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Tuesday, Day 1: Athens arrival
Arrive at Athens International Airport, meet with our assistant and transfer to the hotel. Your journey to the Biblical land of Greece begins! Travel in time, exploring a city with a history of more than 5,000 years! Temples, churches and museums blend with neoclassical buildings, quaint shops and cafes, in a vibrant cosmopolitan bustle that will inspire your mind!
Wednesday, Day 2: Full Day Athens
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Athens, including a visit to the Acropolis, as well as a panoramic tour of the highlights of the city. We will also visit Mars’ Hill (Aeropagus) (Acts 17:22) where Apostle Paul delivered his soul-stirring sermon. Continue to ancient Agora where Apostle Paul reasoned with the most skeptical audience he met in the course of his travels. Our tour ends with a visit to the National Archaeological Museum, which displays finds from all parts of the ancient Greek world that date from Neolithic times to the last years of the Roman Empire. Rest of the day is free to wander through the Plaka and Monastiraki districts, where old combines with new as you discover shops and restaurants full of Greek delicacies.
Thursday, Day 3: Ancient Corinth & Acrocorinth
Enjoy a morning drive along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf and passing by the historic Corinthian Canal. After a short photo stop we proceed to visit ancient Corinth (Acts 18:1-18) where the Apostle Paul came and worked, established a thriving church, subsequently sending three epistles to this city, one of which is lost but can be located in 1 Cor. 5:9-10. We see all of the sites associated with his ministry: the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, the Roman Odeon, the Bema, Gallio’s Seat and the Pavement of Erastus. After a visit to the important Archaeological Museum we continue with a climb up to Acrocorinth, the fortress acropolis of ancient & medieval Corinth with an amazing view across the Corinthian and Saronic Gulfs.
Friday, Day 4: Athens – Embarkation on 3 Day Cruise - Mykonos
In the morning transfer to the port of Piraeus/Lavrion and the cruise ship for our 3-day Cruise to the Greek islands and Turkey. In the afternoon (6:00 p.m.), stop at Mykonos and stroll on your own through the whitewashed, flower-decked alleyways, climbing to the sculpture church of Paraportiani or along the waterfront of “Little Venice” to the famous windmills. Sail for Kusadasi in Turkey at 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, Day 5: Kusadasi, Turkey & Patmos, Greece
At 07:00 a.m. we dock at Kusadasi in Turkey, starting point for our optional excursion to the ancient city of Ephesus (Acts 18:19-21).The Apostle Paul preached to the Ephesians and lived here for three years. We tour the spectacular ruins where excavations still continue in this once great city. At 1 p.m. sail for Patmos, Greece (Rev 1:9). At 4 p.m. arrive Patmos. Enjoy an optional tour to the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist and the Grotto of the Revelation. Return to the ship and sail for Heraklion, Crete at 9 p.m.
Sunday, Day 6: Heraklion, Crete - Santorini
At 7 a.m. we arrive at Heraklion, Crete (Acts 27:7-13). Optional excursion to the Minoan Palace of Knossos, home of King Minos and the legendary Minotaur (half-bull and half-man). Sail for Santorini at 11:30 a.m., where we arrive at 4:30 p.m. Ride a donkey or the cable car up to the white-washed town of Thera, perched high on the rim of the ancient volcano. Sail for Piraeus/Lavrion port at 9:30 p.m.
Monday, Day 7: Athens departure
Early morning arrival at the port of Piraeus/Lavrion. As you reflect on these past few days, full of history and spiritual inspiration, you will be transferred to Athens International Airport for your flight home.
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