In the Footsteps of St. Paul with Agean Cruise with Father Mike Davis & Tess Shore
13-Day Pilgrimage Includes:
Round-trip airfare, non-stop from Philadelphia to Athens including all taxes & fees
Meet and Assist upon arrival by your Homeric Tours representative
Private air-conditioned motor coach with an English-speaking guide
4-Night accommodations in Athens at the centrally located Amalia Hotel
Athens City tour including the Acropolis and its Museum
Half day Ancient Corinth excursion included
Steps of Paul excursion with 2 Night accommodations at the Capsis Hotel in Thessaloniki
1-Night accommodations at the Amalia Hotel in Kalambaka
1-Night accommodations at the Amalia Hotel in Delphi
BREAKFAST & DINNER daily during land excursions and in Athens
3-Day Cruise to the Greek Islands with Celestyal Cruises with inside cat. IA cabins and ALL MEALS included on board.
KUSADASI: Ephesus through the Ages,
PATMOS: St. Johns Grotto and Monastery, HERAKLION: Palace of Knossos, SANTORINI: Spectacular OIA Village
Alcohol and non-alcohol drink package included on board
Port taxes, Fuel surcharge and all gratuities on board valued at $159.00 pp are included
Personal Cruise escort on board
Hotel taxes and service charges
All transfers included
All entrance fees included as per your itinerary
Porterage of 1 suitcase per person at the hotels (24/7 Hour
USTOA 1 Million traveler assistance program at no additional cost
Daily mass & time for personal prayer.
Cost Per Person: $4995 pp/double
We will depart from our overnight flight to Athens. Breakfast and dinner will be served on board B, D
After we have completed passport control obligations, we will be met by our Homeric Tours representative and transfer by private, deluxe air-conditioned coach to our Hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure to adjust to your new time zone. In the evening a welcome dinner is included at the hotel. D
ATHENS (CITY TOUR)
Today you will have a city tour of Athens starting at the Dipylon Gate near the ancient Roman market. Then visit the Temple of Hephastos, spend time exploring the ancient Agora, and visit the rebuilt Stoa of Attalus with its museum. Visit the water-clock of Andronicos, the Roman Market and Hadrian's Library. Climb Mars Hill, associated with Paul's address to the councilors and philosophers of the Areopagus; and see St. Paul's well and the foundations of the church dedicated to Dionysius the Areopagite, one of St. Paul's converts (Acts 17:16-34). After visiting the famous Athens Acropolis, continue your tour including the Filopapou Monument, Hadrian's Arch and the Olympic Stadium, built of marble when the Olympic Games were revived in 1896 and now being refurbished for the Summer Olympics in August 2004. Visit the Acropolis Museum to see outstanding treasures from throughout Greece. Overnight at your hotel in Athens. B, D
ATHENS - CORINTH - ATHENS
Breakfast at your hotel. Corinth - Acts 18:1 -18. This morning you will visit Corinth, where St. Paul arrived in A.D. 50 -51 to preach Christ. Stop at the archeological site housing many statues and artifacts. The site includes the Temple of Apollo; the Roman Agora; the Bema Courthouse, where his enemies brought the Apostle before Gallio; the pavement inscription of Erastus; the Roman Lechaion Road and the lower Fountain of Peirene. It was in Corinth that St. Paul wrote First Thessalonians and also, most likely, his Epistle to the Romans. Also, it was here that Paul encountered a multiplicity of problems in the congregation that seem to continue in today's churches. Independent lunch. Then, we continue to visit Mycenae, the most powerful, brilliant and sovereign influence in Greece up to 1100 B.C. when it was destroyed by fire. One enters the acropolis through the Lion Gate, the oldest example of monumental sculpture in Europe. Inside the walls, excavations have uncovered the palace complex, a grave circle with six royal tombs,courtiers' houses, sanctuaries and other important buildings. Continue to Athens and enroute cross the Corinth Canal, stopping briefly to learn the history of this famous man-made construction - one of the Seven Wonders of the modern world. Then continue to Athens, the most important city-state in ancient Greece, and the capital of modern Greece since 1834. In New Testament times Athens was the intellectual capital of the Mediterranean world. Dinner & overnight at hotel in Athens. B, D
