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Apostles Church 12-Day “In the Footsteps of Paul” Tour in Greece Including a Greek Isle Cruise
with Optional Rome, Italy extension

Dates/Prices:

5-Star Accommodations
05/21/20 – 06/04/20
Land Only: $4,120.00
Air & Land: $5,685.00 – Atlanta, GA
Extensions:
OPTIONAL ROME, ITALY EXTENSION – $2,395.00

Led by: Mike Slaughter and Jimmy Goolsby
Description:
PAYMENT SCHEDULE PASSENGERS PAYMENT
At the Time of Registration All Passengers $500 per person
180 Days Prior to the Departure Date Greek Isle Cruise Deposit
$150 per person
120 Days Prior to the Departure Date Greek Isle Cruise Deposit
$150 per person
100 Days Prior to the Departure Date All Passengers Final Tour Balance

Price Includes

ESTIMATE: Domestic and International airfare (Coach) out of Atlanta, GA

**Pricing for round-trip airfare from Atlanta, GA will not be available until LATE JUNE 2019. In LATE JUNE 2019, we will update the tour webpage (if needed) to reflect the tour price with LAND AND AIR COMBINATION. Those who have registered for the tour, will be notified if the LAND AND AIR COMBINATION price has been revised.

5-Star hotel accommodations

Meeting at the Athens, Greece Venizelos Airport on arrival and departure

Ground transfer from Athens, Greece Venizelos Airport to the Athens Hotel upon arrival

Ground transfer from the Athens Hotel back to the Athens, Greece Venizelos Airport for those not going on the Rome, Italy Extension
Outside Cabins on-board the cruise shipGround transfer from hotel to cruise port
Ephesus Excursion – Kusadasi, Turkey
Crete Excursion
Patmos Excursion – Isle of Patmos
Unlimited non-alcohol drink package on board the ship
Port Taxes and gratuity
English speaking licensed guide for all transfers & sightseeing days
Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board the cruise ship
One-Way flight from Thessaloniki to Athens
Entrance fees for sites indicated in the Itinerary
Daily buffet breakfast and dinner in hotels as indicated in the itinerary

6 Lunches and gratuity for lunches on the main land tour
Gratuity for driver, guide and hotel staff
Bottled water on board the motor coach
Headset for each tour participant

Price Does Not Include

Domestic or International airfare for LAND ONLY travelers
Optional Travel Protection Insurance

Optional Sites not included in itinerary that have entrance fees
All beverages including alcoholic beverages
 on the Land Only portion (excluding the bottled water on board the bus)
Single Supplement Fee of $895 per person for those requesting to room alone or if a roommate cannot be assigned
Personal incidentals charged to hotel room
Items of personal nature

Optional Extensions

OPTIONAL ROME, ITALY EXTENSION – $2,395.00
5-Star Accommodations. Monday, June 1st – Thursday, June 4th 2020

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES: OPTIONAL ROME, ITALY EXTENSION

  • 5-star hotel accommodations
  • One-way flight from Athens, Greece to Rome, Italy
  • Ground Transfer from the Rome, Italy Airport to the Group Hotel
  • Gratuity for driver, guide and hotel staff
  • 3 lunches and gratuity for lunch as indicated in the tour itinerary (not including beverages)
  • Luxury air-conditioned motor coach
  • Departure transfers to the Rome Airport
  • Entrance fees to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican Museums and Catacombs
  • Headset for each traveler
  • Daily buffet breakfast and dinner in hotels as indicated in the itinerary
  • Porterage at hotels

TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: OPTIONAL ROME, ITALY EXTENSION

  • Any additional cost imposed by our suppliers or Government VAT tax increase
  • Fuel Surcharge imposed by the airlines
  • Hotel cost for any traveler departing after 11:00 AM on June 4, 2020 for those on the Rome, Italy Extension
  • Optional Travel Protection Insurance
  • Optional sites not included in itinerary that have entrance fees
  • All beverages including alcoholic beverages
  • Personal incidentals charged to hotel room
  • Items of personal nature
  • Single Supplement Fee of $750 per person for those requesting to room alone or if a roommate cannot be assigned

Documents

Itinerary

DAY 1: THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2020 – DEPART USA FOR ATHENS, GREECE  

