Excursions in Halkidiki
A whole world of water attractions for all the family awaits at Waterland, a water park packed with slides of all heights and shapes, from white-knuckle rides to gentle slides. Zoom down the corkscrew twists and turns of the gigantic Simvoli. Take on the kids as you whizz down the Multi Slides theyre so steep, your heart will be in your mouth. Or whoosh down the Lazy River on a rubber ring. There are more than 30 water slides, including the Kamikaze, the highest slide in Europe.
Mount Athos is up there alongside the Acropolis in the Greek landmark stakes. You see, its the worlds one and only monastic republic. Its made up of 20 cliff-hugging monasteries, some of which date back to the ninth century.
Some 1,700 Orthodox monks live here, dressed in their signature black robes and pillar box hats. Access to Mount Athos is extremely limited. WhatÂ´s more women are forbidden from going within 500 metres of the place. But thats where this trip comes in. Your cruise boat sails close to the shores of the Athos Peninsula so you can take a sneaky peek at this holy site.
What better way to spend the day than sailing over the Aegean, stopping at beaches and islands along the way? Thats the score on this cruise to Sithonia, the middle of Halkidikis peninsulas. First up, youll board a galleon-style ship, lazing on deck as it cuts through the waters and passes by green islands. Top up your tan or join in the games organised by the friendly crew. Then, youll drop anchor at Toroni Bay, where a stretch of sand melts into shallow waters. Spend a couple of hours here soaking up the sun and swimming in the sea before rejoining your ship for lunch and a glass of wine. Next, your boat will cruise on to Turtle Island, a pine-wooded island thats shaped like a sleeping turtle. Here, youll get another chance to swim or snorkel or lounge on deck before the crew call time up and you sail back to port.
Spiralling chutes and speedy slides are on the menu on this trip. Your adventure begins when we pick you up and drive you to Waterland, an aqua park near Thessaloniki. The rest of the day is yours to swim and mess about in the two pools and water slides as you like.
Hurtle down the corkscrew twists and turns of the gigantic Simboli. Take on the kids as you whizz down the Multi Slides - theyre so steep, your heart will be in your mouth. Or whoosh down the Lazy River on a ring buoy.
When you want a break from all the whiteknuckle stuff, youll find plenty of sun terraces, cafés and bars for relaxing as well.
And after all than fun, well collect you and drive you to the Mediterranean Cosmos shopping centre, which has two levels of stores selling some of the best known labels. There are indoor and outdoor cafés, restaurants and bars. Later in the afternoon we will take you back to your resort.
Afitos or Athitos? That is the usual question one has to answer when asked for the name of this rock-built village, located in Chalkidiki. Both names are in fact valid, since Afitos is the modern name of the ancient village Afitis. The beautiful little streets with the stone houses are full of secrets and surprises.
This trip gives you a taster of Greeces second biggest city, Thessaloniki. Only few kilometers before we get into town we will visit one or the most well-known winery in Greece "TSADALIS". There we will have the opportunity to be guides in the winery and learn all the details of wine make process. Having in our mind these entire interesting information smells and pictures we will continue our way to Thessaloniki. The city founded 3,000 years ago, its a big, bustling place crammed with historic sights, shops and restaurants. Kicking things off is a guided tour of its most impressive sights. Check out the Basilica of St. Demetrios, the largest church in Greece and home to rich medieval mosaics. Take a look at the acropolis walls and fine Archaeological Museum, admiring its displays of Macedonian gold, Roman floor mosaics and statues. After that, there are several hours to explore in your own way. Walk round the cobbled upper town, enjoying the views over Thessaloniki bay. Dive into the designer boutiques of Tsmiski Street. Sample meze and fresh fish at the waterfront restaurants. Or do your own history tour, exploring the White Tower, a 15th century watchtower stuffed with Byzantine icon, and the Galeria Arch, a huge Roman triumphal arch in the heart of the city. Greece is up and coming on the wine scene, this tour is a great way to taste and buy at the winery.
Thessaloniki is also available as a shopping trip only, combined with winery visit. Go shopping in Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, in a wide range of well-known shops including Marks & Spencer, The Body Shop and lots of designer boutiques. After all the shopping, take a break and have a refreshing drink in one of the chic waterfront café-bars.
Love shopping? And Greek food? Then this trip combines both in one outing. First of all, youll visit Nea Moudania, a bustling coastal town known for its Wednesday morning market. Its the largest outdoor market in Halkidiki, so its ripe for a shopping spree. Cue stalls weighed down with fresh produce, olives and honey. Racks of clothes and leather bags. And stands piled with local handicrafts and trinkets. Youll have free time to roam around and snap up the goodies.
Then rejoin the coach for a climb into the Holomondas Mountains, where there are slopes covered in oak forests and wild meadows. Here, youll have lunch at a family-run taverna, tucking into wild boar steak, fresh bread, salad and tzatziki while the owner regales you with anecdotes and stories. And before you leave, youll be entertained with some Greek dancing and have the chance to try some of the familys homemade wine and honey.
Don't worry about your transfer to the big shopping centres of Thessaloniki. Join our bus from your resort and be transferred just in front of their door. Visit Hondos Center Apollonia Politia, with a big variety on branded goods, and Mediterranean Cosmos, with all your heart desires, without STRESS!