GREECE TURKEY PILGRIMAGE TOUR
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF APOSTLE PAUL - SEVEN CHURCHES OF REVELATION AND PATMOS ISLAND OF APOCALYPSE
In this program we combine the Steps of Apostle Paul in Greece with a visit to Apocalypse Island of Patmos and a tour to Seven Churches of Revelation in Turkey.
On the Steps of Apostle Paul. One of the most remarkable religious routes in Greece is “The Route that Apostle Paul Followed in Greece”. He spread the word of Christianity more than anybody else and for this reason he was named “Apostle of the Nations”. The route that Apostle Paul followed in Greece passes through all places where the Apostle preached and constitutes Philippi, where Lydia was the first to be baptized, Thessaloniki, Veria, Athens, Corinth. This tour is an ideal combination of pilgrimage and sightseeing in some of the most beautiful places in Greece.
Seven Churches of Revelation: Explore Turkey’s Seven Churches of Asia Minor, as mentioned in the New Testament Book of Revelation. Travel the route around the West Aegean and learn of the religious and social context of ancient biblical times
Patmos island: Worldwide known as a sacred island for it is the place where Saint John wrote the Book of Revelation. According to the prevailing theory, the Book of Revelation was written in 95 A.D. in the Holy Cave of the Apolacypse, where St. John heard the voice of God talking to him. Spiritual sites in Patmos are the holy Cave and the Monastery of St. John
Tour Code: PILG_10stP7cP
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Season: All the year round
Location: Greece and Turkey. The Route that Apostle Paul Followed in Greece, the Island of Apocalypse, Patmos and the 7 Churches of Revelation
Style: Bus – Ferry – Plane: Religious – History – Photography tour
See world famous classical landmarks of:
The Route that Apostle Paul followed in Greece:
- Philippi, Paul prison and the Lydia Baptistery
- Thessaloniki, Agora where Paul preached
- Veria, the Vima and the memorial commemorating Paul’s preaching to local Jews
- Athens “Areopag” where Paul stood and preached to the Athenians.
- Ancient Corinth where Paul worked, old market and Bema.
The historical places of:
- Vergina, the King Philip of Macedonia tomb, father of Alexander the Great
- Delphi, the ancient most important religious center and the oracle
- Meteora, the rock monasteries
- Optional: Acropolis, the birth place of democracy, the place any civilized person has to visit.
Seven Churches of Revelation
- Izmir city. Churches of Ephesus & LaodiceaChurches of Sardis,
- Philadelphia, Thyatira & Pamukkale
- Church of Pergamon, Smyrna & St. Polycarp
- Ancient Ephesus
- House of Virgin Mary
- Pamukkale with snow-white terraced cliff pools
- Pergamon, the famous Red-Court and the Acropolis
- Grotto, the Cave of Apocalypse
- Monastery of St. John
- Chapel of Virgin Mary
- Chora of Patmos
- Grikos village
- Luxury bus or minivan transfers
- Experienced En speaking driver
- Hotels 3*, 4*, 5*
- Meals Half board (B,_,D) In Turkey lunch (L) included
- Entrance fees to archeological sites and museums
- Official En speaking local guides
- Meet & Greet on the arrival at the airport
- Ferry tickets
- Flight ticket (Domestic flight tickets upon request)
- Accommodation tax in Greece (0.5€ per day per room for guesthouses -1.5€ per day per room for 3* hotels – 3€ per day per room for 4* hotels – 4€ per day per room for 5* hotels) paid directly by the clients to hotel.
*All packages are flexible and dynamic for any changes according to any personal needs and desires upon request.
NOTE: The itinerary can also start from Izmir, Turkey. Can be also tailored to include visit to Istanbul.
Conduct us for more available packages in the area.
Day 1: THESSALONIKI ARRIVAL (_,_,D)
Arrival at Thessaloniki airport. Meet our staff at the airport, welcome. Transfer to your hotel in Thessaloniki. Rest of day free to walk around in the beautiful city. In the evening dinner at a local tavern.
