Planning a Trip
If you visit Mount Athos, you will walk almost everywhere, and stay and eat at the monasteries you have come to visit, which certainly simplifies things. "Simple" is a key word here -- both your accommodations and food (Athos is a vegetarian's paradise) will be very basic. Taste some of the wine made on Athos and sold throughout Greece; the Tsantali white (not all of which is made here, despite its labels) is particularly refreshing, while the Metochi Mylopotamou made at the Great Lavra Monastery is also well regarded. Keep in mind that although most monasteries will not accept direct payment in cash for food and lodgings, you can make a donation in the church.
As always, when walking in Greece, keep in mind the danger of fires, and be sure to dispose of any matches or cigarettes with care.
Also, do not show up at the monasteries in the afternoon, when the monks are taking their siestas.