Greece Tour Option 1 for Malku Travel 01.05.2018-05.05.2018

1 May 2018

Arrival Thessaloniki early in the morning. Depart for the city tour. Paul preached in the city and wrote two epistles to Ancient Thessalonians. Visit the old city ramparts, the Forum, St George’s church, the ancient Roman monument which transformed into a church and Galerius Arch which rises over the famous via Egnatia. We will also see the beautiful Basilicas of martyred Christian and former distinguished member of Roman army St Demetrius as well as St. Sophia. A two hours’ drive from Thessaloniki will brings us to Philippi, where St. Paul delivered his first sermon in Europe, sowing the seeds of Christianity. In this site Paul baptized a certain woman named Lydia, the first Christian convert in Europe. Among the ruins located above the town’s main road is the prison where Paul and Silas where thrown. We continue into the modern port city of Kavala, ancient Neapolis, where Paul accompanied by Luke, Silas and Timothy, first set food in Europe. Free time for lunch and walk at the beautiful seaside promenade of the city. Overnight in Kavala.

2 May 2018

Morning flight Kavala to Athens. Arrival Athens & city tour. The Athens Christian tour begins with a visit to Acropolis hill. Stroll around the ancient citadel while your experienced tour guide relates to you the fascinating history of such monuments as the Temple of Athena Nike, the Theatre of Dionysus, the majestic Parthenon and the Mars Hill (Acts 17:22) where Apostle Paul preached the word of the Christian God to the Athenians. After a short walk, passing by the picturesque Monastiraki area, you will visit the Ancient Agora. The Agora was the heart of Athens in ancient times and the meeting point of St. Paul with the first followers of Christianity. Here is also located the Church of the Holy Apostles, a medieval orthodox church from the 10th century. Our next stop will be the Panathinaiko Stadium (photo stop) where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896. In continue, we will pass by Zappeion and Temple of Olympian Zeus, University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library. Continue passing by National Garden, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schliemann’s House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Old Parliament, Constitution Square and Russian Orthodox Church. Evening embark ferry to Patmos.Transfer from the Patmos Port to the hotel in Patmos for overnight.

3 May 2018

Depart for the tour in Patmos. The last visit at a Cycladic and biblical destination of Greece, day at leisure, you may visit the the Grotto of the Apocalypse the frescoes to the left of the entrance portray the miracles and travels of St. John the Evangelist, as written by Prochorus, a supposed disciple. The fresco to the right of the entrance portrays St. John's battle with the priest of Apollo at Patmos, who the story says was called Kynops. St. John threw Kynops into the water of the harbor at Skala, and Kynops turned to stone. The rock is still pointed out as a local landmark in the harbor. The next visit is the Monastery of St. John and The Chapel of Virgin Mary: 12th century frescoes were uncovered by 1956 earthquake that shattered the 17th century coverings. The treasury of the monastery includes jewels of Catherine the Great of Russia. The library of the monastery includes over 900 manuscripts 2000 codices and books, and 13,000 documents. Then in Skala you can have lunch or dinner to fresh-fish tavernas among buildings used by the Italians during the Italian Rule of the Dodecanese (1912-1943). At 5km from Skála have a rest stop at the village of Grikos, and enjoy the freshness of a drink by the sea, or even a swim at the beach by the same name. Rest at your hotel until our driver transfer you at Patmos Port to take the ferry depart from Patmos islands at 23.55 and arrive at Piraeus Port at 08.05 the next day.Overnight in the boat.

4 May 2018

You will be met by our guide at Piraeus port. You will drive along to coast line with a short stop at breathtaking Canal of Corinth (6 km length and 80m height!). After 20 minutes we will arrival at city of Corinth. Corinth was an important city in ancient Greece and it played a major role in the missionary work of the Apostle Paul. Apostle Paul was expelled from Athens he visited Corinth which was one of his beloved cities. Paul lived in Corinth for 18 months working as a tentmaker and converting as many Jews and pagans as he could. We will have the chance to visit the Cathedral of St. Paul, the Market, and walk at the same paths that Apostle of Nations walked and preached hundreds of years earlier. The Acts of the Apostles inform us that at some point Corinthian Jews united against Paul. They dragged him to the court accusing him that he was illegally trying to persuade people to follow his preaching. Few weeks later he decided to leave Corinth. He had to quickly go to Ephesus. He said goodbye to his friends and he left Corinth accompanied by Silas, Timothy, Akylas and Priskilla. Apostle Paul is the patron saint of Corinth and Corinthians built an impressive church in his honor. After our visit, we will make a short stop for a cup of coffee and we will return back to Athens. Overnight in Athens.

5 May 2018

You will have the morning flight to Santorini. Upon arrival visit these visit these two churches. Blue dome churches in Santori. The first one is "Agios Spyridonas",that is, St. Spyridonas church. The second blue dome in the background belongs to the church named "Anastaseos" that means resurrection of Christ. They are both public, like the rest of the Santorini churches and they are located in the village of Oia. Later be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Rate : NET EURO 696 per person in double room for 25 pax

*Single supplement will be NET EURO 117.

Hotels

Kavala Oceanis Hotel (01.05.2018-02.05.2018)

http://www.oceaniskavala.gr/en/

Skala Hotel in Patmos(02.05.2018-03.05.2018)

http://www.skalahotel.gr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=76&Itemid=113&lang=en

Athens BW Candia Hotel (04.05.2018-05.05.2018)

http://www.candia-hotel.gr/en

Inclusions

  • Accommodation for 1 night at Kavala on HB basis
  • Accommodation for 1 night at Athens on HB basis
  • Accommodation for 1 night at Patmos on BB basis
  • Private coach for transfers per listed in the itinerary
  • English speaking professional licensed tour guide for visits as per program
  • 2 economy seat flights from Kavala-Athens & Athens-Santorini
  • Ferry tickets from Piraeus to Patmos & Patmos to Pireaus
  • Entrance fees to ancient/ historical sites per listed in the itinerary

Credits:

Created with images by emiliamaghiar - "greece thessaloniki saloniki" • MartinFuchs - "greece agora athens" • EzPzPics - "patmos island greece" • Ronny Siegel - "Ancient Corinth"

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