Walking in the steps of saint Paul

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Greece.It’s easy to understand how so many myths of gods and giants originated in this vast and varied landscape, with wide open skies and a sea speckled with islands. Greece is a magnet for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. Wander along cobbled, Byzantine footpaths, hike into volcanoes, watch for dolphins and sea turtles, and cycle through lush forests. Discover world-class kite surfing, diving and rock-climbing locations or simply hop on a boat and set sail into the glittering blue beyond.Step into the ring where Olympic athletes competed. Gaze at Meteora’s monasteries, perched atop towering rock pinnacles. Contemplate the Oracle’s insights from the grandeur of Delphi or take in a starlit drama at an ancient outdoor theater. In the most unexpected places, you’ll encounter thought-provoking modern art, collections of ancient marble sculptures dredged up from beneath the Aegean. Greece balances its past, present and future in a way managed by few other countries.

Cyrus.Experiencing Cyprus’ intrinsically different Greek and Turkish societies is increasingly easy. There is something evocatively appealing about dipping into two very different cultures so effortlessly. The story of Cyprus’ past is told through its historic sites, Roman ruins, multifaceted museums and dusty urban streets. This sense of living history is highlighted most vividly in Pafos, with extraordinary archaeological sites like the Tombs of the Kings, which sprawls like an ancient theme park next to a pack-in-the-punters tourist resort. Digging into the island’s past has unearthed fascinating relics, including neolithic dwellings, Bronze Age and Phoenician tombs, while, on the streets, keep your eyes peeled for Venetian walls, Byzantine castles and churches, Roman monasteries and Islamic mosques.
Acquaint yourself with the local cuisine, tantalizing the taste buds with a feast of small dishes, ranging from creamy hummus to spicy grilled sausage, and everything in between. Heavily influenced by Turkish, Greek and Middle Eastern cuisine, Cypriot food includes some culinary stars unique to the island, including haloumi , and the kebabs are also in a league of their own. And the desserts are irresistible, flavored with almonds, rose water and pistachios and ranging from creamy rice puddings to gloriously sticky baklava.

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Below is a proposed 8 days itinerary of these two great places. Visit and live to tell tales yourself.

Greece: Athens – Corinth -Meteora- Veria – Salonika- Amphipolis-ancient Philippi

Cyprus: Paphos- Limas sol- Larnaca

 

1st day:   Kenya (Nairobi)-Athens

Early flight arrival at el. Venizelos airport and transfer to central Athens and our hotel. Depart for a sightseeing tour around Athens, the capital city of Greece, relating also to the biblical itinerary. Visit the sacred hill of acropolis to see the ruins of Parthenon, erectheum and propylae mars hill, view the agora (the ancient market place where st. Paul spoke to the Athenians). Lunch at a near by tavern. continue with the center of the city  to see the house of parliament, the tomb of the unknown soldier and Hadrian’s arch.Time permitting, visit the new acropolis museum of Athens, which has some of the most exquisite exhibits from the prehistoric until the classical era.

Dinner and accommodation in Athens

2nd day: Athens – Kehrees- Korinth- Athens

Breakfast and departure for a short day visit to Kehrees, the ancient port of Korinth and the ruins of ancient Corinth the rich city-state  on the isthmus, the narrow stretch of land that joined the Peloponnese to the mainland of Greece. Visit the ancient site with the agora, the temple of Apollo and the “bema”. Lunch in nearby tavern. Continue with a short cruise of one hour, crossing the Isthmus of Corinth.

Dinner and accommodation in Athens

3rd day: Athens- osios lukas monastery-Meteora- Kalambaka 

Breakfast and departure for Viotia and the rich in byzantine mosaics monastery of osios Lukas. Continue with a tour of the mainland with the impressive massive rocks of Meteora which have rightly been called the second in importance only to Mount Athos. Visit the most important monasteries (megalo Meteora & agios stefanos which are included in the unesco world heritage list. lunch at a near by restaurant. free time in the city centre of kalambaka.

Dinner and accommodation in kalambaka

 4th day: Kalambaka- Veria- Vergina- Thessaloniki

Breakfast and departure for Veria, an old city where apostle Paul famously preached during his coming to the mainland and its inhabitants were among the first Christians in the roman empire. From here optionally visit the extensive and famous archaeological site of Vergina. Lunch at a near by tavern. we continue and arrive at Thessaloniki, late in the afternoon. Thessaloniki is home to numerous notable byzantine monuments as well as several roman, ottoman and Sephardic Jewish structures. we propose a walk around the vivid city centre of the second largest capital of the country. during our walk we will see the church of hagios demetrios, the hagia Sophia, one of the oldest churches and finish with the large two-terraced roman forum and the imperial palace complex of the roman emperor Galerius, located at navarinou square, right in the centre of the city

Dinner and accommodation in Thessaloniki

5th day: Thessaloniki-Amphipolis-kavala-ancient Philippi- Thessaloniki

Breakfast and depart for the ancient city of Amphipolis. It is a municipality in the serres regional unit of Greece and was a rich city  in ancient Macedonia. visit the archaeological site and museum and see the unique and beautiful “lion of Amphipolis” monument nearby which is a well-known destination for visitors. we continue with the town of Kalevala, the principal seaport of eastern Macedonia which was built on the military roman road via Egnatia that passed through the city helped commerce to flourish. stop for lunch and a nice stroll by the promenade and the busy marina. lunch at a near by tavern. visit is the archaeological site and museum of filippi, a city in eastern Macedonia, established by Philip ii of Macedonia in 356 BC and abandoned in the 14th century after the ottoman conquest. from the acts of the apostles and the letter to the Philippians, early Christians concluded that Paul had founded their community. return to Thessaloniki. take the flight to paphos. upon arrival transfer to you hotel.

dinner and accommodation in Thessaloniki

6th day: Paphos – Kourio -Colossi- Limassol- Petra Tou Romiou- Nicosia

Breakfast and we start our tour in Paphos. Visit the archeological site protected by unesco since 1980. free time for a stroll at the port and on our way to Larnaca we visit the most important sights of the island such as the very strategic niites castle of colossi near limas sol built in 1210, the exquisite site of the “rock of romios”, where from the depths of the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean it is said that goddess Aphrodite was born! Lunch in limas sol and continue to Nicosia.

Arrival to your hotel, dinner and accommodation in Nicosia

7th day: Larnaca –agios lazaros-agia napa-larnaca-flight to Kenya

Breakfast and early departure in order to visit the old church of saint Lazarus, one of the most sacred and old byzantine  sites of Cyprus. the church of ayios lazaros was built in the late 9th century to house the tomb of the saint. According to Greek orthodox tradition, after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, the saint came to Cyprus and was later consecrated bishop of kition by Paul and Barnabas .continue with the very famous touristic resort of Agia Napa, where we visit the monastery, built in 1100, in honor of the virgin Mary of Ayia Napa.

Arrival at the airport of Larnaca and departure for Kenya