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Steps of St. Paul

12 Days from $3,344 per person

Style: Value | Pace: Active

Travel in the footsteps of St. Paul to Greece. See the Acropolis in Athens, visit Thessaloniki and Philippi where Paul preached the Gospel. View the ruins of Corinth where he lived and worked with Priscilla and Aquila, take a three-day Greek Isles cruise and walk the streets of ancient Ephesus.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Travel in the footsteps of St. Paul to Greece. See the Acropolis in Athens, visit Thessaloniki and Philippi where Paul preached the Gospel. View the ruins of Corinth where he lived and worked with Priscilla and Aquila, take a three-day Greek Isles cruise and walk the streets of ancient Ephesus.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. Welcome to Athens. After meeting with your Travel Director, you might like to explore the city. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for an included dinner at the hotel.
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    hotel:Zafolia
  2. This morning, we set off on our drive to Thessaloniki in northern Greece. Tonight dinner is offerered at the hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:City
  3. 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 Theater, Forum, Acropolis and market square before returning to Thessaloniki. Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant.
    meal(s):BB, D
  4. 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.
    meal(s):BB, D
  5. 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.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Famissi Eden
  6. 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 Theater. Tonight we dine at a local restaurant.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Nidimos
  7. We begin today with a brief visit to the medieval monastery of Osios Loukas and the Chapel of St. Barbara. Traveling 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.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Zafolia
  8. 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.
    meal(s):BB
  9. 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.
    meal(s):BB, L, D
    hotel:Cruise Ship
  10. 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.
    meal(s):BB, L, D
  11. 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.
    meal(s):BB, L, D
  12. 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.
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $490 p.p.

Port Taxes and Gratuities: The above trip price includes Port Taxes and Gratuities of $219. 

Airport transfers: Complimentary transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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Meal Summary

11 Nights accommodations, 11 Buffet breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 9 Three-course dinners, .

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Visit the archaeological site where St Paul and St Silas were imprisoned
  • Sightseeing includes a visit to St Demitrius Basilica where St Paul was buried
  • Visit two of the incredible monasteries and admire the Byzantine frescoes
  • Visit Temple of Apollo, the museum and theater
  • Visit the market place, Temple of Apollo and the Corinth Museum. See the Corinth Canal.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Acropolis and Parthenon. See the Agora, Temple of Zeus and the stadium built for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896
  • Visit the island with its distinctive whitewashed houses
  • Visit the valley side chapel where it is said the Virgin Mary spent her last days, and visit the excavation site at ancient Ephesus
  • Visit Chora Village and Monastery of St. John
  • Visit the spectacular volcanic island
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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Greece and Turkey must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Greece or Turkey.

  • The currency in Greece is the Euro (€) and in Turkey is the Lira (₺). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive on your trip, you can use your debit and credit card to pay in most places and will usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.  Mediterranean food is simple, delicious, and centered on a variety of fresh seafood, produce, cheeses and baked goods. Try Greek salad prepared with tomatoes, feta, olive oil and herbs as well as other popular dishes including grilled lamb, octopus, eggplant and spanakopita.  Olives, cheese and flatbread make a tasty snack paired with a glass of chilled white wine.  

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping at restaurants is less common than in the U.S. It is appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro or two for good service.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit. 

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Athens

Dinner "Meze" Style in Psiri with Acropolis Illuminations

Enjoy a lovely dining experience at a wonderful restaurant located in the lively area of Psiri. Dining is “meze style,” giving you the opportunity to taste many Greek cuisine dishes, which are served in the center of the table. Also, enjoy the local free-flowing wine! Afterward, see the Acropolis beautifully illuminated as you return to your hotel (Casual dress).
Adult Price: €50

Cape Sounion

Take a relaxing trip down to the southernmost tip of Mainland Greece to see the fifth century B.C. Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. See if you can spot where Byron carved his initials on one of the temple’s sixteen columns. Marvel at the sheer rugged beauty of the coastline and the ancient temple perched above a 197-foot drop down to the Aegean Sea below. Stand above the site of the world’s first lighthouse, overlooking an area steeped in classical Greek history, ever since the tragic King Aegeas threw himself from the rocky precipice into the sea below, thereby giving his name to the Aegean Sea.
Adult Price: €40

Mykonos

Myconian Countryside Tour with Hora & Little Venice

The shore-experience with the coach and your local expert sets off from Chora. Next stop at the south, the leeward beach of Ornos, a picturesque fishing harbor which is a popular anchorage and then on to the small beach of Agia Anna and Kalafatis beach. During the trip back to Chora, you will visit the traditional village of Ano Mera and the monastery of Panagia Tourliani, founded in 1542. The pretty village square is the perfect spot for a short break. Returning to Chora you will stop at Paraportiani. A few feet down you will meet the Mykonos Folklore Museum, which is housed in an old two-storied merchant baron's house. You continue towards the “Little Venice” of Mykonos, Alefkandra, with its windmills and the almost otherworldly sunsets.
Adult Price: €67

Santorini

Spectacular Oia Village Perched on the Caldera Rim

First, you head up to Megalochori village, one of the most authentic and unspoiled villages of the island with its distinctive architecture and character. We will continue on to the east, in the background, you will have settlements like Kamari and Monolithos, while you will pass through Fira, the small traditional villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli with delicate architecture and beauties, to eventually arrive at the settlement of Oia. During the entire route, to the west you will have before your eyes the lacelike caldera, the little islands of Thirasia, Palea and Nea Kameni and an unsurpassable panoramic view. In Oia you will have plenty of time to stroll through the marble-paved alleys, to gaze at the adorably cute shops, to take pictures, to become acquainted with the characteristic buildings, carved into the rocks and the unusual captains' manors, the settlement Ammoudi at the foot of the caldera, returning to the ship afterwards.
Adult Price: €74

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