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Paul Footsteps in Greece and Turkey and Rome 13 days

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Day 1 – (Thu): DEPART USA

Depart from the USA for a transatlantic flight to Athens. Flight is not included in our price list.

 

Day 2 – (Fri): ARRIVAL ATHENS - EMBARKATION

Arrive in Athens. Meet and greet at the airport. Drive to Piraeus Port and embark your cruise ship, enjoying the fellowship of other Christians and excellent teaching.

 

Day 3 – (Sat): THESSALONIKI - VERIA

Thessaloniki-Visit the Walls, The House of Jason where Paul lived and the Agora where he preached. Continue to Veria-ancient Beroea- to the memorial commemorating Paul's preaching to the local Jews in 54 AD.

 

Day 4 – (Sun): KAVALA - PHILIPPI

Kavala (ancient Neapolis), the site where Paul, Timothy and Silas landed on the coast of Thrace. From there, visit Philippi where Paul lived, preached and was imprisoned and the Baptistery of Lydia, where the first baptism on European soil took place.

 

Day 5 – (Mon): ISTANBUL

In the morning we arrive in Istanbul, one of the world's greatest historic cities. Formerly Byzantium, the center of the Eastern Roman Empire, this city is built on seven green hills and situated astride two continents. East meets West in every way. We visit the Sultan Ahmed (Blue) Mosque with its six minarets, and St. Sofia, converted to a mosque from a Christian basilica after the fall of Constantinople in 1453.

 

Day 6 – (Tue): DIKILI - PERGAMON

A tour from Dikili (our port) is to Pergamon, the great city of Bergama and a city of the Book of Revelation. It is one of the best-preserved ancient sites in Turkey.

 

Day 7 – (Wed): KUSADASI - EPHESUS - MILETUS

Arrive at Kusadasi. Visit Ephesus, the most impressive archeological site in Turkey, including the Great Amphitheater where Paul spoke to the Ephesians. An afternoon tour to Miletus, where Paul delivered his touching farewell address the elders of Ephesus and predicted his death, for those wishing to visit the place.

 

Day 8 – (Thu): PATMOS

Patmos, the "Holy Island" for the Christian faith. This is the place where the apocalyptic Revelation of John was written during his exile from the Roman Empire. We visit the cave and the monastery of St. John.

 

Day 9 – (Fri): DISEMBARKATION - ATHENS - CORINTH

Disembark the cruise ship and begin the tour of Athens. Visit among other masterpieces of the "Golden Age" the Acropolis, the agora and the Mars Hill where Paul taught. Continue to ancient Corinth. Visit the ruins of the ancient city where Paul worked. See the remains of first-century shops, the agora where Paul was on trial at the Bema, the Fountain of Peirene, Temple of Apollo and visit the museum. Drive to Patras port to embark the ferry to Bari, Italy.

 

Day 10 – (Sat): POMPEII - ROME

Disembark the ferry ship and begin the tour of Pompeii, where you will visit the spectacular ruins that were covered by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The city remained buried and undiscovered for almost 1500 years until excavation began in 1748. These excavations continue today, providing insight into life during the Roman Empire. Drive to Rome for overnight.

 

Day 11 –(Sun): IMPERIAL ROME

This morning you will discover Imperial Rome. Paul wrote to the Christians of Rome and he eventually went there where his ministry continued, although he was technically a prisoner. You will experience the glory of Imperial Rome when you visit the Coliseum, famous as a place of spectacle and death. Gladiators died here as thousands looked on. See the Circus Maximus, built during the reign of Nero. This huge stadium was able to seat 250,000 spectators for chariot races and other spectacles. See the Roman Forum, an ancient meeting place, market place, religious and political centre. View the Arch of Titus that commemorates Titus' conquest of Judea. You'll visit the Mamertina Prison, where it is believed that both Peter and Paul were imprisoned.

 

Day 12 – (Mon): CHRISTIAN ROME

You will discover the Vatican Museum, home to many of the world's masterpieces. Enter the Sistine Chapel and view Michelangelo's frescoes, which have been restored to their full, colorful glory. Tour St. Peter's Basilica where Michelangelo's "Pieta" -- the only work signed by the master -- will be just one of many highlights. Travel along the famous Apian Way. Walk through the Catacombs of San Sebastiano. Visit Tre Fontane, where Apostle Paul was beheaded. Walk through Via Del Corso, Piazza de Spagnia, and enjoy the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Piazza Navona.

 

Day 13 –(Tue): DEPARTURE

Transfer to the airport and fly back home. Arrive home.

 

INCLUDING:

  • All shore excursions
  • 7 nights cruise on Full Board basis (breakfast, lunch, dinner daily)
  • 1 night in Athens, in a 4 star Hotels on Half Board basis (breakfast and dinner)
  • Athens and Corinth Tour
  • Ferry to Bari, Italy
  • 3 nights in Rome in Standard First class hotel
  • All tours in Rome
  • Airport and port Transfers


NOT INCLUDING:

Port charges, Tips, Travel Insurance and Cruise Fuel surcharge.

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Testimonials from our Travelers

Hi Sara,

What a wonderful time Ken and I had in Israel. It was such an overwhelming spiritual and emotional experience. Our tour guide, Joam , was a wealth of Israel history. He provided us with sites and information that took us back in time. It was amazing!  It was also very nice to meet your brother at our last dinner together.

The renewal of our 50th marriage vows in Cana was extraordinary, especially the little party of wine and sweets after the ceremony. Going that extra mile was appreciated.

Pastor Giles showed us everyday what a good shepherd he is by being concerned with his flock of people 24 hours a day X 10 days. He was always there ready to help each and everyone who needed help. We experienced that when our luggage was tagged, by the check in person in Israel, to go straight to Raleigh. So when we landed in JFK Ken and I started toward the AA terminal. However, we did not realize that instead our luggage landed at JFK. Pastor Giles saw our luggage, phoned us, and told us he would make sure that our luggage went to Raleigh. He didn't have to do that, the tour was over, and that was our responsibility.  Instead, he again took care of us just like a good shepherd.  What a glorious ending to our tour when we saw our luggage coming down the carousal. Thank you ABBA and Pastor Giles.

We sincerely thank everyone involved in our trip.
Ken and Pat Kasprzyk