Description
20 Day Pilgrimage Departing Monday 29 May 2017
Package Includes:
CCR GOLDEN JUBILEE 2017
20 Day Pilgrimage Departing Monday 29 May 2017
 
Spiritual Chaplain: Fr Ken Barker MGL
Price From: $5240* (Incl. Tax)
Highlights: Rome (6) • Athens (2) • Corinth • Meteora (1) • Patmos (2) • Kusadasi (2) • Ephesus • Pergamum • Assos • Gallipoli • Canakkale (2) • Istanbul (1)
 
MEAL CODE:  B: Breakfast   L: Lunch   D: Dinner

DAY 1: Monday 29th May 2017 – Depart for Italy
 
DAY 2: Tuesday 30th May – Arrive Rome
On arrival at Rome airport we will be met and transferred to our centrally located Religious House style lodgings.
Rome overnight
 
DAY 3: Wednesday 31st May – CCR Golden Jubilee Celebrations Begin
Papal Event: We will proceed to St Peter’s Square where the Holy Father is expected to host a General Audience with pilgrims from around the world.
Today the CCR Golden Jubilee Events commence (locations TBC).
 
Activities over the next few days may include:
• Youth festival
• Special gatherings for Theologians
• Charismatic Communities Presentations
• Schools of Evangelization
• Ecumenical Forum
• Opportunity to gather for Praise and Worship
• Adoration and Evangelisation
• A series of Workshops on various CCR topics
Rome overnight (B)
 
DAYS 4–6: Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd June – CCR Golden Jubilee Celebrations Continue
Proposed activities as listed.
Rome 3 nights (B)
 
DAY 7: Sunday 4th June – Rome – Pentecost Celebration of the Golden Jubilee
We will proceed to St Peter’s Square this morning where Pope Francis will celebrate the CCR Golden Jubilee Mass of Pentecost with pilgrim representatives from all over the world. Afternoon at leisure.
Rome overnight (BD)
 
DAY 8: Monday 5th June – Depart Rome for Athens
Athens overnight (BD)
 
DAY 9: Tuesday 6th June – Athens & Corinth
When St Paul first came to Athens it was predominantly a city which worshipped pagan gods. St Paul was taken before the city council at the Areopagus Hill, a rough outcrop of limestone rock from which he preached the Gospel message to the Athenian philosophers (Acts 17:16–21).
 
We begin our pilgrimage with a tour of Christian Athens including the Acropolis; the Areopagus where St Paul preached about the “the Unknown God” (Acts 17:15–34); the Ancient Agora; the Plaka (Old Greece), and the Parthenon. Also see the Kallimármaro Stadium, dating back to 330BC.
Journey out to Ancient Corinth where the apostle Paul lived for almost two years, teaching the people the Word of God and converting many. We celebrate an outdoor Mass here and visit the ancient ruins where he preached the Gospel from the Rostrum. See the Peirene fountain, and the 6th century BC Temple of Apollo before an outdoor Mass in this stunning pilgrimage setting. Finally we come to Cenchreae, the ancient port from where St Paul said farewell to the believers and departed for Ephesus (Acts 18:18).
Athens overnight (BD)
 
DAY 10: Wednesday 7th June – Athens to Meteora
Travel north by coach today to the small town of Kalambaka built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks of Meteora. Marvel at the 24 perpendicular rocks where 600 years ago Byzantine monks chose
 
to worship God and build their cave-like Monastic community of Meteora. Our visit to some of these living monasteries will make this a remarkable afternoon.
 
Kalambaka overnight (BD)
 
DAY 11: Thursday 8th June – Via Athens to Patmos
We return south this morning by coach to the Athenian port of Piraeus to embark our deluxe boat transfer to the Dodecanese island of Patmos, where St John the Beloved wrote the Book of Revelation.
Patmos overnight (BD)
 
DAY 12: Friday 9th June – Patmos Day
Lying between the islands of Leros and Ikaria is the ‘ascetic shaped’ Patmos, called the ‘Jerusalem of the Aegean’ due to the overwhelming atmosphere of the island during the great celebrations of Christianity.
 
We begin our day with a walking tour of the main square of the village of Chora. This is the traditional settlement and capital of Patmos, where the narrow streets were designed to ward off pirates over the centuries.
Ascend to the Monastery of St John the Beloved, a huge fortress-like building dating from the 11th century, for a visit and celebration of Mass. Our exploration of this living monastery will culminate with time in the actual Cave of Revelation where God chose to reveal to St John the mysteries of the last book of the Bible – the Apocalypse. The cave is now at the foot of the monastery, which houses priceless icons and manuscripts, sacred relics, vestments embroiled with silver or gold threads and bejeweled with precious stones.
Later continue to the active Convent of Evangelismos (Annunciation) built by the hieromonk Nikiphoros who was cured from the plague after praying to St Luke the Evangelist. Visit the Convent of Zoodochos Pigi with icons dating from the 16th to the 18th century. Finally we will enjoy a short scenic tour of the island.
Patmos overnight (BD)
 
