FOOTSTEPS OF ST. PAUL
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11
Days
10
Nights

DAY 1 I ATHENS
Welcome to the capital of Greece, Athens, Birthplace of Democracy and referred to as the cradle of Western civilization. Meeting, assistance and transfer to our hotel. Evening starts with a brief orientation and thanksgiving prayer, followed by a Welcome Dinner. (D)

DAY 2 I ATHENS I CORINTH I ATHENS
Today's city tour includes: the Constitution Square 'aka-Syntagma', the House of Parliament, the Monument of the Unknown Soldiers and on to the so called 'Neoclassical Trilogy ' (Academy, University, National Library). Continue on to Hadrian's Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Photo stop at the Panathenaic Stadium, the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble and where the first Modern Olympic Games in 1896 were held. Then, on to Acropolis to visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erectheion and finally the 'harmony between material and spirit', the monument that "puts order in the mind", the Parthenon. Next visit is to Mars Hill 'aka' Hill of Ares (Acts 17: 16-34) where St. Paul addressed the religious idolatry of the Greeks who even had an altar to the "Unknown God". Continue to Plaka, a village with narrow cobblestone streets lined with tiny shops selling jewelry, cloths, etc. and sidewalk cafes and family-run tavernas. After lunch, we'll drive taking the road along the Saronic Gulf to Ancient Corinth, the largest, richest, and pleasure-loving city of Greece in the 3rd century BC, where St. Paul lived and preached for 2 years (Acts 18 & Letters to the Corinthians). The remains of the city Angora (market place) and Apollo's Temple (6th century BC) clearly shows how rich and important Corinth was in the ancient times. Kehries, where St. Paul disembarked will conclude our visit. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 I ATHENS I THESSALONIKI
Early drive to the 2nd largest city in Greece and the capital of the province of Macedonia (Acts 17: 17 - St. Paul reasoned with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks). The tour starts by viewing the White Tower, a historical landmark monument and museum on the waterfront of the city of Thessaloniki. Then visit St. Demetrios Basilica 'aka' Agios Demitrios, erected in the 5th century AD, suffered a tragic fire in 1917, and was restored in 1948. Drive along Egnatia Street (elegant shop fronts) and view the Arch of Gallerius and St George's Rotonda. Last stop is to the well preserved Byzantine Basilica of St. Sophia (Holy Wisdom), an 8th century structure, rich in mosaics and frescoes. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 I THESSALONIKI I PHILIPPI I KAVALA I THESSALONIKI
Morning drive to Kavala (ancient Neapolis), the port where St. Paul landed with Timothy and Silas and the European land that St. Paul stepped on to preach the Gospel and to spread Christianity. It was for this reason, during the Byzantine time, that it was renamed Christoupolis. Then on to Philippi (named after King Philip 11, father of Alexander the great) and the city visited by St. Paul, where he was guided by a vision (Acts 16: 9-10). It was in Philippi that St. Paul won his first European convert, a woman named Lydia. Visit the Baptistery of Lydia, the market place (where St. Paul and Silas were brought before the rulers), and the cistern where St. Paul was imprisoned. His exorcism of a demon from a slave girl caused a great uproar in the city, which led to St. Paul and Silas' arrest and public beating (Acts 16 -24). We'll also visit the Amphipolis, the famous starting point of Alexander the Great on his mission to 'conquer the world'. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 I THESSALONIKI I VERIA I KALAMBAKA
Our first visit is the Church of the Resurrection of Christ from the 14th century AD. St. Paul visited Veria twice: in 56 AD and at the beginning of 57 AD during his journey from Asia Minor to Greece. Today, the spot where St. Paul preached the Christian faith is now the so called 'St. Paul's Tribune', included in our visit too. Continue our drive to Vergina, a small town that became internationally famous in 1977, when the Greek archaeologist Manolis Andronikos unearthed what he claimed was the burial site of the Kings of Macedon, including the tomb of Philip 11, father of Alexander the Great. We'll visit the excavation site now under the UWH. We then journey to Kalambaka, which lies at the western edge of Thessalian plain, where the great peaks of the Sindos range have their origin, and at the foot of the gigantic rocks of Meteora, 'The Rock of the Holy Spirit'. This place has marvelously preserved the amazing site of monasteries, hidden in and among the cliffs. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 I KALAMBAKA I DELPHI
This morning visit the Meteora Monasteries, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air. Serene, spiritual, magical, mystical, extraordinary, breathtaking, immense, inspiring, impressive are among the word to describe the Meteora phenomenon. A unique experience of nature's grandeur in conjunction with history, architecture and man's everlasting desire to connect with the Divine. Continue on to Delphi. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 I DELPHI I ATHENS
Today we tour Delphi, once believed as the center or 'Naval' of the Earth, and also one of the most well-known spots in ancient Greece, made famous by the Delphic Oracle which was believed to have the power to tell the truth, justified by the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios, home of the 'Oracle' at a truly beautiful mountainous site. We'll also visit the Treasury of the Athenians and Delphi Museum, which hosts valuable pieces of art like the famous bronze charioteer. Then drive to Arachova, a small mountainous picturesque village famous for its traditional dairy products, hand woven colorful rugs and carpets (short stop) and drive back to Athens. (B,L,D)

DAY 8 I ATHENS I CRUISE TO MYKONOS
Check out of the hotel and transfer to Piraeus Port for embarkation on LOUIS OLYMPIA sailing at 11:00 AM to Mykonos and in Mykonos from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM with time at leisure on the beloved island of the international 'Jet-Setters'. Known for its whitewashed cubic houses, windmills and chapels, the wonderful sandy beaches, shops, galleries and the incredible night life, explore the town's winding narrow streets and/or enjoy a drink at little Venice. (B,L,D)

DAY 9 I CRUISE TO KUSADASI, TURKEY AND PATMOS
Arrived at the port of Kusadasi at 7:00 AM on the Turkish coast. Excursion to the ancient city of Ephesus or stroll around the city and its port. Ship sets sail at 12:00 NOON to Patmos and stays from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM in this holy island where St. John the Divine wrote the book of Revelations. Optional visit to St. John Monastery & Grotto of Apocalypse is available. (B,L,D)

DAY 10 I CRUISE TO CRETE AND SANTORINI
Arrived Heraklion, the capital of Crete. Visit the Palace of Knossos and its famous 'Labyrinth' which was the center of the Minoan civilization. At 4:30 PM call at Santorini, the volcanic island of Cyclades. Admire the spectacular caldera view, created by the eruption of the close by islet's volcano in the ancient times and the white washed houses perched on the edge. Enjoy the breath-taking panorama and the world famous sunset in Oia. (B,L,D)

DAY 11 I ATHENS TO USA
Disembark and transfer to Athens airport for our departure flight home. (B)

(B) - Breakfast, (L) - Lunch, (D) - Dinner
 Hotel and Itinerary are subject to change.
  • Hotel accommodation for 7 nights
  • 4 days/3 nights cruise, inside cabin, category IB
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily
  • Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach with English speaking guide
  • Full day tour of Athens & Corinth, including entrance fees & lunch at a local restaurant (excluding drinks)
  • 5 days of sightseeing, including entrance fees as per itinerary
  • 2 shore excursions on the cruise:
    - Ancient Ephesus through the Ages - Hellenistic/Roman
    - Minoan Palace of Knossos - 1st European Civilization
  • All Inclusive drink package on the cruise
  • Arrival & departure transfers in Athens (airport-hotel, hotel-port, and port-airport)
  • Porterage at port

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