Greece – St. Paul’s 2nd Missionary Journey

  • 8 Days , 4 Cities
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Countries Visited Greece
Places Visited Athens, Thessaloniki, Kalabaka
Suggested Duration 8 days
Travel Styles Christian Tours

ITINERARY

  • DAY 1
    Acropolis, Athens, Greece
    Acropolis, Athens, Greece

    Welcome to Athens, Greece!

    Arrive at Athens airport, where you’ll receive a warm welcome, assistance, and transfer to the hotel. Afterward, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

    What's included?

    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Transfer Transfer
  • DAY 2
    View of Acropolis of Athens with Parthenon and Erechtheion from Filopappou hill, Greece
    View of Acropolis of Athens with Parthenon and Erechtheion from Filopappou hill, Greece

    Explore Athens

    Our St. Paul’s 2nd Missionary Journey begins with a reverent immersion in the city’s rich tapestry, starting with a guided Byzantine and Christian Museum tour. Furthermore, this treasure trove, a glittering portal to the past, boasts over 25,000 artifacts spanning early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, and post-Byzantine periods.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
  • DAY 3
    Ancient Corinth, Peloponnese, Greece
    Ancient Corinth, Peloponnese, Greece

    Visit Ancient Corinth, Cenchreae, Flight to Thessaloniki

    Following breakfast, we embark on the coastal road along the Saronic Gulf toward the Corinth Canal. A brief stop allows us to marvel at the Corinth Canal’s grandeur before proceeding to the Ancient Corinth site. This locale, where St. Paul resided for 18 months and authored Corinthians I and II, beckons exploration.

    Corinth Acropolis

    Beneath the Corinth Acropolis (Akrocorinthos), we’ll survey the ruins of the ancient city, the agora (market) where Paul underwent a trial by Gallio, and landmarks like the temple of Apollo and the Peirene fountain. Subsequently, our journey leads to Lechaion and Cenchreae, ancient ports pivotal to Paul’s departure from Corinth to Syria.

    In the afternoon, we commence the return drive to Athens, directly heading to the airport for a brief flight to Thessaloniki. Upon arrival, we subsequently transferred to our hotel for the night.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
    • Flight Flight
  • DAY 4
    Holy Church of Saint Demetrius
    Holy Church of Saint Demetrius

    Thessaloniki - The Capital of the North

    This morning, we delve into Thessaloniki, hailed as ‘the capital of the north’ and Greece’s second-largest city. Paul, who lived and preached here, also penned the epistle ‘To the Thessalonians.’ To begin our exploration, our day kicks off with a panoramic tour, starting in the ‘upper city’ defined by the imposing Theodosian walls, offering breathtaking vistas of the city and the Gulf of Thermaikos.

    En route to the Saint Sofia church, our exploration encompasses iconic landmarks such as the renowned White Tower, the Roman market, and the Arch of Galerious. Additionally, the journey culminates at the church of Saint Sofia. Following this, we visit the Basilica of St. Dimitrios, the city’s patron Saint, featuring the famed crypt.

    The afternoon grants leisure time for independent exploration. Additionally, wander through Aristotelous Square or stroll along the seafront promenade to absorb more of the city’s charm.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
  • DAY 5
    Kavala City, Greece
    Kavala City, Greece

    Thessaloniki - Amphipolis, Kavala (Neapolis), Philippi

    Post breakfast, we commence our journey towards Philippi. En route, we also pass Amphipolis, a place Paul visited on his way from Philippi to Thessaloniki. A brief stop allows us to appreciate the impressive Lion statue. We explore the site upon reaching Philippi, where Paul delivered his inaugural European sermon.” Highlights include the location of Paul and Sylas’ imprisonment, the ruins of one of the largest-ever constructed churches, a stroll along Egnatia Road, and a visit to the ancient Agora. Furthermore, a short walk takes us to the creek where Lydia received her first baptism in Europe.

