A day tour along Mount Athos was spectacular. The Byzantine monuments of the monastic state of Halkidiki, which is located on the third and eastern peninsula of Halkidiki, are world famous and make the trip to Halkidiki well worth it.
At 9:30 in the morning, we board the traditional ship at the port of Ormos Panagia and set sail for the Sithonian bays. Our first stop will be the southern peak of Mount Athos and the monastery of Saint Paul.
To see 8 more monasteries from the closest distance permitted without crossing the borders of Mount Athos, we set sail along the coast heading north.
We’ll stop for about an hour and a half at either the port of Ouranoupoli or the central port of Ammouliani’s Island (depending on the day) so that you can stretch your legs, grab a coffee, eat lunch at a restaurant of your choosing, or simply explore the area.
Our final stop will be Ormos Panagias, and you’ll have the chance to dance some traditional Greek dances to live bouzouki music as we sail back. At approximately 17:30, we will have reached Ormos Panagias, our final destination.