Departure region Cassandra

Sea cruise to Mount Athos

Duration / time start
One day / 8:00
200 km.
Cruise along the banks of the Holy Mount Athos

Visiting the holy mountain of Athos

Athos is a one of a kind orthodox monastic republic situated in the northern part of Greece. A special visa known as «diamonitirion» is required for any male wishing to take part in the pilgrimage to the sacred «virgin’s garden». This is not about disregarding the rights of women, but rather a result of the traditional belief that men and women should not mix in the inner territories of the monasteries.

The peninsula has been officially off-limits to women since 1046, when the byzantine emperor constantine monomakh issued a decree banning female access. The holy mother of god has been the protector of the mountain ever since.

An opportunity to experience mount Athos

A once in a lifetime chance to experience the spiritual and cultural richness of mount Athos is available to those who take a cruise along the western coast of the sacred mountain. The journey offers a view of the most iconic monasteries, including simonopetra, st. Panteleimon (or Russian monastery), Daphni (the main athos harbour), and some of the most isolated monastic settlements. These places are often inhabited only by ascetics.

A perfect stop for spiritual rejuvenation and delicious cuisine

Ouranoupolis, the last Greek town near the border of Athos, is an ideal place for spiritual enrichment and culinary delights. Take a dip in its stunning beaches, and stroll around its quaint streets to find interesting shops selling souvenirs, icons created by athos monks, wine, mountain tea, and much more! Enjoy the beauty of this charming town, and discover its hidden treasures.

Let's go!
approx. 50 min.

Transfer to the port of Ormos Panagias

To the coast of Athos
approx. 1,5 hours

Passage by sea to the south-west coast of Athos

Along the banks of the Holy Mountain
approx. 2 hours

Cruise along the West Bank of Mount Athos, here are the 8 most important Athos monasteries and the main Athos port of Daphni situated

Heavenly City
approx. 1,5 hours

That's the meaning of "Ouranoupolis" in Greek. We go off-board in the city of Ouranoupolis. Here you can eat in beautiful sea taverns, take a swim at the local beach, or get some unique local souvenirs, such as the Byzantine icons, painted in the monasteries of Mount Athos.

We return to Ormos Panagias
one hour

Passage by sea to the port of Ormos Panagias

approx. 50 min.

Return to Chalkidiki


All the sights of the peninsula
Halkidiki Athos


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What to take

Sunscreens, money for food and souvenirs and, the most important (!!!) - the desire to get rich spiritually and a good mood! :)

What to wear

Beach clothing, swimming accessories and a hat.