Peloponese Tour: 5 Days
Day 1: Arrival at Athens airport – Athens
We will meet you at the airport of Athens. We will have a look at Athens, named in honor of their patron saint - the favorite daughter of Zeus, goddess of wisdom Athena. City tour by bus, where our guide will show you the Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Presidential Palace and Kallimarmaro Stadium (Panathinaikon Stadium), where the first modern Olympic Games took place. Visit the fabulous Acropolis New Museum from where you can have a magnificent view of the Parthenon and Erectheum before viewing Athens a top Mars Hill where St. Paul stood and preached the truth to the Gentile nation. Visit also the Acropolis Parthenon and the Agora (ancient market place and centre of Athenian public life). A short walk through the narrow streets of the Old city, the famous Plaka with a multitude of shops and cafes. We will visit the Metropolis Cathedral, where the holy relics of Gregory V the Constantinople Patriarch are, and the small Kapnikarea church. Check in to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Athens – Dimitsana - Kalavrita
After our breakfast we leave Athens to Peloponese Peninsula. We will first visit the Monastery of St. Lukus which belongs to Byzantine monuments of Greece. The name Lukus probably comes from Latin word 'LUKUS' ie sacred forest and comes from the Franks who conquered and lived Capuchins Monks. Crossing a beautiful road through the mountains of Peloponese we will arrive in Monastery of Malevi. In the monastery there is a miraculous image, which was painted by Luke the Evangelist and from which wells Holy Essence, thanks to many patients are cured. The miracles of Virgin in the monastery is innumerable. Afternoon arrival in the historic village of Kalavrita. Dinner and overnight
Day 3: Kalavrita – Nafpaktos - Delphi
After our breakfast we continue our visit of Kalavrita, with one of the oldest monasteries in Greece – Mega Spileon (Big Cave). The Monastery was buit in 362 AD by monks Thessalonians brothers, Simeon and Theodore. Inside the monastery there is a temple built into a cave, which houses the miraculous image of the Mother of God made of mastic and wax, said to have been made by the Apostle Luke. This picture is almost 2000 years old. After we will visit the Monastery of Agia Lavra which is the place where the Greek revolution started against the Ottoman occupancy in the year 1821. We leave Kalavrita and through the bridge of Rion we are crossing to the other side of Greek mainland and we arrive in the beautiful city of Nafpaktos where we visti the monastery of St. Augustine and St. Serafeim. Afternoon arrival in Delphi. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Delphi – Osios Loukas - Athens
After our breakfast and optional guided tour in the archaeological site of Delphi we depart to visit the monastery of Osios Loukas, a history spanning over 1000 years and one of the most important monuments of Byzantine architecture and art. It has been listed on Unesco's World Heritage Sites in Greece. We continue to Athens. Arrival in the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Athens - Departure
This morning after our breakfast we depart from our hotel to Athens airport. Departure flight back home.