The Glory that was Greece (7 nights and a cruise)

The Glory that was Greece (7 nights and a cruise)

Day 01: Arrive in Thessaloniki, Greece

Upon arrival you will be greeted by your tour escort and transferred to your hotel. A bus tour of the city can follow if time permits. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.
Day 02: Thessaloniki – Philippi – Kavala
After breakfast we depart for Philippi, where the Apostle Paul delivered his first sermon in Europe and baptized Lydia, the continent’s first Christian. “And from there (he went) to Philippi, which is the leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman Colony. We remained in this city some days…” (Acts 16:12-18). The Roman forum, completely excavated, is from after Paul’s time. Among the ruins, on a rocky ledge above the town’s main road, is shown the place of the prison into which Paul and Silas were thrown. We continue to the modern port city of Kavala, ancient Neapolis, where Paul first set foot in Europe. Then we drive to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight.

Day 03: Thessaloniki – Meteora – Kalambaka
After breakfast we tour Thessaloniki. Paul preached here during the winter of 49-50 AD—he addresses the Thessalonians in two of his extant epistles. We see the ramparts, the triumphal arch of Galerius, the White Tower, the churches of St. Demetrius and St. Sophia, the Roman Forum and Rotunda, and the Via Egnatia (once a strategic artery of the Roman Empire). We then visit Veria (Berea), where Paul preached after leaving Thessalonica (Acts 17:10-12). We make our way to Kalambaka for dinner and overnight.

Day 04: Kalambaka – Delphi
We visit Meteora. Perched on cliffs, seemingly suspended in mid-air, stand medieval monasteries where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Six of the 24 are inhabited, and we shall visit one or two if time permits. We continue to Delphi for dinner and overnight.

Day 05: Delphi – Athens
We visit Delphi, the “Omphalos” (navel) of the earth, whose name reached far beyond the boundaries of Hellas. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. After visiting the site and its museum, we continue to Athens. Here is “the glory that was Greece,” a cradle of western civilization. “Men of Athens,” said Paul, “I perceive that in every way you are religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘ to an unknown God.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you…” (Acts 17:22). We dine and overnight at our Athens hotel.

Day 06: Athens – Corinth
We visit the Acropolis. For twenty five centuries, this rock has dominated the city. We see the the Propylaea, the temple of Nike, the Erechtheion and the world-famous Parthenon. Afterwards we ascend Mars Hill where Paul addressed the ancient Athenians about the one and only God. The hill affords an excellent view of the ancient agora, once the center of Athenian public life. We then drive through the city to see the House of Parliament on Syntagma Square, the Evzones in their picturesque uniforms guarding the Presidential Palace, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We also view the Library, the University, the Panathenaic Stadium (where the first Olympics of the modern era were held), the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. This afternoon we continue to Corinth. Here St. Paul preached and lived for two years, working with Aquila and Priscilla. The vigorous, mostly Gentile church, which he founded here in 50 AD, caused him much grief. Its actions prompted him to write at least three letters to the Corinthians, two of which survive in the Bible. We see the remains of first-century shops, the agora where Paul was tried, its Bema (speaker’s platform), the Fountain of Peirene, and the Temple of Apollo. We return to Athens for dinner and overnight.

Day 07: Athens – 3 Island Cruise
Today we cruise the islands of Agina, Poros and Hydra, enjoying delicious food, live music and entertainment onboard. We also explore the layout of each of the islands, with enough time for shopping or maybe a little swimming. Lunch will be served onboard. We return to our hotel in Athens for dinner and overnight.

Day 08: Departure
This morning we say goodbye to Greece and fly home.

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