Complete your visit to Thessaloniki with a boat tour to discover the hidden treasures on the sea around it. Sail toward the wild islands of the Singitic Gulf or cruise around the peninsula of Mount Athos while you enjoy the sunny weather and excellent Greek food.
The cliffs, islands and peninsula around Thessaloniki offer the perfect landscape for a boat trip.
What are the best places to visit with a boat trip from Thessaloniki?
The Mount Athos is a mountain and a peninsula located in the north-east of Greece, not far from Thessaloniki. Mount Athos is an important place for the orthodox religion: several important monasteries are located in the area.
Boat tours to Mount Athos go along the peninsula coast, stopping at several places to admire the landscape. The tour includes a visit to the city of Ouranoupoli as well.
Singitic Gulf - Chalkidiki Blue Lagoon
The Singitic Gulf is the eastern gulf of the Chalkidiki's Peninsula. It is also denominated Chalkidiki Blue Lagoon for its blue water. Inside the gulf, several small archipelagos and islands can be reached by boat, such as the Drenia islands, the Ammouliani island and the Diaporos island. The bays on the islands are perfect locations for a stop for swimming and snorkeling.
Shipwreck at Epanomi beach
Near the beach of Epanomi, there is an old shipwreck that sank in 1970. You can snorkel in the shipwreck underwater, looking for hidden treasures. The beach is also well known as a perfect spot for a stop during a boat tour from Thessaloniki.
Stagira - the birthplace of Aristotle
Stagira is a small village that is famous for being the birthplace of Aristotle. There are some Greek ruins in the village that can be visited. Some tours going to the port of Ouranoupoli to start a cruise to the Mount Athos stop in the village of Stagira for a short visit.
What are the best boat tours from Thessaloniki?
Half-Day Sailing Cruise to Shipwreck Bay from Thessaloniki
Sail into the deep blue waters of the Thermaic Sea to discover uncrowded beaches and the unusual scenario of an old shipwreck sank over 50 years ago. Enjoy a traditional Greek lunch while you sail through the Thermaic Gulf.
Take an unforgettable sailing cruise to discover the best beaches near Thessaloniki. Visit beautiful beaches, swim in the crystalline waters, and discover unique places where you can relax, sunbathe, swim and snorkel.
The destination of your boat trip will be Epanomi beach. Just a few meters away from the beach, there is the wreck of a ship that sank over 50 years ago, creating a unique environment to snorkel.
The boat tour includes a traditional Greek lunch prepared on the boat. The lunch is served accompanied with tasty Greek wine.
Enjoy this complete boat tour for an unforgettable journey.
Day Trip to Ouranoupoli with Mount Athos boat tours
Leave behind the crowds of Thessaloniki and travel to the wild coast of Chalkidiki to discover dramatic landscapes.
The tour starts with a trip by car/minivan from Thessaloniki to Ouranoupoli, where your boat trip will depart. The boat tour will circumnavigate the Mount Athos and you will see from the boat famous monasteries like the Monastery of Docheiariou or the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras. On the way back, you will have some time to explore Ouranoupoli.
The tour includes the pick-up from your hotel or selected meeting points. Some tours include a stop to Stagira, which is located on the way from Thessaloniki to Ouranoupoli.
Chalkidiki Blue Lagoon boat tour with Lunch from Thessaloniki
This boat tour is the perfect choice for travelers looking for wild, untouched islands and beaches, surrounded by blue crystalline water.
Start your tour with pick-up from your hotel in Thessaloniki. Then, travel by bus to Ormos Panagias, where the boat trip will start. The cruise will sail through the blue waters of Chalkidiki towards wild and inhabited islands. The first destination will be the Drenia islands, a small archipelago of six tiny islands, where you will stop for the first swim. Afterward, you will sail to Ammouliani island, where you will stop in the town for a coffee and continue with another swim. Finally, on the way back, you will pass through the Diaporos islands.
Romantic Sunset Cruise
Take the opportunity to admire the sunset from a catamaran on the sea. See the prominent landmarks of the city from a different perspective.
The boat will sail along the coast of Thessaloniki to quiet spots where you can swim and sunbathe. Some boat operators are very friendly and allow you to bring drinks, food and cakes on board to party and celebrate. Depending on the conditions, you will have the opportunity to learn some basic skills in sailing.
What is the price of a boat tour from Thessaloniki?
The prices of boat trips from Thessaloniki vary according to the destinations.
- On average, the price for boat tours and sailing excursions from Thessaloniki to Epanomi, Mount Athos or the Blue Lagoon is €90. There are some boat tours for a lower price, but they do not include lunch.
- Sunset cruises cost around €50-€60. Boat trips and cruises from Corfu to Parga, Sivota and the Blue Lagoon are slightly more expensive but still cheap. The price starts at €38 per person.
What is the duration of a boat tour from Thessaloniki?
The boat tours from Thessaloniki going to the Shipwreck beach last about 6 hours. The cruises going to Mount Athos or the Blue Lagoon last a full day, about 11 - 12 hours.
Where do boat tours in Thessaloniki leave from?
The boat tours going to Epanomi beach or staying in Thessaloniki's waters for the sunset depart from Nea Michaniona Port. The boat excursions heading toward the eastern side of the Chalkidiki peninsula (Mount Athos, blue lagoon) depart from the ports of Ouranoupoli or Ormos Panagias. Transportation from Thessaloniki to the ports of departure is always included in the tours. Most deals offer a pick-up at your hotel as well.
When is the best time for a boat tour from Thessaloniki?
Greece is the perfect summer holiday destination and Thessaloniki is not an exception. Enjoy a boat trip from Thessaloniki during the summer to get the best experience. If you are visiting in Spring or Autumn, you can still embark on a boat tour (especially if the weather is sunny), but make sure to bring a light wind jacket if the temperature is not high.
- Remember to bring your swimsuit, your camera and a sun protector.
- Make sure to book early since the boats have limited capacity and you might not find free spots last minute.
- Bring some food if lunch is not included in the tour.