Meditative, spiritual, and prayerful retreats for those who wish examine the inner life of the spirit.
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A pilgrimage is an outer journey that expresses the inner movements of the heart, mind, and soul. Like clay to the potter’s hands, or stone and chisel to the sculpture, in pilgrimage, place becomes the raw material that reveals the sanctity of God in ourselves and the world. Resolve to make a journey in yourself and discover that your inner life is expressed in all that you do. Every step becomes a silent prayer, every meal becomes a feast, and every encounter with others recalls the love of God in neighbor.

From our travelers

Brian A.

I had the most amazing time of my life. This was the most real travel experience I've had to date. Thank you mostly for showing me that human experiences can be the most fulfilling moments. I learned what real hospitality is, and I loved the small group, family-style tour–it felt like a family. Traveling with Alithea has helped me know what I want to do in life.

Nate C.

It's not merely a trip to historic site of the classical world; it's a calling to an embodied experience.

Cindy P.

I can’t recommend Alithea Travel enough.  From the thoughtfully planned itinerary, wonderfully small group size, excellent food and the friendliest, well-located accommodations, it all exceeded my expectations.  But what really set this trip apart from the many other very enjoyable small group tours that I have taken is Jesse Blackwood himself.

Chris R.

Throughout our entire trip, I felt like a local - not like a tourist. The itinerary was filled with unique activities that immersed ourselves in the native culture. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and it was clear they were passionate about their profession. Furthermore, they felt like relatives I never knew I had by being incredibly friendly and kind. I would 100% recommend anyone who is looking to travel as a local to travel with Alithea.


Sharing meaningful experiences with thoughtful attention to the particular beauty of person and place.

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