Thessaloniki & Athens

Highlights

  • Meteora Monasteries
  • Temple of Zeus
  • St. Demetrius Basilica

8 day

PILGRIMAGE

By Air

3-4 stars

Following St Paul along his second and most significant trip through Greece you will experience places mentioned in the New Testament including Thessaloniki, Philippi, Corinth and Athens.

Travel from the north exploring the sights of historic Greece.  Visiting Philippi, as Paul did on his Missionary Journey, Kavala (ancient Neapolis) where Paul first landed and the stream where St Lydia of Thyratira is said to of been Baptized. Continuing south via the cliff top Meteora monasteries, we visit the ancient oracle at Delphi, the Temple of Zeus before reaching Athens where Paul delivered his sermon introducing the “unknown God”.

We end in the south of Greece the ancient town Corinth where Paul lived.

Pilgrimages to Greece

ITINERARY

Day 1

Fly to Thessaloniki. Overnight in Thessaloniki.

Day 2

Travel to Philippi, the first city in Europe visited by Paul and the city where he and Silas were imprisoned. Visit the stream by the village of Lydia, where Lydia of Thyratira was baptized, the first recorded baptism in Europe. Visit the church of Philippi, before moving onward to Kavalla and Neopolis, where Paul landed from Troy on his way to Philippi. Overnight in Thessaloniki.

Day 3

Visit the St Demetrius Basilica, the largest church in Greece, and Agia Sophia. Drive to the highest point in the city, which is dominated by the walls of Theodosius. Start the journey to Kalambaka passing through Veria. Paul travelled from here to Athens via the coast. Overnight in Kalambaka.

Day 4

Visit the extraordinary Meteora Monasteries perched high on the cliffs. Start the journey to Delphi, on the lower slopes of Parnassos. Overnight in Delphi.

Day 5

Visit to the stadium, amphitheater, Temple of Apollo and the museum. People came from far and wide to consult the oracle at Delphi, hence the place now has both a great religious and political influence. In the afternoon, leave for Athens to spend the night.

Day 6

Full day spent in Athens, visiting sites such as Mars Hill and Aeropagus, the site of Paul’s sermon, the Acropolis and the Temple of Zeus. Overnight in Athens.

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Day 7

Drive to Corinth, following the coast and crossing the Corinth canal, which links the Aegean and Ionian seas. Continue on to visit Cenchreae, from where Paul departed for Ephesus. Overnight in Athens.

Day 8

Free time subject to flights. Fly home from Athens.

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