Journeys of Paul through Greece & Turkey
Cruise to Ephesus • Patmos • Crete • Santorini • Athens
HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR TOUR
- Roundtrip airfare from New York or a city of your choice from the list below
- First Class Hotels, Full Buffet Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe, air-conditioned Motor coaches
- Visits to Sites as mentioned below
- Comprehensive Sightseeing per the Itinerary
- Professional Tour Manager
- Gratuities to Guide, Driver and Restaurant staff
- Airport taxes & airline fuel surcharges
YOUR DAILY ITINERARY:
MON, OCT 17 LOS ANGELES • ISTANBUL
This afternoon we depart Los Angeles on our non-stop flight to Istanbul.
TUE, OCT 18 ISTANBUL IZMIR
Afternoon arrival in Istanbul and connect on our flight to Izmir. Upon arrival in Izmir, we will be met and transferred to our hotel for dinner & overnight
WED, OCT 19 CANAKKALE • PERGAMUM • IZMIR
Tour Pergamum, another one of the Seven Churches and capital of a large and powerful pre-Roman kingdom. It is here that the first Christian was put to death by the Roman state. Visit the Church of Pergamum, the Homonym Church and the Acropolis with its pagan temples including the Altar of Zeus, which is mentioned as the “Throne of Satan” in the Book of Revelation. We will also visit the health center of Asclepion, the Agora and theater. We end the day in Izmir (ancient Smyrna) site of one of the Seven Churches. Dinner and overnight in Izmir.
THU, OCT 20 IZMIR •THYATIRA • SARDIS • PHILADELPHIA • PAMUKKALE
Today we drive to Akhisar (ancient Thyatira), one of the Seven Churches. The church of Thyatira had tolerated the works of Jezebel. Depart Thyatira and head for Philadelphia, the city of Brotherly Love, founded by Attalus II, and Sardis, the capital of ancient kingdom of Lydia, with its gymnasium and marble paved synagogue, where King Croesus ruled. Philadelphia and Sardis are two of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.
FRI, OCT 21 PAMUKKALE • HIERAPOLIS • LAODICEA • KUSADASI
This morning we tour Pamukkale, where we visit the Roman spa of Hierapolis. Visit Laodicea (Rev. 14) to see the remains of one of the Seven Churches. Laodicea church was a branch of Ephesus, as were the churches of Hierapolis and Colossea. Proceed to the Necropolis, the Temple of Apollo, the Theater and Roman baths. We drive through the colorful town of Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
SAT, OCT 22 KUSADASI • CRUISE TO PATMOS
This morning proceed on a tour of Ephesus. Start with the Magnesian Gate, entrance to the ancient city of Ephesus. Your guided walking tour will take you through one of the most magnificent excavations in the world. After seeing the Odeon (concert hall), the Fountain of Trojan, the steam-heated Baths of Scolastika, the Temple of Hadrian and the Latrians, you will reach the Library of Celsus, adorned with its columns and statues, considered one of the most magnificent ruins in the world. The Great Theater, where Paul preached, is the largest theater in antiquity, with a capacity of 24,000 people. At the end of the tour, our motorcoach will be waiting to take us to Kusadasi port where we board our four day cruise ship which will continue to Patmos where you will depart the port of Scala and enjoy a drive to the Monastery of St John and visit the museum .Then continue to the nearby Grotto of the Apocalypse. Dinner and overnight the ship.
SUN, OCT 23 CRETE, SANTORINI
This morning we wake up at Heraklion, Crete ,the home of the great Minoan Civilization .Visit the Knossos excavations dating back to 4000 B.C. and the Palace. Return to our cruise ship to sail to Santorini. OPTIONAL: Enjoy a short trip by local boat to Athenios harbor where we board our motorcoach to visit Oia Village ,built on the Caldera rim which is an excellent example of Cycladic architecture .A unique sight is the various layers of lava that can be seen on the face of the rock, each layer being another phase of the volcano activity . Proceed through the beautiful countryside to Fira, an attractive town perched on the Caldera rim where the land slopes gently in one direction and falls steeply in to the sea in the other. Enjoy the town at leisure or perhaps relax over a coffee as you gaze down upon Kamenes, the two black volcanic islets in the Caldera Bay. Afterwards, return to the small pier of Scala by cable car or mule, where the vessel’s tenders will take you back to the ship. Overnight on board our cruise ship.
MON, OCT 24 ATHENS • CORINTH
We will arrive at 6:00AM this morning at Pireaus port in Athens where we will meet our bus and guide and proceed on a tour of Corinth. We will drive through Daphni and Eleusis to the Corinthian Canal, which connects the Aegean and Ionian Seas. Then we will drive to ancient Corinth. We visit the ruins where Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla and the First Century shops, the Agora, Temple of Apollo and the Bema Seat. Still gurgling under the ruins is the water of the springs of the mighty Acropolis above, which once fed the Fountain of Pirene. Continue your drive to Cenchreae where Paul took a vow and shaved his head , and also the harbor from where he sailed to Ephesus. This afternoon will touch the highlights of this center of one of the world’s greatest civilizations and the cradle of Western civilization. First visit the Acropolis and wander through the ruins of some of the most architecturally perfect buildings ever constructed. We’ll see the Propylaea, the Temple of the Wingless Victory, the Erechtheum with its peerless Porch of Maidens and Mars Hill where Paul was brought before the council. Finally, we reach the ‘harmony between matter and spirit’, the monument that ‘puts order in the mind’, the Parthenon. On a drive through the city we’ll see the National Library, the University, the Academy, the Presidential Palace, the Stadium, Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. Dinner and overnight in Athens.
TUE, OCT 25 ATHENS • LOS ANGELES
Morning transfer to Athens airport where we are assisted with check in for our flight back home. Arrive Los Angeles with wonderful memories of the lands we recently visited.
TOUR DATES IN 2015
Oct 19 – 27
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