Treasures of Greece & Italy
from a Christian Perspective
16 Day Inclusive
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!
We arrive in Athens 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.
Athens and Plaka
This morning is free with many
things to do and see. This afternoon we will begin our tour of the
city of Athens with a visit to 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
Corinth - Mycenae
This morning we leave Athens by motor coach, stop for a rest stop and
photos at the Corinth Canal and then travel to the ancient
city of Corinth. 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. We will
be sure to gather for a devotional around the Bema where Paul stood and
challenged the Corinthians. The Museum houses a variety of antiquities
to include pottery, statues, mosaics and art work. Our guide will
be sure to show you the room dedicated to the medical care of that
After the visit to ancient Corinth we travel to
Mycenae where the remains of the ancient city date back to the Bronze
Age. We will have a lunch stop (on our own) today in Mycenae at a
wonderful restaurant where Jackie Kennedy Onassis enjoyed lunch. This
afternoon we see the famous Lionesse Gate, the Tomb of Agamennon in the
shape of a Beehive, and many other sites before returning to Athens for
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
The largest of our adventure islands,
Rhodes 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 and evening entertainment.
Patmos & Ephesus, Turkey
This morning we visit the Isle of
Patmos, under statutory protection as a historic monument.
You may choose to take an optional tour to see the fortified
monastery of St. John and the cave claimed to be where John received the Revelation. Docking in
enjoy an optional tour of
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 John. From here we'll also enjoy a panoramic view of the area.
Back on the ship, enjoy the Captain's dinner before settling in to your
cabin for the night.
Optional Day - Delphi or Cape Sounion
Those interested in an optional tour
of Delphi will need to disembark early at 700 AM. Those taking this tour
will travel to lovely mountain region of Delphi-the ancient
sanctuary of Apollo. Here you will gain a greater understanding of the Greek
religious heritage and their influence on the early Christian church. We
also visit the museum where we will marvel at the site of the
Charioteer, a bronze statue so delicate we will see his eyelashes.
You may choose to visit the Plaka where you can
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. If you choose not to
shop, there are several interesting museums including the
Museum of Folklore or the National Archaeological Museum. This afternoon,
you may choose to 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. Today's sightseeing is at your
Day 9 • Athens to Rome
We fly from Athens to Rome where we are met by our host and transferred to our hotel for the next three nights. The remainder
of your day is free with many things to do and see. Time will allow the
opportunity to take a walk past the famous Spanish Steps, visit the
amazing Pantheon and view the Trevi
Fountain. Throw in a coin to ensure your return trip to Rome!
Dinner is included this evening.
Day 10 • Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St.
Peter Basilica, Scala Santa and Church of Priscilla
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, where Martin Luther made his stand against the practice
of indulgences. This fascinating museum houses the Steps from
Pilot's Judgment Hall in Jerusalem brought to Rome by Helena, the mother
of Constantine. The practice today is to climb the steps on your knees,
stopping to pray on each step. Our last stop today will be the Church of Prisca,
where it is said that below the church are buried Priscilla, Aquilla and
a number of other martyred saints. It has perfect acoustics for a hymn
of the faith and scripture reading of Paul's tribute to his long-time
friends of the ministry. Additional sights include the Arches of
Constantine and Titus, Circus Maximus and the beautiful marble monument
called the Wedding Cake.
Forum, Mamertine Prison, Coliseum, Catacombs
We begin our walking tour at the ancient Roman Forum, where our guide will divulge its secrets.
We will visit the Arch of Titus which commemorated the sack of Jerusalem
by Titus in AD 70. We will step inside the Mamertine Prison, where
tradition says the Apostle Paul was imprisoned. The Roman church would
say that Peter was imprisoned here as well, but there is no imperial
evidence that Peter was ever in Rome. 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. Hear the stories of the
games that have fascinated people for years. We conclude our day at the
Catacombs where thousands of Christians were buried in a remarkable
tiered series of galleries.
Day 12 • Frescoes, Assisi, Montecatini
After breakfast you will say “Arrivederci Roma” and board your coach and
travel through scenic Umbria to the ancient walled hillside village of
Assisi. After lunch on your own, you will 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. This
afternoon, we travel on to the spa
village of Montecatini Terme, our place of lodging for the next two nights
in the heart of Tuscany.
Day 13 • Beautiful Florence, Michelangelo’s
David & Free Time
After breakfast, you will spend the morning enjoying a guided tour of Florence, one of the world’s greatest artistic capitals, which will include the Piazza della Signoria, Duomo, Baptistry and a visit to the Accademia
Galley, home of Michelangelo’s David. A stop will also be made on the
hillside overlook across the river from Florence where we will enjoy a panoramic
view of the beautiful red-tiled roof cityscape.
This afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy shopping, visiting more galleries or strolling on the famous Pont Vecchio, the old bridge which spans the Arno
River. Remember that Florence leather shops are the best in the world
and bargains on excellent quality goods are abundant. It may be the time
to purchase those special Christmas gifts.
Day 14 • Pisa & Venice
Being Sunday, we begin the day with a time of praise, worship and a
challenge from God's Word. Later this morning, we enjoy free time for
lunch and a tour of Pisa where you will visit the Baptistry, Duomo and the famous leaning tower in the Piazza dei Miracoli.
This afternoon, we travel northward through colorful Tuscan countryside,
past Bologna and on to romantic Venice where we
overnight just outside the city for two nights in Venice Mestre.
Day 15 • Venice
After breakfast, we'll begin sightseeing on a leisurely walking tour of Venice. We'll visit the city's most famous landmarks such as the Basilica of San Marco, St. Mark's Square, the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge's Palace. The remainder of the day is on our own
to stroll through a labyrinth of criss-cross canals, arched bridges, palaces, charming waterside restaurants and little quiet piazzas. For those who wish, your tour host may arrange a private glassblowing presentation at the famous Murano
Venetian glass makers. Shoppers will enjoy the vast array of beautiful
pieces of glass available in the city's many fine stores. During your
free time, you may also choose to board a gondola for a relaxing canal
Day 16 • Home
This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to the USA.
Optional Shore Excursions -