The colourful culture of contemporary Greece has been formed mainly by 2 forces:
The ancient heritage and the traces of early Christianity.
This tour follows “the footsteps of Apostle Paul” through Macedonia, Corinth and Athens and combines Greek-Roman Antiquity, Byzantine art and the history of the Orthodox Church.
Arrangements can be made, upon request, for those interested in staying in Crete for two days to visit Knossos, the archeological museum, Gortys and the churches of St.Titus and St. Catherine..
Day 1: Italy - Greece
Departure of the ferry in the evening. Overnight stay on board.
Day 2: Igoumenitsa-Thessaloniki. (approx. 409km)
Your ferry arrives in Igoumenitsa in the morning. From there you drive thorough mountainous woodland to Thessaloniki, the capital of Northern Greece. Dinner and overnight stay in Thessaloniki.
Day 3: Philippi-Kavala. (approx. 330 km)
Your first stop is Amphipolis to visit the impressive Lion statue, and from there to Philippi, to see the Forum Pamanum, the remains of the basilica, the theatre and the prison where the Apostle was held. From Phillipi you continue to Kavala with the old city walls and the Venetian harbour. Overnight stay in Thessaloniki.
Day 4: Thessaloniki
Full day tour of Thessaloniki. Antiquity, the Byzantine era and contemporary history have all left evident marks on the city. The Byzantine church of Agios Dimitrios and unique Rotonda, the archaeological Museum and the white tower (symbol of Thessalonici) are the highlights of the tour. Overnight stay in Thessaloniki.
Day 5: Thessaloniki-Pella-Veria Kalambaka. (approx. 335km)
Today you drive through Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great, to Veria to visit the Byzantine churches and Apostle Paul’s altar. From Veria you drive through the Tempi Valley to Kalambaka. Overnight stay in Kalambaka.
Day 6: Kalambaka-Delphi. (approx. 208 km)
The day begins with a visit the impressive Meteora Monsteries, built at the very top of gigantic steep rocks. From Meteora you travel a bit further through Trikala and Lamia to Delphi, the famous Oracle of Ancient Greece. Overnight stay in Delphi.
Day 7: Delphi-Ossios Loukas-Athens. (approx. 160km)
First stop the archeological site and the museum in Delphi. From there you visit the monastery of Ossios Lukas, one of most significant churches in Greece. Your final destination for the day is Athens. Overnight stay in Athens.
Day 8: Athens. (approx. 80 km)
In the morning you visit the famous Akropolis and the Byzantine Museum of Athens. In the afternoon you drive along the coastline to Cape Sounion with the impressive Poseidon Temple and the breath-taking sunset. Overnight stay in Athens.
Day 9: Corinth-Mycenae-Epidavros. (approx. 165km)
You drive over the Corithian Channel to Ancient Corinth, the “workshop” of Apostle Paul. Your next stop is Mycenae and from there Epidavros, the famous cult centre for the God Aklepios. You drive a bit longer through Nafplion to Tolo. Overnight stay in Tolo.
Day 10: Nafplion - Olympia. (approx. 185km)
Nafplion is the first capital of contemporary Greece, known for the beautiful Palamidi-Fort. From Nafplion you drive a bit further to Tripolis and Olympia, where the first Olympic Games took place. Overnight stay near Olympia.
Day 11: Olympia - Patras - Einschiffung. (approx. 100 km)
Your last excursion is to the archaeological site of Olympia, where the Temple Of Zeus and Hera, the Stadium and the Museum are surrounded by a beautiful scenery. From Olympia you head for the port of Patras to board the ferry to Italy.
Day 12: Arrival in Italy
The ferry trip from Patras to Ancona is an unforgettable experience. The ships are fully equipped with modern facilities to ensure a pleasurable journey. Swimming pools, restaurants, bars, discos, casinos, sun-decks, shops, comfortable, modern cabins and of course air-conditioning throughout the ship. Enjoy a relaxing and secure journey over the Adriatic.
Departure also possible from Bari/Brindisi/Venice