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Greece & The Holyland: Steps of Apostle Paul


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19 Days / 17 Nights, Thessaloniki, Philippi, Kavalla, Clambake, Delphi, Corinth, Athens, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Patmos, Santorini, Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberius, Sea of Galilee, Jordan River, Mt. Tabor, Jerusalem, Gethsemane, Ein Kareem, Bethlehem, Qumran, Jericho, Masada, Dead Sea, Mt. of Olives, Mt. Zion, Holy Sepulcher


DAY 7: ATHENS / ANCIENT CORINTH After breakfast, visit the Acropolis to see the ruins of the Parthenon, and its Museum. Ascend to Mars Hill where Paul spoke to the ancient Athenians about the one and only God. Continue to Ancient Corinth. Here, St. Paul preached and lived for two years. His church was founded here in 50 AD which caused him much grief and prompted him to write, at least, four letters to them. Visit the ruins of where Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla. See the remains of the first century shops, the agora where Paul’s trial by Gallio took place, the Fountain of Peirene, Temple of Apollo and the Bema. Return to Athens for dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 8: MYKONOS After breakfast transfer to Piraeus to board your cruise. First port-of-call is Mykonos. It is the most cosmopolitan of all Greek islands and attracts many visitors from all over the globe, including large numbers of artists and intellectuals. Under- neath its sophistication lies a quaint Greek island with numerous small white washed churches doting the island.


DAY 9: KUSADASI / EPHESUS (MARY’S HOUSE) / PATMOS


Monastery in Meteora


DAY BY DAY ITINERARY DAY 1: USA


Depart USA for your overnight flight to Greece. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.


DAY 2: THESSALONIKI


After your connecting flight to Thessaloniki, you will met and transferred to your hotel with assistance by your Homeric Tours representative. Time to relax, meet your fellow travelers, dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki. (D)


DAY 3: PHILLIPPI / KAVALA / THESSALONIKI Visit Philippi where Paul delivered his first sermon in Europe, sowing the seeds of Christianity. “And from there (He went) to Philippi, which is the lead- ing city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman Colony. We remained in this city some days...” (Acts 16:12-18) Here Paul baptized a certain woman named Lydia, the first Christian convert in Europe. Among the ruins is the prison where Paul and Silas were thrown. Continue to Kavala, ancient Neapolis, where Paul accompanied by Silas, Luke and Timothy, first set foot in Europe. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki. (B,D)


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DAY 4: THESSALONIKI (CITY-TOUR) / KALAMBAKA Paul preached in Thessaloniki during the winters of 49-50 AD and wrote two epistles to the ancient Thessalonians. See the ramparts of the city, the triumphal Arch of Galerius starting at the Via Egnatia, once a strategic artery of the Roman Empire. Depart for Kalambaka, location of the Meteora Monasteries. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka.(B,D)


DAY 5: KALAMBAKA (METEORA) / DELPHI Visit Meteora Monasteries. Among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks that seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless monasteries where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Continue to Delphi. Dinner and overnight in Delphi. (B,D)


DAY 6: DELPHI / ATHENS Visit Delphi, the center of the ancient world. Visit the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Phthios and the museum. Continue to Athens. “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are religious.” Dinner and overnight in Athens. (B,D)


Drive through the colorful town of Kusadasi to reach Mt. Koressos. Visit the humble chapel which lie on the site of the little house where The Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her last days. Continue on to Ancient Ephesus, walk through the Magnesian Gate, entrance to the ancient city of Ephesus. See the Odeon (concert hall), the Fountain of Trajan, the steam-heated Baths of Scolastika, the Temple of Hadrian and the Latrians, and the Library of Celsus. “I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription “to an unknown God.” What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you…”. Continue to the Great Theatre, where St. Paul preached, the largest theatre in antiquity with a capacity of 24,000 people. View the Basilica of St. John, erected over his grave in the 6th Century AD by the Emperor Justinian. Our next port of call is Patmos where the monastery of St. John is built within the walls of a strong fortification. Visit the main church noting its outstanding frescoes and interior decoration. On to the nearby Grotto of the Apocalypse. See the silver niches in the wall that mark the pillow and ledge used as a desk by the author of the Book of the Revelation as well as the three-fold crack made by the voice of God emphasiz- ing the honor of the Holy Trinity. Afterwards,


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