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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Your pilgrimage ends with breakfast this morning.
"The peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
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.