A JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME!
GREECE

Led by Archie Rowe

Saturday 15th - Sunday 23rd September 2018

Welcome!
On behalf of the Somerset Mendip Circuit, it is my great pleasure to commend to you this tour to Greece, following in the footsteps of St Paul, in the autumn of 2018. This tour is an exciting opportunity to explore some of the sites of our Christian heritage and it will be the fourth trip that the Circuit has supported. Once again, we are indebted to Archie Rowe, one of our Lay Pastoral & Community Workers, who has agreed to lead this tour for us. I hope and pray that all who take part in it will find your faith enriched and your spirits lifted.

Every blessing

Nick
Rev Nick Lakin, Superintendent Minister, Somerset Mendip Circuit (07/16)

Hello,
Greece is an amazing country; a land of sunshine, ancient civilisations and spectacular scenery. Its people are friendly and welcoming. Its cuisine is delicious, nourishing and healthy. It is the birthplace of democracy and the land where the Apostle Paul first established the Christian faith in Europe. All good reasons to consider joining our Journey of a Lifetime! pilgrimage. I invite you to take a look at our itinerary and book your place. Come and join an informal, friendly group and share in discovering the places St Paul and his companions visited so long ago. Experience the excitement of visiting the sites where the Christian faith was first planted in Europe. I look forward to sharing this pilgrimage with you.

Archie
Archie Rowe, Tour Leader

Archie Rowe

Archie Rowe

Day One, Saturday - London to Thessaloniki
Depart London Gatwick. Arrive Thessaloniki. Transfer to Hotel. You have free time to explore the city.
Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.

Day Two, Sunday - Pella, Thessaloniki
Pella. The ancient capital of Macedonia and birthplace of Phillip II and Alexander the Great. See the huge Palace complex, the largest Agora of the Ancient World, and amazing 4th Century BC pebble mosaics, Museum. Thessaloniki. View ancient Byzantine Walls, White Tower, Churches of St Demetrius and St Sophia, the Agora where Jason was dragged before the city officials, Arch of Galerius, Rotunda Church of St George (Mausoleum for Emperor Galerius).
Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.

Day Three, Monday - Amphipolis, Philippi, Neapolis
Amphipolis. Lion Statue. Philippi. Roman Forum (Agora), early Basilica, stream where Lydia was baptised, Chapel commemorating Lydia’s Baptism. Via Egnatia. The important Roman Highway linking Rome with the Eastern Provinces. Neapolis (modern Kavalla). Paul and his companions landed here from Troas. Aqueduct of Suleiman the Magnificent.
Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.

Day Four, Tuesday - Berea, Aigai
Berea (modern Veroia). Church of Christ. Aigai (modern Vergina). Necropolis (Royal Tombs) Museum (Philip of Macedonia’s priceless treasures).
Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka.

Day Five, Wednesday - Meteora, Thermopylae
Meteora. Centuries-old Monasteries which seem to be ‘suspended in air’ on top of monolithic pillars of rock. Thermopylae. Visit the Monument to Leonides, King of Sparta, near the Pass where an epic Battle took place between the Persians (the forces of King Xerxes, of the Book of Esther) and the Spartans.
Dinner and overnight in Delphi.

Day Six, Thursday - Delphi, Arachova
Delphi. Spectacular site on Mount Parnassus, the home of the famous Oracle, Temple of Apollo, Theatre, the impressive collections of the Delphi Museum, Castalian Fountain (Sacred Spring of Delphi). Arachova. Panoramic views, picturesque architecture, cobbled streets.
Dinner and overnight in Athens.

Day Seven, Friday - Corinth, Nafplio, Epidavros, Cenchreae
Corinth. Corinth Canal, Agora, Temple of Apollo, Bema Seat, Fountain of Peirene. Nafplio. Picturesque ancient port. Epidavros. Ancient Healing Centre. Theatre of Epidavros, Sanctuary of Asclepius. Cenchreae. Visible submerged ruins of one of Ancient Corinth’s harbours. Paul sailed from Cenchrea on his return journey to Antioch via Ephesus, Caesarea and Jerusalem.
Dinner and overnight in Athens.

Day Eight, Saturday - Athens
Athens. Panoramic tour, Syntagma Square (Tomb of Unknown Soldier), Panathenian Stadium (First modern Olympic Games), Hadrians’s Arch, Temple of Zeus, Acropolis (Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Erechtheion), Areopagus (Mars Hill), Museum of the Acropolis, Plaka, Roman Agora, Temple of Hephaestus.
Dinner and overnight in Athens.

Day Nine, Sunday - Athens to London
Athens to London Gatwick.

Optional Additional Days
Days Nine, Sunday - Athens at Leisure

Dinner and overnight in Athens.

Day Ten, Monday - Optional Cruise
Trokadero to Aegina, Poros, Hydra. Return to Athens.
Dinner and overnight in Athens.

Day Eleven, Tuesday - Athens to London.

Itinerary subject to change

Tour price £1395 per person
Extension - £245 per person


What the price includes

  • Flights from London Gatwick to Athens and from Thessaloniki to London Gatwick. Details of flight numbers and times have not yet been finalised) Accommodation in good quality hotels in twin bedded rooms with private facilities on half board basis
  • Transfer of passengers and baggage
  • Sightseeing as in itinerary
  • Services of a fully qualified English speaking guide
  • Travel by air-conditioned coaches
  • Entrance fees, gratuities, service charges and porterage
  • Airport taxes
  • ATOL Protection Contribution

Not included in the price

  • Travel from your home to UK airport
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Single supplement £208 per person main tour, £96 per person for the extension
  • Travel insurance (see below)
  • Payments by credit card will incur a 2% admin charge

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

Either click 'Book' at the bottom of this page or download, complete and return the booking form to:

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.

General Information

Fitness
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.

Your protection
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.

All monies paid by you for the air holiday package shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 3078. For more information see our booking terms and conditions.

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.

Travel Advice
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.

Travel Information
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.

Travel Insurance
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.

Gratuities
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.

Page published July 2017



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