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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

“For we walk by faith, not by sight,” wrote the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians. On this religious tour of Greece and Turkey, you’ll stroll, skip, and sail by faith as you retrace the many missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul after he saw the light in Damascus. Both pilgrimage and picturesque journey, this land and cruise tour to mainland Greece, the Greek Isles, and Turkey leads you to many significant sites of the New Testament as well as some of the most magnificent sights of the Mediterranean. Scripture will take on new meaning as you visit the ancient communities where Paul established churches – and to whom he penned his epistles, including the Thessalonians, Philippians, Corinthians, and Ephesians. As you follow in the faithful footsteps of the Apostle Paul – with fantastic detours to Mykonos, Crete, and Santorini – you, too, will have much to write home about.

Countries Visited

Greece , Turkey

  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE IN ATHENS, GREECE
    Welcome to Athens!
    At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    ATHENS–METEORA–KALAMBAKA
    The Miracles of Greece Depart Athens for a scenic drive to Kalambaka.
    METEORA Visit two monasteries including the Holy Monastery of Varlaam. Enjoy a scenic drive en route to Kalambaka. (B,D)
    229mi /368km

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    NATURAL WONDERS Visit the magnificent natural setting in Meteora where stratospheric rock formations surround the ancient monasteries perched on the clifftops. Here, gigantic rocky outcrops reach 600 meters high above the plains of Thessaly where you’ll visit the stunning, red-roofed monasteries of Varlaam and St. Stephen.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    KALAMBAKA–VERIA–THESSALONIKA
    Greek Tragedies & Grand Treasures VERIA Visit the Bema of Apostle Paul.
    THESSALONIKA An orientation drive includes the White Tower and Aristotelous Square. Visit Ag. Dimitros Basilika. (B,D)
    145 mi / 234 km

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    HISTORIC SPOTS See Thessalonika's iconic 15th-century prison tower, standing 34-meters high. Hear the history of the Ottoman Empire and tragic ends of those who were imprisoned here. Pass Aristotelous Square, the Jewel of Thessalonika on the sea front.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    THESSALONIKA–EXCURSION TO PHILIPPI & KAVALA
    A Disciple's Destiny PHILIPPI Visit Lydia’s Baptistery, the forum, ruins of the Basilicas, and the theatre.
    KAVALA An orientation drive includes Neapolis of the Acts and St. Paul’s mosaic. Free time for lunch before returning to Athens Thessalonika. (B,D)
    219mi/350km

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    ICONIC FOOTSTEPS Follow the path of St. Paul the Apostle where the disciple traveled in 49-50 CE to spread the Word of Christ. Visit the Greek Orthodox church and Baptistry of Saint Lydia, the first Greek and European woman baptized by the Apostle Paul. Visit the amazing ancient ruins of the Philippi’s Roman Forum, the Basilicas, and Theater in the city that became the center of Christian faith following the visit of the Apostle Paul.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    THESSALONIKA–THERMOPYLAE–ATHENS
    Warriors & The Ancient World THERMOPYLAE Stop at the battle site.
    ATHENS Free time this evening. (B)
    314 mi / 503 km

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    EPIC RIDE Travel through the coastal floodplain of the Spercheios river, surrounded by sloping forested limestone mountains and the thermal springs of Thermopylae. Greek Spartans, Thebans, and Thespians fought Persian invaders during the historic Battle of Thermopylae in this narrow coastal passage.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    ATHENS (EMBARKATION)–MYKONOS
    Sun-Kissed Beauty
    ATHENS Embark on your Mediterranean cruise through the Greek Islands and Turkey.
    MYKONOS Free time this afternoon and evening. (B,L,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    PICTURE PERFECT Explore the whitewashed paradise of Mykonos with its iconic windmills. Named after Apollo’s grandson, Mykonos offers a wealth of treasures to discover in its cafes, shops, and picturesque lanes.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    CRUISING: KUSADASI, TURKEY–EXCURSION TO EPHESUS–PATMOS, GREECE
    Divine Dwellings & Digs
    KUSADASI Take a guided visit to the Ephesus Archaeological site in the city where St. Paul wrote many “Letters to the Corinthians.” See the House of Mary, where the Blessed Mother spent her final days.
    PATMOS Enjoy free time to explore the island. (B,L,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    HISTORIC SPOT Explore one of the largest Roman archaeological sites in the eastern Mediterranean with a visit to Ephesus, Turkey. Excavations of this UNESCO World Heritage Site have revealed grand monuments of the Roman Imperial era, including the Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre. See the domed cruciform House of Mary, a revered Christian pilgrimage site in this once Roman port city and sea channel.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    CRUISING: HERAKLION, CRETE–SANTORINI
    The Bronze Age on the Blue Aegean
    HERAKLION Take a guided visit to the Minoan Palace of Knossos.
    SANTORINI Visit the island (weather permitting). Free time this afternoon. (B,L,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    LEGENDS & LORE Visit the extraordinary royal ruins of the Minoan Palace of Knossos, where Greek mythology tells the story of King Minos and a heroic prince who battled the mighty Minotaur for the hand of a princess in Heraklion.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    ATHENS (DISEMBARKATION)–CORINTH–ATHENS
    A Metropolis of Mythic Proportions
    ATHENS Disembark your cruise and take a scenic drive to the Corinth Canal with a photo stop.
    CORINTH Enjoy a guided visit to the excavations, including Agora and St. Paul’s Bema, where the Christian missionary faced the Forum’s court.
    ATHENS A guided sightseeing tour includes visits to the Areopagus and the Acropolis. Stop for a photo opportunity at the Panathenaic Stadium—site of the first Olympic Games. Enjoy free time before a farewell dinner at your hotel. (B,D)
    101 mi / 163 km

