9 days / 8 nights – operated all year round
Arrival at Thessaloniki airport and start your tour by viewing the White Tower, an historical landmark before continuing on to visit the Archaeological Museum which houses interesting finds from the Archaic, Classical and Roman periods, with findings of Sindos area and a stunning exhibition of golden jewels. Further visit of St. Demetrios Basilica which was erected in the 5th century AD. The five aisled basilica suffered a tragic fire in the year 1917 but was later restored in 1948. Marvel at the beautiful mosaics, dating back from the 5th to 9th Centuries. Drive along the modern Egnatia Street and view the Arch of Gallerius and St. George’s Rotonda. The tour will end with a short stop at the well preserved Byzantine Basilica of St. Sophia, an 8th Century structure, rich in mosaics and frescoes. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast depart for full day excursion starting with a tour of the area to view the St. Sylas Monastery named after one of St. Paul’s companions. Proceed to St. Lydia’s Baptistery where the first Christian Lady of Europe was baptized and continue to the Archaeological Site of Philippi, founded by Philip II King of Macedonia. It was here too where St. Paul set foot on Europe during his second missionary journey, establishing a thriving Christian church. The ruins include the Forum Romanum with its Basilica, St. Paul’s Prison and the Theater. The famous road Egnatia, which once ran from Adriatic Sea to Constantinople, passed by this city. Continue our drive to Amphipolis and view the Lion Statue. Return to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight at your hotel.
After breakfast at hotel, depart to Veria to visit the Church Of The Christ from the 14th a.d. and continue for a short visit at St. Paul’s Tribune where the 3 steps in situ and the modern mosaic. Drive on to Kalambaka, a small town at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, gigantic rocks. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
After breakfast at hotel, depart to visit Meteora – among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Drive to Athens for dinner at the hotel and overnight.
Breakfast at hotel and depart to see the centre of the city, the Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, Academy-University-National library, Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and photo stop at the Panathenean Stadium, where the first Modern Olympic Games in 1896 were held. On Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally the Parthenon “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in mind”. Then visit Mars Hill and afterwards drive south west until we reach the Corinth Canal (photo stop). Continue to visit Ancient Corinth where St. Paul lived and preached for two years. The remains of the city, which include the Agora (market place) and Apollo’s Temple (6th century B.C) clearly show how rich and important Corinth was in ancient times. A short stop at the site of the ancient port of Kehries, where St. Paul disembarked, will conclude the visit. Drive back to Athens for dinner at a nice local restaurant and then to hotel for overnight.
After breakfast at hotel check out and transfer to Piraeus port for embarkation on Louis Olympia sailing at 11.00hrs to Mykonos (18.00 – 23.00hrs) with time at leisure on the beloved island of the international “Jet-Setters” for its whitewashed cubic houses, windmills and chapels, the wonderful sandy beaches, shops, galleries and the incredible night life; explore the towns’ winding narrow streets or enjoy a drink at little Venice – lunch, dinner and overnight on board.
Arrive at the port of Kusadasi (07:00hrs) on the Turkish coast were you can take an optional excursion to the Ancient city of Ephesus or stroll around at the city of Kusadasi and its port. Ship sets sail at noon (12:00hrs) for the Island of Patmos (16.00-21.00hrs) , the holy island where Saint John the Divine wrote the book of Revelations. You have the chance to join an optional visit to St’ John Monastery & Grotto of Apocalypse – breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight on board.
This morning visit the island of Crete. Participating in the optional excursion, you can visit the Palace of Knossos and its famous ‘’ Labyrinth’’ which was the centre of the Minoan civilization… incredible!
At 1630hrs call at Santorini, the volcanic island of the Cyclades. Admire the spectacular caldera, created by the eruption of the close by islet’s volcano in the ancient times and the white washed houses perched on the edge. Explore this cosmopolitan island on your own or take an optional tour and enjoy the breathtaking panorama and the world famous sunset in Oia traditional village – breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight on board.
Return to Piraeus, Athens port early in the morning at 06.00 hrs. Enjoy your breakfast on board and after breakfast disembark and transfer to Athens Airport for your return flight home.