Pilgrimage Overview:

  • Pilgrimage Chaplain:

    Fr. Joey Faller

  • Departure Date:

    October 24, 2024

  • Countries:

    Greece and Turkey

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip economy airfare
  • Land transportation by deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
  • Roundtrip airport and departure transfers
  • 4* hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B – Hot/Cold buffet breakfast; D – Dinner)
  • Tours as specified in the itinerary with an English-speaking local guide
  • Services of a Pilgrimage Chaplain and Filipino Tour Leader all throughout the tour
  • Porterage of one (1) piece of luggage at hotels (subject to availability)

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Set out on a beautiful journey to Greece and Turkey by following in the footsteps of St. Paul himself! Discover the vibrant cities of Athens and Corinth, where St. Paul penned some of his most influential letters, and the beautiful Turkish city of Ephesus, where it is said that the Blessed Virgin Mary spent her final days on earth. In addition to a spiritual journey, this pilgrimage offers the opportunity to take in Greece’s and Turkey’s breathtaking natural beauty and ancient architecture. Join a 16-day pilgrimage to Greece and Turkey, “In the Footsteps of St. Paul, the Apostle,” with Fr. Joey Faller on October 24 – November 8, 2024. 

Begin your pilgrimage in Athens, Greece. Visit the city’s major sights and celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of St. Dennis. Head for Acropolis. Visit the Acropolis Museum and the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the Parthenon. Take a picturesque drive along Corinthian Gulf to Corinth. To the ancient Corinthians, St. Paul wrote two letters, including perhaps his most famous treatise on love. Stand in the midst of the ruins of the church of Corinth, where St. Paul preached, and imagine sitting in the presence of the great Apostle as he taught about Jesus. See the sixth-century BC Temple of Apollothe Museum of Corinth, and the Bema Seat of St. Paul. Stop in Cenchreae, the ancient seaport from where St. Paul set sail for Ephesus across the Aegean Sea.

Transfer to Piraeus Port for your ferry ride to legendary Santorini, where you will stay for two nights. A head-turner amongst Greek islands, Santorini is instantly recognizable around the world: multicolored cliffs soar out of a sea drowned volcanic crater, topped by whitewashed buildings. Head for Oia. Straight out of a postcard, Oia is certainly the most picturesque village in Santorini. Not to be missed is its magical sunset.

Leave Greece for Turkey and head for Istanbul. Offering a wealth of historical and religious places to visit, Istanbul provides us with a glimpse of Turkey’s proud heritage. Visit the enchanting Sultan Ahmed Mosque, more commonly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. See the Hagia Sophia, a great architectural beauty and an important monument both for the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Embark on a private boat for your Bosphorus Cruise. Enjoy the heady feeling of cruising between two continents – Asia and Europe.

On to Safranbolu, a UNESCO World Heritage town in Turkey since 1994 due to its well-preserved Ottoman-era houses and architecture. Next stop is Cappadocia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, best known for its unique moon-like landscape, underground cities, cave churches, and houses carved in rocks.

Head for Pammukkale, meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, refers to the snow-white limestone features formed over the millennia by calcium-rich springs that have drawn visitors for centuries. Today, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city and region still attract visitors to gaze at the awe-inspiring natural features and bathe in the mineral-laden waters.

Onwards to Ephesus, where St. Paul wrote his Letters to the Ephesians and preached early Christianity to the people. Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, reputed to be the place where Our Blessed Mother spent her last years with St. John, to whom Jesus entrusted her to his care.

Embark on a journey to the land of ancient treasures and rich Christian history. Join a 16-day pilgrimage to Greece and Turkey, “In the Footsteps of St. Paul, the Apostle,” with Fr. Joey Faller on October 24 – November 8, 2024. May you encounter God, experience His healing love, and be filled with His abundant grace and blessings.

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THINGS WE LOVE

  • Inspiring homilies and healing prayers by pilgrimage chaplain, Fr. Joey Faller.
  • Sunsets in Oia are legendary!
  • Marvel at the cascading domes and six slender minarets of the Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque), one of Istanbul’s iconic sights and architectural wonders.
  • Wander throughout the streets of Corinth and Ephesus, where St. Paul preached and taught.
  • Baklava, the king of local desserts in Greece!
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Things To Do

  • VISIT.

    The Bema Sea of St. Paul in Corinth was the site of St. Paul’s trial (Acts 18: 12-17). It has since been transformed into a Christian church during the Byzantine period.

  • CRUISE.

    Take the Bosphorus cruise from Istanbul and enjoy the unique experience of cruising between two continents: Asia and Europe.

  • AWE.

    The Acroplis is well known as the “Sacred Rock” of Athens. Marvel at this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site on your visit to Athens, considered one of the most recognizable monuments in the world.

  • IMAGINE.

    Visit the underground city in Cappadocia and imagine how people could have lived under the earth and the structure they built to do so.

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Spiritually-focused journeys
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Quality accommodations
Expertly-crafted itineraries
Friendly and bonded groups
Senior citizen friendly

Testimonials

The whole pilgrimage is a new and fulfilling moment in my life. It’s a nice feeling being with the Lord in His important day. And also, gaining new friends and becoming my new extended family is something I will treasure. I hope that this is just the beginning and we’ll continue to get in touch with one another despite the distance.

Brenda

Hello Co-Pilgrims,

It was indeed a wonderful Pilgrimage: very rich in history, a thanksgiving of blessings, a spiritual renewal and nourishment, and finally ending in a test of Faith.

