Greece & Turkey – Steps of St Paul 12 days – Several dates available 2019 & 2018

Departure Day: 2019/05/02 Country: Greece Leader: English Speaking Local Guide - Dates As Requested

Walk the journey of St Paul, visit two countries in one! You will see sites from both Greece and Turkey.

 

 

Arrival in Athens

 

Welcome to Athens. After meeting with your Travel Director, you might like to explore the city. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for an included dinner at the hotel.

 

Evening dinner included at the Zafolia Hotel.

 

Athens - Thessaloniki (3 nights)

After breakfast at the hotel, we set off on our drive to Thessaloniki (see right) in northern Greece. Tonight dinner will be served at the hotel Capsis.

 

Overnight at Capsis hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thessaloniki - Excursion to Kavala

After breakfast, we enjoy a full-day excursion of Kavala (see left), 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 Theatre, Forum, Acropolis and market square before returning to Thessaloniki.

Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant before we return to the Capsis hotel.

 

Thessaloniki

We begin the day with breakfast.

Our sightseeing today takes us to St. George’s Church (see right), 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 Capsis.

Thessaloniki - Kalambaka

 

Following breakfast,  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 (see left), perched on giant rocks above the town to admire the beautiful Byzantine frescoes and the views.

Dinner & Overnight at the Farnissi Eden

Kalambaka - Delphi

 

We start with breakfast at the hotel.

Our destination today is Delphi (see right) – 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 Theatre. Tonight we dine at a local restaurant.

Our hotel tonight is the Amalia Delphi/Nafsika Palace Itea

Delphi - Athens (2 nights)

 

We have breakfast included as usual.

We begin today with a brief visit to the medieval monastery of Osios Loukas and the Chapel of St. Barbara. Travelling 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 (see left) we continue to Athens.

No evening dinner included today.

Our hotel once more is the Zafolia hotel in Athens.

Athens Sightseeing and Free time

 

We have our breakfast included.

Today’s morning sightseeing tour takes us to the Acropolis and the Parthenon (see right). We will see the Agora, Acropolis Museum, Royal Palace, the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, and the stadium built for the rst modern Olympic Games in 1896 before free time at leisure.

No evening dinner tonight.

Overnight at the Zafolia hotel in Athens.

Embark Cruise - Mykonos

 

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.

We will have breakfast, lunch and evening dinner on our cruise ship.

 

Kusadasi - At sea - Patmos

An early arrival this morning brings us to Kusadasi, Turkey. We take an excursion to Ephesus (see right) 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.

Once more all 3 meals included on board today.

Heraklion - At sea - Santorini

 

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 (see left), explore the town or consider joining an Optional Experience to Oia and Fira.

Today is full board as usual on the cruise ship.

Disembark Cruise - Athens

 

We enjoy our final breakfast.

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.

Tour Information & Prices

 

AVAILABLE DEPARTURES

 

DEPARTS RETURNS TWIN LAND ONLY SINGLE LAND ONLY
3 May 2018 14 May 2018 2232 GBP 2592 GBP
7 Jun 2018 18 Jun 2018 2232 GBP 2592 GBP
28 Jun 2018 9 Jul 2018 2232 GBP 2592 GBP
20 Sep 2018 1 Oct 2018 2232 GBP 2592 GBP

 

*Prices exclude flights, flight prices confirmed at the time of booking.

(Tour operated by Trafalgar Tours)

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