Follow the journy of St. Paul. From Thsalonika to Corint and then cross rthe Adriatic Sea to reach Assisi and the end the journy at St. Pauls Church, place of his execution.
Departure: October 22, 2019.
IF YOU LIKE TO ORGANIZE YOUR PRIVATE GROUP (16+ ) YOU CAN CHOOSE THE OTHER DATE AS WELL
Day-1. TRAVEL TO GREECE.
Day-2. THESSALONIKI: Early afternoon arrival. Clear the customer nab board the Motor coach for ride to the city. After check in and refreshment walking tour of the second largest city in Greece, and place where St. Paul arrived on his second missionary journey. Visit the Church of St. Demetrios, built in 5th BC, and the remain of the Roman Theatre. D.
Day-3. THE MONASTERIES: Ride to Ouranoupolis, and then board the ferry for great ride along the peninsula to Mont Athos, known asa the Virgin Mary’s Gardens. During this boat ride you will see seven monasteries, the jewels of Orthodoxy. Then ride to Nea Fokea, to to see the place of Agiasma of St. Paul, the underground corridor where St. Paul was hidden when the people of Thessaloniki was running after him.Late return to Thessaloniki. B.D.
Day-4. THESSALONIKI-METEORA: Scenic ride through Central Macedonia. Stop in Veria, to see the “Vima of St. Paul”, place of his preaching, and then to Verging, place of King Philip Tomb (father of Alexander the Great). Late arrival Kalmbaka, the gateway to the Meteora Monasteries. B.D.
Day-5. METEORA - ATHENS: Tour of the unique and amazing rock tower monasteries. First visit Varlaam monastery, built founded on 16th century and located on the top of a on the rock on hight of 380m. Then to Monastery of St. Stephan, with great museum inside. Later we will visit Agia Triada (the "Holy Trinity”) with the best view over there area. Then to Athens and your four star hotel in the centre of the city. In the evening walking tour to Plaka. B.D.
Day-6. ATHENS: Guided tour of Acropolis, the Sacred Rock”.Visit Mars Hill where Paul addressed the citizens of Athens and then visit the main sites like: Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, and Theatre of Dionysus, before we walk through Ancient Agora, where Str. Paul first time preached. Later visit the Cathedral of St. Denis, the main catholic church of Athens. Later some free time to visit Plaka and Ottoman market of Monastiraki. B.D.
Day-7. CORINTH-PATRA-NIGHT FERRY: Morning ride to Corinth. Visit Corinth canal, the masterpiece of Roman engineering and the town of Corinth, known by Paul’s extensive ministry. Visit the market where he stood before Galileo and preached. Then along the Norther Peloponnese to Patra, the capital of the region. Then board the ferry for ride along the Adriatic Coast to Italy. B. D.
Day-8. ANCONA - ASSISI: Great morning on the deck of the ferry sailing along Adriatic Coast. Arrival Ancona early afternoon and board the Motor coach for ride through Umbria to Assisi for overnight. B.D.
Day-9. ASSISI - ROME: Guided tour of Assisi, the city of St. Francis, founder of Franciscan Order in 1208, and St. Clare who founded the Poor Clares. During the guide tour visit the Basilica of St. Francis, (mass included), Chiesa Nuova, built over the home of Francis’ family and the Church of San Rufino, with the baptismal font of the Saint and the Basilica of St. Clare. Later travel to Rome for dinner and overnight in hotel four star hotel next to Colosseum. B.D.
Day-10. ROME: Panoramic tour to see the main sites of the Eternal City like the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Roman Forum, Traian Forum and Capitoline Hill. Then start with tour of three Papal Basilicas of Rome. Visit Basilica of Saint Paul outside the Walls, the burial place of St. Paul, after his execution. Then we visit the Church of St. John Lateran to admire Escala Santa. This Basilica is where Pope Francis was installed as Bishop of Rome, and where he officiates as the Bishop of Rome. Later we visit Santa Croce in Jerusalem, one of seven pilgrimage church of Rome. At the time of opening, the floor of the church was covered with the soil from Jerusalem. Then of check in at your centrally located hotel. B.D.
Day-11. VATICAN - POPES AUDIENCE: (Wednesday) Great day in Rome. Transfer to St. Peters Basilica, one of the four Papal basilicas in Rome. You will attend the Hearing or Audience with Pope Francis* which will start at 11 am. After the audience or hearing you will attend the Holy Mass in St. Peters Basilica, led by Pop Francis or one of the high ranked priests. Later lunch on your own in Vatican and free time for individual activities. B.D.
Our Tour hotels are never far from where you need to go. We choose only the best hotels in centralized locations so you can get on with your tour.
With every group tour we provide you will see all the best attractions and some you might not even know. These attractions are just steps away from your hotel:
Church of St. Demetrius - Mont Athos - Meteora Monastery - Acropolis - Corinth Canal - Ferry to Italy - Assisi Colosseum - Vatican - St. Peters Basilica
Your tour is important to us and we provide the most inclusive tour possible. This student group tour includes the following:
-round trip airfare
- airport taxes based on present fees
- 9 nights in centrally located hotels
- 1 night on ferry
- 10 open buffet breakfasts
- 9 dinners or lunches
- tours of Athens and Rome
- visit all sites as per program
- AC Motor coach
- Mariden multilingual tour director
Not included: insurance and gratuities ($90)