In the Footsteps of St. Paul (with a brief cruise to Mount Athos)

In the Footsteps of St. Paul (with a brief cruise to Mount Athos)

Day 1 – Arrival
Arrival at Athens airport. After meeting our guide and driver, we drive 20 miles to the city. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight in our hotel.
Day 2 – Athens and Corinth
We explore the Athenian Acropolis with its Parthenon. We continue to the Areopagus and Mars Hill, where the Apostle Paul delivered his famous sermon (Acts 17). Then we take a bus tour through Athens, seeing the library, the university and the parliament. In the afternoon, we make our way to ancient Corinth, where Paul lived and preached—as we know from his epistles to the Corinthians. Here he established the first entirely Gentile church. We also visit the archeological museum and the temples. Heading back toward Athens, we stop to visit the ancient ports of Lechaion and Cenchrean, as well as the Corinthian Canal. Dinner and overnight in Athens.

Day 3 – Athens–Delphi-Kalambaka
We leave Athens and make our way to Delphi. Here ancient leaders came to consult the Oracle. We visit the Temple of Apollo, the Athenian Treasury, the Theater, the Archaeological Museum, and the monument to the “One God.” We continue to Kalambaka for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 – Kalambaka-Veria-Thessaloniki
At Kalambaka, perched on cliffs as if suspended in air, stand medieval monasteries sheltering exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Six of the 24 are inhabited, and we shall visit one or two. We continue to Veria (Berea), where Paul found a warmer welcome than he had at Thessaloniki. We see the monument, known as the Bema, built in honor of the Apostle. We continue to Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city. Here we see the White Tower, the Arch of Galerius, the churches of Demetrius and Sophia, and the Roman forum. We then proceed to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 – Thessaloniki-Mount Athos-Thessaloniki
Today we shall visit the Holy Mountain, Mount Athos. Leaving Thessaloniki, we pass through the scenic peninsula of Halkidiki, entering the village of Ouranoupolis. Here we board a cruise ship to the mountain. According to legend the Virgin Mary, as Panagia, the All Holy, sailed with John the Evangelist from Joppa to Cyprus in order to visit Lazarus. Under heavy winds, the ship was forced to drop anchor near the port of Klement, near the present monastery of Iviron. The Virgin walked ashore and asked her Son to let the place be her garden. A voice was heard: “This place shall be your inheritance and your garden, a paradise and a haven for those seeking salvation.” Since then Mount Athos has been consecrated as the garden of the Mother of God. It is out of bounds to all other women. We view the mountain from the ship, then head back to Thessaloniki.
Day 6 – Thessaloniki-Philippi-Kavala-Alexandropolis
We follow the route of the ancient Via Ignatia to Philippi. Named after Philip II of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great, the city was witness to Paul’s first European converts. We see an old section of the Via Ignatia, followed by the place shown as St. Paul’s prison and the archaeological museum. Then we visit the river where Lydia became the first European woman to be baptized. We continue to Kavala, site of ancient Neapolis. Here we visit the harbor where Paul first landed in Greece. We continue to our hotel in Alexandropolis for dinner and overnight.

Day 7 – Alexandropolis-Turkish Border
This morning we will depart for the Turkish border. Here a new guide and driver will join us for the next part of our journey.

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