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

Small Group tour - Maximum participation is 25 guests.
What's included
included on tour 3 overnights in Thessaloniki
included on tour 1 overnight in Kalambaka
included on tour 3 overnights in Athens
included on tour Daily Breakfast and Dinner (half board)
included on tour Guided Sightseeing (including 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
tour highlight Phillipi
tour highlight Amphipolis
tour highlight Thessaloniki
tour highlight Veria
tour highlight Vergina
tour highlight The Monasteries of Meteora
tour highlight Athens Acropolis and the new museum
tour highlight Ancient Corinth
tour highlight Ancient Epidaurus
tour highlight Kechries
included on tour Arrival transfer service to Thessaloniki hotel
included on tour Departure transfer service from Athens hotel to Athens International Airport
included on tour Trained & professional Tour Director throughout
included on tour Luxury coach
included on tour All entrance fees
included on tour All Hotel porterage
included on tour All local taxes
 Departure Date:
tour departure date  25 September 2023 
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steps of trip 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.
length of trip is 8 days
Day 1 - Monday 25 Sept 2023
Welcome To Thessaloniki!
Thessaloniki
On arrival you will be met at the airport 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.
Kick off the tour in style with a lovely welcome dinner.

Overnight in Thessaloniki.
tour food inclusions Dinner
Day 2 - Tuesday
Thessaloniki To Kavala
sightseeing Kavala
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 in 45 AD, Paul disembarked and began his mission in Greece.
Following in his footsteps travel, just as St. Paul and his companions did, from Kavala to Philippi.
Saint Paul founded the first Christian Church on European soil at Philippi in 49/50 AD. The establishment of the new religion and the city's proximity to Constantinople, the Roman Empire's new capital, brought new splendour. Three magnificent basilicas and the Octagon complex, the cathedral dedicated to Saint Paul, were erected in the city centre in the fourth-sixth centuries AD. St.Paul preached his first sermon and baptized the first Christians on European soil. Your expert guide will take you through the monumental ruins, including the site where Lydia was baptized and where St. Paul was imprisoned. You will visit the Acropolis, the theater and the remains of the first Christian Basilica. Continue your journey in chronological order, stopping in Ancient Amphipolis, before returning to beautiful Thessaloniki.

Ovenight in Thessaloniki
tour food inclusions Breakfast and Dinner
Day 3 - Wednesday
Thessaloniki
[ sightseeing Thessaloniki ]
kavala Greece
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.
Starting from the upper city you will see the city from above! First stop is the trigonion tower. From this vantage point you will be able to have an overview of all the city. This overview will allow for a good understanding of the city layout and the main focal point structures. Walking along the northern walls, follow the downhill path towards the city. You have the opportunity to view and discuss with your guide the evolution of the city through the ages.
Visit the church of Vlatadon, a beautiful monastery of the 14th century which now is open to public as a church. Walking towards the center of the city, next stop is a visit to the Rotunda, a Unesco world heritage site, which through the centuries has served as a temple, church, mosque. The Rotunda houses few early Christian mosaics and is a spectacular sight. Continue to the church of St. Demetrius, patron Saint of Thessaloniki, an early Christian basilica of the 5th a.D. with a crypt under the altar of the church which exist since the beginning of the city, 4th B.C.
Walking towards the waterfront, you will pass the open air market and feel the vibe of this majestic city. Thessaloniki promenade waterfront is a favourite for the locals. Walk along the promenade with your guide and enjoy the slower pace of life that Thessaloniki offers

Ovenight in Thessaloniki
tour food inclusions Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4 - Thursday
Thessaloniki to Kalambaka
[ sightseeing on route Veria / Vergina ]
Rotunda in Thessaloniki

Enjoy a nice breakfast at the hotel before setting off, as Paul did, to the town of Veria.

The Book of Acts Chapter 17:10 describes how the Apostle Paul left Thessaloniki and visited the nearby town of Berea (Veria).The town of Veroia has built a small park and altar to mark the traditional location the Apostle Paul spoke from during his visit.
Continue to the nearby amazing sight of Vergina. See the burial site of the kings of Macedon, including the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. A spectacular site of great historical significance and exquisitely presented.
After an enlightening day continue the trip on to Kalambaka. Kalambaka is home to the breathtaking Meteora Monasteries. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay.

Overnight Kastraki area
tour food inclusions 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.
Take the opportunity to see how the monks live today and enter some of the most captivating Byzantine basilicas in Greece.
In the afternoon head south to the world-famous capital city of Athens for dinner and your overnight stay.

