Following the steps of St. Paul
7 Days / 6 nights
Day 1. Arrival at Thessaloniki and transfer to the hotel.
Day 2. Today we visit the place where Apostle Paul established the first Christian church in Europe, the city of Philippi. Here he met Lydia, the first convert to Christianity on european soil. We shall visit the river where Lydia was baptised, the ancient forum and the jail where Paul and Silas were kept. Here as they were praising God, they were miraculously freed and the jailer believed and was baptized.We start our way back stoping at the beautiful city of Kavala (Neapolis) mentioned by St. Paul. Return to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Morning tour of Thessaloniki before continuing for Berea. Paul came here and preached before arriving in Thessaloniki, a great city with extraordinary beautiful byzantine churches. We continue via Vergina and finish our day at Kalambaka with Meteora, the huge grey rocks with the monasteries on top. We visit two of the Byzantine monasteries standing there for more than a thousand years. The setting is breathtakingly beautiful and the experience unforgetable. Overnight and dinner in Kalambaka.
Day 4. This morning we start our drive South to Deplhi "the centre of the ancient world". We visit the museum and the site where the priestess pythia was predicting the future and gave her famous oracles. Overnight in Athens.
Day 5. Morning walking tour to the ancient city of Athens, visiting the Hill of the Acropolis with the Parthenon etc. and the rock of Areios Pagus where Paul in Greek preached to the Athenian philosophers about the "uknown God". Afternoon is free and early evening we work the way up to the Lycabettus Hill for a splendid view of Athens.
Day 6. We start our trip driving south of Athens to Corinth. After a stop at Corinth canal we visit the ancient city of Corinth where Paul lived and preached for two years. The 1st and 2nd epistles now part of the New Testament were sent to this local church. We visit the small port of ancient Corinth, mentioned in Paul's letter to the Christians at Rome sent to them by Phoebe and because this was the place Paul sailed later to Ephesus. Then we proceed to Mycenae to visit the remains of the prehistoric citadel fortified with the Cyclopean Walls, the Lions' Gate, the remains of the Mycenaean Palace and the Tomb of King Agamemnon. We visit Nauplia, a picturesque town first Capital of Modern Greece, continue to the open theatre of Epidaurus and return to Athens early in the evening.
Day 7. Transfer to the airport for departure.
From here on you can arrange your trip choosing between: * staying 1 or 2 extra days in Athens, * taking a 3,4 or 7 days cruise to the Greek islands, or * continuing your holiday with an island hopping package.