Prodromos Monastery (Serres)

12 km NE of Serres is situated the Monastery of Prodromos which is considered to be one of the most impressive and well preserved monasteries in the Balkans. Monastery of extreme beauty built in 1270 was the residence of Gennadios Scholarios, the first Patriarch of Constantinople (Istanbul) after Ottomans have invaded Byzantine Empire. The trekking trail starting below the monastery takes us to the picturesque church of Agia Paraskevi and the deserted village of Lakkoi, where you will be offered a relaxing picnic by the river.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Morning visit to St. John Prodromos Monastery which was built in late of the 13th century.
  • Monastery is considered to be a monument of Byzantine art of extraordinary beauty that served as residence of Gennadios Scholarios, the first Patriarch of Constantinople (Istanbul) after Ottomans have invaded Byzantine Empire. During Balkan wars, Bulgarians have looted 24 gospels, 1500 old books, 200 manuscripts and other valuables. In 1986 a female fraternity settled in the Monastery which took care of its continuous maintenance and restoration.
  • Below the monastery is the gorge (old road path) connecting Serres to Nevrokopi, which nowadays makes part of the European trail E4 & E6 network.
  • You will walk alongside the river part of this route (1hrs approx.), you will cross bridges, see the small church of Agia Paraskevi up until the deserted village of Lakkoi
  • Picnic by the river
  • Return to Serres

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What's Included

  • Transportation and in-depth visits as per detailed itinerary
  • Admission fees as per programme
  • 1 hrs trekking at Prodromos gorge
  • Picnic by the river
  • Τour escort
  • Geo Routes material
  • VAT
  • **** not included: personal expenses, tips, gratuities, anything not explicitly stated above

Cultural themes & activities

Duration

4hrs historic – religious tour
(Tour code: GR033)

Departures

Daily on request except Sundays
Bookings close 72 hours prior to departure

UNESCO Sites

Departure Points

  • Serres (Elpida Resort Hotel)

Highlights

  • Monastery of Timios Prodromos
  • Trekking by the gorge
  • Church of Agia Paraskevi
  • Lakkoi village

Geo-keys

Trekking Trails
Trekking Trails
Flora & Fauna (Forest and Ocean Life)
Flora & Fauna (Forest and Ocean Life)
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History – Archaeology
Places of Religious Interest
Places of Religious Interest
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Tour Pricing

Private Tour 2 pax: 230.00 pp
Private Tour 4 pax: 140.00 pp
Private Tour 6 pax: 115.00 pp
Group Tour: from 80.00 pp

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