Following the footsteps of Saint Paul. 'A pilgrimage tour in Greece'

Small Group tour - Maximum participation is 12 guests.
What's included
2 overnights in Thessaloniki
1 overnight in Kavala
1 overnight in Kalambaka
3 overnights in Athens
Daily Breakfast and Dinner
Guided Sightseeing (including 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
Mt. Athos by sea
Phillipi
Amphipolis
Thessaloniki
Veria
Vergina
The Monasteries of Meteora
Athens
Ancient Corinth
Arrival transfer service to Thessaloniki hotel
Departure transfer service from Athens hotel to Athens International Airport
Trained & professional Tour Director throughout
Luxury coach
All entrance fees
All Hotel porterage
All local taxes
 Departure Dates
 23 September 2019 
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Trip Itinerary
An incredible eight day tour of Greece following the footsteps of St.Paul
Take advantage of the optional cruise extension to the tour.
Day 1 - Monday 23 Sept 2019
Welcome To Thessaloniki!
Thessaloniki
You will be met, on arrival and transferred to your hotel.
Discover vibrant Thessaloniki, a city at a unique crossroads of civilizations, where East meets West, and where cultures and religions have mixed for thousands of years. Take the afternoon to soak up the thriving culture of Greece's beloved Northern capital with its idyllic sea views, tree-lined streets and colorful bazaars. In the afternoon meet your fully-trained and professional Tour Director for a meeting.
We’ll kick off the tour in style with a lovely welcome dinner to follow and stay overnight in Thessaloniki.
Dinner
Day 2 - Tuesday
Thessaloniki To Kavala
sightseeing cruise of Mt.Athos
mount Athos Cruise
Today your journey takes you to the biblical port city of Neapolis, now known as Kavala, where St. Paul first set foot in Europe.
En route to Kavala you have the opportunity to see the mountain peninsula UNESCO world heritage site that is widely considered the holiest place in Modern Greece: Mount Athos. We will take a guided cruise of the epicenter of Eastern Christian Orthodox Monasticism.
You will have a chance for reflection, spending the morning cruising the very same pristine Aegean waters that Paul, Silas and Luke passed through on their long journey from Troy. After lunch we continue on to Kavala, where in 45 AD, Paul docked and began his mission. Take the afternoon to visit the atmospheric old town with its famous aqueduct, Byzantine castle and neoclassical mansions. Enjoy dinner at a picturesque seaside taverna and settle in for the night.
Overnight in Kavala.
Breakfast and Dinner
Day 3 - Wednesday
Philippi to Thessaloniki
sightseeing Philippi and Amphipolis
kavala Greece
After breakfast we will officially commence following the footsteps as we travel, just as St. Paul and his companions did, from Kavala to Philippi, where he preached his first sermon and baptized the first Christians on European soil. Our licensed expert will guide us through the monumental ruins, including the site where Lydia was baptized and where St. Paul was imprisoned. We will visit the Acropolis, the theater and the remains of the first Christian Basilica established in Europe.
We will continue our journey in chronological order, stopping in Ancient Amphipolis, before returning to dynamic Thessaloniki for another nights stay.
Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4 - Thursday
Thessaloniki to Kalambaka
sightseeing Thessaloniki
Rotunda in Thessaloniki
The prolific words from Paul's letters to the Thessalonians will play through our minds as we are led through the very places where he lived, preached and wrote about. Our local expert guide will expose Thessaloniki’s ancient roots, taking us through the Arch of Galerious built over the Egnatian Way, to the neighboring Rotunda and through the ruins of the Ancient Agora. We’ll also visit the beautiful churches St. Demetrious and St. Sophia before setting off, as Paul and Silas did, for Veria. At nearby Vergina, we’ll see the burial site of the kings of Macedon, including the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.
After an enlightening day, we’ll make our way to Kalambaka, home of the breathtaking Meteora Monasteries, for dinner and an overnight stay.
Breakfast and Dinner
Day 5 - Friday
Kalambaka to Athens
sightseeing Meteora
meteora Greece
When you awaken to see the awe-inspiring rock formations unfold before your eyes, you will easily understand why we call this place Meteora, which means “suspended in the heavens above.” Today we will climb above the charming mountain villages of Kastraki and Kalambaka to visit two of the six surviving Monasteries of Meteora, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in the world. Though Paul passed through Greece long before hermits began cave-dwelling here in the 9th century, one cannot deny that the message of his mission is alive and is exceptionally well-preserved here.
We will see how the monks live today and enter some of the most captivating Byzantine basilicas in Greece.
In the afternoon we’ll head south to the world-famous capital city of Athens for dinner and your overnight stay.
Breakfast and Dinner
Day 6 - Saturday
Athens
sightseeing Athens and the Plaka
the acropolis of Athens in Greece
Today we will explore the fascinating city of Athens, a city whose deeply spiritual citizens have dedicated themselves to Gods for over 4,500 years, leaving behind countless places of worship to visit.
We will begin our morning climbing up the rock of the Acropolis, while our experienced guide uncovers the stories behind the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erectheum, the Propylae, and perhaps the most perfect piece of architecture ever built, the majestic Parthenon. Afterward, we will ascend the Areopagus, Mars Hill, where Paul spoke to the Athenians who were gathered in the Ancient Agora below.
We’ll continue on to the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of the Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. To follow we will see the National Gardens, the Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square, the University of Athens, and finally the National Library.
Take a walk through the enchanting Plaka and pass by some of the city's most precious Byzantine churches afterward. The evening is at your leisure in lively Athens, until our group dinner at a lovely local restaurant.
Overnight in Athens.
Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7 - Sunday
Corinth
sightseeing Corinth and Kechries
ancient corinth in Greece
After Athens, Paul went to Corinth. At the foothills of the Corinthian Acropolis, he lived, worked as a tent maker and taught the word of God for 18 months. We will visit the ruins of the ancient city, walking in the same paths that he walked thousands of years before while our guide reveals the ruins of the 6th century BC Temple of Apollo, the Fountain of Peirene, the Agora where Paul's trial by Gallio took place and where the famous Bema stands.
Afterward we will pass by the ancient port of Kechries, where Paul departed from for Ephesus and later on we’ll marvel at the engineering feat of the Corinth Canal, designed in Paul’s time, but finally realized in the late 1890s.
We’ll return to Athens for a special last evening together, as our steps on land will have come to an end.
Tonight enjoy our special highlight farewell dinner!
Overnight in Athens.
Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8 - Monday 30 September 2019
As your footsteps of St.Paul tour ends, say farewell to the vibrant city of Athens.
Enjoy a nice breakfast at the hotel.
Time at leisure until your flight.
Depending on the time of your flight we shall arrange a transfer for you to the Athens airport.
Breakfast



