Holy Land Tour & Steps of Paul In Greece

A 14 Days / 13 Nights Christian Tour In Israel & Greece


DAY 1: Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv

Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv where we will meet and transfer you to Tel Aviv. The day is at leisure, dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv.

DAY 2: Tel Aviv / Caesarea / Mt. Carmel / Nazareth / Galilee

Breakfast and departure for a sightseeing tour of the city of Tel Aviv and Jaffa. We will remember the presence of Simon Peter, the resurrection of Tabitah and vision of the house of Simon the tanner. (Acts 9-10). We will follow through the Sharon Plain (Song of Songs, 1.1) to Caesarea Maritima, the Roman capital and home to Cornelius, the first converted (Acts 10-11). We visit the ancient Roman Theatre, the Aqueduct and the Crusades ruins. Continue to Mount Carmel and the city Haifa, which was the confrontation of Elijah against the false prophets of Baal (Kings, 1, 18, 20). Then we will attend an evening sightseeing tour of Nazareth and Cana of Galilee (John 2.1). Dinner and overnight in Galilee.

DAY 3: Tiberias / Upper Galilee / Caesarea / Jordan River

Departure after the breakfast for the Mount of Beatitudes, the Sermon famous scenery of the Mountains (Matthew 5). Continuing to Capernaum, a city of Jesus and the center of his preaching in Galilee. We will explore the lake of Tiberias (Sea of Galilee) to Caesarea Philippi of which Simon Peter pleaded (Matthew 16:16). We will see the region of Upper Galilee, and Decapolis. We will return to Lake Tiberias for a ride on the boat, according to ancient tradition. We will end the day on the banks of the Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Overnight at hotel in Galilee.

DAY 4: Tiberias / Valley of Armageddon / Beit Shean / Jerusalem

After breakfast departure to the Valley of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16) where we visit Mount Megiddo, ancient fortress of King Solomon. We pass through Beit Shean, ancient capital of the Decapolis, continue through the Jordan Valley, Jericho saw (Joshua 4) and go up the old route of pilgrims to Jerusalem. We will celebrate our triumphant entry to Jerusalem according to ancient tradition of the pilgrims in a solemn and special way. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

DAY 5: Jerusalem / Bethlehem

Breakfast and visit to the panoramic view of the city from the Mount of Olives. Continue to Mount Zion, where the tomb of King David lies, the great room where we will remember the scene of Easter and Pentecost (Acts 2), the Ascension of Jesus (Acts, 1) as well as the entry triumph on Palm Sunday, the prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, which today has preserved millennial olive trees. We will be on the banks of the ancient valley of Cedron and the valley of Josefat at the foot of the centuries-old walls of Jerusalem. We will continue to Bethlehem, where we will visit the Basilica of the Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus (Luke 2). On the way back to Jerusalem we will have a view of the Shepherds’ Field, the fields of Boaz (Ruth 2.1). Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

DAY 6: Jerusalem

Breakfast and visit at the millennial Jerusalem Wailing Wall as well as the terrace of the temple. We continue to Via Dolorosa through the narrow alleys of the old city of Jerusalem to Damascus Gate. We will visit the Garden Tomb and Calvary. Ability to enter into service in this special place. Then we will enjoy a panoramic view of the modern city of Jerusalem, the Parliament (Knesset), the Hebrew University. Visit to the Holocaust Museum (Yad Vashem) and the Book Museum, where the Dead Sea Scrolls. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

DAY 7: Desert of Judea / Qumran / Masada and the Dead Sea

Departure from the hotel after breakfast, through the Judean desert. We will see the inn of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10), according to Qumran, where they were the Dead Sea Scrolls found. We continue to Massada (resistance in the history of the Jewish Zealots against Herod’s Roman). Ascent by cable car to the imposing fortress, last fortification of the Zealots and visit to Herod’s palace excavations, Roman baths, etc. We follow the Dead Sea, the lowest place in the world. We will pause in the Dead Sea with time to bathe in the Dead Sea waters, considered medicinal waters. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

DAY 8: Jerusalem / Ben Gurion Airport / Athens

According to the schedule of your flight you will be transferred to Ben Gurion Airport for taking your flight to Athens. Upon your arrival in Athens airport you we will be met and transfered you to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure, dinner and overnight in Athens.

DAY 9: Athens City Tour / Corinth / Cenchrea

After breakfast we will go on a city tour to explore the city of Athens. Athens is one of the most glorious cities in the world and the cradle of western civilization as we know it today. We will visit the main points of interest in the city: the Acropolis, the Parthenon and Mars’ Hill (Areopagus) where Paul preached the truth to the Gentile Nation. After that, we will head toward ancient Corinth (Acts 18.1-18). It was in ancient Corinth where Paul came and worked, established a thriving church and writing two of the epistles, which are now part of the New Testament. We will see all the sites that are associated with his ministry: the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, the roman Odeon, the Bema and Gallio’s seat, the pillars, stairs, and the place of public worship, where Paul preached. All these visits will certainly enhance the understanding of Corinthians I and II. Before ending the tour and return to Athens, we will visit the ancient Greek port of Cenchrea (Acts 18:18) where Paul was during his second missionary journey and the ruin of the early Christian 5th Century basilica. Return to Athens for dinner and overnight.

