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"Τhe Modern Splendour of the Ancient World" featuring Rome & Athens

Pilgrim Tours to Italy and Greece - Augustus


T he human race has survived for thousands of years. Many civilizations have risen and fallen, each leaving behind their own relics and ruins.
Arguably the most beautiful and iconic of these lie in Rome and Greece, where we have thrived for ages. These two areas of Mediterranean Europe are rich in history, culture, and natural beauty and a great destination for our pilgrim tours of Italy & Greece.
Our newest religious tour option will whisk you through the highlights of these two unforgettable travel destinations.
We start with four days in Rome, taking in sights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Sistine Chapel. Following this, we travel to Athens, where we begin a cruise, exploring some beautiful Greek islands. Mykonos, Rhodes, and Santorini are amongst our scenic stops. With our hearts enriched and our minds soothed, we return first to Athens and then to the United States.
We hope that you will join us on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Among pilgrim tours of Italy and Greece, the Modern Splendour of the Ancient World is a very special one. In fact the first portion of our trip is spent in and around Rome. Once the centre of the Roman Empire, this city is steeped in history. It was the forefront of art, culture, religion, science, and almost every other aspect of human existence for hundreds of years. Consequently, there are beautiful historic sites that we will take in on our tour. We will take you on guided tours of Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps, and the Pantheon. Since is it intended to a religious tour of Italy and Greece, for those interested in religious history and sightseeing, we will visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel (the site of Michelangelo’s famous ceiling painting) and St. Peter’s Basilica. All of these sights will be enjoyed in one day! On the next day, we will marvel at the Coliseum and Fori Imperiali, then the Basilica of St. John in Lateran and continue along the ancient Appian Way, passing the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis before arriving at the Catacombs, the ancient underground cemeteries and hiding places of the Christians.
On the second part of our tour, we will witness another of the great ancient civilizations and a place of incredible natural splendour: Greece.
Apart from Athens, another juggernaut of ancient history, we will revel in the beauty of the islands of Mykonos, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Heraklion, and Santorini. Each of these islands offers scenes and experiences unlike those that can be seen anywhere in the United States, from picturesque marinas to UNESCO World Heritage sites to an incomparable nightlife culture.
With this trip, we seek to show you only the best that Mediterranean Europe has to offer.
We will take you on a remarkable cruise, filled with glimpses into humanity’s past, picturesque views, and experiences that cannot be had anywhere else.
You will remember this trip and share stories from it for the rest of your life. Come with us to the other side of the world. You will discover new things about your world, and you may even discover new things about yourself. We cannot wait to hear from you.


Itinerary of: Pilgrim Tours of Italy and Greece.
Τhe Modern Splendour of the Ancient World
Day 1 Mon: Leave USA by air to Rome.

DAY 2 Tuesday: Arrival in Rome.

Meet & Great assistant at arrival in FCO airport. Transfer to hotel with HD panoramic tour of Rome (3h) with bus and guide. Check in at the Hotel and time at leisure. Welcome dinner in local restaurant with turistique menu and overnight at the Hotel.

DAY 3 Wednesday: Rome

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning FD guided tour with bus of Ancient and Baroque Rome, including visits to Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps, Pantheon. Papal Audience on Wednesday in Rome in public square. Lunch in local restaurant with touristique menu. In the afternoon visit to Vatican Museums, Sixtine Chaple and St. Peter’s Basilica. Return to hotel. Free time at disposal and overnight.
DAY 4 Thursday: Rome
Breakfast at hotel. HD guided visit by bus to Colisseum and Fori Imperiali, then the Basilica of St. John in Lateran (the Cathedral of Rome) and continue along the ancient Appian way, passing the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis before arriving at the Catacombs, the ancient underground cemeteries and hiding places of the Christians.
After lunch (at free) time ad disposal for shopping or other visits at free.
Return to hotel. Dinner in local restaurant with turistique menu and overnight.
DAY 5 Friday: Rome
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer by bus from hotel to FCO airport.

Day 6 Sat: Athens We plan to begin the day with an extended visit the Agora (market) where Apostle Paul preached to the Athenians, the Pnyx Hill, and then to the Acropolis where we shall have a guided tour of the Parthenon and the other monuments. The Acropolis represents the apotheosis of artistic development in the 5th century BC, the Golden Age of Pericles.Overnight Athens.
Day 7 Sun: Corinth. Today, we shall make a half day excursion to the ancient site of Corinth where Paul spent eighteen months, Preaching to the Corinthians, and to whom he later wrote the first and second epistles. Afternoon sightseeing.
Day 8 Mon: (cruise) Transfer to Lavrion for 4-day cruise. Mykonos Island.
Day 9 Tue:  (cruise)  Kusadasi (Ephessus) & Patmos Island.
Day 10 Wed: (cruise) Rhodes Island.
Day 11 Thu: (cruise) Heracleon (Crete) & Santorini Islands.

Day 12 Friday: Return from cruise early morning to Lavrion. Transfer to Hotel Herodion.
Time free. Early afternoon transfer to Athens airport for departure to Rome.
Arrival in Rome and transfer to hotel. Farewelll dinner in nearby restuarant. Overnight.
Day 13 Saturday: early morning transfer to Rome airport FCO for departure backto  the US.

Τhe Modern Splendour of the Ancient World, part of our Pilgrim Tours of Italy and Greece is only for Church Groups N.B.

Not included:
Flight tickets to/from Europe, meals and items not mentioned.

Departures and Price:
Dates & rates for Pilgrim Tours of Italy and Greece upon request from March to October.


Starting from $ 2,595 per person

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