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Private Tour for up to 2 (Not a per person rate) $1103 USD
Private Tour for up to 4 (Not a per person rate) $1263 USD
Private Tour for up to 6 (Not a per person rate) $1554 USD
Private Tour for up to 8 (Not a per person rate) $1646 USD
Private Tour for up to 10 (Not a per person rate) $1753 USD
Surcharge (For Sundays and Holidays) $268 USD
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You will depart Scala harbour and drive up to the most impressive village of Chora, the capital of the island. On top of the hill, lies the Monastery of St. John, a Byzantine building, built in 1088 by the Blessed Christodoulos, servant of Christ. Behind it's imposing thick, high walls, there is a fantastic array of religious treasures, relics of saints, priceless heirlooms, jewellery and votive offerings. Monastery's library is of great importance with a rare collection of books and manuscripts.

Continuing your tour you will visit the Grotto of St. John, taking the form of a 17th century Monastery built around the cave where St. John spent two years living the life of an ascetic (95-97 AD). Under the influence of visions, St John wrote the Apocalypse, dictating it to his disciple Prochoros.
Taking the way down to Chora you will visit one of the traditional Patmian houses, the house of Simantiris family.

The magnificence of Patmian house interiors leave one speechless. While entering the thick wooden entrance door is like stepping into another dimension. The Venetian style furniture and handicrafts as well as the ceilings and multi colored mosaics date back to the 18th century.

After this impressive tour you shall return to Scala passing through the beautiful town of Chora.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Round trip transportation
  • All entrance fees
  • Chora village
  • Monastery of St. John
  • Grotto of St. John
  • Patmian houses, Simantiris family house
  • Additional Languages Available
  • French
  • German($)
  • Japanese($)
  • Mandarin($)
  • Portuguese($)
  • Spanish($)
  • *Possible upcharge at checkout for languages denoted with ($) symbol.

Days of Operation

Mon - yes
Tue - yes
Wed - yes
Thu - yes
Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - yes

Departures (local time)

  • 9:00 AM (3.5 hrs)
  • 3:00 PM (3.5 hrs) ***ONLY FOR SHIPS THAT ARRIVE AFTER 9AM.***

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Please note, to visit the Monastery gentlemen must wear long pants and women must wear skirts.


• Please contact ShoreTrips if there are more than 12 people in your party.
• Please note that the Sunday Supplement also applies to the following Public Holidays in 2020: January 1; March 2nd; March 25th, April 17th-19th; May 1st; June 8th; August 15th; October 28th and December 25th and 26th.
• Supplement is per group and not per person.
• Please note: The Monastery of St. John is closed between 1pm and 3pm on all days it is open. Therefore please select the morning time if you are on a cruise ship that arrives at 9am or earlier. If your ship arrives after 9am, you can select the 3pm time but your ship must in port until 7pm or later to take advantage of that time.