In The Footsteps of St. Paul

Duration: 13 days / 12 nights
Bell of the cave of Apocalypse, Patmos island
Package rate per person in double room in low season From 1823

This package features a Biblical journey inspired by the route of Saint Paul in ancient Greece, including places where the apostle spent his days preaching, as well as important sites of archaeological and religious interest, such as Mycenae, the Epidaurus Theater, Meteora monasteries and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the island of Patmos. Throughout this journey, you will experience the mainland’s diverse and majestic natural environment, traditional villages, incredible landscapes, and vibrant cities. You will then visit the islandic part of Greece, with a cruise that will take you as far as coastal Turkey. This voyage will take you to some of the most beautiful Greek islands, including the cosmopolitan Mykonos, the sacred island of Patmos, Rhodes which is still bearing the stamp of medieval times, Santorini famous around the world for the magnificent sunsets that can be viewed from the top of the island, and of course Crete, one of the largest and most diverse islands on the Mediterranean. A stop at Kusadasi will afford you the opportunity to see the coast of Turkey and join an excursion on ancient Ephesus. Join us on a journey designed to revitalize your mind and enhance your spirituality.

Package starting day: Every Sunday (April - October) from Athens

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flight tickets
  • Personal expenses
  • Port taxes
  • Visa expenses
  • Customary tips & gratuities during cruise
  • Stayover hotel tax (to be paid directly to the hotel)

* Optional private City Tour or upgrade to Cabin Category at additional cost

  • Sunday – Arrival in Athens
    On arrival you will be met by our assistant and transferred to your hotel by our taxi driver. Rest of the day at leisure.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: -
     
  • Monday – Ancient Corinth Tour
    Leave Athens and drive south-west to the Corinth Canal. Drive on and visit the Ancient Town of Corinth where St.Paul lived and preached for two years. Visit the remains of the city, the Agora and Apollo’s Temple. A short stop at the Site of the Ancient port of Kehries and then return to Athens. Rest of the day at leisure.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: Breakfast
     
  • Tuesday – Olympia
    Early in the morning, departure for the 4 days classical tour. Leave by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive on and visit the Theatre of Epidauros, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then proceed to the town of Nauplion (short photo stop), drive on to Mycenae and visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Then depart for Olympia through Central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Overnight in Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games.
    Overnight: Olympia
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     
  • Wendesday – Delphi
    In the morning visit the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the ancient stadium and the archaeological museum. Drive on through the plains of Ilia and Achaia and over the magnificent cable stayed bridge of Rio-Antirio. Arrive in Delphi.
    Overnight: Delphi
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     
  • Thursday – Kalambaka
    In the morning visit the archaeological site and the museum. Depart for Kalambaka, a small town situated at the foot of the astonishing rock formations of Meteora.
    Overnight: Kalambaka
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     
  • Friday – Return to Athens
    Visit Meteora. Amidst striking scenery, perched on huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless monasteries where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Return to Athens for overnight stay.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: Breakfast
     
  • Saturday – Athens
    Free day in Athens for shopping, strolling through the city discovering its hidden charms or choosing from our optional sightseeing tours.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: Breakfast
     
  • Sunday – Athens Half Day Sightseeing Tour
    After breakfast we meet you at your hotel or close by, in order to start the morning Half Day Athens Sightseeing Tour.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: Breakfast
     
  • Monday – Embark on Cruise & visit Mykonos
    Morning transfer from your hotel to the port by our taxi driver to embark on your selected cruise ship. Afternoon arrival in Mykonos.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     
  • Tuesday – Kusadasi & Patmos
    First port of call  today is  the Turkish port of Kusadasi, with shore excursion to Ancient Ephesus (KUS-02). Then on to the island of Patmos, famous for the Monastery and the Grotto of St. John.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     
  • Wednesday – Rhodes
    Early morning call at the magnificent island of Rhodes, with Medieval Tour-Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights (RHO-01).
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     
  • Thursday – Crete (Heraklion) & Santorini
    First port of call today will be the island of Crete with the Minoan Palace of Knossos-1st European Civilization. Then on to the island of Santorini, believed to be the lost continent of Atlantis .
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     
  • Friday – Return to Athens for departure
    On disembarkation after breakfast, you will be met by our taxi driver and transferred to the airport  for your return  flight home.
    Overnight: -
    Meals: Breakfast
  • Sunday – Arrival in Athens
    On arrival you will be met by our assistant and transferred to your hotel by our taxi driver. Rest of the day at leisure.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: -
     
