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Footsteps of St Paul Pilgrimage Tour & Greek Island Cruise 2021 & 2022

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Our Footsteps of St Paul Pilgrimage Tour & Greek Island Cruise is one of the most beautiful and spiritually fulfilling journeys we offer. This Spiritual Journey follows in the footsteps of St Paul as he evangelized in this region of the Asian and European Continents. In Philippi, you will visit the place where Paul delivered his first sermon to the Philippians and baptized the very first Christian convert in Europe.  You will tour Thessaloniki where St. Paul wrote his two epistles and in Meteora, you will visit one of the “Hanging Monasteries” perched high atop rocky summits. In Corinth, you will visit and celebrate Mass in the ancient ruins near the Bema where St. Paul preached to the Corinthians. And in Athens, you will visit the magnificent Acropolis and Mars Hill where St. Paul preached to the Athenians. During your Footsteps of St Paul Pilgrimage Tour & Greek Island Cruise through the beautiful Aegean Sea, this you will visit the ancient city of Ephesus where St. Paul preached to the Ephesians and to visit the House of the Virgin Mary on the hill. You will visit the Island of Patmos and see the cave where St. John lived in exile and wrote the Book of Revelations, as well as many of the most beautiful Greek Islands, including Mykonos and Santorini. Come to the land where the Apostles brought Christianity to Europe on the Footsteps of St Paul Pilgrimage Tour & Greek Island Cruise.

Tour Details for Greece Pilgrimage in Footsteps of Saint Paul

Departure & Return Location

New York J.F.K. International Airport, USA 

(Departures from other Airports Available)

Departure Time

Arrive for Check-in 3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares - Round trip airfare from New York (Add-on Airfare available from Other Cities)
  • Hotel Accommodations - First Class Hotelswith Porterage
  • Cruise - Accommodations in Twin bedded, OUTSIDE Cabins with private facilities
  • Meals - Breakfast and Dinner Daily (All Meals while on Cruise!)Wine & mineral water with dinners
  • All Transportation in Mainland Greece, including Transfers between Airport, Lodging and Cruise ShipAirconditioned Motor Coach with Bottled Water and WiFi available onboard
  • Tour Guide - Professional English Speaking Guides
  • Entrance Fees - Sightseeing and Shore Excursions as per itineraryWhisper Headsets where needed
  • Daily Mass and Spiritual Activities Coordinated

Price Excludes

  • Optional Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities for Guides and Drivers
  • Lunches when not onboard ship
  • Excess Baggage Fees, if applicable
  • Fees for Seat Assignments or upgrades, if applicable
  • Any Personal Expenses

Complementaries

  • Name and Luggage tags
  • Neck Wallet
  • Travel Bag
Itinerary for Greece Pilgrimage Tour Footsteps of Saint Paul

Day 1Depart for Greece

Make your way to your local airport where you will board your overnight flight(s). Your meals will be served on board.

Day 2Arrive Thessaloniki, Greece

Connect flight to Thessaloniki. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Time to relax, meet your fellow pilgrims, dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.

Day 3Thessaloniki - 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 leading 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. The Roman forum, completely excavated, is from after Paul’s time. Among the ruins, located on the rocky ledge above the town’s main road is 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 Timothy, first set foot in Europe. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.

 

Day 4Thessaloniki - Meteora

Thessaloniki city-tour. 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, Meteora Monasteries. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka 

Day 5Meteora - Kalambaka - 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. 

