FootSteps of St. Paul Pilgrimage

DAY 01
DEPART USA

We depart USA en route to ATHENS

DAY 04
ATHENS: CORINTH EXCURSION

This morning we depart for the peninsula of Argolis, home of Corinth, the most wealthy and important city in the time of Paul. Here the Apostle worked with Aquila and Priscilla. The mostly Gentile Church he founded here caused him much grief and prompted from him at least four letters to them. Paul’s trial by Gallio took place in the agora (Acts 18:12-17). It is from Corinth, also, that Paul wrote to the Thessalonians. On our return, we visit the ruins of Cenchaeae, the harbor from which St. Paul sailed to Ephesus (Acts 18:18). Later we will explore the historic sites of Mycenae and Epidaurus, containing the best preserved open air theatre in Greece. Our evening is in Athens. (B, D)

DAY 07
CRUISE KUSADASI / PATMOS

Arrival at KUSADASI in Turkey and tour included to Ephesus, through paved streets of marble, you can admire the masterpieces of ancient architecture, such as the Magnesia Gate and the Celso Library, before arriving at the amphitheater in which St. Paul was imprisoned before his expulsion from the city. We will depart from the port of KUSADASI to PATMOS. Time to freely visit this quiet island known for being the place where St. John the Evangelist wrote the Apocalypse during his exile from Rome. The cave in which according to tradition lived the apostle, is today the Monastery of the Apocalypse. In the second century the abbot Christodoulou founded the monastery of San Juan in one of the highest points of the island. In his museum there are some icons and manuscripts of inestimable value (B, L, D)
– excursion to Patmos is optional

DAY 10
PIRAEUS / DELPHI

This morning we arrive in the port of Piraeus and disembark from our cruise. We make our way to Delphi home to the Sanctuary of Apollo. En route we will stop at the Ossios Lucas Monastery. In Delphi, we explore the fascinating archeological sites and museums. Tonight we lodge at Delphi (B, D)

DAY 13
THESSALONIKI: PHILIPPI EXCURSION

We devote ourselves today to Philippi, named after King Philip II of Macedonia. Paul and Silas came to Philippi on the second missionary journey and Paul returned on his third (Acts 20:2-6). Following the Baptism of Lydia, the first Christian church in Europe was established here. We will visit the ruins of the area, including the site commemorating Lydia’s baptism and the place where St. Paul was imprisoned. We return to Thessaloniki for the evening. (B, D)

DAY 16
THESSALONIKI – ATHENS – RETURN to USA

We transfer to the airport of Thessaloniki to for our return flight to the USA (B)

DAY 02
ARRIVE ATHENS

We arrive in Athens and are greeted by our BesTouR representative. We board our motor coach and transfer to our hotel for dinner and the evening. (D)

DAY 05
ATHENS

After breakfast, we proceed to the nearby marketplace (agora) where St. Paul preached as we reflect on his mission in this city. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (B, D)

DAY 08
CRUISE RHODES

Following breakfast on board, we spend the entire day visiting the unforgettable beauty of the island and ancient city of Rhodes (tour to Lindos is included). According to the legend, the bronze Colossus of Rhodes stood astride the harbor. Even more wondrous are the forests of scented pines that stretch towards the skies that are as blue as the Aegean itself. In the middle of the city is a medieval town built by of Lindos is available. Lindos is a picturesque village of exquisite beauty of Lindos is available. Lindos is a picturesque village of exquisite beauty where you can also visit the impressive Temple of Athena overlooking the harbor of St. Paul. Dinner and overnight on board cruise ship.

DAY 11
DELPHI / KALAMBAKA

This morning we drive via a, Lamia and Trikala to Kalambaka and will visit the breathtaking Byzantine monasteries of Meteora. Tonight we lodge at Kalambaka (B, D)

DAY 14
THESSALONIKI

Today we dedicate ourselves to Thessaloniki and St. Paul’s Letters to the Thessalonians. Paul established the first church here (Acts 17:1-10). Ruins of an early Christian church are near the Palace of Galerius. We examine in Paul’s letters to this community his unbounded determination to continue the Church. After visits to several churches and the Old Town, we return to our hotel to reflect on our day. (B, D)

DAY 03
ATHENS

We begin our city tour with perhaps the most perfect piece of architecture known, the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena. We continue onto the famed Archeological Museum and the Plaka Flea Market. The rest of the day is yours to explore the enchanting city. (B, D)

DAY 06
CRUISE PIRAEUS / MYKONOS

 This morning we transfer to the port of Piraeus for our Greek Isle Cruise. Our first stop of the day is the island of Mykonos, a beautiful island of white washed houses and beautiful vistas. We are shuttled to the town followed by some time for shopping (B, L, D)

DAY 09
CRUISE CRETE / SANTORINI

Breakfast at the boat, we will arrive at the port of Heraklion on the island of Crete the commercial port. We can tour the ruins of the palace of Knossos, discovered in 1899 by Sir Arthur Evans and partly rebuilt, this majestic palace encloses the legendary labyrinth of the King Minos and is the cradle of the ancient Mycenaean civilization. Boarding and departure from Heraklion to Santorini, arrival and time at your disposal to freely visit the most unique of the islands of all Greece with its whitewashed houses, its alleys, outdoor cafes and the beautiful shops of the city of Thira that is in the highest part of the same. You can go up to the city with a cable car or on the back of a donkey (B, L, D)
– excursion to Heraklion and Santorini are optional

DAY 12
KALAMBAKA / VERIA / VERGINA / THESSALONIKI

Drive through Kozani to Veria, then on to visit the tomb of Philip of Macedonia in Vergina. Continue to Thessaloniki where you will see the Rotonda, Triumphal Arch of Galerius, and the seafront promenade with the White Tower. Depart for the ancient site of Veria (Berea of Acts 17), a modern shrine commemorating Paul’s visit, and to Vergina, one of the most important sites in Northern Greece. Then proceed to Thessaloniki, known as Salonika in ancient times, for a panoramic visit. The New Testament books of Thessalonians are Paul’s correspondence with the people of this church. (B, D)

DAY 15
THESSALONIKI

Today we dedicate ourselves to Thessaloniki and St. Paul’s Letters to the Thessalonians. Paul established the first church here (Acts 17:1-10). Ruins of an early Christian church are near the Palace of Galerius. We examine in Paul’s letters to this community his unbounded determination to continue the Church. After visits to several churches and the Old Town, we return to our hotel to reflect on our day. (B, D)