FOOT STEPS OF SAINT PAUL

A 13 DAY TOUR TO GREECE AND TURKEY

On arrival at Athens International Airport, we will be welcomed and checked-in to the hotel. Enjoy a beautiful dinner with fellow pilgrims and a good night’s rest before you set out to explore the lands of the New Testament in a journey with St Paul.

 

Overnight stay in Athens (B D)

Our pilgrimage starts with a city tour around Athens where we will visit the world-renowned Acropolis, the Parthenon and Areopagus. This is where Paul delivered his famous talk on the identity of “the Unknown God.” Later this afternoon we will set out for an exciting tour to the historic city of Corinth, that inspired many of St Paul’s letters. We will also explore the ruins of the church and see the pillars, and public worship place, where Paul preached.

 

Overnight stay in Athens (B D)

Today we will board the iconic 3-night Celestyal cruise along through enchanting islands of Mykonos, Patmos, Crete, Santorini & the port of Kusadasi in Turkey. As we cruise through the emerald waters we will reach the Island of Mykonos by afternoon and take some free time to walk around the town and observe one of the “Characteristic” Cycladic islands and hilltops studded with windmills, endless rolling hills and beaches that glitter – a photogenic island from every angle.

 

Overnight stay on the cruise (B D)

Wake up to the beautiful port of Kusadasi, and begin our journey to Ephesus to see the last known residence of the Virgin Mary. We will then tour through ancient Ephesus, the second largest city in the Roman Empire, the theatre where St Paul preached, bringing to life the letters to the Ephesians. Walk further along the pages of the bible as we travel to port of Patmos, which includes the Cave of the Apocalypse, where John the Apostle received visions that led to the writing of the New Testament’s last book – The Book of Revelation. Pray at the monastery of St John and visit the grotto of apocalypse in the island capital Chora, that not only provides a great view of the sea, but is an excellent place to do some shopping.

 

Overnight stay on the cruise (B D)

Set your foot on the City of mythical labyrinth, ancient civilizations and world-renowned artists – Heraklion, that lives and breathes culture. You get to explore Heraklion and visit the ancient treasures of Crete. After lunch, we will sail to the breathtaking island of Santorini. You will have time to explore the beautiful and lively town of Fira and soak up the amazing sunset or take an optional tour to the quiet picturesque Oia Village with charming churches and traditional whitewashed buildings.

 

Overnight stay on the cruise (B D)

Disembark on to the Athens port, as we proceed to Boeotia to take a glimpse into the legacy of the fine Byzantine architecture, as we visit its masterpiece – the monastery Hosios Loukas an UNESCO monument. Continue our journey to Delphi, where we explore the fascinating archaeological sites and museum. Later drive towards breathtaking Meteora for an overnight stay.

 

Overnight stay in Meteora(B D)

We spend the day in Meteora and soak in the serene, spiritual, magical, and, inspiring, experience Meteora gives its visitors. Meteora is a truly inspiring and sensational setting of overwhelming rock formations which is home to famous Byzantine monasteries, containing priceless historical and religious treasures, standing between earth and sky atop huge rocks. The first monks of Meteora arrived back in the 14th century establishing an entire monastic community on top of these giant cliffs.

 

Overnight stay in Meteora (B D)

Today we will drive towards Veria to visit the Bema of Apostle Paul. The book of Acts, records that Paul was brought to the Bema under accusations of contrary teaching and the judge (Governer Galilo) dismissed the affair as a Jewish quarrel. It is also where he preached the gospel to the local community. and see the majestic mosaic shrine commemorating St Paul’s visit to the town after fleeing from Thessaloniki. We continue to the archaeological museum of Vergina to see the amazing underground tombs and treasures of King Phillip of Macedonia.

 

Overnight stay in Thessaloniki (B D)

Today we will drive towards Philippi, where St Paul preached and baptized the first Christians in European soil. Visit the Baptistery of Lydia and celebrate an outdoor Holy Mass on the River Zygaktis where Paul and Silas met with the early believers and Lydia was baptised. We will reflect on the bible narrative of his arrest, imprisonment and miraculous escape, thus causing the conversion of the guards. Later visit Kavala, the beautiful mainland port of Greece, ancient Neapolis where Paul accompanied by Silas, Luke, and Timothy, first set foot in Europe. We will see the magnificent stone carved statue known as the Lion of Amphipolis on our way back to Thessaloniki.

 

Overnight stay in Thessaloniki (B D)

After breakfast, we will visit the places where St. Paul preached and founded a church. Later visit St. Demetrius Basilica, dedicated to a martyred Christian convert. With a panoramic tour of the city, we will see Byzantine fortications, Galerius Arch, Rotunda of Galerius and the Museum of Byzantine culture. Rest of the day in leisure.

 

Overnight stay in Thessaloniki (B D)

After breakfast, we check out from the hotel and then transfer to Thessaloniki International Airport for our return flight to Australia.

Route Map

TourMap Footsteps St.Paul
  • Return economy class airfares
  • 4* Hotel accommodation
  • Meals specified on itinerary
  • Transfers on fully air conditioned coach
  • English tour guides, as required
  • Entrance fees to the relevant sites
  • Tours led by Tour Manager or a Priest Chaplain
  • Tips: $150 Pre-collected
  • Single Room Supplement $1,150 AUD (optional)
  • Seasonal surcharges apply

TOUR CODE : DEPARTURE DATE

  • FSMAY19 : 14 MAY 2019

  • FSSEP19   : 3 SEP 2019

  • FSMAY20 : 12 MAY 2020

  • FSSEP20   :  1 SEP 2020 

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