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Why celebrate Easter with an Easter vacation package to Europe? You can explore fabulous cultural traditions as well as special culinary traditions on an Easter vacation, and we’re highlighting two of our favorites, one a special Easter vacation package on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, the other a Greek Orthodox Easter vacation on the Greek island of Zakynthos.
Pasqua, the Italian name for Easter, is one of the most important holidays celebrated in Italy. Travel to our favorite destination in the Amalfi Coast to enjoy a special Easter week itinerary. Your week will include all the things we love about our Mediterranean Cooking Experience culinary tour, including hands-on cooking classes in the wonderful teaching kitchen, 5-star accommodations, visits to local sites such as the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, and Capri. But it will also include a glimpse into village Easter traditions in the “Passione di Gesù Crocefissione,” a re-enactment of the Passion and Crucifixion that takes place each year on Holy Thursday, and the “Processione Nera,” the so-called “black procession” of Holy Saturday.
The Amalfi Coast Easter vacation package runs April 14-20, 2019 and ends on Easter Sunday, but you can book extra nights to enjoy a leisurely Easter Sunday and a delicious “pasquetta,” or Easter Monday.
The trip can be confirmed for as few as 2 people and has a maximum of 12 participants, and the cost is US$3300 per person (double occupancy). Please contact us for the day to day itinerary.
In Greece Easter (or “Pascha”) is a major holiday that is celebrated in every corner of the country. Our Zakynthos Island Adventure Greek Easter week will feature cultural and culinary traditions of Easter. You will dye Easter eggs and make Greek Easter decorations. You will make Greek celebration breads and desserts such as Tsoureki, and will enjoy a traditional “Mageiritsa” dinner as well as spit-roast lamb on Easter Sunday. As part of the week you can attend the candlelit procession on Holy Friday, the Resurrection parade, and the Easter vigil church ceremony at midnight on Holy Saturday. The week will be rounded out with visits of a small local convent, an island winery, other villages and beaches, as well is additional cooking classes and food tastings.
Whether you are interested in celebrating the events as a Christian or simply in experiencing the authentic cultural traditions of another land, this will be an unforgettable week on a beautiful Greek island.
The 2019 Greek Easter week at our Zakynthos Island Adventure will be April 25 – May 2, 2019, or book early for 2020 (April 16-23, 2020).
The minimum number of participants is 1 and the maximum is 10. The cost is US$1690 per person (double or single occupancy). Contact us for a detailed itinerary.
Of course, we have a lot of other fabulous April vacation packages that await you for spring travel, and we are also happy to design custom vacation packages for you, just give us a call to get the process started!
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Originally published February 19, 2019.