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6-Day Apostle Paul Footsteps | Biblical Greece 2021 Details

“For we walk by faith, not by sight,” wrote the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians.

Our 6-Day Apostle Paul Footsteps & Biblical Greece 2021 is a religious and major archaeological sights tour where you retrace the many missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul in Greece.

Both pilgrimage and picturesque journey this private tour leads you to many significant sites of the New Testament as well as some of the most prominent archaeological sights.

Highlights of this extraordinary 6-day private tour from Athens:

Acropolis Athens Greece
Acropolis, Parthenon Temple

Visit the monuments of ancient Athens (Acropolis, Ancient and Roman Agora)

Walk up the Mars Hill where Paul delivered his “Men of Athens” speech.

Explore Corinth Canal and Ancient Corinth and the Bema where Apostle Paul preached

Make stops at Nafpaktos, Galaxidi, Arachova

Delve into UNESCO Delphi & Museum

See top monasteries in UNESCO Meteora and learn about the resident monks

Visit Vergina, one of the most impressive palaces in Classical Greece. Explore the ancient cities that Paul preached: Veria, Neapoli, Philippi, Amphipolis. Walk around Thessaloniki’s ancient walls where Paul escaped. Explore Thessaloniki’s many ancient and medieval sights. Feast on local Greek cuisine and fine wine in traditional tavernas.

 

Departure & Return Location

Your Hotel , Athens Airport , Piraeus Port

Departure Time

10 Minutes Before Event Time

Price Includes

  • Free airport pick up and return (the same day of the tour)
  • Free residence/hotel/ port pick up and return
  • Private and Exclusive Luxurious Transfer
  • Professional English speaking experienced tour driver(live commentary)
  • Brand new luxury vehicles with WiFi and A/C
  • Free chilled mineral water for every passenger

Price Excludes

  • For your 5-night accommodation: 4-star or Boutique hotels (depending on availability and season).
  • Licensed Guide Service Fee
  • Meals and drinks
  • Admission fees into archaeological sites - (from Nov 1 - March 31 fee is half price)
  • Your tour driver can not escort you into the sites
  • Gratuities

Accessibility

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate, no health restrictions
Itinerary

DAY 1 Acropolis, Areopagus, Ancient Agora, Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, Kechree, Rio Antirio bridge, Nafpaktos, Galaxidi

After your pick up, we visit Apostle Paul’s first destination: Acropolis Hill with Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Erechtheion and the Nike Temples. 

Apostle Paul had discussions with the locals about the death of Jesus on the cross and his resurrection. Admission Fee: 20 euro per person

Areopagus or Mars Hill

Exactly across the official exit of Acropolis Athens site, stands

Athens Christian Tour
Mars Hill or Aeropagus Hill

Areopagus Hill. At Acts 17:22-31 is mentioned that Apostle Paul stood in the middle of the Areopagus and gave his famous speech to the “UNKNOWN GOD”. Free Admission.

On our way to Ancient Agora, we will stroll in Plaka old city and stop by the Roman Agora and Adrian’s Library.  Ancient Agora most prominent sites are the magnificent Temple of Hephaestus and Stoa of Attalos. Admission Fee: 10 euro per person

Roman AgoraThe next stop is Corinth Canal, a six and a half kilometres canal separating the Aegean Sea from the Ionian sea. Free Admission.

Twenty minutes later, you will arrive at Ancient Corinth with the famous Temple of Apollo and the Bema, where Apostle Paul preached the word of Christian God to local Corinthians, Jewish and Romans.

Apostle Paul stayed in Corinth for 18 months. Admission Fee: 8 euro per person

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Epistle to Corinthians

Apostle Paul is the patron saint of Corinth and Corinthians built an impressive church in his honour, the Church of Apostle Paul, which you will visit in modern Corinth.

Apostle Paul, bid goodbye to his friends as he set off to Syria from Kechree port to continue his work on spreading Christianity in the Mediterranean. Free Admission.

Nafpaktos

After Corinth, we cross the Rio Antirio Bridge and enter the western mainland.  Our first stop is Nafpaktos, a scenic little Venetian port where you can have a coffee or tea at the port.

  • Next, we drive to Galaxidi and Delphi where we stay overnight at 4-star or Boutique hotels, like Ganimede in Galaxidi or Nidimos in Delphi, depending on availability.

DAY 2Delphi, Arachova, Thermopylae, Kalambaka

Your second tour day begins with Delphi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sites of Delphi include the Temple of Apollo, the Amphictyonic Council, the Siphnian Treasury, the Theatre, the Tholos, the Gymnasium and the Stadium.

The Delphi museum exhibits masterpieces from the sight, including the famous Charioteer, the Sphinx of the Naxians, and the statues of Kleobis and Biton. Admission Fee: 12 euro

For lunch, we have chosen the traditional tavern “To Patriko mas” which combine an astounding view of the vast olive tree valley and sea with exceptional food and service.

