Tuesday, June 20th: DEPARTURE Delta Flight 414 departs New York – JFK at 7:30PM. This overnight flight arrives the following day at 12:10PM.
Wednesday, June 21st: ARRIVAL - CORINTH - ATHENS Upon arrival at Athens International Airport, we meet our guide and we drive towards the Peloponnese peninsula. We will have lunch at a local restaurant and then continue to the ancient city of Corinth. We will see the Archaeological Museum, the Market Place, the Bema and the Temples. We will celebrate Mass in the midst of the ruins of the church of Corinth and see the place where Paul preached. We will then drive to Athens where we will check-in to our hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis, have time to freshen up, and have dinner at the rooftop restaurant.
Thursday, June 22nd: ATHENS This morning we visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon and Erechtheum before viewing Athens atop Mars Hill where Paul stood and preached the Gospel to the Gentiles. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will celebrate Mass at the Catholic Cathedral and then visit the Agora, the ancient market place and center of Athenian public life. We'll then have some free time before departing for dinner at a local restaurant.
Friday, June 23rd ATHENS - MYKONOS This morning we check-out and go to the port of Piraeus where we board our cruise ship headed for Mykonos. Mass will be celebrated on board the ship. When we arrive at Mykonos we will have a walking tour of the port and town area, through the white-washed flower-decked alleyways of Mykonos, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. Then we have some free time for exploring on our own before returning to the ship to continue our cruise.
Saturday, June 24th: KUSADASI (TURKEY) – PATMOS In the morning we arrive at Kusadasi where we visit the House of the Virgin Mary (where we will celebrate Mass) and tour Ancient Ephesus. We return to the ship in the afternoon for lunch on board. In the late afternoon we arrive at the island of Patmos, where we tour the Monastery of St John the Evangelist and the Cave of the Apocalypse. We then have free time in the port area after and return to the ship for dinner & overnight on board.
Sunday, June 25th: CRUISING- HERAKLION CRETE - SANTORINI In the morning we arrive at Heraklion, Crete and disembark for our excursion to visit the Palace of Knossos. We return to the ship for lunch on board. We'll celebrate Mass on board before our afternoon arrival at Santorini. Here we disembark by tender boats and take the cable car up to the white washed town of Thera (Fira), the capital of the island, perched high on the rim of the caldera opposite the volcano. We will have drinks together at a local bar overlooking Santorini as well as some free time to enjoy the view and explore the town. We return to the shop for our last night on board the cruise.
Monday, June 26th: PIRAEUS - ROME Our ship arrives to the port of Piraeus at 6:00 am where we disembark and transfer to Athens International Airport for our flight to Rome. Alitalia Flight 719 leaves Athens at 12:40PM and arrives in Rome at 1:45PM. Upon arrival in Rome we will board our bus and Lino will tour you around two of Rome’s major basilicas: Saint Mary Major and Saint John Lateran. We will celebrate Mass at Saint John Lateran. We will then check-in to our hotel – Hotel Michelangelo (just steps away from Saint Peter’s Basilica). The day concludes with dinner at a local Roman restaurant where we will have a special Roman Pasta - Rigatoni alla Norcina (Cream Sauce with Fresh Sausage).
Tuesday, June 27th: ROME We begin the day with Mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica. Immediately after Mass, we will have a guided tour of the basilica. After some time for lunch on your own, we will head to the Colosseum and Roman Forum for a guided tour. The day concludes with dinner at the restaurant famous for Rigatoni alla Carbonara & Green Sambuca!
Wednesday, June 28th: ROME We’ll have free time this morning to attend the Pope’s General Audience, or to explore and shop. In the afternoon, we will visit two very important Roman basilicas pertaining to Saint Paul: Tre Fontane (where Saint Paul was beheaded) & Saint Paul Outside the Walls (where Saint Paul is buried). We will celebrate our final Mass there and then conclude our pilgrimage with a farewell dinner sitting al fresco at one of the most popular Roman restaurants. The very place Lino had his wedding reception!
Thursday, June 29th: DEPARTURE Sadly, the pilgrimage is over. We will check-out and board the bus for the airport. Delta Flight 445 departs Rome at 12:45PM and arrives at New York – JFK at 4:35PM.