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Macedonia, Northern Greece and Turkey

Greece: In the Footsteps of Saint Paul
Suggested land-itinerary starting from Thessaloniki

The Acropolis of KavalaDay 1: On arrival in Thessaloniki, departure for Kavala. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Kavala.

The theatre at the archaeologiacal site of PhilippiDay 2: Visit to Philippi where St. Paul delivered his first sermon in Europe, sowing the seeds of Christianity. Here Paul baptized a woman called Lydia, the first Christian convert in Europe. Visit the Forum, the theatre and the prison where Paul and Silas were thrown. Continue into the modern port city of Kavala, ancient Neapolis where Paul accompanied by Silas, Luke and Timonthy, first set foot in Europe. On the way back to Thessaloniki, visit of Amphipolis. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki (Salonica).

Day 3: Explore Thessaloniki. The White Tower, landmark of ThessalonikiPaul 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 and other Roman ruins. Visits to St Demetrius Basilica, the Rotonda along with the Kamares and the Byzantine museum. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.

Day 4: Depart for Kalambaka visiting en route Veria, the Royal Tombs at Vergina where Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, is buried, the ancient theatre of Aigai, and Dion, one of the most interesting sites with early Christian basilicas. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka.

Meteora/KalambakaDay 5: Visit the Meteora Monasteries (Varlaam, and Agios Stephanos and its museum), perched on top of huge rocks that seem to be suspending in the air. Here you will see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Continue to Delphi for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Visit DelphiThe Treasury of the Athenians at the archaeological site of Delphi, the centre of the ancient world, the prestige of which extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic world. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pithios. Visit the site and the museum. Continue to Athens for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Explore Athens. See the Acropolis and its museum. Ascend the Aeropagus (Mars Hill) and view the AgoraView of the Ancient Agora in Athens, at the foothill of Acropolis (ancient market place where St. Paul spoke). See the House of Parliament, the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Presidential Palace, Hadrian's Arch and the Olympic Stadium where the first modern games were held in 1896. If time allows it, we also suggest a visit at the National Archaeological museum or the Byzantine museum, both renovated in 2004. Dinner and overnight in Athens.

Day 8: Visit Ancient CorinthAncient Corinth archaeological site. Here under the shadow of the towering Acropolis, St. Paul preached and lived for 2 years. The Gentile Church he founded here in 50 AD caused him much grief and prompted him to write, at least, four letters to them. Visit the ruins of the ancient city 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 Pierene, Temple of Apollo and the Berna. We continue on to the ancient port of Cechreae nearby. Dinner and overnight in Athens.

 


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