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The Best Christian Highlights Of Greece 7-Days

Christian Wonders in Greece

Uncover Greece’s Christian heritage. Explore sacred sites and historical wonders. Embark on a spiritual journey through the breathtaking Christian highlights of Greece! From ancient monasteries perched on cliffs to stunning Byzantine churches, experience the rich history and beauty of these sacred sites.

Let Greece’s religious heritage captivate your soul and leave you in awe – book your pilgrimage today and let your faith guide you on this unforgettable adventure!

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Destinations: Corinth, Loutraki, Delphi, Meteora, Veroia, Thessaloniki
Region: Peloponnese, Central Greece, Thessaly, Macedonia
Accommodation: Athens, Kalambaka Meteora, Thessaloniki
Tour Language: English
Age Range: 1 to 99 year old
Available: All Year Round
Departures: Daily

Itinerary of the 7 days Christian tour

Athens, Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, Osseus Potapios Monastery in Loutraki, Osseus Lucas Byzantine Monastery, Delphi, Kalambaka, Meteora, Veroia, Vergina,  Thessaloniki, Thermopylae, Athens

  • A visit to all Christian highlights of Peloponnese, and central Greece,  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 Corinth, Loutraki, Corinth canal, Veroia, and Thessaloniki
  • An exciting tour to modern and ancient Greece
  • An experienced, professional English speaking tour/driver

Greek Culture in Bible

Discover how Greek culture shaped biblical narratives. Explore the fascinating connections between Greece and the Bible.

Explore the incredible journey across Biblical Greece on our private 7-day tour following in the footsteps of St. Paul. Perfect for Christians wanting to delve into Greece’s history and culture. Greece is filled with religious landmarks, showcasing the deep-rooted traditions in the nation. The monastic communities have been pivotal in the fight for freedom.

The Greek people incorporate these traditions into their daily lives. Greece is a unique destination with many places of worship and monasteries that have provided shelter for Christianity and defended against invaders, offering a rich mix of religious and historical experiences.

Athens: Considered the most prestigious sanctuary in Greece

Areopagus View From The Acropolis
Areopagus View From The Acropolis

Athens: The Cradle Of Wester Civilization

Experience a 7-day private tour following in the footsteps of St. Paul departing from Athens.

Don’t miss out on visiting the must-see landmarks of the city during this tour, such as the famous Acropolis and Mars Hill where St. Paul delivered his famous sermon, as well as the ancient Greek agora where Paul spent his days spreading the word of God. Another significant site to explore is the Daphni Byzantine monastery or the Byzantine museum.

The Athens tour will take you to all the major landmarks of the city, from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to the Parliament House, Presidential Palace, Panathenaic Stadium (the venue for the first modern Olympic games in 1896), Temple of Olympian Zeus, Academy, University, and National Library. Overnight in Athens.

Daphni: Spiritual Significance

Daphni Monastery Athens
Daphni Monastery Athens

Discovering the Mysteries of Daphni Monastery

Nestled amidst the lush greenery of Attica, Greece, lies a hidden gem that holds centuries of history and spiritual significance – the Daphni Monastery. This Byzantine monastery, dating back to the 11th century, is a UNESCO World Heritage site that captivates visitors with its stunning mosaics and architectural beauty.

Unraveling the History: The Daphni Monastery, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was built on the site of an ancient temple dedicated to Apollo. Its construction was commissioned by the Byzantine Emperor Constantine IX Monomachos in the 11th century. The monastery served as a religious center and a place of pilgrimage for centuries, drawing worshippers from far and wide.
The Magnificent Mosaics: One of the most striking features of the Daphni Monastery is its exquisite mosaics, which adorn the walls and ceilings of the church. These mosaics, created in the Comnenian period, are considered masterpieces of Byzantine art. The intricate designs and vibrant colors depict scenes from the life of Christ, the Virgin Mary, and various saints, offering a glimpse into the religious and cultural beliefs of the time.

Significance of spirituality: Over the centuries, the Daphni Monastery has been a place of worship, prayer, and reflection for countless pilgrims and visitors. The serene atmosphere and the beauty of the mosaics create a sense of peace and reverence, inviting visitors to connect with their spiritual side and experience a moment of tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Legacy of Paul in Corinth, Challenges and Triumphs

The temple of Apollo in ancient Corinth
The temple of Apollo in ancient Corinth

Unveiling the Intriguing Story of Paul 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.

Unveiling the Hidden Gem: Saint Patapios Monastery

St. Patapios Monastery, Corinthia
St. Patapios Monastery, Corinthia

The mysterious phenomenon

Nestled in the serene hills of Greece lies a hidden gem that exudes peace, spirituality, and ancient charm – the Saint Patapios Monastery. This sacred site is a beacon of tranquility and a testament to the rich religious heritage of the region. In this blog post, we will delve into the history, significance, and allure of the Saint Patapios Monastery, inviting you to explore its mystical allure.

