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Titus 3:5 He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit (NIV)

Paul's Missionary Steps Code 05.

CHRISTIAN TOUR PAUL'S MISSIONARY JOURNEY THROUGH ATHENS - CORINTH - DELPHI - METEORA - BERIA - THESSALONICA - PHILIPPI

DAY 1: ATHENS upon our arrival in Athens our representative will meet us and assist in our transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay. (D)

DAY 2: ATHENS-CORINTH-CENCHREA-ATHENS Our morning excursion out of Athens takes us by the Saronic Gulf via the historic Corinthian Canal (quick stop for photos) to ancient Corinth (Acts 18:1-18). It was to this megalopolis where the apostle Paul came and worked, established a thriving church, subsequently sending two of his epistles now part of the New Testament. Here, see all of the sites associated with his ministry: the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, the Roman Odeon, the Bema and Gallio's Seat.

The small archaeological museum here is an absolute must! We continue to visit to Lechaion and also see the ruins of early Christian 5th century basilica at the ancient port of Cenchreae before returning to Athens (Acts 17:15). We will climb up to the marble-capped Acropolis and visit the famous Parthenon and the Erechtheion. We will then walk to nearby Mars' Hill (or Areopagus) (Acts 17:22) where the Apostle Paul delivered his well-known sermon. Our tour continues with the highlights of modern Athens: we pass by the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Parliament House, Presidential Palace, Panathenian Stadium, Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Academy, the University and the National Library. Dinner and overnight at hotels in Athens. (B-D)

DAY 3: ATHENS-DELPHI Today we will depart from Athens for our Northern tour beginning with Delphi where the priestess Pythia pronounced her famous oracles in the Temple of Apollo. Visits to the theatre and stadium, dinner and overnight stay in Delphi. (B-D)

DAY 4: DELPHI-METEORA-KALAMBAKA In the morning we will depart for Kalambaka, location of the spectacular Meteora with its thousand-year-old Byzantine monasteries perched precariously on huge rocks. The view from here is beautiful. Dinner and overinght stay in Kalambaka. (B-D)

DAY 5: KALAMBAKA-BEREA-THESSALONICA In the morning we will drive to Berea, where the Apostle Paul arrived and according to his custom went to the synagogue, where to his pleasant surprise, he discovered that these Jews where "more noble" than those he had encountered in Thessalonica. We will see the Byzantine mosaic in the monument commemorating his preaching. According to the local tradition, it was at this place where he stood and delivered his sermons. We then continue to Thessalonica where Paul also preached and to where he sent his first and second letters to the Thessalonians. Here we see the Egnatian Road, the Galerius Arch, the Citadel and the Archaelogical Museum. Dinner and overnight stay in Thessalonica. (B-D)

DAY 6: THESSALONICA-PHILIPPI-KAVALA Early in the morning we will enjoy a picturesque drive to the city of Philippi, where Paul established the first church in Europe. Here we see the river where Lydia and possibly the jailer were baptized and the ancient Forum and jail where Paul and Silas were kept. On the return journey, we pass by the beautiful city of Kavala (Neapolis) for dinner and overnight stay. (B-D)

DAY 7: KAVALA-ATHENS We will begin our drive back to Athens via Tempi with a short stop in Thermopylae where we will see the Statue of Leonidas commemorating the location where he and his 300 Spartans stopped the powerful Persian army and the hill where the weapons and remains of the warriors are buried. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Athens. (B-D) DAY 8: DEPARTURE We will meet our representative who will assist in our transfer to Athens Airport for our departure flight. (B) *B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner.

 

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