What to expect(everything can be customized according to your needs)
Arrival in Thessaloniki
Welcome to Thessaloniki!
You will be met at the airport, on arrival, and transferred to your hotel. Take the remaining time of the day to discover Thessaloniki! A vibrant city rich with history and mythology, enlivened by bustling outdoor cafes, pedestrian streets that wind through the city's numerous stores and its fair share of urban eccentrics, a city full of contrasts.
Overnight in Thessaloniki
Day 1 - Thessaloniki to Kavala
(Acts 16:9-11)"Come over into Macedonia and help us..."
Apostle Paul was praying, asking for the direction of the holy spirit as to which city he should travel to. He arrived in Troas and there he had a dream, sent by the spirit of God. Therefore his trip to Europe began and the first country he visited was Greece.
He arrived at Neapolis (Modern city of Kavala) which was situated in Philippi. Neapolis was the city port of Philippi which was named after Phillip II, father of Alexander the Great, and became a very important Roman colony. There, Ap. Paul established the very first Christian church in Europe.
One of the highlights of the first day of the tour will be our visit to the river of Lydia, otherwise known as the "Jordan river of Greece". At this place, where Ap. Paul met Lydia and where his so-called prison is situated (Acts 16:40), we will have the possibility of placing a prayer.
We will also visit the "Agora", the city square forum which was one of the most important places in the city, during Paul's time, and is mentioned in Acts.
Return to Thessaloniki for overnight
Day 2 - Thessaloniki sightseeing, Thessaloniki to Pella, Pella to Vergina
(Acts 17:1)"Now, when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica..."
One of the most spiritual churches of the New Testament was in Thessalonica.
The tour will start with sightseeing of the city of Thessaloniki. Driving to the old city, we will be able to admire the Byzantine city walls, the white tower, the triumph arch of Galerius and the Rotunda. We will visit the Roman forum, the church of St.Demetrius, who is the patron saint of the city, and the Archaeological museum. After that, we will go to Pella, the new capital of the Macedonian kingdom and the birthplace of Phillip II and Alexander the Great. Our next stop will be at Vergina, the first Capital of the Macedonians, where we can see the amazing artworks of the tomb of Phillip II, father of Alexander the Great.
Return to Thessaloniki for overnight
Day 3 - Thessaloniki to Dion, Dion to Kalambaka
(Acts 17:14-15)"And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea..."
We will visit Dion, which was the sacred city of the ancient Macedonians. It was from the port of Dion that Ap. Paul possibly sailed to Athens. Dion is an extensive archaeological park. Its museum houses some of the rarest and most unique statues, reliefs and inscriptions. We will also see some of the most well preserved ancient roads and walls, two early Christian basilicas and finally a few Christian houses and shops of the time of Ap. Paul.
Afterwards our trip will take us to Kalambaka, at the base of "Meteora", which has been characterized by Unesco as a "unique phenomenon of cultural heritage". These rocky formations are littered with Byzantine monasteries (14th - 16th century A.D.)
Overnight stay in Kalambaka.
Day 4 - Meteora sightseeing, Kalambaka to Delphi
Our morning will begin with a brief sightseeing of Meteora and a visit to one of the oldest monasteries this beautiful place has to offer. In the afternoon, our trip will take us to Delphi, passing by Thermopylae which was famous for its 480 B.C. battle between the ancient Spartans and the Persians. Delphi is situated on the slopes of Mt. Parnassos and was considered the center of the ancient world (the omphalos of the earth). It was a sanctuary for all and a home to the oracle of god Apollo, Pythia, famous for her prophecies. (Acts 16:16)"...a certain damsel, possessed with a spirit of divination, met with us..."
Overnight stay in Delphi
Day 5 - Delphi sightseeing, Delphi to Athens
In the morning we will commence our tour of Delphi, visiting the archaeological site of the temple of Apollo, its treasuries, the ancient theatre and the stadium, as well as its wonderful museum. There, among many wonders, we'll be able to admire the superb bronze charioteer and the Gallio inscription. In the afternoon we will depart for Athens.
Overnight stay in Athens.
Day 6 - Athens sightseeing
(Acts 17:16-34)"Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry..."
In the morning we will begin our sightseeing tour of Athens, which includes the house of parliament, the ancient olympic stadium (a.k.a. Kallimarmaron, Panathenaic Stadium), the temple of Zeus and the Hellenic Academy. We will then go to the Acropolis hill and visit the world famous Parthenon and the Erechtheion. We will continue to the nearby Ares Rock (Areopagus - Mars Hill) where Ap. Paul gave his well known sermon (Acts 17:16-34). On this historic place, having a very good view of the modern city of Athens, we will have the possibility of prayer for Greece. Afterwards, we will go to the Athenian Agora which was the center of the ancient city where Ap. Paul met with the Epicurean and the Stoic philosophers. Our day's tour will end with a visit to the new Acropolis museum, one of the best worldwide.
