EXPERIENCE THE HISTORY AND FAITH OF GREECE

A pilgrimage designed for Holy Rosary Academy

 
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HIGHLIGHTS

 
  • Tour the ruins of Athens - Take a guided tour of the Acropolis of Athens and see up close the Temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon, and more. We’ll learn about how these ruins played a role in shaping the history of Greece.

  • Discover the ancient faith of this land - Visit Corinth through the eyes of St. Paul and witness the Agora where he was tried by Gallio.

  • Try new experiences - Try a Greek cooking class. Hike the Meteora rock formations. Visit the unique archaeological museum of Olympia.

    Pictured below (from left to right): (1) Parthenon; (2) view of the Argolic Gulf from Nafplio; (3) the forests of Meteora; (4) Cathedral Basilica of St. Dionysius the Areopagite


SCHEDULE

 

Dates of this pilgrimage are:
March 7-15, 2020 - 9 days/8 nights

  • Day 1: Saturday, March 7 - Depart U.S.

  • Day 2: Sunday, March 8 (D) - Arrive in Athens and Mass at local church (pending). Transfer to hotel for check-in and welcome dinner. Overnight in Athens.

  • Day 3: Monday, March 9 (B, D) - Visit Cathedral Basilica of St. Dionysius the Areopagite (pending). Guided tour of the Acropolis, including Temple of Athena Nike, Erectheum, Propylae, Parthenon, and the Areopagus. Continue to Panathenaic Stadium, Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. Afternoon city tour, including National Gardens, Parliament, tomb of the Unknown Soldier, University of Athens, and National Library. Explore the neighborhood of Plaka, including exterior views of Byzantine churches. Free time in the evening and dinner at hotel. Overnight in Athens.

  • Day 4: Tuesday, March 10 (B, D) - Morning visit to Corinth with guided tour of ancient city following St. Paul’s path, including the Corinthian Acropolis, Temple of Apollo, Fountain of Peirene, and the Agora, where St. Paul was tried by Gallio. Brief stop at ancient port of Kechries, where St. Paul sailed to Ephesus. Continue to Epidaurus to discover the UNESCO site, including the temple of Asklepios, the Tholos and Theatre, and more. Transfer to Nafplion hotel for check-in and dinner. Overnight in Nafplion.

  • Day 5: Wednesday, March 11 (B, D) - Morning guided walking tour of Nafplion. Afternoon transfer to Olympia through the Arcadia mountains. Interactive traditional Greek cooking class with chef for dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Patra.

  • Day 6: Thursday, March 12 (B, D) - Experience Ancient Olympia, including the Olympic stadium, gymnasium, nymphaeum, main stadium, and Zeus and Hera Temples. Guided tour of archeaological museum, including famous statues of Hermes and Nike of Victory. Transfer to Delphi and dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Delphi.

  • Day 7: Friday, March 13 (B, D) -  Morning tour of Ancient Delphi, including the Castalian Spring, momument for the Argive Kings, treasury of the Athenians, Athenian Stoa, Polygonal Wall, monument of Platea and Temple of Apollo. Visit Delphi Museum to see exhibits, including frieze of the Treasury of the Sifnians, Naxian Sphinx, Statue of Antinoos, metopes of the Athenian treasury, and the bronze Charioteer. Transfer to Kalambaka and dinner at hotel. Overnight in Kalambaka.

  • Day 8: Saturday, March 14 (B, D) - Journey far above the mountain villages and visit two of the six surviving monasteries. Climb the Meteora formations on a 2-hour guided hike. Transfer to Athens. Vigil Mass (pending) and farewell dinner at hotel. Overnight in Athens.

  • Day 9: Sunday, March 15 (B, D) - Depart Athens and arrive in the U.S.

    (B, L, D) denotes meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) which are included in the package. Itinerary subject to change.


