Pasha….Easter…. Easter is the holiest celebration of the Orthodox
Church and the most festive time of year in Greece! The “Holy Week”
is particularly rich in old customs which you can witness and even take
30/4: Italy - Greece Boarding -
Departure of the ferry in the evening. Overnight stay on board.
1/5: Patras - Piraeus-
Boarding Arrival in Patras. You journey along the beautiful north coast of the Peloponese and over the Corinthian Channel to Piraeus to board the ferry to Heraklion.
2/5: Knossos-Archaeological Museum
Arrival early in the morning in Heraklion. In the morning you have the opportunity to visit the Minoan palace in Knossos and the archaeological Museum in Heraklion. You then go to your beach hotel for room allocation and a welcoming cocktail!
3/5: Good Friday.
"Good Friday" or "Great Friday" as it is called in Greece is free for you to enjoy as you wish. We recommend visiting one of the many churches which decote the 'Epitafios' with colourful flowers (symbol of Christ’s burial) early in the morning. In the evening there is procession with candles through the streets of Heraklion. You are welcome to take part!
4/5: Lassithi-Plateau, Christos Anesti
You journey to the Lassithi-Plateau, the windmill area, to visit the Byzantine Nunery of Kera. In the of the “Holy Saturday” the Resurrection is celebrated and people gather in the churches around 11pm for Greece’s most beautiful religious ceremony. At midnight the priest chants the “Christos Anesti” (Christ is resurrected). The Easter candle of the priest passes the Holy Light to the pilgrims who each carry a candle who exchange wishes with their families, friends and other pilgrims. Then begin the fireworks followed by a traditional soup made with special preparation of lamb entrails.
5/5: Easter Sunday
We journey to the Cretan village to cook the lamb! Easter Sunday is mostly about celebration. We arrive in the village where lambs are cooked on the spit and we take part in the feast, the music and the dancing.
6/5: Monastery of Arkadi, Rethymnon and Chania.
On the second day of Easter we journey along the impressive north coast with the beautiful view to Rethymnon and walk through the old town by the picturesque harbour and the mighty fort. From there we continue to Chania, the old capital of Crete, a city of unique traditions and elegance. On the way back to the hotel we visit the Monastery of Arkadi, the Cretan symbol of resistance against Turkish occupation.
7/5: Agios Nikolaos-Spinalonga
This day is free for you to enjoy as you wish. You can stay in your hotel and relax, taking advantage of the facilities they offer or to take a half-day trip to Agios Nikolaos, a beautiful holiday resort with a small picturesque harbour. From there you “must” take a short boat trip to Spinalonga, a very small island where the lepers used to be isolated! In the evening we board the ferry in Heraklion to return to Piraeus.
8/5: Over Delphi to Patras for boarding Arrival in Piraeus.
You journey to Delphi to see the ancient oracle dedicated to Apollon. You can visit the ancient Temple of Apollon, the amazing Theatre, the Stadium, the Kastallia Springs and the Museum. Over Antirion-Rion you come to Patras to board the ferry to Italy. 9/5: Arrival in Italy-Journey home The ferry trip from Patras to Ancona is an unforgettable experience. The ships are fully equipped with modern facilities to ensure a pleasurable journey. Swimming pools, restaurants, bars, discos, casinos, sun-decks, shops, comfortable, modern cabins and of course air-conditioning throughout the ship. Enjoy a relaxing and secure.
Departure also possible from Bari/Brindisi/Venice