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THE FIRST STEPS
of St.PAUL
IN EUROPE

“One night Paul had a vision: a Macedonian appeared and kept
urging him in these words, 'Come across to Macedonia
and help us”
(Acts of Apostles, 16:9)

According to the Acts of Apostles (16:8-17:14), Saint Paul landed to Neapolis (Kavala) and established the first European Christian community in Philippi, where he was imprisoned and then miraculously escaped. His next station was in Thessalonica, where he preached successfully the Gospel in the local synagogue, but faced the reaction by envious non-believers. His final stop in Macedonia was in Berea (Veroia), where he repeated his successful preaching, but had to flee to Athens as non-believers from Thessalonica had arrived.

This trip covers all the sites (Neapolis, Via Egnatia, Zigatis River, Philippi, Thessalonica and Berea) that Saint Paul walked, preached and founded the first Christian communities in Europe. It is also embellished with sites associated with the last Roman prosecutions of Christianity and its eventual triumph in the Early-Byzantine period (Arch of Galerius, Rotunda, Saint Demetrius, Early-Byzantine fortifications), along with some significant parts of local history (Ancient Vergina where is the tomb of Phillip II – father of Alexander the Great, White Tower, and Kavala’s citadel).

Starting from:
€POA
Optional Extensions:
  • Thassos
  • Mount Athos
  • Halkidiki
  • Corfu
TOUR PROGRAM
Four Biblical days!

Day 1: Philippi – Zigatis River (Baptism Site of St. Lydia) - Neapolis (Kavala)

Arrive in Thessalonica or Kavala airport. Transfer to the ancient city of Philippi, named after the King of Macedonia Phillip, father of Alexander the Great. That  was first place in Europe that Christianity was preached by Saint Paul. Our next stop is the Baptism Site of Saint Lydia, where Saint Paul baptized Saint Lydia, the first Christian convert in Europe. Transfer to Kavala (ancient Neapolis) to see the ‘Step of Apostle Paul’, a memorial monument for Saint Paul’s presence and vision. We will also visit the Citadel of Kavala, the Church of Theotokos (Panagia), and the impressive Aqueduct, constructed by Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th century A.D. Check in our hotel and dinner.

Day 2: Via Egnatia - Thessalonica

Breakfast and check out. We will stop outside of Kavala, on the slopes of Mountain St. Silas (named after St. Paul’s companion), where there is a panoramic view of Kavala that honours Saint Paul as its Patron Saint and a part of Via Egnatia. In Thessalonica we will stop on the base of the White Tower, the Arch of Galerius and the nearby Rotunda. Our next stop is on the Roman Forum of Thessalonica. Short break for lunch. Our last visit will be on the Church of Saint Demetrius the Great Martyr, who is the Patron Saint of Thessalonica Check in our hotel, dinner, free time, overnight rest.

Day 3: Veria – Vergina – Thessalonica

Breakfast and transfer to the ancient city of Vergina (Aigai). We will visit the Polycentric Museum, hosting significant treasures, and we will complete our sightseeing at the palace of Aigai, which is, together with the Parthenon, the most significant building of classical Greece. Transfer to Veria, and the Step of Apostle Paul, a monument build on the place where according to tradition Saint Paul preached in the ancient city of Veroia. Free time for lunch. On our way back to Thessaloniki, we will visit the paleo-christianic Byzantine Ramparts of Trigonon and Eptapyrgion, build by early-Byzantine Christian emperors, and the fountain of Apostle Paul, where according to tradition he stopped to be freshened before leaving the city. Transfer to hotel and diner, free time, overnight stay.

Day 4: Thessalonika - Tranfer to the airport.

Breakfast, Free time in Thessaloniki. Explore this magnificent city, do your shopping, take photos, eat at a tavern and mingle with the friendly locals. Checkout and transfer to airport of Thessalonica or Kavala.

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Thassos

An island with crystal beaches and lush greenery, Thassos is the northernmost island of the Aegean Sea, very close to the coasts of the mainland. Ideal for family and relaxing holidays, Thassos island has gorgeous beaches, either organized or totally secluded. The mountainous villages in the inland have traditional architecture, with stone houses, paved streets and grey-tiled roofs. The surrounding landscape is great for trekking with paths leading to abandoned places, castle ruins and caves.

Thassos Activities

  • Water Sports
  • Horse Riding
  • Scuba Diving
  • Around Thassos by boat or cruise boat
  • Hiking
  • Jeep Safari 4×4
  • Fishing
  • Snorcelling

Mount Athos

The largest and most important monastic state in the Orthodox East is also named ‘the garden of the Virgin Mary’. The monastic state of Athos, which occupies the easternmost, wildest ‘leg’ of the three-pronged Halkidiki peninsula, Mount Athos is the second-most important religious place of pilgrimage, after Jerusalem, for the more than 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide.

Now hosting 20 monasteries, Mount Athos forms an autonomous region within the Greek state, while spiritually it falls under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Although it is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, all females are forbidden entry. But any adult may visit the Holy Mountain, regardless of faith or nationality, simply by obtaining a Diamonitirion or residence permit.

  • Half Day Cruise around Mount Athos
  • Ouranoupolis Visit
  • Male –Only Tour inside Mount Athos (1-6 days)
  1. Explore Mount Athos and the Monasteries
  2. Communing with the monks and absorb the Divine Nature
  3. Visit the Monastery of Great Lavra
  4. A glance into Monastery life

Halkidiki

  1. Halkidiki

Halkidiki has two tourism high-developed island-like peninsulas, namely Kassandra and Sithonia. It is a family-friendly destination combining evergreen forests with unique sandy and rocky beaches.

Halkidiki Activities

  • Petralona
  • Waterland
  • Cruise to Mount Athos from Ormos Panagias
  • Kassandra Round – Jeep Safari 4χ4
  • Scuba diving in Kassandra and Sithonia
  • Watersports etc

Sailing Cruises

  • Full day sailing cruise to Toroneos (Paliouri)
  • Half day sailing cruise to Kelyfos island (Paliouri)
  • Sunset sailing cruise (Paliouri)
  • Romantic Sailing Sunset – Sithonia (Nikiti)
  • Halkidiki Sailing boat trip, Neos Marmaras

Corfu

Corfu is something you you have to discover slowly, day after day… You will be impressed by long sandy beaches, marvelous bay, picturesque mountain villages, large olive tree forests and the old town with its ancient stones and hidden lovely places.  You’ll find this and more in a modern island that still seduces the visitors with its charm and its old traditions of a glorious past.

  • Festivals and Summer Events
  • All day Cruise Paxos & AntiPaxos
  • Windsurfing
  • Snorkelling/Diving
  • Walking trails
  • Kastro
  • Megali Ammos Beach
  • Wineries
  • Old Town & Achilleion Palace
  • Shopping
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