Join the Reverend Orion Davis for a Familiarization Trip to Greece for Clergy and Educational Leaders.
Atlanta International Airport
Please arrive by 10:20 AM for a prompt departure at 10:50 AM
Approximately 8:30 PM
.7 Nights Hotel Accomodation
.All transportation in destination location
.Airline taxes & fuel surcharges that will be added to your final payment invoice. The estimated taxes & fuel surcharges are $500.00 per pilgrim. The price is not guaranteed and may change due to the fluctuation of the Euro and the US dollar. We make every effort to avoid any increase and will only do so if the value of the dollar falls against the Euro.
We depart from Atlanta, GAon Turkish Airlinesto Istanbuland connect to our Turkish Airlinesflight to Athens, Greece. M
DAY 2 – Wednesday, November 14: Arrive Athens, Greece
Upon arrival at the Istanbul Airport, we will have an opportunity to purchase dinner before boarding our flight to Athens. We arrive in Athensand check into Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel Athens. M and Dinner on our own.
DAY 3 – Thursday, November 15: Athens
After breakfast, we start our beautiful historical walk to the Hill of Mars. We stand where Paul stood while preaching to the Areopagites, the members of the Supreme Court of ancient Athens. We view the ancient Athenian Agoraand gradually proceed to the top of the Acropoliswhile enjoying the stunning views of the Philopappos Hill, the Hill of Pnyxwhere “democracy” was born, the city of Piraeus, the islands of the Saronic Gulf, as well as the mountains embracing the modern city of Athens. On our way to the top, we enjoy the magnificent marble structures built in the 5th-century BC while our expert guide narrates the local myths and talks about the history of this influential city and its Acropolis. We continue our walk down to the new Acropolis Museumwhere the important finds from the Acropolisand the surrounding areas are exhibited. This new museum, completed in 2008, is constantly rated as one of best museums in the world. To complete our morning, we visit the historical center of Athenswith a walk through Plaka, the old quarter of the city. We will have the afternoon free for further exploration. We will meet back at Divani Palace Hotelfor our evening meeting and dinner. BD
DAY 4 – Friday, November 16: Arachova
We depart in our private motor coach for Arachova. We drive northwest by crossing the beautiful fertile plains of Boeotia surrounded by mountains related to Greek mythology. The legends of Hercules, Oedipus, Apollo and the muses will come alive particularly when we leave the plains behind and start driving through the beautiful mountains. A scenic detour will take us on the slopes of Mt. Helicon where a magnificent monastery of the 11th-century is located. Ossios Loukas (Blessed Luke)is regarded as one of the most important Byzantine monasteries in Greece. After enjoying its interesting architecture and fantastic mosaics, we celebrate Holy Eucharist. We continue to the village of Arachova and check into the Anemolia Mountain Resort. In the afternoon, we walk to the center of the picturesque village of Arachova. We will meet for our evening meeting and dinner at the hotel. BD
DAY 5 – Saturday, November 17: Delphi
After breakfast, we drive to the nearby village of Delphi to visit the archaeological site and the museum. The drive is panoramic and especially when we reach Delphi, the views are breathtaking! It is not a coincidence that this place was chosen to be the “Center of the World”, nor that here the ancient Greeks had placed one of the most important and most influential oracles of the ancient world, the Oracle dedicated to Apollo, the god of the music and the arts. We explore the ancient site, walk by the sacred Castalian Spring on the Sacred Way. We see the Treasury of the Athenians, the Polygonal Wall, the Rock of the Sibyl, the Temple of Apollo, and the Theater. We climb to the top of the hill and visit the Ancient Stadium. On the way down, we see the remains of the sanctuary of Athena Pronaiawhere the remains of the Tholos building can be seen. We continue to the superb archaeological museum and will have the opportunity to see some of the sculptural masterpieces of the ancient Greek art. We have free time to stroll through the village and lunch on our own before we return to Arachova and our hotel. We will gather for our evening meeting and have dinner at the hotel. BD
DAY 6 – Sunday, November 18: Mycenae and Nafplion
After breakfast, we set out for our scenic drive around the Corinthian Gulf. We enjoy great views of the mountains of Central Greece as well as of the ones of northern Peloponnese. We reach the mouth of the Gulf of Corinth marked by the impressive suspended bridge between Antirrio and Rio that connects the region of Central Greece to the Peloponnese. Later on, we reach Ancient Corinth. We visit this important biblical site while walking next to the remains of the 7th century BC Temple of Apollo, the ancient Agora, the Lechaion Road, the sacred Peirene Spring, and finally we stand in front of the bema (platform) where Paul addressed the Corinthians. We experience the spirituality of this place with free time for reflection, meditation, and prayer. Before leaving, we visit the small but interesting museum. We continue to ancient Mycenae, home of Agamemnon. We see the famous Lion’s Gate, the royal tombs excavated by Heinrich Schliemann, the remains of the royal palace as well as the amazing 13th century BC beehive burial chamber known as the Tomb of Agamemnon or the Treasury of Atreus. Next, we stop at the nearby village of Mycenae for lunch and then proceed to Nafplion where we will check into Hotel Ippoliti. In the afternoon, we will have a short orientation walk, then our evening meeting and dinner. BD
DAY 7 – Monday, November 19: Epidaurus
After a leisurely breakfast, we depart for a beautiful drive through the orange and olive groves of Argolis, and arrive at Epidauruswhere one of the best-preserved theaters of the Greek antiquity can be found. This is the place where the ancient Greeks believed that the Aesculapius, the god of medicine, was born. We learn all about the Greek theater and drama and how the ancient theatrical performances had a multi-functional use as an entertainment, as a didactic mean, and as a group therapy. We continue our drive on the coastal road enjoying the views to the Saronic Gulfand its islands. On our way to the Corinth Canalwhich connects the Aegeanto the Ionian Sea, we stop at a humble group of ruins right on the water: Kenchrae, the remains of the port where Paul landed coming from Athens. From here the drive to Athens is smooth with great views to the Aegean Sea. We arrive in Athens in early afternoon and check in the Divani Palace Hotel. We have the rest of the day at our disposal. We will meet in early evening for our “Farewell to Greece Dinner”in the home of our guide. BD
DAY 8 – Tuesday, November 20: Depart Athens
After breakfast, we transfer to the Athens Airportfor our departure flight back to Atlantavia Istanbul. BM