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Footsteps of Saint Paul in Greece: Thessaloniki to Athens

11 days |  15 days with Greek Islands Cruise & Athens extension
11 days |  15 days with Greek Islands Cruise & Athens extension
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Follow Apostle Paul’s missionary journey through ancient Greek cities.

In the first century A.D., Paul the Apostle journeyed through modern-day Greece on a mission to bring Christianity to the country’s people. On this sweeping tour through the Mediterranean country, you’ll retrace his historic route. Highlights include Thessaloniki’s Vlatadon Monastery, where he preached the divine word, and the Areopagus in Athens, where he delivered one of his most famous sermons.

Your tour package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 6 sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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Included highlights

  • Vlatadon Monastery
  • Royal Tombs at Vergina
  • Meteora monasteries
  • Temple of Apollo
  • Ancient Corinth
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel Day

Board your overnight flight to Thessaloniki today.

Thessaloniki3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Thessaloniki
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Greece! Get to know your Tour Director and fellow group members at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Thessaloniki
Included meal: Breakfast

Visit the places Paul the Apostle lived and preached, along with other historic sites in the city, on a guided tour of Thessaloniki.

  • View the Arch of Galerius, a monument commissioned by Roman Emperor Galerius in the fourth century as part of an imperial complex.
  • Marvel at protective walls constructed around the city during the early third century.
  • Follow the seaside promenade to the White Tower of Thessaloniki, a symbol of the city that has served as a defensive fort, a prison, and a WWI communication center and now houses a museum.
  • Enter the Vlatadon Monastery, where Paul the Apostle preached the divine word to the Thessalonians.
  • Head to the Brotherhood of Men of Thessaloniki Park, a pilgrimage site where Paul the Apostle is said to have stopped for a drink from a spring that’s now known as Apostle Paul’s Holy water.

Spend a free afternoon in the city or add an excursion.

Thessaloniki Wine Tasting & Lunch

From $85 per person

Day 4: Free day in Thessaloniki
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Thessaloniki or add an excursion.

A Day in Kavala, Philippi & Amphipolis

From $89 per person

Meteora Region1 night
Day 5: Meteora Region via Veria & Vergina
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to the ancient cities of Veria and Vergina this morning.

  • Start in Veria, where you’ll pay a visit to Saint Paul’s Tribune, where he preached Christianity at least twice during his lifetime.
  • See its impressive murals up close, and learn why it’s considered a universal monument of religious and cultural heritage.
  • View the remnants of the Jewish Quarter on the terraced foothills of Mount Vernon.
  • Visit the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai and explore the remains of the royal palace at the archaeological museum of Vergina.

Continue to the Meteora region and sit down for an included dinner.

Delphi1 night
Day 6: Sightseeing tour of the Meteora Region & transfer to Delphi
Included meal: Breakfast

Today, take a guided walking tour of the Meteora monasteries.

  • Enter two monasteries, such as the Monastery of Roussanou, the Monastery of Agios Stefanos, or the Monastery of Varlaam.
  • Hike up to the monasteries to admire views from 1,000-foot-high pinnacle rocks.
  • Meet with local nuns for a chat about the traditions and faith of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
  • Learn more about this branch of Christianity, the nuns’ lives, and the work they take part in at the monasteries.

This afternoon, transfer through scenic mountain terrain to Delphi. Enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Arachova Village & Greek Dinner

From $79 per person

Nafplio2 nights
Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Delphi & transfer to Nafplio
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey to the slopes of Mount Parnassus and visit the Archaeological Site of Delphi. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Delphi was believed by ancient Greeks to be the Navel of the Earth and a spiritual focal point for all Greeks.

  • Embark on a guided tour featuring the Temple of Apollo, where, according to legend, the god Apollo once spoke in prophecy to mortals through the voice of the oracle and high priestess Pythia.
  • Take time to explore the ancient treasures at the Delphi Museum, including the life-size bronze statue named the Charioteer of Delphi.

Please note: This excursion involves some walking on uneven terrain and hills.

Make your way to the seaside town of Nafplio and explore the charming locale with your Tour Director.

  • Stroll through Syntagma Square.
  • Soak in the beautiful views of the port and the hilltop Palamidi Fortress.

This evening, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 8: Free day in Nafplio
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Nafplio or add an excursion.

Ancient Ruins of Epidaurus & Mycenae

From $85 per person

Athens2 nights
Day 9: Athens via Ancient Corinth
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to the Greek capital, Athens, making a stop to explore Ancient Corinth on a guided tour.

  • See the Agora, where Paul’s trial by Gallio took place, and the Bema, where Paul was brought before the tribunal, as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles.
  • Snap a photo of the impressive Corinth Canal, which separates the Peloponnese peninsula from mainland Greece.

Then, continue to Athens.

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Athens
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Set out with your local guide to discover highlights of this bustling, ancient capital, home to the world’s first democracy.

