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 1613

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 from Athens: Every Sunday (April - October)

 

Not included:

  • International flights to/from Greece
  • Personal expenses
  • Port taxes & gratuities on Celestyal cruise
  • Cruise supplement according to seasonality
  • Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts
  • Stayover hotel tax (to be paid directly to the hotels)

 

Optional: You can upgrade any of the group tours included in the program into a private one, or upgrade your cabin accommodation, at additional cost.

  • Sunday – Arrival at 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 – 4 Days Classical tour, Arrival at 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
     
  • Wednesday – Arrival at Delphi
    In the morning you will visit the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the ancient stadium and the archaeological museum. Afterwards, drive on through the plains of Ilia and Achaia and over the magnificent cable stayed bridge of Rio-Antirio. Arrive in Delphi, where you will spend the night.
    Overnight: Delphi
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     
  • Thursday – Arrival at Kalambaka
    After a morning visit to the archaeological site and the museum, start your trip for Kalambaka, a small town situated at the foot of the astonishing rock formations of Meteora, where you will spend the night.
    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 early in the evening.
    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 to Mykonos.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     
  • Tuesday – Visit 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 its Monastery, the Grotto of St. John and the Cave of the Apocalypse (optional excursion available).
    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 –  Visit Crete (Heraklion) & Santorini
    First port of call today will be the island of Crete with the Minoan Palace of Knossos - 1st European Civilization (optional excursion available). Then on to the island of Santorini (optional excursion available), believed to be the lost continent of Atlantis.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     
  • Friday – Return to Athens for departure
    Upon disembarkation (after a filling breakfast), you will be met by our driver and transferred to the airport for your international flight back home.
    Overnight: -
    Meals: Breakfast
  • Sunday – Arrival at 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 – 4 Days Classical tour, Arrival at 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
     
  • Wednesday – Arrival at Delphi
    In the morning you will visit the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the ancient stadium and the archaeological museum. Afterwards, drive on through the plains of Ilia and Achaia and over the magnificent cable stayed bridge of Rio-Antirio. Arrive in Delphi, where you will spend the night.
    Overnight: Delphi
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     
  • Thursday – Arrival at Kalambaka
    After a morning visit to the archaeological site and the museum, start your trip for Kalambaka, a small town situated at the foot of the astonishing rock formations of Meteora, where you will spend the night.
    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 early in the evening.
    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 to Mykonos.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     
  • Tuesday – Visit 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 its Monastery, the Grotto of St. John and the Cave of the Apocalypse (optional excursion available).
    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 –  Visit Crete (Heraklion) & Santorini
    First port of call today will be the island of Crete with the Minoan Palace of Knossos - 1st European Civilization (optional excursion available). Then on to the island of Santorini (optional excursion available), believed to be the lost continent of Atlantis.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     
  • Friday – Return to Athens for departure
    Upon disembarkation (after a filling breakfast), you will be met by our driver and transferred to the airport for your international flight back home.
    Overnight: -
    Meals: Breakfast
  • To ensure the safety of our guests, all transfers will be private and in line with health protocols.
  • The hotels included in our vacation programs comply with the mandatory health and safety protocols instituted by the Greek National Health Organization in collaboration with the Greek Government.
  • Cruise itineraries are subject to change or to be canceled 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.

 

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)
Rates per person for all services outlined in Euros
Group 1

Athens: 3-star Philippos (standard room) or similar

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April 18 - 30153016132232
May 01 - Oct 10156316792365

Port taxes & gratuities on Celestyal cruise: EUR 176 per person

Group 2

Athens: 4-star Athens Gate (superior room) or similar

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April 18 - 30163017992598
May 01 - Oct 10172319332865

Port taxes & gratuities on Celestyal cruise: EUR 176 per person

Notice: At the Athens Gate Hotel a triple room can accommodate 2 adults & 1 child up to 14 years old. Alternative accommodation will be offered for 3 adults.

Group 3

Athens: 5-star Hilton Athens (guest room Acropolis view) or similar

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April 18 - 30 & July 01 - Aug 31199620663132
May 01 - June 30 & Sept 01 - Oct 10209021993398

Port taxes & gratuities on Celestyal cruise: EUR 176 per person

Additional costs:

Cruise supplement for Medium and High Season to the above rates:
 

Medium season supplement: For cruise departures from May 03 to Aug 30, 2021 (included) & Oct 04 - 18, 2021 (included)

  • Euro 88 per person in a triple cabin
  • Euro 131 per person in a twin cabin
  • Euro 171 for the single cabin

High season supplement: For cruise departures from Sept 06 to 27, 2021 (included) 

  • Euro 129 per person in a triple cabin
  • Euro 194 per person in a twin cabin
  • Euro 252 for the single cabin