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Travel in the steps of Apostle Paul through Thessalonica, Philippi, Berea,
Athens and Corinth

A wonderful way to visit all of the places where the Apostle Paul
established Christian Churches in Greece

Relax on a 3-day cruise to the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Patmos, Crete
and Santorini
Visit the ancient city of Ephesus

May 15-23, 2019
with Bible Oriented Tour Guides

US$ 3,130 per person in central 4* hotels

PAUL’S MISSIONARY JOURNEY IN GREECE
WITH 3-DAY CRUISE TO THE GREEK ISLANDS & ANCIENT EPHESUS


DAY 1, May 15 2019 Wednesday ARRIVAL
Welcome to Athens! 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 stimulate your senses and inspire your mind!


DAY 2, May 16 2019 Thursday
TEMPLE OF PARTHENON – MARS’ HILL – ACROPOLIS MUSEUM
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Athens. Climb up to the marble capped Acropolis Hill and visit the famous Parthenon and Erechtheion Temples. We then walk to nearby Mars' Hill (Areopagus) (Acts 17:22) where Paul delivered his soul-stirring sermon to the giants of philosophy, logic and learning and spoke about the inscription: “to an unknown god”. Continue with a visit to the magnificent Acropolis Museum and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city highlights including the Panathenaic Stadium, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where we view the changing of the guards and Temple of Olympian Zeus. 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.


DAY 3, May 17 2019 Friday PIRAEUS – MYKONOS, GREECE
In the morning transfer to the port of Piraeus 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 at 11:00 p.m.


DAY 4, May 18 2019 Saturday ANCIENT EPHESUS, TURKEY - PATMOS, GREECE
At 07:00 a.m. we dock at Kusadasi in Turkey, starting point for our 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 in Patmos, where we join a 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.


DAY 5, May 19 2019 Sunday KNOSSOS PALACE IN CRETE - SANTORINI
At 7 a.m. we arrive at Heraklion, Crete (Acts 27:7-13) for our 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 Lavrion port at 9:30 p.m.


DAY 6, May 20 2019 Monday RETURN TO ATHENS – ANCIENT CORINTH
At 7 a.m. arrive in Piraeus. We disembark after breakfast at 8.00am, meet with our Bible Oriented guide and depart for our morning tour out of Athens to Ancient Corinth. On the way, we stop at the historic Corinth Canal. It was Corinth (Acts 18:1-18) where Apostle Paul lived and worked, established a thriving church, subsequently sending two of his epistles now part of the New Testament. Here, we see all of the sites associated with his ministry: the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, the Roman Odeon, the Bema and Gallio’s Seat. We also visit the small local archaeological museum and return to Athens in the afternoon.


DAY 7, May 21 2019 Tuesday ATHENS – BEREA - THESSALONICA
Morning transfer to Athens airport and fly to Thessalonica (Acts 17:1-13), the second largest city of Greece. This important city port on the Via Egnatia was the capital of the province of Macedonia when Paul, Silas, and Timothy visited in 49-50 AD. Meet with your private guide at the airport and first drive to Berea (Acts 17:10-15) where Paul arrived and according to his custom went to the synagogue where, to his pleasant surprise, he discovered that these Jews were “more noble” than those he had encountered in Thessalonica. We see the Byzantine mosaic in the monument commemorating his preaching (Acts 17:10-11). Return to Thessalonica and drive to the upper part of the Old City Walls from where we enjoy the excellent views of the City. Continue to the Byzantine churches of St. Sophia and St. Demetrius. Then join the locals in sampling the exquisite restaurants and stylish cafes.


Day 8, May 22 2019 Wednesday PHILIPPI – KAVALA - THESSALONICA
Private tour to Philippi (Acts 16:12-40; 20:6), with a short stop at the Lion statue of Amphipolis for photos. Visit Philippi, where Paul ministered, to see the river where Lydia is said to have been baptized, the ruins of a Prison where Paul and Silas were kept, the Agora, the 5th and 6th century Basilicas, and the Theater. Continue to Kavala, the ancient port of Neapolis. Late that afternoon return to Thessalonica.


Day 9, May 23 2019 Thursday DEPART FROM THESSALONICA
After witnessing a unique visual and historical experience of the Old and New Testament sites in Greece, this Biblical journey in Greece has come to an end. You will be transferred to the Airport for your departure flight.


You can extend your stay in Thessalonica and visit the archaeological site in Vergina, the ancient city of Aigai and the old capital of the Macedonian kingdom (5th to 2nd century BC). Here you can see one of the most important tombs ever discovered - Philip II of Macedonia, father of Alexander the Great.

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