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A Pilgrim's Guide
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FoMA Travel Tips and Advisories: Athoniki Ticket Window Procedures

FoMA provides travel tips and issues travel advisories from time to time based on incoming information. This information is often unconfirmed or unconfirmable, but is reported in this form for your convenience.

The Friends of Mount Athos - A Pilgrim's Guide to Mount Athos - Advisory: Athoniki Office

It is reported on some travel websites that "if there is a crowd, they [the Athoniki ticket agent] may call out names instead" and that you should "be there by nine, or your ticket might be given away!" ( FoMA has received no direct report of this happening.

Because the Athoniki ticket office closes at 2:00 pm and opens at 8:00 am, persons planning to depart on the early morning ferry boat (departure time: 6:30 am) should arrive the day before their departure date in time to get their tickets before the ticket office closes.

If you plan to go and return from Daphni on an Athoniki vessel, it is worth purchasing a ticket with return to ensure your place on the boat on the day you plan to leave Athos, in order to avoid the inconvenience of ticket lines and the crush of crowds at the ticket office in Daphni while holding your luggage. Advance purchase of the return ticket is also advisable if you intend to leave from one of the monasteries along the ferry boat route without returning to Daphni, although ferryboat tickets for the return to Ouranoupolis can also be purchased on the boat.

Header Image: Detail from a pilgrimage souvenir print produced for Philotheou Monastery in 1849. The detail depicts the arrival of the "pious pilgrims" on horseback, with the monastery on the left and two monks waiting to greet the arriving pilgrims.
Photograph by Robert W. Alllison, © 2011.
The original print bears the following inscription (in Greek):
This bronzeplate print of the Holy Monastery of Philotheou on the Holy Mountain of Athos was printed at the personal expense of Nikolas Emmanouel Chionakes of Crete for the salvation of his soul and those of his parents and kin, and it was dedicated freely for pious pilgrims.
Printed in Moscow on 4 August, 1849.