In the footsteps of St Paul (in Greece): 9 nights from £1995 pp
By: Lightline Pilgrimages
Travelling the length of the country, the group trip enjoy stays in Kavala, and Kalambaka, with the final four nights in the ancient capital city of Athens.
The first three nights of the 'holy holiday' will be spent at Kavala, which was previously the ancient port of Neapolis where Paul landed, arriving from Troas.
Whilst there, the group will visit Philippi – the Roman colony with Forum and possible prison where Paul spent the night with his companion Silas – the riverbank where Paul met Lydia, the castle area of Kavala, the Basilicas of St Demetrius, the Agia Sophia, with its 10th century mosaics, the sea front with the famous White Tower and nearby Archaeological museum. Finally, the group will visit the ramparts before the former Macedonian capital of Pella.
Leaving Thessaloniki, the next two nights will be spent in Kalambaka, via Veroia where there are many 'hidden churches' dating back to the time of persecution under Moslem rule. After exploring the old town, the next stop is Vergina, the ancient Macedonian capital with its chamber tombs and museum.
The group will then drive a short distance to visit the famous Meteora Monasteries, each precariously perched on gigantic rocks weathered by years of erosion, standing unique and alone in space.
From Kalambaka the final four nights will be spent in Athens, one of the most ancient and fascinating capital cities in the world.
Whilst in Athens, the group will visit Delphi, the Archaeological Museum and the Corinth Canal, and climb to the top of the famous Acropolis. On the Sunday, there will be a chance to enjoy Sunday worship; either at a Greek Orthodox Church, or at St Paul's Anglican (or another church).
For the full itinerary click here (http://www.lightline.org.uk/
Call 01992 576 065 (www.lightline.org.uk).
Mick Thompson, Travel Dog PR