Pictures from Greece

Greece: In the Footsteps of Paul

Led by:

Carol Prinsloo
Holy Cross Episcopal Church
Redmond, WA

June 20 - 29, 2008

Trip map

DAY 1, Friday, June 20, 2008 - We depart the United States on a wide-body jet for your trans-Atlantic flight with superior in-flight service.  Dinner on board. D

DAY 2: Saturday, June 21, 2008 - Arrive Thessalonica, Greece (Acts 17:1-13).  Meet our escort and board our motorcoach and continue on to our hotel.  Thessalonica has seen the rise and fall of many civilizations:  Macedonian, Hellenic, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, that of the Jews and of the modern Greeks.  Paul wrote two letters to the people here.  Dinner and overnight Thessalonica. BD

DAY 3: Sunday, June 22, 2008 - Visit Kavalla, where Paul landed after sailing from Troas (Troy) in Turkey.  On to Philippi, the city to which Paul wrote his Epistle and visited twice on missionary journeys.  See where Lydia, Paul's first European convert, was baptized (Acts 16:12-16) as he opened the continent of Europe to the Christian faith.  Also view the Roman Baths, the Agora where Paul and other missionaries were dragged before the magistrates, the 5th c. Basilica and the possible prison from which Paul was set free (Acts 16:19-24, 35-40).  Return to Thessalonica for overnight. BD

DAY 4: Monday, June 23, 2008 - This morning we will visit the Museum which houses gold artifacts of Alexander the Great.  We visit Agios Georgios and St. Demetrious Church, probable sites of Paul's preaching.  Depart Thessalonica via Pella, where Aristotle lived as he tutored Alexander the Great, to Veria, where Paul preached the new faith, and see the monument erected in honor of this Apostle.  We proceed to Kalambaka near the Hanging Monasteries of Meteora, built 1356-1372, on strangely shaped pinnacles that rise out of the Peneus Valley.  Overnight Kalambaka. BD

DAY 5: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - Tour the Hanging Monasteries of Meteora.  In the 9th c. ascetic hermits were living in the rock crevices, eventually forming religious communities.  In 1336, the monk, Athanasios, built a monastery here which eventually attracted many devotees.  By the 16th century, there were at least 20 smaller settlements and 13 monasteries many of which were embellished with frescoes and icons by great artists of the times.  Today 6 monasteries are open to the public.  (Men should wear long pants and ladies should wear skirts to the knees and both sexes should have their shoulders covered to visit these monasteries.)  Later today we continue on to Delphi, one of the most evocative and enchanting sites in Greece and home to Apollo and to the famous oracle of antiquity and art.  Dinner and overnight Delphi. BD

DAY 6: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - We begin our exploration of Delphi, considered to be the most important sanctuary of the ancients.  We visit the museum, filled with architectural sculpture and art:  the Temple of Apollo, the Greek God and in later times the Roman God of sunlight, music, prophesy and poetry; the Athenian Treasury; the Sanctuary of Athena; and the Stadium.  We continue on to Olympia for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 7: Thursday, June 26, 2008 - After breakfast we visit the Olympia site and museum.  Then we continue to beautiful Nauplion on the shores of the Gulf of Argos for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 8: Friday, June 27, 2008 - Today we travel to Corinth to visit the ruins where Paul lived and worked for 18 months and where he founded a church.  At one time Corinth was the chief city of the Achaean confederacy and the chief city of Greece.  By 44 BC, Corinth was huge with 300,000 citizens plus 450,000 slaves.  Many ruins have been excavated and 7 of the original 38 columns of the Temple of Apollo are still standing.  After Corinth we head to Epidaurus, whose theater is famed for its acoustics and is the best preserved Greek Theater anywhere.  We continue on to Mycenae, home to Agamemnon.  We will see the ancient citadel, the Lion Gate, the Granary and more.  Dinner and overnight Nauplion. BD

DAY 9: Satuday, June 28, 2008 - After breakfast we depart for the bustling city of Athens, filled with a mixture of ancient and modern.  Upon arrival, we will visit the Acropolis and will climb to the top of Mars Hill where Paul preached to the Court of Areopagus (Acts 17:22-34).  We will take a panoramic sightseeing tour to orient ourselves to Athens.  On our drive we will see Constitution Square, the Presidential Palace, and Olympic Stadium.  Now we begin our exploration of the Parthenon.  The Parthenon is an architectural masterpiece conceived by Pericles and built between 447 and 438 BC.  We end our day at the National Archaeological Museum which houses pieces from the Mycenaean period and frescoes from Santorini.  This evening we will enjoy a “farewell to Greece” dinner.  Dinner and overnight in Athens. BD

DAY 10: Sunday, June 29, 2008 - We depart for the airport to board our plane with a better understanding of ancient and modern Greek culture and the important role Greece played in early Christianity. BL

Price: $3,699.00  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Seattle, WA.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement $299.00.  Triple Reduction $60.00 per pilgrim

Final Payment due by March 20, 2008

Cancellation Penalties
◊ January 25, 2008 – March 20, 2008 - $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ March 21, 2008 – May 20, 2008 - $300.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After May 21, 2008: NO REFUND

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Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner

The itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions or at the discretion and direction of the leader or guide.

** The price is not guaranteed and may change due to the fluctuation of the Euro and the US dollar. We make every effort to avoid any increase and will only do so if the value of the dollar falls against the Euro. Your pricing was based on the exchange rate of $1.44309 to the Euro. **