October 2018 - 6 day tour #121/10/2018 - 26/10/2018
- Arrival transfer service from The Thessaloniki Airport to your hotel in Thessaloniki
- Private transfers with A/C Motor Coach (All ground based transfers)
- Licensed English speaking guide
- Sightseeing in Thessaloniki, Kavala, Philippi, Vergina, Kalambaka (Meteora), Veroia, Athens, Corinth
- 2 overnights in Thessaloniki on Half board basis
- 1 overnight in Kalampaka on Half board basis
- 3 overnights in Athens on Half board basis
- All entrance fees (archaeological sites, museums etc)
- All local taxes
- 2 bottles of water per day (per person)
- Travel Insurance (see faq for details)
- A representative from “Christian Bible Tours” will accompany the tour
What's Not Included
- Air tickets
- Personal expenses (shopping etc)
- Tips (Guide/ driver/hotel stuff/representative of CBTours office)
- Meals outside your hotel's package
- Single room supplement €40 per person per night
- Any additional taxes that may be implemented by your Government
- Any additional taxes that may be implemented by the Greek Government after the tour arrangements have been finalised
- Liquor/ Laundry
Sunday 21st of October 2018: 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! An amazing city rich with history and mythology, enlivened by bustling outdoor cafes and pedestrian streets that wind through the city's archaeological sites.
Overnight stay in Thessaloniki.
Monday 22nd of October 2018: Kavala and ancient Philippi
(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 allegedly his prison is situated (Acts 16:40), we will have the possibility of placing a prayer.
Return to Thessaloniki for overnight.
Tuesday 23rd of October 2018: Thessaloniki sightseeing, City of Veroia, Vergina, Kalampaka
(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 "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.
Then we will visit the Jewish synagogue in the city of Veroia.
After that, we will go to 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.
Lastly, we will drive straight to Meteora – Kalampaka where we’re going to spend the night.
Overnight stay in Kalampaka.
Wednesday 24th of October 2018: Kalambaka/Meteora sightseeing and transfer to Athens
Kalambaka, at the base of "Meteora", 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.) Meteora means "suspended in the air" and it is truly a unique landscape of outstanding natural beauty, the second largest monastic and pilgrimage area in Greece after Mount Athos.
We will have the opportunity to visit the monasteries and enjoy the breathtaking view. Take your time shopping and immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of the city!
Early in the evening, we will drive straight to Athens.
Overnight stay in Athens.
Thursday 25th of October 2018: 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.
Our day's tour will end with a visit to the new Acropolis museum. The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and on the surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. It also lies over the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens. It has been honored ranking as the 11th in the world and 8th top museum in Europe!
Free afternoon. Overnight stay in Athens.
Friday 26th of October 2018: Corinth sightseeing
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 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).
Afterwards, we will 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.
We will then visit "acro-Corinth", where we will talk in depth about its history and its meaning for the ancient world.
Lastly, we will go to Kechries (Cenchreae), the eastern port of ancient Corinth at the church of which Phoebe was the deaconess (Romans 16:1).
Return to Athens. Overnight stay in Athens.
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