Alternatively you may continue the tour taking advantage of the very special offer for a four day cruise.
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Day 8 (Optional Cruise Extension to the tour)
Monday 1 October 2018
Sailing to Mykonos
After breakfast at the hotel we will transfer to the port of Piraeus to embark on the Aegean cruise. From the busy port of Piraeus, we set sail to the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos, famous for its characteristic Cubist architecture and lovely port. With its charming landscape and golden beaches this beautiful island is one of the ‘must see’ islands of the Aegean.
Day 9 (Optional Cruise Extension to the tour)
Tuesday
Sailing to Kusadasi & Patmos
Dock at Kusadasi in Turkey, and find yourself surrounded by all sorts of merchandise: Clothes, carpets, souvenirs, pottery, watches, anything and everything under the sun.
Furthermore, from there you can also visit the archaeological site of Ephesus, an ancient city which has withstood the ravages of time and much is still standing. Famous in antiquity as the sight where the temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the world, once stood. St.Paul's epistles to the Ephesians are part of the new Testament.
We depart from Kusadasi to set sail to Patmos. In the island of Patmos you can visit the venerable monastery of St.John where it is said that the 'Book of Revelation' was written. The visit to the cave were St.John wrote the book is a truly mystical experience.
Day 10 (Optional Cruise Extension to the tour)
Wednesday
Sailing to Rhodes
Set sail to Rhodes, the island of the Crusader Knights of St.John.
Stroll around the fascinating medieval old town of Rhodes with its mighty castle, where the appearance of a knight in shiny armour would not seem out of place. Visit the ancient ruins of Lindos, where its acropolis and temple stand impressively on sheer cliffs and from there marvel at the stunning coastal views.
Day 11 (Optional Cruise Extension to the tour)
Thursday
Sailing to Heraklion & Santorini
Arrive at the port of Heraklion in Crete. Join an optional excursion to the Palace of Knossos, the probable site of the labyrinth and dwelling of the Minotaur a creature of Greek mythology with the head of a bull and the body of a man or explore the town and visit the Archaeological museum, which houses the most important collection of Minoan antiquities.
Later we sail to the island of Santorini. Experience the island’s capital, Thira, with its cliff top restaurants and cafes, breathtaking views & spectacular sunset!
Day 12 (Optional Cruise Extension to the tour)
Friday 5 October 2018
Return to Athens
Disembark this morning at the port of Piraeus.
As your footsteps of St. Paul tour has come to an end, you are transferred to Athens International Airport.
Tour Map and information

Tour Experiences
Walk the narrow streets of Plaka and Monastiraki in Athens.
See where St.Paul preached his sermon at the Hill of the Aeropagus
Enjoy the impressive sight of the Meteora, enter the monasteries perched on top of the huge rocks.
Experience the local tastes and flavors at the unique destinations visited.