Thank you so much Pilgrim Leader, Ging Igual, for standing beside us up to the last stretch of our 13-day journey - more particularly in the handling of an unexpected situation (cancelled flight in Mexico and re-direction of flights to make sure the 38 Pilgrims reach LA for their respective flight bookings). Ging, you were an angel to us so blessed with energy, passion, love and Milagrosa. We really felt the presence of Our Lady of Guadalupe fielding angels every step of the way.

The Pilgrimage to California Mission Churches and Our Lady of Guadalupe gives me personal inspiration for the work and activities of the next chapter of my lifetime: farming with promotion of agriculture for millennials (inspired by the scenic view of farms in California), tourism (which is a major industry in all places we visited), and support for a favourite major seminary in Tagaytay and a scholarship fund for deserving individuals (thru a non stock non profit institution).

Thank you to my Co-Pilgrims and prayer partners for the prayer support, sharing of life experiences and friendships;  Fr. Tony, thank you for your spiritual reflections and service;  Fr. Jerry Orbos for an overflowing spiritual reflections and enabling us to have the needed personal encounter with Jesus and Mama Mary (it was like a 12-day Holy Retreat); and the Executive Resources for making a very nice pilgrimage package a part of our lifetime.

Ms. Emma

Lord, we cannot find words enough to say how grateful we are to You. Our pilgrimage made us realize that Your love for us is more than what we deserve.

To all our co-pilgrims, thank you for making us feel we belong to this new family. To Fr. Dante, thanks for your prayers and pieces of advice for our spiritual nourishment. To Sis Lea, for taking care of each one of us. To Sis Joy, thanks for the contagious joys and laughters.

To our prayer partners, Sis Maribel, Melvy and Didick and Bro Mon and Sis Jot, thank you for your prayers. We will pray for you, too!

To The Pilgrim’s Center - Executive Resources, thank you for accommodating us in this Eastern Europe Pilgrimage.

God bless us all always!

Albert and Adee

Dear Pilgrims' Center:

My husband Aldo & I would like to praise & commend our Pilgrim Chaplain Fr. Dante Venus & our Tour Leader Bro. Monty for the very successful & memorable pilgrimage to Italy & the Holy Land we were very fortunate to join on March 26-April 8, 2018.

It was very hectic to be sure, but still they managed our time very well that we were able to visit more places than was promised in the itinerary, and we are very appreciative of that. Likewise, the solemnity of the whole pilgrimage experience was still observed despite many of us in the group, myself included, often forgetting that we were pilgrims & not tourists 😉😉, taking photos, selfies, etc. instead of, or before focusing on what the local guide was explaining or on the scripture readings. I cannot fault us pilgrims on this because for many of us seniors, and I speak for my husband & I, that trip might be our first & last time to visit those places, so we made sure they were properly documented. Nonetheless, it was a truly spiritually uplifting & life-changing experience for us. We continue to thank our Lord for making that experience of a lifetime possible. Indeed, nothing is impossible for God! Thank you very much to Fr. Dante, Bro. Monty & to each of us pilgrims in the group for the prayers, love, care & concern shown to each other. Let us continue to pray for and with each other. It is my hope that we meet each other again soon, to strengthen our bonds of friendships.

Most sincerely, Leclec Cabusora

Leclec Cabusora

My husband and I just came back from a wonderful trip to Israel - with Franciscan Fr Reu Galoy. Thank you Pilgrim Center for the arrangements. We are so happy and satisfied with all that you have done for us. Kudos to Yanyan and Monty from Pilgrim Center, and Fr Reu and Ronin for your caring services. It was a spiritual journey and we felt the abiding presence of the Lord all throughout.

Ann Arguelles Cortes

Our pilgrimage was worth all the hardships (I was having leg pains). We had an excellent leader in the person of Adrian, two priests Fathers Val and Ron, who gave us very nice pieces of advice and homilies, and of course the members of the group who were all very nice. Looking forward to join another pilgrimage.

Emily Bautista

It was the most profound experience I had in my whole life....Walking with the Footsteps where Jesus walked made my life more grateful and humble....My faith become stronger as I express it...A growing faith is a sharing faith....TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!! SHALOM!

Carmen Nierra

Vir & I would like to express our gratitude for a wonderful pilgrimage we had from Sept 5-18. From checking-in last Sept 5 & all during the tour, we felt the care from a family. No words can ever describe how thankful we are.

I almost cried last Sept 8, (my birthday) when we (2 of us have the same birthday) were given a surprise mini celebration when after our dinner, we were given a cake. I really felt the love of a family then.

All these things made possible because of your capable coordinator Ms. Ging Igual. She's such a wonderful leader. Kudos to her.

Rest assured that i will refer your company to all my friends who are planning to go on pilgrimage .

Good day & may God always guide & protect all of you in the Pilgrims' Center/ Executive Resources, Inc.

Cora and Vir Franca

I am honored to be included in this pilgrimage. The Pilgrims' Center has very good itineraries worth remembering. No hours wasted. They took very good care of us in spite of our big number of 47 people. The daily mass and homilies of Fr. Manny Cruz held in different shrines and churches were very inspirational and transforming. Accommodations were nice most especially the one on top of the Mountain with an awesome view built in 1909. It's like travelling back in time. I definitely would want to do it again with Pilgrim Center.

Peter Joseph Mapua

The Pilgrims' Center always gives you the best. They let you feel like an Executive in terms of personal service & attention especially during pilgrimage. Their choices of pilgrimages and pilgrim chaplains are outstanding. You go back home very fulfilled and immersed...

Marlene Silvestre

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