Arrive in Athens, Greece. Tour group will be met at airport and assisted with arrival procedures. Enjoy a city tour via motor coach en route to hotel. Free to relax or stroll along the streets of Athens for the remainder of day. Dinner and overnight in Athens
2 | Athens
Breakfast. We begin our day in Athens, the city with the most glorious history in the world. We begin at the magnificent Acropolis, the crown jewel of Greece! Our guided tour will take us to the Proplylaia, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, The Parthenon- the most famous surviving building of Ancient Greece-and Mars Hill-where the Apostle Paul confronted the idolatrous beliefs of the “Men of Athens” and delivered his famous speech about the identity of "the Unknown God." (Acts 17). . We will continue on to the Dionysus Theater, House of Parliament, and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Odeon of Herodes, and the ancient Agora (marketplace). Dinner and overnight in Athens.
3 | Corinth - Mycenae
after breakfast, we leave Athens for the ancient city of Corinth, the once glorious city near the Isthmus, where Paul met Aquila and Priscilla and spent a year and a half preaching the Word of God. Corinth is the city that inspired many of Paul's most familiar letters, 1st & 2nd II Corinthians. Visit the Archaeological Museum, the Forum, the Temples and the famous Bema, where Paul stood before Gallio, accused by the Jews of Corinth. The ruins of this important cultural center are fascinating as we walk along the stone path that the Apostle Paul walked. After the visit to ancient Corinth we travel to Mycenae where the remains of the ancient city date back to the Bronze Age. Dinner and overnight in Athens
4 | Athens - Meteora
Breakfast. This morning we depart for Meteora, in Western Thessaly, where the world famous Byzantine monasteries perch precariously on top of rock pinnacles. These are built directly on the rock's surface without foundations as such. Religious life, starting in the form of hermits’ dwellings, can be traced to around 1,000 AD. The first monastic community emerged in the 14th century, and was most successful during the 15th and 16th centuries. By the 17th century, the monastic population had dwindled to one-third of its original size. The monasteries represent a unique example of monastic life since the 14th century. We will have an opportunity to visit one or more of the monasteries. Dinner and overnight in Meteora.
5 | Meteora -Vergina - Veria - Thessaloniki
Breakfast. Traveling north this morning, our first stop will be a visit to King Phillip's (father of Alexander the Great) tomb in Vergina, one of the most outstanding finds in all of Greece. We soon begin touring picturesque Veria (Berea) and flourishing Thessaloniki, both important stops in the ministry of the Apostle Paul. In Veria, we will view the monument commemorating the site where Paul preached to the locals in AD 54. Paul visited Berea three times as did Silas and Timothy. In Thessaloniki, where Paul’s letters to them will come alive, we will tour the 5th-century Church of Agios Dimitrios, Greece's largest church and renowned for stunning mosaics and frescoes and St. George's Basilica, believed to be built over the synagogue where Paul preached. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki
6 | Thessaloniki - Philippi - Kavala
After breakfast we begin the day by following the massive Byzantine wall to the citadel for a panoramic view of the city. Following the Apostle Paul today will include excursions to Phillippi and Kavala (Neapolis). Kavala, one of the most attractive port towns in Greece and where Paul landed with his disciples, Timothy and Silas. Luke, the Evangelist, also came here . This ancient city of Neapolis was the first European city to accept Christianity. In Philippi, the first place in Europe where the apostle Paul and Silas preached, we will visit the ruins, the tribunal (Bema) where Paul was beaten, the prison where Paul and Silas were held in wooden stocks, and the small “Church of Lydia”, the stream where Paul baptized Lydia, the first Christian convert on European soil. See the famous Acropolis, the Market Place, Basilica, and the Theater. We return to Thessaloniki and visit St. Demetrius basilica, dedicated to a distinguished member of the Roman army and a martyred Christian convert before returning to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.
7 | Thessaloniki
Breakfast and transfer to Thessaloniki airport. If your flight departs later within the day Free time to enjoy the city.
Τhe Hotel Features:
407 modern guestrooms and luxurious suites, as well as specially designed rooms for visitors with special needs and abilities
14 modern and fully equipped, multifunctional venues
Underground parking area
Fitness center with Gym, 2 saunas and a massage room
Open air Roof garden with swimming pool (The Roof Top Piscina), which operates during the Summer period