In The Footsteps of St. Paul

Duration: 10 days / 09 nights
Monastery of Saint John the Evangelist
Package rate per person in double room during low season From 1696

This package features a Biblical journey inspired by the route of St. Paul in ancient Greece, including Corinth, where the apostle spent his days preaching, as well as unique sites of archeological and religious interest. The monasteries in Meteora that seem to be suspended in the air will humble you and a visit to the Cave of Apocalypse on the island of Patmos will put you in the shoes of John the Revelator, one of the most important figures in Christendom. You will have the chance to experience the mainland’s diverse natural environment which gives way to incredible landscape, its traditional villages and vibrant cities. Your journey continues with a cruise around a group of Greek islands, carefully selected in order to experience an abundance of distinct lifestyles to suit all tastes. Discover the cosmopolitan Mykonos, immerse yourself in the spirituality of Patmos, soak in the enduring culture of Crete and marvel at the wondrous beauty that is the volcanic island of Santorini. The oriental coastal resort of Kusadasi will also provide you with the opportunity of taking an optional shore excursion to ancient Ephesus.

Package starting from Athens: Every Saturday  (April - October)

  • 4 night hotel accommodation in Athens
  • 3 day tour (2 night) to Delphi & Meteora (A’ class - accommodation at 4-star hotels)
  • 3 night cruise to the Greek islands and Turkey by Celestyal Cruises (standard inside cabin - cat. IA’ - on Celestyal Olympia), including on-board dining, daily premium drinks package, daily hour of complimentary Wi-Fi, 25% discount on Specialty Dining plus excursion discount for pre-booked shore excursions
  • Half day Athens city tour
  • Half day Ancient Corinth tour
  • Entrance fees during guided sightseeing
  • Transfer service as per itinerary
  • Total meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
  • VAT for all services

Not included:

  • International airfare
  • Personal expenses, meals not indicated in the itinerary, beverages etc.
  • Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts
  • VISA expenses (if applicable)
  • Stayover hotel tax (to be paid directly to the hotels)
  • Port & service charges

Optional:You can upgrade the Athens sightseeing or your visit to Ancient Corinth into a private tour and/or your cruise cabin at additional cost.
 

 

  • Saturday – Arrival in Athens
    Upon arrival you will meet our assistant before your driver transfers you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Athens in your own way. We recommend you explore the neighborhood of Thissio and end up in a tavern with a view of the Acropolis.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: -

  • Sunday – Athens Half Day Sightseeing Tour
    After breakfast you will meet our collaborator at the lobby of your hotel or someplace nearby, to start the morning half day Athens sightseeing tour, a staple of every first-time visitor to the Greek capital! This carefully crafted tour includes selected destinations that represent Athens’ historical importance through the ages. Only some of those are the Academy of Athens, Hadrian’s Arch and the Greek Parliament. Of course, no tour of Athens is complete without a visit to the Acropolis and its modern Museum. Enjoy the tried and true way of getting to know Athens.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Monday – Ancient Corinth Tour
    This tour will drive you along the scenic coastal roads of the Saronic Gulf for a visit to Corinth and its awe-inspiring canal, where a quick stop for pictures is in order. You will proceed to ancient Corinth, a sacred place and the set of some of St. Paul’s most famous sermons. The remains of the ancient city, which include the Agora (market place) and Apollo's Temple (6th century B.C.) exhibit the richness and importance Corinth had during antiquity.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Tuesday – 3 Day tour to Delphi & Meteora
    After breakfast you will meet our collaborator at the lobby of your hotel or someplace nearby to start the 3 day tour to Delphi and Meteora. As you leave Athens in the rear-view mirror, get a first glimpse of the Greek mainland via the scenic route through the fertile plains of Beotia, crossing the towns of Thebes, Levadia and Arachova before arriving in Delphi, the “navel of the world” according to Ancient Greeks. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum containing such masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer. The afternoon is free to allow you to stroll through the town and explore.
    Overnight: Delphi
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Wednesday - Delphi to Kalambaka
    Have the morning free to explore Delphi further and pick up mementos of your trip. Afterwards, depart for Kalambaka, a small town situated at the foot of the astonishing rock formations of Meteora, passing some picturesque villages of Central Greece along the way. Overnight in Kalambaka.
    Overnight: Kalambaka
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Thursday - Visit Meteora and return to Athens
    Today you’ll visit Meteora, a geological marvel of vast, rock pillars rising up from the valley to create a unique spectacle that is a testament to wonders of nature. On top of the pillars, stand Byzantine Monasteries, of immeasurable historical and religious importance. Afterwards, we will make our way back via Trikala, Lamia and Thermopylae (where a short stop to see Leonidas' Monument across the road is in order) and finally arrive in Athens early in the evening.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Friday – Cruise embarkation & visit Mykonos
    In the morning you will meet our assistant at the lobby of your hotel and be transferred to the port for cruise embarkation. Cruise departs early in the afternoon for a wonderful trip to the Aegean Sea. In Mykonos you will have free time to explore the picturesque town and get a taste of its cosmopolitan style.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Saturday – Kusadasi & Patmos
    Morning arrival to the Turkish port of Kusadasi, and an optional shore excursion to the glorious Ancient City of Ephesus is what’s on the schedule. Later in the day you will find yourselves on the island of Patmos, where John the Revelator wrote final book of the Bible. An optional excursion can take you to the famous Monastery and to the Grotto of Saint John, as well as the Cave of the Apocalypse.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Sunday – Crete (Heraklion) & Santorini
    First port of call today will be the island of Crete with an optional shore excursion to the Minoan Palace of Knossos, the first European civilization. At noon you will proceed to travel to the world-famous Santorini, the once volcanic island that’s now wrapped around the caldera that remains. We highly recommend you take advantage of the opportunity to explore Santorini by joining one of the many optional excursions available.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Monday – Cruise disembarkation & departure from Athens
    Upon disembarkation -after a fulfilling breakfast- you will be met by our assistant and your driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight out of Athens.
    Overnight: -
    Meals: Breakfast

