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Footsteps of St. Paul
Follow in the Footsteps of St. Paul
         
  Group with Fr. Phil McGaugh and Deacon Tom Burke Online Booking
  Date 13 March 2020
  Depart from Boston via Munich  
  Arrive to Athens  
  Duration 11 nights  
  Price $4425*  

*Due to heavy traffic on the site the flight prices here could differ from the actual flight price charged by the airline, affecting the overall pricing slightly. The office will ring/email you when you make the booking to confirm the final pricing.
  • Return Airfare from Boston
  • 3 nights in Athens 4 stars Hotel, Breakfast & Dinner
  • 2 nights in Thessaloniki 4 stars Hotel, Breakfast & Dinner
  • 1 night Kalambaka(Meteora) first class hotel, Breakfast & Dinner
  • 4 night Cruise in standard inside cabins
  • Unlimited Alcoholic & Non Alcoholic Drinks package while on Cruise
  • All travel in modern air-conditioned coach
  • Wireless audio tour guide system
  • English-speaking Catholic guide throughout
  • Marian Pilgrimages Irish Representative
  • All admission charges as per itinerary
  • The new Greek accommodation tax
  • Port taxes and prepaid Cruise gratuities
  • Gratuities for Guide & Driver
  • Mass daily
  • *** NOT INCLUDED ***
  • Single supplement: $1340 (limited availability)
  • Cruise outside cabin with porthole: $250 sharing / $500 single
  • Cruise outside cabin with picture window $375 sharing / $750 single
  • Travel Insurance, if required please request a brochure. It is strongly suggested that all pilgrims be covered by Travel Insurance



 


Follow in the Footsteps of St. Paul 13th March - Day 1
Today we embark on our Journey to the lands of ancient treasures and Christian history with an overnight flight to Greece. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience. Get some rest on the flight. Tomorrow you will be walking where the apostles walked!

14th March - Day 2
We arrive in Athens and check into our hotel. You will have the remainder of the day free to relax or take a stroll along the streets of Athens to enjoy the flavor of the city. This evening our group will enjoy the first of many delectable European style dinners..

15th March - Day 3
Athens tour Acropolis, Mars Hill where St Paul talked to the Judges. See Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the University, the Academy and the National Library. Driving down Herodes Atticus street and the Evzones in their picturesque uniforms and the Presidential Palace. On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Panathenaic Stadium (where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896), the Temple of Olympia Zeus and Hadrians Arch. On the Acropolis hill, you will visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylee, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally the Parthenon the monument that puts order in the mind and is harmony between material and spirit Beneath the Acropolis is the Areopagus or Mars Hill. This is where St. Paul made his famous Men of Athens speech revealing a considerable knowledge of the Greek philosophy and character. Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription to an unknown God. What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. Drive to Corinth following closely the same route Paul took during his journey. After a short stop at the Corinth Canal, which connects the Aegean and Ionian Seas, we will arrive in Ancient Corinth. We will visit the ruins of Corinth, where St. Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla. Included are the first century shops, the Agora, Temple of Apollo and the Bema Seat,return to Athens for dinner and overnight.

16th March - Day 4
We sail this morning from Athens to the quaint isle of Mykonos, called the island of windmills. Our first port of call is Mykonos. It is the most cosmopolitan of all Greek islands and attracts many visitors from all over the globe, including large numbers of artists and intellectuals. Your coaches will take you to Hora the islands capital where youll enjoy a walking tour in the narrow cobbled streets of the town, passing by chic boutiques, elegant nightclubs and white washed houses till reaching Alefkandra. Alefkandra is a charming corner of Hora, known also as the Venice of Mykonos. The houses are built on the sea, with wooden balconies that evoke Venice. These were built from the mid 18th century onward and were homes of wealthy merchants and captains. At one of the famous restaurants of Alefkandra youll enjoy the sunset on Mykonos island while drinking your refreshment accompanied by Greek meze. Youll return then to Mykonos.

