Journeys of St. Paul in GREECE | April 22, 2023
Join us for an 11 - day Journeys of St. Paul in Greece starting at $4,696 from Raleigh/Durham, NC, on April 22, 2023. You will see Amphipolis, Philippi, Neapolis, Thessaloniki, Veria, Meteora, Delphi, Corinth, Cenchraeae, Mykonos, 3-Nights Greek Isle Cruise and more!
- All Inclusive Pricing
- First Class Hotels
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- International Airfare
- Entrance and Program Fees
- Guided Tours
- Overseas Airport Transfers
- Domestic Airfare
Day 1 April 22 (Saturday) - Depart the USA
Depart the USA
Day 2 April 23 (Sunday) – Arrive in Greece
You will arrive in Thessaloniki, Greece, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 April 24 (Monday) – Amphipolis, Philippi & Neapolis (Kavala)
Follow in the footsteps of St. Paul and Silas to Amphipolis and explore the ruins of the many Christian basilicas there. In Philippi is a baptismal site commemorating where God opened the heart of Lydia (a seller of purple from Thyatira) to hear the words of St. 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, marketplace, the Basilica of St. Paul, and theater. Today’s last stop is Neapolis (Kavala), one of Greece’s most picturesque mainland ports, where St. Paul landed with his disciples, Timothy and Silas. See the Roman Aqueduct and Acropolis before returning to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 April 25 (Tuesday) – Thessaloniki & Veria (Berea)
Discover Thessaloniki, where St. 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 St. Paul wrote to the Thessalonian church here. Stroll through the beautiful basilicas of St. Sophia and St. Demetrios. St. Demertrios dedicated to a distinguished Roman proconsul martyred for his Christian faith. Along the Via Egnatia stands the Galerius Arch. You can look out over the second-largest city in Greece from the Old City Ramparts, some dating back to Roman times. Follow the path of St. Paul when he fled Thessaloniki for the safety of Veria (Berea), where Jews and some honorable Greeks accepted the new faith (Act 17: 10-12). After we visit King Phillip’s (Alexander’s father) tomb in Vergina, one of the most outstanding finds in all of Greece, continue on to Kalambaka for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 April 26 (Wednesday) – Meteora & Delphi
As you visit the rock forest of Meteora (“in the heavens above”) in western Thessaly, 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, travel to scenic Delphi, religious center of the ancient Greek world and marked by the conical stone called the omphalos (or navel). Dinner and overnight in Delphi.
Day 6 April 27 (Thursday) – Corinth & Cenchraeae
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 St. Paul faced in preaching the Gospel of Christ here. In the museum are many ancient treasures, including the fifth-century bronzed Charioteer so detailed you can see his eyelashes. Continue to Athens for overnight.
Day 7 April 28 (Friday) – Embark in Pireaus & Mykonos
Board the ship and sail the blue waters of the Aegean Sea. In the evening, you will arrive at the world-famous Greek Island of Mykonos, where gleaming, white-washed buildings seem to climb atop each other to reach the azure sky.
Day 8 April 29 (Saturday) – Ephesus & Patmos
This morning, you arrive in Kusadasi, Turkey, and journey to Ephesus, where St. Paul spent three years of his ministry. He planted a church here and later wrote to them in his Epistle to the Ephesians. Many of the ruins of Ephesus (known as “the marble city”) have been restored to show the city as it was in St. Paul’s time. Visit the agora and imagine where Demetrius, the silversmith, sold his silver shrines of the Greek goddess Artemis. Stroll through the great theater where St. Paul witnessed faithfully for Christ. Not far away is the stadium where chariot races took place and gladiatorial combats were held. Tradition has it that St. Paul himself fought here against wild beasts. Visit the House of Virgin Mary before setting sail for the Island of Patmos to visit the Monastery of St. John, high on the mountain overlooking the entire island. Walk down to the Grotto of the Apocalypse and the caves, where it is believed that the exiled St. John lived and was inspired by God to write the Book of Revelation as well as other letters to the early church.
Day 9 April 30 (Sunday) – Crete & Santorini
Dock this morning in Crete’s port of Heraklion, just three miles away from the fantastic ruins of the palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. Disembark at Santorini, one of the most beautiful of the Greek islands, where picturesque, whitewashed villages topped with brilliant, blue domes stand in stark contrast to the sheer drop cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea. The island itself perches on the edges of a volcano whose eruption 3,500 years ago is thought to have led to the collapse of the Minoan civilization.
Day 10 May 1 (Monday) - Athens
Return to Athens to enjoy the rich architectural splendor of the ancient city of Athens as your guide introduces you to the world renowned Acropolis, the Propylaea, the Parthenon and the Erectheum. Stand on Mars Hill as St. Paul did when he proclaimed, “I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you” (Acts 17:23). You see the agora (ancient marketplace and center of Athenian public life), recall that this was where St. Paul preached “Jesus and the resurrection” (Acts 17:18) to the skeptical Athenians. Also, see the House of Parliament, the Presidential Palace and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Dinner and overnight is spent in Athens.
Day 11 May 2 (Tuesday) – Return Home
Return home with a new appreciation of St. Paul’s life and ministry.
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