The excursion focuses on the main cities and places where Saint Paul vsited during the years of his preaching. (Thessaloniki Veroia Philipoi and kavala)
(Northern Greece program 7 days -6 nights)
Day 1: Arrival and transfer to hotel
Arrival Thessaloniki’s airport, assistance and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure. Welcome dinner at a typical Greek taverna with music at the area of Ladadica. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Sightseeing of Thessaloniki
Begin the excursion by visiting the White Tower, a historic landmark and we continue with the Archaeological Museum. We will see the unique collection of Macedonian Gold and important finds from Archaic, Classical and Roman period. Driving by the international Trade Fairgrounds, the Aristotelis University area, we will reach the Citadel and the city walls where we can admire Thessaloniki’s panoramic view. Continue to visit the Basilica of St’ Demetrios, the saint of the Thessaloniki. Drive along Egnatia Street, named after the famous Roman way, Via Egnatia, walked by St Paul on his way from Costantinopole to Rome. View the Arch of Galerius and St George’s Rotunda.
Day 3: Full day tour to Pella - Veria - Vergina - Edessa
Early departure for Pella, ancient second capital of the Macedonian Kingdom and the birthplace of Alexander the Great. We will then pass by the beautiful city of Edessa with its famous waterfalls. Proceed for our next visit to Veria to see the famous Steps (Bema) that St. Paul had preached. Continue on to Vergina the first capital of Macedonia where we visit the King’s mausoleum and the famous museum with finds of the Royal Tombs of King Philippos II, father of Alexander the Great.
Day 4: Full day Kavala Philippi
We will drive to Kavala through the famous Egnatia Road. On the way, we will stop at the ancient city of Philippi, one of the most interests biblical and historical cities renamed Philippi, after the king Philip the 2nd Father of Alexandrer the Great. Enjoy a guided tour at the upper and lower parts of the the archaelogical site, where we will visit the ruins of two Basilicas, the Theatre, the Prison of St. Paul and St Lydia's Baptistery. Continue to Kavala, the ancient site of Neapolis, the very same place where St.Paul set foot on the European continent during his second missionary journey. The tour will include a visit to the house Mohamed Ali and the Aqueduct. Return to Thessaloniki for an overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Mount Athos trip
Early bus transfer to Ormos Panagias or Ouranoupoli harbor, where the cruise will begin taking you to the southern point of the Holy Mountain. Sailing, you will have the opportunity to view and photograph Europe’s most unique Monk’s Republic with its impressive Byzantine Monasteries. To this day 1.700 monks still live under the strict rule on the Holy Mountain, with no woman ever being allowed to set foot there. The boat will cruise along the west coast to Ouranoupolis for a stop of approximately two hours where you can have lunch. Depart from Ouranoupolis to Thessaloniki.
Day 6: Day at leisure
Optional tour can be arranged.
Day 7: Departure transfers
Morning free. Transfer to the airport for departure flight.