Light of the World Evangelization Ministries presents...

Footsteps of St. Paul Pilgrimage

July 11-21, 2020

​Athens • Thessalonika • Philippi • Corinth • Ephesus • the Home of Mary • and more!

Light of the World Evangelization Ministries wants to bring you along on a remarkable journey to retrace the steps of St. Paul when he formed the first parish communities and introduced the world to the light of Christ. Come with us to deepen your faith in an authentic, interactive, and powerful way. So get ready to follow the path of St. Paul and to experience the beauty of Greek history and culture as we travel both land and sea during this 10-day adventure.

$2,999 per person
Based on double occupancy. Airfare not included. Open to Light of the World parishes only. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.
Destinations map of Light of the World pilgrimage to Greece

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Athens, Greece

Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, then enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel to celebrate the start of your upcoming spiritual journey.

Dinner

Day 2 - Athens; Thessalonika

Head north to Thessalonika this morning for guided sightseeing. Named after Alexander the Great’s sister, it figures prominently in the New Testament. This city was the center of St. Paul’s activities in northern Greece—where he preached, founded a church, and to whom he wrote his two Thessalonian epistles.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 3 - Thessalonika; Excursion to Philippi & Kavala

Today begins along St. Paul’s route via Amphipolis, a wealthy city in ancient Macedonia, where a large number of Christian churches were built in the 5th and 6th centuries. Next, travel to Philippi, a busy Roman colony with an impressive library and theater. It was here that St. Paul preached and established the first church in Europe, and to whom he wrote his Philippians epistle while imprisoned in Rome, in which he expressed great fondness for that community. Continue to Kavala, ancient port of Neapolis.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 4 - Thessalonika; Veria; Kalambaka

This morning, stop in Veria (called Berea in the New Testament), where Paul and Silas were sent by friends after being accused of treason in Thessalonika. Visit the Bema of Apostle Paul, where he preached the gospel to the local community, then continue to Kalambaka, home to the awe-inspiring Meteora monasteries.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 5 - Kalambaka; Meteora; Athens

A real highlight is in store today. Situated atop soaring cliffs and rock faces, the Meteora monasteries create one of the most inspirational sites in the world. Visit the Holy Monastery of Varlaam, the second-largest of the monasteries, and the Holy Monastery of St. Stephen, which was bombed by the Nazis during WWII but later was reconstructed by nuns. Here, you will be introduced to the many historical and religious treasures. Return to Athens for an overnight.

Breakfast

Day 6 - Athens; Lavrion/Piraeus (Embarkation); Mykonos

Awaken refreshed this morning and ready to begin your 3-night cruise around the Greek Isles and Turkey. Head first to mountainous Mykonos with its iconic windmills and brilliant whitewashed houses. Wander through the narrow winding streets, do a little shopping, or sit in a café to people-watch.

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Unlimited drinks

Day 7 - Cruising: Kusadasi, Turkey; Excursion to Ephesus; Patmos, Greece

Visit the Turkish port of Kusadasi for an included excursion to the Ephesus Archaeological Site, the former capital of the Roman province of Asia. Walk in the footsteps of St. Paul, who lived and preached here, and meditate on what life must have been like for the early Ephesian Christians in this pagan society. Also, visit the House of Mary, where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her last days. Continue your cruise to the island of Patmos, the “Jerusalem of the Aegean,” where you can join an optional excursion to see the Monastery of St. John and the Cave of the Apocalypse (at additional cost; details provided at final payment). Here John the Evangelist received the visions that he recorded in the Book of the Revelation during his exile.

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Unlimited drinks

Day 8 - Cruising: Heraklion, Crete; Santorini

First port of call today is Heraklion on Crete. A few miles away is Knossos, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization and historic site of mythology’s tales about the Minotaur and the labyrinth. Afternoon call (weather permitting) at Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” The optional shore excursion takes you to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world’s most glorious panoramic views (at additional cost; details provided at final payment).

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Unlimited drinks

Day 9 - Lavrion/Piraeus (Disembarkation); Corinth; Athens

Disembark and travel to Corinth to visit the Excavations, where St. Paul worked for 18 months and where he met his faithful followers Aquila and Priscilla. Learn about this ancient city-state and its early church community, which was the recipient of St. Paul’s two Corinthians epistles. Return to Athens for sightseeing that visits the Acropolis with the Parthenon and Areopagus, where St. Paul delivered his famous sermon about the identity of the “Unknown God.” Tonight, join your traveling companions for a final evening of fellowship and celebration at a farewell dinner at your hotel.

Breakfast
Dinner

Day 10 - Athens

Your pilgrimage ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

"The peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."

Philippians 4:7

Cost

Base cost is $2,999 per person, based on double occupancy. Airfare not included (you can book air on your own, or we can take care of it for you). We require a $250 deposit per person to secure your spot. If you choose to purchase travel insurance, we also highly recommend that you pay it along with your deposit so it covers pre-existing conditions. The pilgrimage fee includes...
Escorted land tour with tour guide
Cruise with inside cabin
First-class hotel accommodations
Guided sightseeing
Taxes, port charges, gratuities, transfers in Greece
Most meals on land tour (see itinerary)
All meals & beverages on cruise
Priest & spiritual programming

This pilgrimage will not only help you grow in your relationship with the Lord, but it will benefit the ministry both spiritually and financially. We are bringing people together from Light of the World parishes all across the country, and a portion of your pilgrimage fee comes back to the ministry as a fundraiser.

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Space is limited, so register soon!

Got questions?

JoEllen Gregus

JoEllen Gregus

Executive Director
(815) 893-9862
jgregus@lotwem.org
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