A day trip en route to Mount Athos was breathtaking. The pilgrimage to the monastic state of Halkidiki, situated on the third and eastern promontory of the island, is highly recommended due to its internationally renowned Byzantine monuments.
We embark the traditional ship at the port of Ormos Panagias at 9:30 in the morning, and it departs for the harbours of Sithonia. The monastery of Saint Paul and the southernmost summit of Mount Athos will be our initial destinations.
In order to observe eight additional monasteries from the closest permissible distance without traversing the Mount Athos borders, we embarked on a northerly coastal voyage.
Depending on the day, we will make a halt for approximately an hour and a half at the port of Ouranoupoli or the central port of Ammouliani’s Island. During this time, you are free to investigate the area, stretch your legs, or snag a cup of coffee or lunch at a nearby restaurant.
As we sail back, our final destination will be Ormos Panagias, where you will have the opportunity to participate in traditional Greek performances to live bouzouki music. At approximately 17:30, we will have arrived at our ultimate destination, Ormos Panagias.