Greece in the Footsteps of St. Paul

Overview

Join us on a once in a lifetime pilgrimage to Greece. Our all inclusive package and itinerary have been thoughtfully crafted to allow our guests to travel to Greece and follow in the footsteps of St. Paul.

Please review the resources below and if you have any further questions, don't hesitate to contact us, we would love to speak with you!

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Who Will Lead Your Tour

Your Italy pilgrimage will be led by an English speaking Christian tour leader. Our tour leaders are hand-selected by our expert team, so you receive nothing but the best care at the hands of our most trusted vendors.

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Everything is Organized Truly is a dream come true, an experience of a lifetime. Our tour guide was excellent, the driver was very nice too. I joined this trip not knowing anybody, I found new friends… I highly recommend Glimmer Tours to all my family and friends. Very organized and very professional and the price is right.

Ninfa

They are the best! They took care of us 100%. If you could go, don’t miss this amazing journey.

Lucy

The value is exceptional! Our guide and driver were very friendly, knowledgeable, professional and very helpful. My wife and I knew we were in good hands. Thanks for an amazing and unforgettable experience.

Arnel and Fe

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Your Catholic Greece Tour Itinerary

Read the itinerary below to learn more about each destination and get an in-depth look into this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a Catholic tour of Greece.

Day 1: Departure

Embark on your spiritual journey as you depart for Greece from your local airport. Meals and drinks served aloft.

Day 2: Arrive Thessaloniki

Upon landing at Makedonia Thessaloniki Airport (SKG), retrieve your luggage and be warmly greeted by a Glimmer Tours representative. A short transfer takes you to your hotel in Thessaloniki, where you can relax and rejuvenate. Conclude the day with a delightful dinner and a restful night at the hotel.

Overnight in Thessaloniki

Day 3: Philippi - Kavala - Thessaloniki

We will begin the day with Mass at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. Afterwards, we will set out for Philippi, a city of immense biblical significance. This is where Apostle Paul delivered a landmark sermon and laid the foundation for the first church in Europe. As scripture recounts, "And from there (He went) to Philippi, which is the leading city of the district of Macedonia... We remained in this city some days" (Acts 16:12-18). Reflect on the significant event when Lydia was baptized by Paul, recognized as the first Christian convert in Europe. Navigate the ancient paths of the Roman Forum where Paul, with divine intervention, rid a woman of her tormenting spirit. Ponder the stories echoing from the crumbling walls of the prison, where Paul and Silas were once held.

As the afternoon unfolds, venture to the coastal beauty of Kavala. Previously known as Neapolis, this city bears witness to the momentous occasion when Saint Paul, alongside Silas, Luke, and Timothy, first set foot in Europe. Absorb the maritime charm of Kavala before journeying back to Thessaloniki, where you'll be greeted with a comforting dinner and a night of rest.

Overnight in Thessaloniki

Day 4: Thessaloniki - Kalambaka

After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, delve into Thessaloniki's biblical legacy. In the winter of 49-50 A.D., Apostle Paul penned two epistles to the Thessalonians, urging Christians to live righteously while awaiting Christ's return. As you tour the city, marvel at historic sites like the Arch of Galerius at the onset of Via Egnatia, once a pivotal route of the Roman Empire, constructed to honor Emperor Galerius after a significant Roman victory.

The journey continues to Veria, where you'll encounter the ancient synagogue where Paul preached, as well as the Bema adorned with mosaics and scriptures. The day draws to a serene close as we continue to Kalambaka for dinner and a restful night's sleep.

Overnight in Kalambaka

Day 5: Meteora - Delphi

Please note the dress code for today: women should wear skirts below the knee, and men should wear pants. After breakfast, head to the Meteora Monasteries. In the eleventh century, monks initially settled within caves. However, the advancing Turkish occupation compelled them to relocate their settlements atop the rocks, ensuring they remained inaccessible to foes. The creation of these monasteries involved transporting materials using ladders and baskets.

These monasteries are renowned for preserving both the Hellenic religion and valuable academic and artistic treasures. As you explore, take in the awe-inspiring Byzantine art and the panoramic landscapes that cradle the monasteries. The journey then continues to Delphi, with its ancient mystique, where you'll dine and rest for the night.

Overnight in Delphi

Day 6: Delphi - Athens

Today, we explore Delphi, often regarded as the center or 'navel' of the ancient world. Its influence and significance extended beyond the confines of the Hellenic realm. Set against the backdrop of Mount Parnassus with its breathtaking beauty, find the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Explore this remarkable site and its museum before journeying to Athens, one of history's most illustrious cities and a cradle of western civilization.