Overnight Athens
tour food inclusions 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.
tour food inclusions Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7 - Sunday
Corinth and Epidaurus day trip from Athens
sightseeing Corinth, Epidaurus and Kechries
ancient corinth in Greece

After Athens, St.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. You will visit the ruins of the ancient city, walking in the same paths that he walked thousands of years before while your 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 drive past (brief stop) the ancient port of Kechries, where Paul departed from for Ephesus.

From Corinth you will continue on to the majestic site of Epidaurus. The site of Epidaurus, which is listed as a world heritage site by Unesco, is vast. With ruins of temples and ancient hospital buildings devoted to the healing gods; it is considered to be the birthplace of Asklepios. The site monuments, particularly the temple of Asklepios, the Tholos and the Theatre are considered some of the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture and date from the 4th century BC. For most travelers Epidaurus is known for the magnificent theater that still stands there – and is still used for plays and other performances. Walk the grounds leading up to the theater and there check the famous acoustics. The theater is considered a marvel of engineering as the acoustics are unrivaled even by today’s standards.

Return to Athens for the special last evening of the tour; tonight enjoy a special highlight farewell dinner!

Overnight in Athens.
tour food inclusions Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8 - Monday
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.
tour food inclusions 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
Sailing to Mykonos
After breakfast at the hotel we will transfer to the port to embark the four day Aegean cruise.
Welcome on board!
After embarkation this morning, on board, a range of activities are available to you:; sip a cocktail by the pool, try your luck in the casino, work-out in the fitness center or just relax and soak up the glorious Mediterranean sun. You will be wined and dined with an array of enticing international and Greek cuisine.

At 18:00 the ship will dock in Mykonos; an island that needs little introduction! A summer holiday meeting point for jet setters worldwide, this glittering, glamorous island has everything you expect: fantastic beaches with crystal clear water, whitewashed sugar-cube houses with blue wooden shutters, narrow streets to stroll around, and last, but not least an incredible nightlife!
The evening is yours to enjoy this beautiful iconic Cycladic Island.
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
Rhodes full day
Early morning breakfast will be served onboard as you arrive in the Port of Rhodes. As the cruise ship will remain in Rhodes all day, we suggest taking part in one of the many optional tours onboard which allow you to either visit Lindos and its Acropolis, the Medieval Town of Rhodes with its cobblestoned pathways or the archeaological site of Filerimos. After the excursions we return to the ship for lunch.
The afternoon can be spent wandering around or taking a swim at one of the nearby beaches.
Late afternoon, return to your ship. Dinner will be served onboard as you sail for Crete.
Day 11 (Optional Cruise Extension to the tour)
Thursday
Sailing to Heraklion & Santorini
Crete (Heraklion) and Santorini
Early morning breakfast will be served onboard as the ship docks at the port of Heraklio.
In Heraklion passengers have the opportunity to participate in a marvellous excursion Knossos and see the ruins of the Palace of King Minos. Or alternatively explore the town of Heraklion and enjoy a coffee in one of the outdoor cafes.

In the afternoon marvel at the captivating views of this magnficient island as you arrive and anchor in Santorini.
Passengers participating in the optional tour to Oia and Thira will disembark first via tender boats to Athenios Port where motorcoaches will await. All other passengers will disembark via tender boats to Santorini`s small port where you can experience a fantastic journey up the caldera by cable car or donkey or foot. Early evening return to the ship via cable car and tender boat for dinner onboard as you depart Santorini and sail back to Lavrion.
Day 12 (Optional Cruise Extension to the tour)
Friday
Return to Athens
Enjoy your breakfast on board the cruise ship and disembark this morning.
As your footsteps of St. Paul tour has come to an end. Transfer to Athens International Airport for your flight home.
Tour Map and information

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

Tour Information
camera Sightseeing
Unesco World Heritage site sign Visit to the Athens Acropolis. A Unesco World Heritage site.
trip search Visit the new Acropolis museum.
Unesco World Heritage site sign Visit Meteora. A Unesco World Heritage site.
trip search Visit ancient Amphipolis
trip search Tour of Thessaloniki
trip search Visit to Philippi outside Kavala.
trip search Visit to Veria to St.Paul's altar
trip search Visit to Vergina
trip search Visit to Ancient Corinth
trip search Visit Kechries
Unesco World Heritage site sign Visit Patmos and the monastery of St John. A Unesco World Heritage site.  *opt
trip search Visit to Ephesus in Kusadasi (Turkey).  *opt
trip search Visit the Archaeological site of Lindos in Rhodes.  *opt
trip search Visit the Archaeological site of Knossos in Crete.  *opt
trip search View to the Aegean sea from a top the Santorini cliffs.  *opt
Excursions noted as  *opt are optional and only offered if the cruise tour extension is purchased
hint of trip 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
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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 of the tour 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 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

comments by guests on this trip
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.

comments by guests on this trip
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. 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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