Monasteries of Greece

9 Days / 7 Nights

Athens, Corinth, Loutraki, Kalavryta, Nafpaktos, Kalambaka, Meteora, Evia, Prokopi

Day 1: USA
Depart for your overnight flight to Greece.
Day 2: Athens ARRIVAL
Upon arrival in Athens you will be greeted by your Homeric Tours representative and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight accommodations. (D)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will begin a halfday Athens city tour. Today, we will see such sites as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Royal Palace, Pan-Athenian Stadium, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and visit the world famous Acropolis, with its new Museum as well as Monastiraki (the Old Flea Market), and a special visit to Mars Hill, where Paul preached to the Athenians. Deaprt for Ancient Corinth which in Ancient times, was amongst the richest cities and this is quite evident by its remains, including the huge agora (market place) and Apollo's Temple (6th century B.C.) we will also have a brief stop at the site of the ancient port of Kechreai, where St. Paul disembarked. Continue to Loutraki for dinner and overnight accommodations. (B,D)
Today we visit the Monastery of Assumption of Panagia the Kyparissiotisa in Derveni, dating back to the 11th century. View the extremely rare Icons of Angels Giil and Gidail, names from the old Testament. The most precious treasure of the monastery is the burial head (Karas) of St. Lerotheou. Continue to Osios ('the Blessed') Patapios located high in the Geraneia mountains. The relics of Osios Pataplos, known for his many miracles, were originally buried at the Church of St. John the Baptist in Constantinople, but later brought to the Geraneia Mountains and sealed in a cave adorned with 13th century Byzantine wall paintings. Dinner and overnight in Loutraki. (B,D)
Today we visit Kalavryta and its Mega Spileo & Agia Lavra monasteries. Mega Spileo Monostary was founded in the 4th century by two monks from Thessalonica, and built in a huge cave on Mount Helmos at an altitude of 924 meters. The monastery of Agia Lavra was constructed in the year 961 at an altitude of 961 meters, housing 961 monks. It also houses a precious carved icon screen, frescoes and other valuable relics. Continue to Nafpaktos for dinner and overnight accommodations. (B,D)
This morning we visit the monastery of St. Augustine and Seraphim Sarof, built in 1980 and which quickly became known world-wide. Its unique bell tower houses 400 bells and is considered to be one of the largest in the world. We continue our visit to the 11th century Byzantine Monastery of Ossios Loukas. The Cathedral is decorated with splendid mosaics, and is architecturally one of the finest Byzantine monuments in Greece. Continue to Kalambaka for dinner and overnight accommodations. (B,D)
After breakfast, we then visit the spectacular Meteora, where you will see thousand-year-old Byzantine monasteries perched high on colossal gray and reddish boulders. First built in the 14th century by monks seeking isolation and salvation, the site now exhibits superb icons, old manuscripts, unique mosaics and frescoes. In the evening, we listen to the Esperino, the Divine Liturgy in one of the monasteries - a lifetime spiritual experience. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka. (B,D)
Day 8: PROKOPI / Athens
The last leg of the tour takes you to the village of Prokopi, where you will visit the church of St. Ioannis Rossos, a soldier captured by Turks and tortured in Prokopi in Asia Minor. After the Greek War of Independence and with the exchange of populations, a Greek ship owner chartered a ship to bring the greek citizens of Prokopi, Asia Minor to the new Prokopi town in Evia Greece where they also brought the relic of the saint. The saint is known for many miracles. Dinner and overnight in Athens. (B,D)
Day 9: USA
Transfer to Athens International Airport for departure flight. (B)
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The itinerary may be modified and tailored to the specific requirements and budget of your group

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Round trip airfare: USA - ATHENS
Meet and assist upon arrival by your Homeric Tours representative
Private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach throughout
Professional English speaking Orthodox guide(s)
Your choice of 3, 4 or 5 star hotels
7 Nights of hotel accommodation
Breakfast and dinner daily
6 Days of sightseeing tours
All transfers
All entrance fees
Hotel taxes and service charges
Porterage of one suitcase per person
24-Hour “Emergency” Hotline
USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program

Monasteries of Greece   departs daily from USA. Airfares are based on departures from New York.