Travel along the footsteps of Apostle Paul on this 11-day, faith-based tour of Greece, and Turkey in the Mediterranean with special hosts Pastor Dan and Nova Kolander. We begin in Athens and then cruise throughout the Aegean Sea before returning to Athens. We will experience the Greek history and culture and learn more about early Christianity in some of the places associated with the missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul and the New Testament.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4- FLY TO ATHENS
We begin our trip with an overnight flight to Athens.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 - ARRIVE IN ATHENS
Welcome to Athens! We arrive this morning with a free day to relax or begin exploring Athens.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 - ATHENS
Your day is free to enjoy. Tonight we meet our Tour Director and traveling companions, then enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel to celebrate the start of your upcoming spiritual journey. (D)
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 - ATHENS-THESSALONIKA
Head north to Thessalonika this morning for guided sightseeing. Named after Alexander the Great’s sister, it figures prominently in the New Testament. This city was the center of Apostle Paul’s activities in northern Greece—where he preached, founded a church, and to whom he wrote his two Thessalonian epistles. St. Paul, whose name was originally Saul, was a Roman citizen and a Pharisee. He experienced a powerful vision that caused him to convert to Christianity while on the road to Damascus, and he was baptized with the name of Paul. He then started traveling through Macedonia, Greece, Italy, the Holy Land, and Spain to spread the Word and led a very adventurous life. Paul wrote a series of letters, known as the epistles, that are an integral part of the New Testament giving advice on how Christians should live. He died in Rome, beheaded by order of Emperor Nero, in 67 AD. (B, D)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 - THESSALONIKA
Today begins along Paul’s route via Amphipolis, a wealthy city in ancient Macedonia, where a large number of Christian churches were built in the 5th and 6th centuries. Next, travel to Philippi, a busy Roman colony with an impressive library and theater. It was here that Paul preached and established the first church in Europe, and to whom he wrote his Philippians epistle while imprisoned in Rome, in which he expressed great fondness for that community. Continue to Kavala, ancient port of Neapolis. (B, D)
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 - THESSALONIKA
This morning, stop in Veria (called Berea in the New Testament), where Paul and Silas were sent by friends after being accused of treason in Thessalonika. Visit the Bema of Apostle Paul, where he preached the gospel to the local community, then continue to Kalambaka, home to the awe-inspiring Meteora monasteries. (B, D)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 - KALAMBAKA
A real highlight is in store today. Situated atop soaring cliffs and rock faces, the Meteora monasteries create one of the most inspirational sites in the world. Visit the Holy Monastery of Varlaam, the second-largest of the monasteries, and the Holy Monastery of St. Stephen, which was bombed by the Nazis during WWII but later was reconstructed by nuns. Here, you will be introduced to the many historical and religious treasures. Return to Athens for an overnight. (B)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 - ATHENS-LAVRION/PIRAEUS (EMBARKATION) - MYKANOS
Awaken refreshed this morning and ready to begin your 3-night cruise around the Greek Isles and Turkey. Head first to mountainous Mykonos with its iconic windmills and brilliant whitewashed houses. Wander through the narrow winding streets, do a little shopping, or sit in a café to people-watch. (B, L, D)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 - CRUISING: KUSADASI, TURKEY
Visit the Turkish port of Kusadasi for an included excursion to the Ephesus Archaeological site, the former capital of the Roman province of Asia. Walk in the footsteps of Apostle Paul, who lived and preached here, and meditate on what life must have been like for the early Ephesian Christians in this pagan society. Also, see the House of Mary, where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her last days. Continue your cruise to the island of Patmos, the “Jerusalem of the Aegean,” where you can join an optional excursion to see the Monastery of St. John and the Cave of the Apocalypse; here John the Evangelist received the visions that he recorded in the Book of the Revelation during his exile. (B,L,D)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 - CRUISING: HERAKLION, CRETE-SANTORINI
First port of call today is Heraklion on Crete. An included excursion to nearby Knossos is available, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization and historic site of mythology’s tales about the Minotaur and the labyrinth. Afternoon call (weather permitting) at Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” The optional shore excursion takes you to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world’s most glorious panoramic views. (B,L,D)
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 - LAVRION/PIRAEUS (DISEMBARKATION) - CORINTH—ATHENS
Disembark and travel to Corinth to visit the Excavations, where Apostle Paul worked for 18 months and where he met his faithful followers Aquila and Priscilla. Learn about this ancient city-state and its early church community, which was the recipient of Paul’s two Corinthians epistles. Return to Athens for sightseeing that visits the Acropolis with the Parthenon and Areopagus, where Paul delivered his famous sermon about the identity of the “Unknown God.” Tonight, join your traveling companions for a final evening of fellowship and celebration at a farewell dinner at your hotel. (B,L,D)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 - ATHENS
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Return flight back home today after a wonderful discovery of early Christianity. (B)
|Pricing when booked by May 8, 2020|
Deposit: $750 per person
is required to confirm your reservation.
Final Payment: Due on or before June 12, 2020.
Cancellation Policy: Deposit is non-refundable.
After June 12, 2020, trip cost is non-refundable.
OPTIONAL GROUP AIRFARE
Group roundtrip airfare out of Chicago for $1325 includes motorcoach transfers to and from. Airfare from other departure cities is also available.
- Fully Escorted by Travel Leaders/Destinations Unlimited's Lori Nietert
- 10-night accommodations, taxes and luggage handling
- Transfers from airport to hotel, hotel to ship and ship to airport
- Sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary
- 10 full breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L) and 8 dinners (D) as specified
- Port fees and land taxes
- Onboard Gratuities
- Airfare (discounted group airfare available)
- Airline baggage fees
- Meals not listed in itinerary
- Tips and Gratuities
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