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Greece (9 Days): "Follow the Steps of Paul from Philippi to Corinth"

Greece (9 Days): "Follow the Steps of Paul from Philippi to Corinth"

Thessaloniki - Veria –  Philippi - Kavala - Meteora - Kalambaka - Delphi - Athens - Corinth

Steps of Paul ThessalonikiDay 1 - Arrive Thessaloniki, Greece.
Connect flight to Thessaloniki. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon FREE, dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.


Day 2 – Thessaloniki
After breakfast you will start a guided city-tour. Paul preached in Thessaloniki during the winters of 49-50 AD and wrote two epistles to the ancient Thessalonians. The New Testament books of I & II Thessalonians will come alive to us today. Visit the old city ramparts; the newly excavated Forum, St. George Church, an ancient Roman monument which was transformed into a church; and the Galerios Arch which rises over the famous Via Egnatia. You will see two of the beautiful basilicas in the city of St. Demetrius, dedicated to a distinguished member of the Roman army and a martyred Christian convert, and St. Sophia. Afternoon Free time to relax, dinner - overnight.


Veria Steps of PaulDay 3:Thessaloniki/Veria
After breakfast your next visit will be the ancient site of Pela [Alexander's capital] and its famous mosaics. Continue our visit to Veria to view the synagogue where Paul preached, the Bema surrounded by mosaics of Paul and the plaque of scripture regarding the "more noble" church. Next stop will be a visit at King Phillips tomb in Vergina. Return to Thessaloniki, free time to relax, dinner – overnight.

Phillippi, Kavala, Thessaloniki
Today you will start with a visit to Philippi where Paul delivered his first sermon in Europe, sowing the seeds of Christianity. "And from there (He went) to Philippi, which is the leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman Colony. We remained in this city some days..." Acts 16:12-18 Here Paul baptized a certain woman named Lydia, the first Christian convert in Europe. The Roman forum, completely excavated, is from after Paul's time. Among the ruins, located on the rocky ledge above the town's main road is the prison where Paul and Silas were thrown. Continue into the modern port city of Kavala, ancient Neapolis, where Paul accompanied by Silas, Luke and Timothy, first set foot in Europe. Return to Thessaloniki - Dinner and overnight.

Meteora Steps of PaulDay 4 - Thessaloniki, Meteora
Morning departure from the hotel for Kalambaka and the Meteora Monasteries among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks that seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless monasteries where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art Their history goes back to the 14th century when the monks sought refuge in the Cliffside caves then fled higher to build the original wooden shelters, later transformed into monasteries giving them isolation and spiritual salvation. They are veritable Byzantine museums exhibiting superb icons, old manuscripts and unique mosaics and frescoes. After visiting some of the most important still active Monasteries, dinner and overnight in Kalampaka.

Day 5 - Kalampaka - Delphi
After breakfast free time to explore the picturesque town of Kalampaka, before you continue to the lovely mountain region of Delphi. Here you will gain a greater understanding of the Greek religious heritage and their influence on the early Christian church. - Arrive at the hotel, dinner and overnight.

Delpi Steps of PaulDay 6 - Delphi - Athens
Early morning you will have a journey to the center of the ancient world, believed to be the "navel of the earth”, whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic world. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Phthios. Visit the site and the museum and continue to Athens." Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription " to an unknown God”. What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you…”. Athens, is one of the most glorious cities in the world and the cradle of western civilization as we know it today. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Athens Steps of PaulDay 7 - Athens
In the morning, you will visit the Acropolis. For twenty five centuries, the panorama of this city is dominated by the rock of the Acropolis; we see the ruins of the Parthenon, the Erectheum and the Propylae. Afterwards, we will ascend Mars Hill where Paul spoke to the ancient Athenians about the one and only God. From here we have an excellent view of the ancient agora; former center of the Athenian public life.  Continue for a drive through the city to see the House of Parliament on Syntagma Square, the evzones in their picturesque uniforms guarding the Presidential Palace and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You will also see the Library, the University, the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympics of the modern era were held, the temple of the Olympian Zeus and Adrian's Arch.

Corinth Steps of PaulDay 8 - Athens - Excursion to Corinth   
Early morning you will depart for an excursion to the Peloponnese and tour Ancient Corinth. Here, under the shadow of the towering Acropolis, St. Paul preached and lived for two years. The vigorous and mostly Gentile Church he founded here in 50 AD caused him much grief and prompted him to write, at least, four letters to them. Visit the ruins of the ancient city where Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla. See the remains of the first century shops, the agora where Paul's trial by Gallio took place, the Fountain of Peirene, Temple of Apollo and the Bema. Return to Athens for dinner and overnight.

Day 9 – Departure 
Transfer to Airport for return flight home.

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