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Patmos is a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea. One of the northernmost islands of the Dodecanese complex. Patmos is mentioned in the Christian scriptural Book of Revelation. The book's introduction states that its author, John, was on Patmos when he was given a vision from Jesus. Early Christian tradition identified this writer John of Patmos as John the Apostle, though some modern scholars are uncertain. As such, Patmos is a destination for Christian pilgrimage. Visitors can see the cave where John is said to have received his Revelation (the Cave of the Apocalypse), and several monasteries on the island are dedicated to Saint John.


Highlights of Patmos Private Half Day Tour:

This varied tour is perfect for those who want just a little bit more. The tour visits the Cave of the Apocalypse home to the birth of the Book of Revelation, the last book in the Holy Bible. In 95AD, at the time of the persecution of the Christians, St. John was exiled to the Island of Patmos where the vision of the Revelation
was revealed to him in this small cave which has now become a place of worship and an important destination for pilgrims.

On leaving the Cave we drive to the old village of Chora, high on the hilltop where one will have the opportunity to photograph the breathtaking panoramic view over the island and discover the stunning architecture of houses dating from the fifteen to eighteen hundreds. Chora, the islands capital, houses the 11th century Monastery of St. John the Theologian. Here one can get a glimpse of monastic life and absorb timeless history through the magnificent ecclesiastical artifacts of its museum. Among the Monastery’streasures are frescoes of the founder Christodoulou and miracles of St. John, ancient documents dating from the 6th century, vestments, silverware and numerous Icons including a work attributed to El Greco.

From the Monastery we walk through the winding cobbled streets of Chora to 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. Before returning by coach to the port of Skala we conclude our tour with a walk through Chora and browse the open air shops.


  • Respectable dress code for Monastery & Cave (shoulders and knees covered)
  • Plenty of walking
  • Cobble stone roads
  • Steps involved
  • Comfortable shoes required
  • Restroom facilities available
  • No facilities for persons with special needs




Full Day Patmos Island Private Tour:

An air-conditioned coach will start from the port of Skala and drive half way up the mountain to the Cave of St John to visit the most important site of the
island. Here is where St John the Theolgian wrote the Revelation, the last book of the New Testament.

Once visited your tour guide will proceed to the Monastery of St.John . Christodoulos, Servant of Christ, built the Monastery in 1088. Its castle like structure crowned all around with battlements has a total of eight chapels inside. Once entering the courtyard one can see the intricately designed frescoes adorning the main chapel entrance. The Monastery’s museum houses a magnificent collection of jeweled chalices, crowns and crosses. In addition, amongst the many icons and religious paintings there is an original El Greco painting which is one of his first. The library, which unfortunately is not open to the public, has many ancient books exhibited in the museum.

After leaving the Monastery on top of the hill, a short walk into the old town will bring you to the doorstep of a Patmian house from the 18th Century. Next
to it, one will visit the active Nun’s Monastery. Both sites will give you an idea of how one lives today in Chora. Time will be given for the opportunity to take photos in the narrow streets of the old town.

On return to the coach a trip to a restaurant of choice will be arranged (lunch cost is not included in tour price). After lunch the tour continues by following the coastal road back to the port via Gricou Bay on way to the North part of the island which is the agricultural area. During the leisurely drive a complete image can form on how the beautiful inlets and tranquil beaches appeal to the ma guests that visitPatmos. The last site is the bay of Lambi where the beach with colorful stones gives a small souvenir to take home with us. Last minute shopping can be done after the coach returns you to the port.

  • Respectable dress code for Monastery & Cave (shoulders and knees covered)
  • Walking on the first half hour
  • Steps in Cave & Monastery
  • Comfortable shoes required
  • Restroom facilities available
  • No facilities for persons with special needs




Contact Details

Name: Nikolas Zafiriou or Maria Renieri
Tel: +30-22860-21470
Fax: +30-22860-21475
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