In the Footsteps of Apostle Paul

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Athens - Αncient Corinth - Osios Lucas - Delphi - Meteora - Thessaloniki - Amphipolis - Philippi - Kavala - Vergina - Veroia - Thermopylae - Athens

Tour the most famous archaeological, historical and religious sites of Greece, walk on the Footsteps of St.Paul and be introduced to nature of the Greek countryside by starting and ending your trip in Athens.

Program

Day 01: Athens   (D)
Transfer to the hotel in Athens. Free time at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Athens - Corinth - Mycenae - Athens   (B-L-D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Athens and drive South West to the Corinth Canal which connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea (short photo stop). Drive on and visit the Ancient Town of Corinth where St. Paul lived and preached for two years (After that Paul left Athens and went to Corinth). The remains of the City, which include the Agora (market place) and Apollo's Temple (6th century B.C.) clearly show how rich and important Corinth was in Ancient Times.
After lunch in a local restaurant, continue to Mycenae to visit the remains of the ancient city of Mycenae, a major centre of Greek civilization from 1600BC to 1100BC and a world heritage monument. Mycenae was one of the major centers of Greek civilization and a military stronghold which dominated much of southern Greece. Visit the archaeological site, home to the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon. See the Cyclopean Walls, the Lion's Gate, the Royal Tombs, including Agamemnon Clytemnestra's, and the Treasury of Atreus, a magnificent 14th-century B.C. structure. Return to Athens late in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: Athens   (B-D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the tour in Athens, the cradle of democracy. At first visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon and the Erechtheion and see the city view from the Hill of Areopagus, where Paul the Apostle at 51 AD first preached Christianity to the Athenians. Apostle Paul came to Athens from Veria the year 51 by boat. Awaiting the arrival of Silas and Timothy from Macedonia, walking around the city, talking to people in the synagogue and the market upsetting himself with the plurality of cult figures and idols. Similarly, the doctrine of the crucified Jesus and his resurrection amazed some epicurean and stoic philosophers, who characterized him as "gossiper". He was not chased from Athens for his teaching. Instead he was led to the Supreme Court to officially report and present his views of his teaching.
Then we visit the Ancient Agora and the Acropolis Museum. A short walk through the narrow streets of the old town, the famous Plaka with a multitude of shops and cafes. Continue to the small church Notre Kapnikareas, one of the most important Byzantine monuments in Athens in the middle of Ermou street and also see the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, also known as 'The Cathedral". Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 04: Athens - Osios Lucas - Delphi - Kalambaka   (B-L-D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart from Athens with our guide to visit the monastery of Saint Luke (Osios Lucas) which is one of the most important monuments of Byzantine architecture and art and has been declared a monument of World heritage by UNESCO. Visit to the worldwide famous site of Delphi, known from the ancient years for its mystic energy and power of Ancient God Apollo, located on the slopes of mount Parnassus in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty lie the ruins of the sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Visit the treasure of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo together with the museum containing masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture such as the bronze Charioteer. Lunch in a local restaurant and departure for the city of Kalambaka. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 05: Kalambaka - Meteora - Thessaloniki   (B-L-D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Meteora, among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Meteora or 'columns of the sky' are a group of monasteries built on spectacular natural sandstone rock pillars in central Greece.
Monks have settled on these peaks from the 11th century onwards. The site has been characterized by Unesco as a unique phenomenon of cultural heritage (frescoes, monastic life, construction method) and natural qualities. Meteora consists of about 60 huge columns of rock, up to 984 feet high (300 meters), many large enough for a monastery to be built on the top. Starting about the year 1000, and extending into the 1500's, 24 monasteries were built, but now only a few are inhabited. Since the monks wanted to be alone, until recently, access was by means of very long ladders or a basket or net suspended on a rope. Now days they have added staircases with hundreds of steps, and a well paved twisty hairpin road which takes you to the entrance of the monasteries. After visiting the monasteries, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant of Kalambaka and continue the journey to the city of Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 06: Thessaloniki - Amphipolis - Philippi - Kavala - Thessaloniki   (B-L-D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet with the guide and drive to the city of Kavala, following the Egnatia highway, built on the path of the Roman 'Via Egnatia'. Passing by the lakes of Koroni and Volvi and the village of Asprovalta, on the way, visit the famous Lion statue and the Archaeological Museum of Amphipolis. Then drive to Philippi. You will see the place where St. Lydia was baptized, as well as the archaeological site of Philippi, i.e. the 'Forum Romanum', ruins of the two early Christian Basilicas (the prison where St. Paul was held and preached in 50 AD), as well as the ancient Greek theatre.
Later, arrive in Kavala for short tour around the city where you may see the most important monuments of the city and its port. Lunch at a local restaurant. Early in the evening, drive back to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 07: Thessaloniki - Vergina - Veroia - Thermopylae - Athens   (B-L-D)
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, drive to a small hill nearby the city of Veroia where local tradition holds that St.Paul preached. A small shrine, known as the Altar of St.Paul was erected on this spot. Many religious ceremonies are still held at this Altar now days. Continue the drive and visit Vergina, the most important remains of the monumental palace of the Kingdom of Macedonia, lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial ground with more than 300 tumuli, some of which date from the 11th century B.C. One of the royal tombs is identified as that of Philip II, who conquered all the Greek cities, paving the way for his son Alexander and the expansion of the Hellenistic world. Lunch will be offered at a local restaurant in Vergina.
After lunch drive back to Athens. On the way, make a short stop at Thermopylae where a fierce battle took place between the Persians and Greeks during the Persian invasion of 480-479 BC. The Greek force (300 strong) was very small but was determined to make a stand against the huge Persian army. Arrive in Athens early in the evening. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 08: Athens   (B)
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

B: Breakfast
L: Lunch 
D: Dinner

Included

  • Air-conditioned Motorcoach
  • Hotel accommodation in 4* hotel in Athens on HB basis
  • Hotel accommodation in 4* hotel in Thessaloniki on HB basis
  • Hotel accommodation in 3* hotels during the tour on HB basis
  • Lunch at local restaurant on days 2,4,5,6 and 7
  • Professional guide during the tour
  • VAT and all legal taxes included

Not Included

  • Entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museums
    (total 93,00€ per person, as valid of today, subject to change)
  • Drinks and beverages during all meals
  • Gratuities
  • Porterage service
  • Anything that is not specified in the program as included

Price List

Rates per Person 2017 2018
Standard Double 880€ 984€
Single Supplement 290€ 323€
3d Person -10% -10%
Child 04-13,99 years old -50% -50%
     
Superior Double 1129€ 1258€
Single Supplement 420€ 542€
3d Person -10% -10%
Child 04-13,99 years old -50% -50%


Important note: Entrance Fees at the archaeological sites and museums are NOT INCLUDED at the above mentioned 2016 rates.

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  • Starting Day: Sunday
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