Footsteps of St. Paul
a journey to Greece and the Greek Islands
Day 1 - Depart to Athens
Evening departure from your home town, for the overnight flights to Greece.
Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Day 2 - Arrive Greece
Arrive in Athens and connect flight to Thessaloniki. You will be met and
transferred to your hotel. Time to relax dinner and overnight.
Day 3 - Phillippi, Kavala, Thessaloniki
Visit Philippi where St. Paul delivered his first sermon in Europe, sowing the seeds
of Christianity. "And from there (we 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 St. Paul baptized a certain woman named
first Christian convert in Europe. The Roman forum, completely excavated, is
from after St. Paul's time. Among the ruins, located on the rocky ledge above the
town's main road is the prison where St. Paul and Silas were thrown. Continue into
the modern port city of Kavala, ancient Neapolis, where St. Paul accompanied by
Silas, Luke and Timothy, first set foot in Europe. Dinner and overnight in
Day 4 - Thessaloniki, Meteora
Thessaloniki city-tour. St. 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 5 - 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 7 - Excursion to Corinth
Today you 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; see the ruins of the Parthenon, the Erectheum and
the Propylae. Afterwards, ascend Mars Hill where St. 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. Continue for a drive through the city to see the House of Parliament on
Square, the evzones in their picturesque uniforms guarding the Presidential
Palace and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Also during the tour your will 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
continue the 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 St. 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
Day 8 - Start of our 3-day 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!
- Kusadasi (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 10 - Heraklion - Santorini
In 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 11 - Piraeus - USA (or Athens)
Today marks the end of our cruise. Upon arrival in the port you will be met by a
tour escort and transfer by private motor coach to the airport for your return
flights to USA.
- Round trip airfare from New York (Includes ALL
Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges)
- Hotel Accommodations in Superior-Tourist and/or First Class Hotel, twin-bedded rooms with private
- Cruise - Accommodations in Twin bedded, OUTSIDE Cabins with
- Breakfast and dinner daily (all meals while on cruise.)
- Wine with dinners
- Transfers between airport, lodging and Cruise ship, with porterage
at hotels and ship
- Multi-lingual Tour Guides and Escorts
- Sightseeing and Shore Excursions as specified in itinerary
- Welcome Packet / Document Portfolio
- Daily Mass and all spiritual activities coordinated
2020 Pilgrimage Dates
March 27 – April 6, 2020
May 15 – 25, 2020
June 5 – 15, 2020
September 11 – 21, 2020
October 9 - 19, 2020
*Departures from other
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