Free afternoon. Overnight stay in Athens.
Day 7 - Athens to Corinth
We will leave Athens for Corinth early in the morning (Acts 18:1-8). Once there, we will begin our tour with the "Canal" and explain, in detail, why Corinth was such a wealthy center in the days of Ap. Paul. We will then visit the archaeological site and walk through the Roman forum where the "Bema", otherwise known as the judgement seat of Gallio, is situated. We will talk about head covering, women in the church, and "the fountain of living waters", presenting you with details and little known facts. Afterwards we will see the "Erastus" inscription and talk about its meaning, its background story and its role in the history of Ap. Paul in Corinth (Romans 16:23).
We will then visit "acro-Corinth", where we will talk in depth about its history and its meaning for the ancient world. Moving on, we will go to Kechries (Cenchreae), the eastern port of ancient Corinth at the church of which Phoebe was the deaconess (Romans 16:1). After that, we will visit the Isthmia area where we're going to find out why Ap. Paul was using athletic language in his letters to the Corinthians.
Return to Athens. Overnight stay in Athens.
Day 8 - Free day in Athens
Take your time shopping and immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of the city!
Overnight stay in Athens
Attend the service at our local Church, which I'm pastoring, where you will have the opportunity to associate with Greek born again Christians.
- 4 overnights in Athens on Half board basis
- 3 overnights in Thessaloniki on Half board basis
- 1 overnight in Kalambaka on Half board basis
- 1 overnight in Delphi on Half board basis
- Sightseeing in Thessaloniki, Kavala, Philippi, Pella, Vergina, Dion, Kalambaka (Meteora), Delphi, Athens, Corinth
- Arrival transfer service from Thessaloniki Airport to your hotel in Thessaloniki
- Departure transfer service from Athens hotel to Eleftherios Venizelos airport
- All ground based transfers
- All entrance fees (archaeological sites, museums etc)
- All local taxes
- Local Christian guide
- Travel Insurance (see faq for details)
What's Not Included
- Air tickets
- Personal expenses (shopping etc)
- Meals outside your hotel's package
Our tours are NOT pre-arranged with fixed dates. You get to choose your own tour dates and only people from your group will be in it. Thus a price is not available until we know conclusively the dates of your arrival and departure as well as how many people will be in your group
That said, we can give you an estimate according to our experience thus far.
For this tour you can expect a minimum of 1100€ per person. However do not be surprised if we manage to make you an even better offer, prices in Greece keep falling due to the ongoing economic crisis.
The sights you'll be seeing
- Visit to Philippi, outside the port town of Kavala
- Tour of Thessaloniki's archaeological sites and museum
- Visit to Pella, birthplace of Great Alexander
- Visit to Vergina, first capital of the Macedonians
- Visit to Dion, sacred city of the Macedonians
- Visit Meteora. An Unesco World Heritage site.
- Tour of the archaeological site of Delphi
- Visit to Thermopylae, famous site of the battle of the 300 spartans against the Persian army
- Tour of the archaeological sites and museum of Athens
- Tour of the archaeological site and museum of ancient Corinth
- Visit to Kechries, ancient port near Corinth
- Visit to Isthmia, near Corinth
Your dedicated tour Guides
All of our tour Guides are fully licensed, fully qualified born again Christian professionals of the highest standards. Their knowledge is unparalleled, as far as archaeology is concerned, however they stand out from the majority due to their specialization in the history of early Christians. They will present to you the ancient world of Christianity in a way that no one else can and they will render you speechless, that's a promise!!!
- Nine breakfasts at the hotels are included.
- Nine dinners at the hotels are included
Hotels you'll be staying
All of the Hotels included in this trip are 4 or 5 star properties. You can choose the quality of the hotels through the "apply for a tour" form or by sending us an email requesting a quote.
You'll have access to their full information once your tour calendar is posted on your dashboard (see faq for details)
If, for any reason, you want us to change one or more of your trip's hotels, after you've been able to review them through your tour calendar, then please let us know. We'll do our best to accommodate you. However keep in mind that depending on the new hotels, the final payment (see faq for details on payments) may be higher or lower than what was initially arranged.
Our staff will be waiting for you at the airport to pick you up on arrival.
On the last day you will be transferred from your hotel to the Airport.
All transfers between the tour's destinations will be made using new high quality buses, with air conditioning and on-board toilets, driven by highly professional and responsible drivers.
This tour package can be combined with :
- 3 day cruise to Patmos & Ephesus (3 extra days added)
- Visit to Olympia (1 extra day added)
- Visit to Mycenae (1 extra day added)
- Visit to Eleusis (1 extra day added)
You can choose any/all of the above when you request a quote through our APPLY page. If you instead choose to send us an email requesting a quote, please do not forget to mention the tour combination you may be interested in.