Kavala, the ancient site of the Neapolis, founded in the 7th century BC, is the very same place where St Paul set foot on the European continent during his second missionary journey, establishing a thriving Christian church in the nearby city of Philippi. The well-known Egnatia Road, which once ran from the Adriatic City Durrës (Durazzo) to Constantinople, passed by this city.
Departing the quayside, we make a short drive through the town of Kavala viewing the Aqueduct, which was built by Suleiman the Magnificent and St Silas Monastery, named after one of St Paul’s companions. Next, we arrive at the famous city of Philippi, one of the most interesting biblical and historical ancient cities of eastern Macedonia. Once known as Krinedes, it was named Philippi after King Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great.
Philippi is an important site amongst pilgrims, as St Paul visited the city during his missionary journeys. Upon arrival at the archaeological site, we will commence our guided walking tour through the excavations, where we can view the Roman Forum – the administrative centre of Philippi – the walls, two Basilicas and the Theatre. Our guide will also point out the remains of the prison where St Paul and St Silas were once held.
After a visit to the archaeological site of Philippi, we drive to St Lydia’s Baptistery where Lydia – the first European convert – was baptised by St Paul. From here, we travel back to Kavala and our awaiting ship.
|DRIVE TO PHILIPPI||00:30|
|PHILIPPI VISIT EXTERNAL||02:00|
|DRIVE TO ST LYDIAS BAPTISTERY||00:15|
|ST LYDIAS BAPTISTERY VISIT EXTERNAL||00:30|
|DRIVE TO THE PORT||00:30|
TOTAL DURATION 03:45
This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. There will be approximately one and a half hours of walking at Philippi, over rough and uneven ground, plus 16 steps to negotiate, and 30 minutes at St Lydia’s Baptistery. Unfortunately it is not suitable for passengers with limited mobility or wheelchair users. For those passengers not wishing to take part in the guided walk at Philippi, it is possible for them to remain at the coffee shop (refreshments are at the passengers’ own cost, however to get full enjoyment from this tour, it is not recommended.