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Δευτέρα, 11 Νοεμβρίου 2013

Orthodox Easter IN CRETE 7 nights / 8 days

Orthodox Easter IN CRETE
7 nights / 8 days 

Price includes:
·        7 nights hotel accommodation at A Class 4**** hotels on Half Board basis (Breakfast & Dinner)
·        7 Lunches
·        All transportation, (airport-hotel-airport),
·        7 days tours on private vehicle with English speaking driver all over Crete, including meals -lunch- as schedule.
·        Tour includes entrance fees and professional guide on archaeological / historical sites
·        Gala traditional dinner  Holly Saturday night (after the ceremony midnight)
·        Fuel
·        Info, maps, brochures
·        Office service: Daily 08.00h – 21.00h, Saturdays/Sundays included.

Double occupancy
Single use plus+ 25%
Every 20 people = 1 person free of charge
Price per person

Based on 2 persons:  1.260 Euro
Based on 4 persons:  1.082 Euro
Based on 6-8 persons:    988 Euro
 Based on 16-25 persons:    776 Euro
Based on 26-35 persons:    712 Euro
Based on 36-50 persons:    660 Euro
Day 1: Tuesday of Holy week: Crete - Heraklion
Flight to Crete. Arrival at Iraklion airport. Reception at the airport. Transportation to the hotel. Afternoon presentation of the program. Overnight stay in Iraklion. (Dinner
Day 2: Wednesday of the Holy week: 
Departure in the morning to a small village. We will watch and join the making of Kalitsounia and Tsourekia, the traditional Easter goodies of the region. Midday meal in the village. After lunch, a visit to the women convent of Paliani.(Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Day 3: Maundy Thursday:
Visit to the Archaeological museum and the palace of Knossos. Lunch at a traditional restaurant in the harbour of Iraklion. Afternoon free for a visit around the city. In the evening we will attend the Maundy Thursday service with the act of the crucifix at the Cathedral of Iraklion Saint Minas church. .(Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Day 4. Good Friday
Visit to the historical Museum of Iraklion. It gives a complete picture of the culture and history of Crete. At noon we will take a walk around the various churches of Iraklion to see the Epitaphios (flower decorated symbolic biers containing the icon of the dead Jesus), in Iraklion churches. In the evening, Good Friday evening service and candlelight procession around the church in the neighbourhood with the Epitaphios .(Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Day 5: Holy Saturday
This day will be a combination of Tourism and Religion. A visit to the country side. We will enjoy the preparations of the Holly Saturday in the small villages, at the monasteries, at the churches, at the houses. It is a family celebration, all the members of the family are coming together to celebrate the Easter. There is a sacred feeling around. Lunch at a local tavern  with traditional dishes of the day. Free the rest of the day in order to  rest for the  midnight Resurrection Service at the church with candles and the noisy celebration. Traditional meal of Mayeritsa (the special Easter soup) after the service (after midnight). .(Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Day 6: Easter Sunday:
Special day, special program. Easter feast will be celebrated with all the Pascal traditions and delicacies. Different roasts prepared in a villagers oven (wood) , lamb roasted on the spit, will be consumed amongst the orange, lemon and olive groves in company of locals and the music by the traditional instrument Lyra, and songs by local artists as well. After the fiesta we can enjoy the nature, the country side walking through the fields and farm houses. Late in the afternoon back to the hotel. Dinner at the hotel. .(Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Day 7: Easter Monday
Saint George’s name day. At Assi Gonia village will attend the blessing
of the herds. The shepherds bring their herds from the mountains to the church where the priest will bless them while young women milk the animals offering fresh milk to everyone. Afterwards we’ll lunch at the nearby picturesque village of Argiroupolis. On the way back to the hotel we’ll visit the legendary monastery of Arkadi. Dinner
at the hotel. .(Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Day 8: Easter Tuesday
Last day in Crete. Morning free for walk and shopping or for a rest. Transportation to the airport. A small souvenir, offer of the organizer and his local representative will complete your tour. KALO  TAXIDI. .(Breakfast)

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