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Day 1 August 29 - Depart from SFO
Depart from SFO
Day 2 August 30 - ATHENS
Upon arrival in Athens, you are met by your guide and motorcoach driver. Transfer to your hotel with the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (Mass TBD)
Day 3 September 1 - ATHENS, VERIA, VERGINA, THESSALONIKI
“The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Beroea; and when they arrived, they went into the Jewish synagogue.” (Acts 17:10-14) This morning, we continue to Veria (Beroea), where we visit the monument dedicated to Paul. We see the Bema, where he stood and preached to the people of Veria. Continue to Vergina, where excavations in 1978 discovered three significant royal tombs. The most important tomb is believed to be Philip II of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great. We continue to Thessaloniki and explore this great city, starting with a drive along the waterfront to the massive White Tower and nearby Triumphal Arch of Galerius, built-in 303 AD. We shall also see St. Demetrios Church with its valuable mosaics and frescoes and will drive up to the upper town, which offers a marvelous view of the city. The site where the monastery of Vlatadon was built is believed to be where Jason’s house once stood and where Paul was accommodated during his visit to Thessaloniki. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki. (Mass TBD)
Day 4 September 2 - THESSALONIKI, KAVALA
Today, we begin our travels with a tour of Thessaloniki, the “Queen of the North”, where Paul wrote two epistles to the ancient Thessalonians. Built by King Cassandros and named after the sister of Alexander the Great, the city flourished under the Byzantine Empire, and its most important buildings date from those days. Today, it is considered the second capital of Greece, the Queen of the north. Our city tour takes us along the waterfront to the massive White Tower and nearby The Triumphal Arch of Galerius was built in 303 AD. We shall also see St. Demetrios Church, with its valuable mosaics and frescoes, will drive up to the upper town, which offers a marvelous view of the city. The site where the monastery of Vlatadon was built is believed to be where Jason’s house once stood and where Paul was accommodated during his visit to Thessaloniki. We then continue to the beautiful city of Kavala for dinner and overnight. (Mass TBD)
Day 5 September 3 - KAVALA, CANNAKKALE
We visit the beautiful city of Kavala (ancient Neapolis), and from there, on to Philippi, which was a Roman garrison town and the chief city in the province of Macedonia. It was here that Paul won his first European convert, a woman named Lydia. Visit the marketplace (where Paul and Silas were brought before the rulers), and the cistern, which tradition identifies as the place where Paul was imprisoned. Celebrate mass today at Lydia’s Spring. We drive to the Greek/Turkish border. Cross and continue to Cannakkale for overnight.
Day 6 September 4 - PERGAMUM, IZMIR
Drive to Pergamum, the great city of Bergama, a town of the Book of Revelation, where one of the seven churches is located and one of the best-preserved ancient sites in Turkey. Paul embarked by ship to Palestine and to Truva, the city of Troy, where the vision of a man from Macedonia appeared to Paul, imploring him to “come and help us.” Continue to Izmir overnight. (Mass TBD)
Day 7 September 5 - EPHESUS, KUSADASI
After breakfast, depart for a tour, including visiting Ephesus, famous for the Temple of Diana, one of the Seven Wonders of the world, St John’s Basilica, and the House of the Virgin Mary. At the end of the tour, transfer to the hotel in Kusadası. (Mass TBD)
Day 8 September 6 - PAMUKKALE, KUSADASI, EPHESSUS
After breakfast and check out from the hotel in Kusadası, depart for Pamukkale. Upon arrival in Pamukkale, start a tour, including visits to Laodicea and Hierapolis, the ancient Greek city on top of hot springs located in southwestern Turkey near Denizli. Hierapolis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as its hot springs have been used as a spa since the 2nd century BC. At the end of the tour, transfer to the hotel in Pamukkale. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 9 September 7 - KUSADASI, ISTANBUL
Drive to Denizli Airport and fly to Istanbul by TK 2577 at 08:40 AM. Upon arrival in Istanbul, depart for a tour, including visits to the Grand Bazaar and the local famous Spice Market, which are located in the Old City and include over 4,000 shops, 2,000 ateliers, 500 stalls, 12 storehouses, 18 fountains, and 12 small mosques. Both a true treasures to Istanbul. This evening, you will enjoy a private boat cruise tour on the Bosphorus. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul. (Mass TBD)
Day 10 September 8 - Istanbul
After breakfast, depart for a city tour, including the famous Blue Mosque, where inside everything seems to float in the azure light reflected from the blue tiles, which give the mosque its name. Also, see St. Sophia, the beautiful ancient basilica and Topkapi Palace, which was once the residence of the Ottoman Sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries.
Day 11 September 9 - DEPART.
Transfer to the airport for our return flight home- the end of a most memorable pilgrimage.
Monday, August 29, 2022From $3749*