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From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Dion and Mount Olympus

1. From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Dion and Mount Olympus

Discover the archaeological park of Dion and Mount Olympus on this tour from Thessaloniki. Travel in an airconditioned bus and take a nature hike along the Enipeas river to admire views of the Enipeas gorge. Depart from a centrally-located meeting point in Thessaloniki and head to the archaeological park of Dion. Take some free time to explore the exterior archaeological site. Purchase a ticket to the site to see the Hellenistic-era theatre which was known for hosting the plays of the ancient philosopher Euripides and which is now host to the Olympus Festival. Visit the museum of Dion to see statues of the ancient city. View the mosaic work in of the House of Dionysus. Stop to purchase lunch in one of the traditional restaurants in the village before continuing to Olympus. Uncover the secrets of the mythological house of the 12 Greek gods. Take a short trek through the foothills of the mountain. Go along the Enipeas gorge and keep any eye out for local wildlife. Capture pictures of mountain views and then go back to Thessaloniki by bus in the afternoon.

Mount Athos Glassbottom Cruise with Ammouliani Island visit

2. Mount Athos Glassbottom Cruise with Ammouliani Island visit

Take part in a guided sightseeing cruise around Mount Athos bay in Halkidiki to view the imposing western part of the Holy Mountain Athos in a Glassbottom vessel. On Tuesdays, the tour stops at the center of the village of Ammouliani, while on Thursdays and Sundays, it stops at Alykes beach. After getting the chance to see 6 out of 9 of the local monasteries, take some fantastic photos as your boat passes the gorgeous Drenia islets or Donkey Islands as the locals refer to them.  Explore the majestic island of Ammouliani by stopping there for 1.5 hours where you'll have the opportunity for swimming or to have lunch. On Thursdays and Sundays in May and September, if the weather is not good, the 1.5-hour stop will be at Ammouliani's Village.  Return back to Ouranoupoli is at 4 PM.

Chalkidiki: Lunch Cruise to Blue Lagoon & Vourvourou's Islet

3. Chalkidiki: Lunch Cruise to Blue Lagoon & Vourvourou's Islet

Delight in a fun cruise aboard a glass-bottom boat from Ouranoupoli's port to the famous beaches of Sithonia and the islands of Vourvourou and Diaparos. Enjoy plenty of opportunities for swimming and snorkeling, and savor a traditional Greek barbecue meal for lunch. Board a glass-bottom boat from the port of Ouranoupoli and set sail. Pass over the most famous reef of the area and admire the yellow corals. Travel to the second peninsula of Halkidiki, Sithonia, and take some photos of the picture-perfect beaches. Next, stop at the Blue Lagoon for 2 hours. Swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters of the bay at a depth of 2 meters. After swimming and snorkeling, replenish your energy with a barbecue full of traditional Greek flavors, such as souvlaki, Greek salad, tzatziki, and bread. Enjoy a glass of wine and beverages for your children with your meal, but inform the local partner a few days in advance if you require a vegetarian meal. Once you've had your lunch, make your way to Alikes beach on Ammouliani. Stop for 1.5 hours for more swimming opportunities at the port of the lagoon, or sip a cocktail at one of the various beach bars. The tour concludes with a return to Ouranoupolis in the evening.

Thessaloniki: Half-Day Sailing Cruise to Shipwreck Bay

4. Thessaloniki: Half-Day Sailing Cruise to Shipwreck Bay

Take a memorable and breathtaking cruise to discover the beaches of Thessaloniki. Enjoy a half-day cruise in the crystal clear sea of Thermaikos Bay on a comfortable luxury boat. Visit beautiful beaches, explore and swim in the turquoise waters, and see places with a magnificent view where you can swim, sunbathe, and snorkel. Your main destination is Navagio Beach, opposite Mount Olympus, the residence of the Greek gods. Along the sandy coastline, turquoise waters cover the wreck of a ship that sank in 1970, leaving a beautiful location for underwater exploring.  At noon, enjoy a delicious lunch prepared from scratch by the captain. Experience the flavors of northern Greece, accompanied by local wine, while listening to Greek music. Grab your camera, grab your bathing suit, and embark on an unforgettable journey on the crystal waters of Greece.

Vourvourou: Guided Half-Day Kayak Tour in Diaporos Island

5. Vourvourou: Guided Half-Day Kayak Tour in Diaporos Island

Begin your adventure at Mikro Karydi beach in Vourvourou. Upon meeting you, your guide will ensure that you have all the equipment necessary for an enjoyable kayaking tour. The guide will also show you some basics about the kayak to ensure your safety throughout. Each double kayak has a portable cool-box containing sandwiches, fruit, bottles of water, and juice. Set off from Karydi beach, the most famous beach of Halkidiki, to see even more beautiful beaches along the way. Your first stop will be on the South beach of Diaporos island. Here, you will have some free time to explore the beach, take photos, swim, snorkel, and relax. You will also have the chance to discover the eastern side of Diaporos island Then, pick up your paddles again and head to Mirsini beach. After some free time here, you will make one more stop on a very small and wonderful beach on Kalamonisia island. Finally, return to Mikro Karydi where you will take a commemorative group photo and receive a surprise gift.

