Every Sunday in English, German, French
Duration 9 hours approximately / Starting 07:00 am – Ending 18:30 pm
Sometimes referred to as Mount Athos, the name of the 2033m mountain close to the southern tip of the peninsula, the “Holy Mountain” has had the status of an autonomous state for over 1,000 years. Famous for its ancient monasteries, the first of which was built in 963, Athos is the most difficult section of Halkidiki to visit. All females, including female animals, are forbidden to pass beyond Ouranoupolis village into the monks’ territory.
Men who wish to visit must apply for a permit up to 6 months in advance, allowing them to visit no longer than 4 days. To this day 1.700 monks still live under strict rules on the Holy Mountain, with no woman ever being allowed to set foot there.
The cruise will give you the only chance to see this magnificent and holy place! Cruising along the west coast you are given the opportunity to view and photograph Europe’s most unique Monks republic with its impressive Byzantine Monasteries.
Don’t forget that you will also be lucky enough to enjoy the picturesque village of Ouranoupolis!! An independent state in the midst of Greece is waiting for you to visit!!!
07:00 First pick up from hotels
09:00 Arrive to Ormos Panagias port and board to the Ship
09:30 Start of cruise / sail to west coast point
10:30 Guided cruise and watch the Monasteries of: St Paylos/Dionysiou/Grigoriou/Simonos Petra/Ksilopotamou/Russian Monastery/Dochiariou/Ksenofontos
13:30 Arrive to Ouranoupoli Village and free time for Coffee / Lunch
15:45 Depart from Ouranoupoli Port and Sail to Ormos Panagias with live folklore Greek music and dancers.
17:00 Arrive to Ormos Panagias, leave the boat and board to the buses for transfer to hotels
18:30 Arrive to last hotels
✅ Hotel pick-up and drop-off from Kassandra, Sithonia, Akti Elias, Lagomandra and Nikiti ( If pick up from your hotel is not available you will be picked up from the closest pick up point. In case you don’t know the closest pickup point, please contact us)
✅ Transport by air-conditioned luxury bus
✅ Escort and Guide
❌ Anything that is not specified as included
❌ Personal Expenses
Remember to bring‼️ Camera, Binoculars, Sunglasses, Sun cream, Cash for shopping and lunch in Ouranoupoli
Children up to 3 years old free of charge on tour rate and travelling on parents’ lap
Children from 4 to 11 years old pay 15.00€
⛔ Cancellation Policy
For cancellations up to 2 days prior to departure date, no cancellation fees
For cancellations 1 day prior to departure date, 100% cancellation fees
Non-Show, 100% cancellation fees
⚠️ Important Notes
- The travel agency reserves the right to alter or cancel any tour due to adverse weather conditions or insufficient passengers number or force majeure 12 hours prior to departure time with a notification to the traveler.
- Please arrive on time to the given pick-up point. Unfortunately, there is no option to wait for latecomers. In case of delay, missed pick-up, missed departure time, no refunds.
Covid – 19 measures applicable for Season 2021:
- Mandatory use of face covering before boarding on bus. Failure to abide by this measure is subject to fines by local authorities.
Upon reservation, our partners will contact you in order to receive your Voucher which includes your pick-up point and time info. Please be aware that you will have to bring the Voucher with you during the trip.
For any further clarification, please feel free to contact us
Why to choose this package!
- View and photograph Europe’s most unique Monks republic with its impressive Byzantine Monasteries.
- Enjoy the picturesque village of Ouranoupolis