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North Metro Church 9-Day “In The Footsteps of Paul” with an Optional Greek Isle Cruise Extension –

Dates/Prices:

5-Star Accommodations
10/11/18 – 10/19/18
Land Only: $2,580.00
Air & Land: $3,732.00 – Atlanta, GA
Extensions:
Optional Greek Isle Cruise – $1,065.00

Led by: Pastor Rob McDowell
Description:

 

Price Includes

  • Domestic and International airfare (Coach) out of Atlanta, GA.  (THERE ARE SEATS LEFT THAT INCLUDES THE OPTIONAL GREEK ISLE CRUISE. THERE ARE NO REMAINING SEATS FOR THE MAIN TOUR PORTION ONLY)
  • 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 One-Way flight from Thessaloniki to Athens on Day-8
  • All transfers on sightseeing days 
  • New air conditioned motor coach
  • 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
  • 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
  • Single Supplement of $695 per person for those wanting to room alone or Faith Based Expeditions can not assign a roommate
  • Personal incidentals charged to hotel room Items of personal nature

Optional Extensions

Optional Greek Isle Cruise – $1,065.00
5-Star Accommodations. Friday, October 19th – Monday, October 22nd 2018

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Outside Cabins
  • Ephesus Excursion – Kusadasi, Turkey
  • 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 ship

TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Optional Travel Protection Insurance
  • Items of personal nature
  • Single Supplement of $350 per person for those wanting to room alone or Faith Based Expeditions can not assign a roommate

Documents

Itinerary

DAY 1: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2018 – DEPART USA FOR ATHENS, GREECE

DAY 2: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018 – 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, OCTOBER 13, 2018 – 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 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 continue onto the Dionysus Theater, House of Parliament, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Odeon of Herodes, and the ancient Agora (marketplace). Dinner and overnight in Athens.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2018 – CORINTH / MYCENAE
Following breakfast, we leave Athens for the ancient city of Corinth, the once glorious city nead 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 many of 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 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 will travel to Mycenae where the remains of the ancient city dating date back to the Bronze Age. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2018 – METEORA
This morning we depart for Meteora, in Western Thessaly, where the world famous Byzantine monasteries perch precariously on top of rock pinnacles. These monasteries are built directly on the rock’s surface without the usual foundations for buildings. 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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2018 – 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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2018 – 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 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. 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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2018 – THESSALONCA / ATHENS
Following breakfast, you will check out of the hotel to depart for the Thessaloniki Airport to catch their flight back to Athens. This day has no planned itinerary leaving you time to explore Athens on your own. Dinner and overnight in Athens.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018 –

ATHENS / RETURN FLIGHT TO USA OR DEPART FOR OPTIONAL GREEK ISLE CRUISE
Following breakfast, those travelers returning to the USA will be transferred to the Athens Airport for the return trip home. Those continuing on the OPTIONAL 4-Day/3-Night Greek Isle Cruise will be transferred to the Piraeus Port to board ship.

Breakfast

OPTIONAL 4-DAY/3-NIGHT GREEK ISLE CRUISE (including tour of Ephesus in Kusadasi, Turkey and the land excursion on Patmos)

DAY 9: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018 – CRUISE TO MYKONOS
This morning we motor coach to the Port of Piraeus to begin our cruise through 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. Dinner is served on board the ship.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (on board the ship)

DAY 9: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2018 – 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 also visit 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 where tradition holds that John, the disciple of Jesus, was exiled to 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 10: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2018 – 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 11: MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2018 – PIRAEUS / ATHENS AIRPORT / USA
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.

Breakfast (on board the ship)

 


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: This plan may not be purchased after you have made final payment for your covered Trip. 

Contact us to purchase.

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

To view/download the Policy based on your state of residence, go to: http://policy.travelexinsurance.com/APGB-1217

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