Known as the ‘Holy Mountain', Mount Athos really is a sight to behold. This half-day cruise from Halkidiki takes you along the shores of this imposing mountain to see the world's one and only autonomous monastic republic since the Byzantine era, inhabited by some 1,400 monks, all cut off from the outside world.
Perched on Halkidiki's eastern peninsula, Mount Athos is a Greek treasure that's strictly off limits to visitors. But you'll get a good look at the place with this full-day boat trip. Cruise by the cliff-hugging monasteries of the world's only monastic republic before anchoring up in Amouliani for an afternoon of sun, sea, swimming or exploring.
Often referred to as the ‘Holy Mountain', Mount Athos really is a sight to behold. With access restricted, a cruise around the coast of Mount Athos is the best way to see the UNESCO-listed complex of monasteries that cling to the cliffs. And as one of the oldest surviving monastic complexes in the world, its history is truly fascinating. Sit back on board and listen to the commentary as we sail as close as possible to its shores, taking in the vistas all around and viewing eight of the twenty monasteries. Towering 2,000m before you, the steep slopes of Mount Athos make for a cruise with a difference.
Discover the beauty of Halkidiki's third peninsula with this 5-hour sightseeing cruise to Mount Athos and Ammouliani island!
With the promise of a full day's relaxation among the turquoise waters of Diaporos Island and Amouliani, this cruise from Ouranoupolis has it all. You'll get to work on your tan and soak up the mountain views from the moment you're on board. Once we reach the island, grab your umbrella and beach mats from your captain then make your way on to an isolated beach for a few hours' free time. Then, cruising over to Amouliani, you'll stop off for one more swim and a light lunch before anchoring up in the pretty port.
You can never tire of Sithonia peninsula's string of turquoise bays, pristine beaches and laid-back feel, but this full day tour takes you to unravel a different side to the area. Once you arrive at Nikiti, you'll enjoy a guided tour of the old town and have time to visit the open local market. Next, you'll depart for Porto Koufo, passing by a string of bays along the way. It'll soon be your turn for swimming or sunbathing too, or you can opt to have a coffee or lunch in Porto Koufo. Lastly, you'll head to the traditional village of Parthenonas, where you'll have a guided tour and be shown to the best photo spots.
Meaning ‘middle of the sky', Meteora is a unique phenomenon and without doubt one of the greatest sights in Greece. A drive through the region of Thessaly and a visit to Meteora – the monastic mountains – is quite simply going to leave you open-mouthed in awe.
A warm welcome at the beachside village of Afitos awaits on this evening excursion. You'll have around three hours to enjoy your time as you wish. Perhaps browse the shops for souvenirs or sip on an ouzo while live music comes and goes in waves. Then there are tavernas and bars overlooking the sea where you can grab a cocktail or a bite to eat with some impressive views. And with your return transfer already sorted, you don't need to worry about the drive back. It's a fun-filled night out in a pretty corner of Halkidiki.
Home to some of Greece's best beaches, Halkidiki is a haven for relaxing in style. Step aboard at Nea Fokea, and we'll set sail along the eastern fringes of the peninsula. Relax under the sun before we arrive at the first stop – Afitos beach. Plunge into the cooling sea, snorkel to spot the sea life and try your hand at some paddle boarding. Continue to Kalithea for another swim stop and you can enjoy a few glasses of wine, beer or soft drinks alongside, snacks, fruit, and fresh Greek yoghurt. And on the way back to port, you can even play captain with a short sailing lesson from the crew.
Thessaloniki is one of those cities that invite you to find your inner compass. The eminently walkable old town is a hotchpotch of fascinating monuments from classical, Byzantine and Ottoman eras. Among the sights are the Roman era Arch and Rotunda of Galerius, and the Byzantine churches of Sophia and Demetrius. If you fancy a break, mingle with the locals in the new promenade, watch the street performers or try some sweets and a frappé ice-cold coffee – it's a local speciality. And if shopping is your thing, take a walk along Tsimiski Street
Immerse yourself in the history of Thessaloniki, wander through the market and discover its cafés and shops with this walking tour. Visit the church of St Demetrius, the patron of the city, and the ruins of the Roman Forum, before arriving at the elegant Aristotelous Square, which opens on to the sea. In the market, the colourful stalls and the din of loud stallholders hawking their wares will transport you to what can seem like an oriental bazaar. Enjoy a snack in a traditional tavern to refuel for more explorations or relax while savouring an ice-cold frappé.
