Feasts of Faith with 3 Day Cruise

Nourishing the Body and Soul on a Biblical Quest

11 Days & 10 Nights Tour & Cruise


Step into the pages of biblical history and indulge your epicurean side with our “Feasts of Faith” tour. This enriching excursion invites you to follow in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul, nourishing both body and soul. As you travel from the historic streets of Thessaloniki to the hallowed grounds of Philippi and Kavala, you’ll explore where Christianity’s seeds were first sown in Europe. Delight your palate with the rich flavors of authentic Greek cuisine and the finest local wines as you uncover the ancient paths Paul once walked.

Day 1:Arrival Thessaloniki

We arrive in Thessaloniki and check into our hotel. You will have the remainder of the day free to relax or take a stroll along the streets of Thessaloniki to enjoy the flavour of the city. This evening our group will enjoy the first of many delectable European style dinners.

Day 2:Tour Thessaloniki, Philippi and Kavala & Culinary Tour of Thessaloniki

We begin the day by following the massive battlement Byzantine wall to the citadel for a panoramic view of the city. Next, we will visit Philippi and Kavala. Kavala is Greece’s prettiest mainland port with a most elegant harbor. Paul landed here with his disciples, Timothy and Silas. Luke, the Evangelist, also came here from Troas. This ancient city of Neapolis was later renamed Christoupolis because it was the first European city to accept Christianity. Imagine walking on the same sod as these men of the Bible! We will see the Roman Aqueduct and the ruins of the Acropolis in this beautifully located city, known since the 5th century as Kavala. Continue on to Philippi where Paul preached his first evangelical sermon and baptized the first Christians on European soil. We will view the baptismal site where Lydia surrendered her life to Christ and visit a crypt dating from the Roman period that is thought to have served as a prison for Paul. See the famous Acropolis, the Market Place, Basilica, and the Theatre. We return to Thessalonica and visit St. Demetrius Basilica, dedicated to a distinguished member of the Roman army and a martyred Christian convert, then we continue on a culinary tour of Thessaloniki, learn about the rich and diverse culinary heritage of Thessaloniki. Explore the city markets and taste the local street food and meze before returning to the hotel for our overnight.

Day 3:Thessaloniki City Tour and Berea Tour & Wine Tasting in Naoussa

Before we leave Thessaloniki we drive through town we see remnants of the original Roman road that spanned the nation during Paul’s time. En route we will view the old city ramparts; the newly excavated Forum, St. George Church, an ancient Roman monument which was transformed into a church and the Galerius Arch which rises over the famous Via Egnatia. Then we continue to Berea to view the ancient synagogue where Paul spoke and the Bema surrounded by mosaics of Paul and the plaque of scripture regarding the “more noble” church. Continue to Naoussa, famous for the Xinomavro wine, a red grape variety. Enjoy a visit and a wine tasting session at Kir Yiannis Winery. We spend the night in Kalambaka.

Day 4:Meteora Monasteries & Τruffle Hunting

Following Breakfast this morning we begin with our tour of the Meteora Monasteries. Here we see the world famous Byzantine monasteries that are perched precariously on summits of gray rock pinnacles of varied and beautiful shapes. Their history goes back to the 14th century when the monks sought refuge in the cliff side caves then fled higher to build the original wooden shelters, later transformed into monasteries. Later you will contjnue with a visit to the travel museum and a truffle hunting session. You will have the opportunity to do a mushroom product tasting with 5-6 kinds of mushrooms and traditional mushroom spoon sweet which are accompanied by a glass of local wine. From there our tour travels southward past Thermopylae where we learn of the famous Spartan battle of 300. Our lodging tonight is in Athens.

Day 5:Cruising Mykonos

We sail this morning from Athens to the quaint isle of Mykonos, called the island of windmills. Experience the waterfront lined with shops and cafes and then stroll the charming walkways through a maze of whitewashed buildings before returning to the ship for dinner and evening entertainment.

