#1 Cruise to Mount Athos from Ouranoupolis

Get on board and enjoy a more intimate cruise tour to an UNESCO world heritage site away from the crowds!


Port of Departure: Ouranoupolis | Departure time: 11:00 | Return time: 14:00 | Duration: 3 hours

Admire the world renowned sights of Mount Athos aboard an intimate 3-hour cruise and be mesmerized by the unique Byzantine architecture of the monasteries and the untouched natural beauty surrounding them. Our boat CALYPSO hosts up to 140 passengers and is the best choice for those seeking an intimate cruise experience and personalized service. With fewer guests on board, the atmosphere is warm and friendly and the service personal.

Pass By: Mount Athos The Holy Mountain, Mount Athos, Mt. Athos Peninsula, Halkidiki Region, Central Macedonia  

We start our journey at 11:00 from the port of Ouranoupolis, a small village at the edge of the frontier between the Holy Mountain and the rest of the world. After about 5 minutes of sailing we meet the borders of the monasterial city which are defined on the ground by an imaginary line that starts from the location "Fragocastro" in the west coast and reaches the cape "Arapis" in the opposite end. From this point we enter into the region of Mount Athos and you can feel the spiritual aura of this place even as you stand on the deck of our boat as we sail along the coastline of peninsula and come face to face with the impressive monasteries clinging to the cliffs.

Our professional multilingual guided-tour makes the cruise even more memorable by providing informal commentary while we pass in front of each monastery.
After 15 minutes we see the first Russian skete "Thivaida" and about 20 minutes later the "arsanas" of the Serbian monastery of Chilandariou. (Arsanas means a building used like a small port connecting an inland monastery with the sea.) Next following two more inland monasteries, the Bulgarian monastery of Zografou and the Greek one of Konstamonitou

The first monastery which is down on the coast and we get clear views is Dochiariou and after a while along the coast is Xenofontos. The next coastal monastery is the hugely impressive Agiou Panteleimonos which is characterised by the green onion domes of churches standing above the red-roofed buildings.
Further on is Dafni, the main port of Mount Athos where monks and pilgrims come ashore and take the bus for the inland monasteries. Just before Dafni perched on the hill side is the monastery of Xiropotamou, about 500m above the sea. After passing the small Russian Skete of Agios Modestos we reach one of the most impressive sights of our journey. The monastery of Simonos Petras is truly breathtaking, something that many of you have seen before but up until now only on postcards. An imposing building of 14th century, consists of seven floors and located on top of a rocky ridge. Afterward is following the monastery of Osiou Grigoriou, also on a clifftop and after 10 minutes is Agiou Dionysiou perched 100m above the sea. The last monastery of our trip is Agiou Pavlou, which is nestling below the Holy mountain of Athos.

At this point as we start to turn round and head back for Ouranoupolis you can see "Nea Skiti" and "Skiti Agias Annas", two of the most famous sketes of Mount Athos. 

And if all of these are not enough for you, our cruise is not ends here...You can feed the seagulls or enjoy a company of dolphins sailing with us under our bow and if you are lucky enough you will spot one of the 2-3 Mediterranean monk seals living here, leaving you with precious moments and lasting memories. 
During our way back you have enough time to drink a cold refreshment or a glass of ouzo with Greek appetizers, to do your shopping onboard, to visit our boat's bridge and take photos of yourselves with the Captain or just to enjoy our free wifi network. In the main deck of our boat except the bar for drinks, cold food and coffees there is also a small art shop where you can buy original souvenirs from Mount Athos in very competitive prices. 

We're back in Ouranoupolis at 14:00.  

Details
  • Day: Every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday
  • Port of Departure: Ouranoupolis
  • Departure time: 11:00
  • Return time: 14:00
  • Duration: 3 hours 
  • Max. number of guests: 140 (which guarantees a more intimate and never crowded cruise experience)   

Included
  • Pick-up & drop off service
  • Binoculars

Not Included
  • Souvenirs from art shop
  • Food and drinks from bar

Audio guided tour in languages:
  • Greek
  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Russian
  • Romanian
  • Serbian
  • Polish
  • Bulgarian

Know before you go
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 140 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
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Blue Lagoon Round Tour – Sithonia’s Beaches +BBQ meal (from Ouranoupoli)

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Be part of an exceptional cruise in Halkidiki with GLASS-BOTTOM, enjoying swimming in exotically beautiful well-known beaches at Vourvourou Halkidiki.

We depart from Ouranoupolis port and we sail around the turquoise waters of Sithonia.