After lunch, we will stop at Arachova, a very popular ski resort village.

The next stop is Thermopylae and the Historical Centre of the battlefield of 300 Spartans. There we meteoracan see the statue of Leonidas, king of Sparta as a memorial of the battle. Admission Fee: 3 euro 

The next destination is Kalambaka. You will check in your rooms and we will transport you to Meteora Rocks to watch the stunning sunset over the imposing Monasteries.

Overnight rest at 4-star or Boutique Hotels like Guesthouse Iridanos.

DAY 3Meteora Monasteries, Vergina, Veria

On the third day of your tour,  you will  2 or 3 of the Meteora monasteries, depending on the day and time we are visiting.

Meteora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meteora monasteries date from the 14th century and are unique in the world because of the amazing treasure of Byzantine and Christian items you can witness.

There is a 3 euro fee to enter each of the monasteries and proper attire is required. Women must wear skirts below the knees though in some monasteries these are provided for women in shorts or slacks. Men’s arms must be covered and they must wear long pants.

After your visit to the Monasteries, you will descend to Kalambaka and have lunch at its main street with traditional and family-run small taverns. After your lunch, we will set off to Vergina.

Vergina, another UNESCO site, was the first capital of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia. You will visit the palaces, the ancient theatre, the Royal Macedonian Tombs and the Museum. Admission Fee: 12 euro

Next stop will be Veria, another town evangelized by Paul (Acts 17: 10-14). We will visit the ancient synagogue where we will see the Byzantine mosaic in the monument commemorating his preaching. 

 

The spot in Veria where it is said that Paul stood and preached, the so-called “Apostle Paul’s Podium” is now an imposing monument. Free Admission.

DAY 4Pella, Amphipolis, Kavala

After breakfast, we leave Veria and drive for about an hour where we reach the vast Archaeological sight of Pella and its distinct Museum. The Pella Museum won the “Traveller’s Choice Award” for 2020 from Trip Advisor. Admission Fee: 4 euro 

Next stop is Amphipolis, an ancient Greek city on the Strymon River colonized by Athens. 

The most impressive monuments are Kasta Tomb a memorial dedicated to the dearest friend of Alexander the Great, Hephaestion.

The Lion of Amphipolis, a monumental tomb sculpture, set up in honour of Laomedon of Mytilene, an important general of Alexander the Great, king of Macedon. Admission Fee: 6 euro 

Dinner and Overnight at Kavala, at Galaxy Hotel with majestic sea and Castle views.

DAY 5Kavala, Philippoi, Thessaloniki

On your 5th tour day, you will visit Philippi where Apostle Paul preached. One of the first to be baptized there was Lydia, a noblewoman from Thyateira of Asia Minor.

In Philippi, Paul and Silas were accused of provoking abnormalities in the city and for having habits unusual for the Romans. The two men were caned and imprisoned but managed to flee to Thessaloniki. Entrance fees 6 euro.

Next, we will continue to the ancient city of Neapolis, the first European city to accept Christianity. We will see the Roman Aqueduct and the ruins of the Acropolis in this beautifully located city, known since the 5th century as Kavala.

 

Apostle Paul Church in Thessaloniki
Apostle Paul Church in Thessaloniki

After a drive of about 2 hours, we will reach Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-biggest city and with exceptional history throughout the centuries. Apostle Paul and Silas reached Thessaloniki in the fall of 48AD. 

You will visit the Orthodox Church of  St. Paul a symbol of Apostle Paul’s visit to Thessaloniki

Apostle Paul’s Holy Water. In the area, used to be a spring and the rumours say that Apostle Paul stopped to drink some water

Thessaloniki’s popular sights:  famous White Tower by the sea,  the Roman Forum, the Rotunda, the Arch of Galerius (known as “Kamara”), the church of Agios Dimitrios with its underground catacombs and the Castle of Thessaloniki, called The Heptapyrgion.

DAY 6Thessaloniki, Dion

After your breakfast and if there is time, you can take a short walk at the famous Thessaloniki promenade. Later, your driver will take you to visit the archaeological site and the museum of Dion.

Dion sight is very large and the excavation of the area has brought to light a fortified city, and buildings like private residences, public buildings, shops, and a large number of workshops. 

You will see the Sanctuary of Zeus Olympios, of Demeter, of Isis, the Great thermae of Dion, the Villa of Dionysos, the Ancient and Roman Theatres, the Necropolis and the Church of Agios Dimitrios.

Entrance fee 8 euros.

kamena-vourla-restaurantAfter the impressive site of Dion, we will start our return trip to Athens. Our final stop is at Kammena Vourla seaside village where we will offer you, our courtesy, an afternoon coffee or tea by the sea view. 

Finally, upon arriving in Athens, we can drop you off at the airport or your residence. 

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