Heavenly Biblical 8 days Christian private tour of St. Paul

Overview

Embark on an unforgettable 8-day journey tracing the footsteps of St. Paul through biblical Greece. This private tour is a must for Christians seeking a deep understanding of this crucial period in Greek history, as well as for those eager to fully grasp the multi-faceted influences that have shaped present-day Greece.

Christian Tours has a rich history of providing escorted vehicle tours for over 35 years. Our tours are not only enjoyable, but also cater to families and are easily accessible for anyone interested. We pride ourselves in taking our guests to various attractions throughout Greece, as well as offering private tours within the country to scenic and thrilling destinations. Our passengers’ safety and comfort is our top priority at Christian Tours.

Itinerary of the 8 days Christian tour

Athens, Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplion, Epidaurus, Levadia, Delphi, Arachova, Kalambaka, Amphissa, Lamia, Trikala, Meteora, Vergina, Dion, Thessaloniki, Phillipi, Kavala, Athens

Highlights of the Heavenly Biblical 8 days Christian private tour of St. Paul

  • A visit to all the places, where St Paul preached and lived during his time in Greece
  • Combination of sites of archaeological interest and sites of religious interest
  • Visits to important Greek cities, such as Thessaloniki, Kavala, Nafplion
  • An exciting tour to modern and ancient Greece
  • An experienced, professional English speaking driver

Description

Description of the 8 days Christian tour in the footsteps of St Paul

Day 1: Athens
parthenon in acropolis athens
The temple of Parthenon in the Acropolis

Embark on a fascinating 8-day private tour following in the footsteps of St Paul, beginning in the bustling city of Athens. No trip to this iconic city would be complete without exploring its must-see attractions, including the renowned Acropolis and the sacred Mars Hill, where St. Paul mesmerized audiences with his legendary speech.

Experience the fascinating journey through Athens, exploring renowned landmarks including the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the magnificent Parliament House, the regal Presidential Palace, the historic Panathenaic Stadium (the birthplace of the modern Olympic games in 1896), the grand Temple of Olympian Zeus, and the esteemed institutions of the Academy, University, and National Library.

Immerse yourself in the ancient and modern wonders of Athens with our private tour. You’ll have the chance to explore must-see neighborhoods like Monastiraki and Plaka, as well as historical sites like the ancient and Roman agora.

And no tour of Athens is complete without a trip to Lycabettus Hill, where you’ll witness breathtaking views of the city. In the afternoon, your journey continues to the Monastery of Kaisariani, a Christian site that dates back to the 11th century and is dedicated to the Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple. Once the tour is over, you have the rest of the evening to discover even more of Athens at your leisure.

Day 2: Athens, Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplion, Athens
Saint-Paul Cathedral Corinth
St Paul Cathedral in Corinth

After enjoying a hearty breakfast, day two of the tour will take you to Corinth, an important destination for St Paul during his travels. He spent 18 months in this city, spreading his message to both the local Gentiles and Jews. Despite facing numerous challenges during his time in Corinth, he wrote four letters to the locals, now known as the “Letters to Corinthians.”

During the trip, you will have the opportunity to visit the famous Acropolis, also known as Acrocorinth, which offers breathtaking views of the city below. And of course, a tour of the ancient ruins of Corinth will be a highlight of the day.

Embark on an exclusive tour as you journey to Mycenae, renowned for its towering Cyclopean Walls and magnificent Royal Tombs. Afterwards, you will have the pleasure of exploring Nafplion, a charming seaside town that holds a significant place in Greek history as the first capital of the country during the revolution against the Ottomans in 1821. Add to that its popularity among the locals of Athens as a prime vacation spot! Finally, your attentive driver will safely escort you back to Athens for a restful overnight.

Day 3: Athens, Osseus Lukas Monastery, Delphi, Kalambaka, Kastraki, Meteora
Temple of Apollo in Delphi
Temple of Apollo in Delphi

On the third day of our tour, we will embark from Athens once again, setting our sights on Delphi, a captivating location steeped in ancient history. Our first stop will be the Osseus Lucas Monastery, a renowned Byzantine site nestled in central Greece. This monastery, also known as St. (Ossios) Lucas, stands as one of the most significant monuments of the Middle Byzantine era in Greece.

In fact, it is often hailed as the “Hagia Sophia of central Greece.” With its striking architecture and rich history, Osseus Lucas is considered the crown jewel of 11th century Byzantine monuments in Greece.

From there, your next stop will be Delphi, the sacred ground of the Oracle, devoted to the mighty deity Apollo. With its rich history, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the archaeological site and peruse the fascinating artifacts and sculptures housed in the Museum. Recharge with a delicious lunch in Delphi or the charming neighboring village of Arachova before embarking on your journey to Meteora. Concluding the day, you’ll end up in Kastraki, ready to immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery and spend a relaxing night.

Day 4: Meteora, Thessaloniki
meteora rocks and monasteries
Monasteries on the imposing rocks of Meteora

Embark on a captivating journey with our private sightseeing tour as we take you to witness the awe-inspiring Meteora, also known as the suspended rocks, in the early hours of the morning. This natural wonder boasts an unusual array of rock formations and is home to the famous Meteora Monasteries, the second most significant complex of Byzantine monasteries after Athos.

Be amazed by the majestic monasteries perched on the breathtaking cliffs of Meteora and marvel at the superb collection of icons, manuscripts, and one-of-a-kind mosaics and frescoes they exhibit. After a delicious lunch, our tour will take you to Thessaloniki where you will spend the night.

Read more about Meteora monasteries that exhibit superb icons, manuscripts, and unique mosaics and frescoes.

