12 Days Discover Classical Greece and Visit Unique Famous Greek Islands

12 Days Discover Classical Greece and Visit Unique Famous Greek Islands

12 Days Classical Greece and Cruise Holidays

12 Days Classical Greece and Cruise Holidays

Athens-Myceane-Epidaurus-Olympia-Delfi-Meteora-Mykonos-Rhodes-Patmos-Heraklion-Santorini-Kusadasi-Ephesus

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12 days, 11 nights

 

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from € 2637/ person

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31 March-13 October

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for availability email us

Discover Greece and Hopping Islands

This tour includes visiting world-famous sites of Classical Greece and famous Greek Islands.

Discover Athens and walk through a mix of flavors, cultures, and contrasts, and take the opportunity to admire the Parthenon and the Acropolis Museum. Discover the sacred ancient and Christian sites of Mycenae and the theatre of Epidaurus, ancient Olympia and Delphi, and the holy rocks of Meteora. Walk through the streets and immerse yourself in the architecture, art, and history, learn about the life, traditions, and customs of Greek people, past and present.

Whether you’re looking to relax on picturesque islands with unspoiled sandy beaches or stimulate your senses in places that have marked ancient history, we can help you experience it all. Mykonos has hilltops studded with windmills, endless rolling hills, and beaches that glitter – a photogenic island from every angle. Approaching Rhodes island by sea is an experience all of its own. The clifftop Acropolis at Lindos rises slowly from the still blue waters, evoking the ancient Colossus which once adorned the harbor, and modern hillside villages lay in the shadow of the imposing medieval fortification. Stepping foot on the island of Patmos you’ll be bowled over by its ageless, touching presence – villages appear undisturbed for centuries and its natural volcanic beauty captivates and absorbs all your attention. Patmos is also steeped in history: where architecture remains a testament to Greek, Roman and Byzantine influences. And legends say that St John was inspired to write the Book of Revelations here. You have the opportunity to visit Heraklion the city of myths, ancient civilizations, and world-renowned artists – Heraklion lives and breathes culture. Catch your breath and prepare to be seduced by Santorini.  The island will greet you with its striking cliffs, promising adventure and legendary tales. The almost vertical towns of whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches will rise above the blue Aegean like an oasis of beauty and calm. Gateway to one of Europe’s largest open-air archaeological museum. Will reach Kusadasi port in Turkey. Visit ancient Ephesus, was dedicated to the goddess Artemis, and its Artemision, a temple in her honor, took 120 years to complete and was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Ephesus later became the second-largest city in the Roman Empire, at one time home to a quarter-million people.

ATHENS

RHODES

METEORA

PATMOS

DELFI

HERAKLION

EPHESUS

SANTORINI

We provide

  • Services of a professional and licensed guide
  • 1-night accommodation at Kalambaka / Meteora at A Class**** / double occupancy
  • A visit to Meteora and  private tour guide on site
  • 1-night accommodation at Delphi at A Class**** / double occupancy
  • A visit to archaeological sites of Delphi – guiding included /entrance fees
  • 1-night accommodation at Olympia at A Class**** / double occupancy
  • A visit to archaeological site of Olympia and private tour guide on site/entrance fees
  • A visit to the archaeological sites of Mycenae and Epidaurus – guiding included /entrance fees
  • 4 nights accommodation at Athens at 4*/ double for single use
  • All transfer from/to airport and from/to excursions
  • All transfer from/to port in Piraeus
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Dinner – 11 days
  • Lunch – 3 days
  • Cruise Tour
  • Accommodation on board in IF – Interior Stateroom
  • Daily Activities (Yoga, dance, etc.)Check daily schedule on board
  • Excursion Ancient Ephesus through the ages – Hellenistic and Roman
  • Port & Service Charges
  • Athens city tours & Acropolis Museum
  • Walking Foodie Tour at Athens.

