St. Paul in Greece

DAY 1
Arrival day. Transfer from SKG airport to your hotel. Day at leisure.
Dinner and overnight.

DAY 2
Breakfast and we begin our trip to Philippi, the town where Paul delivered his first sermon in Europe, sowing the seeds of Christianity. Paul arrived here with Silas and Luke on the winter AD 50. There the first Christian baptism was performed, of a woman named Lydia. We will visit the Roman Theatre and the “Baptistirio”.  We will continue towards the city of Kavala, (ancient city of  Neapolis). It was later renamed Christoupolis, meaning city of Christ, because it was the first European city to accept Christianity. We will visit the Roman Aqueduct and the ruins of the Acropolis.  Return to  Thessaloniki.
Dinner and overnight.

DAY 3
Today we exploring the city of Thessaloniki, where Paul preached the gospel in the second and third missionary journey. For the early Christians of this city he wrote epistles “To the Thessalonians.”. We will visit the Cathedral of St. Demetrius, the Protector Saint of the city, the Agora, the Church of Saint Sofia, the White Tower and the Byzantine fortress of the city, the Triumphal Arch of Galerius starting at the Via Egnatia. Right after we are travelling to Veria, another town evangelized by Paul. When Saint Paul visited this town in AD50, and created an important Church. We will visit the Ancient Synagogue where we will see the Byzantine mosaic in the monument commemorating his preaching. Then we will head to Vergina, the legendary burial site of the Macedonian kings. This place is considered as a World Heritage Site, also known as the Royal Tombs and houses the tomb of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.  Depart for Meteora.
Dinner and overnight.

DAY 4
The day begin with  a visit at the spectacular Meteora, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is a mountainous region of stunning scenery. You will see old Byzantine monasteries on top of huge rocks, during the Middle Ages, first built in the 14th century by monks seeking isolation and salvation. We will visit the most famous of them, which is now a popular museum, the Great Meteoron, to admire superb icons, old manuscripts, unique mosaics and frescoes. After lunch we departing for Delphi.
Dinner and overnight.

DAY 5:
Today we are exploring Delphi the famous oracle where the priestess of Apollo, Pithia, influenced, with their prophecies. Visit the archaeological site and museum. The museum houses an impressive collection associated with ancient Delphi, the famous Charioteer, golden treasures discovered beneath the Sacred Way. It was also home of the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the Olympics. The site contained the sanctuary of Apollo, the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia — meaning, “Athena who is before the temple (of Apollo)” — and various other buildings, most of which were intended for sports, such as the gymnasium used for exercise and learning. Close to the exit is the inscription that mentions the Roman proconsul Gallio. The reference to proconsul Gallio in the inscription provides an important marker for developing a chronology of the life of Apostle Paul by relating it to the trial of Paul in Achaea. Driving to Athens.
Dinner and overnight.

DAY 6:
Starting the day with a city tour to explore the city of Athens, including the Agora of Athens. Athens is one of the most glorious cities in the world. We will visit the main points of interest in the city: the Acropolis, the Parthenon and Mars’ Hill  where Paul preached the truth to the Gentile Nation.
Then we are  heading toward  ancient Corinth. It was in ancient Corinth where Paul came and worked and spend 18 months of his life there, preaching about ways of virtuous life. He established a thriving church and writing two of the epistles, which are now part of the New Testament. We will see all the sites that are associated with his ministry: the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, the roman Odeon, the Bema and Gallio’s seat, the pillars, stairs, and the place of public worship, where Paul preached. Before ending the tour and return to Athens, we will have a very short drive to the ruins of the ancient port of Kechries where St. Paul embarked his ship after preaching to the Corinthians to get to Ephesus.  Return to Athens.
Dinner and overnight.

DAY 7:
According to the schedule of your return flight we will transfer you to ATH airport of Athens.
End of Program

Includes
All transfers as mentioned
2 overnights in Thessaloniki
1 overnight in Larissa
1 overnight in Delpfhi
2 overnights in Athens
Enter fees for the Museums-Archeological Sites
Licensed Guide
Professional and Experienced Driver

Excludes
Everything not mentioned in the Includes
Gratuities
Meals Lunches, Dinners
 
Have to know
- The program can be run and vice versa with a starting point in Athens.
- Instead of departing from ATH airport we can drive you back to SKG airport.
- Prices vary by season and participation
-  Minimum participation of individuals 6 persons. For less than 6 the itinerary varies.
- Transportation by a luxury type private car, minivan or minibus with a professional, English speaking, non-smoking driver and guidance by a professional licensed tour guide. During your tour, your private vehicle and driver will be flexible for small changes in the itinerary to make your trip more comfortable and create a pleasant travelling experience. All vehicles are  fully air-conditioned, equipped with GPS, free Wi-Fi hot spot and sound system.
- Program runs all year round.
- During the tours we are providing you with mineral water and soft drinks.
- During summer it is advised to have with you sunscreen, glasses, hats and dress lightly in order for you to protect yourself from sun and heat so that to enjoy more the time you will spend outdoors.

All private tours can be customized further according to your needs and preferences.

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