Day 5: Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki, Greece
Thessaloniki, Greece

After taking in a hearty breakfas

t, get ready to embark on an exciting city tour of Thessaloniki – Greece’s second largest city and a significant place for St Paul, who founded a church here (Acts 17:1-10). The tour will cover major attractions such as the stunning St Sophia and St Demetrios churches, the upper section of the Old City Walls, the iconic White Tower of Thessaloniki, and the impressive Triumphal Arch of Galerius.

Your accommodation for the night will be in either Thessaloniki or Verroia, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the city’s rich history.

 

Veroia Vima Apostolou Pavlou
Veroia Vima Apostolou Pavlou
Day 6: Verroia and Vergina

On the 6th day of your private tour, you’ll embark from Thessaloniki to the stunning city of Verroia, known for being the site where St Paul famously spread his message to the Jewish community. While in Verroia, you’ll witness the meticulously reconstructed steps of the pulpit, where Paul is said to have delivered his powerful sermons.

Next, we’ll journey towards Vergina, the historic first capital of Macedonia, once ruled by the legendary Alexander the Great. As the day comes to a close, we’ll return to Thessaloniki for a comfortable overnight stay. Set out on this unforgettable journey with us and experience the beauty and history of Greece.

 

Day 7: Philippi / Kavala (Neapolis)
st paul at neapolis kavala
St Paul preaching at Neapolis (Kavala)

Embark on a captivating excursion departing from Thessaloniki en route to Philippi, christened in honor of the illustrious King Philip II of Macedonia. This sacred locale marks the historic moment when St. Paul delivered his inaugural sermon on European soil and baptized Lydia, the inaugural convert to Christianity in this region.

While exploring Philippi and its nearby areas, we will also venture to the city of Kavala, also known as Neapolis, where St. Paul first stepped foot into Europe. Immerse yourself in the charm of Kavala, renowned for its significant landmarks, as we enjoy ample time to uncover its hidden gems.

Spend the night in Kavala and continue our journey filled with wondrous adventures.

Day 8: Return to Athens

As the final day of the tour approaches, we will journey back to Athens, stopping at various intriguing locations along the way, including Katerini, Tembi, Larisa, Lamia, and Thermopylae – the historic site of the legendary battle of the 300. With an afternoon arrival in Athens, our journey will come to a close.

Considerations

In the winter season, we may need to make some minor adjustments to our itinerary. This is because some of the archaeological sites close earlier, at 3 pm, while in the summer they stay open until 5-7 pm.

You have the option to take this incredible tour either by driving a minibus or a motor coach bus, perfect for larger groups. However, for the Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplion, and Epidaurus tour, we can also tailor the itinerary to your needs and make it shorter (in accordance with international driving safety regulations). Our dedicated private tour guide is always available to discuss and plan your personalized full-day tour according to your preferences and requirements.

Details


Important notes

Tour Type

Included in the tour

  • Car and Driver
  • A professional English-speaking driver or escort with good knowledge of the history and culture of Greece, to guide you till you enter archaeological sites and museums. Tour drivers are not licensed to companion you inside the archaeological sites and museums. If you'd like to have a licensed state tour guide to escort you inside the sites and museums, we can arrange it for you at an additional cost. Licensed by the state tour guides are freelance and it is subject to availability on bookings day!
  • Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz vehicle or similar appropriate for the size of your group
  • Accommodation is based according to availability (for multiple-day tours only)
  • Pick-up from and return to your hotel
  • Pick-up from the Port of Piraeus
  • Private tour, Road tolls and local taxes
  • Our terminal: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 37, 117 43 Athina, Greece.

Excluded from the tour

Additional info

  • Dress: religious and marmoreal sites: shoulders and knee must be covered
  • Terms & Conditions and Frequent Questions
  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • A voucher will be emailed to you with our contact numbers and all necessary information for your tour.
  • This is your ticket and proof of purchase. On the day of the tour please present a paper voucher in order to redeem your tour/activity.

Persons with Disabilities

  • Due to uneven surfaces, certain sites are not recommended for persons with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair. Such sites are the Acropolis, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, Mycenae, Delphi and Meteora
  • In all cases, we recommend comfortable flat-solid walking shoes, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

Restrictions:

  • Please note that on this tour, your tour driver is not licensed to accompany you on your climb. If you want this service you may book a licensed by-state tour guide for an extra cost.
  • In case a group is followed by a licensed tour guide or an English speaking tour-escort the professional driver is not obliged to speak English!

Opening hours & Admission fees

  • Opening Hours:Summer April 1st to October 31st from 08:00 AM to 07:30 PM
  • Winter: November 1st to March 31st from 08:30 AM to 03:00 PM
  • Free admission fees: Children under 18 & Students from E.U.
  • Reduced admission fees: Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65 & Students from countries outside the E.U.

Free admission days

  • March 6: In memory of deceased Minister of Tourism & visionary Melina Mercouri
  • June 5: Environment international day
  • April 18 : International monuments day
  • May 18: International museums day
  • September 27: International tourism day
  • The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
  • National Holidays
  • Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
  • The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August, and September
  • NOTE: If the first Sunday is a holiday then the second is the free admission day

Holidays in Greece

  • January 1: closed
  • January 6: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • Shrove Monday: 08:30AM - 03:00 PM
  • March 25: closed
  • Good Friday: 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Holy Saturday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • Easter Sunday: closed
  • Easter Monday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • May 1: closed
  • Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • 15 August 15: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • October 28: 08:30 AM- 03:00 PM
  • December 25 & 26: closed


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