Holy Spirits Easter Tastes in Crete (11 April-18 April 2017)

Greek Orthodox Easter

Immerse yourself in Greek culture by participating in magnificent Easter festivities that have remained unchanged for centuries! This week-long Greek Easter vacation for lovers of culture and gastronomy is simply unique. Considered the most important holiday on the Greek calendar, the celebration of Orthodox Easter (Pascha) is unique in almost every corner of Greece. Special traditions mark not only the mourning of Christ’s Crucifixion and the celebration of Resurrection, but also the passage from winter to spring. This program offers a mix of cultural and gastronomic experiences and gives you the chance to witness the customs and traditions of Orthodox Easter, from cooking classes to church and archaeological visits.

Raki Crete

 

Day 1: Crete

  • Arrival, Transfer & Check in at Hotel
  • Free time to relax from your journey and or explore the surroundings
  • Discussion of the program’s details over a local aperitif
  • Degustation dinner at a local restaurant

 

Sitia – Archaeological Museum, Sacrement of the Holy Unction & Cooking Lessons

Day 2: Lasithi (Sitia)

  • Visit Sitia’s archaeological museum
  • Lunch will take place in a local restaurant
  • Optional Holy Wednesday afternoon the Orthodox Church administers the sacrament of Holy Unction for the bodily and spiritual health of the participants
  • Cooking lessons will take place at the hotel’s restaurant. We will prepare a traditional
  • Dinner will be served accompanied with local wine and raki, the Cretan aperitif
Toplou Monastery, Dying Red Eggs, Decorating the Epitaph (Bier)

Day 3: Lasithi (Vai)

  • Visit Toplou Monastery
  • Lunch at Metochi tavern, at Vai beach before returning back in the afternoon
  • Tonight we will take our time to lay a three course meal from scratch and color the Easter eggs
  • Optional visit to the church for service and to see the decorating for the epitaph (bier) for the next day by local women
Richtis Gorge & Good Friday Lamentations & Epitaph

 

Day 4: Lasithi (Richtis Gorge)

  • Trecking down to Richtis Gorge and enjoy a ‘daring’ dip in and a pic-nic by the waterfall rockpool (1 hour walk)
  • Afternoon free time for rest/spa at the hotel
  • Visit the church for Good Friday’s service and to follow the candlelit procession which commemorates the execution of Jesus by crucifixion.
Agios Nikolaos, The Holy Light, Resurrection

 

Day 5: Lasithi (Agios Nikolaos)

  • Free morning/afternoon for activities or relaxation
  • Evening to preparation of “Magiritsa”, the traditional lamp casserole made with offal, seasonal greens, herbs and a lemon and egg sauce, eaten mostly on Holy Saturday, after the Resurrection mass service.
  • Late evening Resurrection mass service and the burning of Judas, a very old local custom
  • Traditional after church dinner at hotel (after midnight)
Easter Sunday Feast with red egg cracking & Roast Lamb

 

Day 6: Lasithi

  • Easter Sunday celebration with cracking of red eggs and an outdoor feast of roast lamb followed by dancing and eating all day
  • Big Feast! Roasting the lamb starts at 7:30 am
  • Preparation of the appetizers, lunch and Easter Sunday celebration 11:00 a.m.
Kakavia at a seaside restaurant

 

 

 

Day 7: Lasithi

  • Easter Monday is a day of relaxation.
  • Light lunch
  • Optional dinner with a light but scrumptious ‘kakavia’ fish soup at a lovely seaside restaurant

 

Departure

Day 8: Lasithi

  • Enjoy breakfast at your leisure and prepare for your departure

This Package Includes:

  • 7 nights stay in 4* hotel in Sitia
  • Breakfast
  • 4 cooking classes
  • Easter Sunday lamb roasting with local people
  • Meals (6 dinners, 2 lunches, 1 picnic)
  • Drinks ( wine, raki and soft drinks, during inclusive lessons and meals
  • Richtis walk
  • Transportation
  • Toplou Monastery and Sitia Museum tickets
  • Complimentary spa use
  • Participation in Holy week activities with locals

Package does not Include:

  • Flights to Crete
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