Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Ouranoupoli with Mt. Athos Cruise

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Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Ouranoupoli with Mt. Athos Cruise

From $71.18 per person

This wonderful day trip to Ouranopoli and Mount Athos brings you very close to the sacred peninsula. Enjoy a cruise around Mount Athos and marvel at the many monasteries before spending some time exploring Chalkidiki.

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Duration 11 hours
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  • Enjoy a wonderful cruise around the Mount Athos peninsula of Chalkidiki and see the magical monasteries built on the rocks
  • Explore the seaside of Ouranoupoli and have lunch at a Greek tavern
  • Swim in crystal clear waters of Chalkidiki
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Depart from the White Tower of Thessaloniki at 8:00 AM and head to Ouranoupoli by bus. You'll arrive in Ouranoupoli at around 11:00 AM in front of the Byzantine Prosphori Tower and board the boat for the cruise around Mount Athos. During the cruise you have the chance to see the ports of the Holy Monasteries of Helandariou and Konstamonitou, the colorful Monastery of Docheiariou, the nearby Monastery of Xenophontos, the renovated Holy Monastery of Agiou Panteleimonos - the Russian monastery, the Holy Monastery of Xeropotamou, the main harbor of Mount Athos Daphne, the impressive Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras and the Holy Monasteries of Osiou Grigoriou. Lastly, you can see Agia Anna, just below the imposing Mount Athos, which stands magnificently at 2,000 meters above sea level. If you book on a Tuesday, then after the cruise you'll visit the island of Ammouliani where you'll have free time to enjoy a swim in the emerald sea. On Wednesdays, after the cruise, you have free time to explore Ouranoupoli and the beach nearby. On Thursdays, after the cruise, you can visit Alykes beach. The monasteries are not visited on Sundays, but rather the beautiful area of Vourvourou. Enjoy a swim in one of the most beautiful beaches in Chalkidiki accompanied by a barbeque. Later on, continue your cruise and visit either the paradisiacal Drenia isles or Ammouliani for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing.
  • Transport to and from Halkidiki – Mount Athos
  • English-speaking trip attendant
  • Basic travel insurance (during transport)
  • Ticket for the cruise
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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  • You will receive an email to book your ticket for the cruise - 20€/person on Tuesdays to Thursdays, 25€/person on Sundays
  • During the cruise, coffees, sandwiches, beers, and refreshments are available for you to purchase
  • There is also an audio guide, available in various languages
  • Due to Greek law, boats are not allowed to moor on the Athos peninsula so you will see the monasteries from the boat
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It was a fantastic experience. The cruise was great. The guide George provided a fabulous passionate insight into the history associated with the area, both Mount Athos and the whole of the north Greek area. Thank you George for your insight into both distant and modern history of Macedonia and its place in Greece.

September 22, 2019


The bus trip to Ouranopolis is a little bit too long (more then 2 hours)... The sightseeing of the monasteries from the boat is exciting but don’t expect to see them too close. Our trip was interrupted a little bit earlier for strong wind and we spent some more time in Ammouliani. I suggest to organise to stay at least two hours on the beach.

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June 28, 2019

Excellent Tour

The tour was amazing, boat was very comfortable and big, the staff on the boat were very nice and knowledgeable Mount Athos was impressive and the beach of Ammouliani was breathtaking! The only point to highlight is to increase the time spent on the beach, 1.5 hours was not enough. The restaurant on the beach took so much time to get the food (40min) which made our stay on the beach very short. thanks

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August 26, 2018

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