- Pick up from Patmos Port or from your hotel
- Explore traditional houses monasteries in Chora,
- visit the House of Simandiris a traditional house, - the Mansion of
Nikolaidis; a historical homestead,
Windmills, drive through Grikos to Skala Port,
- By the end of the tour, drive back to Patmos Port or
to your hotel.
WHAT YOU VISIT
Our main destination is the old village of
Chora, the island's capital, which stands high on the hilltop looking
down over the port of Skala. From here we will have the opportunity to
photograph the breathtaking panoramic view, learn a little about the
islands historical background and discover the stunning architecture of
from the fifteen to eighteen hundreds. After a
short walk through the winding cobbled streets we arrive at the House of
Simandiris. Here we will have the unique experience of seeing the
interior of a traditional Patmian house along with antique furniture,
embroidery, and paintings collected over 8 generations of the Simandiris
family members. Just around the corner is the tiny Convent of Zoodoho
Pigis (The Spring of life) built in
On one side of the cobbled courtyard is the chapel, where we discover an
array of recently restored 17th century frescoes, the timeless art of the
icon along with a beautifully carved icon wall. On the other is a small
gift shop where one can purchase handicrafts made by the nuns.
We will then continue by foot through a
labyrinth of atmospheric lanes winding their way past the foot of the
Monastery of St. John to the Mansion of
Nikolaidis. This historical homestead has
recently been restored under the supervision of the Greek Ministry of
Culture to protect Byzantine Antiquities. After the fifteen hundreds
Patmos enjoyed an influx of rather wealthy ship owners and merchants who
built large luxurious houses
displaying their powerful class and allowing them protection against
numerous pirate attacks. The Nikolaidis Mansion, built in the seventeen
hundreds, is a wonderful example of these grand homesteads and houses -
an excellent exhibition showing not only the islanders way of life but
also a varied collection of local archeological finds.
On the ground
floor we find storerooms for foodstuffs, a cooking area with its
original fourno (oven), water tanks for the collection of rainwater and
its own private chapel named after St. Nickolas. Three staircases lead
to the 2nd floor where we find verandas, the formal reception room and
the sleeping area, along with a magnificent ambataros (a separating
wooden partition), decorated with traditional folk painting.
The ambataros was a grand status symbol
of the time. Before returning to the port of Skala we conclude our tour
with refreshments in a beautiful environment with a spectacular view. A
bit of shopping in Chora is also an option!
WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
Transfer via ship's tender to Scala, a traditional fishing village with gaily-painted boasts lining its quays. Board your private vehicle and travel inland, crossing rolling, barren hills to the island's apex, where you enjoy panoramic views of the countryside and bay.
includes walking over uneven and cobblestone surfaces
with inclines and steps. Comfortable walking shoes, comfortable clothing,
a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. Guests should watch
their step at all times in order to avoid injuries.
Temperatures can reach extreme highs during summer months; we recommend
that you drink a lot of water and use suitable sun protection.
The tour includes the professional licensed tour guide, all entrance fees, private air-conditioned transportation and VAT.
Approximate time to reach to
Chora is 20 minutes.
Rates are based on per person.
140 Euro pp
95 Euro pp
80 Euro pp
70 Euro pp
57 Euro pp
As the number of participant increases the certain amount of discount will be applied.
Please contact us for your group requests.
Children 0-6 ages are free.
If you book any tour in Patmos together with any Ephesus tour, then you will have per person 5 % discount on your Ephesus tour.
event of cancellation, written notice must be received by Meander Travel
at least three days before the arrival in order to receive the full
In the event of no show, 100% cancellation fee will apply.
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