Mount Athos Monasteries

Start your journey from the port of Ouranoupoli. View impressive monasteries positioned on the cliffs like Simonopetra and Daphni, as you travel around the coast.  Discover the monastic state that has existed for more than 1000 years in accordance with the lifestyle and religiosity of the Byzantines. Keep an eye out for dolphins that may swim alongside the boat. Take the rare opportunity to see a Mediterranean monk seal in the wild, a critically endangered species. 

Mount Athos Glassbottom Cruise with Ammouliani Island visit

2. 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. 

Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Peninsula Sightseeing Cruise

3. Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Peninsula Sightseeing Cruise

Board a sightseeing boat cruise and explore the southwest side of the Mount Athos peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and important center of Eastern Orthodox monasticism. Marvel at the rugged landscape and be amazed by the legacy of those who, over a thousand years ago, managed to construct these spectacular buildings. During the cruise, see 8 monasteries from a close distance from the boat, including the Holy Monastery of Dochiariou, the Holy Monastery of Xiropotamou and the Holy Monastery of Panteleimonos, amongst several others. Learn about the history of these religious sites from the onboard commentary. Discover more about the restrictions on entering this sacred area, as well as more information about the monastic lives of its inhabitants If you are lucky, you may also spot some dolphins throughout the cruise. Enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of the coastline and the Aegean Sea throughout the journey.

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

4. 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

5. 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.

Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Cruise with Ammouliani Island Visit

6. Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Cruise with Ammouliani Island Visit

-Enjoy majestic moments on board, Explore all the SouthWest side of Mount Athos peninsula an UNESCO World heritage site. The wilderness of the landscape, the human's power who, over a thousand years ago, managed to construct all these spectacular buildings, monasteries like castles, skites like villages and arsanades like ports. Υou may be a witness of the daily shows that dolphins offer to us during our trips. -During this route, you will be able to be tour guided and see 8 monasteries: Holy Monastery of Dochiariou, H.M. Xenophontos, H.M. Panteleimonos (Russian Monastery), H.M. Xiropotamou, the central port of Mount Athos Daphni, H.M. Simonos Petras, H.M. Grigoriou, H.M. Dionysiou and finally in the shadow of Mountain Athos which towers up to 2033m. H.M. Saint Pavlou. Subsequently, you will see the New Skite, and Saint Anna’s Skite. -Next stop, Banana beach on Ammouliani island, feel the summer temptation, catch your sunbed and umbrella, listen to the music, taste real greek plates, swim, snorkelling, explore the full green and blue coast.

From Ouranoupoli: Blue Lagoon Two Island Cruise

7. From Ouranoupoli: Blue Lagoon Two Island Cruise

Departing from Ouranoupolis Port, explore the crystal blue waters of Halkidiki and visit two islands in just one day. The uninhabited Diaporos Island is a marvelous destination where you can enjoy the crystal waters of the area and jump in the sea as the rays hit the water. The local market on Ammouliani Island is a destination you can't miss. Take some time to admire local products as well as the centuries-old structures of the village before you head to Banana Beach. Soak up the rays or relax in the shade of an umbrella. Listen to music, taste real greek food, swim, snorkel, and explore the beautiful coast.

From Ouranoupolis: Sunset Cruise to Ammouliani Island

8. From Ouranoupolis: Sunset Cruise to Ammouliani Island

Climb aboard a boat in the port of Ouranoupolis and sail towards the north coast of the island of Ammouliani to watch the sunset off the coast of Chalkidiki.  Relax on deck and feel the cool breeze of the evening as you listen to the sound of the sea. Choose from a selection of drinks, including ouzo, wine from Mt. Athos, sparkling wine, beers, cocktails and soft drinks with light snacks.   Continue to the main port of Ammouliani to enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore the pretty fishing village at leisure. Use the time to find a traditional tavern to sample some of the local dishes or enjoy fresh fish. Alternatively, relax at a waterfront coffee shop before sailing back to Ouranoupolis. 

Halkidiki: Half Sailing cruise to Sithonia

9. Halkidiki: Half Sailing cruise to Sithonia

Starting from the meeting point in Paliouri, choose either a morning cruise from 10 AM, or an early evening cruise from 4 PM. Meet your skipper and board the luxury yacht fully equipped with all you need for a fabulous time at sea.  Take time to swim, snorkel, in the incredible turquoise waters. Back on board, set sail and marvel at the stunning nature lining the Sithonia coastline. Unlike Kassandra — whose coastline is lined with many resorts — Sithonia’s pristine beauty will amaze you up close or from afar. Watch from the comfort of your yacht how the wooded areas alternate with rock formations and splendid beaches. Then, return back to the starting point of your cruise with your senses well and truly stimulated.

Halkidiki: Monasteries of Mount Athos Boat Cruise

10. Halkidiki: Monasteries of Mount Athos Boat Cruise

A sea journey that is being characterized as a life experience. If we are lucky, we might see dolphins on the way! A World Heritage Site and self-governed state in the Hellenic Republic, Athos is home to 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries under the direct jurisdiction of the patriarch of Constantinople. Moreover, this tour stops at Ammouliani and Drenia islands. Today Greeks commonly refer to Mount Athos as the “Holy Mountain” (Greek: Άγιον Όρος, Agion Oros), as it is home to monks. Women are not allowed at Mount Athos and please note that we are not aloud to approach it in less than 500m. Starts at 10:00 from Vourvourou Beach – at Ekies All Senses Resort (Departure time flexible upon request) Possible stops at the following Holy Monasteries: Dochiariou (28 N.M. 2 Hours) Xenofontos (29 N.M. 2 Hours) Panteleimonos (Russian) (33 Ν.Μ. 2-3 Hours) Xiropotamou (35 Ν.Μ 3 Hours) Simonos Petras (44 Ν.Μ 3-4 Hours) Grigoriou (44,5 Ν.Μ. 3-4 Hours) Dionisiou (47 N.M. 4 Hours) Agiou Pavlou (48 N.M. 4 Hours) Lunch stop at Ammouliani at a local fish restaurant. Back at 5:00 PM(changes to 4:00 PM starting on the 15th of September) Highlights: The view of Mt. Athos, the majestic monasteries, and nature at its best

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What people are saying about Ouranoupoli

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 336 reviews

GREAT EXCURSION!!! Me and partner joined from Psakoudia, only a short drive and we both really loved it. The boat was great. All the stops we made were really nice, picturesque and we had enough time to do what we wanted while we were at each one. Food was really nice and enough for the average person. Really reasonably priced snacks and drinks on board if you need. Staff were all welcoming and lovely. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone visiting Halkidiki.

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!

I had a good day. I had a good laugh with the Greek haddock captain and our guide Yianis who was very nice. Yianis was in the biggest checks. a Greek excursions with wonderful landscapes.

This was amazing cruise excursion. Brilliant food, breathtaking waters that you are able to jump to from the boat. 100% recommend this excursion.

Professionally organized Good explanations and friendly staff