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PILGRIMAGE TO GREECE

WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST. PAUL

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Depart Sunday, September 29th

DAY 1: Sunday, September 29, 2019 • Departure

Our journey begins as we board our

flight to Thessaloniki, Greece.

DAY 2: Monday, September 30, 2019 • Thessaloniki

Upon arrival at the airport in Thessaloniki, we meet our guide.

En route to our hotel we stop for Mass.

Dinner is at our hotel tonight.

DAY 3: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 •

Philippi, Kavala, Thessaloniki

After breakfast we board our coach and drive to Philippi, the

first city in Macedonia to hear the gospel. Then we continue

on to Kavala (Neapolis) where Paul landed in Europe. We

celebrate Mass during our visit to Lydia’s Baptistery, where

the first woman was baptised on European soil. Then we

return back to Thessaloniki for dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY 4: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 •

Thessaloniki, Berea, Kalambaka

This morning we explore Thessaloniki. We drive along the

waterfront to the massive White Tower and nearby

Triumphant Arch of Gallerius, built in 303 AD. We see St.

Demetrios Church with its valuable mosaics and frescoes.

Then, we drive to the upper town for a marvelous view of the

city. The site where the monastery of Vlatadon was built is

believed to be the location where Jason’s House once stood

and where Paul was accommodated during his visit to

Thessaloniki. Then we proceed to Veria and visit the “Bema”

where St. Paul used to stand while preaching. There are

several possibilities for Mass today as we

reflect on Paul’s journey.

Later we drive to Kalambaka for dinner and overnight.

DAY 5: Thursday, October 3, 2019 • Meteora - Athens

Today our first stop is the Meteora monasteries, perched

precariously on summits of grey rocks pinnacles of varied and

beautiful shapes. The monasteries date back to the 14th

century when the monks sought refuge in the cliff side caves

and then fled higher to build the original wooden shelter, later

transformed into monasteries. We have Mass today in one of

these high places. Afterwards we drive to Athens past

Thermopylae. We overnight in Athens.

DAY 6: Friday, October 4, 2019 •

Embarkation on the cruise – Mykonos

This morning we transfer to the port of Piraeus and begin a 3-

day cruise. Our first port of call is Mykonos, famous for its

windmills, countless tiny chapels and narrow cobblestone

streets. This maze of narrow lanes was purposely designed to

defy both the wind and pirate raids.

Mass today is likely on board ship.

DAY 7: Saturday, October 5, 2019 •

Kusadasi - Patmos

Today we stop at Kusadasi. We depart the ship to visit one of

the world’s foremost ancient city ruins of Ephesus. Around

noon, our ship sails for Patmos, where John the Divine

recorded his Revelation. We visit the monastery of St. John,

with its courtyard, the monk’s dining room and the

magnificent main church of Grotto of the Apocalypse, where

we see the niches in the wall that mark the pillow and ledge

used as a desk by the author of the Book of Revelation and

the crack in the rock made by the voice of God. We have

Mass on Patmos before returning to our ship. B, L, D

DAY 8: Sunday, October 6, 2019 •

Heraklio - Santorini

Early in the morning, we arrive in Crete where we have the

option to visit Knossos Palace, the home of great Minoan

Civilization and the mythological home of Zeus. Later today

we stop at the island of Santorini. The great view in the

Aegean Sea, the volcano, the narrow lanes and the

picturesque villages with their numerous small churches, are

some of the characteristics that make the island unique.

DAY 9: Monday, October 7, 2019 •

Corinth - Athens

Our cruise ends in Athens today. After disembarking from

our cruise ship, we drive to Corinth with a short stop at

Corinth Canal. The town of Corinth was the site of extensive

ministry to fledging and beloved Christian community. After

exploring Corinth where we also have Mass, we head for

Athens. En route, we stop for a wine tasting.

DAY 10: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 • Thursday– Athens

Today we explore Athens. We see the ruins of Parthenon, the

Erechtheum and the Propylae. Then we proceed to Mars Hill

where Paul spoke to the ancient Athenians about the true God

(Acts 17:22-34). We see by the House of Parliament on

Syntagma Square, the Evzones in their distinctive uniforms

guarding the Presidential palace and the Tomb of the

White Tower Meteora Monasteries

Unknown Soldier. We also see the Library, the University, the

Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch and the

Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games were

held. We have Mass this evening before dinner.

DAY 11: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 • Thursday– Athens

This morning we visit the Monastery of Penteli where we visit

with the monks and learn about their life at the monastery.

After a typical monastery lunch prepared by the monks, we

have free time this afternoon. Tonight, we have a farewell

dinner at a restaurant overlooking the Parthenon.

DAY 12: Thursday, October 10, 2019 • Departure

The journey with Paul ends today. We transfer to the Athens

airport for the departure flight to the USA.

BROCHURE

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