We do not provide

  • 8 days lunch
  • Anything not mentioned above
  • Tips/gratuities (optional)
  • Drinks and beverages

UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES

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Visit Meteora  is the second most important monastic complex in Greece, after Mount Athos, and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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You will visit Olympia, which was the most glorious sanctuary of ancient Greece dedicated to Zeus and was the venue for the ancient Olympic Games.

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You will visit the ancient theater of Epidaurus which is the most beautiful and best preserved of all the ancient theaters, renowned for its rare acoustics. Visit Mycenae archaeological  site  and Corinth Canal.

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Panoramic tour of Athens city center, photo stop at the Panathinaikon Stadium, a guided tour of Acropolis, Parthenon, and the Acropolis Museum, see the Erecthion with Caryatids.

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Walking Foodie Tour at Athens.

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Visit the archaeological site and the Museum of Delphi. Delphi is an ancient Greek city in which the most important oracle of the ancient Greek world operated.

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Visit famous Greek Islands Mykonos, Santorini, Patmos, Rhodes, and Heraklion.

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Excursion Ancient Ephesus through the ages – Hellenistic and Roman and Kusadasi port (Turkey).

 PRICES

Price per person          €2.910

Price for 2 persons        2.437

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DAY 1.ATHENS – ARRIVAL

Arrival and reception at the airport, transportation, and check into the hotel.

Accommodation Athens (Dinner)

DAY 2.ATHENS – ATHENS CITY TOUR & ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

Accommodation  Athens (Breakfast-Dinner)

Day 3. PIRAEUS-MYCONOS

Overnight on Board (Breakfast at the hotel, Lunch-Dinner on board).

 DAY 4. MYKONOS-KUSADASI-PATMOS

Overnight on board (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner on board)

DAY 5. PATMOS-RHODES

Overnight on Board (Breakfast,-Lunch -Dinner on board)

DAY 6. RHODES-HERAKLION-SANTORINI

Overnight on Board (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner on board)

DAY 7. SANTORINI-PIRAEUS-ATHENS-WALKING FOOD TOUR IN ATHENS

Overnight in Athens. (Breakfast-Dinner)

DAY 8. ATHENS–CORINTH CANAL-EPIDAUROS-NAFPLION–MYCENAE–OLYMPIA

Accommodation Olympia (Breakfast-Dinner)

DAY 9. OLYMPIA – DELPHI

Accommodation Delphi (Breakfast-Dinner)

DAY 10. DELPHI – KALAMBAKA

Accommodation Kalambaka (Breakfast-Dinner)

DAY 11. KALAMBAKA–METEORA–THERMOPYLAE–ATHENS

Accommodation  Athens (Breakfast-Dinner)

DAY 12. ATHENS-FLIGHT BLACK HOME

Transportation to the airport for the flight back home.

(Breakfast)

Thank you for coming. Have a nice flight back home! KALO TAXIDI

DAY 1. ATHENS–ARRIVAL

Arrival and reception at the airport, transportation, and check into the hotel.  Dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation  Athens (Dinner)

DAY 2. ATHENS–ATHENS CITY TOUR & ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

From the Acropolis to Omonia Square and with a half-day sightseeing and Acropolis museum tour, you’ll see all the famous sites of ancient and modern Athens. The Athens half-day tour departs for a photo stop at Panathinaiko Stadium where the first  Olympic Games took place in 1896. It is the only stadium built out of white marble.

Proceed and pass by Zappeion and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.  You will then pass the Athens Trilogy which includes the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library. Continue passing by the National Garden, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the unknown soldier, Schliemann’s House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Old Parliament, Constitution Square, Russian Orthodox Church, and finally Acropolis.

Visit Propylaea, the temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon and, Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens. Continue the expert-guided Athens sightseeing and museum tour with a pleasant short walk, passing by Herodion and Dionysos Theater, in order to visit the  Acropolis museum. Dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation  Athens (Breakfast-Dinner)

DAY 3. PIRAEUS-MYKONOS

Breakfast and transportation to the cruise pier and embark on your cruise ship for a 4 days magical cruise to the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Heraklion, Santorini and the port of Kusadasi in Turkey.

