Fourth Gospel
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Greece 2018

The Peloponnese & Athens
Reading the Gospel according to John

Under the leadership of Dr. Kieran J. O’Mahony, OSA
Wednesday 4 April – Sunday 15 April 2018

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Join us on our 12 day tour across the Peloponnese embracing some of the most evocative names from ancient Greece: Corinth; Mycenae, where Agamemnon went to war against Troy and Olympia the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Our tour ends in Athens at the famous Acropolis described by UNESCO as “the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world”. Our visit coincides with the Greek Orthodox Easter which we will celebrate with them.

The Biblical lectures will focus on the Gospel according to John. After a general introduction to the Fourth Gospel, selected scenes will be chosen to explore the teaching of this Gospel and its relevance today. Mass will be available each day.

Envisaged day to day programme
Wednesday 4 April
Arrival in Athens at 13.35 hrs. and transfer to Nafplion. Check in followed by introductory lecture.
Dinner and overnight in Nafplion.

Thursday 5 April
Breakfast. Lecture followed by day trip to
Corinth & Epidavros. Celebrate Mass in Ancient Corinth. Lunch.
Dinner and overnight in

Good Friday 6 April (Greek Orthodox Easter)
Breakfast followed by lecture. Guided walking tour in Nafplion - visit the
Palamidi fortress and then Mycenae, Afternoon travel to Sparti. In the evening you will have an opportunity to walk in the local procession.
Dinner and overnight in Nafplion.

Holy Saturday 7 April (Greek Orthodox Easter)
Mystras and stop briefly at Sparti. Lunch. Travel to Kalamata for dinner and overnight. At midnight, those who wish can join the celebrations for the Resurrection. 

Easter Sunday 8 April (Greek Orthodox Easter)
Easter Sunday – celebrate Mass followed by lecture. Free day to relax and enjoy the traditional Easter Sunday lunch. Overnight in Kalamata.

Monday 9 April
Lecture followed by a visit to the Archaeological Site of ancient
Messene. Dinner and overnight in Kalamata.

Tuesday 10 April
Lecture followed by visits to the picturesque seaside towns of
Methoni, Pylos and Navarino Bay to include lunch. Dinner and overnight in Olympia.

Wednesday 11 April

Breakfast followed by lecture. Visit Olympia. Dinner and overnight in Olympia.

Thursday 12 April
Breakfast followed by short lecture. Then drive via
Andravida and Chlemoutzi medieval castle stopping for lunch en route to Thebes. Dinner and overnight in Athens.

Friday 13 April
Breakfast followed by lecture. Afterwards spend the day exploring Athens. Overnight here.

Saturday 14 April
Breakfast followed by lecture. Rest of the day at leisure. Optional day trip to Thebes and
Delphi can be arranged locally. Farewell dinner with view of the Acropolis.
Sunday 15 April
Morning Mass and final lecture before departing to the airport.

Proposed flights
Wednesday 04 April Dublin Athens 07.25 hrs. 13.35 hrs.
Sunday 15 April Athens Dublin 14.20 hrs. 16.50 hrs.

Price: €1,675.00 per person sharing
Price includes:
  • Return direct flights Dublin to Athens to include checked in bag (This tour is based on a specific airfare. A surcharge may apply if the fare is unavailable at time of booking)
  • 11 nights accommodation in 3/4* hotels – BB basis (2 in Nafplion; 1 in Sparta, 3 in Kalamata, 2 in Olympia and 3 in Athens)
  • Meals: 8 dinners including farewell dinner 5 lunches including special Easter Sunday lunch
  • Coaching as per programme
  • Services of a professional English speaking guide throughout your stay in Greece
Insurance: €38.00 (+66 years - double premium)
Single room supplement: €38.00 per person per night (applies to first 8 rooms)
Double room for sole occupancy supplement: €45.00 per person per night
Entrance fees to sights and museums as per the programme approx. €125.00 (current prices)
Tips/gratuities for guide, driver and hotel staff

How to reserve a place(s): a completed booking form with deposit of £250.00 per person (payment by cash/cheque/debit or credit card) should be sent directly to MAP Travel. The balance will be due 10 weeks prior to departure – payment by cash/cheque or debit card. A 2% surcharge applies to balances paid by credit card.
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