BIBLICAL JOURNEYS IN GREECE

In the footsteps of the Apostle Paul

NORTHERN AND CENTRAL GREECE

 

7 days

BIBLICAL JOURNEYS IN GREECE

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF APOSTLE PAUL

We follow the biblical journey of the Apostle Paul to Greece, the country that became the “gateway” for the spread of Christianity in the West. A journey of revelation, an experience of a lifetime. We follow the “Apostle of the Nations”, guided by the “Acts of the Apostles” and the Epistles of Paul, on his tour of Greece from Naples (now Kavala), Philippi, Thessaloniki and Veroia, and finally to Athens and Corinth. This thematic journey revives the memories of the time of the first Christians, and could be considered the starting point of the long Christian history of Greece. It is a biblical tourism proposal addressed to all those who wish to “touch” and get to know the biblical truths.

 

Synopsis

7 days – 6 nights. Accommodation at the Mediterranean Village Hotel & Spa 5*, in Katerini Beach, (https://mediterraneanhotels.gr/village/) with half board (Breakfast – Dinner) and daily excursions with guided tours to the cities and monuments visited by the Apostle Paul on his trip to Northern Greece and visits to pilgrimage sites of Orthodoxy.

Programme

Excursion program

 

1st day
Arrival at Thessaloniki airport “Macedonia” – Pieria

Arrival in Thessaloniki, the capital of Northern Greece. The journey to biblical Greece begins! Reception at “Macedonia” airport and transfer to Katerini Beach, Pieria. Check-in at the five-star beachfront hotel “Mediterranean Village Hotel & Spa 5*”. Free time, dinner and overnight stay.

 

Day 2

Philippi – Kavala

Breakfast and departure via the Egnatia road to Philippi, where Aphrodite A. After breakfast and departure to Filippi, where Paul (Acts 16:12-40, 20:6) was preaching. Visit to the river where Lydia, the first European Christian woman, was baptized. Guided tour of the archaeological site of Philippi, the most important city of eastern Macedonia – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There, there is the prison of Paul and Silas, the market, the complex of the “octagon”, the theatre. We continue to Kavala, the ancient port of Neapolis, a modern and picturesque city. Return to Pieria in the late afternoon, dinner and overnight.

 

Day 3

Thessaloniki

Breakfast and departure for Thessaloniki where we start the tour from Eptapyrgio, the walls of the old city. In the city center, we visit unique early Christian and Byzantine churches of great historical importance, such as the Acheriopitos (5th century) and the 7th century church of Agia Sophia of God, which is believed to have been built on the ruins of an early Christian basilica. Guided tour of Agios Dimitrios, Rotunda, the Archaeological Museum and the White Tower. Free time in the city for walking and shopping. Return to Pieria in late afternoon, dinner and overnight.

 

Day 4

Pella – Veria – Vergina (Aigai)

Breakfast and departure for Pella, the ancient capital of Macedonia, birthplace of Philip II and Alexander the Great. We visit the great palace complex, the largest market of the ancient world, the amazing 4th century BC mosaics and the museum. Transfer to Veria (Acts 17: 10-15). Visit to the Apostle Paul’s Step, the Jewish quarter and synagogue. Next stop is Vergina, the first capital of the Macedonians, where the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, is located. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon, dinner and overnight stay.

 

Day 5

Dion – Olympus

Breakfast and transfer to the archaeological site of Dion, the holy city of the ancient Macedonians. After visiting the museum we depart for Litochoro, located at the foot of Mount Olympus. Visit to the Monastery of Agios Dionysius en Olympus. Free time in Litochoro and hike to Mount Olympus. Return to the hotel in the afternoon, dinner and overnight.

 

6th day

Meteora – Kalambaka

Breakfast and departure for Meteora, one of the most important monuments of the world, protected by UNESCO, and the most remarkable, after Mount Athos, monastic center in Greece.

Return to Pieria in the afternoon, free time, dinner and overnight.

 

Day 7

Thessaloniki – departure from “Macedonia” airport

A unique journey to the biblical places of Greece is completed. After breakfast, transfer to the airport “Macedonia” of Thessaloniki.

Included:

Five (6) nights at the five-star Mediterranean Village Hotel & Spa 5*, in Katerini Beach, Accommodation with security in a hotel that complies with the health protocols of Swiss Approval.

Half board (7 breakfasts – 7 buffet dinners)

Chartered VIP bus for the program transfers as well as for the transfers from / to the airport

Four (6) days tour with a guide specializing in biblical tourism

Our office escort (reception on the first day and whenever required by the program)

Visit to the local church

Liability insurance

VAT

 

It does not include:

  • Airline tickets or the cost of transport by any means of transport to and from the starting point – base of the trip.
  • Entrance fees to museums, archaeological sites, monuments and other attractions.
  • Porters, tips, drinks /refreshments, third meal, personal expenses, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary or listed as optional, suggested, etc.
  • The city tax is payable exclusively by the clients upon check-in and is 4€ per room, per night, in a 5-star hotel.

Exclusive service

For travellers aged 65+ or those who have a health problem, Open Ways in cooperation with “Enelion” offers the exclusive service “Travel with Care”.  This is a package of health and care services so you can enjoy your holiday safely and worry-free. Ask us about the services and costs.

 

Combined service

In the itinerary of the trip, and after consultation with the group, we conduct a short introductory tour of Katerini, the capital of Pieria, and a visit to a local church (Orthodox Metropolis or Greek Evangelical Church of Katerini and the Evangelical Quarter).

 

The programme can be enriched with a one-day or longer cruise. Ask us for more information.

 

 

Useful information

  • We offer mainly personalized biblical trips, for groups of at least 25 people. Choose the days your group wishes to travel and together we will plan the perfect trip for you.
    Trips open to individual travellers are organised on specific dates announced by Open Ways.
  • Trips open to individual travellers are organised on specific dates announced by Open Ways.
  • The trip is open to Greeks who either wish to come as a group or individually on specific dates when the trip is organized. Greeks can also use other means of public transport to the reference point of our trip, Katerini Beach.

This is a tailor made tour and can be modified according to your preferences. The final cost depends on various factors such as the itinerary, the number of the participants, the included services, etc.

Please submit your request providing all the necessary information and we will design the ideal itinerary for you with the final cost.

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