Monday, January 18, 2016

AECA Annual Pilgrimage - Greece 2016 (June 16-25)

The Anglican and Eastern Churches Association is organising its annual pilgrimage. This year the Association is travelling to Greece, led by the Rt Revd Jonathan Goodall and Fr Anastasios Salapatas.
The Pilgrimage Itinerary is as follows: 

Day 1 - Thursday 16 June
12:15 departure from London Heathrow to Athens with Aegean A3 601. From Athens we take an internal flight. Arrival at Macedonia Airport in Thessaloniki at 19:55. Overnight staying in Thessaloniki. 
Day 2 - Friday 17 June
Early morning start to reach Ouranoupolis were we take a boat cruise alongside of Mount Athos. Light lunch on the boat. In the afternoon we reach Ierissos and explore Kavala and Nea Karvali were we find the Relics of St Gregory the Theologian. Overnight stay in Thessaloniki. 
Day 3 - Saturday 18 June
Today we spend the whole day in Thessaloniki with the visit to the monastery where we meet the local bishop. We visit historical churches of St Dimitrios, St Sophia and the Rotonda. After the visit - Dinner with music as an extra option.
Day 4 - Sunday 19 June
We journey to Meteora with the overnight stay in Kalambaka. 
Day 5 - Monday 20 June
View of monasteries in Meteora. Then heading to Athens in the evening. On the way we view the Thermopylae, the place where the 300 Spartans fought against the forces of the Persian Empire. Reaching Athens in about 8 pm. Dinner in the hotel. 
Day 6 - Tuesday 21 June
The morning we spend in Athens, Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. After lunch we visit the Monastery of St Ephraim. In the evening there is a possible visit to the Holy Synod of Greece. Veneration of the relics of St Paraskevi. 
Day 7 - Wednesday 22 June
Visit to St Nectarios - Aegina and Aphaia Temple. overnight boat journey to Patmos. St John's place of exile (about 95 A.D.), where he wrote the Apocalypse. 
Day 8 - Thursday 23 June
In the morning we are resting in the local hotel and later visit the famous monastery of Apocalypses. In the evening we return to Athens. 
Day 9 - Friday 24 June
A free day to relax with the optional visit to centre of Athens (Monastiraki). Overnight stay in Athens. 
Day 10 - Saturday 25 June - Homeward bound
We leave Athens for the airport to catch an evening flight at 7:10 pm. On the way we stop at Ancient Corinth. We arrive back at Heathrow at 9:15 pm. 

The cost of this ten day tour is 1,665 Euros per person sharing a twin-bedded room with
private facilities; Coach transportation; Breakfast, and dinner are included daily in the tour
price, except for lunches. The lunches will be taken at various restaurants en route as we follow
our programme of visits. We will be accompanied on our journey by a local Christian tour
guide. Travel insurance (with Interamerican), coach, boat and ferry tickets, flights, airport and
security taxes are included in the tour cost. The charge of the tour with the single room
requirement is available at the cost of 2,080 Euros.
Please note: The boat trip to and from Patmos does not include a cabin. The tickets are for the
deck only. Should you wish to book a cabin this can be done either on the day or at an extra
cost of 60 Euros appx. one way when you make your final payment .
The only other extras include one meal a day; entrance into museums and archaeological sites,
optional entertainment provided by the tour leader and a 45 Euros for gratuities (to be
collected by your tour leader on arrival).
Full flight and accommodation details will be sent to you two weeks before departure.

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