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Ancient Greece and Turkey: The Classical and Biblical Sites
11 Days Tour – Including 3 Days Cruise

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PACKAGE FEATURES:
- Round-trip air from Your City, Your State. to Athens, Greece and back
- Deluxe private air-conditioned motorcoach with an English speaking tour guide
- Accommodations in Superior Tourist Class Hotels (4 & 5 Stars) on double occupancy
- Breakfast and Dinner served daily (per itinerary)
- Athens by Night tour and a local Farewell dinner and live music at a typical Taverna
- 6-Days touring by land in the Footsteps of St. Paul
- 3-Day cruise to the Greek islands and Ephesus aboard a cruise ship in Ocean View Cabins, all meals included on board
- Shore excursion package at: Ephesus, Patmos, Heraklion, Santorini
- Hotel tax and service charges included
- Porterage of one suitcase per person included
- All entrance fees included as per itinerary
- All transfers included as per itinerary
- Deluxe Free gifts package to every traveler

 

St. Paul’s missionary journeys took him to great distances. From Syria through Turkey, and along the Greek coast, as he spread the good news in rich trading centers on his prayerful missions. In the shadows of the Parthenon, St. Paul addressed the people of Athens about the “Unknown God.” Follow in his footsteps and retrace the roots of early Christianity. Ephesus, where St. Paul made his European headquarters for two years. Patmos, which is known as the site of the Revelation of St. John Divine, Heraklion, Delphi and Corinth. This historical and spiritual tour will give you new perspective on the Church, as you learn about its earliest days, and the lives of the first Christians.

 

Day 1 – WEDNESDAY – Depart USA

Depart for your Transatlantic flight to Athens. Enjoy hot dinner and entertainment aboard the airplane.

 

Day 2 – THURSDAY - Athens

Arrival at Athens Airport. Meet and greet by our representative and board the bus for the Transfer to Athens Center where we will start immediately with our half day Athens City Tour – the birthplace of democracy. Including: Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the memorial for the Unknown Soldier and the University, the Academie and the National Library. Driving down Herodes Atticus Street you will see the Avzones in their picturesque uniforms and the Presidential Palace. On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Panathenaic Stadium (where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896), the Temple of Olympia Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. On the Acropolis mount, you will visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylee, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally the Parthenon – the monument, which “puts order in the mind” and “is the harmony between matter and spirit.” We end the Tour at your Hotel. Remaining of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Hotel in Athens (D)

 

Day 3 – FRIDAY – Cruise to Myconos

After breakfast transfer to the Port of Piraeus and embark on a Three Days Cruise. Sailing at about 11.00 AM. At about 6.00 PM Arrive at Port of Myconos, famous for its nightlife and the windmills. After purchasing a shuttle bus ticket (about 8 Euro, not included in the trip price), we will take a Private Guided Walking tour, stroll around the narrow stonepaved streets lined by cubic white houses built in the Cycladic manner. Afterwards we can shop or enjoy a drink in one of the many waterfront cafes in ”Little Venice.” At about 10.00 PM Depart Myconos on the cruise ship (B, L, D)

 

Day 4 – SATURDAY – Cruise to Kusadasi (Ephesus) and Patmos

Early morning arrival arrive in Kusadasi at about 7:00 AM. Disembark, meet guide and bus for a Half Day Tour of Ephesus. Tour of the Greek, Roman and Byzantine ruins of Ephesus, one of the world’s finest archaeological sites. Walk through history along marble street lined with public buildings, the Arcadian Way, the splendid façade of the library of Celsus, the Baths of Scolastic, Hadrian’s Temple, Temple of Artemis – one of the Seven Wonders in the Ancient World. We will also visit the House of Mary nearby and return to the ship by noon time and sail to Patmos. At about 4:00 PM. arrive to the island of Patmos; considered a holy island for the Christian religion. It was here in Patmos where John the Divine, while in exile, wrote the Apocalyptic Revelations, which constitute the last part of the New Testament. Disembark and meet with our Guide and bus. The Half Day tour takes you to the monastery of St. John, which still keeps its character of a medieval fortress. Inside the walls you will be able to admire the Byzantine wealth of the Christian Orthodox religion while from its high ground you will have the most stunning panoramic view of the luminous sea. After the visit of St. John Monastery we proceed to the Grotto – the Holy Cave of Apocalypse where St John is said to have had the vision of fire and brimstone and dictated the book of Revelation. Return to the Port of Patmos – free time. Departure around 9:00 PM from Patmos on the Cruise vessel. (B, L, D)

 

Day 5 – SUNDAY – Cruise to Heraklion and Santorini

In the morning arrive at Heraklion, Crete, where you can choose to visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos, home to king Minos and his legendary beast, the Minotaur. In the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion you can find the unbelievable works of art (pieces of sculpture and pottery, jewellery, arms, frescoes), that have been found in a number of Minoan sites all over Crete. Then, sail north to the isle of Santorini, the most breathtaking of all the Greek islands. Santorini has a Mediterranean flair and is a famous vacation resort. Disembark the cruise ship and meet with our Guide and start the PrivateWalking Tour of the town and its magnificent island views. Take the cable car up the mountain for an elevated view of the Mediterranean Sea and the Santorini Island (ticket cost of about 8 Euro is not included in the trip cost). Afterwards you will have free time to shop or enjoy the many stores and coffee shops. The ship departs in the evening from the port in Santorini. (B, L, D)

