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Hiking on Mount Athos

Discover a different world!

Hiking on Mount Athos – the monastic republic that is the heart of Orthodoxy. There you will experience more than 1000 years of tradition and a mysterious separateness. Here is the kingdom of the Mother of God and her servants, the monks of the Holy Mountain. The 20 large monasteries on Sacred Mount Athos are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A very special spiritual hiking trip only for men.

The forested mountain of the same name, Athos, whose 2033 m high peak rises out of the sea at the southern tip of the promontory, offers a majestic sight. Here you can relax and forget the material world. Eight hours of sleep, eight hours of work, eight hours of prayer for everyone. This is how the monks live on Athos. In its thousand-year history, the monastic republic has repeatedly served as an ascetic place of longing.

Thessaloniki is over 2,300 years old – but still very young. Visitors to the port city and metropolis of Thessaloniki walk between mosques, Byzantine churches and Turkish baths and experience the mix of different cultures and times on their journey, because Thessaloniki has a fascinating history. Many of the cultural treasures at Thessaloniki΄s were recognised by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage in 1988 and Thessaloniki has already been awarded the title “European Capital of Culture”.

8 days / 7  nights

Number of participants: Min. 4 persons, Max. 6 persons

Price per person without flight 1.114,00 EUR

Surcharge for single room on request

Price is valid for the months May, September and October.

Special date Greek Easter at the price of 1.230,00 EUR

Other dates are possible depending upon availability. Please inquire.

Activities

4 hikes in wild nature and with fantastic sea views await us. During our hikes we meet ascetics in the “Athos Desert” and climb to the top of Mount Athos at an altitude of 2,033 metres (on request for advanced hikers). Also our stays in the monasteries, in which we take the meals together with the monks and celebrate church services, will remain unforgettable to you. On a city tour in the lively metropolis Thessaloniki we encounter Byzantine, Ottoman, Jewish and Armenian monuments.

Highlights

The beautiful mysterious monasteries, partly built on mountain slopes, enchant the visitors. The capital of the monastic republic “Karyes” is also very impressive. We take a walk through the administration building and visit the famous icon of the “Axion Esti”. “Abaton”, the prohibition of women’s access, was first mentioned in 883. According to Athos mythology, Paul proclaimed the Gospel in four places: Philippi, Athens, Thessaloniki and Troy. These places can be connected by a cross with Athos at its centre.

Another highlight is our stay in Thessaloniki. An impressive city with a beautiful promenade. In 23 centuries kings and emperors, artists and merchants, Macedonians and Thracians, Genoese, Venetians, Germans and Russians, Jews, Armenians and Muslims have left their traces here. Thessaloniki is the birthplace of the founder of modern Turkey Kemal Ataturk. Today his house can be visited as a museum. Even the apostle Paul is said to have preached a few times in Thessaloniki.

Accomodation

We spend our first night in a pension in Ouranoupolis at the border to the Athos region. On the monk republic Athos we spend the night in 4 different monasteries in multi-bed rooms. In the metropolis Thessaloniki we are accommodated in a beautiful 3* hotel in the heart of the city.

The price includes

  • Visa and residence permit for the entire monk republic only for the period of stay
  • All transfers in Greece according to program
  • Ferry from Ouranoupolis to the monk republic of Athos and back
  • 1 overnight stay including breakfast in a double room in a guesthouse in Ouranoupolis
  • 4 overnight stays in four different monasteries in shared rooms
  • 2 overnight stays including breakfast in a double room in a 3* hotel in Thessaloniki
  • 1 Dinner in Ouranoupolis in a tavern
  • 8 meals (breakfast and dinner in the monasteries) – simple monastery meals
  • 1 traditional culinary dinner in Τhessaloniki
  • 4 Hikes in the monastic republic Athos
  • 1 city guidance in Thessaloniki
  • Englishspeaking guide
  • Hiking guide for all hikes on Mount Athos
  • Donations to the monasteries

Price does not include

  • Flight tickets (we can offer you flight tickets)
  • Drinks/beverages
  • Private expenses
  • Accomodation tax

Accommodation tax: Since January 2018 there is a new accommodation tax in Greece. This is not part of our price and must be paid according to the legislator by the travel guests directly at the reception of your hotel.

It amounts with conditions 01.09.2017 per room and night for

2 star hotel        0,50€
3 star hotel        1,50€
4 star hotel        3,00€
5 star hotel        4,00€

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