Suntanned and refreshed by Greek sun, explore Vourvourou islet complex in a 6 hours lasting cruise gaining unforgettable memories!

The vessel departs from the port of Ouranoupolis  with destination the famous beaches of Sithonia and the islands of Vourvourou, Diaporos and Alikes beach.


Sailing over rich in underwater sea life reefs and next to beaches of unparalleled natural beauty, this cruise offers the visitor the unique experience to tour the stunningly beautiful landscape of the Vourvourou island complex , Ammouliani’s island complex and Ouranoupolis corals. 

The exotic islets of Sithonia , Diaporos ,Kalamonisa, Prasonisi, Agios Isidoros, Ampelitsi, Peristeri and Kalogria comprise the blue lagoon of Mount Athos (Sigitikos) Gulf and are a heaven for those that seek tranquility, crystal clear waters and Caribbean quality colors within Greece. 

Relax on board , enjoy swimming and snorkeling with free of charge equipment and swimming toys. During the last part of the cruise , with a short stop in Alikes Beach enjoy your lunch “on board”.
Lunch , snorkeling equipment  & swimming toys are included in cruise price!

 

Destination:  Sithonia Beaches – Vourvourou Islands- Alikes

Duration: 6 Hours

Attractions: Vourvourou islet complex – Diaporos Islands – Sithonia famous beaches – Drenia or Donkey islands of Ammouliani – Ouranoupoli’s corals

Facilities: BBQ meal, seabed exploration, snorkeling equipment , swimming toys, Alikes beach


Includes

  • Group of Islands Vourvourou
  • Bottom Exploration
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • BBQ Meal

 

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Cruise to Mount Athos with Glass-Bottom Boat (from Ouranoupoli)

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Enjoy an amazing cruise around the western part of Holy Mountain of Athos with Glassbottom boat in Ouranoupoli Halkidiki meeting the holy monasteries and being absolutely touched by the natural sea beauty of the area.

Our vessel starts its journey at Ouranoupoli’s port. 

The GLASSBOTTOM vessel departs from the port of Ouranoupolis for a luxury 3-hour sightseeing cruise to the Holy mountain Athos!

Destination: Monasteries of  Mount Athos- Ouranoupoli’s reef

Duration: 3 Hours

Attractions: Holy Monasteries of Mount Athos,  Zografou monastery- Docheiariou monastery – Xenophontos monastery  Agiou Panteleimonos monastery –  Dafni, the main port of Mount Athos- Simonos Petras monastery, Osiou Grigoriou monastery,  Dionysiou monastery, Agiou Pavlou monastery, Skete of Agia Anna, Ouranoupoli’s reef.

Facilities: Guided tour, Film on ascetic life, Exploration of the seabed

* On-demand could be organized pilgrimage of reliefs on board.

Includes

  • A unique opportunity to get acquainted with the Holy Monasteries of Mount Athos
  • Guided tour
  • Visit Ouranoupoli’s Reef

 

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Mount Athos-Drenia-Ammouliani (from Ouranoupoli)

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Live the unique experience of a mixed cruise that combines Half monasteries of Mount Athos and the island of Ammouliani!

We depart from Ouranoupoli's port for a memorable combined experience in monasteries and in the traditional island of Ammouliani.

The GLASS-BOTTOM vessel departs from the port of Ouranoupolis with destination of the Holy Monasteries of the western part of the Mount Athos peninsula.

During the safe and comfortable 5 hours cruise, you have the chance to know the history of the Holy Monasteries of Mount Athos (Half of them) and marvel at their unique architecture.

Leaving the rest of the world behind us, we head into the ascetic community of the Holy Mountain and starting from the Holy Monastery of Dochiarion, we encounter monasteries, small monastic villages (Sketes), and Dafni, the main port of Mount Athos.

In the second half of the cruise, you can enjoy a cool drink from the ship’s Cocktail Bar, explore the seabed thanks to the ship’s glass-bottom keel and relax under the Greek sun.

Sailing around the island complex of Ammouliani we observe the Glassbottom above the Ouranoupoli’s reef and then arrive at Ammouliani;s island.

** From 01/07-15/09 every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday the 1,5-hour stop is at Alikes Lagoon, the most famous lagoon on the island. We will stop at the port of the lagoon, so you will have the chance to take a dive at the crystal clear waters, enjoy a lunch at the restaurant, or drink a fresh-made cocktail at the beach bars. Carried away by images of the great blue, we arrive at the port of Ouranoupolis.


