Footsteps of Apostle Paul – Faith-Based Travel (TP) - 2014 / 2015

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10 Day Tour from Athens to Athens


Footsteps of Apostle Paul – Faith-Based Travel
The ancient site of Ephesus in Turkey
The ancient site of Ephesus in Turkey
Discover Santorini
Kusadasi is on the Aegean coast and the center of the seaside district
Experience the beautiful views Greece has to offer
Kusadasi is a resort town on Turkeys Aegean coast
Visit Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.”
Discover the Turkish port of Kusadasi
Enjoy the breathtaking views of Santorini
Olympia is the founding city of the Olympics, dated from 776 B.C.E.

Vacation Overview

Start in Athens and enjoy a welcome dinner. Travel to Thessalonika for guided sightseeing of this city named after Alexander the Great’s sister, and an excursion along the ancient route of Apostle Paul to Amphipolis, ancient Philippi, and Kavala (ancient Neapolis). Via Veria, an overnight stay in Kalambaka, then arrive in Meteora to visit the rock-top Varlaam and St. Stephen Monasteries. Return to Athens. In Piraeus, board your ship for a 3-night cruise to Turkey and the Greek Isles. Visit Mykonos and then 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 Corinth, 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.

     

ATHENS
Welcome and farewell dinners with wine; 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

Headsets throughout the tour

Cruise Details:

  • Gratuities to service personnel on board are included.
  • Rotation of ports of call may vary for congestion reasons at certain ports with or without prior notice.
  • Cabin categories: Inside cabin (category IC), Outside cabin (category XD)
  • All cabins with two lower beds and private shower and toilet.
  • Full entertainment program on board.
  • Globus Host service throughout the cruise.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Port taxes are not included.


NOTES:

  • April 20 Departure– Easter Sunday in Athens (April 20)


DAY 1Arrive 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)

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DAY 2Athens–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 to the Thessalonians. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 3Thessalonika. Excursion to Philippi & Kavala

Full-day excursion along the ancient route of Apostle Paul to Amphipolis. Journey to ancient Philippi, which was named after Alexander the Great’s father. This busy Roman colony boasted a great library and theater. In Philippi, Paul preached and established the first church in Europe, which was to whom he wrote one of his epistles while imprisoned in Rome. It was here that Paul met Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She and her household accepted Christ and were baptized in the nearby river. Next, continue to Kavala, ancient port of Neapolis. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Enjoy the gorgeous views of Rome Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Rome Saint Peter 
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DAY 4Thessalonika–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. Continue to Kalambaka. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 5Kalambaka–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)

In Meteora, Greece monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars The Meteora monastery in Greece The monasteries in Meteora, Greece are built on natural sandstone rock pillars Meteora is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece 
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DAY 6Athens–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)

The gorgeous coastline in Mykonos Enjoy a spectacular sunset in Mykonos 
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DAY 7Kusadasi, 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 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)

Walk through the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem The ancient site of Ephesus Ephesus is one of the most beautiful and ancient sites, once known as the capital of the Asian Province of the Roman Empire Kusadasi is a resort town on Turkeys Aegean coast 
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DAY 8Cruising: Heraklion–Santorini

First port of call today is Heraklion on Crete. A few miles away is Knossos, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization, and an optional excursion can be booked. 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)

Sunset over Oia Village on Santorini Island in Greece Experience the beautiful views Greece has to offer Visit Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” Santorini, Greece 
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DAY 9Piraeus (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)

The Parthenon is a temple to the Greek goddess Athena The Parthenon 
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DAY 10Athens

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; sea cruise



Full buffet breakfast; 5 three-course dinners, including welcome and farewell dinners in Athens; plus all meals on board daily featuring full à la carte breakfasts, lunches, and dinners



Ship Information
Four Ways Globus Eliminates the Hassles

VIP Access
Skip the lines and get special treatment at the must-see attractions.

Perfect Hotels
We’ve done the work to find just the right hotels in just the right locations.

Tour Directors
Take your heads out of the guidebook and let expert guides make every destination fascinating.

Transportation
Leave the navigating to us – and just sit back and enjoy the ride.




UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Footsteps of Apostle Paul – Faith-Based Travel:

  • Acropolis Athens
  • Meteroa
  • Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessalonika