Footsteps of Paul and John Tour and Cruise- FPJ18
Number of Days: 11
Net rates NZD per person in twin share cabin:
Standard Inside $4,564
Single supplement plus $734
Standard outside $4,986
Single supplement plus $852
Junior suite $5,966
Single supplement plus $1,554
Port taxes and fees $498
Tour commences Athens Thursday 25 October 2018 and concludes in Athens.
Day 1 Thursday: Athens
Group arrives at the airport. Meet and greet by our representative at the arrivals hall. Transfer to our hotel in central Athens. Orientation meeting, welcome dinner and overnight. D
Day 2 Friday: 7 day cruise
After breakfast we transfer to Lavrion port and embark our cruise ship for seven nights cruise. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board will be included the next days. B,D
Day 3 Saturday: Thessaloniki (8:00-18:00)
Our shore excursion will bring us to “the Bride of Thermaic Gulf” St. Paul preached in the city and wrote two epistles to Ancient Thessalonians. Visit the old city ramparts, the Forum, St George’s church, the ancient Roman monument which transformed into a church and Galerius Arch which rises over the famous via Egnatia. We will also see the beautiful Basilicas of martyred Christian and former distinguished member of Roman army St Demetrius as well as St. Sophia. B,D
Day 4 Sunday: Kavala (8:00-16:00)
From Kavala port we will board our bus and drive to Amphipolis, the most important naval base of Macedonian kingdom. See the fortifications, the famous Amphipolis Lion and from the closest range permitted, the Kasta Hill Tomb site of the last excavations. Continue to Philippi, where St. Paul delivered his first sermon in Europe, sowing the seeds of Christianity. In this site St. Paul baptized a certain woman named Lydia, the first Christian convert in Europe. Among the ruins located above the town’s main road is the prison where Paul and Silas where thrown. We continue into the modern port city of Kavala, ancient Neapolis, where St. Paul accompanied by Luke, Silas and Timothy, first set food in Europe. There will be some free time for walk at the beautiful seaside promenade of the city. B,D
Day 5 Monday: Istanbul (9:30-20:00)
Today you have free time in the beautiful city of Istanbul (Constantinople), you may see or visit among others Hagia Sophia Museum, built in the 4th century during the Byzantine rule of Constantine, Sultanahmet Mosque a unique monument with six minarets, built in the 16th century, Hippodrome, once the scene of chariot races, Grand Covered Bazaar and Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman Sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries. You will have the chance to view the breathtaking Souleiman Mosque and shop your spices from the famous Egyptian Market. B,D
Day 6 Tuesday: Dikili (12:00-20:00)
Pergamum – the church that needed to repent (Revelation 2:12-17) a city perched atop a windswept -mountain along the Turkish coastline and gazing proudly –almost defiantly- over the azure Aegean Sea sit the ruins of the Greek city of Pergamum. Visit Acropolis: The Alter of Zeus, the famous Library, Temple of Athena, Temple of Dionysus, Royal Palaces, Underground Water Reservoirs, City Walla Arsenal, Gymnasiums, Agora, Temple of Trajan and Asclepion perhaps the world’s most famous ancient medical centre. Named after the healing god Asclepius founded during the 4th century BC. B,D
Day 7 Wednesday: Kusadasi (8:00-23:30)
After breakfast, today’s shore excursion will take us to the nearby town of Selcuk for a visit to the Basilica od St. John, housing an immersion baptismal and believed to be the resting place of St. John. We have an excellent overview of Ephesus harbor, the mosque of Jesus and Temple of Artemis, listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Ephesus - the church that had forsaken its first love (Revelation 2:1-7). Visit the Fountains of Trojan, Polio, The Temples of Hadrian and Domition, Private House, the Library of Celsius, Various and Scholastic Baths, Bouloterion the Great Theatre with capacity of 24.000 spectators and the House of Virgin Mary. B,D
Day 8 Thursday: Patmos (6:30-11:30) – Syros (18:00-23:30)
The fortified Monastery of St. John, whose walls are more than 15 meters high, was built with local gray stone. In 1088 St. Christodoulos requested the entire island of Patmos from Byzantine Emperor Alexis I Comnenus so he could found a monastery dedicated to St. John. Even after “The Blessed” was driven from Patmos by pirates, monks continued building the monastery which, within a few centuries, becamean important cultural, religious and spiritual center. Halfway down the mountain to Plaka we stop atthe Holy Grotto of the Apocalypse. Three fissures (a symbol of the Holy Trinity) opened in a wall in the grotto, and St. John heard the voice of God, who granted him a series of visions of the future (revelations), vivid pictures of how the Church would grow, battle the wicked powers of earth and hell and ultimately emerge victorious. The voice commanded the saint to transcribe these visions:St. John dictated the revelations to one of his disciples, Prochoros, and this text became the Book of Revelations. During his time in this sacred cave, St. John also composed the Fourth Gospel.The entrance to the grotto is marked with a mosaic of the visions of the saint. Inside the grotto,the nightly resting place of the saint’s head is fenced off and delineated in beaten silver
PM call at Syros. You have free time to explore the beautiful Ermoupolis, the capital of the island. Stroll around at Miaouli square, see the superb building of the Town hall, designed by the famous Bavarian architect Ziller and Apollo theater, a miniature of La Scala of Milan. B,D
Day 9 Friday: Athens
After breakfast we disembark the ship, pick up the luggage and load our bus for our tour. The striking contrast between breathtaking monuments of glorious past and modern elegant structures is what you will enjoy during your tour of Athens. Visit the Acropolis, the crowning beauty and glory of Ancient Athens, with its many monuments atop its rocky base, including the awesome Parthenon, the Propylea, the temple of Athena Nike, and the Erechtheion, with its Porch of Maidens. Afterwards, we will ascend Mars Hill where St. Paul spoke to the ancient Athenians about the one and only God. What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you…Acts 17:22-31. From here we have an excellent view of the ancient agora; former center of the Athenian public life.Drive to the Roman Temple of Olympic Zeus, the Panathinaikon Stadium (site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896), and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square. See views of government buildings and elegant structures of the 19thcentury. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, and National Library. Continue to the hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight. B,D
Day 10 Saturday: Ancient Corinth tour
After breakfast at hotel we drive to Ancient Corinth site passing the Corinth Canal. And he argued in the synagogue every Sabbath and persuaded Jews and Greeks. And when they opposed and reviled him he shook his garments and said to them “your blood be upon your heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles”…Acts 18:4-6. Here the Apostle worked with Aquila and Priscilla. The mostly Gentile Church he founded here caused him much grief and prompted from him at least four letters to them. Paul’s trial by Gallio took place in the agora (Acts 18:12-17). It is from Corinth, also, that Paul wrote to the Thessalonians. On the return, we visit the ruins of Cenchaeae, the harbour from which St. Paul sailed to Ephesus (Acts 18:18). Continue to hotel for dinner and overnight. B,D
Day 11 Sunday: Depart Athens
Transfer to the airport for our flight back home. B
7 nights sea cruises, ship currently scheduled is the Celestyal Nefeli or similar.
3 nights Athens Hotel Stanley www.hotelstanley.gr or similar
Breakfast and dinner on land, breakfast, lunch and dinner while cruising
“White drink package (house brands)” on cruise
Coach for transfers and shore excursions.
English speaking licensed guide for shore excursions.
All entrance fees as per final itinerary.
- From $4564 Per Person, Twin Share standard inside. Other prices are stated in overview.