Day 6 Delphi - Athens

Visit Delphi, the center of the ancient world (navel) of the earth, whose prestige 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 Phthios. Visit the site and the museum and continue to Athens.“ Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are religious. For as 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…”. Athens, is one of the most glorious cities in the world and the cradle of western civilization as we know it today. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Day 7Athens - Excursion to Corinth

We will visit the Acropolis to see the ruins of the Parthenon, Erectheum and Propylae. For twenty five centuries, the panorama of this city is dominated by the rock of the Acropolis; we see the ruins of the Parthenon, the Erectheum and the Propylae. Afterwards, we will ascend Mars Hill where Paul spoke to the ancient Athenians about the one and only * God. From here we have an excellent view of the ancient agora; former center of the Athenian public life. We continue for a drive through the city to see the House of Parliament on Syntagma Square, the evzones in their picturesque uniforms guarding the Presidential Palace and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We also see the Library, the University, the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympics of the modern era were held, the temple of the Olympian Zeus and Adrian’s Arch. This afternoon we continue our tour to Ancient Corinth. Here, under the shadow of the towering Acropolis, St. Paul preached and lived for two years. The vigorous and mostly 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 Peirene, Temple of Apollo and the Bema. Return to Athens for dinner and overnight.

Day 8Start 3 Day Greek Island Cruise - Mykonos

Our first port-of-call is Mykonos; the whitewashed streets and windmills of this Cycladic island will simply enchant you. Mykonos combines in a unique way the luxuriant and sophisticated lifestyle with the simple and yet charming life of a Cycladic Island. Free time to stroll the winding narrow streets full of boutiques, visit tiny chapels and take pictures of the famous windmills. Or perhaps, just sit by the waterfront and enjoy the beautiful sunset!

Day 9Kusadasi (Ephesus & Mary's House) - Patmos

Kusadasi is a lively Turkish port and the gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the most impressive ruins of the Biblical world. Drive to Mt. Koressos located behind the ancient city of Ephesus, where you will visit the house where the Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her last days. There will be time for prayer and reflection before traveling back down hill to Ephesus where you will enjoy a guided walking tour through one of the most magnificent excavations in the world. See the Great Theatre where St. Paul preached, which is the largest theatre in antiquity having a capacity of 24,000 people. Just outside Ephesus, view the Basilica of St. John, which was erected over his grave in the 6th Century AD by the Emperor Justinian. Before returning to the ship, enjoy free time in Kusadasi. Continue our journey to the island of Patmos, where we will enjoy a short ride up to the village of Chora where the monastery of St. John located. Visit the courtyard, the church with it’s outstanding frescoes and small museum which houses ancient books and manuscripts, mosaics, Icons, splendid medieval textiles and vestments as well as jewelry. Return to your motorcoach and continue on to the nearby Grotto of the Apocalypse where the apostle, St. John wrote the Book of Revelations during his exile by the Roman State. Return to the port of Scala and enjoy some free time in this quaint and picturesque harbor before boarding the ship.

Day 10Heraklion - Santorini

n the morning we will visit Heraklion and see the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancients Minoan culture. It is in Heraklion where Paul met the owner and captain of the ship who warned him of continuing his journey to Rome. In the afternoon we will cruise on to the idyllic island of Santorini, the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. Accessible by cable-car or mule, the town of Thira reveals white-washed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques that cling to steep cliffs. Return back to the ship.

Day 11Athens - USA

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2021 Pilgrimage Tour Dates
GC21 0423 April 23 – May 3, 2021 $4,399
GC21 0514 May 14 – 24, 2021 $4,399
GC21 0611 June 11 – 21, 2021 $4,599
GC21 0716 July 16 – 26, 2021 $4,599
GC21 0917 September 17 – 27, 2021 $4,299
GC21 1022 October 22 – November 1, 2021 $4,459
2022 Pilgrimage Tour Dates
GC22 0422 April 22 – May 2, 2022 $4,399
GC22 0513 May 13 – 23, 2022 $4,399
GC22 0610 June 10 – 20, 2022 $4,599
GC22 0715 July 15 – 25, 2022 $4,599
GC22 0916 September 16 – 26, 2022 $4,299
GC22 1021 October 21 – 31, 2022 $4,459

Single Rooms and Stateroom Upgrades available. Call for Pricing.

*Departures from other Cities are available

Special Add-on Fares are available from your hometown.

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