Pictures from the Holy Land

Christianity Encounters Europe:

Paul's Missionary Journeys in Greece

Led by:

The Rev. Allan Warren
Church of the Advent
Boston, MA

April 16 – 29, 2018

Trip map

DAY 1: Monday, April 16, 2018 - Depart Boston, MA on Turkish Airlines to Istanbul and connect to our Turkish Airlines flight to Thessaloniki, Greece. M

DAY 2: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - Arrive at Thessaloniki, Greece (Acts 17:1-13).  Here we meet our guide and board our waiting motor coach and transfer to our hotel for overnight.  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.  Overnight Thessaloniki. M

DAY 3: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - Today we visit Kavalla where Paul landed after sailing from Troas (Troy) in Turkey.  Then we move on to Philippi, the city to which Paul wrote his Epistle and visited twice on missionary journeys.  We will renew our Baptismal vows here at the site 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 also see 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. BD

DAY 4: Thursday, April 19, 2018 - After breakfast we explore Thessaloniki and visit the museum where we will see gold artifacts owned by Alexander the Great.  We continue to Agios Georgios and St. Demetrious Church, probable sites of Paul's preaching.  We depart 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 his honor.  We proceed to Kalambaka for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 5: Friday, April 20, 2018 - We explore the Hanging Monasteries of Meteora, built 1356-1372, on strangely shaped pinnacles that rise out of the Peneus Valley.  We will tour two of 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.)  We travel to Delphi for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 6: Saturday, April 21, 2018 - Today we explore 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 will travel the short distance to the Monastery of St. Lukas (St. Luke) where we will celebrate Holy Eucharist.  Dinner and overnight in Delphi. BD

DAY 7: Sunday, April 22, 2018 - Today we visit Olympia, the ancient sanctuary known as Altis which, within the ancient enclosure, we find the Temple of Zeus and the Temple of Hera, the Pelopion and the altar where sacrifices were made.  Olympia is the home of the ancient Olympic Games which reportedly began here in 776 BC.  We will visit the Olympic Museum and overnight at Olympia. BD

DAY 8: Monday, April 23, 2018 - Our journey continues as we visit the Temple of Apollo Epikourios (Temple of Bassea), one of the most important and imposing temples of antiquity, standing on the bare and rocky landscape of Bassae.  It is unique in the history of ancient Greek architecture because it combines a variety of novel ideas both to its external appearance and in its internal arrangements.  We journey on to Epidaurus, whose theater is famed for its acoustics and is the best preserved Greek Theater anywhere. In the site museum, we find an exhibit of ancient medical instruments.  We continue to Mycenae, home to Agamemnon, where we see the ancient citadel, the Lion Gate, the Granary and more.  We continue to beautiful Nauplion on the shores of the Gulf of Argos for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 9: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - After breakfast we head for bustling Athens with its’ mixture of ancient and modern.  We stop in Ancient Corinth to visit the site and Museum.  Upon arrival in Athens, we visit the Byzantine Museum, located in the mansion of the Duchess of Plaisance.  We will see the rose gardens, the famous icons and the many rooms which are designed to look like Greek churches of different eras.  Dinner and overnight Athens. BD

DAY 10: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - This morning we enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour to orient ourselves to Athens.  On our drive we will view Constitution Square, Olympic Stadium, the Acropolis and the Parthenon.  We climb to the top of Mars Hill where Paul preached to the Court of Areopagus (Acts 17:22-34) and then visit the Acropolis Museum.  This afternoon we travel to the Port of Piraeus where we embark on the ferry to Patmos.  Overnight on Ferry. BD

DAY 11: Thursday, April 26, 2018 - Upon arrival in Patmos we transfer to the hotel for breakfast and a short rest.  We visit the Monastery of St. John, built over 900 years ago; Grotto of the Apocalypse, where John wrote the Book of Revelation; Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi, built in 1607, where the nuns occupy themselves with the art of needlework and embroideries of clerical vestments as well as conducting social welfare activities; Chora, the capital of Patmos, built around the Monastery of St. John the Theologian; and the House of Simandiris, a traditional Patmian house.  Dinner and overnight Patmos. BD

DAY 12: Friday, April 27, 2018 - Today we are free to explore Patmos on our own prior to embarking on the ferry for our return to Athens.  Overnight on Ferry. BD

DAY 13: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - We arrive at the Port of Piraeus and transfer to our hotel in Athens for breakfast and some free time.  This afternoon we travel to Sounion to visit the 5th century B.C. Temple of Poseidon.  The panoramic view of the Aegean Sea is magnificent and on a clear day you can see a minimum of seven islands.  We will enjoy one of the most amazing sunsets you can imagine as the sun begins to slowly touch the sea before we return to Athens for our “farewell to Greece” dinner.  Overnight Athens. BD

DAY 14: Sunday, April 29, 2018 - We depart for the airport where we bid our driver and guide goodbye and return to the US with a better understanding of ancient and modern Greek culture and the important role Greece played in early Christianity. BM

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Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner, M Meals on Aircraft

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