In the afternoon reach the island of Mykonos and take some free time to walk around the town and observe one of the most “characteristic” Cycladic Islands. Sail off.

Overnight on Board (Breakfast at the hotel, Lunch-Dinner on board).

DAY 4. MYKONOS-KUSADASI-PATMOS

Breakfast on board

Early in the morning, you will reach Kusadasi port in Turkey. A tour to the Ancient Ephesus will follow.

The city was dedicated to the goddess Artemis, and its Artemision, a temple in her honor, took 120 years to complete and was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Ephesus later became the second-largest city in the Roman Empire, at one time home to a quarter-million people. It was the first and most significant city in the Roman province of Asia and one of its key ports. Millennia ago the Aegean receded west, stranding the city on its sun-seared hillsides. It is believed the Virgin Mary lived and died here, and that Paul wrote his Letter to the Ephesians here. It was the most significant Christian city between Rome and Antioch

Ephesus is rivaled only by the Forum and the Acropolis as one of the complete classical cities in Europe, even though only 13% of the city has been uncovered!

Sail off to next destination the island of Patmos

In Patmos you will visit the island’s capital (Chora) then the Monastery of St. John and finally the Grotto of the Apocalypse. Sail off in the evening.

Overnight on board (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner on board)

 DAY 5. PATMOS-RHODES

Breakfast on board. Arrive in Rhodes early in the morning and have the full day free to explore the island of the Knights. Rhodes is the largest island of Dodecanese and island of the famous Colossus, one of the seven wonders of the world.

Around 18.00 pm the ship will sail off

Overnight on Board ( Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner on board)

DAY 6. RHODES-HERAKLION-SANTORINI

Breakfast on board

Early morning arrival in Heraklion, the capital of Crete Island

Have 3 hrs approximately, free in order to explore Heraklio.

In the afternoon at Santorini, which differs from the rest of the Cycladic islands, due to its interesting geological structure, which was the result of eruptions of a now inactive volcano. Free time on your own to admire Greece’s best-known island, the beautiful town of Fira, the amazing sunset (optional tour to Oia Village)

Around 21.00 pm the ship will sail off.

Overnight on Board (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner on board)

DAY 7. SANTORINI-PIRAEUS-ATHENS-WALKING FOOD TOUR IN ATHENS

Breakfast on board.

Early morning arrival at Piraeus port in Athens. Pick up at the port and transfer to your hotel. After you will have the opportunity to admire through a gastronomic excursion the incredible flavors and perfumes from the capital of Greece. In the evening you can choose Athens for shopping, wandering through the city discovering its hidden charms. Dinner at hotel. Overnight in Athens. (Breakfast-Dinner)

DAY 8. ATHENS-CORINTH CANAL-EPIDAUROS-NAFPLION-MYCENAE-OLYMPIA

Break for breakfast on our way and departure direction Peloponnese. The first shortstop for the Canal of Corinth then drive to Epidaurus and visit the Ancient Theatre, world famous for its outstanding acoustics. Proceed to Nafplion (shortstop) and through the plain of Argos, arriving at Mycenae. Our next stop will be at Mycenae for visiting the famous Palace, the Lions Gate and the Tomb of King Agamemnon. In the afternoon depart for Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games.

Accommodation Olympia (Breakfast-Dinner)

DAY 9. OLYMPIA–DELPHI

Visit the archaeological site with the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the altar of the Olympic flame, the Stadium and the archaeological museum. Departure for Delphi through Patras, the capital of the Peloponnese. Cross by the bridge from Rio to Antirion and passing by Nafpaktos (Lepanto) and from there on, along the coastal road to Delphi, known in ancient times as the navel of the world. In the afternoon visit the picturesque mountain village of Arachova.

Accommodation Delphi (Breakfast-Dinner)

DAY 10. DELPHI–KALAMBAKA

Delphi was truly a Pan-Hellenic site for the ancient Greeks. They all gathered here to celebrate Apollo and to get practical advice from the Pythia, the priestess. Aside from its historical importance, Delphi is a wondrously beautiful place. Morning visits the museum and the ruins of Delphi. Drive north direction the holly rocks of Meteora. Arrive afternoon.

Accommodation Kalambaka (Breakfast-Dinner)

DAY 11. KALAMBAKA – METEORA – THERMOPYLAE – ATHENS

Meteora is a must-see on any trip to Greece. Here are some of the most ancient, active monasteries on all of Greece, perched miraculously atop the mountains along the Pinios River. Their history goes back to the 14th century when the monks sought refuge in the Cliffside caves then fled higher to build the original wooden shelters, later transformed into monasteries. They are veritable Byzantine museums exhibiting superb icons, old manuscripts and unique mosaics and frescoes.

Return to Athens, passing the heroic monument of Leonidas of Sparta at Thermopylae. The Battle of Thermopylae is one of the most important battles in Greek and world history.

Accommodation  Athens (Breakfast-Dinner)

DAY 12. ATHENS-FLIGHT BLACK HOME

Transportation to the airport for the flight back home.

(Breakfast)

Thank you for coming. Have a nice flight back home! KALO TAXIDI

PRICE PER PERSON 

price per person:      €2.910

Price for 2 persons    2.437

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Pilgrimage Tour of Greece and Apostle Paul’s Steps

Pilgrimage Tour of Greece and Apostle Paul’s Steps

 

12 day Pilgrimage tour of Greece in private

 

 

Pilgrimage tour of Greece in private

 

Athens, Thessaloniki, Kavala, Philippi,  Μeteora, Delphi, Ancient Olympia,

Pylos, Agia Theodora at Vasta, Sparta, Mystras, Corinth,  Athens.

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12 days, 11 nights

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from €2.962/ person

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1st - 12th JULY 2018

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Your connection to the spirit of Greece –

A trip with character and soul…

This tour is designed for individual travelers who are sojourning in our country and wish to know a bit of Greece, the country the way Greeks know!

Get to know Greece in a unique way, a Pilgrimage tour following the steps of Apostle Paul visiting a combination of Greece’s unique Churches and Monasteries, her villages, her cuisine and best of all her inhabitants.

We offer you the means and the experience, our knowledge and connections and our love for the country called GREECE.

We do all the work, so you have all the fun!

Planning a trip is far more than booking tickets and hotels. It is deciding where to go and what to do when you get there – what will rejuvenate, fascinate, entertain and inspire you.

Not everyone wants a standard package tour – no two travelers are the same, so why should your itinerary, accommodation, flights, and activities be the same?

We, at Porto Planet, offer you a designed,  detailed and highly personalized travel itinerary.

Our slogan is – Big or Small We Can Do it All!

And..we can prove it!

Welcome to the Land of heartfelt hospitality and great food and good wine…

ATHENS

THESSALONIKI

KAVALA

METEORA

DELPHI

OLYMPIA

AGIA THEODORA AT VASTA

SPARTA

CORINTH

We provide

  • Chartered A/C bus for a group or vehicle for a private option with English speaking driver
  • Fuel and road taxes
  • 3 nights Accommodation at Thessaloniki at A Class **** / double occupancy
  • Thessaloniki walk – visiting Byzantine churches and a tasting day tour
  • Kavala / Philippi full day tour and private tour guide on site – entrance fees are extra
  • Pela Museum and archaeological site full day tour and private tour guide on site – entrance fees are extra
  • A visit to Vergina and the Altar of Apostle Paul at Veria and private tour guide on site (Vergina) – entrance fees are extra
  • 1 night Accommodation at Veria at A Class**** / double occupancy
  • 1 night Accommodation at Kalambaka / Meteora at A Class**** / double occupancy
  • A visit to the monasteries
  • 1 night Accommodation at Delphi at A Class**** / double occupancy
  • A visit to the Museum and archaeological site – private tour guide on site – entrance fees are extra
  • 1 night Accommodation at Olympia at A Class**** / double occupancy
    A visit to the Museum and archaeological site and private tour guide on site – entrance fees are extraA visit to the miracle of Nature or God / phenomenon at Agia Theodora at Vasta
  • 1 night Accommodation at Sparta at A Class**** / double occupancyA visit to the Byzantine city of Mystras – entrance fees are extra
  • 1 night Accommodation at Nafplion at fine 3 star**** / double occupancyA visit to archaeological sites of Mycenae, and Epidavros guiding included /entrance fees are extra
  • 1 night Accommodation at Athens at A Class**** / double occupancyAll transport to and from the excursions
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Dinner on days 1-11
  • Lunch on days 2-11
  • Daily service starting 8.AM to 10 PM including Saturdays / SundaysINFO material / maps / books etc

We do not provide

  • Entrance fees at the archaeological / historical sites
  • Guides at the archaeological / historical sites
  • Tips
  • Anything not mentioned above

UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES

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You will visit the ancient region of Philippi. Apostle Paul founded Philippi – the first Christian Church in Europe
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You will visit Vergina’s first capital of Macedonia and admire the royal tombs
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You will visit Delphi, an ancient Greek city where the most important oracle of the ancient Greek world was operated
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Visit Meteora – it is the second most important monastic complex in Greece, after Mount Athos, and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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You will visit Olympia, which was the most glorious sanctuary of ancient Greece dedicated to Zeus and was the venue for the ancient Olympic Games
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You will visit one of the most important centers of Greek culture in Mycenae and also visit the “dead state” of Mystra which was the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of Mystras
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You will visit the ancient theater of Epidaurus which is the most beautiful and best preserved of all the ancient theaters, renowned for its rare acoustics
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You will visit the “dead state” of Mystra which was the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of Mystras

 PRICES

Group tour

Based on minimum 12 pay people

Double Occupancy

Price per person        €2.962

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DAY 1. JULY 01, THESSALONIKI- ARRIVAL

Reception at the airport.  Transportation to the hotel.

Accommodation Thessaloniki (Dinner)

DAY 2. JULY 02, THESSALONIKI- THESSALONIKI’S  CHURCHES GUIDED  TOUR

Accommodation Thessaloniki (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

DAY 3. JULY 03, THESSALONIKI KAVALA – PHILIPPI

Accommodation Thessaloniki (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

DAY 4. JULY 04, THESSALONIKI – PELA – VERGINA – VERIA

Accommodation Veria (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

DAY 5. JULY 05, VERIA – PANAGIA SOUMELA – METEORA

Accommodation Kalambaka (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

DAY 6. JULY 06, METEORA – DELPHI

Accommodation  Delphi (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

DAY 7. JULY 07, DELPHI – OLYMPIA

Accommodation Olympia (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

DAY 8. JULY 08, OLYMPIA – AGIA THEODORA AT VASTA – PYLOS

Accommodation Pylos (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

DAY 9. JULY 09, PYLOS – MYSTRAS – SPARTA

Accommodation Sparta (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

DAY 10. JULY 10, SPARTA – MYCENAE – NAFPLION

Accommodation Nafplion (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

DAY 11. JULY 11, NAFPLION – EPIDAVROS – CORINTH – ATHENS

Accommodation Athens (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

DAY 12. JULY 12, ATHENS- FLIGHT BACK HOME

Transportation to the airport for the flight back home.

Breakfast

THANK YOU FOR COMING Have a nice flight back home! KALO TAXIDI

DAY 1. JULY 01, THESSALONIKI- ARRIVAL

Reception at the airport.  Transportation to the hotel.