Thessaloniki: Meteora Day Tour by Train with Optional Lunch

6. Thessaloniki: Meteora Day Tour by Train with Optional Lunch

Discover the wonders of Meteora on a guided day trip from Thessaloniki. Enjoy a scenic train ride to Kalabaka with included round-trip tickets and taste local flavors during an optional lunch at a restaurant. Redeem your train e-ticket (received after booking) for the morning 08:56 train departure from Thessaloniki’s railway station to Kalabaka on your own. Embark on a train ride through the Greek countryside and admire the beautiful landscapes. At 12:03 arrive at Kalabaka’s train station, where a tour guide will be waiting for you holding a signboard with your name on it. Board a minibus and officially begin your unforgettable journey to this true wonder called Meteora. During the guided tour, see all six of Meteora's monasteries and admire the interior of three of them. View some of Meteora’s most spectacular hidden gems like the ancient Chapel of Doupiani and the magnificent St. George “Mandilas” cave. Discover the “other side” of Meteora as you explore. Learn the truth about why the hermits settled in these imposing caves a thousand years ago and how the monks achieved the impossible. As the trip comes to a close, enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views and capture some amazing photos that you will cherish forever. At around 16:30 get transferred back to Kalabaka’s train station or at a nearby local restaurant if the optional lunch is selected. Enjoy approximately an hour of free time to explore Kalabaka on foot before taking the 18:22 train back to Thessaloniki.

From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Dion and Mount Olympus

7. From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Dion and Mount Olympus

Following early morning pick-up from central Thessaloniki, journey by luxurious air-conditioned bus to the ancient sanctuary of Dion in the foothills of Mount Olympus. Upon arrival, explore the mythical home of the Greek gods with your guide for around 90 minutes. Learn more about the sanctuary, dedicated to the leader of the gods, Zeus. Marvel at artifacts from antiquity, including Greek statues, mosaic floors and more. Then, go to the traditional village of Litochoro, situated close to the mountain and a popular destination for those planning to climb Mount Olympus. Enjoy approximately 2 hours of free time to explore the picturesque village and to walk in the valley of Enipea on the low slopes of the mountain. Return to Thessaloniki at around 18:00 with memories to last a lifetime.

From Nea Fokea: Chalkidiki 6-Hour Cruise by Sailing Boat

8. From Nea Fokea: Chalkidiki 6-Hour Cruise by Sailing Boat

Climb aboard an elegant sailing boat in the port of Nea Fokea and sail along the stunning coastline of Chalkidiki. Make your way to the village of Afytos, where you can cool down with a swim in the crystal clear waters and soak up the scenery. Continue to Kriopigi and go ashore to enjoy a refreshing drink at a small beach bar. Get served a fruit salad and enjoy another swim or top up your tan in the sun. Next, feast from a lunch of sandwiches and fresh fruit with water, wine, apple juice, coffee and iced tea at Kalithea Beach Cruise back along the coast and get dropped off at the port of Nea Fokea in the late afternoon at the end of your amazing experience.

Thessaloniki: Private Guided Tour to Meteora

9. Thessaloniki: Private Guided Tour to Meteora

Enjoy a private tour to the stunning Meteora rocks from Thessaloniki. Discover magnificent monasteries built between the 14th-16th centuries, and marvel at how the monks even managed to construct them in the first place. After convenient pickup at your accommodation in Thessaloniki, make your way toward Meteora. As you arrive through narrow winding rows, catch an awe-inspiring first glimpse of the Great Monastery, as it is commonly known. Try to fathom the majesty and size of a building constructed atop a huge sandstone column. Upon arrival, drive up to the monasteries in the cooler morning hours, giving you time to see as much of the site as possible. As you climb up the hill toward the first monastery, wonder how on earth the monks managed to build this incredible place. Building materials could only be brought up by a system of ropes, baskets, and pulleys, and the same went for getting provisions in and out of the community. One of the monasteries you will visit is the Holy Trinity, which is the most isolated and most difficult to reach. For this reason, it makes sense to choose to tackle the 140 steps to reach it first. Revel in the reward of phenomenal panoramic views, and see why Holy Trinity was given a starring role in the James Bond film, “For Your Eyes Only.” St. Stephen's is probably the most accessible monastery as it's situated on the plain, rather than perched on a vertiginous clifftop. Join the friendly cats who love to bask on the sun-drenched walls outside this little monastery. Admire the carved door furniture and the way the sun hits the stone and casts long shadows, and get a glimpse into monastic life through the little, open monk's cell at St. Nicholas. On the way out of the Grand Meteoron Monastery (the largest of the 6), don’t forget to follow a time-honored tradition by slipping a little note into the crack in the rocks. Finally, end your tour in Kalampaka for lunch, and relish finger-licking meals fresh from the farms around. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your accommodation in Thessaloniki.

From Ouranoupoli: Blue Lagoon Three Island Cruise

10. From Ouranoupoli: Blue Lagoon Three Island Cruise

Departing from Ouranoupolis Port, explore the crystal blue waters of Halkidiki and visit three islands in just one day. The uninhabited Diaporos Island is a marvelous destination where you can enjoy the crystal waters of the area and jump in the sea as the rays hit the water. The local market on Ammouliani Island is a destination you can't miss. Take some time to admire local products as well as the centuries-old structures of the village before you head to Banana Beach. Soak up the rays or relax in the shade of an umbrella. Listen to music, taste real greek food, swim, snorkel, and explore the beautiful coast.

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The day was perfect all around. Sven helped us feel very welcome immediately. He was very funny and made sure everyone was having fun. We saw many dolphins on our travels, which was a lovely bonus and were able to swim in a number of beaches, each with crystal clear waters. Sven brought a drone, which was able to capture photos and videos of our experience. Sandwiches and a range of many cold drinks were offered aboard.

The most perfect memorable day! Such nice and helpful hosts. To sum it up: Good company, fantastic food and a simply amazing vibe. Added bonus - we managed to see dolphins swimming with the boat!! A must when in Thessaloniki!

Sven was absolutely amazing, had a lot of character and keep us entertained. Can’t have imagined the boat day going any better!!

It was a beautifully planned trip. Departure and arrival were on time. Dion and Enipeas canyon were beautiful!

This was a beautiful boat. The captain Markus and Pablo were great. The meal served was delicious.