Vatopedi now requires a ‘pilgrim id’ for its reservations, obtainable after a quick registration at hospitality.vatopedi.gr. The fathers there at this specific monastery also require a negative PCR covid test to be shown (not older then 48 hours-€60 at vipdocter.gr in Ouranopolis), despite the obligatory rapid test performed upon entrance to Athos (free of charge). It is irrelevant that you already have a full vaccination scheme or not.
Another new rule at Vatopedi is that FIRST and directly you have to go this monastery, if you go to Athos. So you cannot go to another monastery (or Karyes) first and afterwards go to Vatopedi).
The monastery of Lavra stays until further notice closed for all pilgrims (information October 1st 2022.
I think there is not a pilgrim who had no difficulties to make a swift and easy reservation to spend a night in monastery and you know what is the main reason? The monks still use the old-fashioned fax-machine!
Either you do not get connexion, or it might be that the fax machine is out-of-order or monks just don’t answer your fax message.
This is why it is hopeful to see that more and more monasteries and skites throw their fax machines finally out and start to communicate by email. In the list below you will find the email addresses I have been collecting: please help us to make this list as complete as possible ans share new information with us (use the “mail us” option in the Links)!
Please notice: we use the words “at sign” instead of the symbol @, to prevent spy-bots to hack the email addresses of monasteries (thanks Japetusgr).
To start with: every pilgrimage to Athos starts with an email send to the pilgrimsbureau in Ouranopolis:
athosreservation at sign gmail.com
Email addresses and online reservations of the monasteries
01 Great Lavra: iera.moni.megistis.layras at sign gmail.com (thanks Joseph Skinner 11/8)
02 Vatopedi: filoxenia at sign vatopedi.gr or monastery at sign vatopedi.gr
Do an online regsitration here: https://hospitality.vatopedi.gr/reservations/login.aspx (currently not working 10/8/2022- according to Andreas – thanks !)
03 Iviron: ivironfiloxenia at sign gmail.com. Website www.imiviron.gr (thanks Michael, 28/8/2022)
04 Chilandariou: pilgrims at sign hilandar.org
05 Dionysiou: monidionysiou at sign gmail.com or grafiotaxis at sign yahoo.com (thanks Michalis 28/7) ! According to Vladislav these addresses do not seem te be valid- 2/12/2017! another adress: agiosnifon at sign gmail.com (January 2018 – thanks Guido)
06 Koutloumousiou – imk.athos at sign gmail.com (thanks Cris 25/8) or use this contact form on the internet (in Greek):
07 Pantocratoros – filoxenia at sign pantokrator.gr (thanks Gabriel 16/5/17)
08 Xeropotamou: xeropotamou at sign yahoo.gr or xero at sign freemail.gr (FoMA 22/9/19)
Online registration here (thanks Andreas 10/8/2022): https://filoxenia.imxenophontos.gr/reservations/login/en
09 Sografou: zografergo at sign gmail.com or zograf.logos at sign gmail.gr
10 Docheiariou – dohiarmon at sign gmail.com (thanks R.V. Knezevi 30/11)
11 Karakallou – karakallou at sign yahoo.gr : most of the emails are read by the Dutch monk Pachomios, who speaks French, English, Greek and of course Dutch (thanks Hadrian Liem – 2/12/2017).
Notice: according to Angel – see comment 5/2/18- this Yahoo e-mail address is not correct.
12 Filotheou: philotheou.filoxenia at sign gmail.com (thanks John 5/4/2017) or info at sign philotheou.gr (FoMA 22/9/19)
13 Simonopetras: hospitality at sign simonopetra.gr
14 Agiou Pavlou: visit at sign agiou-pavlou.gr (thanks Vladislav 2/12/17) or moni at sign agiou-pavlou.gr (FoMA 22/9/19)
or: evdokimos at sign me.com (thanks Ioan 27/7)
15 Stavronikita – no email, no electricity (:
16 Xenophontos: arhontariki at sign imxenophontos.gr or inxenofa at sign gmail.com (thanks Michalis 27/7)
17 Grigoriou: imog at sign cosmotemail.gr (thanks Bart)
18 Esfigmenou – ? (konaki in Karyes: info at sign esphigmenou.gr, do not use for reservations)
19 Panteleimonos: rpm.palomnik at sign gmail.com
20 Konstamonitou – imkonstamonitou at sign gmail.com (thanks Mihail, 12/2/19) (beware: the monastery does not have electricity and non-orthodox pilgrims are not allowed in church and the trapeza, such a pity….).
We have 19 addresses of monasteries now, only one to go, Stravronikita (12/2/2019).
Skites and kelli
Prodromou: prodromuarhondaric at sign yahoo.com (thanks Gavriil 24/8/18)
Nea skiti: evangelismos.neaskiti at sign gmail.com(thanks Michael, 12/2/17). This email address iera.nea.skiti at sign gmail.com I found here. (3/12/2018). The email address seems to be offline (9/2/2019 – thanks Vladislav). Or use this contact form on the internet (in Greek!). Wim, 30/7/2019
Try to contact Father Eusebios Christofi from England on his Facebook-site.
Skiti Xenofontos: eugeniosathos at sign gmail.com or nikonathos at sign gmail.com
Skiti Profitou Eliou: skitioros at sign gmail.com : ask for Father Filimon (thanks mr “Jeltsin”, 28-12-2018)
Kafsokalivia: call on Monday to Friday on 11.00 PM on this telephone number (from Europe): 00 30 2377 023319.
Kelli of Father Stephan: 23770 23636
Kelli of Father Varsanufie: 23770 23858
Kelli of Father Pavel: 23770 22587 (6972765236 – mobile)
Kelli of Father Isidor: 23770 23871
Kelli of Father Pimen: 6946572266 – mobile (thanks Leonard – 16th June 2020)
Timiou Stavrou – Father David: crest1969 at sign hotmail.com
Mylopotamos – Father Epifanios: info at sign mywines.gr or go to the website mywines.gr.
Wim, 12/8/2022 – update 16
The Diamonitiria for all other monasteries and sketes are issued again. Please notice that the reservation period at the Pilgrimsbureau has been cut down from six to three months prior your entry.