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In the Footsteps of Saint Paul

In the Footsteps of Saint Paul

In the Footsteps of Saint Paul

This eight day pilgrimage follows the early missionary journey Saint Paul made after he saw a vision encouraging him to share the Gospel in Macedonia.

8
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This eight day pilgrimage follows the early missionary journey Saint Paul made after he saw a vision encouraging him to share the Gospel in Macedonia.

Hear Paul’s message from the perspective and language of the first century A.D.

This spiritual pilgrimage traces the footsteps of St Paul as he spread the message of Christ to the peoples of Asia Minor and Europe. The tour will begin in the Greek city of Philippi, where Paul baptized the first Christian convert in Europe. We will travel through Thessaloniki, the “hanging monasteries” of Meteora, Corinth, Athens, and Patmos before moving on to Ephesus in Turkey. 

Tour Price:
$ 2,695
$650
Tour Dates:

October 27 - November 3, 2024

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Mission

To challenge the apathy and aimlessness of our current cultural moment with mental discipline and rigorous training.

Activities

• Early morning workouts
• Rucking
• Pre-dawn Mount Kerkis hike
• Hike to Cave of Pythagoras
• Underwater rock hauling
• Megalo Seitani hike
• Ice baths
• Roasted lamb or goat on a spit
• Big meals with an abundance of food, roasted meats, wine, toasts, and a spirit of fellowship and conviviality
• Camaraderie, contemplation, and conversation
• Open-water swims and spearfishing (optional)

sq4 eLITE TRAINING

SQ4 coaches men to achieve a higher level of fitness and athletic excellence by blending the principles of ancient philosophy with the empirical depth of modern exercise science designed to permanently enhance* their life, mindset, habits, and physique.

SQ4 METHODOLOGY

The key to a lasting fitness transformation is understanding the layered (multidimensional) nature of man.  The SQ4 methodology is based on the ancient understanding of man and virtue that transcends cultures and epochs:

• Psyche – Life – Courage
• Nous – Mindset – Wisdom
• Pneuma – Habits – Temperance
• Soma – Physique – Justice

ITINERARY

Day 1

Thessalonica: the Macedonian world turned upside down

At 3:00 pm you will meet your fellow travelers at the hotel for an orientation both to your pilgrimage and to St. Paul’s. After meeting your fellow pilgrims and Alithea guide, you will visit the site of the old Roman forum and the first church of Saint Dimitrios, patron saint of Thessalonica. It was in this area that Paul and Silas were accused of turning the world upside down, while preaching the salvation of Christ in the synagogue. While seeing the Ignisia road that brought Paul and Silas into the city, you will begin to glimpse the ancient world that Paul’s vision invited him to transform. 

Tonight’s meal, like the word ‘companionship’ which literally means to break bread together, will be the first opportunity to do so with your fellow travelers.

Walking: moderate

Day 2

Philippi, Prison, and Baptism

After breakfast in your seaside hotel, you will travel by bus to the first city on Paul’s Macedonian journey, Philippi. Here you’ll peel back the layers of Paul’s visit to the city, seeing the port where he arrived, learn about the commerce of the city and see the site of Lydia’s baptism by Paul. While reading from both Acts and Paul’s letter to the Philippians a comparison of the Greek and English will provide a deeper understanding of the context in which the gospel was shared. 

You’ll return to Thessalonica in the late afternoon in time for a free evening in the city where Paul and Silas were imprisoned and rather than escape during the earthquake, comforted their fellow prisoners with song, and subsequently saved the jail-keeper. 

Walking: moderate

Day 3

Veria, the Jewish quarter, and the Tomb of Phillip II

This morning after breakfast, your journey will continue to Veria, where Paul shared the gospel after being chased from Thessalonica where they were accused of turning the world upside down. Here you will visit the Jewish quarter, one of only completely renovated to its pre-world war II conditions in Europe. Very likely the still active synagogue stands in the same place as the one where Paul preached. 

Following lunch, your journey’s next stop will be the tomb of Phillip II, the father of Alexander the Great. The archeological museum here is one of the best in Greece and provides insight to the development of hellenism and its subsequent readiness for Christianity. 

In the late afternoon you’ll arrive in the town of Kalambaka which, although Paul himself never visited, is at the base of the monasteries of Meteora, one of the holiest places in all of Greece.

