Footsteps of St. Paul and Holy Land

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Duration
14
Days

HIGHLIGHTS

Lod – Jaffa – Haifa – Nazareth - Cana of Galilee – Tabgha – Capernaum – Mount of Beatitudes - Jordan Valley – Dead Sea – Jericho – Bethany - Bethlehem – Beit Sahour – Jerusalem - Mount of Olives – Ein Karem - Mount Zion - Garden Tomb – St. George Monastery - Athens - Corinth - Mycenae - Meteora Monastery - Vergina – Berea - Thessalonica - Philippi - Kavala -
Explore the ancient history & streets of Greece and the Holy Land! This trip is for faithful travellers looking to experience the best of what these two countries have to offer.
Arrive in Athens and check into our hotel. You will have 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.
  • OVERNIGHT:
    Athens
  • MEALS:
    Dinner
We begin our sightseeing today in Athens, the foundation of democracy. We visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and Erectheum before viewing Athens atop Mars Hill where Paul stood and preached the truth to the Gentile nation. Additional sites include the Agora (ancient market place and center of Athenian public life), the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Olympic Stadium, and Presidential Palace. An option later this afternoon is a visit to the famous Plaka with a multitude of shops and cafes.
  • OVERNIGHT:
    Athens
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast and Dinner
Following breakfast this morning we depart Athens. We immediately travel west with a rest stop and photos at the Corinth Canal. We then travel to the ancient city of Corinth, another treat for the New Testament scholar. Corinth is the city that inspired many of Paul's most familiar letters. See the Archaeological Museum, the Market Place, the Bema, and the Temples. To enjoy a devotional in the midst of the ruins of the church of Corinth and see the pillars, steps, and public worship place where Paul preached will enhance your understanding and love of I & II Corinthians. The ruins of this important cultural center are fascinating as we walk along the stone path that the Apostle Paul walked. The engineering skill and intellect of these people are evident in the water systems that still flow from ancient to modern day. Our guide will be sure to show you the room dedicated to the medical care of that period. After the visit to ancient Corinth we travel to Mycenae where the remains of the ancient city date back to the Bronze Age to see the famous Lionesse Gate, the Tomb of Agamennon in the shape of a Beehive, and many other sites before continuing back to Athens.
  • OVERNIGHT:
    Athens
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast and Dinner
From Athens, our tour travels northward past Thermopylae where we learn of the famous Spartan battle of 300. We continue through the mountains to Meteora. Here we see the world famous Byzantine monasteries that are perched precariously on summits of gray rock pinnacles of varied and beautiful shapes. Their history goes back to the 14th century when the monks sought refuge in the cliffside caves then fled higher to build the original wooden shelters, later transformed into monasteries. Our lodging this evening will be in Meteora.
  • OVERNIGHT:
    Meteora
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast and Dinner
Traveling northward into Macedonia we visit King Phillip's (Alexander's father) tomb in Vergina, one of the most outstanding finds in all of Greece. A stop will be made in Berea to view the ancient synagogue where Paul spoke and the Bema surrounded by mosaics of Paul and the plaque of scripture regarding the "more noble" church. Driving through town we see remnants of the original Roman road that spanned the nation during Paul’s time. The New Testament books of I & II Thessalonians will come alive to us today as we arrive in the delightful harbor city of Thessalonica. En route to the hotel we will view the old city ramparts; the newly excavated Forum, St. George Church, an ancient Roman monument which was transformed into a church and the Galerius Arch which rises over the famous Via Egnatia. We spend two nights here.
  • OVERNIGHT:
    Thessalonika
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast and Dinner
We begin the day by following the massive battlement Byzantine wall to the citadel for a panoramic view of the city. Next, we will visit Philippi and Kavala. Kavala is Greece's prettiest mainland port with a most elegant harbor. Paul landed here with his disciples, Timothy and Silas. Luke, the Evangelist, also came here from Troas. This ancient city of Neapolis was later renamed Christoupolis because it was the first European city to accept Christianity. Imagine walking on the same sod as these men of the Bible! We will see the Roman Aqueduct and the ruins of the Acropolis in this beautifully located city, known since the 5th century as Kavala. Continue on to Philippi where Paul preached his first evangelical sermon and baptized the first Christians on European soil. We will view the baptismal site where Lydia surrendered her life to Christ and visit a crypt dating from the Roman period that is thought to have served as a prison for Paul. See the famous Acropolis, the Market Place, Basilica, and the Theatre. We return to Thessalonica and visit St. Demetrius Basilica, dedicated to a distinguished member of the Roman army and a martyred Christian convert, before returning to the hotel for our final night.
  • OVERNIGHT:
    Thessalonika
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast and Dinner
After having a big breakfast, we will be transferring you with the tour to the airport for your transfer to Tel Aviv.
Welcome to the Holy Land! After arrival at Ben Gurion airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to visit the Church of St George in Lod, then the Church of St Peter in Jaffa. You will continue your drive to Haifa and Mount Carmel, stopping at Stella Maris Monastery and at the Baha’i Gardens. Then you will head to your hotel for overnight in Nazareth.
  • OVERNIGHT:
    Nazareth
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast and Dinner
Following breakfast, you will visit the Church of Annunciation, where the crypt of the house of Virgin Mary is located and then visit Mary’s Well. You will then drive to Cana of Galilee and proceed to the Sea of Galilee, visiting Tabgha to view the mosaics in the Byzantine Church of the Loaves and Fishes that commemorate Jesus’ miracle.