Destination: Mount Athos Half Monasteries (6 of 9 )- Ouranoupoli’s Reef- Ammouliani island

Duration: 5 Hours

Attractions: Holy Monasteries –  Zografou monastery- Docheiariou monastery – Xenophodos monastery -Agiou Panteleimonos monastery –  Dafni,( the main port of Mount Athos)  – Ouranoupoli’s reef-Ammouliani’s island


Includes 

  • A unique opportunity to get acquainted with the Holy Monasteries of Mount Athos
  • Guided Tour
  • Discover Ouranoupoli’s reef
  • Passing through the gorgeous Ammouliani islet complex (Drenia) 
  • Ammouliani's island




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Private Cruise for Groups (2-120 people) - Sunset to Mount Athos from Ouranoupoli

BOOK ON REQUEST (NOT ONLINE PAYMENT IS REQUIRED)

Are you searching for the perfect way to reward your business team for their success last year? Looking for a private gateway to offer friends or family an escape from their daily routine? Offering a remarkably different vacation experience the Glassbottom is the perfect solution. 

If you want a Private Cruise that all your guests will remember  your journey starts by sending a request to be contacted.

Enjoy a marvelous cruise around the imposant western part of Holy Mountain of Athos with the luxurious vessel meeting the holy monasteries and being absolutely touched by the nature sea beauty

This cruise constitutes a unique experience, both for men and women, because a cruise would be the only way the latter can approach and admire the Mt. Athos monasteries in close proximity. The ship moves along the coast line of the Athos peninsula, so you can get the chance to clearly see the monasteries. During this cruise, our crew will provide you with interesting information about each specific monastery and the monastic life.

Duration: 3 hours 17:00-20:00
People: 2-120 pax

Included


  • Guided tour in multiple languages (Greek, English, German, Romanian, French,  Italian, Russian,  Bulgarian)
  • All safety equipment 
  • Fuel and taxes
  • 5 min stop in the famous reef of Ouranoupolis for corals observation through the Glass-bottom
  • Full equipped bar with meals and drinks on purchase

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#5 Cruise to Mount Athos with pilgrimage of Holy relics

A unique cruise that gives you the opportunity to experience a spiritual pilgrimage of some of the holiest symbols and relics keeping untouched for centuries inside the monasteries of Mount Athos



Port of Departure: Ouranoupolis | Departure time: 11:00 | Return time: 15:00 | Duration: 4 hours 

Pass By: Mount Athos The Holy Mountain, Mount Athos, Mt. Athos Peninsula, Halkidiki Region, Central Macedonia 

Stop: In front of a monastery where monks are coming onboard with the Holy Relics 

This pilgrimage is free and open to everyone who is fascinated to see and experience unique places and to admire some of the spiritual treasures being protected from the monks during the centuries, as a part of Mount Athos tradition.

According to the law known as "Avaton" (in Greek meaning a place where the entrance is prohibited), only men can set foot on Mount Athos and even for them it isn't a simple procedure because you can’t just get there whenever you want. It is necessary to obtain a special permission called "diamonitirion" in order to visit the territory and the monasteries of Mount Athos and that needs to be issued quite some time in advance.

So not only for women who not allowed to enter the monastic state but also for men, this pilgrimage cruise to Mount Athos is a once in a lifetime experience. 
The cruise starts at 11:00 from Ouranoupolis and follows the route of our classic cruise to Mount Athos as described to the Cruise #1 - Cruise to Mount Athos. The only difference between the two cruises is that during the Pilgrimage Cruise we stop in front of a monastery and 1-2 monks are coming onboard with the precious Holy Relics.

Just imagine how you would feel if you could see in front of your eyes some of the greatest spiritually treasures of Christianity!

The cruise completes at 15:00 with our returning to the port of Ouranoupolis. 

Details
  • Day: Every Thursday
  • Port of Departure: Ouranoupolis
  • Departure time: 11:00
  • Return time: 15:00
  • Duration: 4 hours 
  • Max. number of guests: 140 (which guarantees a more intimate and never crowded cruise experience)   

Included
  • Detailed, multilingual guided tour to Mount Athos
  • Binoculars
  • Pick-up & drop off service
  • Pilgrimage of Holy Relics

Not Included
  • Purchases from the minibar of the ship 
  • Souvenirs from art shop

Audio guided tour in languages:
  • Greek
  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Russian
  • Romanian
  • Serbian
  • Polish
  • Bulgarian

Know before you go
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 140 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity. 

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