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Footsteps of Apostle Paul 2017

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GREECE & TURKEY

Start in Athens and enjoy a welcome dinner.

Then, travel to Thessalonika and enjoy guided sightseeing of this city named after Alexander the Great’s sister, and an excursion along the ancient route of Apostle Paul to Amphipolis, to visit ancient Philippi, and Kavala, ancient port of Neapolis.

Via Veria, and an overnight stay in Kalambaka, arrive in Meteora. Here, enjoy a highlight visit to the Varlaam and St. Stephen’s Monasteries. Situated atop vast rocks, the 14th-century monasteries compose one of the most breathtaking sites in the world. Return to Athens.

In Piraeus board your three-night Greece and Turkey cruise with visits to the island of Mykonos, and Kusadasi in Turkey, where an excursion to Ephesus is included.

Back in Greece, stop at Patmos, with an included excursion to the Monastery of St. John and the Cave of the Apocalypse, Heraklion on Crete, and Santorini (weather permitting). Disembark, and visit the excavations of Corinth, before returning to Athens, where guided sightseeing features visits to the Acropolis and Areopagus, where Paul delivered his famous sermon about the identity of “the Unknown God”.

A farewell dinner at your hotel concludes this memorable vacation.

Itinerary

Arrive in Athens, Greece

Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, then enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (Dinner). Overnight Radisson Blu Hotel, Athens.

Athens–Thessalonika

Journey north to Thessalonika and enjoy guided sightseeing of the city. Named after Alexander the Great’s sister, it figures prominently in the New Testament, at which time this provincial capital was considered a world cultural center. This community was the center of Paul’s activities in northern Greece. It is where he preached, founded a church, and to whom he wrote two epistles. Overnight Hotel Capsis, Thessalonika (Breakfast, Dinner)

Thessalonika. Excursion to Philippi & Kavala

Full-day excursion along the ancient route of Apostle Paul to Amphipolis. Journey to ancient Philippi, named after Alexander the Great’s father. This busy Roman colony boasted a great library and theater. It was here that Paul preached and established the first church in Europe, and to whom he wrote one of his epistles while imprisoned in Rome. Next, continue to Kavala, ancient port of Neapolis.
Overnight Amalia Kalambaka (Breakfast, Dinner)

Thessalonika–Veria–Kalambaka

This morning, stop in Veria (Beroea of the New Testament), where Paul and Silas were sent by friends after being accused of treason in Thessalonika. Visit the BEMA OF APOSTLE PAUL, where Paul is said to have stood and preached the Gospel to the local community.Overnight Amalia Kalambaka. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Kalambaka–Meteora–Athens

In Meteora, visit VARLAAM and ST. STEPHEN’S MONASTERIES. Situated atop vast rocks, the 14th-century monasteries compose one of the most breathtaking sites in the world. Inside the monasteries, discover many historical and religious treasures. Return to Athens. (Breakfast)

Athens–Piraeus (Embarkation)–Mykonos

Begin your 3-night Greece and Turkey CRUISE with a visit to the mountainous island of Mykonos. Free time to explore the island before returning to the ship for evening entertainment. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Kusadasi, Turkey–Excursion to Ephesus–Patmos, Greece

Visit the Turkish port of Kusadasi and enjoy an included excursion to the RUINS OF EPHESUS, whose inhabitants were the recipients of one of Apostle Paul’s famous epistles and which was once the capital of the Roman province of Asia. Also visit the House of Mary, where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her last days. Continue your cruise to Patmos, the “Jerusalem of the Aegean,” where you can enjoy an included excursion to the MONASTERY OF ST. JOHN and to the CAVE OF THE APOCALYPSE, where John the Evangelist wrote the Book of the Revelation during his exile. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Cruising: Heraklion–Santorini

First port of call today is Heraklion on Crete. An optional excursion can be booked to nearby Knossos, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization. Afternoon call (weather permitting) at Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” The optional shore excursion here takes you up to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Piraeus (Disembarkation)–Corinth–Athens

Disembark and continue to Corinth for a guided visit of the EXCAVATIONS where Apostle Paul worked for 18 months with tent makers Aquila and Priscilla. Return to Athens for sightseeing with a Local Guide. Visit the ACROPOLIS with the Parthenon and AREOPAGUS, where Paul delivered his famous sermon about the identity of “the Unknown God.” Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with wine at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Athens

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. Mission Travel would be happy to assist you with further travel arrangements.

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Cost Includes:

  • Accommodation in 4 star hotels
  • Full buffet breakfast, 5 three-course dinners with wine
  • All meals on board the cruise (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Motorcoach for touring
  • Sea cruise inside cabin on Celestyal Olympia
  • Headsets throughout the tour
  • Wi fi in coaches and public areas of hotels
  • ATHENS Welcome and farewell dinners; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis and Areopagus
  • THESSALONIKA Guided sightseeing, excursion to ancient Philippi and Kavala
  • VERIA Visit the Bema of Apostle Paul
  • METEORA Guided visit of Varlaam and St. Stephen’s Monasteries
  • CRUISING Three-night cruise to Mykonos; Kusadasi (Turkey), with an included excursion to the ruins of Ephesus; Patmos, with an included excursion to the Monastery of St. John and the Cave of the Apocalypse; Crete; Santorini
  • CORINTH Guided visit of the excavations

Cost Excludes

  • International airfares – please contact Mission Travel for special tour airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers personnel (budget approx $62 per person)
  • Port taxes $156
  • Cabin upgrades on cruise – upgrade to outside cabin XD for $182 per person
  • Visa for Turkey USD60
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals unless indicated

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Once again we appreciate the attention to detail and warm personal service of Mission Travel. Long may they exist!

Barry and Jill Jackson