I am starting to save money to make a trip to the Holy Mountain, I want to go during the cheapest part of the year. How much money does it take to pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain?
Head for Thessaloniki first. From there you get a bus that takes you to Ouranopolis. Then by boat to Daphni and Karyes where you get your papers. Both times that I visited the Holy Mt and we were leaving from N America we flew first to Athens, then a local flight up to Thessaloniki. Maybe though nowadays you can get more direct flights to Thessaloniki?
But for the adventurous- the first time I went to the Holy Mt, I flew to Paris from Montreal; and then train from Paris to Thessaloniki. This was an amazing journey through France, Italy and all of the Yugoslavia of that time. One thing this did for me since I had never been outside of N America before is it helped me adjust to Europe and especially south eastern Europe (the Balkans) before I got to Greece.
In Christ- Fr Raphael