 

  • Saturday – Arrival in Athens
    Upon arrival you will meet our assistant before your driver transfers you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Athens in your own way. We recommend you explore the neighborhood of Thissio and end up in a tavern with a view of the Acropolis.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: -

  • Sunday – Athens Half Day Sightseeing Tour
    After breakfast you will meet our collaborator at the lobby of your hotel or someplace nearby, to start the morning half day Athens sightseeing tour, a staple of every first-time visitor to the Greek capital! This carefully crafted tour includes selected destinations that represent Athens’ historical importance through the ages. Only some of those are the Academy of Athens, Hadrian’s Arch and the Greek Parliament. Of course, no tour of Athens is complete without a visit to the Acropolis and its modern Museum. Enjoy the tried and true way of getting to know Athens.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Monday – Ancient Corinth Tour
    This tour will drive you along the scenic coastal roads of the Saronic Gulf for a visit to Corinth and its awe-inspiring canal, where a quick stop for pictures is in order. You will proceed to ancient Corinth, a sacred place and the set of some of St. Paul’s most famous sermons. The remains of the ancient city, which include the Agora (market place) and Apollo's Temple (6th century B.C.) exhibit the richness and importance Corinth had during antiquity.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Tuesday – 3 Day tour to Delphi & Meteora
    After breakfast you will meet our collaborator at the lobby of your hotel or someplace nearby to start the 3 day tour to Delphi and Meteora. As you leave Athens in the rear-view mirror, get a first glimpse of the Greek mainland via the scenic route through the fertile plains of Beotia, crossing the towns of Thebes, Levadia and Arachova before arriving in Delphi, the “navel of the world” according to Ancient Greeks. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum containing such masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer. The afternoon is free to allow you to stroll through the town and explore.
    Overnight: Delphi
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Wednesday - Delphi to Kalambaka
    Have the morning free to explore Delphi further and pick up mementos of your trip. Afterwards, depart for Kalambaka, a small town situated at the foot of the astonishing rock formations of Meteora, passing some picturesque villages of Central Greece along the way. Overnight in Kalambaka.
    Overnight: Kalambaka
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Thursday - Visit Meteora and return to Athens
    Today you’ll visit Meteora, a geological marvel of vast, rock pillars rising up from the valley to create a unique spectacle that is a testament to wonders of nature. On top of the pillars, stand Byzantine Monasteries, of immeasurable historical and religious importance. Afterwards, we will make our way back via Trikala, Lamia and Thermopylae (where a short stop to see Leonidas' Monument across the road is in order) and finally arrive in Athens early in the evening.
    Overnight: Athens
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Friday – Cruise embarkation & visit Mykonos
    In the morning you will meet our assistant at the lobby of your hotel and be transferred to the port for cruise embarkation. Cruise departs early in the afternoon for a wonderful trip to the Aegean Sea. In Mykonos you will have free time to explore the picturesque town and get a taste of its cosmopolitan style.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Saturday – Kusadasi & Patmos
    Morning arrival to the Turkish port of Kusadasi, and an optional shore excursion to the glorious Ancient City of Ephesus is what’s on the schedule. Later in the day you will find yourselves on the island of Patmos, where John the Revelator wrote final book of the Bible. An optional excursion can take you to the famous Monastery and to the Grotto of Saint John, as well as the Cave of the Apocalypse.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Sunday – Crete (Heraklion) & Santorini
    First port of call today will be the island of Crete with an optional shore excursion to the Minoan Palace of Knossos, the first European civilization. At noon you will proceed to travel to the world-famous Santorini, the once volcanic island that’s now wrapped around the caldera that remains. We highly recommend you take advantage of the opportunity to explore Santorini by joining one of the many optional excursions available.
    Overnight: On board
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Monday – Cruise disembarkation & departure from Athens
    Upon disembarkation -after a fulfilling breakfast- you will be met by our assistant and your driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight out of Athens.
    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.
  • Please note that the tour dates, cruise itinerary, ports of call, sailing dates and vessel are subject to change at any moment, without prior notice. Please consult our agents for further information.
  • You can upgrade the Athens sightseeing or your visit to Ancient Corinth into a private tour and/or your cruise cabin at additional cost.
  • Celestyal Cruises introduced a fuel supplement, effective April 1st, 2022, for 2022 sailings departing April 18th onward until further notice.
Rates per person for all services outlined in Euros
Group 1

Athens: 3-star Attalos (standard room with balcony) or similar

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April 22 - Oct 30156616962320
Group 2

Athens: 4-star Athens Gate (standard room or superior room for 3 persons) or similar

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April 22 - Oct 30 175318982710
Group 3

Athens: 5-star New (superior room or studio for 3 persons) or similar

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April 22 - Oct 30213222183350

Port taxes & gratuties on Celestyal cruise: EUR 145 per person