On Monks and Bears
"On Monks and Bears" is a fabulous trip which traces the spiritual heritage of Crete from an old pagan site of worship over the oldest known monastery on Crete and finally to one of the gems of the Cretan Renaissance and the modern day Greek Orthodox Church. During the "Monks and Bears" excursion you will get exposed to ancient Greek mythology, visit a site of worship of the Goddess Artemis, dating back as far as 300 BC, and get introduced to some of the initiation rituals performed on the site.
You will stand in one of the oldest monasteries on the island and be able to witness the development of Orthodox Christianity from its very first beginnings right up to the Cretan Renaissance and modern day Orthodoxy. This trip offers some fantastic photo opportunities under the guidance of your photo award winning guide.
The morning part of this excursion takes us right through the " Katafigio Agrias Zois Stavro Chordaki" with the ruins of the oldest known monastery in Crete, remnants of pirate activity and many more exciting things. It is vital that participants wear proper, closed walking shoes or boots for this part of the excursion. And walking sticks would also be a help. the excursion does take us along a defined path, but it is a bit tricky in parts.
After this we have our luch in a local taverna a then spend the afternoon in one of the most beautiful, living monasteries on the island. Here we witness the Cretan Renaissance in its full glory through the fabulous architecture of the monastery and the eye-popping icons and murals. We visit the small museaum whch houses some wonderful treasures of times gone by, and take a stroll trhough the vast vineyards and olive groves which provide income for the monastery. We will also visit the monastery shop where you can purchase some exquisite wines and vinegars produced in the monastery, as well as honey, olive oil and other items.
On Monks and Bears
Your Hidden Crete Group Leader
All the Hidden Crete excursions are lead by Enda McMullen, who lives permanently on Crete and spends most of his time outside in nature, studying and photographing Crete's phenomenal Fauna and Flora.
"Enda McMullen, master of all things botanical and faunal in Crete."
Dr. Matthew Pye, Botanist, The University of Sydney.
"Possibly the best tour guide in the world, Enda McMullen. What he knew about Crete was amazing."
(_helentaylorjay on Tripadvisor)
The guide was very informative & helpful, a very entertaining trip over some very rough terrain
(robertcains on Tripadvisor)
Enda is not only a mine of information, he is also an award winning photographer who is only too willing to help you make the best of your camera and get that special, unforgettable shot...