11 DAY STEPS OF PAUL
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Day 1: Leave USA
Day 2: Arrival in Athens
Arrive in Athens in the morning. Transfer to our hotel. Afternoon tour of Athens.
Men of Athens, Ι perceive that ίn every way yου are religious. For as Ι passed along and observed the objects of your worship, Ι found also an altar with this inscription, “to an unknown God”. What therefore Υου worship as unknown, this Ι proclaim to you… (Acts 17:22-31)
Visit the most important sites of this glorious city including the Acropolis and Mars Ηίll ;dinner and overnight Athens.
Day 3: Beria,Thessaloniki
Leave for the North part of Greece towards Macedonia. Beria (Verea)
The brethren immediately sent Paul and Sίlas away by night Ιο Beroea and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue … (Acts 17:10-14)
Visit and time for teaching at the monument of Paul in Veria right at the place of Pauls Bema .
Continue to Thessaloniki
Now they came to Thessalonika, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. (Acts 17:1)
And Paul went in as was his custom, and for three weeks he argued with them from the scriptures, explaining and saying: “This Jesus, whom Ι proclaim to yου, is the Christ”. (Acts 17:2-4)
Arrival Thessaloniki, city tour including Byzantine churches, the Rotonda, St. Demetrios Church, the ancient walls where Jasons home was located and the Agora; dinner and overnight
Day 4: Philippi
Drive from Thessaloniki to the town Kavala built right at the place of Neapolis of the days of Paul
And from there (we went) tο Philίppi, which is the leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained ίn this city some days. (Acts 16:12-18)
Visit Kavala (ancient Neapolίs) and the site of ancient Philippi. We continue to the beautiful seaside town of Alexandropolis; dinner and overnight.
DAY 5: Alexandropoulos
Cross to Turkey with Turkish Bus. Troy / Canakkale
Turkish Bus will pick up from Alexandropolous Hotel at 09:00 am. Cross the Greek-Turkish Border. Drive to Gallipoli. Lunch at local restaurant on the way. Take car ferry to Canakkale. Visit the legendary city of Troy. See the replica of the wooden horse.
Continue south to four star Iris Hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Alexander Troas
(Acts 16:8-11; 20:5, 6, II Tim. 4:13 II Cor. 2:12)
Pergamon (Rev. 1:11; 2:12) Izmir (Smyrna Rev. 1:11; 2:8)
Drive to Alexandria Troas, founded by Alexander the Great. Paul visited here at least twice. Leave for Pergamon. Visit the Acropolis with the steepest theater of the ancient world and the Temple of Trajan. Then visit the Red Basilica which was an Egyptian Temple, later converted to a church in the 1st century. It is also considered as one of the Seven Churches of the Revelation.
Continue to Izmir for dinner and overnight at the 4 star Anemon Hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Sardis|
(Rev. 1:11; 3:1-4) Philadelphia – Laodicea (Col 2:1; 4:13-16, Rev. 1:11; 3:14) Kusadasi
Drive to Sardis capital of the ancient Lydia where first coin of the world is invented. See the ruins of the 1st century; Temple of Artemis, Synagogues and the Gymnasium. Continue to Alasehir to visit the ruins of the Philadelphia Church. Then drive to Laodicea and visit the new excavated areas. Visit and time for shopping at the world- famous carpet and leather shops and market.
Dinner and overnight at the 4 star Pine Marina Hotel in Kusadasi. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Ephesus
St John Basilica / Kusadasi
(Acts 18:19-24; 19:1-35; 20:16-17; 21:29, 1 Cor. 15:32; 16:8, I Tim. 1:3 II Tim. 1:18; 4:12, Rev. 1:11, 2:1)
Visit the famous ancient city of Ephesus, the Ephesus Archaeological Museum. Lunch in Selcuk. Afternoon visit to the Basilica of John. Dinner and overnight at 4 star Pine Marina Hotel in Kusadasi. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Patmos
Private Charter Ferry Kusadasi to Patmos
Dock in Patmos
Ι, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island of Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Chrlst” (Revelation 1:9)
Patmos is an island of great Christian importance. It was here that John wrote the book of Revelation. Lunch, tour, and teaching at the outdoor wooden theater right at the grotto.
Dinner on Patmos.
Overnight Ferry to Athens (those who wish to fly to Athens can go from Patmos to Samos (short ferry ride) and from there fly to Athens at and extra cost of $ 250 per person.
Day 10: Corinth /Athens
Breakfast on board. Morning dock at port of Pireaus and departure for Ancient Corinth.
Άnd he argued not the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded Jews and Greeks. And when they opposed and revίled him he shook ουt his garments and said tο them: Ύουr blood be upon yουr heads! Ι am innocent. From now on Ι will go to the Gentίles. (Acts 18:4-6)
Visit also Cachreae,the port from where Paul sailed to Ephessos.Cross the bridge over Corinth Canal and return to Athens for dinner and overnight.
Day 11: Depart to Airport. Return to USA, arriving same day.