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APOSTLE PAUL's
BIBLICAL JOURNEY
IN GREECE

“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)

Apostle Paul constitutes a remarkable personality for the Christian religion, although he never belonged to Jesus’ 12 Disciples cycle. He spread the word of Christianity more than anybody else and for this reason he was named “Equal-to-the-Apostles” and “Apostle of the Nations”. His journey in Greece is a route that can touch not only the believers but also everybody who loves history. “The Route that Apostle Paul Followed in Greece” passes through most of the places where the Apostle preached and constitutes an ideal combination of pilgrimage and sightseeing in some of the most beautiful places in Greece.

Starting from:
€POA
Optional Extensions:
  • National Archaeological Museum - Sounio
  • Athens Panoramic tour, New Acropolis Museum and Filipapou Hill
  • Athens Acropolis / walking tour
  • One day cruise to Argo-Saronic Gulf
  • Samos
  • Patmos
  • Selected Cyclades Islands
  • Halkidiki
  • Mount Athos
  • Skiathos - Skopelos - Alonnisos
  • Thassos
TOUR PROGRAM
Eight Biblical days!

Day 1: Arrival – Philippi – Kavala

Transfer to the ancient city of Philippi, the first place in Europe where Christianity was preached and St Paul was also was imprisoned. Our next visit is the Baptism Site of Saint Lydia, where Saint Paul baptized the first Christian convert and established the first Christian Church in Europe. On our way to Kavala, we will see a remaining part of the Via Egnatia that St Paul walked on, and visit St Paul’s memorial monument and other sightseeing. Overnight stay in Kavala.

Day 2: Amphipolis – Apollonia – Thessaloniki

On our way to Thessaloniki, we will visit Amphipolis and pass from Apollonia that are referred to the Acts of Apostles as places St Paul had gone to. In Thessaloniki we will visit the Arch of Galerius and his Rotunda that was designed to be his mausoleum but eventually was made a Christian temple. Visit on the Church of Saint Demetrius, a local emblematic martyr during the Diocletian prosecutions that has been used since the 4th century as a place of Christian worship. Overnight stay in Thessaloniki.

Day 3: Thessaloniki

As Thessaloniki is enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage List for its Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments, we will visit the award-winning Museum of Byzantine Culture. Continue to the emblematic White Tower and to the Upper City, where we will visit the fountain that St Paul according to tradition stopped before leaving the city, and the Tower of Trigonion to admire the spectacular view. Visits to the Roman Forum, the ancient center of political and public life, and the Hagia Sophia, an impressive 8th century AD domed basilica. Overnight stay in Thessaloniki.

Day 4: Vergina – Pella - Veroia – Kalampaka

Visit the archaeological site of Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great, who paved the way for Christianity. We will continue with a visit at the archaeological site of Vergina-Aigai, containing a Palace that is considered to be not only the biggest but, together with the Parthenon, the most significant building of classical Greece. Visit the Step of Apostle Paul in Veroia, where according to tradition St Paul preached. Overnight stay in Kalampaka.

Day 5: Meteora – Delphi

Visit to Meteora, one of the most impressive and peculiar places in Greece. Meteora consists of a cluster of huge dark rocks, on tops of which some of the most spectacularly monasteries in the Orthodox world are built. We will visit and explore 3 of the most impressive and significant monasteries, namely Varlaam, Great Meteoron and St. Stephen. Overnight stay at Delphi.

Day 6: Delphi – Hosios Lukas – Athens

Visit the ancient site of Delphi, the religious centre and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world. In our tour we will admire the temple of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Sacred Way, the theater, the famous statues of Charioteer of Delphi and Dioscuroi, etc. Visit the Monastery of Hosios Loukas, a Byzantine architecture and art masterpiece. Overnight stay at Athens.

Day 7: Athens

Visit at the archaeological site of Acropolis with its monuments, the universal symbols of the classical spirit and civilization. We will visit the Parthenon, the Erechtheum, the Temple of Athena Nike and the monumental Propylaea. We will then ascend the Areopagus Mars Hill, where St. Paul preached to the Athenians. We’ll continue on to the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of the Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the National Gardens, the Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the University of Athens, and finally the National Library. Take a walk through the enchanting Plaka and pass by some of the city’s most precious Byzantine churches afterwards. Overnight stay in Athens.

Day 8: Athens – Corinth – Athens

Following Athens, Paul went to Corinth where he lived and worked for 18 months as a tent maker while spreading the word of God. We will visit the ruins of the ancient city, the Temple of Apollo, the Fountain of Peirene, the Agora where Paul’s trial by Gallio took place and also to the famous Bema stands. Overnight stay in Athens.

