Guided Ancient Philippi & St. Lydia's Baptismal Church by Private Vehicle
Ancient Philippi: Explore a sprawling 2nd-century ancient forum, the city's market, baths, walls, and the basilicas constructed to honor St. Paul.
Greek theater: Built by Philip II, King of Macedonia in the middle of the 4th century B.C., later altered by the Romans, and still a place for festivals today.
Lydia's baptismal site: A small church by the river, where tradition holds that the Apostle Paul met Lydia, the first person in Europe to convert to Christianity.
Totally Private: Hey we love group tours. But we know sometimes you want to explore with just a friend or a family member. Designed for two but customized to fit your whole crew. Just let us know if you want to invite more peeps. Depart and return from the Port of Kavala.
About this Kavala tour
The course of world history forever changed in Philippi twice and you're about to uncover the dramatic events that changed it in this little-known part of Greece, next to a plain appropriately called Drama.
The Battle of Philippi was the final fight in a series of battles that followed Julius Caesar's assassination in 44 B.C. Here Mark Antony and Octavian confronted the assassins Brutus and Cassius along with, all together, almost half a million legionnaires and auxiliary troops. Facing defeat, Brutus and Cassius chose a brutal death over surrender, walking slowly toward an enemy line bristling with thrusting swords and spears. With resistance crushed, the Antony and Octavian now controlled the entire Roman Republic.
A decade later, Octavian would defeat the forces of Antony and Cleopatra in a final showdown. The Senate proclaimed him a god the divine Augustus, Rome's first and greatest emperor. His 40-year reign ushered in changes that reverberate to this day including the birth of a carpenter's son in the remote Roman province of Galilee. We think you may have heard of him.
Here history pivots again in Philippi, with the man who brought the faith of an obscure Jewish sect to the world. It happened when the apostle Paul met a seller of highly prized purple cloth the "Woman of Purple" in about 50 A.D. The New Testament describes Lydia as a woman "whose heart the Lord opened to listen to the things which were spoken by Paul." Believing what she heard, the future St. Lydia asked the future St. Paul to baptize her. And you're going to visit the place where she became the first of hundreds of millions of Christian Europeans. Lydia's tale is told in the Book of Acts; we can imagine the fear and despair of Brutus in the final act of Julius Caesar, one of Shakespeare's greatest dramas. That both unfolded near the Drama plain, in a city founded by the father of Alexander the Great, seems as if more was at play here than random fate. Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, and Christianity are the three pillars of Western civilization. And Philippi is the foundation on which they stand.
When the apostle Paul visited Philippi, he caused an uproar by exorcising a demon from a slave girl. He was arrested, given a public beating, and put in prison. (You'll see the ruins.) After an earthquake opened the prison, the jailer prepared to kill himself, thinking the prisoners had escaped and he would be punished. But Paul stopped him by showing him that the prisoners were still there and converted his next European to Christianity.
Port of Kavala
Standing for long periods of time might occur. Non professional cameras allowed. Uneven surfaces and steps involved. Expect to climb 50+ steps.
Please consider your physical fitness when planning your private experience.
Cultural, Walking Tour
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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