MAP - Footsteps of Apostle Paul – Faith-Based Travel 2017

Footsteps of Apostle Paul – Faith-Based Travel (TP)

10 Day Tour from Athens to Athens

2017 Tour Details

Follow in the footsteps of Apostle Paul on this Greece tour featuring historic sites, cities significant in Paul's life, and a 3-night Aegean Sea cruise.

In Thessalonika, the center of Paul’s activities in northern Greece, enjoy guided sightseeing and an excursion to Philippi, a busy Roman colony where Paul preached and established Europe’s first church. Travel to Veria, where Paul and Silas were sent after being accused of treason in Thessalonika. Here, visit the Bema of Apostle Paul, where he preached the gospel to the local community. In Corinth, visit the excavations where Paul worked for 18 months and learn about Corinth's early church, which was the recipient of Paul's two Corinthians epistles.

But that's not all…on this Greece tour you'll also enjoy a 3-night cruise around the Greek Isles and Turkey. Cruise to Kusadasi and visit the Ruins of Ephesus, where Paul lived and preached. You'll also see the House of Mary, where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her last days. Other cruise destinations include Heraklion on Crete; Santorini; and Patmos, where you'll visit the Monastery of St. John and the Cave of the Apocalypse. Here, John the Evangelist received the visions that he recorded in the Book of the Revelation.

Other highlights of this Greece tour include time at the Meteora monasteries, founded in the 14th century and where spirituality and the grandeur of nature convene. Visit the Holy Monastery of Varlaam, the second-largest of the monasteries, and the Holy Monastery of St. Stephen, where your Local Guide will show you its many historic and religious treasures.

From the historic sites—such as the Acropolis in Athens—to the leisurely cruising, this Greece tour following Apostle Paul’s footsteps has it all. It's an inspirational vacation you can believe in!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ATHENS
Welcome and farewell dinners; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis and Areopagus
THESSALONIKA
Guided sightseeing, excursion to ancient Philippi and Kavala
VERIA
Visit the Bema of Apostle Paul
METEORA
Guided visit of Holy Monastery of Varlaam and St. Stephen’s
CRUISING
Three-night cruise to Mykonos; Kusadasi (Turkey), with an included excursion to the ruins of Ephesus and see the House of Mary; Patmos, with an included excursion to the Monastery of St. John and the Cave of the Apocalypse; Heraklion, Crete included excursion to Knossos; Santorini (weather permitting)
Cruise Details:
  • Gratuities to service personnel on board and port taxes are not included.
  • Rotation of ports of call may vary for congestion reasons at certain ports with or without prior notice.
  • Cabin categories: Inside cabin (category ID), Outside cabin (category XD)
  • All cabins with two lower beds and private shower and toilet.
  • Full entertainment program on board.
  • Globus Host service throughout the cruise.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
CORINTH
Guided visit of the excavations
Headsets on the land portion

NOTES:

  • Departure April 09 – Good Friday in Mykonos (April 14) and Easter in Santorini (April 16)

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Acropolis Athens
  • Meteroa
  • Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessalonika
  • Meteora
  • Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessalonika

Transportation:

Motorcoach; sea cruise. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast; 5 three-course dinners with wine, including welcome and farewell dinners in Athens; plus all meals on board daily featuring full à la carte breakfasts, lunches, and dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Athens, Greece

Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, then enjoy a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel to celebrate the start of your upcoming spiritual journey.

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Day 2 Athens–Thessalonika

Head north to Thessalonika this morning for guided sightseeing. Named after Alexander the Great’s sister, it figures prominently in the New Testament. This was the center of Apostle Paul’s activities in northern Greece—where he preached, founded a church, and to whom he wrote his two Thessalonians epistles.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 3 Thessalonika. Excursion to Philippi & Kavala

Today begins along Paul’s route via Amphipolis, a wealthy city in ancient Macedonia where a large number of Christian churches were built in the 5th and 6th centuries. Next, travel to Philippi, a busy Roman colony with an impressive library and theater. It was here that Paul preached and established the first church in Europe, and to whom he wrote his Philippians epistle while imprisoned in Rome. Continue to Kavala, ancient port of Neapolis.

