Relax and enjoy a cruise in the Athos gulf, stunned by the astonishing view over the byzantine monasteries of Mount Athos. Since the 10th century a.D., Athos has been a monastic state dedicated to the Virgin Mary; since that time, only monks can live here, access is prohibited to the women, while men need a special permission to enter, so the cruise is the best way to catch a glimpse of that forbidden world of medieval spirituality and impressive architecture, among one of the most impressive landscapes of Greece!
Along our way, we pass by ancient Stagira, birthplace of the ancient philosopher Aristoteles, while at the end of the cruise you can enjoy picturesque Ouranoupolis and a fish lunch in one of the local taverns (not included). Return to Thessaloniki in the afternoon.
Departure & Return Location
Authorised tourist guide
Entrance fees to museums and archeological sites
Meals and drinks
Tips and personal expenses
What to Expect
Enjoy a very easy and relaxing tour: you will be comfortably picked up from Thessaloniki and driven to Ouranoupolis to embark on a 4 hours’ cruise along the western coast of the Athos peninsula. From the boat, you will be able to admire and take nice photos of the monasteries and the beautiful Mediterranean landscape. The cruise returns to Ouranoupolis, a lovely touristic town with nice taverns. You will have time at leisure to enjoy lunch or a walk before departure to Thessaloniki.
You are advised to carry sunscreen and hat. Without any need for long walks you can enjoy:
The archaeological site of ancient Stagira.
The monasteries along the coast of Mount Athos with their medieval architecture.
The charming Mediterranean landscape.
The little town of Ouranoupolis.
Day 1From 07.30 - 18.00
07:30 Departure from Thessaloniki
09:00 Arrival by the archaeological site of Stagira and short stop on a panoramic terrace.
10:00 Arrival at Ouranoupolis
10:30 Embarkation on the cruise to Athos.
14:00 Return to Ouranoupolis.
15:30 Departure to Thessaloniki.
18:00 Return to Thessaloniki.