Taste of Italy & Greece
from a Christian Perspective

13 Day First Class Tours

Available Year-round for Groups

Day 1 - Depart USA
Overnight flight to Rome.
Day 2 • Arrive Rome & Walking Tour
Arrive at Rome airport, meet motorcoach and tour manager. En route to the hotel, stop at the ruins of Ostia Antica, which provides an idea of life in classical times. You will also see the Ostian Gate, today called the Gate of St. Paul, before arriving at the hotel for check in and some relaxation time before dinner. There will be a welcome reception before dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a guided walking tour to discover Rome by night. (Rome 2 nights)

Day 3 • Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter Basilica
After breakfast you will begin a full day of site seeing. First visit Vatican City where you will see the Basilica at St. Peter, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums with stunning works of art at every turn. After some free time for lunch, you will visit the 4th century Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, the traditional site of Paul’s tomb, and the Scala Santa, Luther’s Holy Steps. Dinner will be at another local restaurant. The spiritual and historical insight gained from this tour will be invaluable to you, not only in your understanding and application of truths, but also in your daily walk with the Lord.
Day 4 • Catacombs & Coliseum
In the morning there will be a guided walking tour in the Antic Rome where you will see many marvels of this ancient city including a tour of the Roman Coliseum, the Catacombs where thousands of Christians were buried in a remarkable tiered series of galleries, and the Caracalla Baths dating back to the early AD 220s. This afternoon we transfer to the hillside walled city of Assisi for the evening.

Day 5 • Frescoes, Assisi & Overnight Ferry to Greece
After breakfast, enjoy 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. Later this morning we turn toward the east to Anacona and board an overnight Ferry for the land of antiquity - Greece. 

Day 6 • Meteora Monasteries
This afternoon we visit 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 7 • Athens & Plaka
We begin our guided tour today in the city of Athens, the birth place of democracy. 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. We are then free to shop in the famous flea market of Athens. You will find the finest of jewelry, leather, pottery and marble, or the fun souvenirs all "tourists" enjoy. Be sure to taste the Greek almonds and
pistachios from the street vendors.

Day 8 • Corinth — Mycenae
This morning we leave Athens by motor coach and travel to the ancient city of Corinth, another treat for the New Testament scholar. Corinth is the city that inspired many of St Paul's most familiar letters. See the Archaeological Museum, the Market Place, the Bema, and the Temples. To stand 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. 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 returning to Athens for the evening.

Day 9 • 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 evening activities.

Day 10 • Rhodes
After breakfast we will visit Rhodes. This ancient fortified city was built by the knights of St. John and is rich in Roman and Greek culture. Stroll down the Street of the Knights to the market area for shopping and a wonderful Greek lunch. You may enjoy an optional tour to the ancient city of Lindos. Magnificently situated between two bays with sandy beaches, an ancient acropolis and medieval castle, Lindos is famous as a most striking and impressive city. Again we return to the ship for dinner.

Day 11 • Patmos & Kusadasi, Turkey
This morning we visit the Isle of Patmos, under statutory protection as a historic monument. See the fortified monestary of St. John and the cave claimed to be where John received the Revelation. Docking in Turkey, we tour Ephesus, 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 St. John. From here we'll also enjoy a panoramic view of the area. Our lodging this evening will be nearby.

Day 12 • Cape Sounion
This morning, after breakfast, we will have a tour of the city of Athens, seeing the Tomb of Unknown Soldiers, the Olympic stadium-home of the first modern day Olympic competition and future site of the Olympic Games of 2004. Of course, a tour of Athens is not complete without a visit to the Acropolis and Parthenon. On Mars Hill, Paul was brought before the council and delivered his great sermon. There is so much to see that this will only wet your appetite to explore on your own. This afternoon we will travel along a coastal road past many wonderful beaches to the southern most point of Attica, Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand. After visiting the temple ruins we have time to walk along the rock promontory of Sounion or sit at the cafe and sip the most scrumptious hot chocolate you can imagine.

Day 13 • Homeward
An early morning flight will bring us home by this afternoon.


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