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    HISTORIC SPOT Athens conjures visions of Greek gods and goddesses, and robe-draped philosophers and politicians. You’ll see the iconic sites of the Acropolis in the ancient city where mythology, philosophy, and Christianity flourished in the “birthplace of civilization.” Stop at the all- marble Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games took place. The Olympic flame is passed to the current host nations to begin the modern games still today.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    ATHENS
    Safe travels until we meet again!
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

CRUISE DETAILS
Rotation of ports of call may vary for congestion reasons at certain ports with or without prior notice.
Inside cabin (category IB) - All cabins with two lower beds and private shower and toilet. Cabin upgrades are available at a supplement.
Full entertainment program on board.
Included drink package: selection of non-alcoholic & alcoholic drinks.
Globus Host service throughout the cruise

NOTES
Please ask your Travel Consultant for cruise ship details. The ship scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the Celestyal Olympia, operated by Celestyal Cruises.
Meals:
Buffet breakfast daily; 3 lunches, 8 dinners

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Accommodations

Port Taxes $119 & Gratuities $30 to service personnel on board the ship are additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate. Gratuities for Cruise Host are included in the Globus price.

Athens: Zafolia
Attractive 7-story Hotel situated near museums, 1 km from Larisis train station & 35 km from El. Venizelos Airport.
Address:
87-89 Alexandras Avenue
Athens , Greece
Kalambaka: Amalia Kalambaka
Amalia Hotel is a beautiful setting just minutes away from the town of Kalambaka. The hotel is embedded on 14 acres of greenery and has been built with traditional materials to match its surroundings.
Address:
National Road
Kalambaka , Greece
Thessalonika: Grand Hotel Palace
Located just 1.6 miles from the center of Thessalonika and not far from the well-known Aristotelous Square, this 253-room property is housed in an impressive neoclassical-inspired building. All guestrooms are air-conditioned and soundproofed with free Wi-Fi, coffee/tea making facilities, organic linens, and luxury bathrobes and slippers. Other amenities include a well equipped fitness center and a heated indoor swimming pool with SPA facilities. The gourmet restaurant offers both Mediterranean and International dishes and there is a luxurious lounge bar serving an array of cocktails, drinks, and delicious snacks.
Address:
305-307 Monastiriou Street
Thessalonika , Greece

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Questions & Answers

Question: Hi, if we are registering from Singapore for our church, will there be a group discount?

Groups of 8 or more are eligible for a group discount with Globus. The amount that is discounted is entirely dependent on the group size.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.1
Accommodations
3.4
Itinerary
4.8
Professional Staff
4.7
Repeat with Operator
3.8
Value for Money
3.8

Ratings based off 19 reviews - currently showing 7 reviews with comments only

Very interesting trip, aided by a knowledgeable tour guide. Rooms on the ship were pretty small.

We thought that the hotel rooms with Globus would be close to the city center. Unfortunately, we had to take a taxi to and from the main areas in each location. Very disappointed with this aspect of the trip, since my husband and I like to take short walks in the main tourist areas, without the hassles of being so far away from our hotels.

Hotels in. Greece could be better and in more central locations.. Thesolinikiâs hotel was lacking in cleanliness of bedsheets and bathrooms

The hotels should have been better specially in Thessaloniki I will not travel with globus again

Ship's for 3 was a bit tight. Alfonso was an excellent travel agent. I would book with him again Excursions to some sight were short and didn't take into consideration that there are "nature" people. British Aurways was not a good choice of airline. Seats are extremely tight and food is very poor and insufficient. Not even water. Was offered between London and Athens. Tea cost 2englidh pound. The Middle East airlines and Turkish airlines I heard are much better Thanks MDrew

We had an amazing vacation thanks to Affordable Tours and Globus. Our travel consultant was so helpful and really worked with us to make certain our trip was more than we could imagine. He helped us with extended layovers so we would not be rushed through the airports, and helped us arrange the tours that were exactly to our interests and activity level.

I had difficulty confirming my flight reservations by internet or by phone before I left. Even when I arrived at the airport the attendant had to seek help in verifying my reservations. This was a little unsettling. I think adding a couple of more days to this tour would make it a little less hectic. It was non-stop 13 hours a day with very minimal time to "experience" Greece.

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