Available dates : Several departure dates available from April - October 2019

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

Day 1: 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.

Day 2: 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)

Day 3: 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)

Day 4: 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)

Day 5: 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)

Day 6: 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)

Day 7: 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)

Day 8: 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)

Day 9: 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)

Day 10: Athens

 

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

Tour Guide

This tour is run without an escort from Australia. You will have a qualified Tour Director and driver for the duration of the tour. Mission Travel cannot speak for their knowledge of the Christian faith and it must be noted that this tour is a leisure tour with a faith  inspired theme. Clients from all over the world will join you on the tour, not just Mission Travel clients.

 

Cost Includes:

  • Accommodation in 4 star hotels
  • Fully buffet breakfast daily
  • 5 three-course dinners with wine, including welcome and farewell dinners in Athens; plis all meals on board the cruise daily
  • 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

 

To reserve a place on the tour complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the Booking and Registration Form and send this along with a copy of the photo page of your passport (you can register without your passport)
  2. Pay a $500 per person non-refundable deposit (payment details on the booking form)

Send these details to:

Groups Department
Mission Travel
Suite 6, 670 Canterbury Rd
Surrey Hills VIC 3127

or email groups@missiontravel.com.au or call 1300 554 654.

The tour balance is due no later than 90 days prior to departure. An invoice will be sent prior to this.

Payment can be made by direct deposit into our bank account:

BSB 033 039
Account 829132
Reference: NT Letters + surname

Visa/Mastercard payments attract a 1.5% fee and American Express a 3.5% fee.

FAQs

 

How do I book?

Space on this amazing tour is strictly limited so please book in as soon as you can. 
Please complete a Mission Travel Booking Form and send to us with a $500 deposit to:

Mission Travel - Groups Dept
Suite 6, 670 Canterbury Rd
Surrey Hills VIC 3127
Tel: 61 (0)3 9890 6555
Email:groups@missiontravel.com.au

 

Flights

International airfares are NOT included in the tour price. Mission Travel is happy to assist you with your flight arrangements. Please email us at groups@missiontravel.com.au for assistance.

Travel Extensions

You are very welcome to extend your stay or continue on elsewhere after the tour. We do however strongly recommend that all additional arrangements only be made once the tour is GUARANTEED to depart (having met minimum numbers).

Mission Travel is a full service travel agency and can assist you with all additional arrangements. This makes your holiday experience much easier with all bookings held by the same agent.

Hotels

Athens – Crowne Plaza Hotel

Thessalonica – Capsis Hotel

Kalambaka – Amalia Hotel

Greek Cruise – Celestyal Cruises

Frequent Flyer miles

These group fares are applicable for accrual of frequent flyer miles with Emirates. To join the  frequent flyer program go online to www.emirates.com 

Travellers with Qantas frequent flyer memberships are also welcome to nominate this for points.

We request the frequent flyer numbers for any travellers wanting to accrue points for this journey via the booking form or no later than the final payment deadline.

Passports and Visas

Australian passport holders DO NOT require a visa for Greece. A special visa to visit Ephesus is arranged by the cruise company.

Rooming

Prices are based on a twin shared room containing two single beds. A request to share is accepted at the time of booking. Clients electing to twin share with an unknown partner of the same gender do so in the full knowledge that Mission Travel cannot guarantee the compatibility or medical fitness of your room mate. A single supplement surcharge will apply at the time of booking. This surcharge will be refunded if Mission Travel is able to provide a suitable partner.

Travel Insurance

It is mandatory to have travel insurance and it is strongly recommended to take out a policy at the time of paying your deposit.

For a quote and automatic 20% discount click HERE

Travel Vaccinations

Mission Travel does not advise on travel vaccinations. Please consult with your GP or check out www.traveldoctor.com.au about relevant vaccinations.
Please ensure you have an up to date tetanus shot.

Booking and Payment Deadlines

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is payable to secure your place on the tour.

The balance of payment is due 90 days prior to departure 

Payments made by Credit cards incur fees (1.5% for Visa/Mastercard & 3.5% for American Express). 
Direct deposits into our Bank account & cheques are welcome.

Account details:
BSB 033 039 Account number 829132
Mission Travel Pty Ltd
Use your surname as the reference

Cancellation Penalties

The $500 deposit is non refundable.
If the tour is cancelled by Mission Travel (due to lack of number or security concerns) your deposit will be refunded.

Cancellation 90-45 days prior to departure – 50% cancellation fee of total tour cost

Cancellation less than 45 days prior to departure or once the tour has commenced – NO REFUND

It is vital that you are adequately insured for unforeseen cancellation.


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