An 11-Day Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Saint Paul in Greece
Including Athens, Corinth, Delphi, Kalambaka, Meteora, Berea,
Thessaloniki, Philippi, Kavala, Canakkale, Troy, Pergamon,
Izmir, Ephesus, Istanbul and more.
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Day 1 - Monday
USA / ATHENS
journey begins as we depart the United States on our flight to
follow the footsteps of Saint Paul, beginning in Athens,
Greece. Meals are served in-flight.
Day 2 - Tuesday
Today we arrive in Athens and are
met by our Pilgrimage Tours tour director prior to embarking on
a driving tour of classical Athens prior to checking into our
hotel. Dinner and overnight in Athens.
Day 3 -
morning we drive along the picturesque Corinthian Gulf via its
historic Canal to Corinth where Saint Paul lived and
worked and from where he sent his first and second letters to
the Corinthians. We visit the market place where Paul
preached to the Corinthians. To stand in the midst
of the ruins of the church of Corinth and see the pillars,
steps and place of public worship where Paul preached,
will enhance your understanding and love of Corinthians I,
II. We also visit the sixth century BC Temple of
Apollo, the Museum of Corinth and the Bema Seat of St.
Paul. We continue on to Cenchreae, the ancient
seaport from where the Apostle Paul set sail for
Ephesus. In the afternoon we return to Athens and
visit the legendary Acropolis, the spectacular Parthenon
and the Temple of the Winged Victory. Next we visit
Areopagus on Mars Hill where Paul was brought before the
council and made his famous “Men of Athens” speech.
Dinner and overnight in Athens.
Day 4 - Thursday
ATHENS / DELPHI /
Morning drive to Delphi, the
center of the Ancient world, the "omphalos" (navel) of the
earth - whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of
the Hellenic world. On the slopes of Mt. Parnassos, in a
landscape of unparalleled natural beauty and majesty, lies the
archaeological site of Delphi. We visit the Temple of
Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and the Archaeological
Museum containing such masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture
as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. After
the tour we continue on to Kalambaka for dinner and
Day 5 -
METEORA / BEREA /
We depart Kalambaka for a climb
up to spectacular Meteora with its thousand-year-old Byzantine
monasteries perched precariously on huge finger-like
rocks. The view from here is breathtakingly
beautiful. We continue on to Berea on the terraced
foot of Mt. Vernon to see the Monument where Paul
preached. Next we depart for Thessaloniki where Paul
also preached and to where he sent his first and second
letters to the Thessalonians. Dinner and overnight
Day 6 - Saturday
THESSALONIKI / PHILIPPI /
morning we enjoy a panoramic drive to the Old City Walls where
we have excellent views of the city and the opportunity to take
pictures. Then we see the White Tower, the Triumphal Arch
of Galerius standing on the Egnatian Way and the Rotunda.
Next we drive to Philippi, where Paul established the first
church in Europe. Here we see the river where Lydia were
baptized and the ancient forum and jail where Paul and Silas
were kept. We then drive to the beautiful port city of
Kavala (Neapolis), where Paul landed when he sailed from
Troas. Here we celebrate Mass. Dinner and overnight
Day 7 - Sunday
Today we drive from Kavala to the
Greek-Turkish border. We say goodbye to our Greek guide
and driver and we continue our journey with our Turkish guide
and driver. We drive to Gallipoli through the European
lands of Turkey and cross the Dardanelles Straits by
ferry-boat. We arrive in Canakkale and visit a small
Archaeological Museum which houses such 4th century treasures
as gold laurel wreaths and precious jewelry. Dinner and
overnight in Canakkale.
Day 8 -
CANAKKALE / TROY / PERGAMON /
Today we visit the ancient city
of Troy and its 5,000-year-old history. Homer’s Iliad
tells the legendary story of the Trojan War (1200 BC).
Here the Apostle Paul stopped by what then was known as Troas
and received his Macedonian call (Acts 16: 8). We
continue on to Pergamon (Rev: 2:12-17), with its replica of the
wooden horse that stands above the only remains of the city; a
small theater and the foundation walls. We also see the
acropolis, asclepion, the Red Basilica, which is one of the
Seven Churches of the Apocalypse. We continue on to Izmir
passing by Thyatira. Dinner and overnight in
Day 9 -
EPHESUS / IZMIR /
Today we have a full-day visit of
ancient Ephesus (Rev: 1:11:2:1:7, Acts: 18:19-28:19) with St.
John's Basilica, the archaeological site & museum.
Here we see the Temple of Diana, one of the Seven Wonders of
the World. Ephesus is another of the seven churches where
the Apostle John wrote while imprisoned by Roman rulers.
St. Paul founded the Church of Ephesus 53-56 AD. From
here, he wrote letters to Galatia, Philippi and Corinth.
Our excursion visits the great theater where St. Paul addressed
the crowds (Acts 19:29). Next we visit the Basilica of
St. John and also the House of Mary. It is widely
believed that St. John brought the Blesssed Virgin Mary to
Ephesus, after the crucifixion of Christ, to spend her final
days. Finally, we will visit the Ephesus Museum.
Late afternoon we drive to Izmir Airport for our flight to
Istanbul departing early evening, arriving one hour later in
Istanbul. We drive to our hotel for dinner and overnight
Day 10 -
Formerly Byzantium, the centre of
the Eastern Roman Empire, this city is built on seven green hills
and situated astride two continents. Full day visits
to the Topkapi Palace; overlooking the Sea of Marmara and
containing numerous chambers, courtyards and royal
treasures, the Sultan Ahmed (Blue) Mosque with its six
minarets and thousands of blue tile, the Basilica of St.
Sofia, (church of the sacred wisdom), now a museum,
converted to a mosque from a Christian basilica after the
fall of Constantinople in 1453. Next we see the
Hippodrome and the Obelisk brought from Egypt. In
the afternoon we visit the Grand Bazaar, a place where
numerous merchants have items for sale. Dinner and
overnight in Istanbul.
Day 11 -
morning we leave the ancient New Testament lands of Greece and
Turkey for home. Though our pilgrimage has come to an
end, its blessings and memories are sure to last a