In this page you will find important information regarding your visit
and some relative and useful links to other web pages as well.
The procedure before you visit Mount Athos:
You have to contact the Mount Athos Pilgrims' Office in Thessaloniki so that you can settle all the details. The working hours are 09:00 - 16:00 for Monday to Friday and 09:00 - 14:00 for Saturday. The telephone number for the whole country of Hellas is : 2310-25.25.75, but if you are a foreigner or it just happens to be abroad, you will call : 2310-25.25.78.
You can take your necessary permission ("Diamonitirio") from the Mount Athos Pilgrims' Office in Ouranoupolis, short before you board on the ship. Even if you wish to travel at 06:30 in the early morning, you will be normally served by the Office. The working hours of the Holly Mountain's Office in Ouranoupolis are now 05:30 - 13:00, daily.
Tips for your trip:
You can purchase your permission after 07:20 in the morning, attend the Sunday Service in Ouranoupoli's church and depart at 10:30 with the ferry AGIA ANNA or at 11:00 with our highspeed.
For the weekdays:
If you are in Ouranoupolis in the early morning, depart at 06:30 with our ferry AGIA ANNA and gain valuable time, or a little bit later at 08:00, with our highspeed MIKRA AGIA ANNA. For those who won't be ready so early, or will take the bus of 08:45 from Thessaloniki, we remind you the second route of our highspeed MIKRA AGIA ANNA at 11:45.
Mount Athos pilgrim's directives:
|1.||Your presence and clothing must be decent, as it should at any holy place.|
|2.||Your mobile phones should be switched off in the Church, the Dining Room and the yard of the monasteries and the other Holy Camps.|
|3.||Do not walk without permission in other buildings, out of your hospitality area.|
|4.||Behave quietly in the Church and the Dining Room and respect the program of each Holy Camp.|
|5.||The usage of TVs, radios or music players is prohibited.|
|6.||Smoking, is generally not allowed.|
|7.||Camping in the countryside is strictly forbidden.|
|8.||Hunting is prohibited and you are not allowed to carry guns and dogs.|
|9.||Video recording is strictly prohibited and all such material and devices will be confiscated.|
|10.||Taking photos of monks and inner places is not allowed without any former permission.|
|11.||The duration of your hospitality is four days (3 nights), while at each Holy Camp is one day.|
|12.||If you own a special Diamonitirio, e.g. you are invited by a Holy Camp, do not ask for hospitality elsewhere, because that violates the hospitality rules of Mount Athos.|
|*||Groups over 5 persons are not allowed, except for Military Schools and Church Lyceums.|
|Useful telephone numbers|
|Central Bus Station of Halkidiki in Thessaloniki||2310.316.555 / 2310.316.565 / 2310.316.575|
|Mount Athos Pilgrims' Office in Thessaloniki
For the whole country:
Foreigners / Greeks being abroad:
|Mount Athos Pilgrims' Office in Ouranoupolis:||2377.071.422|
|Port Police of Ierissos:||2377.022.666|
|Port Police Station in Ouranoupolis:||2377.071.248|
|Municipal Parking of Ouranoupolis:||2377.071.212|
|Weather forecast for Mount Athos:||By meteo.gr|
|The official page of Halkidiki Bus Service:||Halkidiki Buses|