PAUL IN GREECE AND TURKEY

  • Duration:13 NIGHTS/14 DAYS
  • Highlights:Including the Churches of the Book of Revelation and a Greek Island Cruise
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Air NYC/Athens x Thessaloniki/NYC
    • First class accommodations
    • Outside cabins on a Royal Olympic Cruise Ship
    • English speaking tour escort
    • Meals and sightseeing as listed
    • Transportation by motor coach
    • Baggage handling
    • Select International travel bag and portfolio

DAY 1: DEPART U.S.A.

You’ll leave this evening on an overnight flight to Athens, Greece.

DAY 2: ATHENS

Welcome to Greece. You are greeted by your tour guide and transferred to the hotel. This afternoon embark on a city tour including a visit to the Agora where Paul preached. You also visit the Acropolis, to see the Parthenon, the theater of Dionyssos, the Temple of the Wingless Victory and other sights, which reflect the golden age of Greece. Overnight in Athens. (D.)

DAY 3: CORINTH

This morning visit ancient Corinth following closely the same route Paul took during his journey. In Corinth and Ephesus, Paul broke his pattern of preaching, setting up new church units and moving on. Due to Corinth’s location, Paul discovered he could spread his gospel more efficiently by staying in one place. Here he set up the first Christian church made up entirely of Gentiles. You visit the marketplace where Paul preached to the Corinthians, visit the Temple of Apollo and the Corinth Museum. Return to Athens this afternoon to enjoy exploring the town on your own. Overnight in Athens. (B.)

DAY 4: ATHENS-MYKONOS

You are transferred to Piraeus port today, where you board your cruise ship. The first stop is picture perfect Mykonos, with its white houses, chapels and windmills. (B.L.D.)

DAY 5: RHODES

Today the ship docks in Rhodes, the island Paul visited during his third journey, as he sailed toward Jerusalem. Tour Rhodes, the medieval city, where the Crusaders gathered before sailing to the Holy Land and the Knights of St. John built the magnificent town. Or take an optional tour to the majestic Acropolis of Lindos and the old town built by the Crusaders. (B.L.D.)

DAY 6:- PATMOS- KUSADASI- EPHESUS

Our first stop is the sacred island of Patmos, where John received the mystical Revelation which forms the last book of the New Testament. The optional excursion takes you to the Grotto of the Revelation, and the 11th century Monastery of St. John, (which houses the original script of the Gospel). In the afternoon the ship arrives in the colorful Turkish port of Kusadasi, where you disembark. Visit one of the Seven Churches, Ephesus, home of Temple of Diana, declared as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Here you see Mary’s House, and become a part of biblical history as you stand in the place where St. John wrote his Gospel. Tradition tells us that the Apostle accompanied  Mary to Ephesus, where they both lived and died. You visit the Basilica of St. John and the Ephesus Museum. Paul stayed in Ephesus for two-and-a- half years and was responsible for the great riot of Ephesus. In the afternoon visit Miletus where Paul predicted his own death. (B.L.D.)

DAY 7: LAODICEA- HIERAPOLIS- PAMUKKALE

Visit Laodicea, which was the seat of the Christian Church. As one of the Seven Churches of the Revelation the Christians were chastised here by Paul for being lukewarm. This area known as Pamukkale, is named for the limestone-laden hot springs which cascade from one white edged terrace pool to the next. You tour Hieropolis, Philip the Evangelist’s home and see some of the best preserved Roman ruins in the area, including the City Gates and the Amphitheater. Overnight in Pamukkale. (B.D.)

DAY 8: SMYRNA-THYATIRA-SARDIS-PHILADELPHIA

Continue to another of the Seven Churches, former Smyrna, now Izmir, where you see the Agora. Then also visit Thyatira, another of the Seven Churches, now famous for its hand made rugs. See the little village of Sardis, another of the Seven Churches. Philadelphia is also one of the Seven Churches and was referred to as “New Jerusalem”. This church remained the last bastion of Christianity in Anatolia, lasting until  the 14th century. Overnight in Pergamum. (B.D.)

DAY 9: PERGAMUM-TROAS

In Pergamum, the first Christians were executed by Romans. This was the most favored of the Seven Churches, and Christianity came here very early. Here parchment was developed replacing papyrus, and this was one of the foremost healing centers of the ancient world. A short distance away is Troas, where Paul had a vision in which he was called to Macedonia (Greece). From here he and his disciplines set out to convert Greece, still the intellectual capital of the world. Overnight in Canakkale. (B.D.)

DAY 10: TROY- ISTANBUL

See the city made famous in Homer’s poems, as the center of the Trojan War, including the legendary Trojan Horse. In the afternoon cross the Dardanellas, where you see Gallipoli, the famous site of the bloody World War I battle, then drive along the Sea of Marmara to Istanbul for overnight. (B. D.)

DAY 11: ISTANBUL

Our city tour includes the Byzantine Hippodrome, Topkapi the palace of the Sultan’s, Hagia Sophia, the magnificent former Christian Basilica, the Chora Church with its Byzantine artworks, the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar, with over 4000 little shops. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight Istanbul. (B.D.)

DAY 12: ISTANBUL-Turkish / Greek border – KAVALA

Morning departure for the Turkish-Greek border and the pretty port of Kavala. Here Paul preached with his disciples Timothy and Silas. Luke the Evangelist also came here from Troas. Overnight in Alexandroupolis, from where Alexander the Great set out to conquer the world, and where we see remains of original Christian Basilicas. (B.D.)

DAY 13: KAVALA–PHILIPPI–THESALONIKI

We start the day where Paul preached the first Evangelical Sermon in Philippi and Baptized the First European Christians. Here Paul and Silas were cruelly beaten, imprisoned and delivered from their bonds. Continue to the Macedonian capital of Thessaloniki, named after the sister of Alexander the Great. The earliest reference to the preaching of Jesus came from 1 Thessalonians, written by Paul about A.D. 50. The city tour includes the Cathedrals of St. Sophia and St. Dimitreous, White Tower, the Church of St. Nicholas and more. Overnight in Thessaloniki. (B.D.)

DAY 14: – RETURN TO THE U.S.A.

Transfer to the airport for your flight back home. (B.)

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