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Cruise to Mount Athos, the Holy Mountain

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Key Highlights

  • A leisurely cruise and some energetic Greek dancing completes a memorable day
  • The monasteries clinging to the cliffs of the Holy Mountain are a must-see
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 May - 30 Sep: Thursday

    Duration

    9 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0840h (08:40am)
    Duration: 9 hours

    Meeting Point

    The tour starts from Oceania Club in Nea Moudania.
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at the starting point

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Sail close enough to the shore of the Athos peninsula in Halkidiki and see the spectacular monasteries clinging to the cliffs; but this is as close as you can get, as access is allowed to men only! The Greeks refer to Mount Athos as “The Holy Mountain” where no females (not even female animals) and children are allowed access.

    Although it is considered to be a part of Greece, Mount Athos is an independent monastic state. It is ruled by the 1700 monks who live in its 20 monasteries, some of which date back to the ninth century.

    Visit the pretty resort of Ouranoupolis. On your return journey, sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of the evening.This day is a combination of history, relaxation and a chance to explore the area.

    Itinerary

    The tour begins from the Oceania Club in Nea Moudania.

    Reach the wharf and board your cruise vessel. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, set out on a scenic cruise to Mount Athos, the ‘Holy Mountain’.

    Sail close enough to the shore of the Athos peninsula for you to see the spectacular monasteries clinging to the cliffs. Although it is considered to be a part of Greece, it is an autonomous republic. It is ruled by the 1700 monks who live in its 20 monasteries, some of which date back to the ninth century.

    After enjoying your leisurely cruise along the peninsula, there is free time for lunch (payable direct) in the pretty resort of Ouranoupolis. On your return journey, sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of the evening.

    The tour ends at the starting point.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • Transfer to the Halkidiki harbour
    • Boat cruise
    • Escort on the bus
    • English-speaking guide on board the boat

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Refreshments
    • Drinks on board the boat
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
    Infants 0 - 1 Year old go free. However, they will not have their own seat on the coach.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have