Day 2: THESSALONIKI – PHILIPPI – KAVALA -THESSALONIKI (B,_,D)
After breakfast drive to Kavala and then to Philippi. Kavala (Neapolis) was the port of Philippi. Paul passed through with Silas on his way from Asia Minor to Philippi. The city was visited by the Apostle Paul. From the Acts of the Apostles and the letter to the Philippians, early Christians concluded that Paul had founded their community. We will explore the ruins of the ancient sites with Forum, the Ancient Market, the Basilica and Theatre. In Philippi preached Paul his first evangelical sermon and baptized the first Christian in Europe. You will see the “Baptismal” site where Lydia was baptized as the first European woman and the crypt where Paul was imprisoned. To end the day, we will travel back to your hotel in Thessaloniki for dinner in a selected tavern at Ladadika. Overnight: Thessaloniki.
OPTIONAL Greek night – Dinner in a tavern at Ladadika with bouzouki music.
Day 3: THESSALONIKI TOUR – VERIA – VERGINA – METEORA (B,_,D)
After breakfast, we will explore Thessaloniki, where Paul preached and wrote two epistles to the Ancient Thessalonians. We’ll see the triumphal Arch of Galerius, built in 303 AD, the Rotunda, one of the most imposing monuments of Thessaloniki, the white Tower, Visit St. Demetrius Basilica, in which is located the underground ancient “Crypt”. We will visit the Vlatades Monastery, where it is said that Apostle Paul stopped there to drink water from a spring in those days. Paul and Sylas left Thessaloniki night because of riots created by his opponents and arrived to Veria. In Veria we will see the church of Apostle Paul and the “Vima of Apostle Paul” mural made of marble. This church is believed to be the location that Paul preached to the people from one of his beloved towns for many days. Then we will progress onwards to the ancient town of Vergina and to the King Philip tomb, Alexander’s the Great’s father. We continue to Meteora. Overnight at Kalambaka. Dinner at a local tavern with monasteries view.
Day 4: METEORA MONASTERIES – DELPHI – ATHENS AIRPORT – IZMIR / TURKEY (B,_,_)
Morning short drive to Meteora monasteries, standing at top of huge rocks and containing historical and religious treasures. We’ll visit the breathtaking rock tower monasteries of the 13 -16 th century! The Great Meteoron Monastery founded in 13 century, the Varlaam was founded in the 16th century and is located on the top of a rock at 380 meters high! and the Monastery of Saint Stephen, where we will admire a small treasure of Byzantine and Christian items at the museum inside the monastery. Then drive south to Delphi, the hometown of the famous oracle. In antiquity times, Delphi was one of the most important religious centers. The city was built above the River Pleistos gorge against the backdrop of Mount Parnassus, attracting hordes of pilgrims who came to consult the oracle of Delphi. Our tour through Delphi will take us to the agora, or market place, the first stop along the Sacred Way, the main road that winds through the lavish complex of ancient ruins at Delphi. Along this path, we see the remains of the “treasuries” of the Athenians, a bouleuterion, the Tripod of Plataea, the Temple of Apollo, famous for its oracle, the stadium and the museum with its amazing spectacular exhibits. We continue with a short stop at traditional village of Arachova and we arrive to Athens airport for your 1 hour flight to Izmir(Smirni),Turkey. Transfer to hotel.
