Easter in Greece, 10-17 April 2017
... trampled down death by death (Easter hymn)
Program description
2017 is one of the rare years when the Easter and Western Easter are celebrated on the same date. We seize this opportunity to explore and illuminate the spiritual traditions of Eastern and Western Christianity.

Athens embraces these traditions and experiences the ritual of Holy Week in a way that reflects its ancient and Byzantine roots.

The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, celebrated in the context of the rebirth of nature in the Mediterranean, will be a springboard for us to explore Athens through its historical memories and monuments.

Representatives of various Christian traditions and denominations will be asked to expound on their understanding of suffering, death and eternal life in the context of the Passion and Resurrection of the Lord.

The theological significance of the key events celebrated each day of the Holy Week will be explored through a series of lectures within the context of the immediate experience surrounding them.

Easter, since the Apostolic era, is the time of the main celebration of Christian unity. It offers us today a chance to explore similarities and differences between Christian traditions and denominations and above all, the opportunity to pray together.

Athens, Monastiraki area
The program includes:
» 7 nights accommodation in 4* centrally located hotel in Athens, including buffet breakfast
» Visits to the sites at the center of Athens, covering historical, religious and modern life Attica with local flavors
» Guided cultural walks of Athens that will take you through the material remains of Greek civilization (including among others the Acropolis, the path of St Paul, the unique spolia church of St Eleftherios)
» Smells, tastes, and culinary delights at hidden places of the city that will make you live like a local
» Visits to Museums with interactive tours and special educational programs for children (depending on numbers)
» Lunches at special places offering a genuine experience of the lenten and festive Mediterranean cuisine
» One-day cruise around the islands of Argosaronikos (Hydra, Poros and Aegina) with lunch on board.
» Morning lectures on the rites and rituals of Easter complemented by relevant handouts
» Afternoon visits to churches of all Christian traditions and denominations (Anglican, Catholic, Armenian, Coptic, Russian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, and Evangelical). We will be received and have the opportunity to talk with community leaders, priests and scholars
» Contemplative reading of the Gospel and the Church Fathers based on selected passages and excerpts from modern theologians (such as Rowan Williams, Fr Sophrony, Anthony of Sourozh, Metr. Kallistos Ware et. al.)
» Services of the Holy Week (in the church and/or denomination each one prefers)
» There will also be time of silence for meditation and detox sessions
Contributors - Lecturers
Presentations and guided tours will be led (among others) by:
Andreas Andreopoulos, Reader in Orthodox Christianity, University of Winchester UK
Veronique Magnes, Theologian, Photographer, Video Artist, Secretary of the Ainos - Athens Bureau of the Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius
Ouresis Todorovich, Byzantinist and artist, University of Sydney - Australia and University of Athens GR
Niki Tsironis, Byzantinist, Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens GR and Associate in Byzantine Studies, Centre of Hellenic Studies - Harvard University, Washington D.C.
Despina Drosou, Archaeologist, educator and member of Ainos Cultural Society
Cost and contact information
Early birds: €1198 per person in single, €998 per person in double (or twin), €948 per person in triple (early birds, bookings with down payment by February 28th 2017).
Regular fee (per person): €1348 per person in single, €1148 per person in double (or twin), €1048 per person in triple

Cost includes: Accommodation, breakfast, lunch, lectures, visits, entrance to museums, one day cruise with lunch on board, transfers during program. Cost doesn't include air fare, local tips and gratuities or whatever else is not explicitly mentioned in the program.

For information concerning the program please contact us at ainostrips@gmail.com or call 0030 6932421060

For travel inquiries beyond the program (e.g. extra nights of accommodation prior or post the event, air ticket inquiries, additional excursions etc) please contact our travel partner
Kentavros Travel Network
Owners & Operators since 1959
5 Atthidon Str, 17671 Athens
Tel. +30-210-9597177 Fax. +30-210-9597212

Program dates & other useful information
Program starts at 4 pm on Monday April 10th with a welcome drink, briefing and get to know us session.
Program finishes on Monday April 17th. Depending on time of departure there will be a farewell breakfast

Official Language of the Event: English (Also Greek and french, depending on number of participants)

Please note: single participants who wish to reduce cost, have the option to request to share accommodation

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