People are always asking when is the best time of the year to visit Greece. Well, Greece is a rewarding country to visit
at any time of the year but for a truly unique experience and insight into the Greek way of life I would always recommend a
visit in the week of Orthodox Easter.
Easter time is a very special season in Greece. It begins with the carnivals and celebrations of Apokreas over
two months before Easter, followed by Clean Monday with its picnicking and kite flying and then the fasting of Lent.
But for most non-Orthodox people it is Holy Week and the celebrations of Easter itself that are the most enjoyable.
In Greek, Easter is called Pascha, meaning Passover and it symbolises the eternal Passover from death to life and from
earth to heaven.
Since the Greek Orthodox Easter is based on the Julian calendar
and the Western world uses the Gregorian calendar Easter usually
falls on a different date in Greece to the rest of the Christian
world. For example, in 2008 Easter Sunday was celebrated on April
27 - everyone else will have celebrated it over a month earlier
on March 23!
Easter is the most important holiday of the year for the people of Greece - yes, more important than Christmas! It is
always, of course, in spring and nature and the countryside are at their most beautiful at this time. All the wild flowers
are in bloom and everywhere is very green after the winter rains. The weather is good, neither cold nor too hot and it is
the perfect time for walking or travelling around. Perhaps it is not the best time of the year for spending a day at the
beach but on the other hand you will take part in an experience that you may remember for the rest of your life. But you
don't have to be particularly religious to enjoy it all. The candlelight procession on Saturday night, for instance, when
the holy flame is passed from person to person gradually lighting up the dark and symbolising eternal life moves virtually
everybody, believer and non-believer alike!
EASTER PACKAGE AT HOTEL SAGA, POROS 2011
Monday 18th April 2011 - Arrive at hotel in Piraeus
and settle in.
Tuesday 19th April 2011 - Escorted trip by metro
to the flea markets of Monastiraki and a visit to the Acropolis.
Wednesday 20th April 2011 - Morning transfer to
Poros Island and Saga Hotel. Light lunch at the hotel.
Thursday 21st April 2011 - Afternoon demonstration
of making red eggs, Easter bread (tsoureki) and traditional
Easter biscuits (koulourakia).
Friday 22nd April 2011 - Escorted evening visit
to one of the churches on the island to follow the Epitaphio procession
down to the waterfront and along the paralia followed by a visit
to one of the traditional café/bars of Poros for light refreshments,
wine and coffee.
Saturday 23rd April 2011 - Escorted trip to a
different island church for the service of the resurrection and
the spreading of the holy light - preceded by a meal with wine in
a local restaurant featuring some of the traditional Easter food,
which you may like to try. (Meat, fish and vegetable dishes will
also be available if you do not want to eat the mageiritsa!)
Sunday 24th April 2011 - Easter Sunday barbecue
at Hotel Saga - truly a feast! The main dish at the Easter Table
is the lamb served in honour of the Lamb of God who was sacrificed
and rose again at Easter. The whole spiced lamb roasted over a charcoal
fire is the most traditional of Greek Easter foods however for those
who do not eat red meat chicken and vegetable dishes will be available.
Monday 25th April 2011 - Return to Piraeus and
onward to the airport for your flight home.
Greek Easter Eggs
Easter Eggs and Tsoureki
- 7 day package (Monday to Monday) - 440 Euros per person
- 5 day package (Wednesday to Monday) - 360 Euros per person
- 3 day package (Friday to Monday) - 295 Euros per person
The package includes :-
- Escorted travel from the airport in Athens to your return there
- Hotels in Pireaus and Poros with breakfast
- Other meals as specified
- Trips as specified>
- Service and tax
Not included :-
- Entrance fees to the Acropolis or any museums visited
- Meals where not specifically mentioned
Some Pictures from Our April 2008 Easter Celebration