We are all probably aware of packages focusing on the life and preaching of Saint Paul. However, most of the packages advertised cover only a very limited number of sights related to the Apostle’s course during his mission.
Destination Greece, listening the travel agent community comments and requests, have put together a unique approach to the history of Christianity related to Saint Paul’s life and preaches. Our package combines a land tour to Athens, Corinth, Delphi, Meteora and the Byzantine Monasteries, Veria, Thessaloniki, Philippi, Kavala with a 3-day cruise to the Greek islands (Mykonos, Rhodes, Patmos) and Turkey (Kusadasi/Ephesus). We invite you to share it with your clients.
The Saint Paul experience starts with a visit to Corinth. It was here Apostle Paul came and worked, establishing a thriving church. One can 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 is an absolute must!
Our package offers a visit to Lechaion and also the opportunity to see the ruins of early Christian 5th century basilica at the ancient port of Kenchreae before returning to Athens. Athens brings to mind Parthenon, Acropolis, Erectheion and Mars’ Hill (Areopagus) where Apostle Paul delivered his well-known sermon. Of course, the Athens sightseeing tour would not be complete without offering views of the Unknown Soldier, the Parliament House, the Presidential Palace, the Panathenian Stadium, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Academy, the University and the National Library.
Our Saint Paul experience continues to Delphi. It was here priestess Pythia pronounced her famous last oracle to Julian the Apostate. And then on to spectacular Meteora with its thousand-year-old Byzantine monasteries precariously built on huge rocks.
The journey follows the Apostle’s steps to Veria and Thessaloniki. Apostle Paul arrived in Veria and according to his custom he went to the synagogue, where to his pleasant surprise, he discovered that the Jews there were “more noble” than those he had encountered in Thessaloniki. And the next stop is Thessaloniki, where Apostle Paul also preached and where he sent his first and second letters. Here one can see the Egnatian Road, the Galerius Arch, the Citadel and the Archaeological Museum.
The Saint Paul experience continues with a visit to the city of Philippi, where Apostle Paul established the first church in Europe. One can see the river where Lydia and possibly the jailer were baptized and the ancient Forum and jail where Paul and Silas were kept. Return to Athens after a visit to in Thermopylae, where the Statue of Leonidas commemorates 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.
Our package continues with a 3-day cruise to the Greek islands of Mykonos, Rhodes (visited by the Apostle) and Patmos (the Revelation island) and Kusadasi-Ephesus in Turkey.
Apart from the itinerary presented, which makes the Saint Paul experience unique, Destination Greece backs up all our packages with professional, state licensed English speaking guides, a 24-hour assistance telephone service and of course support in Athens, Greece so you know your clients will receive best quality service at their destination.
Should you have any questions regarding our Saint Paul experience, please do not hesitate to contact us at: services@DestinationGreece.com