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Athens Monasteries

ATHENS RELIGIOUS TOURS

FULL DAY

Duration 8-9 Hours

ATHENS MONASTERIES

Visit four significant Monasteries in the surrounding area of Athens

FROM €320

€320 Luxury sedan up to 4 pax
€380 Mini Van up to 7 pax
UPON REQUEST Mercedes Mini Bus up to 17 pax

We begin our full day tour with a visit to the Monastery of St. Irene Chrysovalantou, located in Lykovrisi.  In the peaceful surroundings of the monastery, one can experience the monastic lifestyle.  Mother Irene of Chrysovalantou was the abbess of the monastery during the 9th century, where she engaged herself in vigils and prayer.  She developed the gifts of foresight and after her death at 102, she continued to be a miracle worker.  Many prayers for St. Irene’s intercessions are continually answered, one such series of miracles is for mothers who are unable to conceive.

Our next stop is the Monastery of St. Ephraim in Nea Makri, a place of pilgrimage for a saint who was known for his miracles and nowadays continues to attract thousands of believers every year.   St. Ephraim of Mount Amomon had lived from 1384 to 1426, and is venerated as a martyr and miracle-maker saint by many Greek Orthodox Christians in Greece.

We continue with a visit to the Monastery of Kaisariani, a peaceful site in which one can calm the soul and feast the eyes.  Built in the late 11th to early 12th century AD and dedicated to the Presentation of the Virgin to the Temple.  The church with its chapel of St. Anthony in its center, is actually built over the ruins of a classic Roman temple and some of the fragments are incorporated into the church’s architecture. As with many Byzantine monasteries, Kaisariani is well fortified, a high wall around the monastery encloses the conventual buildings.

Following we visit the Daphni Monastery, which lies to the west of Athens, almost half-way along the ancient Sacred Way to Eleusis.  It is now a museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The Monastery and its mosaics are thought to be masterpieces of the golden era of Byzantine art.  The first monastery was erected on the site in the 6th century AD and was enclosed by strong defensive walls.  The interior of the church is decorated with superb mosaics, dating from the end of the 11th century, a unique, fine example of the Classical idealism of Middle Byzantine art.   The crowded scenes of the mosaics narrate scenes from the life of Christ and the Virgin.

During the tour we will stop for a lunch break at a local traditional tavern.

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PACKAGE DETAILS

Special Instructions

Appropriate clothing is required to visit the monasteries. Sleeveless clothing and shorts are permitted, as long as you cover your shoulders and knees.

Restrictions

Please note that due to strict Greek laws and regulations, your Tour Driver is not licensed to accompany you inside the sites.  Your Tour Driver will provide commentary and basic information only inside the vehicle and only when it is deemed safe to do so while driving.  Please refrain from any distracting behavior as your safety during the tour is our top priority.

Your Driver will drop you off as close to the sites as legally possible and in accordance to Traffic laws.

If you wish to have a personal licensed Tour Guide, you may hire one at extra cost.  Please include your request on the booking form.

Tips

What is included in this private tour

  • Pick-up service from your hotel in or near the center of Athens OR your cruise terminal.
  • Transport by air-conditioned luxury vehicle.
  • An English-speaking professional driver with a good knowledge of history and culture of Greece.
  • All taxes, road toll fees, fuel charges and parking.

What is not included in this private tour

  • All Meals & Beverages
  • Admission Fees to the Monasteries
  • Licensed official tour guide (optional)
  • Gratuities (optional)

Athens Monasteries

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Athens Monasteries

€320 Luxury sedan up to 4 pax, €380 Mercedes Mini Van up to 7 pax, UPON REQUEST Mercedes Mini Bus up to 17 pax

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