Greece


The important role that Greece has played in history is widely known; philosophy, the arts, medicine, democracy. But there is also a great page in the history of Christianity: Early days of Christianity and the ministry of the Apostle Paul! This amazing man, moved by the Holy Spirit preached “Good News” to Jews and Gentiles. Travelling along the major trade routes of the Roman Empire and visiting large thriving communities of Asia Minor and Greece his mission was accomplished; Christianity became the biggest religion in the world.

Our tours are not just tours; they are an inspiring journey to the actual places where the Apostle Paul lived and preached God’s word. Travel with our bible-oriented guides down timeless roads; take time to pray and rejoice in the ancient biblical sites; visit thousand-year-old churches and temples; and encounter a unique spiritual experience that will help you to better understand “The Steps of Paul” selecting bible-oriented guides, incorporating lectures and providing printed material, for people to achieve a deeper understanding of the Apostle Paul and his work.

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GREECE - Suggested Itinerary

DAY 01: CHECK IN – DEPARTURE – (ACCRA – ISTANBUL)

Check in at 17:00pm and Departure at 20:00pm.Dinner and overnight on flight. (D)

DAY 02 : ARRIVAL AT ATHENS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Upon arrival at ATHENS International Airport. representative will meet and assist us at the airport, and then we drive to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (D)

DAY 03 : ATHENS TOUR (Acropolis Hill – Parthenon Temple & Mars Hill)

Today we will enjoy our morning guided tour of Athens. This is the great citythat Paul visited four centuries after the Golden Age era of Greece. Philosophers came to the stoas (covered porches) to hear novel ideas. At Athens, Paul entered the world of Greek philosophies, prompting him to change his style of missions.

We will climb up to Acropolis Hill to see the Parthenon Temple, which was dedicated to the goddess Athena, who was the patron goddess for the people of Athens. Here we will enjoy the breathtaking views of the Roman Agora, the Odeion, the Theatre of Dionyssus and Philopappou Hill.

We will then walk to the nearby Mars Hill (Areopagus) where Paul gave his famous speech to the Athenian philosophers and spoke about the “Unknown God” (Acts 17:18-34). People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.

After our visit we will have free time to walk and explore the area around Acropolis. Plaka area, is the most ancient district of Athens full of coffee shops, restaurants and souvenir shops.

Return to hotel in the afternoon. Evening at leisure. Dinner at hotel. Overnight in Athens. (B,D)

DAY 04 : CORINTH TOUR

Today we will visit one of the most important BIBLICAL cities of Greece. We will depart Athens and drive along the coastal highway of Saronic Gulf, towards Peloponnese peninsula.

We will have a brief stop at the historic Corinth Canal, (Isthmus) 75 ft wide cut of land that links the Aegean to the Ionian Sea. We will then visit Corinth (Acts 18:1-18) where Paul labored 18 months with Priscilla and Aquila on his second journey. Paul changed his basic concept of missions here. He could reach more people by staying (500,000 regularly) than if he moved. He went to the synagogue

every Sabbath and persuaded both Jews and Greeks" (Acts 18:4). And during the week, he made tents with Aquila and Priscilla, fellow "tent makers" (Acts 18:3).

We see the temple dedicated to god Apollo, the Agora and the Bema which is called a tribunal in Acts 18:12-17. The Jews bring Paul before the bema for judgment by Gallio, the proconsul of Achaia. The Jews charge, “This man is persuading people to worship God in ways that are contrary to the law.” Gallio, however, refuses to judge the case.

In Romans 16:23 Paul mentions his friend Erastus. Also in Corinthians 1:26 Paul calls attention to a person named Erastus who was a “city treasurer.” He would be one of the few (“not many”) Christians who were among the socially elite at Corinth. We will see an inscription to him at the site. We will continue our tour with a bus ride passing by Cenchreae where Paul sailed for Ephesus (Acts 18:18). There was a church here, of which Phoebe was a deacon (Rom. 16:1), and Lucius its first bishop, appointed by Paul.

Optional lunch in restaurant in Corinth or in Athens. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Athens. (B,D)

DAY 05 : ONE DAY CRUISE TO GREEK ISLANDS OF POROS-HYDRA-AEGINA (lunch) **

We are offered the enjoyment of a cruise in just one-day to the Greek Saronic Gulf islands of Hydra, Poros, and Aegina, including buffet lunch served on board and round-trip transfers by bus. We sail at 8:00 a.m. from the port of Piraeus.

First stop is Hydra, fashionable artists' colony, a retreat of intellectuals and a favorite film location. An amphitheatric town rings the colorful harbor with well-preserved sea-merchant family mansions. Leisurely we have time for strolling, shopping or swimming (weather and sea permitting). From here our voyage continues to Poroswhere the first naval arsenal of independent Greece was established. Poros provides delightful scenery marked by the low pine-wooded hills. Our last port of call is Aegina, an attractive and tranquil resort place. Here we can either join the optional excursion to the Temple of Aphaia; one of the finest and the best preserved of the Greek temples, or walk leisurely around the harbor or browse in the small gift shops. Return back to Piraeus (the port of Athens) in the early evening around 7:00 p.m. Dinner at hotel. Overnight at hotel. (B,L,D)

** Note: Cruise is operated depending on the weather conditions. In case the sailing is cancelled we will switch this tour with an alternative visit in or out of Athens.

