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11-Day Greece-In the Steps of Paul

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Itinerary

Day 1
FRIDAY

DEPART USA for ATHENS, GREECE

Overnight flight to Athens, Greesce
Day 2
SATURDAY

ARRIVE IN ATHENS

Arrive in Athens, Greece. The tour group will be met at the airport and assisted with arrival procedures. Enjoy a city tour in route to the hotel. Free to relax at the hotel or stroll along the streets of Athens for the remainder of the day. Dinner and overnight in Athens.

Dinner
Day 3
SUNDAY

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). Afternoon may be free to explore Athens on own or enjoy an optional journey (additional fee not included) to Cape Sounion to visit the famous Temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. The ruins are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea. Dinner and overnight in Athens.

Breakfast,Dinner
Day 4
MONDAY

THESSALONIKI via OLYMPUS MOUNTAINS

Today, in the shadows of the Olympus Mountains, we travel to Thessaloniki, second largest city in Greece and the capital of Macedonia. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5
TUESDAY

AMPHIPOLIS, PHILIPPI, KAVALA (NEAPOLIS

Following the Apostle Paul today will include excursions to Amphipolis, Philippi, and Kavala (Neopolis). The Apostle Paul traveled through Amphipolis on his way to Thessaloniki around 49-50 C.E. (Acts 17:1). Christianity eventually became a major force here and the city became home to at least five impressive churches in the 5th and 6th centuries. In Philippi (Acts 16:9-40), 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. In Kavala (ancient Neopolis) (Acts 16:9-11), one of the most attractive port towns in Greece from where Paul sailed, visited and preached. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6
WEDNESDAY

THESSALONIKA, VERIA
(BEREA)

Today finds us touring picturesque Veria (Berea) and flourishing Thessaloniki, both important stops in the ministry of the Apostle Paul. In Veria, (Beria-Acts 17: 10-15), 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, 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. (Acts 17:11) Time permitting we plan to also visit the church of Ayia Sophia. Continue to Kalambaka for dinner and overnight.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7
THURSDAY

METEORA, DELPHI

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. We then continue on to scenic Delphi, the religious center of the ancient Greek world. Delphi, in ancient times was considered the center of the known world, the place where heaven and earth met and the place on earth where man was closest to God. It is said that the sun god established an oracle at the spring, promising to provide counsel to all who needed it. The oracle of Delphi was a spiritual experience whereby the spirit of Apollo was asked for advice on critical matters relating to people’s lives or affairs of the state. Located at the navel of the world and personally blessed by Apollo, Delphi was the holiest site in the world for the ancient Greeks As a place of pilgrimage, Delphi evolved to host a conglomerate of cultural activities, ranging from poetry reading and theatrical plays, to athletic events similar to the Olympics, We will walk along The Sacred Way, which leads to the Temple of Apollo, passing the treasuries and monuments that commemorate great events. In ancient times this road was lined with statues and gifts given in tribute to Apollo in thanks for victories in battle. We will visit the Delphi Museum to view many ancient treasures, the most famous being the 5th century bronzed Charioteer. Overnight in Athens.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8
FRIDAY

Optional 3-DAY GREEK ISLE CRUISE – CRUISE TO MYKONOA

This morning we motor coach to the Port of Piraeus to begin our cruise to some of the Greek Isles. Weather and time permitting there will be a short stop at Mykonos with its dazzling white houses, narrow paved streets, shops and windmills.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (on board the ship)
Day 8
FRIDAY

DEPART FOR THE USA

**Those going on the Optional 3-Day Cruise will depart after breakfast for the cruise ship.
Day 9
SATURDAY

RHODES

Our ship enters the port of Rhodes, largest island of the Dodecanese, which was once dominated by Colossus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Optional Excursion (price not included) Tour of Rhodes and Lindos: Drive along the southeastern coastline to Lindos, the most important of the three great cities of ancient times, overlooking the Aegean Sea and St Paul’s Bay. A natural harbor, the bay became a refuge for St. Paul’s ship during a storm in 58 AD. His arrival led to the establishment of Christianity on Rhodes. There is free time for wandering Lindos, a picturesque, ancient village with its Acropolis towering above, before driving back to the City of Rhodes. There is time for a walking tour through Medieval Rhodes Old Town-the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (on board the ship)
Day 10
SUNDAY

KUSADASI/EPHESUS, TURKEY, PATMOS, GREECE

Early morning arrival in Kusadasi, a lovely Turkish port and gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus. An optional Excursion to Ancient Ephesus (fee is not included in the cruise price): we take a short drive to visit the extensive ruins of Ephesus- famed for the Temple of Artemis, the Letter to the Ephesians that St. Paul wrote, and as one of the seven churches of Asia cited in the Book of Revelation. Spending time walking among the ruins, we will view ancient monuments such as the Forum, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the Thermal Bath of Scolastika and the Great Theatre, built in the Greek era and reconstructed in the Roman period. Walk along the amazing Arcadian Way, where once Mark Anthony and Cleopatra rode in procession. On this excursion we will also visit the Church of the Virgin Mary and St. John’s Church built by Justinian in 527-565. We will set sail for Patmos arriving about 4:00 pm. On Patmos, Optional Excursion (fee is not included in the cruise price) to the Monastery and Grotto of St John. Departing the port of Skala by motor coach you will enjoy the short drive up to the Monastery of St John, which has been magnificently built within the walls of a strong fortification. Walk uphill towards the entrance of the Monastery; view the courtyard, the Monks’ dining room and the main church with its outstanding frescoes and the small but beautiful museum. Continue on to the nearby Grotto of the Apocalypse where above stands the church of the Apocalypse. Once inside the grotto, see the silver niches in the wall that mark the pillow and ledge used as a desk by St. John as he wrote the Book of Revelations, and view the three-fold crack made by the Voice of God. A full & unforgettable day!

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (on board the ship)
Day 11
MONDAY

PIRAEUS, CORINTH, ATHENS, GREECE

Morning arrival at Port of Piraeus for day trip to Corinth. A scenic drive along the Saronic Gulf across the Corinth Canal through rolling vineyards to ancient Corinth, the most beautiful & frivolous city of Roman Greece! While in Corinth we visit the Bema and remember Paul’s trial and ministry. This is followed by a visit to the temple of Apollo, the Agora (ancient market place), museum, and the Fountain of Peirene. We then transfer to the Athens airport for your flight home.

Breakfast

Insurance Info

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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

*Rates a Subject to Changes. Add $3/day for trips 31-120 days.

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

Travel Assistance & Concierge Services**

Included

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