Cruise 4 – Mt. Athos & Island hopping
Watch and behold as the iconic postcard images come to life. Mount Athos is the spiritual capital of the Orthodox Christian world and it houses 20 monasteries. Enjoy a relaxing 8 hours trip with 3½ hours cruising time. While we are sailing at 500m distance from the shores, we are able to watch the Mount Athos monasteries from Ouranoupolis to Dafni. Docheiariou monastery is the first monastery we see closest to Ouranoupolis. It is one of the most beautiful monasteries on Mount Athos and it is also called the monastery of Archangels. The second largest monastery visible from the coast is called Xenophontos Monastery. It’s known for its impressive buildings and majestic Katholicon. After the rebuilding of the monastery in the 18th century, the new Katholicon is today the largest of all the Katholica at Mount Athos. We then sail around the largest of the monasteries on the peninsula, Saint Panteleimon Monastery, which is a Russian Orthodox monastery. The monastery features the architecture of a small town with various domes and buildings. The last monastery is called Xeropotamou Monastery and it is one of the oldest monasteries on Mount Athos. It actually treasures a piece of the True Cross, the largest in Athos. During the itinerary we provide binoculars and special lenses; everything you need to carefully observe the beautiful peninsula. After Mount Athos we sail to Ammouliani island, the small but majestic island in the bay of Mount Athos, and the only populated island in the region. At the end of the tour we are enjoying a stroll through Diaporos islands, the unparalleled beauty of emerald waters and white sandy beaches.