  • Make stops at the Olympic Stadium, Syntagma Square, and the Arch of Hadrian.
  • View the sixth-century Temple of Zeus.
  • See the classically inspired Old Royal Palace, home of the Hellenic Parliament, and drive through the Plaka district.
  • Set off on a walking tour around the ancient Acropolis, site of the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, and Erechtheion.
  • Drive to Areopagus Hill just northwest of the Acropolis.
  • Choose to climb to the top of the hill where Paul the Apostle gave his sermon in 51 A.D. and take in sweeping views of the city.

Later, celebrate your trip during a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to explore the Greek Islands and Turkey.

Extension to Greek Islands Cruise & Athens
Continue along Saint Paul’s route with a cruise to historical—and scenic—sites throughout the Aegean Sea. Board your vessel in Athens, then sail to your first port of call, sun-soaked Mykonos. From there, you'll cruise to the ancient Turkish city of Ephesus, which Saint Paul once called home. Next, sail to the Greek island of Patmos to explore the Cave of the Apocalypse, inside of which an exiled St. John is said to have written the Book of Revelation of the New Testament. Fascinating archaeological sites and charming villages await on the islands of Crete and Santorini, your final two ports of call. End your tour back in Athens, where you can while away one last afternoon exploring the city’s ancient archaeological treasures before returning home.
Greek Islands Cruise3 nights
Day 11: Cruise embarkation & Mykonos
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Board your ship, get settled in your stateroom, and enjoy an included lunch as you sail to Mykonos for a day on the iconic island.

  • Disembark on Mykonos and join your Tour Director for a walk through the island’s charming Old Town.
  • See the island’s iconic windmills, Little Venice neighborhood, and Church of Panagia Paraportiani.
  • Enjoy free time to explore the labyrinthine alleys.
  • Return to the ship this evening and sit down for an included dinner.
Day 12: Kusadasi & Patmos
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the day visiting Kusadasi, Turkey, and Patmos, Greece.

  • Disembark in Kusadasi and set off on a guided sightseeing tour of Ephesus, one of the Mediterranean’s best-preserved ancient cities.
  • Learn about Ephesus’ first Christian congregation, which was established by Saint John and expanded by Saint Paul.
  • Discover many of the city’s UNESCO-listed sites, such as the Library of Celsus, the Odeon Theater, and the House of the Virgin Mary.
  • Return to the ship and enjoy an included lunch as you sail on to Patmos, Greece.
  • Spend free time on the island, where it’s said St. John penned the Book of Revelations of the New Testament while in exile.
  • Visit the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and enter the Cave of the Apocalypse, where Saint John had visions later documented in the Book of Revelations.
  • Return to the ship this evening and sit down for an included dinner.
Day 13: Heraklion & Santorini
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue sailing along the Aegean Sea and visit two ports of call today.

  • Disembark on Crete for free time or book an excursion to visit the ruins of Knossos, where, according to myth, King Minos imprisoned the Minotaur in a labyrinth.
  • Head back to the ship and enjoy an included lunch before continuing on to Santorini.
  • Enjoy free time to visit the iconic hilltop villages of Thira and Oia.
  • Return to the ship and sit down for an included dinner this evening.
Athens1 night
Day 14: Disembarkation in Athens
Included meal: Breakfast

Disembark your cruise in Athens. Then, spend a free afternoon in the city or add an excursion.

Greek Tavern Evening

From $75 per person

Flight Home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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    This trip was my first solo trip of my life; I did not know what to expect and was hesitant at first. This trip was NOT a trip of a lifetime…. That is because I am already planning a return trip to Greece and several other trips with EF Go. EF Go ensured top notch tour guides, food and lodging. I...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    City Hotel Thessaloniki
    City Hotel Thessaloniki

    This stylish hotel is located in the city center of Thessaloniki. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, and a restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find Tsi...

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    Amalia Hotel Kalambaka
    Amalia Hotel Kalambaka

    This classical hotel is located in Kalambaka. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, balconies, and a restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find Tríkala, Megálou Metéorou, and...

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    Amalia Hotel Delphi
    Amalia Hotel Delphi

    This modern hotel is located at the foot of Mount Parnassus in Delphi. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, beautiful views, and manicured gardens. Nearby, ...

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    Amalia Hotel Nafplio
    Amalia Hotel Nafplio

    This modern hotel is located in the town entrance of Nafplion. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, balconies, and air conditioning. Nearby, you’ll find Árgos, Ti...

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    Wyndham Grand Athens
    Wyndham Grand Athens

    This elegant hotel is located in the Metaxourgeio neighborhood of Athens. Guests enjoy panoramic views of the Acropolis, a fitness center, and a rooft...

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    Celestyal Olympia
    Celestyal Olympia

    This ship sails across the Adriatic Sea. As you hop from one Greek isle to the next, enjoy the two pools, fully equipped gym, and restaurants featurin...

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