ATHENS - THESSALONICA
Arrive in Athens El Venizelos airport. After the customs control you will
meet with our representative, to start our tour in Ancient Greece. Depart
with a private car to the North of Greece Macedonian. On the way we will
stop for lunch and continue to Thessalonica. When we arrive in Thessalonica
in the evening we will drive around the Old City Walls where you can take
excellent pictures. We will visit the St. George Church, the Galerius Arch,
built in before 305 AD. Visit the Basilica St. Demetrius where saint was
imprisoned and tortured and buried. Continue to visit the Church of Aghioi
Apostoloi. We will complete this tour drive by the White Tower, the
Triumphal Arch of Galerius standing on the Egnatian Way, the Rotunda.
Transfer to your hotel. Overnight is in Thessalonica. (L, D)
THESSALONICA - VERGINA - VERGIA - THESSALONICA
After breakfast depart to visit the Vlatadon Monastery. The Monastery was
founded at 1360 by the Vlatades brothers, Dorotheos and Markos, members of
the intellectual circle around metropolitan of Thessaloniki , Grigorios
Palamas, later rose to sainthood. Continue to Vergina, identified as Aegae-where
St. Paul and St. Silas left after being accused by Jewish community also the
first capital of the Macedonians. You will see 4th century B.C.
architecture, sculpture, painting, metalwork and jewelry. You will see more
in Thessalonica Museum. Continue to Vergia, is built on the mountain of
Vermio. You will see the ruins of ancient walls of city, the Jewish District
Mparmpouta, the Graphic Old Market and the Macedonian Grave. We will visit
the Archaeological Museum. Overnight is in Thessalonica. (B, L, D)
THESSALONICA - KAVALA - PHILIPPI - THESSALONICA
After breakfast depart to visit Kavala, Monastery, Palia Kavala, Krioneri,
Korifes and Stavros. You will see nearby tobacco producing villages of
Krinides and Philipi. You will also visit remains of two Early Christian
basilicas, Traces via Egnatia, the Grand Forum, the Acropolis, and the
Theater. Along with via Egnatia the site of ancient Neapolis and Philippi
(Acts 16:12-40, Phil). The Battle of Philippi in 42 B.C., fought between
Octavian and mark Antony on the one hand, and the republicans Cassius and
Brutus on the other. The event and place are described by William
Shakespeare in his play “Julius Caesar”. The defeat of Cassius and Brutus
marked the end of Roman democracy. In 49/50 A.D. the Apostole Paul came to
Philippi from Asia Minor and founded the first Christian Church in Europe .
Here we see Lydia from Thyatira (Rev.2:18-29 and Acts.16:14-15) who became
first convert. Lunch is in a local restaurant. Return to Thessalonica for
overnight. (B, L, D)
THESSALONICA - KALAMBAKA
After breakfast depart to visit Kalambaka. Visit the Holy Church of the
Assumption of the Virgin Mary that is at the NE part of the city. Visit the
Holy Monastery of the Transfiguration of Jesus the Great Meteoro. At the
above Holy Monastery are the chapels of the Mother of God (Virgin Mary of
the Meteorite Stone), of Holy Baptist, of Saint Nektarios. The Holy
Monastery of Varlaam is opposite site of the great Meteoro. Overnight is in
Kalambaka. (B, L, D)
KALAMBAKA - DELPHI
TAfter breakfast depart to visit Delphi. Visit the Archaeological Site of
Delphi . The functions of the Oracle of Delphi grew over the centuries to
include athletic games and cultural events and Delphic festivals, the most
important one was the Pythian Games which were held every four years in
memory of Apollo’s slaying of the Python Dragon. We will visit the Temple of
Apollo, the Ancient Theater, the Stadium, the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia
with the Tholos, the Kastalia Spring, and the various treasures that adorn
the sacred way. The Archaeological Museum contains Greek artifacts.
Overnight is in Delphi . (B, L, D)
DELPHI - CORINTH - ATHENS
After breakfast depart to visit Ossios Loukas Monastery. East of Arachova
lays Distomo, a town with important archaeological finds and an interesting
Museum. Byzantine Monastery of Ossios Loukas, whose 11th century mosaics and
frescoes are among the finest in Greece . We will continue to Ancient
Corinth, where Apostle Paul lived and preached. St. Paul ’s beloved city and
site of his most extensive ministry. We will see the bema (the judgment
seat) where St. Paul stood before Galilo and preached (Acts 18). Corinth was
one of the largest cities in Greece and one of the richest in the world.
Atop the Acropolis, 1500 feet above Aphrodite, Goddess of Love. St. Paul
spent 18 months here in Corinth , working as a tentmaker and preaching to
the Jews and Gentiles. We will return to Athens via the Saronic Gulf .
Overnight is in Athens . (B, L, D)
ATHENS - PATMOS
After breakfast we will start the tour with Athens (Acts 17:16-34)
exploring the city. Acropolis with Parthenon the greatest monument of
antiquity, dedicated to the Goddess Athena, Erechtheum with the six
Caryatids and view Areopagos (Hill of Ares) visited by Pope John Paul II it
is the same hill where St. Paul gave his famous sermon of “Unknown God”. We
will also visit the Ancient Agora. We will transfer you to Piraeus Port to
depart to Patmos Island . Overnight is on board in 2bed inside cabin. (B, L,
Arrive in Patmos early in the morning. Transfer to your hotel. At 11.00 AM
start the tour to visit the Holy Cave. We will also visit the Chapels of St.
Nicholas and St. Artemios, as well as St. Anne. Overnight is in Patmos . (B,
PATMOS - ATHENS
After breakfast we will start our tour with Tour around the island of
Patmos . In ancient times Patmos rested at the bottom of the sea. It was
only visible when Selene the Moon Goddess would shine over it. We will visit
the Museum of Monastery and Great Temple of Artemis. After lunch we will
transfer you to Patmos port to return to Piraeus port. Overnight is on
board. (B, L, D)
Early arrival in Piraeus port. Start all day tour with Catholic Cathedral
of St. Dionysius. We will also visit the National Museum. It is the most
important archaeological museum in Greece . Return to your hotel. Overnight
is in Athens . (B, L, D)
ATHENS - END
After breakfast transfer to El Venizelos airport to return home. (B)
• Hotel accommodations in 4* hotels with
• All transportation by a private car with an English speaking
• All tours are private tours as per itinerary.
• English speaking tour guide throughout.
• Entrance fees to sites and museums.
• Ferry tickets Piraeus-Patmos-Piraeus in double bed inside cabin.
• Tolls & hotel taxes.
• Portage at hotels & restaurants.
• Travel documents and maps.
• A Complimentary flight bag from Aegean Tours, Inc.,
|• All drinks.
• Tips to guide and driver.
MAR 16/08-OCT 31/08
APR 01/08-OCT 31/08