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Steps of Paul

Available dates : 3-20 May 2018

Greece and Turkey 

The inspiration for this tour is a man whose own travels more than two thousand years ago changed the world forever – the apostle Paul. 
Our journey follows parts of Paul’s missionary journeys where his mission was to share the gospel with the Gentiles,
as well as challenge the gods of the Roman empire & Greek society.
This legacy now lives on in modern Greece and Turkey today.

This tour will bring the book of Acts and the Epistles to life!
Please join us in travelling with other Christians to explore this amazing bible land

 

Itinerary

Thursday 3 May 2018 Fly to Athens

All tour participants travelling on our group flights depart in the evening bound for Athens.

Friday 4 May 2018: Arrive Athens

Upon arrival into Athens you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your accommodation where you will spend the night. Check-in at the hotel and then rest of the afternoon free to relax or explore, before a short briefing meeting followed by dinner at the hotel.

HOTEL: Crystal City or similar in Athens
MEALS: In-flight & Dinner

Saturday 5 May 2018: Athens - Free day

Today is a free day to explore Athens before returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

HOTEL: Crystal City or similar in Athens
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

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Sunday 6 May 2018: Athens – Kalambaka

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.

At 8.30a.m, we will start our journey to Northern Greece. We will pass by the towns of Thebes, connected with the tragedy of King Oedipus, Lamia and Trikala. In early afternoon we will arrive in Kalambaka.

After check-in at hotel we will enjoy a spectacular drive up to Meteora monasteries in the afternoon.
We will visit one of the Monasteries and return to hotel for dinner and overnight in Kalambaka.
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HOTEL: Famissi or similar in Kalambaka
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinne

Monday 7 May 2018: Meteora - Berea - Thessaloniki

This morning we will visit another monastery before heading to Thessaloniki. We will also stop in a workshop to see how icons are made. After a short lunch break we will depart from Kalambaka and drive to Berea. Here we will have 15 minutes for devotion at the site of the Byzantine mosaic monument commemorating the preaching of Paul. We will then continue on to Thessaloniki where we arrive in the afternoon. We will drive along Via Egnatia and we will see the Rotunda (St. George’s Basilica) and the Arch of Galerius. We will also see the White Tower and St. Demetrius Church which is dedicated to the patron saint of the city. Check-in at hotel followed by dinner and overnight.
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HOTEL: El Greco or similar in Thessaloniki
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

Tuesday 8 May 2018: Thessaloniki – Apollonia – Amphipolis - Kavala

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out to continue our journey eastwards until we reach Apollonia where we will see ruins of a 4th century basilica. Recently discovered tomb is dated to the last quarter of 4th century BC, however is not open to the public.
We will continue on to Amphipolis to see the Lion Statue which is a 4th century BC tomb sculpture. It is believed that was set up to honour an important admiral of Alexander the Great.
Our last stop will be at Kavala where we will arrive in the afternoon for check-in at hotel. Dinner and overnight in Kavala.

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HOTEL: Oceanis or similar in Kavala
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

Wednesday 9 May 2018: Kavala - Philippi - Alexandroupolis

Breakfast at hotel and check-out. We depart from Kavala after a panoramic tour of the city and drive about 30 minutes to reach Philippi. Paul visited this city on his second missionary journey (49-51 AD) it was the first congregation in Europe. Later he sent his Philippian letters from here, which became part of the New Testament. We will also see the river where the first European lady, Lydia was baptized.


Continue on our way towards Greek/Turkish borders for our last overnight at Alexandroupolis. Check in at hotel for dinner and overnight.

HOTEL: Alexander Beach in Alexandroupolis
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

Thursday 10 May 2018: Alexandroupolis – Gallipoli - Canakkale

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. We leave Greece for a short journey as we head towards the border to make our way into Turkey. We will bid farewell to our Greek guide and driver here. After border formalities (Customs & Visa Procedures) we board the Turkish coach & meet our new local guide.

Once in Turkey we will make a brief stop for lunch (at your own expense). We will then enjoy a scenic drive on the national highway on the northwest coast of Turkey. We will visit Gallipoli World War
I battlefields (Lone Pine - Australian Memorial, Chunuk Bair - New Zealand Memorial, ANZAC Cove) The Nek and the Gallipoli Museum. We will then continue on to Eceabat port where we will cross by ferry the Dardanelles straights to reach Canakkale. We check-in at hotel for dinner and overnight.