A short drive away is Capernaum, the town of Jesus, where you will visit the remains of the 4th century synagogue and the remains of St Peter’s House, where early Christians expressed their beliefs. You will finish the day going to the Mount of Beatitudes and then you return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
  • OVERNIGHT:
    Nazareth
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast and Dinner
After breakfast, you will start the day through the Jordan Valley Qasr El Yahud for the renewal of baptism. You will continue to the Dead Sea for an unforgettable experience in its waters renowned for its minerals and healing powers. You will then proceed to Jericho, the city of the moon, for a panoramic view of Mount Temptation, where Jesus was tempted and fasted for forty days. A short drive from there is the famous sycamore tree, where Jesus met Zacchaeus, the tax collector. You then head to Bethany to visit the Tomb of Lazarus, where one of Jesus’ miracles happened, then to your hotel in Bethlehem.
  • OVERNIGHT:
    Bethlehem
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast and Dinner
After breakfast, you will start the day visiting the mother of all churches, the Church of Nativity, followed by a visit to the Milk Grotto and proceed to Beit Sahour to visit Shepherds’ Field. After lunch, you will head to Jerusalem to visit the Church of St Anne, the Pool of Bethesda and the Via Dolorosa, where you will go through the Stations of the Cross to the Holy Sepulchre Church, where Jesus was crucified, died and rose from death. You will head back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
  • OVERNIGHT:
    Bethlehem
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast and Dinner
After breakfast, you will start the day in Jerusalem, where you will get to know this majestic city and its rich history. You will first visit the panoramic observation point on top of the Mount of Olives, then visit the Church of Ascension and the Church of Pater Noster. You will follow the steps of Our Lord Jesus by descending from the Mount of Olives through the Palms to the traditional Palm Sunday Road, where you will visit the Garden and the magnificent Church of Gethsemane, where Jesus had the most sorrowful hours of His life. At the foot of the Mount, you will visit the Church of Assumption, where the Tomb of Mary is located. Lastly, you will head to Ein Karem to see the Church of Saint John the Baptist and the Church of Visitation, then head back to the hotel.
  • OVERNIGHT:
    Bethlehem
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast and Dinner
After breakfast, you will start the day at Mount Zion, where you will see the Tomb of King David and visit the Upper Room, the Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu and the House of Caiaphas, where Saint Peter denied Jesus. You will proceed to visit the only open synagogue in the world, which is the Western Wall, that marks the remains of the Second Temple and the holy holies to Jews throughout the world, then proceed to the Roman Cardo. You head back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
  • OVERNIGHT:
    Bethlehem
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast and Dinner
After breakfast, you will head to the Garden Tomb, located outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, adjacent to the Damascus Gate. A visit to the Garden Tomb is central to any Holy Land tour. The site's pastoral tranquility and nature-like setting allow those on a tour to the Holy Land to worship and reflect in peace in the land. We will then proceed to the spectacle of the Monastery of St George — a cliff- hanging complex carved into a sheer rock wall in the Judaean Desert, overlooking an unexpectedly lush garden with olive and cypress trees. The monastery’s picturesque setting is in a deep and narrow gorge called Wadi Qelt, in a cliff face pocked with caves and recesses that have offered habitation to monks and hermits for many centuries.
  • OVERNIGHT:
    Bethlehem
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast and Dinner
Pack your belongings and memories from the Holy Land! After breakfast, you will be transferred to Ben Gurion Airport to catch your departure flight back home.
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
Included
  • 3 nights in Athens with breakfast and dinner
  • 1 night in Meteora with breakfast and dinner
  • 2 nights in Thessaloniki with breakfast and dinner
  • Transportation by modern luxury A/C coaches with restroom as per itinerary
  • English Speaking Tour director from arrival to departure
  • Licensed English Speaking Guide services for when visiting the sites / museums
  • Entrance fees: Acropolis site, Ancient Agora in Athens, Ancient Corinth, 2 Meteora Monasteries,
  • Vergina, Rotunda in Thessaloniki, Filippoi
  • Meals : Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Driver luggage handling fee
  • Road tolls & parking fee & Local taxes
  • Tipping
  • 2 nights at Legacy Hotel in Nazareth with breakfast and dinner
  • 5 nights at Manger Square Hotel in Bethlehem with breakfast and dinner
  • Meet and assist upon arrival and departure
  • All transfers included on air-conditioned deluxe coaches
  • All entrances fees mentioned on the itinerary
  • English/Arabic speaking guide
  • Meals: Breakfast starting from the second day and dinner
  • Jericho cable car ticket
  • St. Peter’s fish – lunch at Tabgha
  • Pilgrimage Certificate
Excluded
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches
  • Personal expenses
  • Any other extras not mentioned
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Legacy Hotel
Nazareth

This sophisticated modern hotel located in the heart of Nazareth, a short walk from the Church of Annunciation and the colorful market of Nazareth.



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Manger Square Hotel
Bethlehem

The Manger Square Hotel is located in the heart of Bethlehem, a stone throw away from the Nativity Church. Offering luxurious bedroom and a splendid selection of breakfast, surrounded by shops and local cafes.



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City Hotel Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki

Favored as one of the best design luxury hotels in Thessaloniki center. City Hotel is a top choice amongst modern Thessaloniki 4 star hotels



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Zafolia Hotel
Athens

Athens Zafolia Hotel is a superior 4-stars hotel in Athens with a magnificent view of Lycabettus Hill and emphasis on first-rate hospitality.



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Famissi Eden Hotel
Meteora

A unique 4 star superior Hotel just below the holy rocks of Meteora, where style and comfort are happily coupled to offer a pleasant stay with the finest accommodation and delightful culinary experiences.



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