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National Archaeological Museum - Sounio

This morning, we’ll visit the National Archaeological Museum that houses the Antikythera mechanism, known as the Antikythera astrolabe or analogue computer. Later on we’ll go by the coastal road (Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza) to Cape Sounion where we’ll be mesmorised by the ruins of the ancient Greek Temple of Poseidon (5th century BC), and enjoy the awesome panoramic view. Return to Athens for overnight stay.

Athens Panoramic tour, New Acropolis Museum and Filipapou Hill

Breakfast and a panoramic city acquaintance tour by our bus in Athens. We’ll see the former Royal Palace, the Stadium, Gardens of Zappeion, Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. The Theatre of Dionysus, Syntagma Square, Parliament, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Academy, the University, and the National Library while finally we’ll stroll towards Athens’ Cathedral. We continue our sightseeing tour to New Acropolis Museum and then we ‘ll  move on to Filopappou Hill.

Athens Acropolis / walking tour

Today’s tour includes a guided visit at the archaeological site of Acropolis, the sacred rock of Athens. Upon this rock and during the Golden Century of Pericles, the ancient Greek thought and civilization was expressed in an ideal way and some of its top monuments were built. We continue to Monastiraki known as a Flea Market due to its many antique shops. Moving on to Plaka, the most historical neighborhood of Athens that has been continuously inhabited since antiquity.

One day cruise to Argo-Saronic Gulf

Breakfast and departure for Palaio Faliro, where we’ll take the cruise-boat for a day cruise to Aegina, Poros and Hydra islands. We’ll stay in each island as per the ship’s itinerary; have lunch on board and get entertained with dances and songs from the orchestra onboard. The cruise will end in the evening. Transfer to the hotel and later on we’ll attend either a theater performance or dance alongside the familiar melodies of bouzouki.

Samos

Famous nowadays for its sweet local wine, Samos enjoyed a glorious past. It is birthplace of Hera, of Pythagoras and the 4thcentury BC philosopher Epicurus. It is home to Pythagoreion and the Heraion of Samos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes the Eupalinian aqueduct, a marvel of ancient engineering. The island’s beaches cater to all tastes. Ranging from cosmopolitan to remote, some are covered with fine sand, others with pebbles.

Discover the island’s sightseeings and visit the picturesque villages with many organized tours and excursions on offer. Summer is littered with festivals and celebrations, namely the Feast of Agia Marina and the Fishermen and Wine festivals – all held in the summer. Windsurfing, kite surfing, scuba diving and all sorts of outdoor activities & water sports will make your visit to Samos unforgettable.

Patmos – The Island of Revelation

As the island is small and quiet, there are hardly any organized activities to do. Patmos is ideal for total relaxation at the beach or in the countryside. It is here in the Cave of Apocalypse that St John composed both his Gospel and the Apocalypse. The monastery of St. Ioannis Theologos, the Cave of the Apocalypse and the medieval settlement of Chora constitute an exceptional example of Greek Orthodox pilgrimage centre.

Swimming in the wonderfully secluded beaches of Patmos is a life changing experience. Enjoy a day under the hot sun and in the afternoon have lunch in the seaside taverns. In the evening, have a drink in a lounge café-bat under the stars. Another enjoyable activity in Patmos island is hiking. Many old footpaths cross the island and lead to tony chapels, small settlements, lonely beaches and hilltops with breathtaking sea views.

Selected Cyclades Islands

  • Upon request we can prepare similar programs to other islands in Cyclades like Naxos and Paros or the Argo-Saronic Gulf in Attica (Aegina, Poros and Hydra).
  • Please be advised that accommodation prices and domestic transfer costs will differ depending on the island of choice. This will also depend upon the season of booking, the size of the group and the amenities/program requested.
  • The islands in Greece and particularly Cyclades are extremely popular and the demand is great. Please do keep this in mind when planning for such a program.

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

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

Skiathos - Skopelos - Alonnisos

Skiathos is famous for the golden beaches, the green nature and the vivid atmosphere, Skiathos Greece is a favourite destination for both youth and families. Skopelos is a handsome island of pine forests, vineyards, olive groves, and orchards of plums and almonds, which find their way into many local dishes. Alonnisos rises from the sea in a mountain of greenery, with stands of Aleppo pine, kermes oak, mastic and arbutus bushes, vineyards, olive and fruit trees, threaded with perfumy patches of wild herbs.

Skiathos  activities

  • Maritime and Culture Tradition Museum
  • Akkiton Open-Air Cinema
  • Carousel Cruise
  • Snorkelling
  • Walking trails
  • Kastro
  • Megali Ammos Beach
  • Mountain Biking
  • Walking tour of Skiathos Town
  • Shop in Skiathos Town
  • Riding Centre in Koukounaries
  • Watersports etc

Skopelos & Alonnisos  activities

  • Skopelos Town
  • Glossa
  • Old Alonnisos
  • Patitiri

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
  • Snorkelling
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