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10-Day Journeys of Paul in Greece and Rome

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Itinerary

Day 1
Depart for Athens, Greece
Overnight flight to Athens, Greece. (D)
Day 2
Arrive Athens
Arrive in Athens, Greece. Tour group will be met at airport and assisted with arrival procedures. Enjoy a city tour via motor coach enroute to hotel. Free to relax or stroll along the streets of Athens for the remainder of day Dinner and overnight in Athens (D)
Day 3
Athens
We begin our day in Athens, the city with the most glorious history in the world. We begin at the magnificent Acropolis, the crown jewel of Greece! Our guided tour will take us to the Proplylaia, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, The Parthenon- the most famous surviving building of Ancient Greece-and Mars Hill-where the Apostle Paul confronted the idolatrous beliefs of the “Men of Athens” and delivered his famous speech about the identity of “the Unknown God.” (Acts 17). We will continue on to the Dionysus Theater, House of Parliament, and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Odeon of Herodes, and the ancient Agora (marketplace). Dinner and overnight in Athens. (B,D)
Day 4
Corinth & Mycenae
Following breakfast, we leave Athens for the ancient city of Corinth, the once glorious city near the Isthmus, where Paul met Aquila and Priscilla and spent a year and a half preaching the Word of God. Corinth is the city that inspired many of Paul’s most familiar letters, 1st & 2nd II Corinthians. Visit the Archaeological Museum, the Forum, the Temples and the famous Bema, where Paul stood before Gallio, accused by the Jews of Corinth. The ruins of this important cultural center are fascinating as we walk along the stone path that the Apostle Paul walked. After the visit to ancient Corinth we travel to Mycenae where the remains of the ancient city date back to the Bronze Age. Dinner and overnight in Athens. (B,D)
Day 5
Meteora
This morning we depart for Meteora, in Western Thessaly, where the world famous Byzantine monasteries perch precariously on top of rock pinnacles. These are built directly on the rock’s surface without foundations as such. Religious life, starting in the form of hermits’ dwellings, can be traced to around 1,000 AD. The first monastic community emerged in the 14th century, and was most successful during the 15th and 16th centuries. By the 17th century, the monastic population had dwindled to one-third of its original size. The monasteries represent a unique example of monastic life since the 14th century. We will have an opportunity to visit one or more of the monasteries. Dinner and overnight in Meteora. (B,D)
Day 6
Vergina, Veria (Berea), Thessalonica
Traveling north this morning, our first stop will be a visit to King Phillip’s (father of Alexander the Great) tomb in Vergina, one of the most outstanding finds in all of Greece. We soon begin touring picturesque Veria (Berea) and flourishing Thessaloniki, both important stops in the ministry of the Apostle Paul. In Veria, we will view the monument commemorating the site where Paul preached to the locals in AD 54. Paul visited Berea three times as did Silas and Timothy. In Thessaloniki, where Paul’s letters to them will come alive, we will tour the 5th-century Church of Agios Dimitrios, Greece’s largest church and renowned for stunning mosaics and frescoes and St. George’s Basilica, believed to be built over the synagogue where Paul preached. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki. (B,D)
Day 7
Thessalonica, Philippi, Kavala (Neapolis)
We begin the day by following the massive Byzantine wall to the citadel for a panoramic view of the city. Following the Apostle Paul today will include excursions to Phillippi and Kavala (Neopolis). Kavala, (ancient Neapolis) is one of the most attractive port towns in Greece and where Paul landed with his disciples, Timothy and Silas. Luke, the Evangelist, also came here from Troas. This ancient city of Neapolis was the first European city to accept Christianity. In Philippi, the first place in Europe where the apostle Paul and Silas preached, we will visit the ruins, the tribunal (Bema) where Paul was beaten, the prison where Paul and Silas were held in wooden stocks, and the small “Church of Lydia”, the stream where Paul baptized Lydia, the first Christian convert on European soil. See the famous Acropolis, the Market Place, Basilica, and the Theatre. We return to Thessalonica and visit St. Demetrius basilica, dedicated to a distinguished member of the Roman army and a martyred Christian convert before returning to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki. (B,D)
Day 8
Rome, Italy
This morning we fly to Rome, our home for the next two nights. In the afternoon, we begin our walking tour at the ancient Roman Forum and Mamertine Prison, where tradition says the Apostle Paul was imprisoned. The Roman church would say that Peter was imprisoned here as well and even today remains a site of pilgrimage. We visit the Coliseum, where thousands of people and animals perished during gladiatorial games. The Coliseum first opened in AD 80 and within 100 days of its opening, 5,000 wild beasts perished here. The slaughter of both humans and animals continued for three more centuries. Historians believe the Coliseum could hold between 40,000 and 80,000 people depending on how close the seating was. The floor has recently had a plank placed over the middle making it accessible for people to walk over the labyrinth of brick cells, ramps, and elevators used to transport animals and gladiators into the arena. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B,D)
Day 9
Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter Basilica, Scala Sancta, and Church of San Paulo Alla Regola
Our first visit this morning will be to the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel, the celebrated Chapel of the Popes and the venue of the Conclaves for Papal elections. It is one of the most splendid masterpieces in the history of world art and is well known around the world for its magnificent ceiling, beautifully decorated by Michelangelo. From here, we visit the 4th century Basilica of St. Paul Outside The Walls, the traditional site of Paul’s tomb, and the Scala Sancta, where Martin Luther made his stand against the practice of indulgences. This fascinating museum houses the Steps from Pilot’s Judgment Hall in Jerusalem reputedly, brought to Rome by St. Helena in the 4th Century. For centuries, the Scala Sancta has attracted Christian pilgrims who wished to honor the Passion of Jesus. Martin Luther climbed these steps on his knees in 1511. As he did so, the Holy Spirit, reminded him of the Bible verse, “The righteous shall live by faith.” In other words, it’s not by works that a person will get to heaven. This was a turning point in his life, as he placed his faith in God, rather than trying to earn his way to heaven. Our last visit today is to the Church of San Paola alla Regola, dedicated to St. Paul the Apostle. The Acts of the Apostles describe how St Paul was allowed to rent his own lodgings, and to hold assemblies where he instructed the first Christians at Rome, while waiting for the trial before the Emperor. Tradition claims that this church is built on the site where he lived and taught in this period, and it is believed that his room is preserved therein. Additional sites include the Arches of Constantine and Titus, Circus Maximums, and the beautiful marble monument called “the Wedding Cake”. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B,D)
Day 10
Depart for USA
Overnight flight back to the U.S.A

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Trip Cost

Plan Cost*

$1 – $500

   $59

$501 – $1,000

   $85

$1,001 – $1,500

 $155

$1,501 – $2,000

 $180

$2,001 – $3,000

 $300

$3,001 – $4,000

 $280

$4,001- $5,000

 $315

$5,001- $6,000

 $360

$6,001 – $7,000

 $410

$7,001 – $8,000

 $455

$8,001 – $9,000

 $505

$9,001 – $10,000

 $540

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Plan Benefits

Maximum Coverage Per Person (up to the limits below)

Trip Cancellation

100% of Insured Trip Cost

Trip Interruption

150% of Insured Trip Cost

Trip Delay

$1,000

Missed Cruise Connection

$1,000

Baggage & Personal Effects

$1,500

Baggage Delay

$250

Emergency Medical & Dental Expenses

$50,000

Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation

$250,000

24 Hour AD&D

$25,000

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