DAY 13: Saturday 10th June – Patmos to Kusadasi
Depart Patmos this morning by private Charter Vessel to Kusadasi, doorway to Ephesus, the Churches of Revelation and Gallipoli. On arrival in Kusadasi we will be met and transferred by coach to our centrally located hotel for the remainder of the day at leisure.
Kusadasi overnight (BD)
 
DAY 14: Sunday 11th June – Ephesus Day
We travel directly to Ephesus this morning, the most famous of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev 2:1–7) where St Paul spent more than two years in the course of his third missionary journey. It was to the Christian community of Ephesus that St Paul wrote his greatest and most challenging letter (the epistle to the Ephesians) and also succeeded in converting many away from worship of the god Artemis.
Our visit today will include the ruins where St Paul lived and preached. See the prison of St Paul; walk through the ancient marble streets founded in the 10th century BC and see this most ‘complete’ Roman city providing us with an excellent window into Imperial Rome. Pass the Temple of Hadrian, the Library of Celsus, the enormous amphitheatre (Acts 19:29–31), and finally come to the ruins of the Christian Basilica where the Third Ecumenical Council took place in 431AD, and where Our Lady was proclaimed “Mother of God”.
We ascend the hill to the House of the Virgin Mary where it is said Mary spent the later years of her life. We celebrate our group Mass here in one of the chapels. Finally we visit the restored remains of the 6th century Basilica of St John at Celcuk where a small church was originally built over the tomb of St John the Evangelist.
Kusadasi overnight (BD)
 
DAY 15: Monday 12th June – Pergamum and Assos
This morning we set out north towards Pergamum, one of the most impressive classical sites in Turkey and another of the Churches of Revelation. Once described by St John as the place “where Satan has his throne”, (Rev 2:13) this too was the site where the first Christians were martyred by Rome (Rev 2:12–17). On arrival we will view the region’s longest building, the Red Basilica dedicated to St John the Apostle.
Continue north to Assos. Here St Paul had arranged to rejoin his companions before sailing onto Miletus (Acts 20:13). Explore the remains of the Council Chamber and the 6th century BC Temple of Athena.
Also see the impressive Acropolis and experience the brilliant acoustics of the Amphitheatre.
Reboarding our coach, we continue north, finally arriving in Canakkale.
Canakkale overnight (BD)
 
DAY 16: Tuesday 13th June – Anzac Cove & Gallipoli
This morning we board a private charter vessel for an inspired journey along the Gallipoli Peninsula where 7,594 Australian and 2,431 New Zealand soldiers lost their lives in battle during World War I. See the Anzac Cove coastline emerge before our very eyes, giving a rare waterside perspective of the troops landing on 25th April 1915. After disembarking, we visit Anzac Cove where we will take some time to reflect.
 
We then drive past Courtney’s and Steele’s Post and Quinn’s post. Visit the Nek, Chunuk Bair, the New Zealand Monuments and Lone Pine Cemetery where we will celebrate a touching Eucharist, coming in faith to pay tribute and pray for the souls of the heroes of those tragic months of 1915.
Canakkale overnight (BD)
 
DAY 17: Wednesday 14th June – Canakkale to Istanbul
Today we travel by coach to Istanbul for our final overnight stay.
 
Istanbul overnight (BD)
 
DAY 18: Thursday 15th June
Istanbul Visit & Depart Turkey
Begin our day at the Church of St Anthony of Padua, where we will celebrate our final group Mass. Visit the Blue Mosque and the incredible Hagia Sophia (meaning ‘Holy Wisdom’). Built in 548 AD, Hagia Sophia was the greatest Church in Christendom until 1453 when Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Empire. Time permitting we continue on to visit the 6th century Basilica Cistern, the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city.
 
In the afternoon we will be transferred to Istanbul airport for our homebound or onward flight connections.
(B)
 
DAY 19: Friday 16th June
In transit
 
DAY 20: Saturday 17th June – Arrive Australia
 
 

Cost: $5240* (Incl. Tax) Subject to airline seat availability  

Single Room Supplement: $630

Prepaid Tipping: $15 per day

Tour Code: 7PV26P

INCLUSIONS
• Airfares: Economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth (N.B. Airlines taxes are included and subject to fluctuations).
• Accommodation and Meals: Based on moderate standard accommodation throughout with meals as listed.
• Miscellaneous inclusions: Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach with driver, local tour escort/guide, sightseeing and entrance fees throughout itinerary.
• Not Included: Passport and visa costs (if applicable), other meals not stated, items of a personal nature including phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc. Travel insurance (Harvest will recommend a special group policy rate). Prepaid tipping. Event registration.

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AUD 5240
Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth
Sales Period:
28 May 2017
Travel Period:
29 May - 20 June 2017
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