Tour Information
Sightseeing
Visit to the Athens Acropolis. A Unesco World Heritage site.
Visit the new Acropolis museum.
Visit Meteora. A Unesco World Heritage site.
Mount Athos day cruise
Tour of Thessaloniki
Visit to Philippi outside Kavala.
Visit to Veria to St.Paul's altar
Visit to Vergina
Visit to Ancient Corinth
Visit Patmos and the monastery of St John. A Unesco World Heritage site.  *opt
Visit to Ephesus in Kusadasi (Turkey).  *opt
Visit the Archaeological site of Lindos in Rhodes.  *opt
Visit the Archaeological site of Knossos in Crete.  *opt
View to Aegean from a top the Santorini cliffs.  *opt
Excursions noted as  *opt are optional and only offered if the cruise tour extension is purchased
All sightseeing tours are performed by licensed and fully qualified guides.

Dining
Daily breakfast and dinner are included (as noted in the itinerary).
On the optional cruise extension, meals are full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 
Accommodation
Hotels included in this trip are 4 star properties.
Transfers
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.


Tour Note
Note that the “Athos day Cruise” operation depends on weather and season scheduling. In case this is not operated you will enjoy a lovely local lunch and panoramic drive through the Chalkidiki peninsula.
Flights are not included in the price of the tour.
If you wish to also book the optional cruise extension, this needs to be done as soon as your request your tour booking as space is limited.
Reviews for the "Footsteps of St Paul" tour
Footsteps of St Paul tour - what a fantastic experience! Dafni our guide was BRILLIANT, knowledgeable, patient, great company, and boy did she know her stuff! Very respectful and sensitive to the underlying spiritual nature of the tour, too - we can't speak of her highly enough. We loved that she had done her research not just on the site history but also that recorded in both the Acts of the Apostles and the Epistles of Paul.
Very well put together tour of key places where Paul preached, plus a few bonuses as well, such as the Meteora Monasteries, and a boat trip to Mt Athos - and several interesting churches - but not too many! It was good to have a lot of things explained about these churches, particularly the iconography. In general - fantastic interpretation of all the sites by Dafni, our beautiful guide, who helped us to understand so much about Greece in general, as well as the specifically Pauline historic places.
EXCELLENT hotels, lovely restaurants for evening meals (included!) extremely well paced trip. The small group allowed for flexibility, and we would highly recommend it for someone who wants to follow Paul's footsteps without it becoming over churchified. The emphasis was on the work of the man, and we appreciated it. (And yes, we could drink the water in Greece out of the tap, it is better than what we have at home!)
Thank you SO MUCH Siva Travel! xo

We had a wonderful holiday.
It was well planned and Dafni our guide who accompanied us throughout the 8-day trip, gave us a real buzz for the times and travels of the apostle Paul.
Dafni was outstanding, not only in her knowledge and skill of communicating, but also in her ability to be sensitive to our group’s desire to absorb the land Paul would have known and the impact of his teaching, that speaks to us in the New Testament.
We felt very privileged to have had Dafni as our guide. As well as the focus on the apostle Paul, we appreciated the mix of histories too giving us a better understanding of the ancient Greek empire and the context of the times of Paul when Greece came under Roman control. Seeing the dramatic giant rocks of Meteora was a unique experience, and made a natural break in our journey south to Athens.
Our thanks goes to Siva Travel’s thoughtful and well planned itinerary.
Travel arrangements were excellent.
We enjoyed our time in Greece very much, experiencing lovely hotels and a variety of Greek fare in the restaurants booked for us for our evening meals.
A very memorable and enjoyable tour.

I can't speak highly enough of our Footsteps of St Paul tour by Siva Travel! It was thoughtfully put together, included various other cultural experiences such as a visit to the breathtaking Meteora monasteries, and a boat trip to Mt Athos. Our lovely guide Dafni was OUTSTANDING. She met us at the airport with the driver, even though we had to arrive a day early, and was there on the last morning to see us before we were taken to the airport. The trip was brilliant, and she taught us so much about Greece as well as interpreting all the important historic sites both biblical and classical. Dafni was sensitive and respectful of the underlying spiritual nature of our tour, and had even prepared extracts from the appropriate passages in the Acts of the Apostles and the epistles of Paul for us to read out and ponder at particular sites.
The tour was well paced, with a little free time sprinkled around, and it was a very small group which made it extremely comfortable and sociable in a laid back way. We never felt rushed, despite the amazing number of places we visited.
Loved our evening walks (sometimes morning walks) with Dafni where she told us something about each city, and helped us to appreciate it just by walking through interesting, or historic areas - particularly the streets where people come to eat and socialise!

All the hotels chosen were different, fabulous, and beautiful too, with great beds. The restaurants where we went out to eat each night were varied and a great experience all on their own. Marvellous to have breakfast and dinners included, and we could please ourselves for lunch, which was very agreeable, as sometimes we were still full from breakfast! Or we could sample local foods. Dafni's love of her work shines through, and her attention to detail is impressive. She was always calm, cheerful, patient, and so knowledgeable without being 'dictatorial', no matter how many questions we threw at her! And she was not only friendly, but great fun - we all did a lot of laughing.

Thank you all so much for a truly wonderful experience all round, we can hardly believe this was only 8 days, it felt so special. :) xo









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