DAY 2: FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2020 – ARRIVAL INTO 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: SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2020 – ATHENS
We begin our day in Athens, the city with the most glorious history in the world!  We start our day at the magnificent Acropolis, the crown jewel of Greece. Our guided tour will take us to the Propylaia, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, The Parthenon – the most famous surviving building of Ancient Greece.  We will climb 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 continue on to the Dionysus Theater, House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the ancient Agora (marketplace). Dinner and overnight in Athens.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2020 – 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 Pricilla and spent a year and a half preaching the Word of God. Corinth is the city that inspired Paul’s most famous letters 1st and 2nd Corinthians. We will visit the Archaeological Museum, the Forum, the Temples and the famous Bema, where Paul stood before Gallio, accused of sacrilege 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. Leaving Corinth, we will travel to Mycenae to tour the remains of the ancient city dating back to the Bronze Age (1700-1100 BC). Return to our hotel in Athens for dinner and overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: MONDAY, MAY 25, 2020 – KALAMBAKA (METEORA)
This morning we depart Athens for Meteora (“suspended rocks”) in Western Thessaly where world-famous Byzantine monasteries perch precariously on top of these rock pinnacles. First used as a religious retreat by hermits in AD 985 followed by the building of a small church in the 14th century, 23 monasteries were eventually built upon these vertical rock faces.  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 or nunneries. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: TUESDAY, MAY 26,  2020 – VERIA (BEREA) / VERGINA / THESSALONIKI
Traveling north this morning, our first stop will be a picturesque Veria (Berea). 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. We then head to Vergina, one of the most outstanding archeological finds in all of Greece to see the museum of King Phillip’s (father of Alexander the Great) tomb and incredible ancient artifacts. Leaving Vergina, we continuing to Thessaloniki, where Paul’s letters to them will come alive, (time permitting) we will tour the 5th-century Church of Agios Dimitrios, the largest church in Greece and renowned for stunning mosaics and frescoes. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2020 – THESSALONIKI / PHILIPPI / KAVALA (NEAPOLIS)
We begin the day by following the massive Byzantine wall to the citadel for a panoramic view of the city of Thessaloniki.   Following the Apostle Paul today will include excursions to Philippi 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.  Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 

DAY 8: THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020 –  THESSALONIKI / ATHENS
Following breakfast, we check out of the hotel and depart for the Thessaloniki Airport for our return flight to Athens. This day has no planned itinerary leaving time to explore Athens on your own. Dinner and overnight in Athens. 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2020 – CRUISE TO MYKONOS
This morning we motor coach to the Port of Piraeus to begin our cruise through the Greek Isles. Weather permitting, there will be a late afternoon stop at Mykonos to see the dazzling white houses, narrow paved streets, shops and windmills. Dinner is served on board the ship.

Breakfast (in the hotel before check out), Lunch, Dinner (on board the ship)

DAY 10: SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2020 – KUSADASI / EPHESUS, TURKEY- PATMOS, GREECE
Early morning arrival in Kusadasi, a lovely Turkish port and gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus. Excursion to Ancient Ephesus (fee is included in the cruise price) to visit the extensive ruins.  Paul visited Ephesus on his second and third missionary journeys and spent 2 years preaching there.  Spending time walking among the ruins, we will view ancient monuments such as the Forum, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Artemis, and the Great Theatre.  Walk along the amazing Arcadian Way, where once Mark Anthony and Cleopatra rode in procession. This is truly an impressive site giving eloquent testimony to this important and grand city of ancient Asia Minor.   On this excursion, we will pass by the Church of the Virgin Mary and The Church of St. John the Theologian built by Justinian in 527-565. Early afternoon, we set sail for Patmos, Greece, the island to where tradition holds that John, the disciple of Jesus, was exiled by the Roman government on account of his Christian faith and from where he wrote the book of Revelation. Arriving about 4:00 pm, our excursion on Patmos (fee is included in the cruise price) departs the port of Skala by motor coach for the short drive up to the Monastery of St. John, which has been magnificently built within the walls of a strong fortification. We will walk uphill toward the entrance of the Monastery for a view of the courtyard, the Monks’ dining room and the main church with its outstanding frescoes and small but beautiful museum. We will continue on to the nearby Cave of the Apocalypse, the traditional site for the writing of the book of Revelation. Once inside the cave, see the silver niches in the wall that mark the pillow and ledge used as a desk by John as he wrote Revelation and view the three-fold crack made by the Voice of God. A full & unforgettable day! Dinner served onboard ship.   

