Spiritual Odyssey is an Ionian Village program for young adults, ages 19-24, giving them an opportunity to travel to sites of both historical and spiritual importance, while exploring their faith with their peers.
This fun and exciting pilgrimage gives its' participants an opportunity to do more than just travel around Greece and Cyprus, it allows them to expeirence the sites of Orthodox and historic importance with other young adults, and most importantly, it allows them to grow together as a group, experiencing their faith and culture with each other and as a family.
While in Cyprus, participants will experience our faith and culture first-hand, visiting sites where the Apostles once preached, also learning about the Cypriot struggle and ongoing division of the island. Participants will also explore the beautiful beaches, food, and culture of the island of Cyprus. Participants will then travel to Athens for the last two days to visit classic sites such as the Parthenon, have shopping time in Monastiraki, and view the classic changing of the guards.
June 1: Travel to Cyprus on Delta Airlines, via Athens
June 2: Arrive in Cyrpus and hotel in Larnaca
June 3: Visit the Monastery of Saint Neophytos in Paphos, the KEO St. John Commandaria winery in Lemesol and enjoy an evening in Larnaca
June 4: Visit the beautiful NISSI Beach at Agia Napa and explore Lemesol by night
June 5: Spend the day in the Troodos mountains with stops at Panagia Asinou church, the Monastery of Kykkos, the memorial and burial site of Archbishop MAKARIOS and the Church of the Holy Cross in Omodoos where we will venerate a piece of the rope that was used to tie Jesus to the Cross
June 6: Visit the capitol of Cyprus, Lefkosia and have an audience with the Archbishop and President of Cyprus
June 7: Celebrate the tradional Kataklysmos in Larnaca, the "Festival of the Flood" celebrated on Cyprus to celebrate Pentecost
June 8: Pentecost Sunday at the church of Saint Lazarus, followed by Katakysmos celebrations in downtown Larnaca. In the evening, we will travel to Athens for the duration of the trip
June 9: Visit the island of Aegina and the Monastery of St. Nektarios, followed by lunch and time to explore the island. Return to an evening in Glyfada
June 10: Exlore the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum, followed by a day of shopping and exploring in Monastiraki and Plaka, followed by dinner and dessert at Lycabettus in downtown Athens
June 11: Depart for New York City
Registration is limited to 15 spots, and now open!
Total Cost (includes airfare): $2750.00