Walking: moderate

Bus: ~3.5 hrs

Day 4

The Cliff Top monasteries of Meteora

This morning your pilgrimage will continue towards the five still active monasteries built on top of the rocks both in defiance of the ottoman occupiers and in affirmation of the monastic life of contemplation and the monk’s desire to be oriented heavenward. Your first stop this morning will be the monastery of St. Nickolas whose frescoes were painted by the famous Cretan painter, Theophanes Strelitzas, the teacher of El Greco. In this sixteenth century chapel you will see Adam naming the animals, along with scenes from the life and the second coming of Christ. 

Throughout the rest of the morning you’ll visit those remaining monasteries that time and energy permit, including the monastery of the great Meteoran, Varlaam, the female monastery of Holy Barbara, and the magnificent look out points from above the rocks. 

Walking: strenuous

Day 5

Athens: the city of stoics, epicureans, and sophists.

Departing from Kalambaka after breakfast, your pilgrimage will bring you to Athens, the city Paul visited next after Veria, and the city famous for its philosophers, polytheism, and sophists. Arriving in the early afternoon, after checking into the hotel and an orientation to the city, you’ll be free to explore on your own, visit the Byzantine Museum, or the thousand year old church of Panagia Kapnikarea.

Walking: light

Bus: ~5 hrs

Day 6

The Areopagus and the Unknown God

Perhaps nowhere else in antiquity was there a city so focused as Athens on humanity and the representation of humanity as divine. Paul observes this and ‘his spirit is stirred within him’ because of the idolatry and he disputes in the synagogue of the city. With this (familiar) human focused culture, your pilgrimage leader will take you to the site of Paul’s disputes with the philosophers on the areopagus hill across and the Acropolis. Here you’ll see the misguided human aspiration towards the divine in the things of the world, made by man and for man. 

Walking: moderate

Day 7

Corinth, the tentmaker, and Paul’s letters on Love

Departing after breakfast, the next stop on your pilgrimage will be a day trip to Corinth. Paul journeyed here after Athens and preached to the Jews, being told by the Lord, “Be not afraid, but speak… I am with thee.” 

Here, with the historical context of first century Corinth and Paul’s letters to the Corinthians, you’ll learn about the year and a half Paul spent here as he shared the gospel and worked as a tentmaker. Under the guidance of your pilgrimage leader, you will witness the sites of Acts 18 including the port, acrocorinth, and the archaeological site of the city. 

Tonight after returning to Athens you’ll 

In the first century AD Corinth was a center of commerce between east and west countries of the mediterranean

Walking: strenuous

Bus: ~2.5 hrs

Day 8

Pilgrimage and a new beginning

This morning the main part of your journey will draw to an end. For those interested in an continuing to Samos and Patmos to visit the beloved apostle’s cave of the revelation, an extension will soon be added.

There will be no other structured activities this day. Your guide will be available throughout breakfast to help with continuing travel arrangements or to provide suggestions for the next step on your pilgrimage.

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WHAT'S
INCLUDED

All breakfasts and 5 dinners or lunches
All transportation to tour related activities, including our private bus
7 nights accommodation in centrally located, elegant hotels.
The cost of all entrances, and dedicated Alithea pilgrimage leader throughout the entirety of the trip
Your friendly Alithea tour manager for the duration of the tour.
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TOUR TIPS

Pack Light

Alithea hotels are boutique, family-run and centrally located in the historic centers where the ancient roads are too small for buses. That often means needing to walk between our bus and hotels. Between destinations we will be required to carry our own luggage which may include significant stairs and no elevator. We encourage our travelers to take a simple carry-on size bag with a small backpack for outings.

Come Prepared

Alithea tours are outrageously fun. Come prepared to live in the moment. We will walk, talk, celebrate, dine, and make beautiful discoveries together. When we’re not exploring with our local guide we’ll be encouraged to venture out on our own, to celebrate our discoveries with a glass of wine, to go for a swim or a walk on the beach, or simply to relax and take in the beautiful view. Of course, we can’t visit ancient and beautiful sites without getting there first, and sometimes that means significant walking. Our first two days on this tour are the most physically strenuous. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns before booking.

Bus and Travel Time

Like every great story, there is no possibility of discovery and of arriving at beautiful places without a journey to get there. On our Greek journey we will take the bus and boat in order to arrive at the spectacular destinations we’ll be visiting. We’ll not only use this time to relax and enjoy the view but also to prepare with our Alithea guide for the sites we’ll visit next. Of course, we can’t appreciate the gorgeous vistas of the mountains without significant driving on winding roads.

FAQ

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In the Footsteps of Saint Paul

In the Footsteps of Saint Paul

A $500 deposit is required to reserve your spot. All deposits and discounts (if applicable) will be applied to the total tour price. Deposits are refundable within 30 days of payment.

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