Day 6:Tour Ancient Ephesus and Patmos

Docking in Turkey, enjoy an included tour of Ephesus, the city of the Bible and one of the largest restorations still in progress with miles of ancient treasures. Ephesus was once a thriving port town of 250,000 people. Today you can still see the spectacular excavations of the major streets in this ancient city including the Agora, the Odeon, the Library, the marble-paved main Street, the Baths, Trajan’s Fountain, the Residences of the Patricians, the Prytaneum, and Temple of Hadrian. The Great Theatre, built in the 4th century B.C., could accommodate 24,000 spectators and it is famous even nowadays for its acoustics. This afternoon we visit the Isle of Patmos, under statutory protection as a historic monument. Here we have an included tour to see the fortified monastery of St. John and the cave claimed to be where John received the Revelation. Back on the ship.

Day 7:Calling Crete and Santorini & Afternoon Wine Tastin in Santo Wine

Crete is the largest and the most rugged of the Greek islands. Take an optional tour to Heraklion and the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. This afternoon visit the island of Santorini which is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. The town of Thira where white-washed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques cling to steep cliffs, is accessible by foot path, cable-car or mule. During your stay in Santorini you will visit Santo Wine Winery for a Visit and a wine tasting session. The Volcanic terrain of the island is ideally for the cultivation and production of unique white and red wine varieties. One of the most famous ones is Assyrtiko Wine. Again we return to the ship for dinner and evening entertainment.

Day 8:Cruise Disembarkation Athens Tour & Cooking Class

We disembark the cruise this morning and travel into Athens, the foundation of democracy. We visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and Erectheum before viewing Athens atop Mars Hill where Paul stood and preached the truth to the Gentile nation. Additional sites include the Agora (ancient market place and center of Athenian public life), the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Olympic Stadium, and Presidential Palace. Following your tour you will enjoy a cooking class with a Greek chef to enhance your Greek culinary knowledge. Free time in Athens and continue to the Hotel.

Day 9:Ancient Corinth Tour and Nemea Wine Tasting

This morning after breakfast We west towards the Peloponnese with a rest stop and photos at the Corinth Canal. We then travel to the ancient city of Corinth, another treat for the New Testament scholar. Corinth is the city that inspired many of Paul’s most familiar letters. See the Archaeological Museum, the Market Place, the Bema, and the Temples. To enjoy a devotional in the midst of the ruins of the church of Corinth and see the pillars, steps, and public worship place where Paul preached will enhance your understanding and love of I & II Corinthians. The ruins of this important cultural center are fascinating as we walk along the stone path that the Apostle Paul walked. The engineering skill and intellect of these people are evident in the water systems that still flow from ancient to modern day. After your tour in Corinth you will drive to Nemea, an area producing one of the famous Greek red wines Agiorgitiko, You will visit a local winery for a tour and a wine tasting session. Optional lunch in the winery upon request. Continue to Nafplio for dinner and overnight.

Day 10:Nafplio to Sparta, Olive oil Museum & Oil Refinery

This morning we drive north to the glorious town of Sparta. Here we visit the Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil. The museum walks its visitors through the culture, history and technology of the olive and olive oil production in the Greek realm from prehistoric times to the early 20th century. The museum’s objective is to highlight the ineffable relationship between the olive and the identity of Greece. The olive and olive oil are presented here from a variety of angles, such as the economy, nutrition and the olive’s uses, religious worship, art and technology. After visiting the museum, we drive towards LITHOS olive oil factory, a modern refinery where we will have the opportunity to see how olive oil is produced and packed live. An olive oil tasting will be the highlight of our visit but also the Greek meze before we farewell Peloponnese. Continue to Athens, upon arrival we take some time to rest before our farewell Greek traditional Dinner in the Plaka area.

Day 11:Departure

Transfer to Athens International Airport for your flight back home.

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