Moving around on Athos
The whole territory of Holy Mount Athos occupies about 325 square kilometers; its length is 60 kilometers long and at certain points reaches up to 12 kilometers in width. In this area there are 20 monasteries, 12 sketes, and about 500 cells and kalyves.
In order to visit several monasteries, to pray and to worship the relics in such a spacious area, it is required to have personal transportation.
Due to the strict rules in force on the territory of the monastic republic, transportation on Athos is quite complicated. The increased flow of pilgrims and those wishing to visit this extraordinary place in recent years has exceeded the capacity of the Holy Mountain in terms of transportation. Athos provides pilgrimage transportation to the capital city of Karyes once a day, with the arrival and departure of a ship from the port of Daphne.
Visiting several monasteries with the available transportation on the Holy Mountain is simply not possible. Of course you can walk, however, in this case you'll visit fewer monasteries, and taking into account the weather conditions and the presence on the mountain of wild animals and snakes, it's better to travel only during daylight hours and only with an experienced guide. It is impossible to rent a car on Mount Athos for independent travel; personal vehicles are also forbidden to enter the territory of the monastic republic.
Athos Transportation Services
One of the most important advantages of our pilgrimage service is the permission issued by the Holy Mountain authorities to move around Mount Athos in our own vehicles. Our fleet has jeeps with a capacity of 4-7 seats for the transportation of pilgrims on Mount Athos.
Our cars are mostly cross-country vehicles, since the quality of the roads on Mount Athos leaves much to be desired, and in some places there is no pavement at all. Having at your disposal a car with a driver on Athos, you'll be able to visit not less than 5 monasteries and sketes.
Cost of a vehicle with a capacity of 4-7 people:
- up to 5 hours — 250 euro
- full day — 350 euro
In addition to the hourly rent of transport on Athos, our pilgrimage service also provides services for taking you from one point to another. You can book a car via online chat or any of the following phone numbers:
- +30 6992 646 389
- +306993917034 (Viber, WhatsApp)
- +306992646389 (Viber, WhatsApp)
Athos Guide pilgrimage service wishes you a nice and comfortable trip and is always ready to provide any assistance in your pilgrimage to the Holy Mount Athos!