HOTEL: Helen or similar in Canakkale
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

Friday 11 May 2018: Canakkale – Troy – Troas - Pergamum

After breakfast we will depart from Canakkale and visit Troy, the home of legendary Trojan War with the replica of the wooden horse. We will then travel to Alexandria Troas and the port of Assos, both of which were included in St Paul’s missionary journeys. We will then continue our journey towards Bergama (Pergamum) for a lunch break. We will see the Red Basilica before we check-in at hotel for dinner and overnight in Pergamum.

HOTEL: Berksoy Hotel or similar in Bergama
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

Saturday 12 May 2018: Pergamum – Thyatira - Izmir

Breakfast and check out. We will visit the Acropolis of Pergamum and the ancient healing centre of Asclepeios, god of healing, before heading to Izmir. On our way we will make a brief stop in Thyatira to see the ruins of an early church. Continue on to Izmir for late afternoon check-in at hotel for dinner and overnight.

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HOTEL: SC INN or similar in Izmir
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

Sunday 13 May 2018: Izmir – St Polycarp – Sardis – Philadelphia - Pamukkale

Early morning breakfast at hotel and check out. Morning visit to St. Polycarp church before the panoramic drive to see the highlights of Izmir. We will then depart on our way to Sardis, one of the most picturesque areas of any of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 3:1-4; 1:11]. This city was the capital of the ancient Lydian kingdom of the 6th century BC, portrayed as a dying church. We visit the great Temple of Artemis and the Temple of Cybele, which became a Byzantine Church, some ancient Lydian houses and the restored gymnasium and reconstructed Synagogue. We will then continue our tour with a visit to Philadelphia, nowadays called Alasehir, which is another of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 3:7]. We will see the remains of a Byzantine basilica built of brick, with a bit of high arch and some 11th century frescoes. Our last stop is Pamukkale where we check-in for dinner and overnight.

HOTEL: Lycus River, Pamukkale
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

Monday 14 May 2018: Hierapolis – Laodicea – Colossae – Kusadasi

Breakfast at hotel and check-out. This morning we will tour Ancient Hierapolis (martyrium of Apostle Philip, Gate of Domitian, Arcadian Way, Necropolis) & the Calcium Terraces. The therapeutic waters were known to the founders of Hierapolis and of Laodicea in 190 BC. Afterwards, it will be a short drive to Laodicea where we will see the ancient theatre, the remains of the basilica and the stone water pipes. We then pass by Colossae before arriving at hotel in Kusadasi.

HOTEL: Sozer or similar in Kusadasi
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

Tuesday 15 May 2018: Ephesus – St John’s Basilica - Kusadasi

After breakfast we will enjoy a morning visit to St. John’s Basilica where we will have 15 minutes devotion. We will stop for lunch at Bizim Ev restaurant (at your own expense).
After lunch we visit Ephesus to see Baths of Scholastica, Temple of Hadrian, the Library and the Theatre. We continue our tour with a short stop in a rug making store to watch the demonstration. We will arrive back at hotel in Kusadasi at around 3pm.
After dinner the guide may take us to city centre of Kusadasi to walk around and do last minute shopping. Overnight in Kusadasi.


HOTEL: Sozer or similar in Kusadasi
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

 
 
Wednesday 16 May 2018: Kusadasi - Patmos

Early breakfast at the hotel in time to depart for port to embark on ferry at 7.00am.
Bid farewell to our Turkish guide this morning as we depart Turkey. After customs formalities we will board our chartered boat for our relaxing journey to the Greek island of Patmos. We will share devotions during this trip.
Upon arrival at 10.30am in Skala port our luggage will be transferred to the hotel by mini-van while the group will take the short walk to the hotel (as the streets are too narrow for a large coach). The remainder of the day is at leisure for lunch and to enjoy this typical Greek Island.
Dinner at local restaurant in Patmos. Overnight at hotel.

HOTEL: Skala in Patmos
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

Thursday 17 May 2018: Patmos - Overnight Ferry

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out (leave packed suitcases with reception).
At 9.00am we will commence a morning tour of the Monastery of St John and the cave of the Apocalypse. We will have 15 minutes for devotional segment at outside area adjacent to the cave.
We will then return to Skala for free time for lunch. We will have free afternoon to explore or do some last minute shopping. Make your own way back to the hotel to retrieve your luggage.
Dinner will be at local restaurant before embarkation on the night ferry departing at 23.55 for our journey back to the Port of Piraeus (Athens). Overnight in twin-berth inside cabins on board.

