For past the 6 years Glory TV has been arranging quality tours focusing attention on the needs of the pilgrimage.
Our desire is to allow the individual to experience the Bible through the sites and sounds by making the tour as comfortable and spiritual as possible.
These tours are personally led by Sarfraz and Pam Munir
Our journey begins as we leave London Gatwick to fly to Athens. On arrival we transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
A full day tour of Athens. For many this city is the cradle of civilization, although there are few remains of the former glories of the 5th Century BC. We visit the Acropolis, the foremost site of Classical Greece, with the Parthenon. We walk down to the site of St Paul’s sermon on Mars Hill (Aeropagus). Paul had a very mixed reception here in making known the ‘Unknown God’ (Acts 17). We then visit the National Archaeological Museum and end with an orientation tour of the city.
We drive out to Corinth, taking the coastal road and cross the Corinth canal which connects the Aegean and lonian seas. Corinth is remembered through Paul’s letter to a lively church in the midst of immorality and paganism. Here he recruited two valuable assistants, Priscilla and Aquila. We then continue on to Cenchreae, his departure point for Ephesus (Acts 18). After a break for lunch we return to Athens.
This evening we will enjoy a traditional Greek meal.
We drive north to the classical site of Delphi, clinging to the lower slopes of Mount Parnassos. Deeply engraved on the record of Greek history, it was a place of incalculable religious and political importance which attracted pilgrims from all over the Hellenic world. It was here that the Oracle was consulted by both states and individuals, an early United Nations!
Our visit includes the museum.
Dinner and overnight in Delphi.
We drive to Kalambaka where we will visit the extraordinary Orthodox Meteora Monasteries perched high on gigantic rocks. The monastic history of Meteora dates back to the 11th century and the monasteries themselves to the 14th century and the monastery of Varlaam with its superb frescoes of the Last Judgement and the convert of Agios Stephanos with its museum and the church which is currently being decorated with frescoes.
Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka.
We continue our journey north through the beautiful countryside of northern Greece. En route we visit the Royal Tombs including that of Philip II (father of Alexander the Great) at Vergina and pass through Veria (Berea, where St Paul went after his escape from Thessalonica, Acts 17, 10-14). Berea was a place of encouragement where the people were more open to hear the Gospel than they had been in Thessalonica. A modern mosaic commemorates Paul’s visit. Paul travelled from here to Athens via the coast. In modern Thessaloniki, with its views across the sea to Mount Olympus, we visit St Demetrius Basilica, the largest church in Greece, and Agia Sophia, reminiscent of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, with its 10th century mosaics. We then drive to the highest point of the city (dominated by the walls of Theodosius) to view the city.
Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.
We proceed to Philippi, the first city in Europe visited by Paul and the city where he and Silas were imprisoned. Philippi was the leading city of the Roman Province. We visit the stream by the village of Lydia, where Lydia of Thyatira was baptized - the first recorded baptism in Europe. Here we renew our baptismal vows. The church of Philippi was perhaps the most supportive of all to Paul (Philippians 4). We drive on to Kavalla (Neopolis, where Paul landed from Troy on his way to Philippi) where we have the opportunity to enjoy lunch beside the harbour before driving back to Thessaloniki.
An early start as we drive to Thessaloniki airport for our return flight to London Gatwick.
Itinerary subject to change
Full price £1095 per person
What the price includes
Not included in the price
You will need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you travel. It gives the holder rights to healthcare that becomes necessary during a temporary visit to EEA (European Economic Area) countries or Switzerland.
The EHIC replaced the E111 form in Jan 2006. The E111 form is no longer valid. More information can be found at www.ehic.org.uk
Please note that the cost of the tour may be subject to surcharges - please see the booking conditions. Currency exchange rates used £1 = € 1.2989 as published in the Financial Times on 2nd March 2016.
* APC (ATOL Protection Contribution) provides passenger protection via the ATTF (Air Travel Trust Fund). For further information visit www.caa.co.uk
HOW TO BOOK
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Worldwide Christian Travel 36 Coldharbour Road, Bristol, BS6 7NA UK
Tel: 0845 458 8308
Worldwide Christian Travel has been organising Christian holidays and tours, mainly to the Holy Land, for over 40 years. We cover all aspects of travel and are one of the most comprehensive Christian travel organisers in the country. Worldwide Christian Travel is a trading name of Hadler Tours Limited.
People of all ages are welcome, but, whatever your age, we must insist on a reasonable level of fitness. A number of sites involve rough walking.
Hadler Tours Limited is a member of ABTA with membership numbers 93522 & V2096. ABTA and ABTA Members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration scheme available to you or if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 68-71 Newman Street London W1T 3AH Tel: 020 7637 2444 or visit www.abta.com.
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Passports, Visas and Vaccinations
Travellers are responsible for ensuring that they have a valid passport for travel to the relevant countries and that it is valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visas are not required for British Passport holders visiting Greece. At the time this brochure went to press no vaccinations or inoculations are required for travel but you may wish to consult your own doctor for advice concerning this. If you have any queries regarding the above, we will be happy to help.
For the latest travel advice please visit www.fco.gov.uk or call 0870 606 0290.
Further Information And Paying The Balance
Further information will be sent to you regarding any action that may be required approximately 10 weeks before departure. A final invoice will also be sent at this time and the balance for the tour must be paid at least 8 weeks before departure.
Full travel information, including details of meeting points, flight times, accommodation and travel information, will be sent to you approximately 2 weeks before departure. Normally, tickets are not issued but are handed to you at the airport or departure point by our representative who will be there to ensure that you depart without a hitch and to deal with any last minute difficulties.
It is compulsory to have travel insurance for your booking. Holiday Extras have a range of policies available at very competitive prices. You can obtain a quote online by clicking here or alternatively you can call 0871 360 2742 and quote ABTA number 93522.
Our normal procedure is to deal with tips on a group basis and these are included in the price. The tour leader will distribute them to the guide, driver and hotels on your behalf. Individual tipping is not recommended unless the circumstances are exceptional.
Room Check In and Check Out Times
The standard international practice is to let rooms from midday to midday. However times do vary. Check-in times are usually between 2pm and 3pm, check-out times between 11am and 12 noon on the day of departure. Therefore, if you check-in immediately after a night flight this would normally count as one night’s accommodation. Similarly if your return flight is at night you will normally be required to vacate your room at 12 noon prior to leaving for the airport. Day rooms are subject to availability/cost and should be arranged locally with the accommodation management.
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