ATHOS.GUIDE is the Mount Athos Official Pilgrimage Center. It was founded in 2017 on the basis of long-standing experience gained in the course of twelve years of professional activity in accompanying individual pilgrims and delegations of various levels to the Mount Athos peninsula.
The head of our pilgrimage service personally accompanies groups of pilgrims. He received his theology degree at the School of Theology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and is now a post-graduate student at the same university. He walked all over Mount Athos as a student, residing in the different monasteries as part of his job and during the summer vacations. This experience gave him the opportunity to get to know Mount Athos from different angles, at different times being on the Holy Mountain as a novice, an inmate and a pilgrim.
Spiritual growth was facilitated by participation in the divine services, as well as constant communication with the Athonite monks. These simple servants of God never, especially in their humble life, show their spiritual status. Reasoning upon various abstract topics, sometimes answering completely mundane questions, they can give such an answer that only after a few days comes the understanding of what has been said and the depth of those words. Deep respect, acknowledge of the importance of communicating with the monks of Mount Athos, and the desire to share our vision of Mount Athos were the starting point of our work.
From the desire to show Mount Athos to the world comes the name of our pilgrimage service. It comprises very efficiently what we want to show. ATHOS GUIDE is a guidebook, an almanac of the Holy Land of Athos.
The purpose of our tours is to visit the monastic republic of Athos and to pray in the holy places within the time that your pilgrimage allows. Another goal is to visit as many monasteries and miraculous icons of the Blessed Mother of God as possible. However, the most important advantage of the tour is the possibility of spiritual conversations with enlightened elders and, of course, confession and communion. Mount Athos is a place of repentance. So say the monks themselves, who for this reason came to spend their life on Mount Athos. Therefore, men who have visited the holy land of Athos want to return here again and again. Mount Athos is the place of the earthly life of the Holy Mother of God, and Her grace is abundantly poured out on Mount Athos. And everyone who has been here has felt it.
All of our pilgrimage trips are accompanied by experienced guides holding degree in theology & religious studies. In special cases, we can also ask monks to take part in our pilgrimage tour.
Thanks to our special connection with Mount Athos, we have not only the blessing of the pilgrimage activities on the Holy Mountain, but also the permission to travel with our own vehicles, jeeps. This allows the vehicles to be at the disposal of the pilgrims 24 hours a day, which makes the pilgrimage very easy and makes it possible to go to a service at any time to any monastery you like.
Our Pilgrimage Service organizes lodgings in all the 20 Orthodox monasteries of Athos, as well as in the sketes and cells. We also organize meetings and conversations with monastic elders and Father Superiors of the monasteries at any time convenient.
It is known that only men can visit Mount Athos, but thanks to the great love of the monks of the Holy Mountain for the whole world, for several years now women have also been given the opportunity to get close to the great shrines of Athos. The monks take the relics and miraculous icons out by boat to the cruising ships. You can find out about how this happens, if you read the video and photo materials in the section "Mount Athos for women".
It is worth noting that we published unique information on our website. Here you will learn the whole history of Athos - from ancient times, including the arrival of the Blessed Mother of God herself, to our days. Such a volume of information is published in open access for the first time. You will find a lot of interesting information about the miraculous icons and read about the lives of the great saints, who shone on Mount Athos.
Dear friends, we invite you to visit the earthly lot of the Blessed Mother of God!