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ITINERARY
7-DAY “IN THE STEPS OF PAUL” CRUISE
On board the Celestyal Nefeli cruise-ship

MONDAY: ATHENS (LAVRION) – AT SEA
Embark the 7-day cruise at Lavrion port (60km from Athens) and sail to Thessalonica, Greece at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy the evening at sea.

TUESDAY: THESSALONICA – BEREA, GREECE
At 8:00 a.m. we arrive at Thessalonica, Greece. Enjoy the organized tour to the White Tower and see the Basilica of St. Demetrius, the largest church in Greece. We drive by the Arch of Galerius and St. George’s Rotonda. Get a chance to see the International Trade Fair grounds and the “Aristotelion University” towards the Citadel. Alternatively you could join a tour to the Biblical city of Berea (Acts 17:10-14). First stop is Vlatadon Monastery in Thessalonica and following, within one hour drive we arrive in Berea. We see the Byzantine mosaic commemorating Apostle Paul’s preaching. We will also visit Paul’s Tribune “Bema” and the Church of Christ. Return to Thessalonica port and sail to Kavala, Greece at 6:00 p.m.     

WEDNESDAY: KAVALA, GREECE
At 8:00 a.m. we call at Kavala, the ancient port of Neapolis (Acts 16:11), starting point for the organized excursion to Philippi (Acts 16:12-18), where Apostle Paul came and worked, establishing a strong church. We see the river where Lydia is thought to have been baptized, the ruins of a prison where Paul and Sylas were incarcerated. We visit the archaeological site, where you’ll marvel at the forum, the walls, the two basilicas and the theater. We leave Philippi for a short drive back to Kavala, where we’ll visit Paul’s monument commemorating his landing in Neapolis. Return to Kavala port and sail to Istanbul, Turkey at 4:00 p.m.     

THURSDAY: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Arrive Istanbul, Turkey at 9:30a.m. Enjoy an optional historical tour of the city’s Byzantine & Ottoman Relics including the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, Aghia Sophia Church Museum with its Byzantine mosaics, and Topkapi Palace. At 8:00 p.m. sail to Dikili, Turkey.

FRIDAY: DIKILI, TURKEY
At 12:00 noon we dock at Dikili, Turkey. Join your tour to Ancient Pergamum. “Pergamum” means fortress or acropolis. One of the seven churches addressed in Revelation, the city was the center of a large kingdom and retained its status as a political and cultural metropolis during the Byzantine period. After visiting the Acropolis, we’ll attend mass in the Red Basilica, built in the 2nd century. Continue for a delicious lunch in a local restaurant and then drive to the remains of the Asklepion, one of the world’s first hospitals. We see the theater, the lecture halls and the library. Return to Dikili and sail to Kusadasi, Turkey at 8:00 p.m.

SATURDAY: KUSADASI – EPHESUS - MILETUS , TURKEY
At 8:00 a.m. we call at Kusadasi, Turkey, starting point for your organized excursion to the ancient cities of Ephesus and Miletus. Our first stop after leaving the lovely Kusadasi, is the House of the Virgin Mary. Visit Ancient Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionia, where the Apostle Paul preached and lived for three years (Acts 18:19-21). You can wander through the Odeon and the Prytaneion, then stroll between the marble colonnades of Curetes Street to visit Trajan’s Fountain, Hadrian’s Temple, the Scholastica Baths and the astonishing Terrace Houses. Nearby, where Curetes Street becomes Marble Street, is the spectacular Library of Celsus, which has been almost entirely reconstructed. The Great Theater of Ephesus, where Paul once preached, was carved into the side of Mt. Pion in the 4th century BC. From Ancient Ephesus we drive to the Rug Village for lunch and a demonstration of traditional Turkish carpet weaving. Then we are heading to the ancient city of Miletus, near the coast, which was one of the greatest and wealthiest cities in the ancient Greek world. Paul stopped here on his Third Missionary Journey, on his way back to Jerusalem.Return to Kusadasi and sail for Patmos, Greece at 11:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: PATMOS - SYROS, GREECE
At 6:30 a.m. we arrive at Patmos, Greece, where the Apostle John was exiled and wrote the Book of Revelation (Rev 1:9). The first visit of our tour is St. John’s Monastery and the Grotto of the Revelation. We return to Plaka, where you’ll have free time for shopping and a coffee beside the harbor. At 11:30 a.m. sail to Syros, the capital of Cyclades and once the center of all trade activities. You can still see and admire the mansions built by the island’s bankers, merchants and ship owners. Upon our arrival at 6:00 p.m. take the chance to visit Ermoupolis, a beautiful city with cobbled streetsand a magnificent central square. Sail for Lavrion at 11:30 p.m.  

MONDAY: ATHENS (LAVRION)
At 6:00 a.m. arrive at the port of Lavrion. Disembark after breakfast.


DEPARTURE 2017
FROM ATHENS (LAVRION)
OCTOBER 27

Accommodation
Inside and outside cabin categories. All meals are included (from lunch on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation).“White” drink package of non-alcoholic drinks is also included.      

Transfer       
We can arrange your transfers to and from the cruise ship. Please advise your transfer requirements on your request.

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