HOLY LAND & GREECE FOR ORTHODOX PILGRIMS

  • Duration:9 NIGHTS/10 DAYS or 13 NIGHTS/14 DAYS
  • Countries Visited:Greece, Holy Land
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Airfare NYC/Tel Aviv x Athens/NYC
    • English speaking guide throughout
    • First class accommodations
    • Divani Acropolis in Athens
    • Transportation by private motorcoach
    • Breakfast and dinner daily
    • Comprehensive sightseeing as listed
    • Baggage handling
    • All spiritual activities
    • Select International travel bag & portfolio

DAY 1 – DEPART U.S.A.

Depart on an overnight flight to Tel Aviv.

DAY 2 – WELCOME TO THE HOLY LAND

You are met by your tour guide and transferred to the hotel in the coastal resort town of Netanya. (B.D.)

DAY 3 – GALILEE

After a delicious Israeli breakfast travel up the coastline to the ancient Roman city of Caesarea. See the harbor where Paul was imprisoned and taken to Rome. Proceed to Nazareth, one of the holiest towns in Christendom. See Mary’s Well where the Angel Gabriel told Mary she will give birth to Our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Greek Orthodox Church of Annunciation. Continue to Cana to visit the Greek Orthodox Church, site of Jesus’ first miracle. Visit Sepphoris, once an important town, with its fine mosaics and excavations. Overnight Tiberias. (B.D.)

DAY 4 – GALILEE

Drive to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount, than to Tabgha, Greek for Seven Springs and the Church of the Multiplication of Fishes and Loaves. Visit the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy .Explore Capernaum, headquarters of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee and see the new church built on St. Peter’s house. See the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Apostles and celebrate the Divine Liturgy in this peaceful spot. You share a cup of coffee with and speak to Father Irinarhos who will tell us about the life of Greek Orthodox faithful in the Holy Land. Visit Chorazim which was cursed by Our Lord because the people did not follow his teachings. Sail across the Sea of Galilee. See the “ Jesus boat “ uncovered in 1986 from the mud on the seashore by a group of young boys. There will be an opportunity to taste St. Peter’s fish for lunch (optional $ 15.00) Stop at Yardenit on the river Jordan, the Baptismal site. Overnight Tiberias. ( B.D.)

DAY 5 – GALILEE

We start the day with a visit to Mt. Tabor and the Church of Transfiguration, before proceeding down the Jordan Valley towards Jericho, the oldest known inhabited city in the world. To the south the Dead Sea and to the west the Mt. of Temptation and the Judean wilderness. Visit the magnificent Monastery of St. George built in a rock ravine in the Judean Desert. We visit the Baptismal site on the River Jordan and St. Gerasimo’s Monastery there. Overnight Jerusalem ( B.D.)

DAY 6 – JERUSALEM : THE HOLY CITY

Enjoy the unforgettable view from atop the Mount of Olives, visit the church of Pater Noster and the Chapel of Ascension. Walk down the Palm Sunday road, stopping at the beautiful Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene. Visit the Church and speak to Sr. Mihalina, who will give us a talk about the art of Iconogrophy . Visit the Tomb of Holy Mother and continue to the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane. Descend across the Kidron Valley, to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu where the Apostle denied Christ three times. Continue on to Mt. Zion, to visit the Room of the Last Supper, King David’s Tomb and the Church of the Dormition. Conditions permitting, visit Bethany, site of the House of Mary and Lazarus. Today you will also visit the Orthodox Patriarchy in Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B.D.)

DAY 7 – BETHLEHEM-EIN KAREM

Start the day by visiting the Monastery of St. Theodosius and Mar Saba founded in 5th century by monk Saba. Continue to Bethlehem, and the Shepherd’s Field and Grotto. We have Holy Liturgy in the Church of the Nativity built over the birthplace of Our Lord, and see the cave of St. Jerome. We also tour the Monastery of Prophet Elias. On the way back to Jerusalem stop at the village of Ein Karem the birth place of St. John the Baptist, and see the Russian and the Greek Orthodox Churches. Overnight Jerusalem. (B.D.)

DAY 8 – JERUSALEM : OLD CITY

Enter the old city via Zion Gate to see: the Wailing Wall, the Temple Mount, the Pool of Bethesda, St. Anne’s Church (birthplace of Mary) , the Chapel of Flagellation, Ecco Home Arch. Then go on to the Via Dolorosa, to the Prison of Christ, and to retrace the final hours of Our Lord’s life as you pass the Stations of the Cross, to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of His death and resurrection, where we are actually led into the Tomb.Overnight Jerusalem (B.D.)

DAY 9- JERUSALEM

This morning we visit the Seminary of the Greek Orthodox Church and have a tour guided by Father Makarius, and visit the Holy Cross Monastery and St. Symeon in Katamonas. Our schedule has been very busy, and the rest of the day is for relaxing catching up on shopping, and visiting again some of the Holy Places we saw and touched us with their special spiritual significance. Overnight Jerusalem. (B.D.)

DAY 10 – TEL AVIV- ATHENS

Board a flight to Athens. Enjoy a city tour including the Acropolis, the Agora where St. Paul preached and Mars Hill where he gave his famous sermon, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Parliament. Tonight enjoy a traditional Greek night in a taverna with bouzuki music and Greek dancing. Overnight Athens. (B.D.)

DAY 11- ATHENS- USA

Today we board a flight for home, or those wishing to stay in Greece may have an extended stay. (B)

OPTIONAL 4 day ATHENS EXTENSION:

DAY 11- DELPHI

This morning we depart for the ruins of Delphi, where leaders from around the ancient world flocked to Apollo’s Delphi Oracle for advice. Here we also see the first recorded monument to “ One God” in all of Greece. We visit the ruins and the Archeological museum. On the return to Athens stop at Ossios Lukas Monastery, a fabulous Byzantine Monument. Overnight Athens. (B.D.)

DAY 12- ATHENS

Day at leisure. (B)

DAY 13- TINOS

Take a ferry to the lovely island of Tinos, often characterized as the island of pilgrimage, but also visited by many for its simple beauty, rolling fertile countryside with 60 villages, 1200 white chapels and unique to Tinos dovecotes. We visit the island and the church of Panagia Evangelistria, and its famous icon of the virgin, covered in gold. Found in 1823 by a local nun, whose dream of the buried icon and its location turned out to be exact, the icon is reputed to have miraculous healing powers, and has been visited by thousands of pilgrims. Overnight Athens. (B)

DAY 14- ATHENS- USA

Today we board a flight for home, or those wishing to stay in Greece may have an extended stay. (B)

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