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Following the footsteps of Saint Paul. “For we walk by faith, not by sight,” wrote the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians. On this religious tour of Greece, you’ll stroll, skip, and sail by faith as you retrace the many missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul after he saw the light in Damascus. Both pilgrimage and picturesque journey, this land and cruise tour to mainland Greece and the Greek Isles leads you to many significant sites of the New Testament as well as some of the most magnificent sights of the Mediterranean. Scripture will take on new meaning as you visit the ancient communities where Paul established churches – and to whom he penned his epistles, including the Thessalonians, Philippians, Corinthians, and Ephesians.
Our Footsteps of Paul pilgrimage tour encompasses the following journey:
Footsteps of St Paul pilgrimage tour starts at Thessaloniki, a Greek port city on the Thermaic Gulf of the Aegean Sea. Evidence of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman history remains, especially around Ano Poli, the upper town.
We will visit the White Tower, (the symbol of the city), the Church of St. Dimitrios, Arch of Galerius, Rotunda, Upper City, Citadel, Byzantine Walls, Roman Agora. We will also visit the Archaeological Museum and see artifacts that have a bearing on the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians and Paul’s ministry in this city (Acts 17:1-9).
Kavala is a city in northern Greece, the principal seaport of eastern Macedonia and the capital of Kavala regional unit. It is situated on the Bay of Kavala, across from the island of Thasos and on the Egnatia motorway, a one-and-a-half-hour drive to Thessaloniki.
We will drive to Kavala (Biblical Neapolis) where the Apostle Paul and his team first landed in Greece (Acts 16:11-12). We will view the ancient harbour of Neapolis and then walk to the church dedicated to the landing of Paul in Greece.
Philippi was a major Greek city northwest of the nearby island, Thasos. Its original name was Crenides after its establishment by Thasian colonists in 360/359 BC.
We will see the remains of the Agora, the Octagon, the remains of the Basilicas, St. Paul’s prison, Lydias’ Baptismal site, Church of St Nicholas, Old Port, Aqua docks. Visit Philipi Archaeological Museum. On the way back, we will also view the ancient road Via Egnatia and pass the ancient cities of Amphipolis and Apollonia.
Veria, officially transliterated Veroia, historically also spelled Berea or Berœa, is a city in Central Macedonia, northern Greece, capital of the regional unit of Imathia. After breakfast, we will drive to the mountain town of Veria (ancient Berea) where Paul visited and preached in the Synagogue. See the monument dedicated to Paul. We will drive to Vergina the old capitol of the Macedonian Kingdom, visiting the Archeological site and Tomb of Philip the 2nd father of Alexander the Great.
After that, we will drive south, into central Greece, to Kalambaka, the town nestling at the foot of Meteora. The Meteora is a rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries, second in importance only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on immense natural pillars and hill-like rounded boulders that dominate the local area.
Delphi is a town on Mount Parnassus in the south of mainland Greece.
We will continue our journey to the southern part of Greece to visit Delphi. This city helps us understand ancient Greek culture better and was a city dedicated to the worship of Apollo. We will be walking along the road through the Delphi excavations. Delphi was considered in Greek mythology to be the center of the earth and had the famed oracle temple of the god Apollo. Visit the Archaeological museum and view the famous Delphi Inscription that help us date the chronology and date of the New Testament events. Dinner and overnight in Delphi hotel.
We will visit the archaeological site of Delphi. On the slopes of Mt. Parnassus, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. See and visit the Doric Temple, the Treasury of the Athenians and see Castalia Spring. Visit also the museum holding masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture such as the bronze charioteer.
Olympia, the birthplace of Olympic Games. We will visit the original Olympic Stadium and the Archaeological museum. On the next day, we will see Syntagma Square, the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the National Library and the Hadrian’s Arch. Visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896. On the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era, the museum of Acropolis.
Depart for Corinth, drive along the coastal highway, the Apollo coast and stop to see the Corinth Canal, which connects the Aegean and the Ionian Seas. Continue to and visit Ancient Corinth. See the Bema, the Temple of Apollo, the remains of the Agora, and Pyrene Fountain. Visit Cenchreaes and see from where St. Paul departed on his journey.
After breakfast, we will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to the port for the Full Day Cruise to the 3 Saronic islands of Hydra, Poros, Aegina. Lunch served on board. At each island, get off the boat to discover each islands own individual character. Hydra: an artists delight, again with boutiques, shops and cafes dotted around the harbour. Poros: a pretty island with chance for shopping. Aegina: The largest of the Saronic Islands, famous for BBQ sea food and pistachio nuts. Arrive back at the port in the evening and transfer to hotel.
Thessaloniki, Philippi, Kavala, Veria, Vergina, Kalambaka, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Corinth, Hydra, Poros, Aegina, and more
Connect to the roots of Christian faith in the most spectacular settings in Europe. From ancient ruins, to towering cliffs, to a relaxing cruise and sandy beaches on the Greek isles, a Footsteps of Paul pilgrimage has it all.
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