DAY 06 : Thu, 23 February: DELPHI TOUR

DAY 06 – Thu, 23 February: DELPHI TOUR

At 8:00 a.m. we depart from Athens by bus, driving us through the fertile plain of Boeotia, crossing the towns of Thebes connected with the tragedy of king Oedipus; next are the towns of Livadia and Arachova, famous for their colorful woolen rugs and carpets.

Arrive at Delphi, the center of the Ancient world, the place of the oracle consulted by people from all over the ancient world. At Delphi archaeologists found a stone which probably was once attached to the outer wall of the Temple of Apollo. Inscribed in it is a copy of a letter from the Roman emperor Claudius to the city of Delphi, naming Lucius Junius Gallio as the friend of Claudius and proconsul of Achaia.

Paul was brought before Gallio, probably on the occasion of the proconsul’s appointment to office.

We walk along the Sacred Way passing by the Athenian Treasury to the Temple of Apollo and continue on to the theater and stadium.

We will also visit the Archaeological Museum containing such masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias.

Optional lunch at local restaurant.

During your visit in Delphi, there will be a brief visit to a local store to shop for a variety of gifts and souvenirs. We then return to Athens for dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D)

DAY 07 : ATHENS – FREE DAY

After breakfast, we board our bus to Shop at the Damascus gate in Jerusalem.

Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D)

DAY 08 : ATHENS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

After breakfast, you will be transfer from your hotel to the Athens International Airport for your departure home. (B)

ΟΤΗΕR SITES WITH BIBLICAL REFERENCES IN GREECE

Greece mainland

 
Thessalonica        Acts    17: 1-13
This important port city on the Via Egnatia was the capital of the province of Macedonia when Paul, Silas, and Timothy visited in 49-50 AD. The city, founded in 315 BC, became very cosmopolitan with a large Jewish population. Paul preached to the Jews in the synagogue, and God-fearing Greeks.


Berea            Acts    17:10-15
Paul and Silas entered Berea on the Via Egnatia, a town of Greeks, Jews and Romans. It became a pulpit for Paul’s preaching for three weeks. Many Jews believed. Paul left, and Silas and Timothy stayed. The city was praised for evaluating preaching by comparing it with the scriptures.  


Philippi        Acts    16:12-40; 20:6
Site of Paul’s first European sermon. Lydia, a seller of purple, became Europe’s first convert to Christianity. Paul and Silas were imprisoned in the jail, but later released after an earthquake.


Neapolis (Kavala)    Acts    16:11
Paul sailed from Troas to Neapolis. At this gateway Paul’s team first set foot on Europe.


Amphipolis        Acts     17:1   
A district capital of Macedonia, on the Via Egnatia, the route used by Paul, Silas and Timothy.


Apollonia        Acts 17:1
Paul and Silas traveled through this town on the Via Egnatia on their way to Thessalonica.


Berea            Acts    17:10-15
Paul and Silas entered Berea on the Via Egnatia, a town of Greeks, Jews and Romans. It became a pulpit for Paul’s preaching for three weeks. Many Jews believed. Paul left, and Silas and Timothy stayed. The city was praised for evaluating preaching by comparing it with the scriptures.


Greek Islands

 
Chios            Acts 20:15
Paul sailed to Chios in route to Samos. The island was known for its famous shrine of Cybele, earth goddess, and was probably the home of Homer.


Cos            Acts 21:1
Paul sailed to this island after a farewell to the Ephesian elders. It was the birthplace of Hippocrates (father of modern medicine), and was famous for its medical school, library, and Temple of Asklepios.


Crete            Acts    27:7-13
The captain of Paul’s ship attempted to reach this better harbor Phoenix (nowadays Loutro) on Crete to wait out the winter; instead the ship was wrecked before arriving there.


Mytilene        Acts    20:14
Paul’s third journey sailed to Mytilene. The harbor town on the island of Lesbos was the first good harbor south of the Dardanelles on the Asian side.


Patmos        Rev. 1:9
Patmos was the small island of John’s exile where he received the Revelation.


Rhodes        Acts    21:1
Paul sailed from Cos to the island of Rhodes, home of the famous philosophers and orators, on his homeward journey to Jerusalem.


Samos            Acts 20:15
Paul sailed to Samos, an island one mile off the coast of Asia Minor, on the way to Jerusalem after his third journey.


Samothrace        Acts 16:11
The island was the center for the worship of Poseidon (god of the sea). Paul stopped briefly on his way from Troas to Neapolis.

Note*

NB: * This suggested Itinerary is subject to change at any point in time.

       *B = Breakfast             D = Dinner

       *Airlines: TURKISH, ETHIOPIAN.

 

 

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