** Half day
- Byzantine Monastery, rich history, hidden cave
- amazing panoramic views, hospitality, inspiring monk
- gorge, short hike, river bed, traditional snack, sightseeing by car, optional lunch in local village famous for its artichokes
Duration: About 4 hours
From 55.00€ per person/
min. number of persons 2.
For 1 person or bigger groups please ask for our offer.
Included: Transportation, guided tour to the monastery, small walking tour (1hour in total), sightseeing on your way, traditional snack, English speaking tour escort.
Extras: Lunch or coffee in a nearby village
The monastery of “Avgo” (=egg) from the 11th century is considered as one of the most remarkable sites of the prefecture of Argolis. It is dedicated to the saint Dimitrios the Myroblyte and is situated at an altitude of 320 meters above sea level. Built at the side of a cliff it dominates over the magnificent natural surroundings which include the river Rados and further down the sea and the mountains of Nafplio. It is recognized as an exceptional Byzantine monument and a preserved archeological site.
After a short drive by car on a dirt road we will start our short hike (1 hour) at the river bed. We will go uphill through the forest of pine trees. The monastery is so well hidden that we will be able to see it only at the end of our hike when it appears in front of us. We will unveil this well kept secret to you during our walk, tell you its history and explain to you why it is called “egg” monastery.
We will visit the monastery and its temple that is totally dug into the rock of the adjoining cliff. Then we will take you to the upper floor and the roof where you will be amazed by the panoramic view of the gorge, the sea and the surrounding mountains. There we are able to enter the hidden cave, carefully, where remains of the monks that passed away are kept.
After our visit, when it is an appropriate time, we might be able to have a conversation with the one monk that lives here. He chose the path to dedicate his life to this impressive and unique monastery.
Or walk back will go downhill to the river bed. Before we will depart we will walk into the partly dried river bed with its impressive plane tree and rocks that took their shape through water erosion.
On our way back we will have a stop at the village that is famous for its artichokes: time for a sweet delicacy made from artichokes or lunch!