Greece in the Footsteps of St. Paul

A 12-Day Pilgrimage & Cruise to Greece and its Islands
With: Fr. Art Duchnowicz
April 18-29, 2017

Fr. Art DuchnowiczAbout Fr. Art Duchnowicz 

Originally from Poland, Fr. Duchnowicz was ordained in 2001 for the Diocese of Gaylord, Michigan, where he has been serving ever since. Fr. Art has worked in a number of assignments as a parochial vicar and pastor in Northern Michigan, currently as the pastor of St. Casimir, Posen and St. Dominic, Metz. Father enjoys leading pilgrimages and has travelled with groups several times to Poland, Czech Republic, and Hungary, also to Lourdes and Fatima with numerous shrines of Spain. He loves sharing his time and experience  with fellow pilgrims.

 

Trip Itinerary: *

 

Day 1. Tuesday, April 18: USA – Greece

Depart today on your flight to Athens and then on to Thessaloniki, Greece.

 

Day 2. Wednesday, April 19: Thessaloniki

Upon arrival in Thessaloniki, meet your Tour Escort and transfer to your hotel for a welcome dinner with fellow travelers. (WD)

 

Day 3. Thursday, April 20: Thessaloniki: Philippi & Kavala

Your full-day excursion takes you along the first route of St. Paul on European soil. Begin in Philippi, where St. Paul arrived from Neapolis (Kavala) and preached for the first time. He was denounced and imprisoned for some time with his companion Silas. See the Forum, the Market, the Theater, and the Basilica underneath which St. Paul was imprisoned. Then, visit Kavala where St. Paul landed with his disciples. Continue to the Baptismal site of Lydia, the first European Christian woman. Return to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 4. Friday, April 21: Thessaloniki – Vergina – Kalambaka

After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Thessaloniki, which features the richest collection of Byzantine churches in the country. Begin at the church of Agios Demetrios, the largest church in Greece, marking the site of martyrdom and tomb of St. Demetrius, patron saint of Thessaloniki. Next, visit Agia Sophia (St. Sophie), containing many mosaics and frescoes dating back to the 9th and 10th centuries. Pass through the Galerius Arch and the White Tower, remains of the Roman ruins which recall the presence of St. Paul. Then on to Vergina to visit the famous museum that houses the Macedonian Dynasty Royal Tombs. Continue to Kalambaka for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 5. Saturday, April 22: Kalambaka – Meteora – Athens

Today visit the beautiful and unusual geographical formation of Meteora, formed by hanging rocks on top of which several Byzantine monasteries were built between the 9th and 12th centuries. Visit two of these monasteries, which still reflect the real monastic life of the Middle Ages. Continue to Athens for a panoramic view of the significant sites of the city, followed by dinner and overnight at your hotel. (BB, D)

 

Day 6. Sunday, April 23: Athens

This morning, visit the New Acropolis Museum, which houses the findings of the Acropolis of Athens. Afterwards, ascend to the Sacred Rock and Mars Hill to visit the Acropolis (the Upper City) complex that includes the famous Parthenon. See the Aeropagus Hill where St. Paul delivered his sermon “On the unknown God” and gained his first convert, Dionysius the Areopagite, who subsequently became the patron saint of Athens. Then, enjoy free time to explore Athens with dinner on your own to experience a typical Greek restaurant. (BB)

 

Day 7. Monday, April 24: Athens – Start 4-Night Cruise – Mykonos

This morning in Piraeus, embark on an unforgettable four-night cruise. Your first visit will be to the world-famous island of Mykonos. It is a picturesque island with whitewashed houses, notorious windmills, and home to more than 300 churches and harbor side chapels. Enjoy free time to explore the island on your own. Afterwards, board the ship to continue to Kusadasi. (BB, L, D)

 

 

Day 8. Tuesday, April 25: Kusadasi – Ephesus – Patmos

Arrive this morning at Kusadasi. Your excursion takes you to the House of the Virgin Mary when she lived with St. John the Apostle. Afterwards, visit Ephesus, the most impressive archaeological site in Turkey, including the Great Amphitheater, where St. Paul spoke to the Ephesians. Then, board your ship and head to the “Holy Island” of Patmos, where the Apocalyptic Revelation of St. John was written during his exile from the Roman Empire. Visit the cave and Monastery of St. John before returning to the ship for dinner. (BB, L, D)

 

Day 9. Wednesday, April 26: Rhodes

Arrive at Rhodes, the “island of roses”. Drive down the picturesque south-eastern coastline to Lindos guarded by its medieval walls. From the Acropolis, enjoy the breathtaking view covering the great Aegean Sea and St. Paul’s Bay, where the Apostle was shipwrecked during his historic voyage to Ephesus. Return to Rhodes city and enjoy a panoramic view of the new section of the city. Visit the old town – the largest inhabited medieval town of Europe – and its mighty fortifications, built by the Knights of St. John.  (BB, L, D)

 

Day 10. Thursday, April 27: Crete (Heraklion) – Santorini

This morning, visit Crete, where St. Paul docked on his way to Jerusalem. Visit the amazing Minoan Palace of Knossos. In the afternoon, make a stop in Santorini Island. Great poets have sung its praises, a 4,000-year-old history. Enjoy time to explore the island on your own before getting back to the ship for your last night on the Aegean Sea. (BB, L, D)

 

 

Day 11. Friday, April 28: Athens – Epidaurus – Mycenae – Corinth – Athens

This morning after disembarking, travel to the Peloponnese and visit Epidaurus, an extensive therapeutic and religious center, renowned for its magnificent theater. Afterwards, visit the fortified palace complex of Mycenae, one of the earliest examples of sophisticated citadel architecture, abandoned in 1100 BC. Continue to ancient Corinth where St. Paul preached and lived for two years. The vigorous and mostly gentile church founded by him in the year 50 AD caused him much grief and prompted him to write at least four letters to the Corinthians. Visit the ruins of the ancient city where St. Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla. See the Agora where St. Paul’s trial by Gallio took place, the Fountain of Peirene, and the Temple of Apollo. After a visit to the museum, return to Athens for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 12. Saturday, April 29: Transatlantic flight back to the USA

Transfer to Athens’ International Airport for your flight back to the USA. (BB)

 

Buffet Breakfast (BB); Lunch (L); Dinner (D); Welcome Dinner (WD)

 

 

* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.

 

For more information, please contact Fr. Art Duchnowicz at the Catholic Community of St. Casimir & St. Dominic, at (989) 766-2660 or duchnowicz@frontier.com, or contact Catholic Heritage Tours.

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