Apostle Paul, Andrew and Wine
“Ἐγώ εἰμι ἡ ἄμπελος ἡ ἀληθινή, καὶ ὁ πατήρ μου ὁ γεωργός ἐστι.” John 15: 1
“πίετε ἐξ αὐτοῦ πάντες· τοῦτο γάρ ἐστι τὸ αἷμά μου τὸ τῆς καινῆς διαθήκης τὸ περὶ πολλῶν ἐκχυνόμενον εἰς ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν.” Matthew 26: 27-28
The three most important ingredients of the Greek diet are bread, wine and olive oil and all three of them are equally important to Christianity. They are also mentioned in the Bible: in several miracles there is the use of olive oil and in the Last Supper Jesus Christs offers to his disciples bread and wine as His own flesh and blood. In Greece, a country with a long tradition in viniculture and wine consumption, there are areas where the vine is cultivated exclusively for the Holy Communion.
Day 1 Athens / Corinth / Nemea / Olympia
We depart from Athens in the morning and travel west with a rest stop and photos at the Corinth Canal. Corinth used to be one of the most important and prosperous cities of ancient Greece, next to Athens and Sparta. It was destroyed by the Romans and it was later rebuilt as a roman colony. When the Apostle Paul arrived at Corinth, it was the capital of the Roman province of Achaea. He spent there about one and a half year preaching to the Jews at first and then to the Gentiles. In the area of the forum, besides the ruins of shrines and shops, we will see the temple of Apollo, the only monument that belongs to the pre-roman period. Situated there is the “Bema”, otherwise known as the judgment seat of Gallio (Acts18: 12-17). Among the many artifacts of the museum that we will visit, two of them prove the Jewish presence in the city (Acts 18: 4). Finally, we will see the "Erastus" inscription and understand its role in the history of the Apostle Paul in Corinth (Romans 16:23). Nemea is a valley in the region of the Peloponnese, where among the acres of cultivated vines lies the temple of Zeus and the stadium, famous for the Nemean games. The most cultivated vine variety in Greece is the Agiorgitiko, found in the broader area of Nemea, which produces several types of rosé and sweet red wines. Dinner and overnight in Olympia.
Day 2 Olympia / Patra / Athens
Olympia used to be the most famous sanctuary dedicated to Zeus in ancient Greece. The Olympic Games were organized there for the first time and they took place every 4 years to honor the deity. Today we will see several temples, such as the one dedicated to Zeus that housed the gold ivory statue - one of the seven wonders of the ancient world – and athletic facilities as for example the stadium. At the Olympia museum, we will marvel at the largest collection of bronze votive offerings and weapons; the sculpted decoration of the temple of Zeus; the statue of Nike of Paionios; the helmet of Miltiades, the Athenian general of the battle against the Persians in Marathon; and the statue of Hermes of Praxiteles. Achaia Clauss is the oldest winery in Greece dated to the middle of the 19th c. It has been visited by the empress of Austria Elisabeth (Sissi) and many celebrities. In the cellars of this winery ages “Mavrodaphne”, a sweet red wine, which has a well-justified reputation for its quality. The Cathedral of Saint Andrew in Patras has been built on the spot where the apostle was crucified and hosts his relics. It is the largest church in Greece and the third largest in the Balkans.
Deluxe bus transportation for airport transfers and for the tours according to the program - 50-seats bus.*
… overnights, on HB basis in 4* or 5* hotels .
Professional qualified English-speaking tourist guide throughout the tour.
The whispers set.***
Full liability insurance.
All legal taxes and VAT.
Possible tips and personal expenses.
Meals outside of package.
The Overnight Stay Tax, which is 3,00€ per room, per overnight in 4* hotel and …€ per room, per overnight in 5* hotel.
What is not clearly described as included in the program.
* According to Covid-19 protocols, the capacity of the tourist bus must be at 65% of the seats.
** The cost of entrance tickets is based on the prices given by the Ministry of Culture up to now. If the prices of the entrance fees change, the cost will be adjusted accordingly.
***Losses or destruction of the whispers:
The following charges without VAT apply for the loss or destruction of the equipment:
- Receiver € 75.00
This tour package can be combined with:
1 day cruise to Poros, Hydra and Aigina
1 day cruise to Mount Athos.
3 nights Iconic Aegean Sea Islands cruise.
4 nights Iconic Aegean Sea Islands cruise.
We can design shorter or longer itineraries according to your interest.
You may combine the above program with any itinerary regarding Cyprus, Israel, Italy and Turkey.
We bear no responsibility in case of unannounced and unexpectedly closed archaeological sites, museums, churches or monasteries,
We recommend to be dressed with respect towards the religious places we are going to visit – covered knees and shoulders.
We also strongly advise you to always wear a hat, comfortable shoes, sunglasses and have sunblock with you.