 


Day 6
– MONDAY – Ancient Corinth and Athens

You arrive in Piraeus, Athens, early in the morning and, after breakfast, you disembark and begin your trip to Ancient Corinth. This is the once glorius city near the Isthmus, where Paul met Aquilla and Priscilla and spent a year and a half working and preaching the Gospel. You visit the Archaeological Museum, the Forum, the Temples and the famous Bema, where Paul stood before Gallio accused by the Jews of Corinth. Then, you drive to Cenchreae, the little harbour Paul sailed back to Asia from, thus ending his second missionary journey. Afterwards return to Athens for your Athens sightseeing tour. Admire the architectural miracles of ancient Athens, as you follow your guide to the world renown Acropolis, to see the Propylea, the Erectheum and the Parthenon. Visit Mars Hill, where Paul delivered his ingenious speech on the “Unknown God”. View the Agora, the ancient center of the economic and public life of the city, where Paul preached to the skeptical Athenians. During the bus tour, you 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. Dinner and overnight in Athens. (B, D)

 

Day 7 – TUESDAY – Veria and Thessaloniki

Your journey in the mainland of Greece begins with the drive from Athens to Thessaloniki. On the way, you view the famous Thermopylae Pass, the beautiful Valley of Tembi, the legendary mountain Olympus and the Byzantine Castle of Platamonas. You arrive at Veria, where you visit the Bema of the apostle Paul. Continue to Thessaloniki, dinner and overnight. (B, D)

 

Day 8 – WEDNESDAY – Philippi and Kavala

After our complimentary breakfast at the hotel we begin our full day excursion. In the morning - Travel east by coach, pass Apollonia to arrive at Amphipolis and visit part of the extensive site, including the North Wall. See both Beta and Gamma gates, and the remains of Strymon Bridge. View the 4th century B.C. Lion Statue that was prominent on the ancient Egnatian Way that St. Paul would have travelled. Afterwards we continue to the City of Kavala and stop nearby the harbour of Kavala (biblical Neapolis), St. Paul’s gateway to Europe - a busy port with striking castle and an imposing aqueduct built by Suleyman the Magnificent. See the Greek Orthodox seaside church (Agia Sofia) that marks Paul’s landing spot. Lunch is on your own. In the afternoon our next stop will be Philippi, which had a spacious forum and Agora and a theatre, which was also a gladiator arena. Nearby there is a crypt, which has been honoured since the fifth century as the place of St. Paul’s first imprisonment, where Paul and Silas sang hymns and an earthquake set them free. Philippi is the place where the Apostle Paul arrived on the mainland of Europe in response to the vision of a Macedonian that he saw at Troas. Here in Philippi St. Paul first preached the Gospel in Europe. Visit Lydia Springs, the Baptismal Site. Outside the ancient city, the River Gangites still flows through quiet countryside, where St. Paul addressed his first European congregations and the business woman, Lydia - a “seller of purple,” who was the first to be baptized. There is a fine chapel commemorating this event. Return to Thessaloniki on the coastal road. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Thessaloniki. (B, D)

 

Day 9 – THURSDAY – Thessaloniki and Kalambaka

In the morning, after breakfast, drive in Thessaloniki to see the landmark of the city, the White Tower, theWalls of the Byzantine Acropolis, the Roman Arch of Galerius and the Rotonda. Visit two of the city’s oldest and most admired Christian churches, the Basilicas of St. Demetrius and St. Sophia (DivineWisdom). Continue to Kalambaka, where you visit one of the amazing Byzantine monasteries of Meteora, perched on top of gigantic rock pinnacles. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka. (B, D)

 

Day 10 – FRIDAY – Delphi and Athens

Travel to scenic Delphi, one of the most beautiful places on the face of the earth, which in antiquity was believed to be the “navel” (omphalos) of the world. Walk on the Sacred Way to see the Athenian Treasury, the Temple of Apollo, where the oracle delivered her ambiguous prophecies and the Theater. Also, visit the Museum with its splendid collection of ancient works of art, including the Sphinx of the Naxians, the Silver Bull, the Column of the Dancers, the “Omphalos” and the pride of the museum, the 5th c. B.C. bronze “Charioteer”. Continue to Athens for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

 

Day 11 – SATURDAY – Back home

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Athens Airport fly back home (B)

 

INCLUDED:
R/T Flights, Hotels
Touring with guide/escort
Cruise
Most meals and shore excursions

NOT INCLUDED:
Airport tax and fuel surcharges (subject to change)
Tips
Optional Travel Insurance
Entrance Visa to Turkey
Cruise port & fuel surcharge
Items of personal nature.

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