11 Day Pilgrimage to Greece

A pilgrimage to Greece in the “Footsteps of St. Paul” will be an experience you will never forget. Christians have been going on pilgrimages from the very beginning of our faith. You will travel in the Journey of St. Paul while viewing some of the most historically significant sites and beautiful places in the world. You can strengthen your faith through visits to the House of the Virgin Mary, Ancient Ephesus and Philippi, where St. Paul established the first church in Europe.

Tours typically include other sites like sites like the Acropolis, the Parthenon and Propylaea as well as visits to the monasteries of Meteora and the beautiful whitewashed towns of Mykonos and Santorini.

On our pilgrimage we offer a complete itinerary that includes round-trip airfare, accommodation in first class hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, all transportation, daily Mass and all under excellent organizing, leadership and teaching from Nativity pilgrimage expert staff and Guides

Spiritual Director: Richard O’Rourke, MSC

September 11 – 21, 2019

St. Paul Chong Hasang – Harker Heights, TXTour

Coordinator: Paul Neault

(254) 449-3522 | Lneault@embarqmail.com

$3,450 Per Person

Round Air from Austin, TX

Including a 3-Day Cruise to the Greek Isles & Ephesus

Also includes ground transportation from & to Harker Heights, TX

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:

• Round Trip Airfare.

• All airport taxes & Fuel SURCHARGES!

• First class Hotels.

• Transfers as per itinerary.

• Breakfast and Dinner Daily.

• Professional local Catholic guide(s).

• Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itnerary.

• Daily Masses.

• The Group Protection Plan.

YOUR TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE:

• Lunches.

• Optional Group Deluxe

• Protection Plan (offering benefits for Trip Cancellation and more!).

• Extended Cancellation

• Protection Plan.

• Tips.

• Items of a personal nature.

INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR TRIP
  • Capital: Athens
  • Language: Greek
  • Population: 10.7 million
  • Time Zone: EST plus 7 hours
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Electricity: 220V. 50Hz
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ATHENS – CORINTH – MYKONOS – EPHESUSPATMOS – CRETE – SANTORINI – ISTANBUL

ITINERARY
Day
1

DEPARTURE USA / GREECE

Today: Your pilgrimage begins today as you depart on your overnight flight to Greece. Meals and drinks served aboard.

Day
2

ATHENS

Today: We arrive and are greeted by our guide. A panoramic tour in Athens. Transport to our hotel. Balance of day at leisure.

Evening: Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel in Athens.

Day
3

ATHENS / PIRAEUS / MYKONOS

Today: Drive to Piraeus and board your fine cruise ship for a three-day Aegean Sea cruise. Sail to Mykonos, the St. Tropez of the Aegean. Walk around the glistening town. The houses, streets, even the sails of the windmills are all awash with white. Relax at a sidewalk cafe or tavern.

Evening: We return to the ship for dinner and to retire for the night. Sail on to Ephesus.

Day
4

EPHESUS / PATMOS

Today: This morning we arrive in Ephesus, the Turkish resort of Kusadasi. We visit House of Mary where we hope to celebrate Mass. Then, we tour the magnificent city of Ephesus. You may walk the marble streets, or choose to see the fabled Temple of Artemis, another Wonder of the Ancient World, the Stadium and the Library of Celsus. Afterwards, arrive at the island of Patmos. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the Monastery of St. John where John received inspiration for the Book of Revelation.

Evening: We return to the ship for dinner and to retire for the night. Sail on to Crete.

Day
5

CRETE / SANTORINI

Today: We visit the ruins of Knossos, a short drive from Heklion’s center. We also see the Knossos Palace, Venetian fortresses, museums, as well as fine examples of Greek aesthetic architecture. The outdoor market, teeming with life, must be seen and appreciated as all essential and not-so-essential goods are bought and sold. Back on our ship, we sail to Santorini where the stunning landscape is highlighted with the volcanic crater barely submerged in the sea. The island of Santorini is home to many shops and cafes scattered among scenic white houses that we will visit on our tour. As a special treat, we visit a local wine tasting.

Evening: We return to the ship for dinner and to retire for the night.

Day
6

ARRIVE ATHENS / DELPHI / KALAMBAKA

Today: Morning arrival in Piraeus. Drive on the national highway through Thebes, Levadia and the picturesque village of Arachova to Delphi. Visit the Museum to see the famous Bronze Charioteer along with other statues. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Apollo, the Theatre, the Athenian Treasury, and the Castalian Spring. Drive via Larissa, Lamia and Trikala to Kalambaka.

Evening: Dinner and Overnight will be at your hotel in Kalambaka.

Day
7

KALAMBAKA / THESSALONIKI

Today: Visit Meteora to see the “Hanging Monasteries” perched on top of unusual rock formations. Drive through Kozani to Veria, then on to visit the tomb of Philip of Macedonia in Vergina. Continue via Edessa to Thessaloniki where you will see the Rotonda, Triumphal Arch of Galerius, and the seafront promenade with the White Tower.

Evening: Dinner and Overnight will be at your hotel in Thessaloniki.

