Following in the footsteps of St Paul
The Revd Rita Bullworthy & The Revd Harriet Every
It was St Paul who first brought Christianity to Europe and this 9 day pilgrimage will bring to life the early churches Paul founded and corresponded with. Places so familiar from the New Testament including Thessaloniki, Philippi and Corinth.Our pilgrimage begins in Kavala (ancient Neapolis) where Paul first landed. From our northern starting point, we travel the length of Greece which will provide us with a glimpse of how Paul went about his mission spreading the word of God. It was a mission of contrasts from those in Berea who received his message with great eagerness to the sceptics of Athens. In each place we will be able to stand where Paul stood like the ancient market place and centre of Athens public life where Paul would have addressed the Athenians.In Meteora and elsewhere we will experience something of the life of the Greek Orthodox church which was to keep the light of Christianity alive through the invasions from the barbarians in the north and the Muslims in the east. Added to this is the opportunity to see some of the best classical sites like Delphi.I am a former GP and was ordained to the priesthood in 2013 and now minister in the Chagford group of parishes in the Whiddon Mission Community.
I was ordained Deacon in 2011 in the Diocese of Exeter, and my ministry as Assistant Minister is based in the North Tawton group of churches of the Whiddon Mission Community.Following the immense success of our Holy Land Pilgrimage we have arranged this pilgrimage to Greece following in the footsteps of St. PaulIt promises to be an exciting and wonderful tour.
- Scheduled flights London Gatwick
- All airport departure & passenger taxes (UK & Greece)
- Accommodation at selected 3/4 star hotels
- Breakfast, Dinner and Snack Lunches
- All entrance fees and local government taxes
- Qualified English speaking guide throughout the tour
- All touring in modern air-conditioned tourist coaches
- Single room (limited availability) £459
- Travel Insurance
- Any items of a personal nature (laundry & drinks etc)
Day 1, Monday 11th May
London -Thessaloniki -Kavala
We meet our Lightline Pilgrimages representative at the airport who will assist us with airport check-in formalities. We depart for Thessaloniki in the morning. On arrival we will be met by our guide and then transfer to our hotel in Kavala. Kavala was previously the ancient port of Neapolis where Paul landed, arriving from Troas on his way to Philippi. Dinner and overnight stay at a waterfront hotel.
Day 2, Tuesday 12th May
Philippi & Kavala
After breakfast we visit Philippi -the Roman colony with Forum and possible prison where Paul spent the night with his companion Silas. A short distance to the west is the river bank where Paul met Lydia. Here we may hold a worship service. We then return to Kavala to visit the castle area before driving to Thessaloniki through Amphipolis and Apollonia (Acts 17:1). Dinner and overnight stay in Thessaloniki.
Day 3, Wednesday 13th May
We visit the Basilicas of St Demetrius and the Agia Sophia, with its 10th century mosaics, before visiting the sea front with the famous White Tower and nearby Archaeological museum. In the afternoon we will visit the ramparts before the former Macedonian capital of Pella. Dinner and overnight stay in Thessaloniki.
Day 4, Thursday 14th May
Berea & Vergina
We leave Thessaloniki and head west to Veroia (Berea of Acts 17). There are many ‘hidden churches’ dating back to the time of persecution under Moslem rule. We explore the old town and find some of these. After our snack lunch we drive to nearby Vergina, the ancient Macedonian capital with its chamber tombs and museum. Then passing by Mt Olympus we drive on to stay at Kalambaka for two nights. Dinner and overnight stay In Kalambaka.
Day 5, Friday 15th May
This morning we 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. We will visit and see some of the ancient orthodox churches, their treasures and art. Possible worship service. Dinner and overnight stay in Kalambaka.
Day 6, Saturday 16th May
Delphi (The Temple of Apollo) -Athens
Today we drive on to Delphi, built on the slopes of Mountain Parnassus which gives us a fine view of the Peloponnese. It was to Delphi that high and low alike came to consult the ‘oracle’. We shall see the City Treasuries, the Fountain and the Temple of Apollo as well as the Museum, which among many treasures houses the 5th century statue of the Charioteer. We continue to Athens for dinner and a four night stay.
Day 7, Sunday 17th May
This morning we take the opportunity for Sunday worship. Some may like to experience this at a Greek Orthodox Church, others may prefer an English service at St Paul’s Anglican or another church. After a break for a snack lunch we will visit the National Archaeological Museum (closes 3pm) and have an orientation tour of Athens. Dinner and overnight stay in Athens,
Day 8, Monday 18th May
This will be a full day with an early start as sites close early. We drive along the Saronic Gulf, scene of the greatest sea battle of ancient times, and on the right pass Eleusis and Megara. Our first stop will be at the bridge which crosses the Corinth canal. We will climb up to the top of the Acropolis of Corinth before visiting the city site below. The Agora is dominated by the columns of the Temple of Apollo; on the opposite side is the site of the tribunal before which Paul ‘was dragged' before GalIio. There is a good museum on site. From there we drive south in the Peloponnese to the remains of the city of Mycenae. We pass Argos, Tiryns and Nafplio -the former capital of new Greek state after it struggle for independence in 19th century and arrive in Epidauros. The healing centre here was the most famous in the ancient world. As we return to Athens we will have a short stop at Cenchreae, the port from which Paul sailed to Ephesus. Dinner and overnight stay in Athens.
Day 9, Tuesday 19th May
The City of Athens
We will spend the day exploring this magnificent city and begin with Mars Hill. We climb up the Acropolis with its Propylaia (Gateway), Temple of Athena Nike (Victory), Parthenon and the Erechtheion. We visit the new Acropolis Museum. Our next visit is the Agora (Market Place) of Athens, where former philosophers had counselled and taught and Paul had a very mixed reception here in making known the ‘Unknown God' (Acts 17). We then break for a snack lunch in the pedestrian area known as the ‘plaka’. In the afternoon we will have time to explore other sites in the city, however many places close at around 3pm. Dinner and overnight stay in Athens.
Day 10, Wednesday 20th May
Our journey home
If we have an afternoon flight we can choose between a free time to visit other sites within Athens or drive to a nearby site like the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion before our flight home.