Vibrant, colourful and imbued with history,
Thessaloniki is the second city of Greece.
Our first stop on this stage of our remarkable
journey is by air conditioned coach to the Citadel
and the impressive Vlatadon Monastery which has
magnificent views to the city.
It was here that St Paul preached on his Second
Missionary in 49 AD.
From here we travel through the countryside to Veria
(Berroia in the Bible) as did St Paul, where he preached
to the city’s ‘noble Jews’.
At the traditional Tribune we will be able to see
the recently completed mosaic of St Paul that
commemorates this sermon.
Veria may have been inhabited as early as 1000 BC
and St Paul is its patron saint.
The city was named for one of the daughters of the
mythological King Veris. Established in the foothills
of Mt. Vermion, fortified Veria flourished behind its
It was one of the first cities to surrender to the
Romans in 168 BC and became the area’s second
most important city after Thessaloniki.
During the Byzantine era many small, delicate,
frescoed churches were built in the city, which came
to be known as “Small Jerusalem.”
We visit one of these immaculate churches, the
Church of Christ, built in the early 14th century and is
home to masterworks by the most famous painter of
the era, Kalliergis.
Under the Ottomans, Veria was an important
commercial and cultural centre. Many mosques,
mansions and the old market were constructed in this
We have time to wander, explore and shop in this
marvellous ancient city.