    Our excursion proceeds to Kavala, known biblically as Neapolis and later renamed Christoupolis, the first European city to embrace Christianity. Additionally, following this historical exploration, a brief panoramic tour showcases the city, featuring the Roman aqueduct and a leisurely stroll at the charming fishing port. Afterward, we then return to Thessaloniki, arriving in the late afternoon.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
  • DAY 6
    Meteora, Kalambaka, Greece
    Meteora, Kalambaka, Greece

    Kalambaka - Veria, Vergina

    Departing Thessaloniki, our journey takes us southward. Furthermore, our initial destination is the captivating town of Veria, identified biblically as Berea. Notably, this town held significance for Paul, where he engaged with the ‘noble Jewish community’ and established a pivotal church. As we explore, our journey encompasses the ancient synagogue and a contemporary shrine featuring a Byzantine mosaic commemorating Paul’s preaching.

    Subsequently, we proceed to Vergina, a key site in northern Greece. Here, we delve into the Royal Macedonian tombs, including the resting place of King Philip II, father to Alexander the Great. Following this historical exploration, in the afternoon, our route unfolds beneath the shadows of Mount Olympus, traversing the Tempi Valley en route to Kalambaka for our overnight stay.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
  • DAY 7
    Holy Metropolitan Church of the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary, Athenes, Greece
    Holy Metropolitan Church of the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary, Athenes, Greece

    Athens - Explore Meteora where awe-inspiring rock formations

    This morning, our destination is Meteora, where awe-inspiring rock formations resembling sandstone towers have served as timeless sanctuaries for monks through the ages. Moreover, several concealed monasteries, like tiny aeries nestled atop Meteora, offer a breathtaking view over the plain. Furthermore, Meteora is renowned as one of mainland Greece’s most stunning regions and holds a place on UNESCO’s list of world heritage monuments. Following our exploration, we embark on the journey back to Athens, making a brief stop at Thermopylae to marvel at the statue of Leonidas, the king of Sparta, en route.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
  • DAY 8

    Departure to Athens Airport

    Our tour of St. Paul’s 2nd Missionary Journey comes to an end.

    If time permits, we’ll take final strolls through Athens’ streets before transferring to the Athens airport for your return flight home.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Transfer Transfer

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HIGHLIGHT

What’s Included?

  • 7 nights of 4-star hotel accommodation
    2 nights in Athens
    3 nights in Thessaloniki
    1 night in Kalambaka
    1 night in Athens
  • Full-board basis during the tour (breakfasts & dinners in hotels/lunches in restaurants)
  • Transfers & transportation with a private luxury vehicle
  • Professional English-speaking guide services throughout the tour
  • Entrance fees to the museums/sites (as mentioned in your program)
  • Masses can be organized for your groups in private or local churches.

Sightseeing Highlights Included

  • Visit Athens,
  • The Byzantine and Christian Museum
  • The sacred rock of the Acropolis to visit the Propylaea and the ruins of the Parthenon
  • Stop at Mars Hill, where Paul delivered his well-known sermon
  • Apostolou Pavlou Street towards Thisio and along Adrianou Street to the ancient Agora
  • The Dormition of the Virgin Mary
  • Walk through Plaka and Anafiotika streets
  • Panoramic tour of the Panathinaikon stadium, the Zappeion, the temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, Syntagma Square, the Parliament, the tomb of the unknown soldier, Schliemann’s house, the Academy, the University, the National Library, and the old Parliament
  • Visit Ancient Corinth
  • Stop to admire the impressive Corinth Canal
  • The site of Ancient Corinth
  • Visit Cenchreae – The port where Paul sailed away from Corinth to Syria
  • Visit Thessaloniki – The capital of the north
    Panoramic tour of the upper city – Theodosian walls, the Gulf of Thermaikos, the White Tower, the Roman market, and the
  • Arch of Galerious
  • The church of Saint Sofia
  • The Basilica of St. Dimitrios, the patron Saint of the city with the famous crypt
  • Visit Philippi – Explore the historic site where Paul delivered his inaugural sermon in Europe
  • Visit Kavala – Biblical Neapolis was the first European city to embrace Christianity
  • Stop in the picturesque town of Veria, where you engaged with the “noble Jewish community”
  • Explore the Royal Macedonian tombs
  • Explore Meteora, a site of astonishing rock formations where the monk’s sacred refuge
  • Stop at Thermopylae to appreciate the statue of Leonidas, the king of Sparta

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