When it comes to national treasures, Mt Athos is right up there with the Acropolis in Athens. All of which makes this cruise the best – and only – way to see it. Sit back and soak up the sun as your boat sails along the peninsula, giving you close-up views over the monasteries, which are perched on the cliffs. It's a fascinating glimpse into the monks' secret world. Later, your boat will arrive at Ouranopoli, where you'll have time for lunch before sailing home.
A full day's relaxation among the turquoise waters of Diaporos Island and Amouliani, awaits on this cruise from Ouranoupolis . You'll sail to a remote beach on the paradise island of Diaporos for free time and lunch first. Then, anchor up in Amouliani to eat an ice cream or do a spot of shopping.
Go where no car can go on this rugged, off-road adventure along Halkidiki's Sithonia or Kassandra peninsulas. Join us for a rip-roaring odyssey in a 4x4 vehicle as we weave along diverse landscapes of dark and dense woodlands, virgin beaches of fine white sands and emerald green seas. Your driver takes you completely off the beaten track, deep into the countryside, exploring places most visitors never see. Bump down dirt tracks and bounce over potholes as the driver gives you an insider's knowledge of Halkidiki's secret side. The experience winds down with a visit to a secluded beach for a refreshing swim. You'll have free time to chill.
Tucked up near the mountainous Bulgarian border lies Lake Kerikini – a vast area of marshland that's a haven for rare plants, birds and wildlife. It all starts in a traditional boat called a ‘plaves', to glide along the water and admire the idyllic natural scenery. Lake Kerikini is the premier birding site in Greece, so coming to a complete stop, you'll hear the sounds of over a thousand birds around you. Afterwards, off-roaders will take you to places around the lake. Back at base, a well-deserved lunch is served, washed down with a few drinks to end the day.
Enjoy a marvelous audio-guided cruise around the impressive western part of the Holy Mountain of Athos!
Setting sail from the port of Chrousso, you'll head towards the middle peninsula. It's dotted with beautiful islands made up of pine trees and bleached white beaches. At Toroni, you'll be able to have fun and games on the beach or just chill out and top up your tan. There'll be a snack provided once you're back on board, while the skipper navigates to Neos Marmaras. One of the biggest ports in Halkidiki, you'll have time here to explore the town and hit the shops. There's a one last stop during the afternoon at Kelifos Island. It's also known as Turtle Island because of its turtle shell-shape.
You know you're on holidays when you find yourself in sunshine with a balmy sea breeze washing over you. Laze on deck as it cruises across the Singitic Gulf until we drop anchor off Ammouliani island. Explore its only village, strolling past dinky stone houses towards the tiny main square, where you'll find St Nicholas's Church. Next, we sail for one of Ammouliani's most beautiful beaches. Spend a couple of hours soaking up the sun and swimming in the sea before a light barbecue lunch is served on the beach. On the way back, enjoy another swim before docking at the port.
Strictly off limits to visitors, Mount Athos is a Greek treasure that you can only get a good look at by boat. On this full day trip, you'll make your own way to the port and set off on a cruise by the cliff-hugging monasteries of the world's only monastic republic. Then, anchor up in Amouliani for an afternoon of sun, sea, swimming or exploring.
When it comes to national treasures, Mt Athos is right up there with the Acropolis in Athens. It's the world's one and only monastic republic, ruled over by the black-robed monks of its medieval monasteries. As such, access to it is restricted, with all women forbidden to set foot on its shores. All of which makes this cruise the best – and only – way to see it.Sit back and soak up the sun as your boat sails along the peninsula, giving you close-up views over the monasteries, which are literally perched on the cliffs. It's a fascinating glimpse into the monks' secret world.And you can't miss the actual Mt Athos, or Holy Mountain, rising up just over 2,000 metres from the peninsula's southern tip – it's a pretty inspiring sight. Later, your boat will arrive at Ouranopoli, where you'll have time for lunch before sailing home.