10D9N Greece – Paul’s Second Missionary Journey

TYPOLOGIES

Religious

DIFFICULTY

Medium

MIN. AGE

10 Years

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Paul’s Second Missionary Journey

 

From the years 49-52 A.D. Paul the Apostle takes his second missionary journey around the Mediterranean chronicled in the book of Acts from chapters 15:35 to 18:22.

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, our Footsteps of Paul pilgrimage tour covers them all.

Package specifications

 

  • Return economy airfares on Turkish Airlines
  • 4-star accommodation
  • Full board/ all meals as specified in itinerary
  • All transfers and travel in air-conditioned coach
  • Accompanied by experienced Tour Manager

Services NOT included

 

  • Tips
  • Overnight hotel Tax
  • Travel insurance

Itinerary

DAY BEFORE KLIA > ISTANBUL - Departure at airport (Meals on Board)

Assemble at KLIA, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at 8pm for flight to Istanbul via TK 61. Arrive at Istanbul airport at 0515 next morning. Short break before departing for Thessaloniki at 0720 on TK 1881.

DAY 1 - ISTANBUL > THESSALONIKI (Meals on Board / L / D)

Arrive into Thessaloniki at 0840, clear immigration and customs and start on our tour of Thessaloniki. Lunch at a local restaurant (starters, salad, main course, dessert). See the White Tower, (the symbol of the city), the Church of St. Dimitrios, Arch of Galerius, Rotunda, Upper City, Citadel, Byzantine Walls, Roman Agora. 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). Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki Hotel.

DAY 2 - THESSALONIKI > KAVALA (B / L / D)

Breakfast in hotel. 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. Proceed to visit Philippi. 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 view the ancient road Via Egnatia and pass the ancient cities of Amphipolis and Apollonia. Lunch at a local restaurant. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki Hotel.

DAY 3 - THESSALONIKI > VERGINA > VERIA > KALABAKA (METEORA) (B / L / D)

Breakfast in the hotel. Drive to the mountain town of Veria (ancient Berea) where Paul visited and preached in the Synagogue. See the monument dedicated to Paul. Continue to Vergina the old capitol of the Macedonian Kingdom. Visit the Archeological site and Tomb of Philip the 2nd father of Alexander the Great. Drive south, into central Greece, to Kalambaka, the town nestling at the foot of Meteora. Lunch at a local restaurant. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka hotel.

DAY 4 - KALAMBAKA > DELPHI (B / L / D)

Breakfast in the hotel. Visit Meteora with its impressive scenery, visit 2 monasteries, suspended between earth and sky. Inside, see priceless historical and religious treasures. Lunch at a local restaurant. Continue on the southern part of Greece to visit Dephi. 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.

DAY 5 - DELPHI > OLYMPIA (B / L / D)

Breakfast and check out of hotel. 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. Drive to Olympia, the birthplace of Olympic Games. Dinner and overnight in Olympia hotel.

DAY 6 - OLYMPIA > CORINTH (B / L / D)

Breakfast in the hotel. Visit the original Olympic Stadium and the Archaeological museum. Drive to Athens and transfer to a local restaurant for dinner. After dinner, transfer to the hotel and check in. Overnight in Athens hotel.

DAY 7 - CORINTH > ATHENS (B / L / D)

After breakfast, proceed on a full-day tour: 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 dinner transfer back and overnight in Athens Hotel.

DAY 8 - ATHENS > CRUISE (HYDRA - POROS - AEGINA) (B / L / D)

After breakfast, pickup 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.

DAY 9 - ATHENS > ISTANBUL (B / D)

Breakfast in the hotel and check out. We store our luggage at the hotel. Free at leisure for conducted visits for shopping to the Plaka area and Syntagma Square. (Optional) Later depart for McArthurGlen Designer Outlet. Depart for airport. Board flight TK 1884 for Istanbul. Arrive into Istanbul at 2355.

DAY 10 - ISTANBUL > KLIA (Meals on Board)

After a short break, board flight TK 60 for our journey home. Return home with many fond and happy memories of your biblical study tour of Greece.

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