Pictures from Greece

Greece:  In the Footsteps of Paul

Led by:

The Rev. Arianne R. Weeks
St. Philip's Episcopal Church
Durham, NC

June 15 - 24, 2009

Trip map

DAY 1, Monday, June 15, 2009 - We depart the United States on a wide-body jet for your trans-Atlantic flight.  Dinner on board. D

DAY 2: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - We will arrive in Thessaloniki, Greece (Acts 17:1-13), meet our escort and be transferred to our hotel.  There will be some time to settle into our hotel and enjoy free time to explore.  This city 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.  We will enjoy a "welcome to Greece" dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki. D

DAY 3: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - Today we visit Kavala where Paul landed after sailing from Troas (Troy) in Turkey.  Then on to Phillippi, the city to which Paul wrote his Epistle and visited twice on his missionary journeys.  We will 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.  We will 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 Thessaloniki for overnight. B

DAY 4: Thursday, June 18, 2009 - After breakfast, we explore Thessaoniki and Georgios St. Dimitrious Church, probable site of Paul's preaching.  We will visit Ayia Sofia which contains two magnificent mosaics:  one of the Ascension and the other of the Virgin Mary holding Jesus in her arms.  We will depart for Veria, where Paul preached the new faith and see the monument erected in honour of this Apostle.  We continue on to Kalambaka near the Hanging Monasteries of Meteora, built 1356 - 1372 on strangely shaped pinnacles that rise out of the Peneus Valley.  We will overnight in the Kalambaka/Meteora area. BD

DAY 5: Friday, June 19, 2009 - Today we tour the Hanging Monasteries of Meteora where, in the 9th century, ascetic hermits were living in the rock crevices and where they eventually formed religious communities.  We will overnight in the Kalambaka/Meteora area. BD

DAY 6: Saturday, June 20, 2009 - We depart at 8:00 AM from Kalambaka and travel southward to Athens.  On our way, we will visit Delphi arriving around 1:00 PM.  Here we will explore the Temple of Apollo, the Greek god and in later times the Roman god of sunlight, music, prophesy and poetry, the Athenian Treasury, and the Theatre.  We will explore the Delphi Museum which contains a wonderful collection of art and architectural sculpture principally from the Sanctuaries of Apollo and Athena Pronoia.  We depart Delphi about 5:00 PM and travel to Athens for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 7: Sunday, June 21, 2009 - This morning we will depart for Corinth travelling along a scenic coastal highway.  We will see the Corinthian Canal, a stunning deep cut pathway for all ships to travel between the Ionian Sea and the Aegean Sea.  We continue on to Ancient Corinth, where Paul wrote his Epistles.  We will see where Paul preached, the museum and other sites.  We will visit Mycenae before returning to Athens for overnight. BLD

DAY 8: Monday, June 22, 2009 - After breakfast we will travel to the port of Piraeus where we will board a Hydrofoil.  The ship actually flies just above the water at speeds up to 44 knots (normal ships go at about 18 knots) and crosses inter island distances in less than half the time of ferries.  We will arrive at the island of Aegina where we will have the day to enjoy the beach, the water and sun.  The water sports and other activities there are optional and are to be paid for on the spot.  After a beautiful day we return to Athens for overnight. B

DAY 9: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - Today we will enjoy a panoramic tour of Athens seeing the Plaka district, the Acropolis, Olympic Stadium and the Presidential Palace.  This evening we will enjoy a "farewell to Athens" dinner.  Overnight Athens. BD

DAY 10: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - 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. B

Price: $3,969.00  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Raleigh Durham, NC.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement $359.00.  Triple Reduction $60.00 per pilgrim

Final Payment due by March 16, 2009

Cancellation Penalties
◊ October 16, 2008 – February 13, 2009 - $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ February 14, 2009 – May 15, 2009 - $300.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After May 16, 2009:  NO REFUND

An application for travel insurance will be included with the receipt for your deposit.  We strongly recommend that you seriously consider this coverage.

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 $1.34594 to the Euro. **