The Footsteps of St. Paul-Special Departures 2021

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The Footsteps of St. Paul-Special Departures 2021



Highlights

Follow St. Paul's journey as he described in the New Testament as he set out to convert the known world. From Thessaloniki to Delphi and beyond, relive St. Paul's teachings to the ancient Greeks and enjoy an optional cruise.

Highlights Include:
  • Tour of Thessaloniki, including the Roman Market, Byzantine churches
  • The cave and well of the Apostle Paul, Aristotle's Square, and the statue of Alexander the Great
  • Visit the famous monasteries of Kalambaka, perched atop soaring cliffs
  • Visit ancient sites in the city of Athens, including the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Erechteum and the Agora
  • Visit Corinth, briefly home to Paul, where he preached to the Corinthians about Jesus Christ
  • Enjoy a day of leisure to explore the ancient city of Athens

DAY 1 NEW YORK, NY

We depart from our local International Airport for our journey to Greece. Dinner and breakfast will be served on flight.

DAY 2 THESSALONIKI

Arrival in Thessaloniki, a city that is over 2300 years old. It was built in 316 BC by Kassandros, the Macedonian King, and was named after his wife, Thessalonika, the sister of Alexander the Great. Later the city flourished under the Byzantine Empire. Our tour includes the Roman Market, theatre and baths, Arch of Galerius, the City walls, Chain Tower and Citadel, the white tower, Byzantine churches, the cave and well of the Apostle Paul, House of Jason, Monastery of Vlattadon, Aristotle's Square, and statue of Alexander the Great. We also visit the archaeological museum with the treasures of Vergina. Dinner and overnight in Thessalonika. (D)

DAY 3 THESSALONIKI

Today we visit the beautiful town of Kavala, called Neapolis in the days of Paul (Acts 16: 11). It was to the church in this city Paul wrote his letters to the Thessalonians. From here we continue to Philippi. This is the city of the church to whom the letter of Philippians was written and where the Word of God began being preached to the European nations. We see the Baptistry of Lydia, the ancient theater and visit the place where Paul was flogged and imprisoned. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki. (B,D)

DAY 4 KALAMBAKA

We drive to Veria (ancient Berea), where the Christian congregations were devoted to Paul's works. We stop for a visit at the monument dedicated to the Apostle. Then we continue to Kalambaka to visit the famous monasteries. Perched atop soaring cliffs, gigantic rocks have been etched by time into a variety of shapes rooted deeply in the ground yet completely isolated from the world around them. The Monasteries with their wooden galleries and corniced rooftops hang precariously over the breath-taking abysses, with the Pindus range at their back. We return to Kalambaka, for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

DAY 5 ATHENS

After breakfast, we depart through the mountainous Greek countryside arriving in Delphi, the center of the ancient world - the “Omphalos” (“Naval - of the Earth”) whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic universe. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty lay the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Visit the treasury of the Athenians, the temple of Apollo and the museum containing such masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. Continue to Athens for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

DAY 6 ATHENS

City sightseeing includes a visit to the world-renowned Acropolis, with the ruins of the Parthenon, Erechtheum and Propylea. Then, we ascend Mars Hill, where Paul preached (Acts 17:16, 22). Also, view the Agora (ancient market place, and former center of Athenian public life), the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Presidential Palace. We then Depart for Corinth with a brief stop at the Corinth Canal, which separates Peloponnese from the Greek mainland and connects the two seas (Ionian and Aegean). Later visit Corinth which was home for Paul for eighteen months. We visit the Archaeological Museum, the Bema, the Market Place and the Temples. From the Bema at Corinth, Paul spoke to the Corinthians about our Lord and Savior Christ. Return to Athens for dinner and overnight at our hotel. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 ATHENS

Today we have a full day at leisure to pursue personal interests. Perhaps a visit to the Plaka to shop or eat in one of the many fine restaurants. (B,D)

DAY 8 – NEW YORK, NY

Today our journey ends with good memories as we bid farewell to our new Greek friends. We are transferred to Athens airport for our flight home. Arrival the same day.

OPTIONAL GREEK ISLAND EXTENSION

DAY 8 – MYKONOS

Transfer to the port of Piraeus for embarkation on our cruise ship. Enjoy the many shipboard activities or just relax while sailing to the Island of Mykonos with its jet-set atmosphere, whitewashed buildings, sidewalk cafes, 360 churches and chic shops. Here we will see the Archeological Museum and Temples. (B,L,D)

DAY 9 – EPHESUS/PATMOS

This morning we arrive in Ephesus to visit the “Seven Wonder of the Ancient World” It is here St. Paul spent many years and wrote his Letter to the Ephesians. Then sail to the island of Patmos and visit the Monastery and the Grotto of St. John the Divine. It is here St. John wrote the Book of Revelation. (B,L,D)

DAY 10 – CRETE/SANTORINI

We arrive in Crete where Paul and Titus visited in support of the Early Church. We will have time to visit the fantastic ruins before sailing to Santorini one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean. There will be time to walk the cobble streets. (B,L,D)

DAY 11 – ATHENS

Today we disembark and are transferred to our hotel in Athens to enjoy a free day. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. (B,D)

DAY 12 – ATHENS

Today we leave the beautiful city of Athens, Greece with beautiful memories of our Journey of the Steps of St. Paul, and we are transferred to the Airport for our flight back home to New York.

*(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Inclusions

Basic Tour Price: $2,498.00
Cruise extension: $1,398.00
(Prices are per person based on double occupancy)

Included in Basic Tour:

• Round-trip from New York Area Gateway (includes fuel surcharge)
• Superior class tourist hotels
• Breakfast and dinner daily
• Sightseeing as per itinerary
• Airport-hotel transfers
• Hotel taxes & baggage handling
• Touring by Private Air Conditioned Motorcoach
• Services of a Professional Tour Escort

Not Included:

• Gratuity
• Optional Insurance (recommended)
• Single Supplement (base tour) - $650
• Single Supplement (cruise extension) - $650
• $250 Supplement for Outside Cabin with Porthole
• $450 Supplement for Outside Cabin with Picture Window


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2021 Dates & Prices

Dates Land Only Air & Land
$1798 $2498*
$1798 $2498*

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