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (on board the ship)

DAY 11: SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2020 – CRETE (HERAKLION) / SANTORINI
Early morning, our ship enters Heraklion, the port city and capital of Crete.  Enjoy a short stroll on your own along the pedestrian streets that have plenty of local color and character. Leaving at lunchtime, we sail to the stunning island of Santorini (Thira).  This island offers one of the most appealing natural spectacles in the entire Mediterranean Sea.  Sailing into the flooded crater of its volcano, we see two dazzling white towns perched high on the cliffs.    Walk up the 600 steps or take the cable car to the top then enjoy strolling the footpaths through the quaint town and along the cliff.   Dinner served onboard the ship.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (on board the ship)

DAY 12: MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2020 – PIRAEUS / ATHENS AIRPORT / USA or ROME, ITALY EXTENSION
Early this morning we disembark the ship at the Athens Port of Piraeus and transfer to the Athens Airport for return flight back to the USA.

** THOSE GOING ON THE OPTIONAL ROME, ITALY EXTENSION WILL GO TO THE AIRPORT TO CATCH THE FLIGHT TO ROME, ITALY.

Breakfast (on board the ship)

OPTIONAL ROME, ITALY EXTENSION

DAY 12: MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2020 – ROME, ITALY: COLOSSEUM / TREVI FOUNTAIN, FORUM
After breakfast, we transfer to Athens Airport for our flight to Rome. We are met by our Italian representative and transferred to our motor coach for our sightseeing tour of this eternal city. Driving through the main streets of Rome, marvel at the monuments of this great capital. We will enjoy  a visit  to the Coliseum, which symbolizes the eternity of the Roman civilization, the Forum and the Piazza Venezia, dominated by the imposing monument to Vittorio Emanuel II. Before arriving at our hotel, we stop near the Fontana di Trevi, where, following tradition, one must toss a coin into the fountain, promising a return to Rome! Dinner and overnight in Rome. 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13: TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2020 – VATICAN / SISTINE CHAPEL / BASILICA OF ST. PETER
Our first visit 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, visit the Basilica of St. Peter, the largest church in the world overlooking the enormous Piazza San Pietro. Dinner and overnight in Rome. 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2020 – CATACOMBS / ST. JOHN LATERAN / SAN PIETRO IN VINCOLI / ST. PETER IN CHAINS
Today we enjoy our sightseeing which will include a special visit to the Catacombs to explore tunnels and see the carvings on the walls from early Christians. From here we visit the Basilica of St. John Lateran, dedicated to John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome, the Pope and known as “Cathedral of Rome and of the World as well as Mamertine Prison-where Paul spent his last imprisonment.  Conclude our day with a stop to see St. Peter in Chains, a minor basilica that houses St. Peter’s chains and The Church of St. Paul Outside the Wall which is the traditional burial site of Paul.   Dinner and overnight in Rome. 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15: THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2020- DEPART FOR U.S.A.
Following breakfast, we check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for return flight home.

Breakfast

Insurance Info

Insurance Info

Optional Travel Protection Information

We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your trip investment! We realize that overseas travel is expensive, and while we do all that we can to ensure a safe and flawless trip, there are circumstances that cannot be controlled. Consider Travel Protection for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For your convenience, Faith Based Expeditions offers a travel protection plan, 360 Adult Group Premier, provided by Travelex Insurance Services. 

Trip Cost

Plan Cost*

$0

   $37

$1 – $500

   $68

$501 – $1,000

   $99

$1,001 – $1,500

 $137

$1,501 – $2,000

 $177

$2,001 – $3,000

 $239

$3,001 – $4,000

 $316

$4,001- $5,000

 $397

$5,001- $6,000

 $472

$6,001 – $7,000

 $550

$7,001 – $8,000

 $629

$8,001 – $9,000

 $706

$9,001 – $10,000

 $783

$10,001 – $11,000

$887

$11,001 – $12,000

$970

$12,001 – $13,000

$1,053

$13,001 – $14,000

$1,136

$14,001 – $15,000

$1,219

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

Travel Assistance & Concierge Services**

Included

Please note: If Travel Protection is purchased after the group final payment due date, then any pre-existing conditions will not apply.  

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For questions regarding benefits or coverages, please contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888-574-7026 and reference plan number APGB-1217.

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