June 8: Departure from US
We depart the US for our overnight flight to Thessaloniki, Greece. Sit back, get some rest and enjoy the in-flight service. Tomorrow we’ll be walking in the Steps of the Apostle Paul.

June 9: Thessaloniki & Kavala
We arrive in Thessaloniki and are met by Sophia, our Pilgrim Tour guide who will welcome us to Greece. We’ll transfer to Kavala where we’ll check into our hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner.

June 10: Kavala, Philippi & Amphipolis
This morning we begin our discipleship journey following the Steps of Paul as recorded in Acts 16 beginning in Kavala also known as ancient Neapolis. 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! 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. We travel to Thessaloniki where we’ll enjoy our dinner and overnight.

June 11: Thessaloniki, Berea, Travel to Athens
The New Testament books of I & II Thessalonians will come alive to us today as we arrive in the delightful harbor city of Thessaloniki. We’ll enjoy viewing 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. We’ll also briefly visit St. Demetrius Basilica, dedicated to a distinguished member of the Roman army and a martyred Christian convert. Later this morning we begin our journey to Athens. A stop will be made in Berea to view the ancient synagogue where Paul spoke in Acts 17 and the Bema surrounded by mosaics of Paul and the plaque of scripture regarding the "more noble" church. We’ll enjoy our dinner and overnight in Athens.

June 12: Athens
Following breakfast this morning we continue St. Luke’s travelogue and 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, Olympic Stadium, and Presidential Palace. An option later this afternoon is a visit to the famous Plaka with a multitude of shops and cafes. We enjoy our dinner and overnight in Athens.

June 13: Corinth, Cenchrea & Travel to Izmir, Turkey
This morning we travel west to ancient Corinth for a rest stop and photos at the Corinth Canal. Corinth is another treat for students of the New Testament. Corinth is the city that inspired many of Paul's most familiar letters. See the Archaeological Museum, the Market Place, the Bema, the Temples and the Acro-Corinth. We’ll see the pillars, steps, and public worship place where Paul preached which 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. Our guide will be sure to show you the room dedicated to the medical care of that period. After the visit to ancient Corinth we visit Cenchrea where the Apostle Paul made a vow and cut his hair. We return to Athens this afternoon with time to enjoy dinner before our flight to Izmir, Turkey. We overnight in Kusadasi this evening.

June 14: Ancient Ephesus
Today we spend the entire day touring Ephesus, where both Paul and John spent a lot of time. Ephesus was once a thriving port town of 250,000 people, and is one of the largest restorations still in progress with miles of ancient treasures. Today you can still see the spectacular excavations of the major streets in this ancient city where we view the Library, Agora, theatre, colorful mosaics in the aristocratic Terrace Houses, a panoramic view of the surrounding ancient port area including a wealth of church history and cultural insight. We enjoy our dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.

June 15: Ephesus & Patmos
This morning we travel to the nearby town of Selcuk for a visit to the Basilica of St. John, housing an immersion baptismal and believed to be where John was buried. From here we have an excellent overview of the Ephesus harbor, and the Temple of Artemis, completed in its most famous phase around 550 BC and listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Late this morning we board our cruise ship and sail for a visit to the beautiful Isle of Patmos, where St. John was exiled and from where he wrote the Book of Revelation. 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 dinner before settling in to your cabin for the night.

June 16: Crete & Santorini
Crete is the largest and the most rugged of the Greek islands and was visited by Paul on his way to Rome. Paul also stationed Titus here as a pastor and leader (Titus 1:5). This afternoon visit the island of Santorini which is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. We have a 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.

June 17: Morning Flight to Rome
This morning we arrive in Athens and disembark our cruise ship transferring to the Athens airport in time for our one way flight to Rome, the Eternal City and one of the most significant cities in early Christianity. Upon arrival in Rome we’ll enjoy an afternoon touring the ancient parts of Rome to including a visit to the Roman Forum, Coliseum, Mamertine Prison, Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon. We’ll enjoy our dinner and overnight in Rome.

June 18: Vatican Museum, St. Peters Basilica, Abbey of Three Fountains, St. Paul’s Basilica
After breakfast we will begin a full day of sightseeing. 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 stop at The Abbey of the Three Fountains, the traditional site of Paul's martyrdom and the ancient street that he walked on. Our last stop of the day will be the 4th century Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, the site of Paul’s tomb, We’ll enjoy our last dinner and overnight in Rome.

June 19: Travel Home
We transfer to the Rome airport this morning and travel home.


The itinerary may be subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.



Price Per Person:

Single Supplement:

$5,098.00

$705.00

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Tour pricing is based on double occupancy.

Standard Outside Cabin: $170.00 additional per person
Superior Outside Cabin: $230.00 additional per person

Included In Tour Price
Airfare roundtrip from Cleveland including air taxes, 8 nights lodging at hotels, 2 night Aegean cruise based on standard inside cabin, breakfast and dinner daily at hotel, all meals while on cruise, English speaking tour guides in Greece and Rome, Cruise assistant on cruise, services of air conditioned deluxe motor coach, all entrances, touring and transportation as appears on itinerary, baggage handling at hotels (one piece), cruise port taxes of $159 per person, Patmos & Santorini shore excursions, tips to guides, drivers and hotel staff.

Not Included In Tour Price
8 lunches, optional shore excursions on Crete- $89, turkey visa of $20 currently- must be obtained online before departure, optional travel insurance-7.25% or 9.8% of tour cost, optional credit card payments-additional 3% of amount charged.