He did not know which way to go. Every time he tried to travel into Asia to bring the gospel of Christ he heard the Spirit whisper, “No, not that way.” “Lord, where would you have me to go?” Paul was at the end of his rope. That night he dreamed of a Macedonian man who cried out to Paul, “Come! We need your good news!” Thus, began Paul’s great adventure into Greece.
Following in the footsteps of Paul in Greece brings the book of Acts and Paul’s letters in the New Testament to life. Throughout this journey you will visit the cities Paul lived and worked in throughout his mission to Greece: Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea, Corinth and Athens. You will experience the navel of the world, Delphi and the majestic floating monasteries of Meteora. Bring the word of God to life on your journey with us in Greece.
- Discover an ancient monastery that is still active today.
- Ponder the beauty of God’s creation during a sunset climb overlooking Meteora.
- Worship in a historic pilgrim church that embodies two millennia of Orthodox culture.
- Explore the ancient cities Paul preached in and founded early churches.
- Sea kayak to the ancient temple of Poseidon.
- Hike into the floating mountains of Meteora.
- Serve a local Athens community through food service to the homeless.
- Pray for peace in ancient churches.
- Learn about the immigration crisis that Greece is trying to help.
Every Wonder Voyage itinerary (mission trip and/or pilgrimage) is personalized to the desires, direction and personality of each group. This itinerary is only a description of the kind of journey we can create for your unique team.
- Day 1 – The Footsteps of Paul
Your team has started an adventure of biblical proportions. In the next days we follow the footsteps of the Apostle Paul throughout Greece. Paul’s letters to the churches in Greece are recorded in the Holy Scriptures and are the foundation of church life. We visit several of the cities he wrote to and see how the impact of Paul’s word transforms us even today. Welcome to your Wonder Voyage!
- Day 2- Philippians
Philippi is the focus for today’s adventure. As we drive through Northern Macedonia we are sure to come across a few surprises like storming a Byzantine castle. “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Phil 1:6) You will walk, climb, and explore thousands of years of history, all under your feet.
- Day 3- Thessalonians and Berea
Today we wander the streets of Thessaloniki, Greece’s northern capital, to discover some of her many wonders and learn about the Orthodox church. After packing up, we’ll drive to Veria, (called Berea in the Bible) for a stop where, “the Jews received Paul’s message with enthusiasm and met with him daily, examining the Scriptures to see if they supported what he said.” (Acts 17:10) Our afternoon will land us in the rugged natural beauty of Meteora, known for its abundance of breathtaking Orthodox monasteries.
- Day 4- Floating Rocks
Perched on top of huge rocks, seemingly suspended in mid-air, the monasteries of Meteora hold exquisite specimens of Byzantine art, Orthodox mysteries, and hundreds of years of prayers. We will learn about monastic life and see how we might grow more in our faith through a morning of hiking to several monasteries and an evening of visiting as guests. “Rejoice always. Pray continually. (1 Thes 5:16, 17)
- Day 5 – The Navel of the World
On our way to Athens we come the navel of the ancient world, whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic world. Delphi, the home of the oracle of Apollo, was considered the religious center of the ancient Greek world. This is a place where myth comes to life.
- Day 6- The Unknown God
For twenty-five centuries the panorama of Athens has been dominated by the Acropolis. We have two important sites to see here, the Parthenon, which was the temple atop the mount, and the Areopagus, where Paul spoke to the ancient Athenians about the one and only God. ‘When I arrived here the other day, I was fascinated with all the shrines I came across. And then I found one inscribed, to the god nobody knows. I’m here to introduce you to this God.’” Acts 17:23. You will learn about the religious traditions of Greece, from the gods of old to the Orthodox traditions of today and walk amongst the stones of old.
- Day 7- Best of Three: Corinth
After celebrating Eucharist, we head to ancient Corinth, where St. Paul preached and lived for two years. The vigorous and mostly Gentile Church he founded here in 50 AD caused him much grief and prompted him to write several letters to them. “Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
- Day 8- Greek Life
You’ve an incredible week exploring Greece. The food has been rich, the spiritual experience deep, the exploration intriguing and the friendships enriching. Our prayer at Wonder Voyage is that as you leave this pilgrimage you remember that as long as your heart is set on the Lord, every day is a pilgrimage, every step a movement toward wonder.
Legacy in Greece: Footsteps of Paul
- *This is the base cost of the trip. Your cost may differ depending on housing, activities, etc.