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11 Days • 18 Meals
Greece has played a major role in the history of early days Christianity and the ministry of the Apostle Paul. Journey with us down timeless roads, stand before ancient biblical sites and gain a better understanding of his works.

Highlights
• 18 Meals (9 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 6 dinners)
• Services of a professional Tour Manager
• Round trip airport transfers when air is provided by Faithful Holidays
• Guided visit of Athens including the Acropolis
• Tour of ancient Corinth
• 3 night cruise – Mykonos, Rhodes; Patmos and Kusadasi, Turkey
• Tours of Delphi and Kalambaka
• Visit to the Meteora monasteries
• Veria – Brea of the New Testament
• Visit Phillipi and Kavala; overnight in Thessaloniki

Day One: Departure
Today we embark on our Journey to the lands of ancient treasures and Christian history with an overnight flight to Athens. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience.

Day Two: Arrival in Athens
You will be met by your Tour Manager at the arrivals hall for a short transfer to your hotel in the heart of Athens. In the evening your tour manager will take you through a short orientation walking tour to the Plaka, the old city of Athens. You will have time at leisure to enjoy some shopping and dinner on your own.

Day Three: Athens and Corinth
After breakfast at the hotel, we begin our day with a panoramic tour of the city to see the House of Parliament on Syntagma Square, the Evzones in their picturesque uniforms, guarding the Presidential Palace and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We will also see the Library, the University, the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympics of the modern era were held, the temple of the Olympian Zeus and Adrian's Arch. We continue with a guided visit of the Acropolis to see the ruins of the Parthenon, Erectheum and Propylae. Afterwards, we will ascend Mars Hill where Paul spoke to the ancient Athenians about the one and only God. From here we have an excellent view of the Ancient Agora; former centre of Athenian public life. We will stop in the Plaka area where you can enjoy lunch on your own.

In the afternoon we continue our tour with a visit to ancient Corinth. Here, under the shadow of the towering Akrokorinthos, St. Paul preached and lived for two years. The vigorous and mostly Gentile Church he founded here in 50 AD caused him much grief and prompted him to write at least four letters to the Corinthians. Visit the ruins of the ancient city where Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla. See the remains of the first century shops, the agora where Paul's trial by Gallio took place, the Fountain of Peirene, Temple of Apollo and the Bema. In the evening we return to the hotel in Athens where you will enjoy your hosted welcome dinner. Breakfast, dinner

Day Four: Cruising to Mykonos
After breakfast at the hotel, we transfer to the port of Piraeus for embarkation on the MV Aquamarine for a three day cruise through the Greek isles and Turkish coast. Our first port-of-call is Mykonos; the whitewashed streets and windmills of this Cycladic island will simply enchant you. Mykonos combines in a unique way the luxuriant and sophisticated lifestyle with the simple and yet charming life of a Cycladic Island. Free time to stroll the winding narrow streets full of boutiques, visit tiny chapels and take pictures of the famous windmills. Or perhaps, just sit by the waterfront and enjoy the beautiful sunset! Breakfast, lunch, dinner on board

Day Five: Rhodes
Arrive in Rhodes this morning for a full day spent on this magnificent island. The port of Rhodes was once dominated by the Colossus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. You have the opportunity to take a tour of Rhodes within its high walls and through the narrow, winding streets. The castle of the Grand Master of the Knights and many other gothic places are still in remarkably good condition. You may also want to take an optional tour to Lindos where you can see the Acropolis, an exquisite site with its beautiful Temple of Athena Lydia. St. Paul is believed to have landed here in a small bay at one side of the cliff foot. Breakfast, lunch, dinner on board

Day Six: Patmos and Kusadasi, Turkey

This morning we visit Patmos, where the Apostle John received inspiration for the Book of Revelation while he was exiled by the Roman Empire. Take an optional tour to visit the Grotto of the Revelation and the 11th century Monastery of St. John. Enjoy the gorgeous panoramic view. Return to the ship and set sail for the lovely seaside resort of Kusadasi, Turkey.

Kusadasi is the sprawling port for ancient Ephesus, one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites. Make sure to do the optional tour of Ephesus which offers a magnificent selection of ancient architectural masterpieces, including the Library of Celsus, the Magnesian Gate, the Gymnasium of Vedius, the Thermal Bath of Scolastika and the great Amphitheater. We have the unique opportunity to visit the traditional site of the home of Mary, who also spent her last days near Ephesus. Breakfast, lunch, dinner on board

Day Seven: Delphi and Kalambaka

Enjoy your breakfast on board as we return back to Piraeus early this morning. After disembarkation you will depart for Delphi and Kalambaka. Visit Delphi, whose prestige in the ancient times extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic world. On the slopes of Mt. Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. You will visit the site and the museum. You will have some time at leisure for lunch in Delphi and then continue on to Kalambaka where we will spend the next night. Tonight you will be treated to a dinner at a local restaurant. Breakfast, dinner

Day Eight: Meteora and Veria

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel in Kalambaka before you head out for Meteora. You will visit Meteora monasteries perched on the top of the huge rocks. How the monasteries were built on the top of these virtually inaccessible rocks is a subject of fascination for pilgrims and visitors alike. The monasteries with their wooden galleries and corniced rooftops, crown the summits of these formidable pinnacles, precariously hanging over the sinister abysses with the Pindos mountain range and the vast plain, woods, gorges and picturesque villages below, these unworldly hermitages compose one of most breathtaking sites of earth. From the 12th century onward, monks and hermits began to retire to the recesses in these immense grey rocks of Meteora and in the 14th century a large monastic state began to develop, which in the 16th century numbered 24 monasteries. Only five of these are still occupied and you will get a chance to visit two of them. You will have time for lunch on your own before we depart for Thessaloniki

In the afternoon we drive east to Veria, the Berea of the New Testament built on a terrace on the foot of Mt. Vermion. Here we visit the modern Monument, which corresponds to the Bema from which Paul had preached. According to information, Paul's audience here consisted mostly of gentiles and especially of the noble women. This was Paul’s last stop in Macedonia before continuing on to Athens. We then drive to Thessaloniki where we spend the next two nights. Breakfast

Day Nine: Thessaloniki, Phillipi and Kavala

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel in Thessaloniki before we depart for Kavala. Kavala was the port where Paul, Silas, Luke and Timothy first set foot in Europe after sailing from Troas. Travel along the Via Egnatia (built on the footstep of the ancient Roman highway) to Phillipi, where Paul preached his first sermon in Europe and baptized a certain woman named Lydia, Europe’s first convert to Christianity. View the Roman City Forum and early basilicas and see where Paul was flogged, imprisoned and later released. Return to Thessaloniki in the evening where you will enjoy a farewell dinner. Breakfast and dinner

Day Ten: Thessaloniki and Athens
After breakfast at the hotel in Thessaloniki, you will depart to visit the city of Thessaloniki, the second largest in Greece , famous for its beautiful old and modern quarters and Byzantine churches. We visit St. Demetrios church of the 11th century. According to tradition this church was built on the place of Martyrdom Synagogue, where Paul had preached whilst in Salonica. After the visit we will depart for our return trip to Athens. We will stop for lunch on your own before arriving at your hotel in Athens. Breakfast

Day Eleven: Homeward
This morning after breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for an early morning flight to your home. Breakfast


Hotel Accommodations
Days Two and Three – Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel, Athens, Greece
Days Four through Six – MV Aquamarine
Days Seven – Divani Meteora Hotel, Kalambaka, Greece
Days Eight and Nine – Grand Hotel Palace, Thessaloniki, Greece
Days Ten – Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel, Athens, Greece

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