12 Days Turkey-Greece - 7 Churches of St. Paul

A pilgrimage to Greece in the “Footsteps of St. Paul” will be an experience you will never forget. Christians have been going on pilgrimages from the very beginning of our faith. You will travel in the Journey of St. Paul while viewing some of the most historically significant sites and beautiful places in the world. You can strengthen your faith through visits to the House of the Virgin Mary, Ancient Ephesus and Philippi, where St. Paul established the first church in Europe.

Tours typically include other sites like sites like the Acropolis, the Parthenon and Propylaea as well as visits to the monasteries of Meteora and the beautiful whitewashed towns of Mykonos and Santorini.

On our pilgrimage we offer a complete itinerary that includes round-trip airfare, accommodation in first class hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, all transportation, daily Mass and all under excellent organizing, leadership and teaching from Nativity pilgrimage expert staff and Guides

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WHAT’S INCLUDED
ITINERARY
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DESTINATION INFORMATION
WHAT’S INCLUDED
ITINERARY
DATES & PRICES
YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:

  •   Round Trip Airfare
  •   All airport taxes and Fuel SURCHARGES.
  •   Includes First class Hotels 4-5 stars.
  •   Headphones for the pilgrimage.
  •   Transfers as per itinerary.
  •    Breakfast and Dinner daily.
  •   Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary.
  •   Daily Masses.
  •   Professional local Catholic guide(s)
  •  Prices Based on Double Occupancy.
  •  Tour Brochures: Special promotional brochures featuring
  •   the Pilgrimage printed for distribution by you.
  •  Travel Protection Plan for Everybody on Pilgrimage is provided for FREE.
YOUR TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Trip cancellation protection plan is not included and is strongly        recommended.
  • Nativity Pilgrimage offers a comprehensive policy at additional cost.
  •  Passport & visa costs, if any.
  •  U.S. Passports must be valid for at least six (6) months subsequent to               return date.
  •   Items of a personal nature (hotel extras, laundry, phone calls, etc.).
  •   Meals not specified in the program.
  •   Gratuities to the tour manager, guides and driver.
  •   Items not specifically mentioned above.

INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR TRIP
  • Capital: Athens
  • Language: Greek
  • Population: 10.7 million
  • Time Zone: EST plus 7 hours
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Electricity: 220V. 50Hz
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ISTANBUL – NICAEA – BURSA – PERGAMUM – THYATIRA – IZMIR – SARDIS – PHILADELPHIA – PAMUKKALE – LAODICEA – COLOSSAE – KUSADASI – EPHESUS – PATMOS – CRETE – SANTORINI – ATHENS – CORINTH

ITINERARY
Day
1

Flight from USA to Istanbul

Today: Your pilgrimage starts today boarding your flight to Istanbul. Meals and drinks served on board.

Day
2

Istanbul

Today: Arrival. Meet our local tour escort that will be with us until the end of the journey. Continue to the hotel for registration, and if time permits we will explore the area.

Evening: Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.

Day
3

Istanbul

Today: City tour that includes. “Topkapi Museum”, which was the Royal Palace of the Sultan, the Byzantine Hippodrome, The Blue Mosque, (famous for its mosaics) the Chora church- museum, the Subterranean Cisterns, and finally the Grand Bazaar.

 Evening: Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day
4

Istanbul / Nicaea / Bursa

Today: Travel to Bursa via Nicaea where the Nicene Creed was formed. Visit St. Sofia of Nicea. Here the division of Rome and Constantinople was completed, as well as the division of the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox.

Evening: Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day
5

Bursa / Pergamum / Thyatira

Today: Travel to Pergamum, the most favored of the 7 Churches. Visit the “Acropolis”, the ruins of the temple and Zeus. Temple of Athena. Ruins of the Library. Trojan temple. Grand Theater. Visit Thyatira, another of the 7 churches.

 Evening: Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day
6

Izmir / Sardis / Philadelphia / Pamukkale

Today: Travel to Izmir. Continue to Sardis which is one of the most picturesque of the 7 churches. Continue to Philadelphia, referred to as “The New Jerusalem”. Continue to Pamukkale.

Evening: Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day
7

Pamukkale (Hierapolis) / Laodicea /Colossae

Today: Visit he thermal pools. Continue to Colossae, where the “Letter to the Colossians” was received. Visit Laodicea, which is one of the churches in the “Book of Revelations”.

Evening: Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day
8

Kusadasi / Ephesus

Today: Tour the city of Ephesus. See the Odeon. Trojan fountain. Steam baths. Temple of Adrian, the latrines. Celsus Library. Grand Theater of Ephesus. Visit the house of the Virgin Mary, here it is said that she lived after the Crucifixion and where she spent her last days.

Evening: Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day
9

Kusadasi / Cruise The Greek Islands / Patmos

Today: Embark to the Island of Patmos. Visit the monastery of San Juan and the grotto. It was here that St. John wrote the “Book of Revelations,” where we will also see the crack caused by the voice of God.

 Evening: Dinner and overnight on the ship.

Day
10

Crete / Santorini

Today: Visit Crete the largest Greek island. Pass through the village of Hearklion. Arrive at Knossos. Return to Heraklion where you will have free time. Return to the ship to continue to Santorini which is the most beautiful of the islands, we will ascend by chair lift. Explore the island on your own.

Evening: Dinner and overnight on the ship.

Day
11

Athens / Corinth

Today: Return to Athens Drive to Corinth, in the Saronic Gulf. Visit Bema (the seat of judgment). Visit the temple of Apollo. The museum. Return to Athens to visit Parthenon, the Acropolis and the Olympic stadium.

 Evening: Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day
12

Athens to USA

Today: Transfer to the airport to catch our return flight home.