Greece and Turkey Cruise and Land Program on Footsteps of Paul – 10 Days


DAY 1:  USA / ATHENS  Leave the USA on your transatlantic overnight flight to Athens Greece. Dinner and breakfast served on board.

DAY 2:  ARRIVAL / ATHENS  Arrival at Athens airport and transfer to the center of Athens, the capital of Greece, birthplace of democracy and philosophy. Check in your hotel, dinner and overnight.

DAY 3:  ATHENS / CRUISE TO MYKONOS  After breakfast,  hotel check out and transfer to Piraeus port for embarkation on Louis Majesty sailing at 11.00hrs to Mykonos (18.00 – 23.00hrs). Time at leisure on the beloved island of the international “Jet-Setters”  for its whitewashed cubic houses, windmills and chapels, the wonderful sandy beaches, shops, galleries and the incredible night life. Explore the towns’ winding narrow streets or enjoy a drink at little Venice. Lunch ,dinner and overnight on board. B, L, D

DAY 3 : CRUISE TO EPHESUS (KUSADASI, TURKEY) & PATMOS  Arrive at the port of Kusadasi (07:00hrs) on the Turkish coast were you can take an optional excursion to the Ancient city of Ephesus or stroll around at the city of Kusadasi and its port. Ship sets sail at noon(12:00hrs) for the Island of Patmos (16.00-21.00hrs), the Holy Island where Saint John the Divine wrote the book of Revelations. You have the chance to join an optional visit to St’ John Monastery & Grotto of Apocalypse  – breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight on board.  B, L, D

DAY 4 : CRUISE TO CRETE (HERAKLION) & SANTORINI This morning visit the island of Crete. Participating in the optional excursion, you can visit the Palace of Knossos and its famous ‘’ Labyrinth’’ which was the centre of the Minoan civilization… incredible! At 16:30hrs call at  Santorini, the volcanic island of the Cyclades. Admire the spectacular caldera, created by the eruption of the close by islet’s volcano in the ancient times and the white washed houses perched on the edge. Explore this cosmopolitan island on your own or take an optional tour and enjoy the breathtaking panorama and the world famous sunset in Oia traditional village. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight on board. B, L, D

DAY 5:  PIRAEUS / THESSALONIKI  Breakfast on board. Arrival at Piraeus and after disembarkation, depart to Thessaloniki via highway with lunch stop en route (not included). Start tour by viewing the White Tower, an historical landmark before continuing on to visit the Archaeological Museum which houses interesting finds from the Archaic, Classical and Roman periods with findings of Sindos area and a stunning exhibition of golden jewels. Further visit of St. Demetrios Basilica which was erected in the 5th century AD. The five aisled basilica suffered a tragic fire in the year 1917 but was later restored in 1948. Marvel at the beautiful mosaics dating back from the 5th to 9th Centuries. Drive along the modern Egnatia street and view the Arch of Gallerius and St. George’s Rotonda. The tour will end with a short stop at the well preserved Byzantine Basilica of St. Sophia, an 8th Century structure ,rich in mosaics and frescoes. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight. B, D

DAY 6:  PHILIPPI  /  KAVALA  After breakfast depart for full day excursion starting with a tour of the area to view the St. Sylas Monastery named after one of St. Paul’s companions. Proceed to St.Lydia’s Baptistery where the first Christian Lady of Europe  was baptized and continue to the Archaeological Site of Philippi, founded by Philip II King of Macedonia. It  was here too where St. Paul set foot on Europe during his second  missionary journey, establishing a thriving Christian church. The ruins include the Forum Romanum with its  Basilica, St. Paul’s Prison and the Theater.The famous road Egnatia, which once  ran from Adriatic Seato Constantinople, passed by this city. Lunch at local restaurant  included). Continue our drive to Amphipolis and view the Lion Statue. Return toThessaloniki  for dinner and overnight at your hotel. B, L, D

DAY 7:  THESSALONIKI  /  VERIA  / KALAMBAKA  After breakfast at hotel, depart to Veria to visit the Church of The Christ from the 14th a.d. and continue for a short visit at St. Paul’s Tribune where the 3 steps in situ and the modern mosaic. After lunch at local restaurant (not included), drive on to Kalambaka, a small town at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, gigantic rocks.  Dinner and overnight at your hotel. B, D

DAY 8:  KALAMBAKA / ATHENS  After breakfast at hotel, depart to visit Meteora, among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. After lunch at local restaurant (not included), drive to Athens for dinner and overnight at  hotel in Athens. B, D

DAY 9:  ATHENS SIGHTSEEING  Breakfast at hotel and depart to see the centre of the city, the Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, Academy, University, National library, Hadrian’s Arch ,the Temple of Olympian Zeus and photo stop at the Panathenean Stadium where the first Modern Olympic Games in 1896 were held. On Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally the Parthenon “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in mind”.  Then visit Mars Hill and after lunch at local restaurant, drive south west until we reach the Corinth Canal (photo stop). Continue to visit Ancient Corinth where St. Paul lived and preached for two years. The remains of the city, which include the Agora (market place) and Apollo’s Temple (6th century B.C) clearly show how rich and important Corinth was in ancient times. A short stop at the site of the ancient port of Kehries, where St. Paul disembarked, will conclude the visit. Drive back to Athens, dinner at hotel in Athens.  B, D

DAY 10:  ATHENS DEPARTURE  Breakfast at hotel and check out. At indicated time transfer from hotel to the airport for your return flight home. B

B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner

 

 

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Departs Main US airports
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Included Features
  • Roundtrip air transportation via the finest scheduled service airlines including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • Meeting and assistance service at airports
  • Moderate First class hotel accommodations at selected hotels including all hotel taxes and service charges.
  • Buffet breakfast and dinner daily (B,D)
  • Sightseeing by deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach including entrance fees
  • Professional English-speaking tour director and local guides
  • Roundtrip transfers including baggage handling
  • Assistance by local Altura Faih representative
Travel Style Independent or Group Program

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