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Hosios Loukas Monastery (Moni Osios Loukas)
Hosios Loukas Monastery (Moni Osios Loukas)

Hosios Loukas Monastery (Moni Osios Loukas)

Free admission
Distomo Arachova Antikira, Greece, 320 05

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The Hosios Loukas Monastery is located close to the town of Distomo, in south-central Greece, and is open daily (except Mondays) from 9am-5pm.

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Private Delphi and Hosios Loukas Monastery - Great Lunch and Drinks Included
Private Delphi and Hosios Loukas Monastery - Great Lunch and Drinks Included
$363.69 per adult
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My husband and I feel so thankful to have booked this tour because Nikos was the most wonderful guide. From the very start he was courteous, professional, so knowledgeable and incredibly accommodating. Shortly after I booked, Nikos reached out to me to talk about pick up/transfer details on the day of the tour. He was even kind enough to drop us off at Piraeus port so that we could make our ferry to Hydra the same afternoon. He treated us to a wonderful lunch in the town of Distomo (it was actually one of the most memorable meals we had in Greece!). We felt like we were in the best hands with Nikos. If you are deciding between a group tour and a private tour, we believe it was 100% worth it to spend a bit more and go with the private tour. Efcharisto Nikos!
Katie_R, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Greece

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Great day with Dimitrius
Neylan_M, Jun 2021
Sacred Delphi & Osios Loukas in a Full Day Private Tour
We loved Dimitrius as our guide. He was a great driver, very attentive to us and friendly. Be aware this tour does not provide a guide at Delphi; you are on your own. And the drive from Athens is long. The monastery was spectacular, a real highlight.
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Delphi
Randolph S, Jan 2020
Delphi and Hosios Loukas Monastery Full Day Private Tour
Private tour, trip was comfortable, guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and open to configuring our tour to get the maximum experience. We had a great time.
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Beautiful
Journey22537806413, Apr 2019
Private Tour to Delphi, Arachova, & St Loukas Monastery with Lunch Option
we had a wonderful adventure with our guide Vissilis aka "Bill" - the entire day what memories we made and the history we learned. The visit to the Monastary was inspiring. The Delphi - just like the magazine cover of National Geographic; so much to see and that's just it, you get to see and experience it all! The place we stopped for lunch had incredible food and the most breathtaking view. Book "Bill" - the time you spend with him and his expansive knowledge of his Greece is priceless
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Nikos was awesome! Highly...
Blair T, Dec 2017
Private Delphi and Hosios Loukas Monastery - Great Lunch and Drinks Included
Nikos was awesome! Highly knowledgeable about the sites and the places along the way with more local flavor. Highly recommended!
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The driver/guide for this...
greyguy, May 2017
Private Delphi and Hosios Loukas Monastery - Great Lunch and Drinks Included
The driver/guide for this self-guided tour was extraordinarily helpful and friendly. He was informative and anwered our questions . The lunch was delightful and in a small town on the plaza at a town near Hosios Loukas. He Nikos was careful to drop us off and pick us up and convenient locations which enhanced our tour. His driving was safe and beyond reproach. I would highly recommend this tour.
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We had a wonderful day with David...
Lone A, Feb 2016
Private Tour to Delphi, Arachova, & St Loukas Monastery with Lunch Option
We had a wonderful day with David! He knows a lot about the places, he is a calm, interesting guide and very, very helpful - That was a day we'll never forget! Thanks!
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This tour was wonderful! Both Delphi...
NANCY J, Apr 2017
Private Delphi and Hosios Loukas Monastery - Great Lunch and Drinks Included
This tour was wonderful! Both Delphi and Hosios Loukas Monastery were fascinating UNESCO sites. Our guide Nikos from Treehouse tours was great! Very thoughtful and informative. We enjoyed him so much, we booked a private tour with him for a second day of touring monasteries in the Pelononese.
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This tour with Nikos was great...
roulo42, Oct 2016
Private Delphi and Hosios Loukas Monastery - Great Lunch and Drinks Included
This tour with Nikos was great! Aside from the trip to Delphi, we stopped for lunch in a small village that doesn't see many tourists and visited the Monastery of Saint Luke -- another off the beaten path gem. Nikos is full of insider knowledge and will go above and beyond to make your trip a success.
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This was our third trip with Nikos and...
Michelle K, Nov 2017
Private Delphi and Hosios Loukas Monastery - Great Lunch and Drinks Included
This was our third trip with Nikos and, as we had earlier mentioned to him that we had already been to the Delphi site and museum, he took us to the less visited Temple of Athena that is near the main Delphi site. This is usually bypassed by the major tours. We had enjoyed the drive there as Nikos ensured we got to see much of the countryside. We stopped at the gorgeous mountain village of Arahova for lunch where our lunch consisted of authentic Greek food which Nikos ordered to allow us to try different dishes. We then had some free time to stroll around the village. As Nikos knew I took many photos he took us to a point where I could get some great shots of the village from afar. On our way to Hosios Loukas Monastery we saw a roadside 'shop', with what looked like posters all hung around it and Nikos was more than happy to go and investigate with us. It turned out to be a rug sale. After making some purchases we continued on our way, enjoying the countryside. At Hosios Loukas Monastery we encountered the local Archbishop, who turned out to be an acquaintance of Nikos'. The monastery was more than we expected, above a valley that was filled with olive trees, lovely and peaceful. After exploring we enjoyed a quiet coffee. We then continued our journey, stopping to inspect cotton fields and orange groves, culminating in a visit to an Olive press which was run by a co-operative for the local village. The staff there were more than happy to let us take photos and have a look at each stage of the olive pressing. All in all this was an enjoyable trip made very pleasant by Nikos, who seemed to be more of a friend than a guide, his very safe driving left us feeling at ease and his knowledge of the area was very enlightening. Thoroughly recommend this trip Thank you Nikos for such a great day, your friendliness and thoughtfulness. You made our trips memorable and special. Judy and Michelle Kean, Tasmania, Australia
