Steps of St. Paul: Greece 2018
Announcing the 2018 tour of Greece!
With great pleasure, I would like to invite you to join me this June touring Greece and studying the life and writings of St. Paul.
Dates: June 12-23, 2018
Stops include: Athens – Corinth – Thessalonika – Philippi – Meteora – Piraeus – Mykonos – Ephesus – Patmos – Rhodes – Crete – Santorini – Athens!
Cost: $2,979 (ground only, see inclusions in details)
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DATES, DEADLINES, AND DETAILS
Included in the tour:
- Tour Book (including a journal, hymns, writings of St. Paul, etc.).
- Tour Director, the services of a professional, multilingual Tour Director will be provided throughout.
- A four-day cruise on the Aegean Sea!
- Meals, eleven continental breakfasts, four lunches, and seven dinners.
- Quality hotels.
- Ground transportation: Motorcoaches are fully air-conditioned while touring.
- Sightseeing: Sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary with inside visits (including admission charges) and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description. Sightseeing with local guides where applicable.
- Tips for tour director, driver, porters, etc.
Dates and Deadlines
- February 12, 2018, $250 deposit due.
- April 9, 2018, final payment due and all travel arrangements must be made.
DETAILED ITINERARY (oh man, you guys are going to love this!)
Every day includes prayer, Bible study, devotions, hymns and study of St. Paul’s writings led by Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller.
Day 1 – 12 June (Tuesday) – Arrive in Athens, Greece
Welcome to Athens! Arrive at your hotel where the rest of your day is at leisure to relax or explore. Join together tonight for a welcome dinner. (Dinner)
Day 2 – 13 June (Wednesday) – Athens. Excursion to Eleusis & Corinth
First travel ELEUSIS, site of the ancient Eleusinian Mysteries. Continue to Corinth to visit the EXCAVATIONS, where Apostle Paul worked for 18 months and where he met his faithful followers Aquila and Priscilla. Learn about this ancient city-state and its early church community, which was the recipient of Paul’s two Corinthians epistles. Return to Athens for sightseeing that visits the ACROPOLIS with the Parthenon and AREOPAGUS, where Paul delivered his famous sermon about the identity of the “Unknown God.” (Breakfast)
Day 3 – 14 June (Thursday) – Athens – Thessalonika
Head north to Thessalonika this morning for guided sightseeing. Among the sightseeing is the White Tower, the Ancient Acropolis, Egnatia Ave. and the Byzantine Churches. Included is a visit to DIMITRIOS VASSIKIKA ORTHODOX CHURCH. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4 – 15 June (Friday) – Thessalonika. Excursions to Philippi & Kavala
Today begins along Paul’s route via Amphipolis, a wealthy city in ancient Macedonia, where a large number of Christian churches were built in the 5th and 6th centuries. Next, travel to Philippi, a busy Roman colony with an impressive library and theater. It was here that Paul preached and established the first church in Europe, and to whom he wrote his Philippians epistle while imprisoned in Rome, in which he expressed great fondness for that community. Continue to Kavala, ancient port of Neapolis. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 5 – 16 June (Saturday) – Thessalonika – Veria – Kalambaka
This morning, stop in Veria (called Berea in the New Testament), where Paul and Silas were sent by friends after being accused of treason in Thessalonika. Visit the BEMA OF APOSTLE PAUL, where he preached the gospel to the local community, then continue to Kalambaka, home to the awe-inspiring Meteora monasteries. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 6 – 17 June (Sunday) – Kalambaka – Meteora – Athens
A real highlight is in store today. Situated atop soaring cliffs and rock faces, the Meteora monasteries create one of the most inspirational sites in the world. Visit the HOLY MONASTERY OF VARLAAM, the second-largest of the monasteries, and the HOLY MONASTERY OF ST. STEPHEN, which was bombed by the Nazis during WWII but later was reconstructed by nuns. Here, you will be introduced to the many historical and religious treasures. Return to Athens for an overnight. (Breakfast)
Day 7 – 18 June (Monday) – Athens – Lavrion/Piraeus (Embarkation) – Mykonos
This morning, head for Lavrion/Piraeus, where you will sail into the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea, easily settling into the cruising routine of sunbathing, sipping cool drinks, splashing in the pool, and reveling in the delights prepared by the ship’s expert chefs. Later, dock at the mountainous island of Mykonos with its characteristic windmills and dazzling white houses. Time to wander at whim through narrow paved streets lined with trendy boutiques and shady tavernas before returning on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 – 19 June (Tuesday) – Cruising: Kusadasi, Turkey – Patmos, Greece
Two ports of call today. First, Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. Visit the fascinating Greek, Roman, and Byzantine excavations of Ephesus. Next, join an optional excursion to discover the tiny Greek island of Patmos, and see the Grotto of the Apocalypse. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 – 20 June (Wednesday) – Cruising: Rhodes
All day is dedicated to the island of Rhodes. Explore the sites in the historic Old City with its ramparts and palaces built by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. Visit Lindos with Athena’s temple. And if sightseeing is not your thing, Rhodes’ sun-drenched public beaches and colorful shopping districts are within easy walking distance of the port. Sail from Rhodes around dinnertime. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 – 21 June (Thursday) – Cruising: Heraklion, Crete – Santorini
First port of call today is Heraklion on Crete. A few miles away is KNOSSOS, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization. Afternoon call (weather permitting) at Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” Join one of the optional shore excursions either to the volcano or up to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world’s most breathtaking panoramas. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 – 22 June (Friday) – Lavrion/Piraeus – Athens (Disembarkation)
After breakfast on board, disembark at Lavrion/Piraeus and return to Athens. The remainder of the day is free to catch up on last-minute shopping. Tonight enjoy fantastic farewell dinner in the PLAKA DISTRICT. Sample a glass of ouzo and enjoy a Greek-style, 4-course dinner, with drinks included, at a taverna. Folk dances put you in that special mood reminiscent of Zorba the Greek. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 12 – 23 June (Saturday) – Depart from Athens
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
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The cost for the trip is $2,979. (Please note, this does not include airfare.) Single occupancy, add $740. Triple occupancy, reduce each by $192.
A $250 down payment is required to reserve your seat. (Add $229 for Travel Protection.)
Here is how to sign up:
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- note 3: reservation number is the tour code: BIBV 80612T
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I think this trip will fill up quickly, so let’s go!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Pr Bryan Wolfmueller