'Picturesque' is undoubtedly the first thing that comes to mind when you first see Chalkidikí. On this beautiful peninsula "with the three fingers", the blue of the sea and the green of the land blend seamlessly. The perfect mix of beautiful beaches, idyllic villages and hidden archaeological treasures.
Your experience trip starts in the bustling, cosmopolitan city of Thessaloniki with its rich culture and magnificent Byzantine churches. From here, you head to the three peninsulas of Chalkidikí. An exploration full of temples, ruins, vineyards, quiet bays and deserted beaches.
Take a boat trip around the sacred Áthos Mountain, enjoy spectacular panoramas and, in the evening, relax by your hotel's pool with a delicious glass of local wine. You would become a bon vivant for less.
Day 1: Departure to Thessaloniki
Once you have arrived in Thessaloniki, your journey can begin. After picking up your rental car at the airport, you'll get your first taste of Thessaloniki. Here you will stay two nights in one of our hotels.
Day 2: Trendy Thessaloníki
Today you have a whole day to visit the city's main attractions, the White Tower, the Archaeological Museum, the Turkish bazaar, the Agios Dimitrios Church, ...
Day 3: To the beautiful shores of Chalkidikí
Today you set sail for the beautiful coasts of Chalkidikí. You head towards Kassandra, Sithonia or Athos, the 3 peninsulas of Chalkidikí. Here you will stay five nights in one of our Caractère hotels, we will be happy to help you choose a suitable hotel for you.
Day 4: The Kassandra peninsula
On day 4, exploring Kassandra is on the programme. You'll head via Néa Fókea, with its Byzantine tower, to the temples of Amon Zeus in Kalithéa. You then head to the ancient fishing port of Mendi near Kalándra. The Poseidon temple and Possidi lighthouse lead you to Síviri beach under the rocky cliffs.
Day 5: The Sithonía peninsula
Silent bays and deserted beaches mark Sithonía, the headland with the most beautiful vegetation of Chalkidikí. Via the fishing village of Pórto Koufó, continue your journey to the beautiful beaches of Armenistís and Platanítsi. Be sure to visit the ancient and Byzantine ruins of Toróni and the vineyards and marina of Pórto Carrás. End your day beautifully with a boat trip around the stunning Diaporos Islands.
Day 6: The peninsula of Áthos
Last, but certainly not least: Áthos. Passing the 14th-century monastery of Ágios Nikólaos Chrissokámaros, you will head to the unspoilt villages of Arnéa, Megáli Panayía and Gomáti. Your adventure continues to Ouranoúpoli, the gateway to the mystical Áthos Mountain where only men are allowed, and from where you can take a boat trip around the 'holy' mountain.
Day 7: Breathtaking views or relaxing at the beach
Start day 7 on a good note, in other words, with stunning views. For this, the Profítis Ilías Mountain is the place to be, offering breathtaking views over the three headlands of Chalkidikí. After a visit to the sixth-century basilica with unique mosaics in picturesque Nikíti, you will return to your Caractère hotel satisfied.
Day 8: Going home
Your trip is unfortunately at an end, today you return to Athens. After returning your rental car, you'll be ready to catch your plane back home. Feel like extending your holiday? Caractère will arrange that for you!
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