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CRUISES TO MOUNT ATHOS



A cruise to Mount Athos is an amazing experience of a lifetime! A fabulous opportunity to feel the spiritual aura of this seductive place and admire the magnificent architecture of the Byzantine monasteries along with the majestic landscape surrounding them.

Mount Athos is one of the most popular cruising destinations in Greece and every summer attracts so many visitors from the entire globe. Even if you don't care about the deeper meaning of the significance of this mysterious and miraculous place which has been for centuries the center of Orthodoxy, you should at least let yourself enjoy a unique sight of the monasteries which are build in beautiful unspoiled natural settings and have been facing the Aegean sea for over ten centuries.

 Just choose one of our Mount Athos cruises below and enjoy a memorable journey to an UNESCO World Heritage site.

CRUISE #1: Cruise to Mount Athos. Departure from Ouranoupolis

We start our journey at 11:00 from the port of Ouranoupolis, a small village at the edge of the frontier between the Holy Mountain and the rest of the world. After about 5 minutes of sailing we meet the borders of the monasterial city which are defined on the ground by an imaginary line that starts from the location "Fragocastro" in the west coast and reaches the cape "Arapis" in the opposite end. From this point we enter into the region of Mount Athos and you can feel the spiritual aura of this place even as you stand on the deck of our boat as we sail along the coastline of peninsula and come face to face with the impressive monasteries clinging to the cliffs.
After 15 minutes we see the first Russian skete "Thivaida" and about 20 minutes later the "arsanas" of the Serbian monastery of Chilandariou. (Arsanas means a building used like a small port connecting an inland monastery with the sea.)
Next following two more inland monasteries, the Bulgarian monastery of Zografou and the Greek one of Konstamonitoy.

The first monastery which is down on the coast and we get clear views is Dochiarioy and after a while along the coast is Xenofontos.
The next coastal monastery is the hugely impressive Agiou Panteleimonos which is characterised by the green onion domes of churches standing above the red-roofed buildings.
Further on is Dafni, the main port of Mount Athos where monks and pilgrims come ashore and take the bus for the inland monasteries. Just before Dafni perched on the hill side is the monastery of Xiropotamou, about 500m above the sea.

After passing the small Russian Skete of Agios Modestos we reach one of the most impressive sights of our journey. The monastery of Simonos Petras is truly breathtaking, something that many of you have seen before but up until now only on postcards. An imposing building of 14th century, consists of seven floors and located on top of a rocky ridge.
Afterward is following the monastery of Osiou Grigoriou, also on a clifftop and after 10 minutes is Agiou Dionysiou perched 100m above the sea.
The last monastery of our trip is Agiou Pavlou, which is nestling below the Holy mountain of Athos.
At this point as we start to turn round and head back for Ouranoupolis you can see "Nea Skiti" and "Skiti Agias Annas", two of the most famous sketes of Mount Athos.

And if all of these are not enough for you, our cruise is not ends here...You can feed the seagulls or enjoy a company of dolphins sailing with us under our bow and if you are lucky enough you will spot one of the 2-3 Mediterranean monk seals living here, leaving you with precious moments and lasting memories.

During our way back you have enough time to drink a cold refreshment or a glass of ouzo with Greek appetizers, to do your shopping onboard, to visit our boat's bridge and take photos of yourselves with the Captain or just to enjoy our free wifi network.

In the main deck of our boat except the bar for drinks, cold food and coffees there is also a small art shop where you can buy original souvenirs from Mount Athos in very competitive prices.

We're back in Ouranoupolis at 14:00.

CRUISE #2: Cruise to Mount Athos. Departure from Ormos Panagias

We set sail from Ormos Panagias at 09:30 for the port of Ouranoupolis. After one hour of sailing we reach in Ouranoupolis where we stay for 30 minutes. At 11:00 we start the sail along to the southwest side of Mount Athos peninsula for an amazing cruise.

After a 3 hours trip which is the same as described in CRUISE #1 above, we return back in Ouranoupolis at 14:00 and one hour later we’re back in Ormos Panagias at 15:30.

CRUISE #3: Evening cruise to Mount Athos. Departure from Ouranoupolis

This cruise offers an unforgettable elegant evening cruise to the monasteries of Mount Athos complete with a spectacular sunset view. Step aboard for a fully narrated, 31/2 hours sightseeing tour where we’ll introduce you to the history, sights and lore of Mount Athos, as only Calypso Cruises knows.
We are the only company organize evening cruises to Mount Athos.

Our cruise start from Ouranoupolis at 17:00. We leisurely cruise along the southwest coastline of Mount Athos peninsula as described in Cruise #1 above.

Make sure to bring your camera. Photo opportunities present themselves in abundance and you don’t want to miss a chance to memorialize these fabulous moments.
The sun during our cruise is low in the sky, producing a soft, diffused light which is much more flattering than the harsh midday sun and is ideal for perfect photos.It also is the perfect time of day to capture some romantic lens flair.

During our way back to Ouranoupolis you have the opportunity to admire a stunning sunset view.

We're back in Ouranoupolis at 20:00.


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