Day 5: IZMIR – EPHESUS – PAMUKKALE (B,L,D)
After breakfast we start our tour to Seven Churches at Ephesus & Laodicea. Visit the city of Ancient Ephesus, the most important of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor. See the great Library of Celsus, Agora, Odeon, Trajan Fountain, Domitianus Temple, Roman Latrines, Theater and Stadium in which St. Paul preached the gospel. Also visit the House of Virgin Mary, where she is said to have spent her final years and Isabey Mosque, a Byzantine church marking his burial place. After lunch, drive to Eskihisar, site of the Church of Laodicea, to which St. John addressed his letter concerning the city’s waning faith. Overnight Pamukkale
Day 6: PAMUKKALE – BERGAMA (B,L,D)
Seven Churches at Sardis, Philadelphia, Thyatira & Pamukkale: Pick up to visit the ancient city ruins of Hierapolis, where St. Philip was martyred in 1AD. See the Necropolis, Avenue of Tombs and Thermal Baths. Enjoy a break at Pamukkale with snow-white terraced cliff pools. Then we proceed to the ancient Philadelphia Church at Alasehir, the youngest of the Seven Churches of Revelation, visiting the remains of an early church and the city walls. After lunch, visit the site of Sardis – the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia. Walk the Royal Avenue and see the site of the Church of Sardis. Finally at Akhisar we visit the Church of ancient Thyatira, another one of the 7 churches, set in an ancient commercial town with strong ties to Troy and Sardis. Drop off to hotel. Overnight in Bergama.
Day 7: PERGAMOS- IZMIR (SMYRNI) – St. POLYCARP (B,L,D)
Drive to Pergamos, site of one of the Seven Churches, where St. John wrote of Satan’s throne being sited. Visit the Church of Pergamos, the famous Red-Court and the Acropolis. After lunch, proceed to Smyrna (Izmir), whose early faithful were praised in a letter from St Paul. Finally visit the Church of St. Policarp and enjoy a short tour of Izmir city, then transfer to hotel. Dinner at a local tavern.
Day 8: IZMIR – KOUSANTASI – SAMOS – PATMOS (B,_,D)
To get to Patmos from Turkey a tight time schedule island hopping is needed. Morning drive to Kusadasi and get the daily ferry across to Samos(Vathy), Greece. From Samos get the p.m ferry / hydrofoil to Patmos, Transfer to your hotel. Dinner at the hotel or a local tavern.
Day 9: PATMOS ISLAND – THE APOCALYPSE ISLAND – PIRAEUS (B,_,D)
Morning drive to visit the Grotto, the Cave of Apocalypse. The sacred cave where Saint Ioannis heard the voice of God and wrote the Apocalypse The frescoes to the left of the entrance portray the miracles and travels of St. John the Evangelist, The fresco to the right of the entrance portrays St. John’s battle with the priest of Apollo at Patmos. Next visit is at the Monastery of St. John and The Chapel of Virgin Mary with the12th century frescoes. We will also visit the village of Grikos, and enjoy the freshness of a drink by the sea, or even a swim at the beach before our driver drop you off at the Patmos port to get the night ferry to Piraeus. Overnight on board in a cabin. Arrival at Piraeus next morning.
Day 10: PIRAEUS – ATHENS TOUR – ANCIENT CORINTH – DEPARTURE (B,_,_)
We will start our day with a fresh Greek breakfast and continue our journey by following the footsteps of the Apostle Paul, starting at the Coast of Faliro where Paul first arrived by ship, with the escort of Beroes, then we will visit the biggest churches in Athens of St. Paul, and next on to the Acropolis the “Mars Hill”, where Apostle Paul proclaimed the word of the Christian God to the Athenian philosophers. Then drive to Corinth, one of Paul’s most beloved cities, the town that inspired many of Paul’s letters. As we keep following his steps, we will arrive at the Cathedral of St. Paul, wander the nearby market and walk the same paths that the Apostle of Nations walked and preached hundreds of years earlier. Our final stop will be a view of the Corinth Canal and then drive to Athens airport for your flight back home
Day 11: OPTIONAL EXTRA DAY : ATHENS SIGHTSEEING – DEPARTURE (B,_,_)
After breakfast guided Athens city tour, Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library. Driving down Herod Atticus st, you will see the Evzones in their picturesque uniform and the Presidential Palace. On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Hadrian’s Arch, visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus and you will make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896. Then Acropolis, the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens, Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion, and finally Parthenon, a place any civilized person has to visit. We complete the visit with the new Museum of Acropolis. Free time to Plaka, Athens old town and Monastiraki area, where you can have your lunch in a tavern with souvlaki an shish kebab dishes. Later transfer to Athens airport for your departure,