KAVALA – PHILIPI – THESSALONIKI – OLYMP – DION – OLD PANTELEIMON - VERIA - VERGINA– METEORA ATHEN - KORINTH – MYCENAE – EPIDAURUS – OLYMPIA – DELPHI
Day 1: Philippi/Kavala /Thessaloniki
We begin the day by following the massive battlement Byzantine wall to the citadel for a panoramic view of the city. Next, we will visit Philippiand Kavala. Kavala is Greece s prettiest mainland port with a most elegant harbor. Paul landed here with his disciples, Timothy and Silas. Luke, the Evangelist, also came here from Troas. This ancient city of Neapolis was later renamed Christoupolis because it was the first European city to accept Christianity. Imagine walking on the same sod as these men of the Bible! We will see the Roman Aqueduct and the ruins of the Acropolis in this beautifully located city, known since the 5th century as Kavala. Continue on to Philippi where Paul preached his first evangelical sermon and baptized the first Christians on European soil. We will view the baptismal site where Lydia surrendered her life to Christ and visit a crypt dating from the Roman period that is thought to have served as a prison for Paul. See the famous Acropolis, the Market Place, Basilica, and the Theatre.We transfer to our hotel in Olmpus Riviera
Day 2: Thessaloniki, Macedonia .
The New Testament books of I & II Thessalonians will come alive to us today. We will view the old city ramparts; the newly excavated Forum, St. George Church, an ancient Roman monument which was transformed into a church and the Galerius Arch which rises over the famous Via Egnatia. Visit St. Demetrius Basilica, dedicated to a distinguished member of the Roman army and a martyred Christian convert, before returning to the hotel for the night.
The remainder of the day is free to relax and explore on your own. We transfer to our hotel in Olmpus Riviera
Day 3: Vergina/Veria
A stop will be made in VERIA to view the Bema surrounded by newly placed mosaics of Paul and the plaque of scripture regarding the more noble church. We also visit King Phillip s (Alexander s father) tomb in Vergina, one of the most outstanding finds in all of Greece. This afternoon we see the world famous Byzantine monasteries that are perched precariously on summits of gray rock pinnacles of varied and beautiful shapes. Their history goes back to the 14th century when the monks sought refuge in the cliffside caves then fled higher to build the original wooden shelters, later transformed into monasteries. Our lodging this evening will be in Olympus Riviera
Day 4: Meteora Monastery
From Olympus riviera, our tour travels northward past Thempi we continue through Thessalia to Meteroa. Here we see the world famous Byzantine monasteries that are perched precariously on summits of gray rock pinnacles of varied and beautiful shapes. Their history goes back to the 14th century when the monks sought refuge in the cliffside caves then fled higher to build the original wooden shelters, later transformed into monasteries. Our lodging this evening will be in area ATHENS
Day 5: Athens, Acropolis & Mars Hill
We visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and Erectheum before viewing Athens atop Mars Hill where Paul stood and preached the truth to the Gentile nation. Additional sites include the Agora (ancient market place and center of Athenian public life), the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Olympic Stadium, and Presidential Palace. A short walk from the famous Plaka with a multitude of shops and cafes.
Our lodging this evening will be in area ATHENS
Day 6: Ancient Corinth
Departing Athens, we stop for a rest stop and photos at the Corinth Canal and then travel to the ancient city of Cotinth, another treat for the New Testament scholar. Corinth is the city that inspired many of Paul s most familiar letters. See the Archaeological Museum, the Market Place, the Bema, and the Temples. To enjoy a devotional in the midst of the ruins of the church of Corinth and see the pillars, steps, and public worship place where Paul preached will enhance your understanding and love of I & II Corinthians. The ruins of this important cultural center are fascinating as we walk along the stone path that the Apostle Paul walked. The engineering skill and intellect of these people are evident in the water systems that still flow from ancient to modern day. Our guide will be sure to show you the room dedicated to the medical care of that period. Next, we travel to the top of the nearby Acropolis where our guide will speak on the worship practices and point out the bird’s eye view of what was a bustling city of around 800,000 during Paul’s stay. Before ending our day we visit Cenchreae, the ancient port region of Corinth. Acts 18:18, states the Apostle Paul stopped at Cenchreae during his second missionary journey, where he had his hair cut to fulfill a vow. Our lodging this evening will be in Tolo
7. Day : Epidaurus – Mycenae – Olympia
Morning departure from Tolo,drive to Epidaurus (visit the archaeological site and the Theatre, famous for its remarkable acoust.Epidaurus theatres.
What makes it great and so famous; Built during the last quarter of the 4th century B.C.The theatre,the harmony of its cavea,the wayIts,sits in the landscape with the semicircle hollowed out of the side of the hill and the quality of its acousticts make the Epidaurus theatre one of the great architectural achievements of the 4rth century,wile the circular orchestra provides the link with the stage buildings
Then on to Nauplia (short stop). Drive to Mycenae where you visit the archaeological site, then depart. for Olympia, through the central Peloponnese area passing the cities of Megalopolis and Tripolis.
Dinner and Overnight in Olympia.
Day 8: Olympia
In the morning visit the archaeological site and the museum of Olympia. Drive via Patras to Rion, cross the channel to Antirion on the state of the art new suspended bridge considered to be the longest and most modern in Europe. Arrive in Nafpaktos, then continue to Delphi. Dinner and Overnight in Delphi.
Breakfast From the mountains, our tour travels southward to the lovely mountain region of Delphi - the ancient sanctuary of Apollo. Here you will gain a greater understanding of the Greek religious heritage and their influence on the early Christian church. We also visit the museum where we will marvel at the site of the Charioteer, a bronze statue so delicate we will see his eyelashes than we start our trip by the central Greece towns of Amfissa,Lamia to Olympus Riviera. Dinner and Overnight in Olympus Riviera
10.Day: Olympus, Old Panteleimon
Breakfast/ halfday trip to the mountain known from mythology Olympus (home of the 12 greek gods)/visit to the Olympus national park then visit to Dion the sacred town of the Macedonians/ sightseeing in the archeological site/ Our lodging this evening will be in Olympus Riviera
11 Day: Departure
Breakfast. Departure Notes:The above program can start
from Platamon and end in Thessaloniki.It can also be combined with tours in the neighbouring country Bulgaria,
- Visiting of KAVALA – PHILIPI – THESSALONIKI – OLYMP – DION – OLD PANTELEIMON - VERIA - VERGINA– METEORA – ATHEN - KORINTH – MYCENAE – EPIDAURUS – OLYMPIA – DELPHI on own bus
- 2 overnights on HB basis at good 3* 4* hotel in Athens.
- 4 overnights on half board basis at a good 3*, and 4* hotel in Olympus Riviera
- I overnight in TOLO on HB basis at a good 3*,4* Hotel
- 1 overnight in Olympia on HB basis at a good 3*,4* Hotel
- 1 overnight in DELPI on HB basis at a good 3*,4* Hotel
Price do not include:
Drinks – tips – Entrance fees at archaeological / historical sites and museums as for students under 19 or University groups are usually free of charge – anything not mentioned above