Journeys of Paul through Greece & Turkey with Greek Isles Cruise
Journeys of Paul through Greece & Turkey with Greek Isles Cruise
Cruise to Ephesus • Patmos • Crete • Santorini • Athens
HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR TOUR
- Roundtrip airfare from 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 Mentioned Below
- Greek Isles Cruise with Shore Excursions of: Ephesus, Patmos, & Rhodes
- Visit the 7 Churches of Revelation
- Comprehensive Sightseeing per the Itinerary
- Full Buffet Breakfast and Dinners at Hotels and Cruise Daily
- Professional Tour Guides
- Gratuities to Guide, Driver and Restaurant Staff
- Airport Taxes & Airline Fuel Surcharges
Our past and present travelers know the quality of tours we deliver. Friendship Tours is America’s leading Christian tour company since 1981.
We are offering this “high quality & all inclusive” Christian tour of Greece & Turkey at extremely low rates. There are no additional expenses other than your lunches and any gifts you buy. Rates include airfare, 8 nights hotels, most meals, gratuities and much more.
We will print your custom brochures in color. With your name and your church name.
Pick a date. Any date from below, and plan your own group for your church. Get your own private bus and you choose the dates with 30 or more paid passengers.
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Journeys of Paul through Greece & Turkey Daily Itinerary:
Day 1- USA • ATHENS
Depart from the USA on our flight to Athens. Meals and overnight on board. After dinner relax and enjoy the on-board entertainment.
Day 2 – ATHENS
Arrive Athens where you will me met by your Friendship Tours representative and transferred to the hotel. The remaining day is at leisure. Dinner & overnight in Athens.
Day 3 – ATHENS CITY TOUR
Today’s tour 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. We will visit the National Museum. The afternoon is at leisure. Dinner & overnight in Athens.
Day 4 – CORINTH • MYCENAE • NAUPLIA
Today we tour to Corinth driving through Daphni and Eleusis. After crossing the Corinthian Canal which connects the Aegean and Ionian Seas, we will arrive in ancient Corinth. We visit the ruins of Corinth where Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla. Included are 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 up to Acrocorinth, in Paul’s time site of the great Temple of Aphrodite. We will drive to Mycenae and visit the Gate of the Lions, the Acropolis, and visit a beehive tomb. Return to Athens where the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Dinner and overnight.
“Friendship Tours offers a stellar tour along with a fantastic price! The guides are always well informed and very professional. They work with the group to assure the best possible tour experience. The coaches are modern and clean and the hotels offer exceptional service. I could not recommend them more highly.”
Day 5 – ATHENS • MYKONOS
This morning we drive to Piraeus and embark on our cruise through the Aegean to Turkey. Arrive at Mykonos in the afternoon. The afternoon is at leisure on this small and famous gleaming white Aegean Island, with its golden beaches, windmills and picturesque narrow roads. All meals on board our cruise ship.
Day 6 – KUSADASI (EPHESUS) • CRUISE TO PATMOS
This morning we arrive in Kusadasi, Turkey. Kusadasi is a colorful harbor town and the starting point for an optional excursion to the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, site of one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Excavation still continues in this once great and important city, which was founded in the 10th century BC and was subdued by both Croesus and Alexander the Great. Walk through history along streets lined with magnificent public buildings, among them the Baths of Skolasticia, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the theatre. Ephesus also played an important part in the life of the Apostle Paul, who wrote an epistle to its inhabitants. This afternoon we spend our time cruising the beautiful, blue Aegean arriving after lunch in Patmos. Patmos is the beautiful island where the exiled St. John the Divine received the Revelation which forms the last book of the New Testament. Optional excursion to the Holy Cave of the Apocalypse, the Grotto of the Revelation and then on to the 11th Century Monastery of St. John, which houses an original manuscript of the Gospel. Enjoy the panoramic view from this superb, fortress-like complex, high on a hill.
Day 7 – RHODES
Early morning arrival in Rhodes. This fortified stronghold was built by a Crusading Order which originated from Palestine. After your stroll, enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere from one of the elegant cafes on the yacht harbor, or take an optional excursion to visit the Temple of Athena on the majestic, rocky Acropolis of Lindos, with the blue Aegean beneath it and the sophisticated, whitewashed artists’ colony at its foot. Overnight onboard.
Day 8 – 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, for a visit on this interesting island. Read our post on Things to do on a Christian Tour of Santorini. OPTIONAL: Enjoy a short trip by local boat to Athenios harbor where we board our motor coach 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.
Day 9 – ATHENS
This morning we disembark the ship in Piraeus and transfer to our hotel in Athens. This entire day is yours to explore the city of Athens, shop and re-visit some of the sites you saw during your sightseeing tour. Dinner and overnight.
Day 10 – ATHENS • USA
We transfer to the airport for departure from Athens for USA. Arrive today with wonderful memories of a magnificent journey.
Our rates below are all inclusive and include a 20% bundle savings. All passengers pay for are their lunches & souvenirs. There are no hidden charges!
|Mar 23-Apr 1||$4161||$4278||$4398|
Note: All above rates are based in U.S Dollars
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If you have a group of 20 or more we will create a custom tour for you with an itinerary of your choosing including your own private motor coach. We will price your tour from your gateway city. Then we will print a custom brochure personalized to your group. We will offer our suggestions to complement your ideas in order to achieve the best possible program for your group. We are happy to design any program you like. Flexibility is part of our service to you.
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The owners of Friendship Tours personally screen and select all of our guides. We choose guides who are flexible and responsive to the needs of our group leaders. Our guides are well informed with a broad base of knowledge in both the Old and New Testament. Our guides make us successful and this is why our group leaders re-book year after year with us.
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After 9/11 several companies avoided refunding churches the tour payments and closed shop only to re-open under a different name. Friendship Tours has been in business since 1982 and has refunded all travelers their money. Every client was cared for after 9/11. This level of service and trust is important in the ever-changing world we live in.
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