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Day 4 Thessalonika–Veria–Kalambaka

This morning, stop in Veria (called Berea in the New Testament), where Paul and Silas were sent by friends after being accused of treason in Thessalonika. Visit the BEMA OF APOSTLE PAUL, where he preached the gospel to the local community, then continue to Kalambaka, home to the awe-inspiring Meteora monasteries.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 5 Kalambaka–Meteora–Athens

A real highlight is in store today. Situated atop soaring cliffs and rock faces, the Meteora monasteries create one of the most inspirational sites in the world. Visit the HOLY MONASTERY OF VARLAAM, the second-largest of the monasteries, and the HOLY MONASTERY OF ST. STEPHEN, which was bombed by the Nazis during WWII but later was reconstructed by nuns. Here you will be introduced to the many historical and religious treasures. Return to Athens for an overnight.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Athens–Lavrion/Piraeus (Embarkation)–Mykonos

Awaken refreshed this morning and ready to begin your 3-night CRUISE around the Greek Isles and Turkey. Head first to mountainous Mykonos with its iconic windmills and brilliant whitewashed houses. Watch for Petros the Pelican, the island’s most famous resident since 1954!

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Day 7 Kusadasi, Turkey–Excursion to Ephesus–Patmos, Greece

Visit the Turkish port of Kusadasi for an included excursion to the RUINS OF EPHESUS, the former capital of the Roman province of Asia. Walk in the footsteps of Apostle Paul, who lived and preached here, and meditate on what life must have been like for the early Ephesian Christians in this pagan society. Also see the House of Mary, where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her last days. Continue your cruise to the island of Patmos, the “Jerusalem of the Aegean,” and visit the MONASTERY OF ST. JOHN and the CAVE OF THE APOCALYPSE, where John the Evangelist received the visions that he recorded in the Book of the Revelation during his exile.

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Day 8 Cruising: Crete, Heraklion–Santorini

First port of call today is Heraklion on Crete. An included excursion is available to nearby KNOSSOS, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization and historic site of mythology’s tales about the Minotaur and the labyrinth. Afternoon call (weather permitting) at Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” An optional shore excursion takes you up to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world’s most glorious panoramic views.

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Day 9 Lavrion/Piraeus (Disembarkation)–Corinth–Athens

Disembark and travel to Corinth to visit the EXCAVATIONS where Apostle Paul worked for 18 months with tent-makers Aquila and Priscilla. Learn about this ancient city-state and its early church, which was the recipient of Paul’s two Corinthians epistles. Return to Athens for sightseeing that visits the ACROPOLIS with the Parthenon and AREOPAGUS, where Paul delivered his famous sermon about the identity of the “Unknown God.” Tonight, join your traveling companions for a final evening of fellowship and celebration at a farewell dinner with wine at your hotel.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 10 Athens

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Accommodations

Athens
Thessalonika
Kalambaka

Athens

Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre

Superior First-Class

Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre Michalacopoulou Street 50, Athens,  Greece

Michalacopoulou Street 50
Athens, Greece

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre is a modern 193 room property, in the heart of Athens' commercial district offering Free Wi-Fi access. The hotel has a choice of dining options including the roof garden restaurant where during summer months, guests can dine under starry skies whilst enjoying a spectacular view of Lycabettus hill. The perfect place to unwind is at the roof-top bar where snacks and drinks can be taken al-fresco in the summer by the refreshing outdoor dipping pool. The lively lobby bar serves drinks and fruity cocktails year round and other leisure facilities include a gym and sauna.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Fitness Room
  • Ice Machine
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Climate Control
  • Pay Movies
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • In-Room Safe
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Desk
  • Television

Thessalonika

Capsis

First-Class

Capsis 18 Monastiriou Street, Thessaloniki,   Greece

18 Monastiriou Street
Thessaloniki, Greece

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Latest technology designs and recent renovation have made Capsis one of the best-known and foremost central hotels in Thessaloniki, being an ideal option for business meetings, conference receptions and tours around the city of great religious and cultural significance.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Free WiFi
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Fitness Room
  • ATM
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Climate Control
  • Electronic/Magnetic Keys
  • Phone
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer

Kalambaka

Amalia Kalambaka

First-Class

Amalia Kalambaka National Road, Kalambaka,   Greece

National Road
Kalambaka, Greece

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Amalia Hotel is a beautiful setting just minutes away from the town of Kalambaka. The hotel is embedded on 14 acres of greenery and has been built with traditional materials to match its surroundings.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Desk
  • Internet Access

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Athens

Athens

Plaka with Dinner

Plaka with Dinner

Enjoy a Greek-style 4-course dinner at a typical Greek taverna with folklore show.

Price Range: $$

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