10 Day Program
Price Per Person: from $2059.00
(Special Group Rates Available)
Cruise Only from $1175
Day 1: Departure
Mediterranean adventure begins with an overnight flight to Athens.
Day 2: Arrival Athens & Free Time
Arrive in Greece and transfer to our hotel. We will be staying in the
ancient city of Athens tonight. Upon arriving at our hotel, we will have
time to unpack, freshen up and enjoy a sumptuous meal.
Day 3: Athens & Cruise Departure
In the morning we will begin by enjoying a wonderful breakfast, then
taking a full tour of Athens. We will see the Agora where Paul entered
into discussions preaching Jesus and the resurrection to the ancient
Athenians. Mars Hill is nearby where Paul was brought before the counsel
so they could hear ore of the new doctrine, he was preaching. A guided
tour of the national Museum is another highlight to see significant
archeological finds from centuries past. Other sites of interest include
the Olympic Stadium, Adrian's Arch, the Acropolis and Parthenon. This
evening we will board our ship for the Mediterranean cruise. We will
overnight on the ship.
Day 4: Santorini
morning we will stop at the island of Santorini. This is perhaps the
most breathtaking of all the Greek islands. The town with its
white-washed houses, narrow streets and open-air cafes clings to a steep
cliff accessible by cable-car or mule. In nearby Akrotiri recent
excavations support the theory Santorini might be the fabled lost
continent of Atlantis. In the afternoon we will return to the ship to
enjoy dinner as we cruise towards our next destination. We will
overnight on board.
Day 5: Egypt/Pyramids & Sphinx
A full day of sightseeing will include the famous Pyramids of
Khefren & Mycerinus, the Spinx, and the Valley Temple. A stop will
be made at the Khan El Khalili Bazaar for unusual craft items before we
will re-board our ship.
Day 6: Israel
cruising the Eastern Mediterranean through the night we will arrive in
Israel (at the port of Ashdod). Here you will take a day tour of
Jerusalem and Bethlehem, where you will walk the Via Dolorosa, the way
of sorrows where Jesus carried his cross. Along this tour also you can
see the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Church of
the Nativity. We return to the ship in the early evening to continue our
Day 7: Rhodes
arrive midday at the Isle of Rhodes. This beautiful "Island of
roses" has a rich history. Here the ancient acropolis is dedicated
to the mythic goddess Athena, and nearby is the bay where Paul landed
during his missionary journeys. Here also crusaders held the medieval
city of Rhodes until defeated by the Ottoman Turks who in turn held the
city for 400 years, influencing its appearance with mosques, minarets
and a Turkish Bath. Boarding our ship in the early evening, we depart
for our next destination.
Day 8: Istanbul
we will arrive in our next port of call, the cosmopolitan city of
Istanbul, Turkey's jewel on the Bosporus. The blend of East and West in
this city has resulted in some of the most magnificent architecture in
the world, including the Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque. At the Topkapi
museum the treasures of the Ottoman empire are on view. Bargain for your
own treasures in one of the Grand Bazaar's 5,000 shops. In the evening
rejoin the ship as we depart for our next destination.
Day 9: Ephesus
morning we will disembark on the Turkish mainland at the city of
Kusadasi. In this area you may tour the ruins of the famous biblical
city of Ephesus. Walk down rutted streets of marble through history
itself. See the library of Celsus and the great amphitheater where Paul
was arrested and cast out of the city. Here also John cared for Mary,
mother of Jesus, and from the nearby island of Patmos guided the
churches of Asia Minor and also wrote the Book of Revelation. In the
afternoon our ship departs for the island of Mykonos. We arrive for an
evening of sightseeing on this quintessential Greek island. Hundreds of
tiny chapels dot the island, and sheep graze in the shadow of
white-washed windmills. Enjoy the sunset over the picturesque harbor,
then return to the ship for dinner and our final night on board as we
sail back to Athens.
Day 10: Corinth
morning we will arrive on the Greek mainland. We will depart by coach
for the city of Corinth. Shortly before arriving at the city we will
stop at the Corinthian Canal, a construction involving an excavation of
260 ft. in depth and done between 1882-1883. The engineering skill and
intellect of these people are evident in the water systems that still
flow from ancient to modern day. Walk along the stone streets where Paul
once walked as he nurtured this city's mission church. We will return to
our hotel in Athens for the night.
Day 11: Delphi
morning we will travel by coach to Delphi, the ancient sanctuary of
Apollo. Here we can see the Temple of Apollo and Castalia Springs as
well as their marvelous museum, home of the world-famous
"Charioteer," a bronze statue so delicate that you can even
see the individual eyelashes. We will then return to our hotel in Athens
for the night.
Day 12: Homeward
morning we will depart for our return flight to the United States.
Having traveled through this area of Biblical renown, you will most
certainly return refreshed and invigorated in spirit.
Cruise Only Prices - from $1175.00
Inside Cabin from $2059 (regular $3827)
Outside Cabin from $2306 (regular $4146)
Lowest prices based on November departures.
class ship accommodations, Athens 3 night deluxe package with sightseeing
and breakfasts, air fare.
tours of ports (available at a great discount when purchased in advance
as a group), gratuities on board, air taxes (Approx. $62), port taxes of