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Price Per person Based on Double Occupancy

Date Price Single
Supplement
June 17-27, 2019 $4,099* $625
*Includes Roundtrip air from Detroit. Tour price is based on the Euro exchanged at 1.17.

Standard Outside Cabin: +$180 per person
Superior Outside Cabin: +$220 per person

Included

Roundtrip air from Detroit, One way flight from Thessalonica to Athens, 5 nights lodging at four star hotels, 3 night cruise – standard inside cabins including port taxes and tips, Breakfast and dinner daily at hotels, all meals while on cruise, Full time English speaking tour guide in Greece, Assistant on cruise, Services of long distance deluxe motor coach, All entrances and transportation as appear on itinerary, Ephesus, Patmos and Crete Shore Excursions – required included


Not Included

5 lunches, Tips to drivers, guides and hotel staff: $50 suggested, Optional shore excursion to Santorini - $89, Optional travel insurance (7.25% or 9.8% of tour cost), Optional credit card payments – additional 3% of amount charged

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 Thessalonica, Greece. 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 Thessalonica

We arrive in Thessalonica and check into our hotel. You will have the remainder of the day free to relax. This evening our group will enjoy the first of many delectable European style dinners.


Day 3: Thessalonica/Philippi/Kavala

Today we visit Philippi and 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. 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 return to Thessalonica and visit St. Demetrius Basilica, dedicated to a distinguished member of the Roman army and a martyred Christian convert, before returning to the hotel for our final night.


Day 4: Berea, Thessalonica

This morning we visit Berea to view the ancient synagogue where Paul spoke. The Bema is surrounded by mosaics of Paul and the plaque of scripture regarding the "more noble" church. Driving through town we see remnants of the original Roman road that spanned the nation during Paul’s time. The New Testament books of I & II Thessalonians will come alive to us today as we arrive in the delightful harbor city of Thessalonica. 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. We’ll also visit St. Demetrius Basilica, dedicated to a distinguished member of the Roman army and a martyred Christian convert and finish our day following the massive battlement Byzantine wall to the citadel for a panoramic view of the city.


Day 5: Athens

Following breakfast this morning we take a short flight from Thessalonica to Athens. Mid 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. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to shop in the Plaka area.


Day 6: 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 7: Ephesus and Patmos

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. 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 8: Crete and Santorini

Crete is the largest and the most rugged of the Greek islands. Take an optional 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 9: Disembark Cruise – Corinth

We disembark the cruise this morning and travel west with a rest stop and photos at the Corinth Canal. We then travel to the ancient city of Corinth, another treat for the New Testament scholar. Corinth is the city that inspired many of Paul's most familiar letters. 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 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 return to Athens and enjoy some free time to shop in the Plaka area.


Day 10: Homeward Bound

We transfer to the Athens airport for our flight home.


Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.