6 Days Christian Private Tour Following Apostle Paul’s Footsteps & Cruise Tour to Athos Mt.

  • Meteora Monasteries Tour
DAY 1: CHRISTIAN TOUR IN ATHENS & ANCIENT CORINTH - DELPHI: Your private tour will start with the Acropolis site, a complex of buildings that includes the Parthenon (main temple)the best example of classic architecture of the 5th century BC , Erectheion (the temple with the 6 female figurers, Caryatides), Temple of Athena Nike (Wingless Godess), Propylaia (the monumental Gate), Odeon of Herodus Atticus, Dionysus theater and finally the Mars Hill or Areios Pagos (the first ancient court and the place that St. Paul preached the Christianity for the first time in Athens). Our next stop will be the Temple Of the Olympian Zeus (the largest temple in Hellenic and Roman times), the Panathenian Stadium (the stadium of the first Olympic Games on 1896), the memorial of the Unknown soldier and the changing of the Guards (Euzones) in front of the Greek Parliament, opposite the Syntagma or Constitutional square. Our next stop will be the Ancient Greek Agora with the beautiful St. Catherine Orthodox Church. The meeting place of Apostle Paul. He had to be there, where all the great philosophers and important men were, in order to discuss the new religion of the one and true God. When he was firstly there, he saw an inscription on the Unknown God, so he found a way to present to Greeks the One and Only real God, preaching the newly born religion. Some of the most important speeches of St Paul took place here. After that let's see the Trilogy of Athens (the Academy of Science, the First University of Athens and the National Greek Library) and drive towards the Peloponnese to reach the magnificent structure of the Corinth Canal, which is in Peloponnese, the southern peninsula of Greece. The Corinth Canal connects the Saronic with the Corinthian Gulf in the Aegean Sea. A dream of the ancients that came true in 1893. Time for rest and some amazing photos above the Corinth Canal. Leaving the Isthmos and driving to the ancient Corinth, where St. Paul lived for almost two years making a very important missionary work. There you will visit the archaeological site and museum, plus the church that has the 1st Letter to the Corinthians written in four languages, Greek, Arabic, French and English. Time for lunch before we reach Delphi. Overnight in Delphi.

DAY 2: DELPHI – MONASTERY OF SAINT LOUKAS - VEROIA – VERGINA – THESSALONIKI. You'll visit both the archaeological site with the ancient theatre, and museum. Delphi is the first touristic attraction of the antiquity, as it was busy all the year round. It was the place where God Apollo had his sanctuary,that the prophesis were given to every man, every prince, general and king by Pythia the High Priestess. It was the center of the universe, according to Zeus, king of the Gods. You will visit the Oracle of Apollo, the Omfalos, the temple of Athena Pronaia, Kastaleia Spring and see some magnificent artifacts and statues, such as Eniochos the charioteer, the twin Brothers and Sphynx of Naxos. Our next stop will be the Osios Loukas monastery founded on the early 11th century, favored by the byzantine emperors and most worshiped by the pilgrims. There you can see the wonderful golden mosaics, built in the 11th century, and frescoes plus the Burial Crypt. We move on to reach the beautiful town of Veroia. We visit the church of Apostle Paul and the marble-made ''Vima of Apostle Paul'', the place where Apostle Paul preached to the people of one of his beloved towns . We continue to the Ancient town of Vergina and to the King's tombs, such as the Alexander’s the Great father’s and ex-king. Overnight in Thessaloniki.

DAY 3: THESSALONIKI - NEA FOKEA - PHILIPPOI - KAVALA: We leave Thessaloniki to visit Nea Fokaia and the Agiasma of St Paul, which is the secret underground chamber that people hid him when he was chased after! Our next visit will be to Philippoi, the Baptismal site where even Lydia was baptized and was the first woman to have the honour! Then we will visit the Philippoi Acropolis, the Basilica Theatre and the place where St Paul and Silas were imprisoned. We continue to Kavala, the ancient Neapolis, which is the first European place where St Paul, Silas, Luke and Timothy visited. Lunch in Kavala. Overnight in Kavala.

DAY 4: KAVALA – CRUISE TOUR AT MOUNT OF ATHOS: We will leave Kavala and will drive to Ouranoupolis so you can take the ferry for Mount of Athos that is called Virgin Mary's garden, the place where Holy Fathers have lived for centuries in enlightenment. For the Christians, it is a place of spiritual enlightenment, a place of worship, a chance for meditation and spiritual renewal. We will see 7 monasteries and our English-speaking guide will explain everything about the monasteries. The duration of the tour is about 3 hours. Once the tour is over, we drive to Thessaloniki. Overnight in Thessaloniki.

DAY 5: CHURCHES IN THESSALONIKI – METEORA: Today, we explore Thessaloniki, where Paul preached and wrote two epistles to the Ancient Thessalonians. See the triumphal Arch of Galerius, The Rotonda, one of the most impressive monuments of Thessaloniki, St. Demetrius Basilica at the most important part of the temple with the underground ancient “Crypt”,where the saint was imprisoned here and died in 303 A.D. The Acheiropoietos Church which owes its name to an icon of the Virgin Mary, (‘Acheiropoietos’ meaning "made not by human hands "), which was kept in the church. Also we will visit the Vlatades Monastery where it is said that Apostle Paul stopped to drink some water that's why called “Apostle Paul’s Holy Water". In the same area, there is also the Orthodox Church of St. Paul. We will drive through central Greece till we reach Meteora. Overnight in Meteora.

DAY 6: METEORA – ATHENS: We will visit the BYZANTINE MONASTERIES of Meteora, that are included on the UNESCO world heritage monument list. Our first stop will be at The Holy Monastery of Great Meteoro which is the biggest and oldest one of all. It was called the monastery that was "suspended in the air" (Meteoro) because it was built on top of a gigantic rock! The great monastery of St. Stephan is our next visit, which is a small church built in the 16th century and decorated in 1545. We leave Meteora and we stop shortly at Thermopiles where the statue of Leonidas stands as a memorial the battle of the 300 Spartans against thousands of Persian soldiers of the Persian Empire. Drop off at your hotel in Athens late in the evening.
  • City of Thessaloniki
  • 7 Monasteries during the cruise at the Mount of Athos
  • Vladades Monastery in Thessaloniki
  • The Crypt of Saint Demetrius
  • Nea Fokea – ''Agiasma'' St. Paul
  • Philippoi – ''Baptismal'' site
  • The prison where Apostle Paul and Silas were thrown
  • City of Kavala "ancient Neapolis"
  • Veria – ''Vima of Apostle Paul''
  • Monasteries of Meteora
  • Delphi area & museum
  • St. Loukas Monastery
  • Anient market in Athens
  • Acropolis and ''Mars Hill''
  • Canal of Corinth
  • Ancient Corinth & Vima of St. Paul in Corinthos
PRICE INCLUDES :
• Transportation with private vehicle
• English Speaking driver
• Pick up & Drop off from hotel or specific check points
• 2 Night’s accommodation in Thessaloniki
• 1 Night accommodation in Kavala
• 1 Night accommodation in Meteora
• 1 Night accommodation in Delphi
• Daily Breakfast
• Tickets for day cruise to Mount of Athos
• All Taxes

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
• Entrance fees
• Personal expenses, Meals
• Tour Guide
• Hotel City Tax (1.5 euro per room, per night in 3* hotels or 3 euro in 4* hotels)

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