After breakfast at our hotel in Athens we depart for Thessaloniki with afternoon, arrive into Thessaloniki. Your luggage will be transferred to a grand touring bus (porterage is included in each hotel upon arrival and departure throughout your tour) and soon you will be on your way to your hotel in Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki is the capital of northern Greece. St. Paul had affection for its inhabitants "from whom sounded out the word of the Lord." Dinner and overnight at hotel in Thessaloniki. B, D
Breakfast at your hotel. Amphipolis - Acts 17:1. Traveling east by coach, pass Apollonia to arrive at Amphipolis and visit part of the extensive site, including the North Wall. See both Beta and Gamma gates, and the remains of Strymon Bridge. View the 4th century B.C. Lion Statue that was prominent on the ancient Egnatian Way that St. Paul would have traveled. Kavala - Acts 16:11. Stop near the harbor of Kavala (biblical Neapolis), St. Paul's gateway to Europe - a busy port with striking castle and an imposing aqueduct built by Suleyman the Magnificent. See the Greek Orthodox seaside church (Agia Sofia) that marks Paul's landing spot. (Independent lunch). Philippi - Acts 16:12-40. As a prosperous Roman colony, Philippi had a spacious forum and Agora and a theater which was also a gladiator arena. Nearby there is a crypt, which has been honored since the fifth century as the place of St. Paul's first imprisonment, where Paul and Silas sang hymns and an earthquake set them free. Philippi is the place where the Apostle Paul arrived on the mainland of Europe in response to the vision of a Macedonian he saw at Troas. Here in Philippi St. Paul first preached the Gospel in Europe. (Today's Mass will be celebrated in Philippi at Lydia Springs) Baptismal Site. Outside the ancient city the River Gangites still flows through quiet countryside where St. Paul addressed his first European congregations and the businesswoman Lydia, a "seller of purple," was the first to be baptized. There is a fine chapel commemorating the event. Return to Thessaloniki on the coast road. Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel in Thessaloniki. B, D
THESSALONIKI-PELLA-BEREA-VERGINA - KALAMBAKA
Paul and Silas took the road through Amphipolis and Apollonia and came to Thessalonica.(Acts 17:1) Breakfast at your hotel. (This morning celebrate Mass at the Immaculate Conception Church) Thessaloniki - Acts 17:1-9. In Roman times this commercial and military center reached a population of 200,000, becoming the capital of Macedonia. Christian Focus: See the Churches of St. Paul, the Holy Spirit, Panayia Halkeon, Ahiropoietos, George (the Rotunda) and David. At St. Dimitrios, descend to the crypt where St. Paul is believed to have preached and Dimitrios was later martyred. Pause at the cave and well of St. Paul, the Monastery of Vlattadon and the "House of Jason", built where St. Paul stayed for about three weeks. Depart Thessaloniki and drive west into the mountains to Pella. Visit this royal city of ancient Macedonia and the birthplace of Alexander the Great. Visit the beautiful House of the Lion Hunt and the outstanding mosaics preserved in the museum. Independent lunch. Berea - Acts 17:10-15. Approach Mount Vermion and Veria, (biblical Berea) to see the Hellenic tower and walls; "St. Paul Steps" commemorating the willing audience the Apostle found amongst both Jews and Gentiles; and the Ayios Christos Church marking the growth of the gospel. Independent lunch enroute. Vergina - Stop to visit the local museum and see the Macedonian Tombs. Continue to Kalambaka for hotel check-in. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kalambaka. B, D
METEORA MONASTERIES - DELPHI
Breakfast at your hotel. On the western edge of the plain of Thessaly, just as the Pindus range begins to form, one comes upon a unique phenomenon of nature - 24 perpendicular rocks on which Byzantine monks chose to worship God and built Meteora, their monastic community, about 600 years ago. The "Monasteries Hanging in the Air" are known for their ancient icons. How the monasteries were built on the top of these virtually inaccessible rocks is a subject of fascination for pilgrims and visitors alike. Visit two of these stunning mountain locations. Independent lunch. A journey through contours of diverse landscape: thickly wooded green slopes, hills with pines, oaks, poplars and fast-moving streams separated by flat lands, plateaus and lakes, alternating harmoniously with the countless bays, intricate network of coves - some peaceful, some sheer and rugged. Arrive at Delphi for hotel check-in. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Delphi. B, D
