Includes staying for, two, nights in different Holy Monasteries or cells within the Holy Mountain. The excursion starts from Thessaloniki or Ouranoupilis where we will acquire our entry passes to Athos. The entrance to Mount Athos is by boat and destination to Dafni. On our way to the west coast of Mount Athos, we will have the opportunity to see the Holy Monasteries, Dochiariou, Xenophon, Agios Panteleimonos, Xeropotamos, arriving in Dafni, and departing for the monastery to be hosted for our first stay.
- Transports by minivan or car from Thessaloniki to Mt Athos
- Entrance pass
- Boat transports to get in and out Mt Athos
- Transports in Mt Athos by private minivan or car
- Host in Monasteries
- Experienced tour guide, speaking , English, Italian, French, Russian
- Two meals per day at the monasteries
* Stay in the monasteries depends on availability for hospitality
* Our hospitality will be among the following monasteries VATOPEDIOU – MEGISTI LAVRA – AGIOY PAVLOY – DIONYSIOY – GRIGORIOU – XENOFONTOS – IVIRON – KOTLOMOUSIOU
9:00 Meet at the Pilgrim’s Office in Ouranopolis for entry pass
9:45 Depart Ouranopolis by boat to Daphne
11:00 Arrive in Daphne port from where we will proceed to the monastery where we stay our first day
Arrival at the Monastery
Athonite Welcome, with coffee, raki, and loukoumi, in Archontariki, and then arrange in the guesthouse of the monastery for our stay. An expert guide will always be present for the entire duration of the tour visit. Photographs of the outer monastery surroundings and courtyards are permitted however NO photographs within the churches are permitted.
In the sequel
- Attending afternoons holy vespers around 1700 to 1800 pm
- Dinner with the monks
- Pray after dinner
- Adoration of holy relics
- Spiritual dialogues, talk with Monks of the Monastery, as long as the formal allows it
The program starts with the Holy Sequences
03:00-04:00 Early morning prayers
07:00 Divine service
09:00 Morning meal with the Monks, according to the typical of each monastery
09:30 Departure for Karyes. Karyes is a central geographic point on Mount Athos from where most monasteries can be reached efficiently.
Our visit includes: Guided tour of the Karyes area
Protato Axion Esti
PROTATO is called the cathedral which is located in the center of Karyes on Mount Athos. The temple, which is the oldest preserved of Mount Athos, is dedicated to the Assumption of Virgin Mary. It is best known for its relics, such as the icon of Panagia Axion Esti.
The temple houses well-known murals attributed to the principal representative of the Macedonian faculty, Manuel Panselinos. The hagiography took place in the 14th century, while during the Ottoman rule, additional works were made.
The Holy Monastery of Koutloumousiou
The Koutloumousiou Monastery is an Eastern Orthodox monastery in the monastic state of Mount Athos in Greece. The monastery ranks sixth in the hierarchy of the Athonite monasteries.The monastery was raised with the help of voivodes Nicolae Alexandru and Vladislav Vlaicu from Wallachia. Among the treasures of the monastery is the purported largest relic of the True Cross.The monastery’s library contains 662 manuscripts and approximately 3,500 printed books.It has 20 working monks.
Dedicated to transfiguration of the savior
It was founded on the Emperor Alexios I Komnenos on the end of the IA century. The katholikon of the monastery, built in 1370, was painted in 1540, except for the narthex, which was frescoed in 1744. On the left side of the katholikon, there is the .chapel of the Virgin of Fervor Protection, where the miraculous icon – Protector of the monastery.
The Holy Monastery of Iviron
The Holy Monastery of Iviron is an Eastern Orthodox monastery in the monastic state of Mount Athos in northern Greece. The monastery was built under the supervision of two Georgian monks, John the Iberian and Tornike Eristavi between 980-983 and housed Georgian clergy and priests. Iveron literally means “of the Iberians” in Greek. The name Iviron originated from the ancient Georgian Kingdom of Iberia (Iveria) where the master architect of the monastery Ioannes was from.
The monastery ranks third in the hierarchy of the Athonite monasteries. The monastery library contains 2,000 manuscripts, 15 liturgical scrolls, and 20,000 books in Georgian, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin. The monastery has the relics of more canonized saints than any other on Mount Athos. The Panagia Portaitissa, a famous 9th century icon, is also located at Iviron.
Skete of Saint Andrew
The Skete of Saint Andrew, also the Skete of Apostle Andrew and Great Anthony or Skiti Agiou Andrea in Karyes is a monastic institution on Mount Athos. It is a dependency of Vatopedi Monastery and is the site of the Athonias Ecclesiastical Academy.With the continued growth of the Skete in monastic numbers, a central church, dedicated to Saint Andrew, was built in 1867 and consecrated in 1900 by Patriarch Joachim III of Constantinople. The church is the largest on Mount Athos and is amongst the largest in the Balkans.
Skete of Prophet Elijah
The Skete of Prophet Elijah (Greek: Σκήτη Προφήτη Ηλία) is a cenobitic skete of the Pantokratoros monastery in Mount Athos, Greece. It was founded in 1759 by the Ukrainian monk from Poltava Paisius Velichkovsky. Within the complex are a main church (built 1903) and three chapels. There are also an extensive library and two icons reputedly with miraculous powers
At around 4pm we leave for the Monastery for our second night stay, and follow the typical of the monastery. Vespers ect…..
The program begins with the Holy Sequences
- Morning meal with the Monks. According to the typical of each monastery
09:00 Departure from the monastery
11:00 Arrival to the port of Dafni by car
12:10 Departure by ship we return to Ouranoupoli