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Itinerary & Activities

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Itinerary map of Steps of St Paul Summer 2019

Day 1 Arrive Athens

Welcome to Athens. After meeting with your Travel Director, you might like to explore the city. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for an included dinner at the hotel.Dinner

Day 2 Athens – Thessaloniki (3 nights)

This morning, we set off on our drive to Thessaloniki in northern Greece. Tonight dinner is offerered at the hotel. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Thessaloniki – Excursion to Kavala

After breakfast, we enjoy a full-day excursion of Kavala, which occupies the ancient site of Philippi and Neapolis, a major archeological site near Krinides, where St. Paul and St. Silas were imprisoned after St. Paul's first sermon in what we today call Europe. We visit the Theatre, Forum, Acropolis and market square before returning to Thessaloniki. Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Thessaloniki

Our sightseeing today takes us to St. George's Church, the Galerius Church, built to commemorate Galerius's victory over the Persians. We then visit St. Demitrius Basilica, often referred to as the most beautiful basilica in the city. It was here that the saint was imprisoned, tortured and buried. A visit to the Church of the Holy Apostles is also included. Later we continue to Berea where St. Paul and St. Silas departed after the accusations from the Jewish community. Dinner this evening will be at the hotel.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Thessaloniki – Kalambaka

An early morning departure today as we drive along the beautiful Greek coastline and through valleys to Kalambaka and Meteora. We visit two of the incredible monasteries at Meteora, perched on giant rocks above the town to admire the beautiful Byzantine frescoes and the views.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 Kalambaka – Delphi

Our destination today is Delphi – located on the slope of the Holy Mountain of Parnassos, and surrounded by a forest of pine trees. Here lies the shrine of the god Apollo. We will visit the Temple of Apollo, the Museum and the Theatre. Tonight we dine at a local restaurant. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 Delphi – Athens (2 nights)

We begin today with a brief visit to the medieval monastery of Osios Loukas and the Chapel of St. Barbara. Travelling via Corinth, where we visit the market place, the Temple of Apollo and the Corinth Museum. It was in Corinth that the Apostle Paul preached to the Corinthians. Crossing the Corinth Canal we continue to Athens.Buffet Breakfast

Day 8 Athens Sightseeing and Free Time

Today's morning sightseeing tour takes us to the Acropolis and the Parthenon. We will see the Agora, Acropolis Museum, Royal Palace, the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, and the stadium built for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 before free time at leisure.Buffet Breakfast

Day 9 Embark Cruise – Mykonos

Transfer to the port and cruise to stunning Mykonos. Spend time discovering this island paradise with its distinctive whitewashed houses and maze of narrow cobbled streets.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Kusadasi – At Sea – Patmos

An early arrival this morning brings us to Kusadasi, Turkey. We take an excursion to Ephesus And The House Of The Virgin Mary. Visit the valley-side chapel said to be where the Virgin Mary spent her last days – officially sanctioned for pilgrimage by the Vatican. After, you'll see the excavation site of Ancient Ephesus, including where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode. Then enjoy free time in Kusadasi. Continue your cruise to the island of Patmos. Here we visit Chora village and the monastery of St. John, where you'll view the monks' dining room and main church. We'll show you the museum and the Grotto and Monastery of the Apocalypse before driving back to Scala port, where you'll enjoy free time.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Heraklion – At Sea – Santorini

Wake this morning in Heraklion on the island of Crete. A possible visit to the Mionoan Palace of Knossos. Continue to spectacular volcanic island of Santorini, explore the town or consider joining an Optional Experience to Oia and Fira.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Disembark Cruise – Athens

This morning, disembark from your cruise ship before bidding farewell to your companions after a memorable pilgrimage. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. Please ensure onward flights from Athens airport are scheduled after 11am on day of departure.Buffet Breakfast

Things to Know

Preparing For Your Trip
  • Make Sure to Bring All of Your Important Documents: Passport, Foreign visa (if applicable), Itinerary, Trip confirmation, Airline ticket, Drivers license, Credit cards, Travel documents.

  • Vaccinations Are Required for Entry to Some Countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) can provide you their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

  • Are You Taking Any Prescriptions or Other Medications? Pack enough to last your entire trip, including some extra in case you are unexpectedly delayed.

  • Insurance: Purchase travel insurance to cover yourself against unexpected situations. You never know when something might happen, so always be prepared.
While Traveling
  • Keep an eye on your belongings. Do not leave your belongings unattended in public spaces

  • Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards.
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