Footsteps of Paul in Greece Plus 3-Night Cruise
Weldon Martens’ Greece Tour
11 Day Tour & Cruise | May 27- June 6, 2024
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Weldon Martens’ Greece Tour
11 Day Tour & Cruise | May 27- June 6, 2024
|May 27- June 6, 2024
|*Land Only (airfare not included).
Reservation Due: January 18, 2024
Final Payment Due: February 27, 2024
6 nights lodging at 4-star hotels, 3 nights aboard Celestyal Cruises, standard inside cabin, Breakfast & dinner daily, Full time English-speaking tour guide, Services of long-distance deluxe motor coach as appearing on itinerary, All entrances and transportation as appearing on itinerary, Porterage at hotels (1 piece), 1 group arrival transfer and 1 group departure transfer, Tips to drivers, guides, and hotel staff, Pilgrim Payment Processing for check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover, Whisper/Listening devices
Estimated Roundtrip airfare from PDX including taxes and fees (air taxes and fuel surcharges are subject to change), All lunches and drinks with meals except as noted in itinerary, Optional Travel Insurance - 7.95% or 10.85% of tour cost, Testing for COVID-19 or any other related expenses
The Book of Acts – Paul’s Second Missionary Journey
The Spirit at Pentecost spurs the “witness to the ends of the earth.” On our tour we shall visit astonishing sites from Paul’s 2nd Missionary Journey.
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
Paul in Athens: Acts 17:15-34
“The men who guided Paul brought him to Athens”
We arrive in Athens and check into our hotel. Our first top on tour is to view Athens from Filoppapos Hill, a breath taking overlook of the city. 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: Ancient Corinth & Cenchreae
Paul in Corinth: Acts 18:1-28
“After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth”
This morning we travel west with a rest stop and photos at the Corinth Canal. Next, we visit ancient Corinth, the city that inspired many of Paul's most familiar letters and is a highlight for the New Testament scholar. 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 for the Bible. 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. We travel on to the top of the nearby Acropolis where our guide will speak on the worship practices and point out the bird’s eye view of what was a bustling city of around 800,000 during Paul’s stay. Another important stop is a visit to Diolkos where we view the paved trackway which enabled boats to be moved overland across the Isthmus of Corinth and served as a life line for Corinth. This shortcut allowed ancient vessels to avoid the long and dangerous circumnavigation of the Peloponnese peninsula. Before returning to Athens, we will visit Cenchreae, the ancient port region of Corinth. Acts 18:18 states the Apostle Paul stopped at Cenchreae during his second missionary journey, where he had his hair cut to fulfill a vow.
Day 4: Athens
Following breakfast this morning we tour 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. From atop Mars Hill we view the Agora below, the ancient marketplace and center of Athenian public life. Additional sites viewed during our panoramic bus tour are, the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Olympic Stadium, and Presidential Palace. An option later this afternoon is a visit to the famous Plaka with a multitude of shops and cafes.
Day 5: 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 entertainment.
Day 6: Ephesus and Patmos
Paul in Ephesus: Acts 19
“Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus”
Docking in Turkey, enjoy a 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 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 Temple of Hadrian. The Great Theatre, built in the 4th century B.C., could accommodate 24,000 spectators and it is famous even nowadays for its acoustics.
“I, John, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.” – Revelation 1:9
This afternoon we visit the Isle of Patmos, under statutory protection as a historic monument. Here we have a 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 7: Crete and Santorini
Crete: Acts 27
“the wind not permitting us to go farther we sailed-under-the-shelter-of Crete”
Crete is the largest and the most rugged of the Greek islands. Take a 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. You may choose to take an optional panoramic bus tour viewing some of the most spectacular scenery of the Aegean. Travel through countless villages and settlements with delicate architecture and beauties eventually arriving in Oia. During your time in Oia, visit the many narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques. Upon returning to the ship, we view the lace-like caldera, the little islands of Thirasia, Palea, & Nea Kameni. We arrive at the ship for dinner and evening entertainment.
Day 8: Delphi
We disembark the cruise, and travel through the 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. We overnight in Delphi.
Day 9: Meteora Monastery, Vergina, Berea
Please prepare for a dress code today. In Meteora, women are required to wear skirts below the knee and men, pants. 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. 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.
Berea: Acts 17:10-15
“That very night the brothers and sisters sent Paul and Silas off to Berea”
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. Our lodging this evening will be in Thessaloniki. 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 Philippi and Kavala.
Neapolis (Kavala): Acts 17:10-15
“the following day we came to Neapolis/Kavala”
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.
Philippi: Acts 17:12-40
“from Neapolis/Kavala we went to Philippi” - Acts 17:12
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.
Thessalonica: Acts 17:1-9
“they came to Thessalonica” – Acts 17:1
We return to Thessalonica and visit St. Demetrius basilica, dedicated to a distinguished member of the Roman army and a martyred Christian convert. If time allows, we see remnants of the original Roman road that spanned the nation during Paul’s time.. 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 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.
Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.