Join Warrior Poet Society on a 12-Day Epic Journey to Greece.
Warrior Poet Society invites you to join us on a breathtaking journey retracing the footsteps of the Apostle Paul. We will step into history and walk alongside Paul as we journey through Philippi, Thessaloniki, Berea, Athens, Corinth, Crete, Patmos, and Ephesus. The Holy Scriptures will come to life in unimaginable ways. This will be the trip of a lifetime that promises to forever change us all!
May 4 - 15, 2024
DAY 01: BEGINNING OF YOUR TOUR Depart from ATL for an overnight flight to Thessaloniki.
DAY 02: ARRIVAL IN GREECE Arrive in Thessaloniki, where we will be met at the airport for transfer to our hotel. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.
DAY 03: THESSALONIKI-PHILIPPI-KAVALA Today we will drive to Philippi, where Paul delivered his first sermon in Europe, planting the seeds of Christianity. We will see the dungeon where Paul was held prisoner and the site where he baptized Lydia, the first Christian woman in Europe “One of those who heard us was Lydia… After she and the people of her house had been baptized” (Act 16:14-15). Then we will continue to the seaside of Kavala- Neapoli where St Paul had docked during his mission. Return to Thessaloniki to explore the ancient city where Paul planted a church “Paul and Silas traveled on through Amphipolis and came to Thessalonika” (Act 17:1) that would later receive two New Testament epistles. View one of the most beautiful basilicas in the city, St. Demetrius. Continue along the waterfront to the massive White Tower and nearby triumphal Arch of Galerius. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.
DAY 04: THESSALONIKI-VERIA-KALAMBAKA This morning we leave our hotel to continue to Veria, or Berea, where Paul and Silas were sent by friends after being accused of treason in Thessaloniki (Act 17:5-15) and found people who eagerly received his message “examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were true” (Acts 17:11). We make our way to Kalambaka to visit Meteora, a cluster of pillars of rock, and the “Hanging Monasteries” perched on top of rock cliffs dated back to 14th century. There are 24 monasteries here, only 6 of which are inhabited by monks.
DAY 05: KALAMBAKA-THERMOPYLAE-DELPHI Today we head south to Delphi through the amazing countryside taking in the beauty of Greece. Stop at the mountain pass of Thermopylae, the location where the Greeks victoriously fought for their freedom during the Greco-Persian wars in 480 BC. See the statue of Leonidas, king of the Greek city-state Sparta. Then we continue our drive through the beautiful scenery of Greece on to Delphi for dinner and overnight.
DAY 06: DELPHI-PLATAEA-ATHENS This morning we visit the Delphi along with the museum with the famous Bronze Charioteer and other items that date back to the time of Paul. We visit the Temple of Apollo where Paul must have spoken to the people about the Living God, continue to the Theater, the Athenian Treasury and the Castalian Spring. Afterwards we will head to Plataea, where the final land battle between Greeks and Persians took place (479 BC) during the second Persian invasion of Greece. Then we make our way to Athens, for dinner and overnight.
DAY 07: ATHENS-LAVRIO-MYKONOS Begin the day with a drive to the Port of Lavrio and step aboard The Olympia, to start a 4-day Greek Islands cruise. Spend the afternoon exploring the Island of Mykonos, world-renowned for its lovely windmills, small cobblestone streets, and countryside. Return to the ship for dinner and overnight.
DAY 08: KUSADASI (EPHESUS)-PATMOS Step off the ship at Kusadasi and into nearby Ephesus, Turkey, Asia Minor’s greatest archeological site. This Greek and Roman city has been remarkably preserved. Step along the broad marble where Paul walked. Gaze at the Temple of Artemis (Diana), the Temple of Hadrian, and The Celsus Library. Marvel at the massive theater where Paul was opposed as he spoke boldly about Christ. In the afternoon, enjoy cruising aboard The Olympia to the island of Patmos, built on a mass of volcanic rock. The island marks the site where the apostle John wrote the book of Revelation. Visit the Monastery of St. John and the cave where he was imprisoned. Return to the ship for dinner and overnight.
DAY 09: CRETE/SANTORINI Arrive in Heraklion, Crete, the largest of the Greek Islands and the cradle of the ancient Minoan Civilization. This island is where the apostle Paul spent time as he was being transported to Rome as a prisoner. Visit the remarkable ruins of the Palace of Knossos, said to be the lost city of Atlantis. Board The Olympia for an afternoon cruise to the famous island of Santorini, formed by the half-submerged crescent of a volcanic caldera. Perched atop high cliffs, reach the island's breathtaking views via donkey or cable car (your choice). Dinner and overnight on the ship.
