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Day by Day

1
tuesday
Atlanta, Istanbul

Today we will meet at Atlanta International airport for our flights to Istanbul via wide-body aircraft arriving the next day. Meals served on board.

2
wednesday
Istanbul, Thessaloniki

Today we arrive in Istanbul and transfer to our flight to Thessaloniki. Upon arrival we are met and board our bus for a transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

3
thursday
Philippi, Kavala, Thessaloniki

Today a full-day excursion to Philippi and Kavala. Paul landed at Kavala (Neapolis) coming from Troas with Timothy and Silas. This ancient city was renamed Christoupolis because it was the first European city to accept Christianity. At the ruins of ancient Philippi you will see the baptism site, a crypt where Paul may have been imprisoned, the Acropolis, the Market Place, Basilica and the ancient theatre. At the Gangitis River the apostle preached to a group of women. Lydia, a merchant trading purple cloth, believed the Gospel and was baptized with members of her household. We return to Thessaloniki, birthplace of Aristotle, where time permitting we will have a short tour of the city before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

4
friday
Thessaloniki, Kalambaka

This morning we continue on to Vergina with the tombs of the royal dynasty, most notably King Philip II and a young prince who is identified as Alexander IV, the son of Alexander the Great. Continue on to Veria, or Beroea, where Paul found people who eagerly received his message, “examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were true” (Acts 17:11). Continue our drive to Kozani and on to Kalambaka for dinner and overnight.

5
saturday
Kalambaka, Delphi

This morning we visit Meteora, a cluster of pillars of rock, and the “Hanging Monasteries” perched on top of rock cliffs. There were a series of 24 monasteries constructed upon the spires of stone. Most were abandoned and only 6 survive today, 5 of which are inhabited by monks and 1 by nuns. We continue our drive through the beautiful scenery of Greece. Imagine Paul walking with his followers and teaching them God’s word as they continued down the road. Our bus will take us through Larissa, Lamia and Trikala and on to Delphi for dinner and overnight.

6
sunday
Delphi, Athens

This morning in Delphi we visit the museum with the famous Bronze Charioteer and other items that date back to the time of Paul. We visit the Temple of Apollo, where Paul must have spoken to the people about the Living God, continue to the Theater, the Athenian Treasury and the Castalian Spring. We then follow Paul’s ministry south as we travel on the national highway through famous Thebes, Levadia and the village of Arachova. Continue to the hotel in Athens where we check in for dinner.

7
monday
Athens, Corinth

This morning we start our tour of Athens by visiting the important modern and archaeological sites in the city of Athens, the Acropolis and neighboring monuments. While driving through the main streets of Athens, we have an opportunity to see other places of interest such as the University, the Academy, the National Library, the Temple of Zeus, the Panathenian Stadium, Omonia Square, Constitution Square and the Royal Palace. This afternoon we drive the coastal road along the wonderful beach of Kinetta, make a brief stop at the Corinth Canal, then on to ancient Corinth to visit the Museum, the Bema of St. Paul, the Doric Temple of Apollo, the Askeleion, Agora, Lechaion Road, and the Peirene Fountain. Return to our hotel for dinner overnight.

8
tuesday
Athens 1 Day Cruise (Hydra, Poros and Egina)

Many of you will like to spend a free day in Athens to explore the many wonderful sites of this ancient city, explore the shops, cafes, etc. of the Plaka and maybe do a little shopping. Or take a 3 island cruise for only $124 per person. After transferring from Athens to Piraeus by motor coach, you'll set sail for the island of Hydra, where you'll have free time for strolling, shopping and swimming. Next, it's on to the island of Egina, passing through the narrow strait separating the Peloponnesian coast from the island of Poros. Upon arrival in Egina (Aegina) you can either join an excursion to the Temple of Aphaia (cost not included) or take a walk around the main town. Egina is one of the Saronic islands of Greece in the Saronic Gulf. The lovely island is only 31 miles (50 kilometers) from Athens, and is a popular getaway for Athenians during the summer months. After lunch served on board, you'll sail to Poros in the southern Agrosaronic Gulf. You'll have free time to explore Poros - perhaps you'd like to visit ancient Trizina, the ruins of the Russian Dockyard or take a romantic stroll in the Lemon Forest. After sailing back to Piraeus port you'll be transferred to your hotel for dinner and over night.

9
wednesday
Athens, USA

This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight back home. We arrive back in the U S and transfer to our flights home with unforgettable memories to cherish always. Knowing we have walked in the footsteps of the early Christians on such a memorable tour will bring new meaning to our Bible reading.

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* $500 deposit per person
Departure Date Feb 18 - Feb 26, 2020
Price / Person $3,337.00
Tour Number: 200228 (From Greenville)
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