9 Day Pilgrimage

Sample Itinerary 

Day 1  Home

Departure Overnight flight to Thessaloniki.

 

Day 2 Thessaloniki

Today we discover Thessaloniki, a city at a unique crossroads of civilizations, where East meets West. Take the afternoon to soak up the thriving culture of Greece's beloved Northern capital with its idyllic sea views, tree-lined streets and colorful bazaars. B | D

 

Day 3 - Thessaloniki - Kavala

Today we visit Neapolis, now known as Kavala, where St. Paul first set foot in Europe. En route we will see the mountain peninsula UNESCO world heritage site that is widely considered the holiest place in modern Greece: Mount Athos. We continue on to Kavala for afternoon at leisure to visit the old town with its famous aqueduct, Byzantine castle and neoclassical mansions. Enjoy dinner at a picturesque seaside taverna and settle in for the night. B | D

 

Day 4 - Philippi - Thessaloniki

After breakfast we will travel, just as St. Paul and his companions did, from Kavala to Philippi, where he preached his first sermon and baptized the first Christians on European soil. We will visit the sites where Lydia was baptized and where St. Paul was imprisoned. We will visit the Acropolis, the theater and the remains of the first Christian basilica established in Europe. We continue in chronological order, stopping in Ancient Amphipolis, before returning to Thessaloniki. B | D

 

Day 5 - Thessaloniki - Kalambaka

Today we visit the Arch of Galerious, the neighboring Rotunda and through the ruins of the Ancient Agora. We’ll also visit St. Demetrious and St. Sophia churches before setting off, as Paul and Silas did, for Veria. At nearby Vergina, we’ll see the burial site of the kings of Macedon, including the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great before making our way to Kalambaka, home of the breathtaking Meteora Monasteries, for dinner and an overnight. B | D

Day 6 - Kalambaka - Athens

Today we will climb above the charming mountain villages of Kastraki and Kalambaka to visit two of the six surviving Monasteries of Meteora, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in the world. Though Paul passed through Greece long before hermits began cave-dwelling here in the 9th century, one cannot deny that the message of his mission is alive and is exceptionally wellpreserved here. We will see how the monks live today and enter some of the most captivating Byzantine basilicas in Greece. In the afternoon we’ll head south to Athens for dinner and a several nights stay. B | D

 

Day 7 - Athens

We will begin our morning climbing up the rock of the Acropolis. Afterward, we will ascend the Areopagus, Mars Hill, where St. Paul spoke to the Athenians who were gathered in the Ancient Agora below. We’ll continue on to the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of the Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. To follow we will see the National Gardens, the Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square, the University of Athens, and finally the National Library. Dinner and evening at your leisure in lively Athens. B

 

Day 8 - Corinth

We will visit the ruins of Corinth, walking in the same paths that St Paul walked almost two thousands of years ago. We will visit the ruins of the 6th century BC Temple of Apollo, the Fountain of Peirene, the Agora where Paul's trial by Gallio took place and where the famous Bema stands. Afterward we will pass by the ancient port of Kechries, Paul’s departure point for Ephesus. We’ll return to Athens for a special last evening together. B | D

 

Day 9 - Return Home

Flight home after a life changing spiritual journey through the Greece. B

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