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My wife, daughter, and I visited...
Suresh S, Oct 2017
Private Delphi and Hosios Loukas Monastery - Great Lunch and Drinks Included
My wife, daughter, and I visited Greece for the first time this past summer. We spent three days in Athens to experience the rich Greek history that we had only encountered in history books. Since we had very little time and we wanted to have a very flexible schedule, we booked a private tour with Eudaimonia Private Tours through Viator.com. Even before we left, Nikos Giannopoulos reached out to us via email and text to not only confirm the tours but discuss what we were interested in, whether we had any dietary restrictions we are vegetarian, etc. He was very meticulous in his planning and communicated with us at all times and provided us with suggestions for additional activities. While talking to him prior to our arrival, we mentioned to him that we wanted to visit Lake Vouliagmeni and Cape Sounion on the day we arrived. He immediately cleared his schedule and arrived promptly at 4 p.m. to pick us up from the hotel. I am glad that we took the tour to Lake Vouliagmeni and Cape Sounion with him. During the drive, he provided us with a lot of information about the history of both locations that we definitely wouldnt have gotten from reading a book. I am avid photographer and when he got to know that he stopped at multiple places on the way that had amazing views and I managed to get some great pictures of the sunset at Cape Sounion. Go there, if you havent already!!! The next morning, Nikos picked us up at 8 a.m. for a day trip to Delphi and Hosios Loukas monastery. Our first stop was at Delphi a UNESCO World Heritage site about 2.5 hours away and during the drive, Nikos used the time to discuss the history of Delphi and its role in Greek history. The entire drive went by fairly quickly as Nikos was a great conversationalist. After we had finished the tour of the main site and the museum, he was waiting for us in the car but suggested that we visit the TheTholosat the sanctuary ofAthenaPronoia is located about half a mile away from the main Delphi site and we are glad that we went there. If not for Nikos, we would have never known about it. After we finished at Delphi, we had lunch in a small, quaint, but completely non-touristy town for lunch. Nikos ordered for us and ensured that all the food was vegetarian. I also learnt from him how to drink Ouzo the Greek way. After lunch, we went to Hosios Loukas Monastery. We didnt even know about this till we booked the private and we are glad we did! The monastery is a also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monastery and its environs were beautiful and serene. It is located a little bit out of the way and overlooks a valley that is full of Olive trees. The weather at the monastery was very different from what we experienced in Athens and Delphi which are hot in August, to say the least. While it was a warm day, the monastery was breezy and actually cool at what would be the hottest part of the day. Nikos brought some of awesome desserts including Baklava, which a personal favorite of mine and we even took some of it back for my wife who was unable to join us on the trip as she was unwell. Nikos also provided us with tips for the next day when we planned to visit the historical sites in Athens. He even offered to pick us up the next evening to take us to a really good local restaurant that served authentic, vegetarian cuisine. Unfortunately, we were tired the next evening and could not take him up on his offer. Thanks to an off-the-beaten path tour with Eudaimonia Private Tours, we have made a new friend in Nikos that we hope to stay in touch for a long time! Thank you, Nikos and Eudaimonia!!! If you are planning a trip to Athens, I would strongly recommend Eudaimonia for a completely personalized experience!!!
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I had limited time and wanted a trip...
Keith M, Sep 2017
Private Delphi and Hosios Loukas Monastery - Great Lunch and Drinks Included
I had limited time and wanted a trip that took me out of the city and didn't involve a bus. Nikos was a great host and provided the right mix of Greek culture and history and friendly chat - I was the sole passenger. Excellent English speaker. Vehicle was in tip-top condition and the lunch was authentic and tasty. If you want a knowledgable, interesting and communicative guide and the freedom to be away from other tourists I'd recommend this trip with ancient history Delphi and the peacefulness of the Monastery.
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Nikos was a great driver and fun...
Cate R, Jul 2017
Private Delphi and Hosios Loukas Monastery - Great Lunch and Drinks Included
Nikos was a great driver and fun guide for our trip to Delphi. I wanted the opportunity to see more of the countryside and have a discussion about Delphi, the history, and current life in Greece rather than merely a generic tour. My 20yo son and I enjoyed the drive out and hiking up to see Delphi. By going on a private tour, we were able to get an earlier start and beat the heat and crowds. After the main site, Nikos guided us to the lower site to see the other buildings. It looked like not all tours were able to see this part. After Delphi, Nikos took us to a local taverna in a small town for lunch and then up to the Hosios Loukas Monastery. The monastery had a loud coach-full of tourists in the outer sitting area which reinforced the benefits of going on our own. Nikos provided a sweet snack and chocolates for us. The monastery is well preserved and the signage is clear to help understand its history, role in the community, and how the monks did, and still do, live there. Overall, excellent places to visit to connect with ancient times and imagine the ways the world/politics/religion worked.

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