- All Inclusive Pricing
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- International Airfare
- Entrance and Program Fees
- Guided Tours
- Deluxe Hotels
- Study Guide
- Overseas Transfers
Day 1 Depart USA
Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on your international overnight flight.
Day 2 ARRIVE IN GREECE
You will arrive in Athens, Greece, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 ATHENS & CORINTH, GREECE
The architectural splendors of the ancient city of Athens are as magical as ever. View the world‐renowned Acropolis, the Propylaea, and the Parthenon. Next, view Mars Hill where Paul debated with the intellectual community of his day. Walk among the ruins of the Agora, the ancient market place and center of Athenian public life. You will view the Olympic Stadium, home of the Olympics. Travel to Corinth (Acts 18), a city that inspired St. Paul’s most familiar letter. You will visit the Archaeological Museum, the Market Place, and Temples. Walk among the ruins and stand on the Bema where Paul stood. Read Paul’s letter to the Corinthians and visualize his address to the Gentiles as he began the task of building Corinth’s church. Dinner and overnight in your Athens hotel.
Day 4 DELPHI & KALAMBAKA
After breakfast, head north to scenic Delphi, religious center of the ancient Greek world and marked by the conical stone called the omphalosor (“navel”). Walk the Sacra Via to the Athenian Treasury, Theatre and the Temple of Apollo, where the oracle performed her prophetic rituals. As you consider the incredible amount of pagan influence just in Delphi alone, you will gain a new appreciation for the tremendous spiritual opposition the apostle Paul faced in preaching the Gospel of Christ here. In the Museum are many ancient treasures, including the 5th century bronzed Charioteer, so detailed you can see his eyelashes. Continue to Kalambaka, home to the awe‐inspiring Meteora monasteries for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 METEORA & VERIA (BEREA)
Today’s amazing journey begins with a visit to the rock forest of Meteora (“in the heavens above”). Imagine the apostle Paul walking that treacherous terrain on his missionary journey. Gaze up at the breathtaking Byzantine monasteries spectacularly perched on soaring, sheer‐sided grey sandstone pillars. In the 13th century, monks sought refuge in cliff‐side caves before fleeing higher to build the original wooden shelters that later became these monasteries. After a monastery tour, continue to Veria (Berea). It was here that Paul and Silas were sent by friends after being accused of treason in Thessalonika. Visit the Bema of the Apostle Paul, where he preached the gospel to the local community. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.
Day 6 PHILIPPI & KAVALA
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. Visit a baptismal site commemorating where God opened the heart of Lydia (a seller of purple from Thyatira) to hear the words of Paul (Acts 16:13‐15). Lydia and her household were the first Christian converts baptized on European soil. View the Roman‐era crypt thought to have served as a prison for the apostle Paul, and explore Philippi’s famous Acropolis, Market Place, the Basilica of Paul, and Theater. Continue to Neapolis (Kavala), one of Greece's most picturesque mainland ports where Paul landed with his disciples, Timothy and Silas. See the Roman Aqueduct and Acropolis before returning to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 THESSALONIKI
Discover Thessaloniki, where Paul was accused of turning the world upside down with his preaching of Christ (Acts 17: 3‐6). As you explore St. George's Basilica, believed to be built over the synagogue where Paul preached, reflect on the two epistles the apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonian church here. Stroll through the Archaeological Museum and the beautiful basilicas of St. Sophia and St. Demetrios, dedicated to a distinguished Roman proconsul martyred for his Christian faith. Along the Via Egnatia stands the Galerus Arch, and you can look out over the second largest city in Greece from the Old City Ramparts, some dating back to Roman times. Return to Athens for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 RETURN TO USA
Return home with a new understanding of Paul's life and ministry.
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