History and Origins: The Saint Patapios Monastery, dedicated to the memory of Saint Patapios the healer, dates back to the 18th century. Located near the town of Loutraki in Corinthia, Greece, this monastery holds a special place in the hearts of locals and pilgrims alike. Legend has it that Saint Patapios was a renowned healer and miracle worker, whose presence continues to bless the monastery to this day.
Spiritual Significance: Visitors to the Saint Patapios Monastery are greeted with a sense of peace and reverence as they step onto its hallowed grounds. The monastery is a place of prayer, reflection, and spiritual renewal, offering a sanctuary for those seeking solace and divine guidance. The stunning architecture, adorned with intricate frescoes and religious icons, transports visitors to a bygone era of faith and devotion.
Mystical Allure: One of the most intriguing aspects of the Saint Patapios Monastery is the mysterious phenomenon of the incorruptible relics of Saint Patapios himself. It is said that the saint’s body remains miraculously preserved, defying the natural process of decay. This enigmatic occurrence has drawn countless pilgrims and curious visitors to the monastery, seeking to witness this awe-inspiring miracle firsthand.
Visiting the Monastery: For those seeking a spiritual retreat or a cultural experience off the beaten path, a visit to the Saint Patapios Monastery is a must. The monastery is open to visitors year-round, allowing guests. Finally, your attentive driver will safely escort you back to Athens for a restful overnight.

Cristian Gems of Central Greece and Thessaly

The Temple Of Apollo Delphi
The Temple Of Apollo 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 KastrakiKalambaka, ready to immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery and spend a relaxing night.

Meteora Thrones

Meteora
Meteora

Come join us on an exciting adventure with our exclusive sightseeing tour where we will guide you to see the breathtaking Meteora, also called the hanging rocks, early in the morning.

This magnificent sight features a unique variety of rock formations and is the location of the renowned Meteora Monasteries, the second most important group of Byzantine monasteries after Athos.

Prepare to be awestruck by the stunning monasteries situated on the awe-inspiring cliffs of Meteora and be captivated by the exceptional array of icons, manuscripts, and unique mosaics and frescoes they showcase.

Following a delightful lunch, our excursion will transport you to Veroia for an overnight stay.

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The Vima Of Paul In Veroia

Veroia Alley
Veroia Alley

On the 5th day of your private tour, you’ll explore the stunning city of Veroia, known for being the site where St Paul famously spread his message to the Jewish community.

While in Veroia, 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 travel to Thessaloniki for a comfortable overnight stay. Set out on this unforgettable journey with us and experience the beauty and history of Greece.

The Capital Of North Greece

Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki

After taking in a hearty breakfast, 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 Thessaloniki, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the city’s rich history.

Return to Athens

Thermopylae King Leonidas
Thermopylae King Leonidas

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.


Tour Type

Included in the tour

  • Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz vehicle or similar appropriate for the size of your group
  • Your tour will be accompanied by a professional English-speaking driver or escort possessing in-depth knowledge of Greece’s history and culture. They will provide insightful commentary throughout the journey, guiding you until the entrance of archaeological sites and museums. However, please note that drivers are not licensed to accompany you inside these venues.
  • If you desire a licensed state tour guide to escort you within the archaeological sites and museums, providing comprehensive insights and explanations, we can gladly arrange one for an additional cost. These licensed guides are freelance professionals, and their availability is subject to your tour date.
  • When a licensed tour guide or English-speaking tour escort accompanies a group, the professional driver may not necessarily speak English fluently. Their role is focused on providing safe transportation.
  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel in Athens. Extra charge for hotels outside Athens.
  • Pick up and drop off at Piraeus Port or Athens Airport.
  • Pick up and drop off at our terminal: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 37, 117 43 Athens, Greece.
  • Accommodation is based according to availability (for multiple-day tours only)
  • Road tolls and all local taxes

Excluded from the tour

  • Wine tasting fee (for wine tours)
  • Olive oil tasting fee (for olive oil tasting tours)
  • Optional Gratuities
  • Food and beverage
  • Your private chauffeur/guide will discuss a program best suited to your interest and mobile abilities. Option for a professional tour guide with a state license at an extra cost. Read more for the Differences between a Tour Guide and a Tour Driver

Cancellation Policy

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Additional info

  • Dress Code: When visiting religious sites, shoulders and knees must be covered out of respect for the cultural norms.
  • Please review our Terms & Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions
  • Upon booking, an electronic voucher will be emailed to you containing our contact information, tour details, and all necessary instructions. This voucher serves as your ticket and proof of purchase. Please present a printed or digital copy of the voucher on the day of your tour to redeem your activity.
  • City Tax for Hotel Stays: Effective from January 1st, 2018, a City Tax for hotel overnights is applicable and not included in our excursion rates. Clients will need to pay this tax directly at their hotel upon check-out. The amount per room is as follows: 5-star hotel: €4/overnight || 4-star hotel: €3/overnight || 3-star hotel: €1.50/overnight
  • Opening Hours and Entrance Fees for Archaeological Sites and Museums in Greece
  • Entrance Fees for Children from Non-EU Countries: Starting November 1st, 2019, children aged 6 and above from non-European Union (non-EU) countries will be required to pay the full entrance fee for Museums and Archaeological sites. For children from EU countries, the existing rates remain in effect. However, it is crucial to have their passports readily available to prove their nationality.

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.

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.

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