DETAILS

 

Pilgrimage package includes:

  • Preparation and follow-up materials delivered via email

  • World-class service with on-call support 24/7 during pilgrimage

  • Custom-designed booklet for each pilgrim

  • English-speaking local guide to accompany group for duration of pilgrimage

  • Tickets for included activities: Athens Acropolis and museum, archaeological sites and museums at Corinth, Epidaurus, Olympia, and Delphi, two monasteries in Meteora, cooking class in Olympia, and 2-hour guided hike in Meteora

  • Airport/hotel transfers if arriving/departing during designated windows

  • Transportation on a motorcoach for the duration of the pilgrimage

  • Accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, including taxes, in 3 and 4-star hotels (single-occupancy supplement available on a limited basis)

    • Athens - Dorian Inn Hotel (3-star) or similar

    • Nafplion - Rex Hotel (3-star) or similar

    • Patra - Airotel Smart Hotel (3-star) or similar

    • Delphi - Nidimos Hotel (3-star) or similar

    • Kalambaka - Famissi Eden (4-star) or similar

  • Breakfast and dinner daily

  • Webinar preparation meeting for all pilgrims to review itinerary, activities, logistical arrangements, and prayer resources

Pilgrimage package does not include:

  • Airfare (available as optional add-on)

  • Passport, visa, or luggage fees

  • Any personal purchases

  • Meals while traveling, as well as all lunches

  • Gratuities for guide(s), driver(s), hotel(s), and meals

  • Recommended travel insurance

  • Verso Pilgrimage Director

  • Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included


REGISTRATION

 

Individual Land-Only rates as low as $1,709!*

  • Estimated Land-Only Pilgrimage Package total cost:  $1,959 per person

Full Package with round-trip airfare as low as $3,842!*

  • Estimated Full Package total cost: $4,092 per person

  • Package includes group round-trip airfare

*Save $250! Register by September 6, 2019 for early bird savings of $200 and save $50 if you elect to pay by check.

Options:

  • Early bird savings (available until September 6, 2019): Save $200 per person

  • Pay payments by check: Save $50 per person

  • Group round trip airfare: +$2,133 per person

  • Individually arranged airfare with LUXE Travel: Published fare + $40 per person

  • Single-occupancy supplement: +$399 per person

  • Recommended gratuities for guide(s), driver(s), hotels, and meals: +104 per person

Please note: Quoted rates may fluctuate based on accommodation selection and availability. Rates also assume a minimum of 15 full-paying pilgrims.

Optional Group Round-trip Airfare

Anchorage to Athens - March 7, 2020

Delta flight #2240 departs Anchorage at 6:00 a.m., arrives Seattle at 10:45 a.m.

Delta flight #142 departs Seattle at 1:21 p.m., arrives Amsterdam at 8:15 a.m. (March 08)

Delta flight #9573 departs Amsterdam at 12:35 p.m., arrives Athens at 4:40 p.m. (March 08)

Athens to Anchorage - March 15, 2020

Delta flight #9639 departs Athens at 6:00 a.m., arrives Amsterdam at 8:35 a.m.

Delta flight #143 departs Amsterdam at 9:40 a.m., arrives Seattle at 12:07 p.m.

Delta flight #1290 departs Seattle at 5:00 p.m., arrives Anchorage at 7:50 p.m.

Payment Schedule

  • Deposit - $300 per person upon sign up

  • 150 days prior - $1000 per person (October 9, 2019)

  • 120 days prior - $1000 per person (November 8, 2019)

  • 90 days prior - $1000 per person (December 8, 2019)

  • 60 days prior - Balance (January 7, 2020)

How do I pay?

  • Verso Ministries will administer registration and payment collection from individual pilgrims. Registration can be done directly on the Verso Ministries website whereby pilgrims can make their initial $300 deposit using a debit/credit card or electronic bank transfer.

  • All following payments would be accepted via online electronic bank transfer, check, money order, or debit/credit card.

What is your cancellation policy?

All cancellations of individual pilgrims must be made in writing (email or letter) to Verso Ministries.

  • 91 days or more from departure: $150 per person

  • 90-31 days prior to departure: $300 per person

  • 30-15 days prior to departure: $500 per person

  • 14-7 days prior to departure: $1,000 per person

  • 6 days or less: No refund given

*Please note, these cancellation fees are in addition to any third-party vendor cancellation fees (airlines, hotels, etc.). We highly recommend the purchase of individual travel insurance.


QUESTIONS

 

Please contact us with any questions!