Good Friday is one of the most important days of the years for the Greeks. Are you lucky enough to be in Athens this day? Then join this excursion and get acquainted with the traditions around orthodox Good Friday.Read on
During this excursion you will first go to Sounion. Here you get the opportunity to visit the temple of Poseidon. After that you will enjoy a traditional Good Friday meal in the village of Lavrio. The highlight is a visit to a Greek-orthodox monastery to experience the Epitafio – the Good Friday procession –
In the afternoon a luxury coach will bring you in about one-and-a-half hour from Athens to Sounion. En route you will enjoy beautiful views over the Saronic Gulf. On the high rocks of Cape Sounion stands the famous temple of Poseidon, one of the most important ancient Greek temples.
Here you will get the opportunity to visit the temple or to have a drink on the terrace near the temple and enjoy the view.
The next stop is in the coastal town of Lavrio. At a local taverna you will be served the traditional Good Friday dishes. You will get served gigantes, taramosalata, olives and halva, with a glass of ouzo, tsipouro or wine.
The highlight of this excursion is a visit to a Greek-orthodox monastery near Lavrio. This is an important monastery where Greeks from all over Attica go today. In the church the epitaphio – a bier with the icon of Christ. You can hear mournful songs in the church and Greeks line up to kiss the icon.
The epitaphio procession takes place around 21.00. The faithful walk behind the Epitafio with a lit candle in their hand and from the side some people throw flowers. At the end of the procession, people walk under the Epitaphio, in the church.
After the procession you will be brought back to Athens.
- Day: Friday, April 6, 2018
- Starting time: 15.00 O’clock
- Starting point: Athens center
- Duration: 8 hours
- Price: € 55, – p.p./children up to 16 years € 40, – p.p.
- Includes: Transport, Good Friday meal including 1 consumption
- Excludes: Entrance temple
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This tour will be carried out by one of our partners. [/ezcol_1half_end]