Pictures from Greece

Good Shepherd Episcopal

Youth Pilgrimage to Greece

Led by:

Elizabeth Farr
The Church of the Good Shepherd
Lookout Mountain, TN

June 4 – 13, 2012

Trip map

DAY 1, Monday, June 4, 2012 - Depart the Atlanta Airport for our trans-Atlantic flight on Air France to Paris, France. D

DAY 2: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - We arrive at the Paris Airport and transfer to our connecting flight into Athens, Greece.  Upon arrival in Athens we meet our escort and board our motor-coach.  We transfer to our hotel for overnight. M

DAY 3: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - This morning we depart for Corinth travelling along the scenic coastal highway and arriving first at the Corinthian Canal, a stunning deep cut pathway for all ships to travel between the Ionian Sea and the Aegean Sea.  We continue on to Ancient Corinth, where Paul wrote his Epistles.  We see where Paul preached, the Museum and other sites.  We visit Mycenae before returning to Athens for overnight.  This evening we enjoy a "welcome to Greece" dinner and overnight in Athens. BLD

DAY 4: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - This morning we enjoy a panoramic tour of Athens seeing the Plaka district, the Acropolis, Olympic Stadium and the Presidential Palace.  We continue on to the Athens Airport where we board our flight to Thessaloniki, Greece (Acts 17:1-13).  There will be some time to settle into our hotel and enjoy free time to explore this afternoon.  This city has seen the rise and fall of many civilizations: Macedonian, Hellenic, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, that of the Jews and of the modern Greeks.  Paul wrote two letters to the people here.  Dinner and overnight Thessaloniki. BD

DAY 5: Friday, June 8, 2012 - Today we visit Kavala where Paul landed after sailing from Troas (Troy) in Turkey.  Then on to Phillippi, the city to which Paul wrote his Epistle and visited twice on his missionary journeys.  We see where Lydia, Paul's first European convert, was baptized (Acts 16:12-16) as he opened the continent of Europe to the Christian faith.  We view the Roman Baths, the Agora where Paul and other missionaries were dragged before the magistrates, the 5th c. Basilica and the possible prison from which Paul was set free (Acts 16:19-24; 35-40).  We return to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 6: Saturday, June 9, 2012 - After breakfast we explore Thessaloniki and the significant sites of Georgios St. Dimitrious Church, probable site of Paul's preaching.  We visit Ayia Sofia which contains two magnificent mosaics: one of the Ascension and the other of the Virgin Mary holding Jesus in her arms.  We depart for Litochoro.  Dinner and overnight Litochoro. BD

DAY 7: Sunday, June 10, 2012 - This morning we drive south to Olympus, the legendary mountain of the twelve Gods of the ancient Greeks.  On the northern foothills of Olympus we visit the sacred city of the ancient Macedonians, Dion, where the ancient Greeks worshipped Olympian Zeus and the other gods.  We continue on to the impressive ruins which include the Theater, the public baths, the villa of Dionysos, sanctuaries, early Christian basilicas and much more.  We hike to the waterfalls of Orlias.  There will be some time for reflection.  Our journey continues to the traditional villages of Mt. Olympus.  Our last stop for today will be the Monastery of Agios Dionysius, which, during the 400 years of its life, provided religious and economic support to this part of Olympus.  Dinner and overnight Litochoro. BD

DAY 8: Monday, June 11, 2012 - Today we continue on to Kalambaka near the Hanging Monasteries of Meteora which were built between 1356 - 1372 on strangely shaped pinnacles that rise out of the Peneus Valley.  We tour the Hanging Monasteries, where, in the 9th century, ascetic hermits were living in the rock crevices and where they eventually formed religious communities.  Dinner and overnight Kalambaka. BD

DAY 9: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - This morning we depart from Kalambaka and travel southward toward Athens.  On our way we visit Delphi where we will explore the Temple of Apollo, the Greek god and in later times the Roman god of sunlight, music, prophesy and poetry, the Athenian Treasury, and the Theatre.  We explore the Delphi Museum which contains a wonderful collection of art and architectural sculpture, principally from the Sanctuaries of Apollo and Athena Pronoia.  We depart Delphi and travel to Athens for overnight.  This evening we enjoy a "farewell to Greece" dinner.  Overnight Athens. BD

DAY 10: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - After a very early wake up call, we depart for the Athens Airport where we board our Air France Flight to Paris.  There we transfer to our Delta Airlines flight back into the Atlanta Airport. BM

Price: $3,099.00  Price is based on triple occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Atlanta, GA.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement $229.00.  Double supplement $99.00 per pilgrim

$300.00 per person deposit due with registration and copy of passport.

The price includes Trip Cancellation/Trip Interuption Insurance.

* Excludes airline taxes and surcharges that will be added to your final payment invoice. Estimated taxes as of September 9, 2011 $645.43 per person.

Final Payment due by March 2, 2011

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until March 2, 2012 - $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ March 3 – April 19, 2012 - $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After April 20, 2012:  NO REFUND

Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner, M Meals on Aircraft

The itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions or at the discretion and direction of the leader or guide.