Accommodation Thessaloniki (Dinner)

DAY 2. JULY 02,  THESSALONIKI- THESSALONIKI’S  CHURCHES GUIDED  TOUR

Thessaloniki is Greece’s second largest city and the capital of Macedonia (also voted “Best Mid-Sized European city for human capital and lifestyle” by Financial Times in 2014). It offers a rich cultural and historical heritage as well as a cosmopolitan café life. We will visit some of the splendid churches including the Byzantine church of St. Dimitrios. Naturally, there’s also time to enjoy the shopping and cafés downtown.

“Meze” lunch at Modiano market. The tour could not end without a visit to one of the city’s oldest confectioneries for a sample of siropiasta. These syrupy sweets are still made from the original recipes that Greek refugees brought with them during the1920s from Istanbul and Asia Minor, the perfect Thessaloniki food to finish off this tour (and aid your digestion!) Evening dinner will be at Athonos Square, and be amazed by beautiful scenery that compliments the numerous old-world ouzeris and small taverns. Visit one of the best ouzeris in the city and taste meze accompanied with ouzo or tsipouro – some flavors you won’t be forgetting in a hurry, that’s for sure!

Accommodation Thessaloniki (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

DAY 3. JULY 03, THESSALONIKI KAVALA – PHILIPPI

Full day tour – visit the cities where Apostle Paul taught – previously known as NEAPOLIS and PHILIPPI – now known as KAVALA where St Paul went to prison. Ninety miles from Thessaloniki are the extensive ruins of the city of Philippi, which was one of the leading cities of Macedonia and which St Paul visited in A.D. 50. Among the ruins is a most impressive Roman theatre. Kavala is Greece’s prettiest mainland port with a most elegant harbor. St Paul landed here with his disciples, Timothy and Silas. Luke, the Evangelist, also came here from Troas. This ancient city of Neapolis was later renamed Christoupolis because it was the first European city to convert to Christianity. Imagine walking on the same ground as these men of the Bible! We will see the Roman Aqueduct and the ruins of the Acropolis in this beautifully located city, known since the 5th century as Kavala.

Continue on to Philippi where St Paul preached his first evangelical sermon and baptized the first Christians on European soil. We will view the baptismal site where Lydia surrendered her life to Christ and visit a crypt dating from the Roman period that is thought to have served as a prison for St Paul. See the famous Acropolis, the Market Place, Basilica, and the Theatre. We return to Thessaloniki for the night.

Accommodation Thessaloniki (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

DAY 4. JULY 04,  THESSALONIKI – PELA – VERGINA – VERIA

Vergina has the tomb of Philip plus an important museum. Staying in Beroea (Veria), which had an important early Christian community and visit the Altar Apostle Paul taught.

Accommodation Veria (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

DAY 5. JULY 05, VERIA – PANAGIA SOUMELA – METEORA

A visit to the altar of St. Paul at Veria and then on to the monastery of  PANAGIA SOUMELA. A visit to the monastery and then drive south to the holy rocks of METEORA.  Meteora is a must-see on any trip to Greece.

Here are some of the most ancient, active monasteries in all of Greece, and they are perched miraculously atop the mountains along the Pinios river. Meteora, where we will climb and see the world famous Byzantine monasteries that are perched precariously on summits of grey rock –  pinnacles of varied and beautiful shapes. Their history goes back to the 14th century when the monks sought refuge in the Cliffside caves then fled higher to build the original wooden shelters, that was later transformed into monasteries. Monks seeking isolation and spiritual salvation first built these monasteries in the 14th century. They are veritable Byzantine museums exhibiting superb icons, old manuscripts and unique mosaics and frescoes.

Accommodation Kalambaka (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

DAY 6. JULY 06, METEORA – DELPHI

Delphi – the ancient sanctuary of Apollo. We will gain a greater understanding of the Greek religious heritage and their influence on the early Christian church. We visit the museum where we will marvel at the site of the Charioteer, a bronze statue so delicate you can see his eyelashes. We will see the Temple of Apollo and the Castalia Springs.

Visit Meteora with its striking scenery. Perched on the top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Depart from Kalambaka towards Delphi. Arrival  Delphi early afternoon.

