Day 1 – Arrival in Athens
Arrival at Athens airport (El. Venizelou). After meeting our guide and driver, we drive 20 miles to the city and make a bus tour. This includes the ancient marble stadium, Zappion Hall, the former Royal Gardens, the Parliament House at Constitution Square, Schliemann’s House and the Academy of Arts and Sciences. We also see the old university building, the National Library and some of the modern city’s beautiful neoclassical structures. Then we descend from the bus and visit the Sacred Rock of the Acropolis. Here we explore the architectural masterpieces of Athens’ Golden Age, including the Propylaea, the temple of Nike, the Erechtheion, and the world-famous Parthenon. Also, from above, we view the Odeon of Herod Atticos; Mars Hill, where St. Paul addressed the Athenians; and finally, the ruins of the ancient Agora. We head to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Day 2 : Corinth and Cenchreae
After breakfast we drive to ancient Corinth, where the Apostle Paul lived and preached—as we know from his letters to the Corinthians. It was here that he established the first solely Gentile church. We stop at the canal, built in 1882, which joins the Aegean and Ionian seas. Then we visit the archeological museum and the temples. We drive by Cenchreae, one of the two main ports of ancient Corinth, where Paul disembarked. We return to our Athens hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 : Delphi
A short drive through olive groves takes us to this impressive archaeological site. Regarded by the ancient Greeks as the center of the world or “Omphalos,” Delphi was the place where they consulted Apollo’s Oracle. The route through the upper site leads along the Sacred Way, past the Treasuries of the Temple, to the place of the Oracle herself. Above are the Theatre, and, still higher up, the beautifully preserved Stadium. From here the view is superb, but for those who stay below there is also much to see: the ruined sanctuary of Athena Pronaia with its circular Tholos, as well as the Xystos or covered track, used for the Pythian games held here in Apollo’s honor. We also visit the Treasury of the Athenians, which includes the gifts of Croesus to Apollo—for instance, an archaic silver bull from the 6th century BC. At last we return to Athens for a farewell dinner in a tavern by the sea.
Day 4: Departure
We transfer to the airport.