Day 1: Travel to Athens, Greece

Most of our group will begin to travel to Athens today.

Day 2: Arrive in Athens
People will arrive in Athens at various times. After you land, make your way to our hotel. We’ll have dinner there and have a meeting after supper to make introductions and to discuss the program.

Day 3: Athens Tour
Following breakfast this morning we will take a tour of Athens. We’ll visit the Acropolis to see the Parthenon and the Erechtheion before making our way over to Mars Hill. From this vantage point we will view the agora below. This was the ancient marketplace and center of Athenian public life. Additional sites viewed during our bus tour will be the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Olympic Stadium, and the Presidential Palace. Options later this afternoon include a visit to the Acropolis Museum (entrance not included), or a visit to the famous Plaka with a multitude of shops and cafes.

Day 4: Corinth/ Mycenae Tour
This morning we will travel west. We’ll have a rest stop at the incredible Corinth Canal. Then we will travel to the ancient city of Corinth where we will wander among the exposed ruins. We’ll see the Archaeological Museum, the Market Place, the Bema, and the Temples. The ruins of this important cultural center are fascinating and lend insight to New Testament studies. In the museum we’ll also get a chance to examine ancient medical artifacts. After the visit to Corinth we’ll travel to Mycenae where the remains of this ancient city date back to the Bronze Age. We’ll see the famous Lioness Gate, the Tomb of Agamennon in the shape of a Beehive, and many other sites before we return to Athens for dinner at our hotel.

Day 5: Mykonos
We sail this morning from Athens to the quaint island of Mykonos, called the isle of windmills. We’ll get a chance to explore the shops and cafes by the waterfront and the maze of walkways by the whitewashed houses. Then we’ll return to the ship for dinner and the evening entertainment.

Day 6: Ephesus & Patmos
Docking in Turkey, we’ll have a tour of ancient Ephesus, one of the largest restorations still in progress. The ruins reveal miles of ancient treasures. Ephesus was once a thriving port town of about 250,000 people. Today you can see the spectacular excavations of the major streets in this city including the agora, the odeon, the library, the marble-paved main street, the baths, Trajan’s Fountain, the residences of the Patricians, the Prytaneum, and the Temple of Hadrian. The Great Theatre, built in the 4th century B.C., could accommodate 24,000 spectators and is famous even today for its acoustics. This afternoon we will visit the Isle of Patmos, under statutory protection as a historic monument. Here we’ll take a tour of the fortified monastery of St. John as well as the cave that is claimed to be the place where John received the Revelation. We’ll return to the ship for dinner.

Day 7: Crete & Santorini
Crete is the largest and the most rugged of the Greek islands. You can choose to take an optional tour to Heraklion and see 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 we will visit the island of Santorini, perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek islands. We’ll enjoy a panoramic bus tour viewing some of the most spectacular scenery of the Aegean. We’ll travel through villages and settlements with delicate architecture before arriving in the town of Oia. Here we’ll have some free time before returning to the ship for dinner.

Day 8: Morning flight to Rome, Afternoon Rome Tour
This morning we’ll take a short flight from Athens to Rome. Upon our arrival in Rome, we’ll be met by a local guide. We’ll enter the city and begin a walking tour at the ancient Roman Forum. There we will see the Arch of Titus which commemorated the sack of Jerusalem by Titus in AD 70. We will view the exterior of the Mamertine Prison, where tradition says the Apostle Paul was imprisoned. Some people believe the Apostle Peter was here as well. Next, we visit the Coliseum, where thousands of people and animals perished during gladiatorial games. The Coliseum first opened in AD 80 and within 100 days of its opening, 5000 wild beasts perished here. The slaughter of both humans and animals continued for three more centuries. Historians believe the Coliseum could hold between 40,000 and 80,000 people depending on how close the seating was. The floor has recently had a plank placed over the middle making it accessible for people to walk over the labyrinth of brick cells, ramps, and elevators used to transport animals and gladiators into the arena.

Day 9: Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peters Basilica, Catacombs
After breakfast we will begin sightseeing. We’ll visit Vatican City where we will see St. Peter’s, the Vatican Museum, and the Sistine Chapel. After lunch we’ll travel to one of the famous catacombs to examine ancient burial customs.

Day 10: Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Travel to Assisi
This morning we’ll take a walking tour to visit highlights such as the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps. Then we’ll board a coach and travel through scenic Umbria to the ancient walled hillside village of Assisi. Upon arrival in Assisi we’ll check into our hotel and then have the rest of the evening free.

Day 11: Assisi Tour
After breakfast we’ll have a guided tour of this beautiful medieval town, which will include the Basilica San Francesco, decorated with some of the most renowned frescoes in the world. The afternoon will be free so that people can explore Assisi on their own.

Day 12: Travel to Florence, Afternoon Florence Tour
This morning we’ll travel to Florence and have a guided tour of the city in the afternoon. Florence is one of the world’s greatest art capitals. The tour will include a visit to the Duomo and its Baptistry. We will also have a visit to the Opera (the workshop) of the Duomo. At some point we will visit the Accademia in order to see Michelangelo’s Prisoners and the David.

Day 13: Florence Free Day
We’ll have a free day in Florence to explore and visit sites on our own. Some may choose to spend time at the Uffizi Gallery or the Bargello Museum, or the Brancacci Chapel (entrances to these not included); others may visit the leather market or wander through the shops and cafes.

Day 14: Return Home
Most people will transfer to the Florence airport and travel home today.

Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.


Price Per Person:

Single Supplement:

$5,200 CAD*

*Final pricing could change depending on the number of travelers and the exchange rate.

$1,000 CAD

Information & Reservations:

Dr. Peter and Mary Ellen Fitch
1-506-466-5725 / mefitch@ssu.ca

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Tour pricing is based on double occupancy.

Included
One way flight from Athens to Rome including air taxes, 9 nights lodging at first class hotels (double occupancy), breakfast and dinner daily at hotels, 3 night Greek cruise- standard inside cabins (double occupancy)– all meals on cruise, cruise port taxes, tips, service fees and non alcoholic drink package, Ephesus, Patmos and Santorini shore excursions, all guides, entrances and transportation as listed on itinerary, services of long distance deluxe bus as appear on itinerary, all tips for guides, drivers and hotel staff & St. Stephen’s University admin fee (tuition included- same for all travelers, student or not)

Not Included
Airfare to Athens, Greece and home from Florence, Italy, lunches (except for cruise), optional $125 CAD/person to upgrade to standard outside rooms on cruise. We require everyone to have some form of travel medical insurance.