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