DAY 10: LAVRIO-NEMEA-SPARTA-CORINTH Early morning disembark the cruise making a brief stop at the amazing handmade Corinth Canal and continue to Nemea where took place the Battle of Nemea (394 BC), also known in ancient Athens as the Battle of Corinth, a battle in the Corinthian War, between Sparta and the coalition of Argos, Athens, Corinth, and Thebes. Continue to Sparta to visit the Acropolis with the theater and the statue and the cenotaph of Leonidas. Return to Corinth for dinner and overnight at the area.
DAY 11: CORINTH-ATHENS This morning we depart our hotel and drive to ancient Corinth to visit the Museum, the ancient ruins and the Bema where Paul preached (Act 18:5). Paul stayed in Corinth for about 18 months (Act 18:11). Then we drive along the coastal road to Athens where we will visit the important modern and archaeological sites, the Acropolis and Mars Hill “So they took Paul and brought him in front of the city council, the Areopagus…” (Act 17:19). While driving through the city, we will see other places of interest such as the University, the Academy, the National Library, the Temple of Zeus, the Panathenian Stadium, Omonia Square, Constitution Square and the Royal Palace. We will have free time to explore Plaka area with its narrow paths, shops, taverns just in the foot of Acropolis. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 12: ATHENS/USA Transfer to Athens airport for your return flight to the USA with your heart full of memories from spectacular views and unforgettable experiences.
NOTE: Schedule is subject to change due to various factors and your tour guide’s discretion.
Single room supplement – $1,295
PAYMENT PLAN: $500 per person with registration to secure space.
50% of the total amount is due on or before January 4, 2024
Balance due on or before April 4, 2024
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PASSPORTS: Passports must be valid with an expiration date of at least six months beyond the return home date of the tour. Participants with non-US passports are responsible for country-specific entry requirements. If you do not have a valid passport or need to renew your passport, enter "RENEWING" or "APPLIED FOR" when completing registration.
CANCELLATION POLICY: The $500 per person deposit is nonrefundable. Other payments exceeding the $500 per person are refundable in full up to sixty days prior to departure. After this date, refunds for unused accommodations and services will be limited to the amount received from and/or credited by all carriers, sightseeing operators, and hotels. All funds, including the deposit, are non-transferable.
AIR: The Standard Tour includes round-trip, economy-class airfare from the international departure city listed in the itinerary. Group airfares are based on contracted rates and are highly restrictive. Seats will be assigned by the airline at check-in, and specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Upgrades such as Comfort, Premium, Business, or First Class are not available with the standard tour. Participants who wish to upgrade or purchase a specific seat should choose the Land Only option when registering. Participants are responsible for providing frequent flyer numbers, TSA PreCheck, and Global Entry information upon check-in. Group fares do not permit schedule deviations. Participants who wish to deviate from the group schedule should choose the Land Only option.
LAND ONLY: Participants who wish to arrange their own air should choose the Land Only option. $1000 will be deducted from the standard tour price when selecting this option. Participants arranging their own air should notify Signature Tours prior to the second payment date listed on the payment schedule.
GROUND/TRANSFERS: The group will be met by a Signature Tours representative and transferred to the hotel/airport. Land Only participants are responsible for scheduling ground transfers.
HOTELS: Superior first-class hotels throughout. Priced based on two people per room with a private bath and shower.
CRUISE: Celestial Olympia Cruise Ship: All outside cabins. Guided Shore Excursions included: Ephesus, Patmos, and Crete. Unguided Shore Excursion Included: Mykonos and Santorini
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: A limited number of single rooms are available at additional supplement prices. Signature Tours and/or the group leader will make every attempt to pair single participants requesting a roommate. However, the single supplement fee will be charged for each person occupying a single room, whether by choice or circumstance.
MEALS: Breakfast and dinner are provided daily. Lunch is provided on days as noted in the itinerary.
SIGHTSEEING: Entrance fees to all places listed in the itinerary are included, as well as an expert English-speaking guide.
LUGGAGE: Space is limited on the tour buses. Participants are allowed one suitcase weighing 50lbs or less and will be transported in storage under the bus. Participants are allowed one backpack/daypack or personal bag to carry on the bus during the tour. These requirements will meet most airline carrier restrictions. See the carrier website for airline-specific baggage restrictions and requirements. Medical devices are not included in these restrictions.
TIPS, SERVICE CHARGES, AND TAXES: Tips, service charges, and taxes ARE INCLUDED in the selling price. Taxes, as imposed by national and/or local governments, that are not included at the time of booking are the responsibility of the participant.
NOT INCLUDED: Excess baggage fees, passport fees, visa fees, food or drink items not listed on the regular table menu for included meals, and items of a personal nature such as room service, laundry, etc. Any service not indicated in the itinerary and/or the above list of included features.
HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: This tour requires a substantial amount of walking. Many of the sites are not accessible by wheelchair, and the uneven terrain is not feasible for rollators. Signature Tours reserves the right to refuse individuals who may require special attention beyond what the tour guide and tour host can provide.
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