Day 1: Departure from US
Today we embark on our Journey to the lands of ancient treasures
and Christian history with an overnight flight to Athens. Prepare
yourself for a life-changing experience. Get some rest on the
flight…Tomorrow you will be walking where the apostles walked!
Day 2: Arrive Athens
We arrive in
and check into our hotel. You will have the remainder of the day
free to relax or take a stroll along the streets of Athens to enjoy
the flavor of the city. This evening our group will enjoy the first
of many delectable European style dinners.
Day 3: Cruising Mykonos
We sail this morning from Athens to the quaint isle of Mykonos,
called the island of windmills. Experience the waterfront lined with
shops and cafes and then stroll the charming walkways through a maze
of whitewashed buildings before returning to the ship for dinner and
Day 4: Ephesus and Patmos
enjoy an optional tour of
the city of the Bible and one of the largest restorations still in
progress with miles of ancient treasures. Ephesus was once a
thriving port town of 250,000 people. Today you can still see the
spectacular excavations of the major streets in this ancient city.
We'll view the Library, Agora, Temple of Artemis and visit the
Basilica of St. John. The basilica is believed to be the site of the
grave of John. From here we'll also enjoy a panoramic view of the
area. This afternoon we visit the Isle of
under statutory protection as a historic monument. Here we have a
optional tour to see the fortified monastery of St. John and the cave claimed
to be where John received the Revelation. Back on the ship, enjoy
the Captain's dinner before settling in to your cabin for the night.
Day 5: Crete and Santorini
Crete is the largest and the most rugged of the Greek islands. Take
an optional tour to Heraklion and the fantastic ruins of the Palace
of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the
elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King
Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. This afternoon visit
the island of Santorini which is perhaps the most breathtaking of
all the Greek Islands. The town of Thira where white-washed houses, narrow
streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques cling to steep
cliffs, is accessible by foot path, cable-car or mule. You may choose to take an
optional tour of sailing around an active volcano crater and
swimming in the water heated by hot springs or enjoy this lovely
island on foot. Again we return to the ship for dinner and evening
Day 6: Disembark Cruise – Athens
We disembark the cruise this morning and travel into Athens, the foundation of democracy. We
visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and Erectheum before viewing
Athens atop Mars Hill where Paul stood and preached the truth to the
Gentile nation. Additional sites include the Agora (ancient market
place and center of Athenian public life), the House of Parliament,
the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Olympic Stadium, and Presidential
Palace. A short walk from your hotel is the famous Plaka with a
multitude of shops and cafes. Our lodging is in Athens for the next
Day 7: Corinth & Mycenae
Following breakfast this morning we depart Athens. We immediately travel west with a rest stop and photos at the
Corinth Canal. We then travel to the ancient city of
another treat for the New Testament scholar. Corinth is the city
that inspired many of Paul's most familiar letters. See the
Archaeological Museum, the Market Place, the Bema, and the Temples.
To enjoy a devotional in the midst of the ruins of the church of
Corinth and see the pillars, steps, and public worship place where
Paul preached will enhance your understanding and love of I & II
Corinthians. The ruins of this important cultural center are
fascinating as we walk along the stone path that the Apostle Paul
walked. The engineering skill and intellect of these people are
evident in the water systems that still flow from ancient to modern
day. Our guide will be sure to show you the room dedicated to the
medical care of that period. After the visit to ancient Corinth we
travel to Mycenae where the remains of the ancient city date back to
the Bronze Age to see the famous Lionesse Gate, the Tomb of
Agamennon in the shape of a Beehive, and many other sites before
continuing back to Athens.
Day 8: Meteora Monastery
From Athens, our tour travels northward past
where we learn of the famous Spartan battle of 300. We continue
through the mountains to Meteroa. Here we see the world famous
Byzantine monasteries that are perched precariously on summits of
gray rock pinnacles of varied and beautiful shapes. Their history
goes back to the 14th century when the monks sought refuge in the
cliffside caves then fled higher to build the original wooden
shelters, later transformed into monasteries. Our lodging this
evening will be in Meteora.
Day 9: Vergina, Berea, Thessalonica
Traveling northward into Macedonia we visit King Phillip's (Alexander's father)
tomb in Vergina, one of the most outstanding finds in all of Greece.
A stop will be made in Berea to view the ancient synagogue where Paul spoke and the Bema surrounded by mosaics of Paul and the plaque of scripture regarding the "more noble" church. Driving through town we see remnants of the original Roman road that spanned the nation during Paul’s time. The New Testament books of I & II
Thessalonians will come alive to us today as we arrive in the
delightful harbor city of Thessalonica. En route to the hotel we
will view the old city ramparts; the newly excavated Forum, St.
George Church, an ancient Roman monument which was transformed into
a church and the Galerius Arch which rises over the famous Via
Egnatia. We spend two nights here.
Day 10: Thessalonica/Philippi/Kavala
We begin the day by following the massive battlement Byzantine wall
to the citadel for a panoramic view of the city. Next, we will visit
Kavala is Greece's prettiest mainland port with a most elegant
harbor. Paul landed here with his disciples, Timothy and Silas.
Luke, the Evangelist, also came here from Troas. This ancient city
of Neapolis was later renamed Christoupolis because it was the first
European city to accept Christianity. Imagine walking on the same
sod as these men of the Bible! We will see the Roman Aqueduct and
the ruins of the Acropolis in this beautifully located city, known
since the 5th century as Kavala. Continue on to Philippi where Paul
preached his first evangelical sermon and baptized the first
Christians on European soil. We will view the baptismal site where Lydia
surrendered her life to Christ and visit a crypt dating from the
Roman period that is thought to have served as a prison for Paul.
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 for our final night.
Day 11: Homeward Bound
We transfer to the airport for our flight back to the USA.