12 Days Pilgrimage to Greece & Istanbul

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 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

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:
  • Round Trip Airfare.
  • All airport taxes and Fuel SURCHARGES.
  • First-class Hotels.
  • Transfers as per itinerary.
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily.
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary.
  • Daily Masses. (If requested)
  • Professional local guides
  • Prices Based on Double Occupancy.
  • Tour Brochures: Special promotional brochures featuring the Pilgrimage printed for distribution by you.
  • Travel Protection Plan for Everybody on Pilgrimage is provided for FREE.
YOUR TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE:
    • A trip cancellation protection plan is not included and is strongly recommended.
    • Nativity Pilgrimage offers a comprehensive policy at an additional cost.
    • Passport & visa costs, if any.
    • S. Passports must be valid for at least six (6) months subsequent to return date.
    • Gratuities to the tour manager, guides and driver.
    • Items of a personal nature (hotel extras, laundry, phone calls, etc.)
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 – PIRAEUS – CRUISE TO MYKONOS – KUSADASI – PATMOS – CRETE – SANTORINI – ISTANBUL – TROY 

ITINERARY
Day
1

DEPART USA TO GREECE

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

Day
2

ARRIVE IN 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.

Day
3

ATHENS: CITY TOUR

Today: We will travel outside the city to the Monastery of Caesarian, founded in the 11th century and dedicated to the presentation of the Virgin in the temple. After a moment of prayer, we will stroll through the gardens. Then we will visit the city of Athens, including the Agora, where Paul addressed the Athenians, the famous Acropolis and the Parthenon, the Arch of Hadrian, and the Temple of Zeus.

Evening: Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day
4

ATHENS: TOUR TO CORINTH

Today: We will travel to Corinth. Here St. Paul spent 18 months, and preached to the Jews and Gentiles. Here too, Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla and was tried by Galleon in the Agora. The community he founded here caused him great pain and compelled him to write at least four letters. We will celebrate our liturgy here, ending with a reflection on Paul the Missionary. We had lunch in Nauplius and complete our day in Epidaurus, one of the best-preserved amphitheaters in the world with remarkable acoustics.

Evening: Dinner and accommodation will be at the hotel.

Day
5

ATHENS / PIRAEUS / CRUISE: MYKONOS

Today: We eat breakfast and embark on a cruise through the Greek Isles. Enjoy the enrapturing scenery of Island beaches, warm sun, and the blue sea. We touch land at Mykonos in the afternoon and have time at this charming town filled with restaurants, shops, and old-world appeal. In the evening, the discos come alive. Don’t forget to set aside time to see the magnificent sunset.

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

Day
6

KUSADASI, TURKEY & PATMOS, GREECE

Today: We find ourselves at Mt. Koressos. Tucked away in a small valley, the Virgin Mary is known to have spent her last days in a small house at the site of this humble chapel we visit. Moving on to Ephesus, we pass through the Magnesian Gate and enter into perhaps the most incredible excavation we will see on this trip. See the Great Theatre where St. Paul preached, which held a crowd of up to 24,000 people. Moving back, we pass along the Arcadian Way, walking in the footsteps of Mark Anthony and Cleopatra. Enjoy some time exploring the beautiful town of Kusadasi before we board the ship for lunch and head to Patmos. We arrive at Skala Harbow and quaint white houses, shopping, restaurants, and colorful flowers. Home to the cave where St. John lived and is believed to have written the book of Revelation, Patmos also offers us the chance to visit the nearby monastery, filled with precious icons and manuscripts (guided tour is optional).

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

Day
7

CRETE & SANTORINI

Today: We find ourselves at Mt. Koressos. Tucked away in a small valley, the Virgin Mary is known to have spent her last days in a small house at the site of this humble chapel we visit. Moving on to Ephesus, we pass through the Magnesian Gate and enter into perhaps the most incredible excavation we will see on this trip. See the Great Theatre where St. Paul preached, which held a crowd of up to 24,000 people. Moving back, we pass along the Arcadian Way, walking in the footsteps of Mark Anthony and Cleopatra. Enjoy some time exploring the beautiful town of Kusadasi before we board the ship for lunch and head to Patmos. We arrive at Skala Harbow and quaint white houses, shopping, restaurants, and colorful flowers. Home to the cave where St. John lived and is believed to have written the book of Revelation, Patmos also offers us the chance to visit the nearby monastery, filled with precious icons and manuscripts (guided tour is optional).

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

Day
8

ATHENS / ISTANBUL

Today: We return to Athens to board our flight to Istanbul. Depending on your arrival time in Istanbul we will have a city tour.

Evening: Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day
9

ISTANBUL: VISIT CITY / CANAKKALE

Today: We will enjoy a tour of the city that will include the Byzantine Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque (famous for its mosaics), the Underground Cisterns, the Chora Church, which houses a magnificent display of oriental iconography and mosaics. In the afternoon departure to Canakkale.

Evening: Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day
10

TROY / ISTANBUL

Today: Visit ancient Alexandria to reach ancient Troy, inhabited since 3000 BC, and famous for the great wooden horse that played such an important role in the Trojan War. Return to Istanbul.

Evening: Dinner and accommodation will be at the hotel.

Day
11

Istanbul: CITY TOUR

Today: A boat trip through the Bosphorus Strait. We will visit the palace – the museum of Topkapi, which was the royal palace of the Sultans. Then, we go to the Church of San Antonio where we will celebrate mass. Next, we visit a place where the famous Turkish carpets are made. Finally the Grand Bazaar. We will have free time to shop as well as explore on our own.

Evening: Dinner and accommodation will be in a restaurant with a typical show of belly dances.

Day
12

RETURN USA

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