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Turkey & Greece: Classical & Footsteps of Apostle Paul


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11 Days / 9 Nights, Istanbul, Thessaloniki, Amphipolis, Kavala, Philippi, Pella, Berea, Vergina, Kalambaka, Meteora, Delphi, Athens, Ancient Corinth, Mykonos, Patmos, Ephesus, Heraklion, Santorini


Bell tower and arches of the Monastery of St. John, Patmos


DAY BY DAY ITINERARY DAY 1: DEPART USA Depart for your overnight flight to Istanbul, Turkey.


DAY 2: CITY TOUR IN ISTANBUL / ARRIVAL IN THESSALONIKI


Upon your arrival at the airport in Istanbul, you will be greeted by your Homeric English- speaking guide, who will take us to Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Topaki Palace to view the relic arm of John the Baptist. Return to the airport for our flight to Thessaloniki. Here, we will be met by our English-speaking Christian Tour Escort and transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)


DAY 3: THESSALONIKI / AMPHIPOLIS / KAVALA / PHILIPPI / THESSALONIKI


After breakfast sightseeing of Amphipolis (Acts 17:1). Visit part of the extensive site, including the North Wall. See both Beta and Gamma gates, and the remains of the Strymon Bridge. View the 4th century B.C. Lion Statue that was prominent on the ancient Egnatian Way that St. Paul would have traveled. Kavala - Acts 16:11. Stop near the harbor


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of Kavala (biblical Neapolis), St. Paul’s gateway to Europe. See Agia Sofia, the Greek Orthodox seaside church that marks Paul’s landing spot. Stop for lunch. Philippi - Acts 16:12-40. As a prosperous Roman colony, Philippi had a spacious forum and Agora, as well as a theater that was also a gladiator arena. Nearby, a crypt, has been honored since the 5th century as the place of St. Paul’s first imprisonment. Here in Philippi, St. Paul first preached the Gospel in Europe. Outside the ancient city, the River Gangites still flows where St. Paul addressed his first European congregations and the businesswoman, Lydia, was the first to be baptized by him. Return to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight accommodations. (B,D)


DAY 4: THESSALONIKI / PELLA / BEREA / VERGINA / KALAMBAKA


After breakfast depart for a full day of sightseeing tour of Thessaloniki (Acts 17:1-9). See the Church of George (Rotonda), built at the 3rd - 4th century AD. It is an important monument of that era, built with bricks and part of the palace complex of Galerius (293-310 AD). Its original use is not clear, possibly was a mausoleum or a temple of eastern


deities. In Byzantine times, emperor Theodossios (379-395 AD) was christened in Thessaloniki and turned the building into a Christian church. Rotonda was the cathedral church of Thessaloniki for more than 1,100 years. At St. Dimitrios, descend to the crypt where St. Paul preached and Dimitrios was martyred. Visit the cave and well of St. Paul at the Monastery of Vlattadon and the ‘House of Jason,’ built where St. Paul stayed. We head west to Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great. Visit the House of the Lion Hunt view the preserved mosaics in its museum. Free time for lunch then continue to Berea, Acts 17:10-15. Mount Vermion and Veria, (biblical Berea) see the Hellenic tower and walls, St. Paul’s Steps, commemorating the willing audience the apostle found amongst Jews and Gentiles. Visit Ayios Christos Church, which marks the growth of the gospel. Continue to Vergina, visit the local museum and see the Macedonian Tombs before continuing to Kalambaka for dinner and overnight accommodations. (B,D)


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