Day
8

THESSALONIKI / PHILIPPI / THESSALONIKI

Today: Drive to Amphipholis where you will see the famous Lion Statue. Continue to Philippi, where Marc Anthony defeated Brutus and St. Paul first preached the Gospel in Europe. See the archaeological site (Forum-Romanum), the ruins of two Basilicas, the theatre, the Prison of St. Paul and St. Lydia’s Baptistry. Visit Kavala before returning to Thessaloniki for the night.

Evening: Dinner and Overnight will be at your hotel in Thessaloniki.

Day
9

THESSALONIKI / ATHENS

Today: Return to Athens via the Valley of Tempi and Thermopylae.

Evening: Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel in Athens.

Day
10

ATHENS / CORINTH / ATHENS

Today: After breakfast, drive along the Sacred Way of Elusinian Mysteries, passing the Island of Salamis. Cross the Corinth Canal, which connects the Aegean and Ionian Seas. See the Isthmus where boats were once dragged over land from one sea to the other. Arrive Corinth, the most important city in the days of St. Paul. The vigorous and mostly Gentile Church he founded here in 50 AD caused him much grief and prompted him to write at least four letters to them. Visit the ruins of the ancient city where St. Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla. See the remains of first century shops, the agora where St. Paul’s trial by Gallio took place, the Fountain of Peirene, Temple of Apollo and the Bema. Return to Athens and enjoy your city tour of Athens. Your visit will include the Royal Palace, the Stadium and Temple of Zeus, the Theatre of Dionysius, Mars Hill, the Acropolis with the famous Parthenon, the Agora (marketplace) where Paul spoke and Socrates’ prison. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel in Athens.

Day
11

RETURN TO USA

Today: This morning we will transfer to the airport to catch our return flight home.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE TRIP

THE TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

Air Transportation Economy classes and Round Trip airfares are based at the time of the reservation, Rates and Times are subject to change without notice.

Airfares once issued ARE NON-REFUNDABLE, NON –TRANSFERABLE AND

CAN’T BE USED TOWARDS FUTURE TRAVEL.

Land Transportation. All land transportation as describe in the itinerary will be by Deluxe Motor Coach, some may be equipped with WI-FI service.

Hotels. First class Hotels (Hotel rooms are double occupancy (2 people per

room with private bath).

Porterage at the hotels.

Single Room. There is an additional cost per person specified on registration form. Single rooms are limited and will be awarded on a first come first serve basis.

Meal Plan. The meal plan offers 2 meals per day and consists of both breakfast and dinner. You are responsible for your lunch.

Baggage. Nativity Pilgrimage limits all passengers to 1 piece of checked luggage and 1 carry-on. (All passengers should check with the airlines carriers for up to date baggage weight and dimensions).

Airport Taxes, Fuel Surcharges and Security Fees.

Daily Masses.

Protection Plan during the trip.

THE TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

Expenses for passports or any additional documents that may be required. Personal Articles Laundry, wines, liquors, mineral water, tea, coffee and other beverages, food that is not on the menus of your included meal package, and any additional luggage. Any sightseeing, other services, or personal items that are not specifically mentioned as being included in the itinerary.

Tips.

Lunch.

Cancellation Protection Plan not included and is highly recommended at

time of registration.

BOOKING CONDITIONS

A non-refundable deposit of $300.00 per person is required at time of booking. No reservation will be processed without a deposit. Final payment is due 90 days prior to your departure date. Registrations received late within 60 days of departure will require Payment In Full. No deposits will be accepted at this time. We do not accept payments by credit card for deposits.

WE ACCEPT CASH, CHECKS, MONEY ORDERS AND MAJOR CREDIT CARDS.

THERE IS AN EXTRA 3% CHARGE FOR CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS ON THE

BALANCE.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

NO REFUNDS –UNLESS YOU PURCHASED A TRIP CANCELLATION PLAN.

YOUR CANCELLATION NOTICE SHOULD BE IN WRITING, AND SUBMITTED TO OUR OFFICE.

NATIVITY PILGRIMAGE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR REFUNDING MONEY FOR ANY REASON.

PROTECT YOUR TRIP:

WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU PURCHASE ADDITIONAL TRIP CANCELLATION PROTECTION PLAN- GROUP DELUXE.

A FORM IS AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE WITH MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PLAN AND THE COST.

RESPONSIBILITY

Nativity Pilgrimage, Inc. and their agents assume no liability or responsibility in regards to travel in any form for any injuries or loss of property, accidents, delays, changes in schedule or itinerary, incidental damages or any irregular circumstances. This would include but not limited to default or omission by any third party providing services or facilities related to and/or included in the tour or any part thereof.

The IATA carriers, steamship firms and other transportation companies, whose services are featured in these tours, are not to be held responsible or accountable for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are not on board their respective conveyance. The passage contract in use by these companies, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the companies and the purchaser of these tours and/or passengers and Nativity Pilgrimage, Inc. does not assume any liability or responsibility in connection therewith. They are not responsible for any losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, guarantees, or other causes. All such losses or expenses shall be borne by the passenger as tour rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. The right is reserved to substitute hotels of similar quality to those specified in the itinerary.

The right is reserved to cancel any tour prior to departure, in which later case a full refund will constitute full settlement to the passenger.

No refund will be made for any used portion of the tour unless arrangements are made prior to departure from the United States.

PRICES AND ITINERARIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.