After arriving in Athens on our nonstop flight, we take a short flight to Thessaloniki which was the center of Paul’s activities in northern Greece, and where he preached and founded a church. Enjoy sightseeing in Thessaloniki, then enjoy a beautiful drive to Philippi where Paul established a church and met Lydia – the first Gentile convert to Christianity. Enjoy lunch by the beautiful harbor of Kavala (ancient Neapolis), where Paul first landed in Greece. In Veria, we view the Bema of the Apostle Paul where it is believed he stood and preached the gospel. We continue to Meteora, one of the most unique and spectacular landscapes on earth. Visit one of the 6 (out of the original 24) amazing monasteries still operating which are set atop monolithic granite pillars hundreds of feet high.
We drive on to Athens for a city tour including the famous changing of the guard at the Parliament Building. Visit the Acropolis and the magnificent Parthenon, Mars Hill and the Plaka (Old Town). A short journey north takes us to Corinth – along the way viewing the unique Corinth Canal. Ancient Corinth dates back to the 8th century BC, and is where Paul preached and spent considerable time – Acts 18:11.
The next morning we begin our 4-night cruise of the enchanting Greek Isles. Our first port-of-call is Mykonos with its famous windmills, narrow stone streets and quaint harbor. The next morning we dock in the port of Kusadasi, Turkey from where we will tour Ephesus, the most amazingly preserved of the Roman style cities, and where Paul preached and stayed for some time. Then sail for Patmos, the “Holy Island”, where we visit the Monastery of Saint John and the cave where he wrote the Book of Revelation. An overnight cruise takes us to Rhodes where we have a free day to explore the Crusader fortress, the new city, or take a tour to Lindos, where Paul landed after being shipwrecked. Another overnight sail brings us to Crete, the largest of the Greek Islands. Explore on your own, have lunch at a sidewalk cafe, or visit the Palace of Knossos, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Then sail for amazing Santorini, thought by some to be the site of the mythical city of Atlantis. The main town, Thira, sits atop the caldera and can be reached only by cable car or donkey ride up a winding stepped road. Fantastic shopping, cafes, and amazing views (including the famous sunset) await us on top. Another overnight sail returns us to Piraeus, the port of Athens, for our nonstop flight back to the USA. Note: This is one of our standard itineraries. The touring sequence may vary, however, all sites will be included.
Tour notes: Throughout your land tour, you’ll enjoy one of Greece’s finest Christian guides. On your cruise you’ll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director who will take care of every detail of your cruise experience and shore excursions. These skilled individuals along with local guides work together to bring this amazing country to life by sharing the Bible, Greek history, stories, and insider secrets.
From the notable sites of the Apostle Paul’s ministry and early Christianity to ancient historic sights, to picturesque fishing villages, this tour of Greece and the Greek Isles is the spiritual adventure and leisure vacation of a lifetime!
Greece Travel Update. Greece is now welcoming tourists again – as long as they EITHER have antibodies, have been vaccinated, or have tested negative for COVID-19. In March, Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis announced the country’s plan to welcome back travelers on May 15. “Greece is ready with a complete protocol for summer 2021,” Theocharis said. “Tourists will be welcome if before travel they are either vaccinated, or have antibodies, or test negative.”