17th March - Day 5
We begin our day arriving at Kusadasi is a lively Turkish port. Drive through the colorful town of Kusadasi to reach Mt. Koressos. Situated in a small valley, it is here where you will visit the humble chapel which lies on the site of the little house where The Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her last days. Despite the many controversies, the Christian World still favors this belief and the site has been officially sanctioned by the Vatican for pilgrimage. Continue on to Ancient Ephesus and accompanied by your guide, walk through the Magnesian Gate which is the entrance to the ancient city of Ephesus. Your guided walking tour will take you through one of the most magnificent excavations in the world. See the Odeon (concert hall), the Fountain of Trajan, the steam-heated Baths of Scolastika, the Temple of Hadrian and the Latrians, the Library of Celsus and The Great Theatre, where St. Paul preached, which is the largest theatre in antiquity having a capacity of 24,000 people. Walk back to your motor coach along the Arcadian Way, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. While driving back to Kusadasi and just outside Ephesus, view the Basilica of St. John, which was erected over his grave in the 6th Century AD by the Emperor Justinian. Continue our journey to Isle of Patmos, where we will enjoy a short journey to the village of Chora, where the monastery of St. John is built within the walls of a strong fortification. As you walk uphill towards the entrance of the monastery marvel at this magnificent structure, which was build 900 years ago, exceptional in its architecture. View the courtyard, the monks dining room and the old bakery before you visit the main church noting its outstanding frescoes and interior decoration. Next, see the priceless ecclesiastical treasures housed in the beautiful but small museum: books and manuscripts, mosaics, Icons, splendid medieval textiles and vestments as well as jewelry. Return to your motor-coach to continue on to the nearby Grotto of the Apocalypse, where above stands the Monastery of the Apocalypse, a sub-unit of the main monastery. Walk down the steps to visit the Grotto of the Apocalypse. Here you will see the silver niches in the wall that mark the pillow and ledge used as a desk by the author of the Book of the Revelation as well as the three-fold crack made by the voice of God emphasizing the honor of the Holy Trinity. Afterwards, drive back to the port of Scala and enjoy some free time in this quaint and picturesque harbor.

18th March - Day 6
Full day docked in Rhodes where Ancient Greece meets medieval times of the Knights and the most cosmopolitan island today! Our shore excursion takes us to the Acropolis of Lindos, view the port of St.Paul,where Apostle Paul docked on his way to Jerusalem. We continue with a walking tour through the Medieval town.

19th March - Day 7
Crete is the largest and the most rugged of the Greek islands. Our included tour to Heraklion and the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. This afternoon visit the island of Santorini which is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. Again we return to the ship for dinner and evening entertainment.

20th March - Day 8
This morning well visit the spectacular Meteora. Here are the famous Cenobitic Monasteries that are perched precariously on top of huge and precipitous columns of rock that rise up out of the ground, thereby giving rise to the name Meteora, which means in the air. It was in the 11th century that the first hermits sought refuge in the caves of Meteora where the solitude and spectacular vistas enhanced the mystic way of life. Eventually the hermits began to group together in monasteries whose buildings were decorated with frescoes and icons by the great artists of the day.

21st March - Day 9
Following breakfast well travel to Berea where St. Paul established a small church. View the reconstructed steps of the bema (or rostrum) and see the newly placed mosaics of St. Paul and the plaque of scripture regarding the more noble church (Acts 17:1-13). Visit the Jewish Quarter,continue to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight.

22nd March - Day 10
Visit Philippi where Paul delivered his first sermon in Europe, sowing the seeds of Christianity. And from there (He went) to Philippi, which is the leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman Colony. We remained in this city some days... Acts 16:12-18 Here Paul baptized a certain woman named Lydia, the first Christian convert in Europe. The Roman forum, completely excavated, is from after Pauls time. Among the ruins, located on the rocky ledge above the towns main road is the prison where Paul and Silas were thrown. Continue into the modern port city of Kavala, ancient Neapolis, where Paul accompanied by Silas, Luke and Timothy, first set foot in Europe. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.

23rd March - Day 11
Thessaloniki, tour the places St Paul lived and preached , Athens Thessaloniki where the New Testament books of I & II Thessalonians will come alive to us today. Visit the old city ramparts; the newly excavated Forum, St. George Church, an ancient Roman monument which was transformed into a church; and the Galerios Arch which rises over the famous Via Egnatia, the road on which Paul walked to Thessaloniki. It was here in the synagogue that Paul ...reasoned with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks. We drive back to Athens for some free time for you to stroll in the old town and buy last souvenirs.

24th March - Day 12
We transfer to the Athens airport for our flight home.



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