HOTEL: BLUE STAR - Overnight Ferry
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

Friday 18 May2018: Athens arrival - Athens & Corinth

Upon arrival at 8am at Piraeus port we meet the local guide and drive on our way to Corinth.
We enjoy the scenic drive along the Saronic Gulf and then we stop at the historic Corinth Canal for photos and refreshments. We will then visit ancient Corinth and the nearby small archaeological museum. Here we will share 15 minutes for devotions. After the visit we will return to Athens for a lunch break. We will then continue our tour with a visit to Acropolis Hill, to see Parthenon Temple, Erechteion and the Temple of Athens Nike. Here we will enjoy the breathtaking views of the city overlooking the ancient agora, the Odeon and the theatre of Dionyssos. We will then walk to nearby Mars Hill where Paul preached to the Athenians and delivered his well know sermon about the “Unknown God”. Before the check-in we will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city to see the highlights. Farewell dinner at hotel and overnight in Athens.

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HOTEL: Crystal City or similar in Athens
MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

Saturday 19 May 2018: Athens Departure

Enjoy the morning at leisure. We have a pickup from hotel for transfer to Athens International Airport for your flight home.

MEALS: Breakfast & in flight

Tour Guide

This tour will have a tour guide. This page will be updated when a tour guide has been secured.

Information Sessions

Information sessions will be held in late July once pricing is finalised.
Watch this space for more details or to express interest in attending please email groups@missiontravel.com.au 

 

Cost

$ per person

Inclusions:

- Return economy class airfares from Australia to Athens flying Etihad, Emirates or similar

-  7 nights accommodation at 3* hotels in mainland Greece ( 4* hotel only in Alexandroupolis)

-  1 night accommodation at 3* hotel in Patmos island, Greece

-  6 nights accommodation at 3* hotels in Turkey

-  1 night on board of the night ferry from Patmos to Athens

-  Daily Buffet Breakfast & Dinner 

-  English speaking escorted group transfers on arrivals at ports/airports & departures from ports/airports

-  All land transportation by private FULLY air conditioned luxury insured motor coach with experienced driver in Greece and Turkey

-  All sightseeing tours in Greece & Turkey with the services of local professional English speaking Bible oriented tour guides

-  Entrance fees to the historical/archaeological/biblical sites as specified in the itinerary.

-  Private bus tour to St John Monastery and Cave of Apocalypse with local English speaking professional tour guide fees and entry fees

-  One Way ferry from Patmos to Piraeus Port in twin or triple inside cabins (no meals on board)

-  Chartered ferry from Kusadasi to Patmos

-  Whisper sets during the tours in Greece and Turkey (except for Patmos)

-  Tips to local bus drivers, guides, escorts

(Return economy class airfares from Australia to Athens flying Etihad, Emirates or similar (full tour package only) 

Exclusions 
- Travel insurance

-  All personal expenses

- In/Out porterage at hotels

- Visa for Turkey to be pre purchased on line at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/ en/ 

- Breakfast on arrival day from Patmos

- Lunches, drinks and beverages during the land tours 

- Tips to hotel and restaurant staff

- Any other services not mentioned as being included

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

  1. Complete the Mission Travel Booking 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

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 Monday 6 February 2018.

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

BSB 033 050
Account 325074
Reference: Steps of Paul + surname

Visa/Mastercard payments attract a 1.2% fee and American Express a 3.2% 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 flights are expected to be with Emirates Airlines to/from Melbourne as follows:

EK 407  3 MAY depart Melbourne 9.25pm arrive Dubai 5.30am 4 May
EK 209 4 MAY depart Dubai 10.50am arrive Athens 3.30pm

EK 210 19 MAY depart Athens 6.05pm arrive Dubai 11.35pm
EK 408 20 MAY depart Dubai 2.40am arrive Melbourne 9.50pm

International flights are with Emirates Airlines to/from Sydney as follows:

EK 413 3 MAY depart Sydney 9.10pm arrive Dubai 5.40am 4 MAY
EK 209 4 MAY depart Dubai 10.50am arrive Athens 3.30pm

EK 210 19 MAY depart Athens 6.05pm arrive Dubai 11.35pm
EK 414 20 MAY depart Dubai 2.15am arrive Sydney 10.05pm

International flights are with Emirates Airlines to/from Brisbane as follows:

EK 435 3 MAY depart Brisbane 9.00pm arrive Dubai 5.10am 4 MAY
EK 209 4 MAY depart Dubai 10.50am arrive Athens 3.30pm

EK 210 19 MAY depart Athens 6.05pm arrive Dubai 11.35pm
EK 432 20 MAY depart Dubai 2.30am arrive Brisbane 12.55am 21 MAY

You are welcome to fly Emirates from Adelaide or Perth - please contact us for details.