Upon arrival we will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Denis the Areopagite. Conclude the day with dinner and a restful night’s sleep in your Athens accommodation.

Overnight in Athens

Day 7: Athens - Aegina Island

Following breakfast, meet your guide and driver as you make your way to Piraeus, Athens' main port. Board the ferry, and in just an hour, you'll arrive in Aegina, stepping foot into the island's capital and main port. The prime location means you're immediately at the heart of Aegina town, a beautiful settlement waiting to be explored. Immerse yourself in the traditionally Greek architectural style, where the vibrant hues of the buildings and the quaintness of the narrow streets evoke an enchanting ambiance.

After lunch, enjoy some free time for personal activities, be it shopping or swimming. As the day winds down, you'll return to Athens by late afternoon, ready for dinner and an overnight stay at your hotel.

Overnight in Athens

Day 8: Athens - Corinth

After breakfast at the hotel, begin your exploration of Athens, one of the world's oldest cities. Stand atop the Acropolis and witness the ruins of the Parthenon, Erechtheion, and Propylaea. After, you will ascend Mars Hill, the site where Apostle Paul delivered his message to the Athenians about the one and only God (Acts 17:22). From atop the hill, gaze upon the ancient Agora, the heart of Athenian life that encompassed politics, commerce, religion, and culture.

Proceed with a drive through the city to view iconic structures like the House of Parliament on Syntagma Square, the University of Athens, and the National Library with its rich collection of Greek manuscripts. You will also have the opportunity to see the Panathenaic Stadium, an architectural masterpiece carved from marble, which hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.

After our tour of Athens, we will make our way to ancient Corinth, a place where Paul's teachings echo through the ruins. Wander through the ruins of the marketplace where Paul worked and preached, stand before the Bema where he stood trial before Gallio, and visit the Fountain of Peirene, once the lifeblood of ancient Corinth. Under the shadow of Corinth's towering Acropolis, reflect on Paul's profound letters that emphasized the theme of love.
As the day draws to a close, journey back to Athens for dinner and a night of rest.

Overnight in Athens

Day 9: Return Home

Today a Glimmer Tours representative will drive you to Athens (ATH) airport so you can catch your flight home safely with unforgettable memories.

What to Expect

With Glimmer Tours, you can expect an all-inclusive itinerary that has been planned from end to end. You will be left with the freedom and peace of mind to fully relax and enjoy your trip. With our small group sizes, you will enjoy an intimate tour experience. Additionally, our long trip duration means you may enjoy the sites you visit at a more leisurely pace.

Accommodations

To ensure travelers enjoy the best possible experience, we always accommodate our guests in 4 star hotels. After a long day of travel and sightseeing, you can rest easy knowing you will be spending a relaxing evening in a reputable, highly-rated hotel.

Payment Information

  • Easy online registration
  • Payment plan options are available to all our guests at no additional cost
  • Secure & encrypted online payment processing
  • Your own online pilgrimage profile to track payments and receive trip announcements and important notifications
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Important Pilgrimage Details

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Hotel accommodations - 7 nights in 4-star hotels
  • Round-Trip Flights from Select Airports
  • Luggage handling - 1 piece per person
  • Daily breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Air-conditioned motor coach transportation
  • Tips to guide, driver, hotel & restaurant staff
  • Led by English speaking Christian tour leader
  • Airport transfers to and from your hotel
  • Sightseeing and admission fees as per itinerary

EXCLUDES

  • Telephone calls
  • Hotel laundry and mini-bar services
  • Beverages with Meals
  • Seat assignment, upgrade or excess baggage fees
  • Passport and visa costs (If Applicable).
  • Credit/Debit card fees of 2.9%. (Online ACH & eCheck payments have no fees)
  • Travel Insurance (optional but recommended)

WHAT TO BRING

  • Passport
  • Walking shoes
  • Hat & sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothing according to the season
  • Modest attire for visits to holy sites
  • Journal for documenting your trip
  • Camera or smartphone with a camera
  • Bible, books or other reading materials

Each traveler will receive a full list of packing recommendations in their instructions booklet.

Testimonials

We are thankful for the sincere compliments we have received from many of our past travelers. We read each and every one and love doing so! Visit our Travel Testimonials page to see what other Glimmer Tours travelers have had to say about their experience with us.

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A Note From Our Planning Committee

The destinations and landmarks outlined in our Catholic Greece Itinerary are a sample of our previous tours. We aim to adhere to this plan as well as possible. However, please use this as an indication of events and not as a contract of events and places to be visited.

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