  • Monday – Ancient Corinth Tour
    Leave Athens and drive south-west to the Corinth Canal. Drive on and visit the Ancient Town of Corinth where St.Paul lived and preached for two years. Visit the remains of the city, the Agora and Apollo’s Temple. A short stop at the Site of the Ancient port of Kehries and then return to Athens. Rest of the day at leisure.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: Breakfast
     
  • Tuesday – Olympia
    Early in the morning, departure for the 4 days classical tour. Leave by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive on and visit the Theatre of Epidauros, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then proceed to the town of Nauplion (short photo stop), drive on to Mycenae and visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Then depart for Olympia through Central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Overnight in Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games.
    Overnight: Olympia
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     
  • Wendesday – Delphi
    In the morning visit the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the ancient stadium and the archaeological museum. Drive on through the plains of Ilia and Achaia and over the magnificent cable stayed bridge of Rio-Antirio. Arrive in Delphi.
    Overnight: Delphi
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     
  • Thursday – Kalambaka
    In the morning visit the archaeological site and the museum. Depart for Kalambaka, a small town situated at the foot of the astonishing rock formations of Meteora.
    Overnight: Kalambaka
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     
  • Friday – Return to Athens
    Visit Meteora. Amidst striking scenery, perched on huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless monasteries where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Return to Athens for overnight stay.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: Breakfast
     
  • Saturday – Athens
    Free day in Athens for shopping, strolling through the city discovering its hidden charms or choosing from our optional sightseeing tours.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: Breakfast
     
  • Sunday – Athens Half Day Sightseeing Tour
    After breakfast we meet you at your hotel or close by, in order to start the morning Half Day Athens Sightseeing Tour.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: Breakfast
     
  • Monday – Embark on Cruise & visit Mykonos
    Morning transfer from your hotel to the port by our taxi driver to embark on your selected cruise ship. Afternoon arrival in Mykonos.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     
  • Tuesday – Kusadasi & Patmos
    First port of call  today is  the Turkish port of Kusadasi, with shore excursion to Ancient Ephesus (KUS-02). Then on to the island of Patmos, famous for the Monastery and the Grotto of St. John.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     
  • Wednesday – Rhodes
    Early morning call at the magnificent island of Rhodes, with Medieval Tour-Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights (RHO-01).
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     
  • Thursday – Crete (Heraklion) & Santorini
    First port of call today will be the island of Crete with the Minoan Palace of Knossos-1st European Civilization. Then on to the island of Santorini, believed to be the lost continent of Atlantis .
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     
  • Friday – Return to Athens for departure
    On disembarkation after breakfast, you will be met by our taxi driver and transferred to the airport  for your return  flight home.
    Overnight: -
    Meals: Breakfast
  • Cruise itineraries are subject to change or to be cancelled by the shipping company with or without prior notice.
  • The shipping company reserves the right to substitute the cruise vessel with a similar one & also to amend the departure/arrival port at any time with or without prior notice
  • In Mykonos, Patmos, and Santorini disembarkation will be implemented by tender boats, as long as the weather permits it.
  • You are kindly requested to check with your Embassy/Consulate whether you need to obtain a multiple-entry Schengen visa for the above cruise itinerary, depending on your country of origin.
  • Please make sure your identification cards, passports and multiple entry Schengen visas are valid and up to date.

Seasons 2019:

  • Low Season March 18-April 29 & November 04-11
  • Medium Season May 06-August 26 & October 07-28
  • High Season September 02-30

Cabins available at the Celestyal Olympia:

  • Interiors: IA, IB, IC
  • Exteriors: XA, XB, XC
  • Suites: Junior Suite (SJ), Suite with Balcony (SB) and Large Suite (SG)