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12-Day Biblical Greece and Turkey

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Itinerary

Day 1
Monday – Depart USA

Overnight flight to Athens, Greece
Day 2
Tuesday – ARRIVE IN 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 time in the afternoon for relaxing or strolling through the city. Dinner and overnight in Athens. (D)
Day 3
Wednesday – Athens, Corinth
In the morning, 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). During the bus tour, see Constitution Square with the House of Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Temple of Zeus, the Old Olympic Stadium and the Neoclassical Buildings of Athens. In the afternoon, we continue to Ancient Corinth. This is 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. Visit the Archaeological Museum, the Forum, the Temples and the famous Bema, where Paul stood before Gallio, accused by the Jews of Corinth. Proceed on to Cenchreae, the little harbor from which Paul sailed back to Asia thus ending his second missionary journey. Return to Athens for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 4
Thurday -Athens, Meteora & Larissa
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 Larissa. (B, D)
Day 5
Friday – Veria (Berea), Thessalonica, Kavala
Today we travel to 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 Kavala. (B, D)
Day 6
Saturday – Kavala, Philippi, Greek-Turkish Border
This morning we leave Kavala, (ancient Neapolis) 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. Soon we arrive in Philippi, the first place in Europe where the apostle Paul and Silas preached where 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. We will also see the famous Acropolis, the Market Place, Basilica, and the Theatre. We continue to the Turkish border where we are transferred to a Turkish guide and motor coach. We drive through the battlefields of Gallipoli, central to WWI and cross the Dardanelles strait by ferry to the Asia Minor side of Turkey. Dinner and overnight in Canakkale. (B, D)
Day 7
Sunday – Canakkale, Troy, Pergamum, Akhisor (Thyatia) & Izmir (Smyrna)
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to legendary Troy- center of ancient civilizations and the site where the legendary Trojan War took place. It was from here that Paul set sail for Philippi. Crossing the legendary mountain Ida, we arrive in Pergamum to visit the incredible ruins of the Acropolis, famous for the Alter of Zeus (throne of Satan) and one of the Seven Churches of the Revelation of John. Continue to Thyatira. The longest of the seven letters in Revelation was written to Thyatira, also noted as the home of Lydia, a well to do purple dye merchant who gave lodging to Paul throughout his stay in Phillipi. Dinner and overnight in Izmir (Smyrna). (B, D)
Day 8
Monday – Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea & Pamukkale

This morning, we visit the ancient site of Smyrna, one of the Seven Churches of Revelations with the ruins of the ancient market place. We continue on to Sardis, another of the seven churches of Revelation. In earlier times, the city was the capital of the Lydian Kingdom ruled by legendary King Croesus. Here, we visit the extensive ruins of the temple of Athena, Roman period shops, a gymnasium and a synagogue. This morning we drive to Alasehir, a modern town descending from ancient Philadelphia. Attalos II, the king of Pergamum, established the city for his brother Eumenes and named it Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. Being one of the Seven Churches, Philadelphia enjoyed much praise for their Christian community. Here, we visit the remaining walls of the ancient cathedral. We continue our drive across the plain of Meander to the ruins of Laodicea. The letter addressing the church in Laodicea is the sternest of the seven letters, containing much reprimand, but no praise. Although there is no mention of heretics, persecutors and evildoers, the people of Laodicea were blamed for being “lukewarm”. Overnight in Pamukkale . (B,D)
Day 9
Tuesday – Hierapolis, Colossae, & Ephesus
We begin our day visiting the ancient city of Hierapolis, famous for its hot springs and natural white terraces formed by them. Hierapolis, part of the tri-city area with Colossae and Laodicea, was mentioned by Paul in his letter to the Colossians. The Roman period ruins, intertwined with the natural travertine formations offer a spectacular view. We will take time to walk among the ruins of the necropolis, see the ancient theater, and dip our feet into the hot springs. In the afternoon, we arrive to visit the extensive and magnificent 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. In Ephesus, we will also enjoy visits to the last house of the Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St. John. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. (B, D)
Day 10
Wednesday – Istanbul
Early morning transport to Izmir for short flight to Istanbul. Upon arriving in Istanbul, we head off to visit the St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia), the greatest church in ancient Byzantium, the Blue Mosque, built 1609 and known for the blue tiles adorning the interior walls and for six minarets that tower over the skyline and the Church of St. Savior, famous for its mosaics. Later in the day we enjoy a cruise on the Bosphorus sailing along the European and Asian shores. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul. (B, D)
Day 11
Thursday –
Istanbul- Athens, Greece After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a guided tour to Topkapi Palace – royal residence of the Ottoman Sultans from 1465-1856. Enjoy seeing the Sultan’s Treasure and the vast porcelain collection. Afternoon at leisure before transfer to airport for flight to Athens, Greece. Dinner and overnight in Athens. (B,D)
Day 12
Friday – Depart for U.S.A.
Overnight flight to U.S.A.

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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