Baggage Allowance

Emirates economy class passengers can check in 30kg of baggage & are permitted one piece of carry-on baggage that may not exceed 22 x 15 x 8 inches (55 x 38 x 20cm) & must weigh no more than 7kg. An excess will be charged for any baggage over these limits.

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.

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.

Hotels

Hotel List  (Subject to change)

GREECE

Crystal City Hotel – Athens (2 nights)
4, Achilleos str. (Karaiskaki sq.)
104 37, Athens
Tel: +30 210 5205145
Web: http://www.crystalcity.gr/

Hotel Famissi – Kalambaka (1 night)

103 Trikalon Street,
42200 Kalambaka, Greece
Tel: +30 24320 24117
Web: http://www.famissihotel.com/  

El Greco Hotel – Thessaloniki (1 night)
23 Egnatia Str.
54630 Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel: +30 2310 520 620
Web: http://www.hotelelgreco.gr/

Oceanis Hotel – Kavala (1 night)
32, Erithrou Stavrou
654 03 Kavala
Tel: +30 2510 221 981
Web: http://www.oceaniskavala.gr/en/

Alexander Beach – Alexandroupolis (1 night)
2nd km Nat. Rd Alexandroupolis - Komotini
681 00 Alexandroupolis
Tel: +30 25510 39290
Web: http://www.alexbh.gr/index_en.htm

TURKEY

Helen Hotel – Canakkale (1 night)
Kemalpasa Mah.
Tekke Sokak No:10
Canakkale
Tel: +90 286 212 18 18
Web: http://www.helenhotel.com/pages/en/home.php?lang=EN

Berksoy Hotel – Bergama (1 night)
Bahçelievler, Atatürk Blv. No:128
Tel: +90 232 633 2595
Web: http://www.berksoyhotel.com/en-US/

Sc Inn Hotel – Izmir (1 night)
Mursel Pasa Bulvari No:12
Tel: +90 232 455 60 00
Web: http://www.scinnboutique.com/

Lycus River Hotel – Pamukkale (1 night)
Karahayit - Pamukkale
Tel: +90 258 271 43 41
Web: http://www.lycusriver.com/lycusriver/en

Sozer Hotel – Kusadasi (2 nights)
Yat Limam Karsisi
Kusadasi
Tel: +90 256 614 89 36 39
Web: http://www.hotelsozer.com.tr/

GREECE

Skala Hotel – Patmos (1 night)
Skala, Patmos
Tel: +30 22470 31343
Web: http://www.skalahotel.gr/index.php?lang=en

Blue Star – overnight ferry – Patmos to Athens (1 night)
*Departing Patmos, departing at 11.55pm (2355hrs)
*Arriving Athens (Piraeus Port),  ETA 8.00am (0800hrs)
*Subject to change!

Crystal City Hotel – Athens (2 nights)
4, Achilleos str. (Karaiskaki sq.)
104 37, Athens
Tel: +30 210 5205145
Web: http://www.crystalcity.gr/

Passports and Visas

Australian passport holders DO NOT require a visa for Greece. A visa is required for Turkey and must be processed online at www.evisa.gov.tr   

Please note the Turkey e-Visa can only be applied for within 3 months of your arrival into Turkey.  
Each traveller will need to provide the requested information (after the application is approved) make online payment and download their e-Visa.
The cost is USD$60 or EUR45. We will request for each client to forward a copy of the e visa to our office to ensure all travellers have a visa prior to departure. Furthermore, we require passport details in advance. Each traveller must forward a PHOTOCOPY of their current passport front photo & information page. Passports must have 6 months validity on them from the return date of travel and at least 4 blank pages.

Any advice regarding passports and visas are relevant only to travellers on Australian passports. If anyone is travelling on a FOREIGN passport, Mission Travel must be advised immediately to source accurate visa and entry requirements. Any arrangements relating to foreign passports and entry requirements may attract a different process and fees may apply.

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 n the tour.

The balance of payment is due 90 days prior to departure which is on or before Monday 8 January 2018. An invoice will be forwarded to you prior to this date. 
Payments made by Credit cards incur fees (1.2% for Visa/Mastercard & 3.2% for American Express). 
Direct deposits into our Bank account & cheques are welcome.

Account details:
BSB 033 050 Account number 325 074
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.

More questions?

Please don't hesitate to contact is for assistance.

Audrey Warren is your tour consultant and can be contacted by email audrey@missiontravel.com.au or call the office on 03 9890 6555.

Appointments at our Surrey Hills (VIC) office are welcome Monday to Friday 9am -5.00pm

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