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Cruises to Volos

Volos (Photo:Lefteris Papaulakis/Shutterstock)
Volos (Photo:Lefteris Papaulakis/Shutterstock)

About Volos

Few cruise ships call at Volos, though it is the third largest port in Greece. When you disembark, you'll see the cranes and shipping containers of an industrial port, rather than shops, ATM's and other passenger necessities. But don't be put off. Once you get away from the docks, you'll find that this dynamic city -- which lies between the wooded slopes of Mount Pelion and the Gulf of Pagasitikos, 326 km from Athens and 215 km from Thessaloniki -- offers plenty to do on a day ashore.

Downtown Volos is a conveniently short shuttle bus ride from your arrival point. You'll find interesting museums and churches, an array of shops, and a pretty, yacht-lined waterfront with plenty of al fresco restaurants serving traditional Greek dishes. Do as the locals do, and take a volta-- a leisurely stroll -- after your meal to walk off dinner along the quayside. In the surrounding areas, picturesque mountain villages offer scenic views and local products, while centuries-old monasteries perch atop rocky outcroppings. And, if that doesn't appeal, you can always head to a nearby beach for a relaxing day in the sun.

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DAY 1: Venice

9 Night
Cruise to Volos

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Venice
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DAY 1: Venice

8 Night
Cruise to Volos

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Venice
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DAY 1: Venice

9 Night
Cruise to Volos

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Venice
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DAY 1: Athens

7 Night
Cruise to Volos

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Athens
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11 Night
Cruise to Volos

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Rome
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Norwegian Cruise Line
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10 Night
Cruise to Volos

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Athens
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Mykonos, Paros ...
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Azamara
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7 Night
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Istanbul
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Celestyal Cruises
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10 Night
Cruise to Volos

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Athens
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Volos, Thessaloniki ...
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Viking Ocean Cruises
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11 Night
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Barcelona
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12 Night
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Athens
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Mykonos, Volos ...
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Azamara
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11 Night
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14 Night
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Athens
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Athens
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7 Night
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Thessaloniki
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Volos, Santorini ...
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Celestyal Cruises
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7 Night
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Crete
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10 Night
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Athens
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Viking Ocean Cruises
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10 Night
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Athens
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Volos, Kavala ...
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Oceania Cruises
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11 Night
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Rome
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12 Night
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Palma de Mallorca
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AIDA
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14 Night
Cruise to Volos

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Agios Nikolaos
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Why go to Volos?

Pros:

The Meteora Monastery, set high on a sandstone cliff, is a dazzling thing to see

Cons:

You'll need to take a taxi to get to any nearby beaches

Bottom Line:

Don't miss the monastery, and be sure to stop in a fish taverna (Volos is famous for 'em) for some just-caught seafood

Volos Cruise Port Facilities?

Don't bother. If you're not heading off on a tour, get into town as quickly as you can.

Good to Know?

If your cab runs on a meter, check that the driver is using the Number One rate, used during the day, and not the Number Two, which applies at night and is roughly twice as expensive. If there is any dispute, get a receipt -- the driver has to give one on request, by law -- and say you'll call the tourist police to check it out by dialing 171 on a local phone.

Getting Around?

On Foot: The one-mile walk from the dock to the beginning of the waterfront promenade will take about 20 minutes but will seem interminable in the searing summer heat, which can reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

By Shuttle: For about $5 each way, ships will offer shuttle buses that will take you to the main harbor.

By Taxi: Well-regulated taxi drivers are happy to negotiate fees for tours of the city and trips to Makrynitsa, a pretty village about 15 miles away. They usually quote about 70 euros per cab, but you should pay no more than 50 if you negotiate. Don't pay more than 4 euros per person to get to the seafront, or you might as well take the shuttle.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Local currency is the euro, and you'll find plenty of banks with ATM machines near the marina area. For the closest locations, walk one street inland to Iasonos Street, which runs parallel to the waterfront. For the latest exchange rates, check www.oanda.com or www.xe.com.

Language?

The locals speak Greek among themselves, but English is also widely spoken.

Where You're Docked?

First impressions of Volos are not luxurious. The small and rather makeshift-looking passenger terminal contains nothing more than port police and agent offices with very few traveler conveniences, such as ATM's or Internet cafes.


Volos Cruise Reviews

Silver Whisper
beckyborbolla
Sail Date: Sep 2018
This was our last port before sailing back to Athens. We were very tired and decided to enjoy the ship that day. From the ship, Volos was beautiful.... Read More
fabmag
Sail Date: Apr 2018
Loved this port, plent of shopping , restaurents, we took a local bus to a beach at kala nera . we loved this peaceful friendly seaside village, had a great meal at Paris restaurant, where the friendly owner called... Read More
Celestyal Crystal
celine99
Sail Date: Oct 2019
We hired a driver and guide for of us. It was an amazing experience.... Read More
Celestyal Crystal
MK_Cruiser1955
Sail Date: Oct 2019
A lovely port with the port a 15 minute walk from the town centre. To stop you getting lost there is a bright yellow line to follow - a great idea... Read More
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