Accommodation  Delphi. (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

DAY 7. JULY 07, DELPHI – OLYMPIA

We leave Delphi and travel through Galaxidi -Nafpaktos / Antirion – Rio we pass to Peloponnese and ancient Olympia. Olympia is situated in a fertile valley full of splendor, surrounded by hills and light green forests. The incense and the holy atmosphere of the surroundings along with the classical architecture of the ancient buildings make this place unique in the world.

Accommodation Olympia (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

DAY 8. JULY 08, OLYMPIA – AGIA THEODORA AT VASTA – PYLOS

From Olympia, drive 2 hours and reach the little church of Agia Theodora at Vasta. Why visit this little church? In the green-clad gully, near Vasta village, there was certainly a miracle. Whether it is created by God or nature we are unable to tell. On the roof of the small church of Saint Theodora seventeen bigger and smaller trees (holm-oaks, maples and other) have grown in an impressive way embracing and supporting the temple. Their roots are invisible both on the outside and in the inside of the church. Perhaps they run through the stone-built walls and constitute a miracle of nature, perhaps,  a divine hand has woven and maintained their clustering. Lunch at the near restaurant with a variety of local specialties. After lunch, we drive to Pylos, a Mycenaean capital and palace, the traditional home of Nestor (from Homer’s Odyssey), located near the modern city of Pylos. Dinner at local restaurant with a variety of local specialties.

Accommodation Pylos (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

DAY 9. JULY 09, PYLOS – MYSTRAS – SPARTA

A visit to the old Navarino castle and you will enjoy the wonderful panorama that unfolds in front of you, the view from Palaikastro hill is unique in all directions. Ending the visit drive to Sparta. A visit to the one time capital of Byzantium, the medieval town of Mystras that is mounted on Taigetos’ slope. It is protected by an impregnable fortress (the Kastro), which was built in 1249 by the Frankish prince Guillaume de Villehardouin, the Byzantine acropolis, the monasteries of Lakonia and the bare and wild slopes of Mani, and Sparta. Lunch at a nearby local restaurant then travels to Sparta.

Sparta – the pride, simplicity, duty, courage, the strength of the Spartan-led to the legendary Thermopiles, the most heroic battle of all seasons. Sparta has fought against many invaders on its native soil and is considered the cornerstone of resistance throughout the centuries.

Accommodation Sparta (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

DAY 10. JULY 10, SPARTA – MYCENAE – NAFPLION

Breakfast then one and a half hours drive north to Argos and Mycenae, to visit the archaeological site and the museum. The Mycenaean civilization perished with the collapse of Bronze-Age civilization in the eastern Mediterranean in 1100 BC and then flourished until 1600 BC when Helladic culture in mainland Greece was transformed under influences from Minoan Crete.

Accommodation Nafplion (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

DAY 11. JULY 11, NAFPLION – EPIDAVROS – CORINTH – ATHENS

Breakfast and the first stop at Epidaurus to visit the archaeological site and the 2,300-year-old Theatre of Epidaurus, famous for its acoustics. Keep driving in the direction of Athens via Corinth. Corinth is the city that inspired many of St Paul’s most familiar letters. See the Archaeological Museum, the Market Place, the Bema, and the Temples. To stand in the midst of the ruins of the church of Corinth and see the pillars, steps, and public worship place where St Paul preached. This will enhance your understanding and love of I & II Corinthians. The ruins of this important cultural center are fascinating as you walk along the stone path that the Apostle Paul walked. The engineering skill and intellect of these people are evident in the water systems that still flow from ancient to modern day. Continue our journey to Athens.

Accommodation Athens (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)

DAY 12. JULY 12, ATHENS- FLIGHT BACK HOME

Breakfast and transportation to the airport for the flight back home.

(Breakfast)

 

THANK YOU FOR COMING Have a nice flight back home! KALO TAXIDI

 

 

 

 

 

 

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