The Gates of Mount Athos
Ouranoupolis is located just before the border with Mount Athos, where one can only access by boat through the sea. Our cruise to Mount Athos heads to the southwest side of the Athos peninsula.
The whole experience of the cruise to Mount Athos is unique. For approximately 40 minutes until we come across the first monastery, the visitor can admire the miracle of nature that is untouched by the human hand. Unique beaches and wild beauty of green, mountain, ravines and steep cliffs.
Pilgrimage: After agreement, the ship halts in about 500 meters from the coast, according to the law. “Fathers” (monks) approach, bringing holy remnants and people piously worship them. It’s a unique moment since women are not permitted to enter the region (“state”) to worship.
Tour Guiding all the way
The first monastery we come across is the Monastery of Dochiariou and then the Monastery of Xenophontos, the Monastery of Panteleimon (Russian), the Monastery of Xeropotamou, Daphne (port), the Monastery of Simonopetra, the Monastery of Osiou Gregoriou, the Monastery of Dionysiou, the Monastery of St. Paul and asketes, New Skete and Agia Anna.
During the cruise to Mount Athos, you have the opportunity to take unique pictures, listen to the tour, buy souvenirs from the boat or enjoy a drink from the snack-bar. The time of return is 13:45 for the morning cruise and 17:00 for the afternoon cruise.
Tour-guiding in different languages (eg. Greek, English, German, Romanian) depends on the majority of travelers. Tour-guiding in Greek is done by the Captain, who has a specific knowledge about the monks’ life.