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Each Globus faith-based vacation is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted vacation, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.
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Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Scenic drive to Thessalonika.
THESSALONIKA Orientation drive includes the White Tower and Aristotelous Square. Visit Ag. Dimitros Basilika. 314 mi / 503 km
Drive past Amphipolis and Apollonia along the route of St. Paul.
PHILIPPI Visit Lydia’s Baptistery. Visit the forum and ruins of the Basilicas and the theatre. KAVALA Orientation drive includes Neapolis of the Acts and St. Paul’s mosaic. Free time for lunch before returning to Thessalonika.
219 mi / 350 km
VERIA Visit the Bema of Apostle Paul.
METEORA Visit to the Holy Monastery of Varlaam and the Holy Monastery of St. Stephen. Scenic drive en route to Kalambaka. 137 mi / 220 km
Drive past Trikala en route to Lamia, and past Thermopylae en route to Athens.
ATHENS Free time this evening. 230 mi / 370 km
ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Athens with a 4-course dinner and Greek entertainment in Plaka (Athens’ oldest village). This and more options throughout your tour are available for purchase at MyGlobus. Get local maps and free time tips on your GlobusGO mobile app.
ATHENS Transfer to Piraeus to board your cruise.
PIRAEUS Cruise to Mykonos. MYKONOS Free time this afternoon and evening.
KUSADASI Guided visit to the Ephesus Archaeological site. See the House of Mary.
PATMOS Free time to explore.
HERAKLION Guided visit to the Minoan Palace of Knossos.
SANTORINI Visit to island (weather permitting). Free time this afternoon.
PIRAEUS Scenic drive to Corinth Canal with photo stop.
CORINTH Guided visit to the excavations includes Agora and St. Paul’s Bema. ATHENS Guided sightseeing includes visit to the Areopagus and the Acropolis. Photo stop at Panathenaic stadium. Free time before a farewell dinner.
101 mi / 163 km
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
The Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre is a modern 193 room property, in the heart of Athens' commercial district offering Free Wi-Fi access. The hotel has a choice of dining options including the roof garden restaurant where during summer months, guests can dine under starry skies whilst enjoying a spectacular view of Lycabettus hill. The perfect place to unwind is at the roof-top bar where snacks and drinks can be taken al-fresco in the summer by the refreshing outdoor dipping pool. The lively lobby bar serves drinks and fruity cocktails year round and other leisure facilities include a gym and sauna.
Located just 1.6 miles from the center of Thessalonika and not far from the well-known Aristotelous Square, this 253-room property is housed in an impressive neoclassical-inspired building. All guestrooms are air-conditioned and soundproofed with free Wi-Fi, coffee/tea making facilities, organic linens, and luxury bathrobes and slippers. Other amenities include a well equipped fitness center and a heated indoor swimming pool with SPA facilities. The gourmet restaurant offers both Mediterranean and International dishes and there is a luxurious lounge bar serving an array of cocktails, drinks, and delicious snacks.
Surrounded by the Meteora monasteries and rock formations next to the picturesque village of Kastraki, Grand Meteora is only 3 kilometers away from the historic center of Kalambaka. This hotel stands out for its special architecture and high aesthetics where earthy tones mix with stone and wood throughout the building to create a cozy atmosphere all around. Comfortable guestrooms are elegant and air conditioned with free Wi-Fi access and balconies offering stunning views of Meteora. There is a refined bar and an elegant restaurant with patio seating, in addition to a lobby lounge featuring a wood-beamed ceiling and a fireplace.
Our expert Tour Directors help you get the most out of every place you visit - and have a 96% customer satisfaction rating.
We’re delighted to have achieved the Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended endorsement for customer experience.
We are a member of ABTA and our flight-inclusive holidays are protected by ATOL. If your holiday is cancelled for any reason, you’ll receive a full refund.