DELPHI - ATHENS
Breakfast at your hotel. This morning, visit the impressive archeological site on the extensive
slopes of Mount Parnassos associated with the mythology and history of the "Oracle." Amongst the many points of interest, you will see the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Doric temple of Apollo, the Sacred Way, the theater (5,000 seats) where the Delphic Festivals were held, the Stadium where the Pythian Games took place every four years. Visit the Kastalian Fountain, the Sanctuary of Athena, and the Tholos of the rotunda. Independent lunch. After we depart for Athens. Overnight accommodations with dinner at your hotel in Athens. B, D
ATHENS - PIRAEUS - MYKONOS
After breakfast at the hotel, we will be transferred to the port city of Piraeus. Here we will board our ship and prepare to sail the Greek Islands and Turkey on our 4-day/3-night cruise. All meals and entertainment will be included while onboard. Our first port of call will be the island of Mykonos. Here, on this jet-set island, beautiful beaches, chic boutiques and elegant nightclubs all vie for the tourist's attention. Beneath its sophisticated surface, however, lies a quintessential Greek island. Hundreds of tiny chapels dot the island and sheep graze in the shadow of whitewashed windmills. Find a table on the waterfront and bask in the serenity of sunset over the picturesque harbor. Be sure to send your regards to Pete the Pelican and then board the ship to sail through the night. B,L,D
KUSADASI - PATMOS
After breakfast onboard the ship, your included shore excursion of nearby Ephesus is included and here, history truly comes to life. Walking towards the ancient harbor, down a marble road rutted by the wheels of countless chariots, you pass architectural masterpieces like the Magnesia Gate and the Library of Celsus before arriving at the Great Amphitheater where St. Paul was arrested and cast out of the city. We return to our ship for lunch and cruise to Patmos. we will arrive on the island of Patmos. This serene island is known as the site of the apocalyptic revelations of St. John the Divine, written here during his exile from the Roman Empire and your included shore excursion allows one to see everything that the island has to offer. The cave where he is said to have lived is now the site of the Monastery of the Apocalypse. In the 11th century, the Abbot Christodoulos founded the Monastery of St. John on one of the island's highest points. Here, priceless icons and manuscripts are on display for all to see. B,L,D
CRETE (HERAKLION)- SANTORINI - SAILING
Good morning, and welcome to Crete. After breakfast onboard the ship, we visit Heraklion, the capitol city of Crete and its main commercial port. Just 3-miles away our included shore excursion are the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos; discovered in 1899 by Sir Arthur Evans and partially reconstructed, the elaborate palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of Ancient Minoan culture. We will then return to the ship and set sail for our next port-of-call.
In the afternoon, we will arrive on the island of Santorini, perhaps the most breathtaking of all Greek islands. Around 1500 B.C., a volcanic eruption destroyed the center of the island, leaving a crescent shaped rim of cliffs around a harbor formed in the volcano's caldera. The town of Fira, and its whitewashed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques, clings to these cliffs, accessible mostly by cable car or donkey. To the south is Akrotiri, where recent Minoan excavations support the theories that Santorini might be the fabled lost continent of Atlantis. Our include shore excursion brings us to the spectacular OIA Village with its breath taking view. Return to the ship for our dinner and overnight sailing back to Athens. B,L,D
ATHENS - USA
After breakfast on board, we will transfer to the airport for our return flight home, along with a stronger belief and firmer commitment to our Christian faith. B
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