DAY 10: Athens / Delphi / Kalambaka

After breakfast, we will depart towards Delphi. Delphi is the famous oracle where the priestess of Apollo, Pitia, influenced, with their prophecies the history of cities and states of antiquity. Visit the archaeological site and museum. The museum houses an impressive collection associated with ancient Delphi, including the earliest known notation of a melody, the famous Charioteer, golden treasures discovered beneath the Sacred Way, and fragments of reliefs from the Siphnian Treasury. Close to the exit is the inscription that mentions the Roman proconsul Gallio. The reference to proconsul Gallio in the inscription provides an important marker for developing a chronology of the life of Apostle Paul by relating it to the trial of Paul in Achaea mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles (18:12-17). Near there you will find the famous Monastery of Hosios Loukas. This is a historic walled monastery and one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art, and has been listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The day will end with dinner and overnight in Kalambaka.

DAY 11: Kalambaka / Meteora / Veria / Vergina / Thessalonica

Following breakfast we will visit the spectacular Meteora, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is a mountainous region of stunning scenery. You will see hundred-year-old Byzantine monasteries on top of huge rocks, during the Middle Ages, first built in the 14th century by monks seeking isolation and salvation. We will visit the most famous of them, which is now a popular museum, the Great Meteoron, to admire superb icons, old manuscripts, unique mosaics and frescoes. Departure to Veria (Berea), another town evangelized by Paul (Acts 17.10-14). When Saint Paul visited this town in AD50, he came across a more “noble” Jewish community where he preached and created an important Church. This is where Paul met Sopatros, who would later become a valuable comrade who followed him on his return journey to Asia. We will visit the ancient synagogue where we will see the Byzantine mosaic in the monument commemorating his preaching. According to tradition it was at this place where he preached. Then we will head to Vergina, the legendary burial site of the Macedonian kings. This place is considered as a World Heritage Site, also known as the Royal Tombs and houses the tomb of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great and conqueror of Greek territories which resulted in the expansion of Hellenism. We will continue to Thessalonica, dinner and overnight.

DAY 12: Thessalonica City Tour

After breakfast the trip continues with exploring the city of Thessalonica, where Paul preached the gospel in the second and third missionary journey. For the early Christians of this city he wrote epistles “To the Thessalonians.”. We will visit the Cathedral of St. Demetrius, the Protector Saint of the city, the Church of Saint Sofia, the great Church of Saint George which is hosted in a medieval building, the Byzantine temple of «Panagia Chalkeon», the historical Church of Prophet Elias, the White Tower and the Byzantine fortress of the city. Finally we will visit the monastery of Vlatadon, which was founded in 1360. The rest of the day is at leisure, attend mass at the Catholic church of the Immaculate Conception, dinner and overnight in Thessalonica.

DAY 13: Thessalonica / Philippi / Kavala

Breakfast and trip to Philippi, the town where Paul delivered his first sermon in Europe, sowing the seeds of Christianity. “And from there (He went) to Philippi, which is the leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman Colony. We remained in this city some days…” (Acts 16:12-18). Paul arrived here with Silas and Luke on the winter of AD 49 to AD50. There the first Christian baptism was performed, of a woman named Lydia. Although they were prosecuted and arrested, they received God’s help to escape from prison (Acts 16: 11-23) where there was the conversion of the jailer (Acts 16: 23-26). We will visit the Roman Theatre, probable site of the prison where Paul and Silas were arrested. We will continue towards the city of Kavala and the ancient city of Neapolis (Acts 16:11) where Paul landed with his disciples, Timothy and Silas. It was later renamed Christoupolis, meaning city of God, because it was the first European city to accept Christianity. We will visit the Roman Aqueduct and the ruins of the Acropolis. Dinner and overnight in Thessalonica.

DAY 14: Thessalonica Airport

According to the schedule of your return flight you will be taken to the airport of Thessalonica leaving with great memories from your trip.

Biblical Readings

Thy God hath commanded thy strength : strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us. Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee. Psalm 68:28,29
And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple : and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve. Mark 11:11
And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Luke 4:9,10,11,12
But he, passing through the midst of them, went his way, and came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. And they were astonished at his doctrine : for his word was with power. Luke 4:30,31,32
Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: and Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the Scriptures, opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead ; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. Acts 17:1,2,3
And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavored to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them. Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis; and from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certaindays. Acts 16:10,11,12
Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:1,2,3
Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. And Gallio cared for none of those things. And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchreae: for he had a vow. Acts 18:17,18