DURATION 11 Days – 10 Nights
STANDARDS 3 star hotels with breakfasts and fully guided
HIGHLIGHTS Athens – Delphi – Berea – Vergina – Thessaloniki – Philippi – Kavala – Mykonos – Kusadasi ( Ephesus) Turkey – Patmos, Santorini, Piraeus Greece
DEPARTURE Every Fridays
INCLUDED Private land tours by a/c bus & driver,
3-star hotel accommodation,
Daily buffet breakfast and dinner,
English speaking professional Christian guide,
Entrance fees to the archaeological sites,
3-day cruise in inside a/c cabin with bathroom including all meals,
Highway tolls, Port taxes, Local taxes
NOT INCLUDED  Personal expenses
Any meals not mentioned in includes section and drinks
Visa fees
Lunches
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Day 1

Friday: ATHENS ARRIVAL (Dinner)
Arrival at Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”. Meet the local representative and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight
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Day 2

Saturday: ATHENS CITY TOUR – MARS HILL (Breakfast, Dinner)
at 08:30 in the morning we enjoy our half-day sightseeing tour of Athens. We climb up to the marble-capped Acropolis and visit the famous Parthenon and the Erechtheion. We now have become time travelers! Then, we go to nearby Mars’ Hill (Areopagus).
(Acts 17:22) where Paul delivered his soul-stirring sermon to the giants of philosophy, logic and learning and spoke about the inscription: “to an unknown god”. Our tour continues with the highlights of modern Athens: we pass by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Parliament House, Panathenian Stadium, Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Academy, the University and the National Library. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at hotel
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Day 3

Sunday: ANCIENT CORINTH TOUR (Breakfast, Dinner)
our morning excursion out of Athens takes us by the Saronic Gulf, where in 480 BC history’s root was changed! The small Grecian fleet managed to defeat the enormously powerful armada of the Persians. From here, via the historic Corinthian Canal, we arrive at ancient Corinth (Acts 18:1-18). It was to Corinth, this megalopolis where the apostle Paul came and worked, established a thriving church, subsequently sending two of his epistles now part of the New Testament. Here, we see all of the sites associated with his ministry: the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, the Roman Odeon, the Bema and Gallio’s Seat. The small local archaeological museum here is an absolute must! In Romans 16:23 Paul mentions his friend Erastus and we will see an inscription to him at the site.
In the afternoon return to hotel in Athens. Dinner and overnight
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Day 4

Monday : ATHENS – DELPHI (Breakfast, Dinner)
At 8:00 a.m. we depart from Athens by bus, driving us through the fertile plain of Boeotia, crossing the towns of Thebes connected with the tragedy of king Oedipus; Next are the towns of Levadia and Arachova, famous for their colorful woolen rugs and carpets. Arrive at Delphi, the center of the Ancient world, the “omphalos” (navel) of the earth – whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic world. On the slopes of Mt. Parnassos, in a landscape of unparalleled natural beauty and majesty, lies the archaeological site of Delphi. We visit the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and the Archaeological Museum containing such masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias.
After the visit check-in at the hotel in Delphi for dinner and overnight
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Day 5

Tuesday: BEREA – VERGINA – THESSALONIKI (Breakfast, Dinner)
Morning departure from Delphi towards Thessaloniki. On our way we stop at Berea, where Apostle Paul arrived, and according to his custom went to the synagogue where, to his pleasant surprise, he discovered that these Jews were “more noble” than those he had encountered in Thessalonica. We see the Byzantine mosaic in the monument commemorating his preaching. According to the local tradition, it was at this place where he stood and delivered his sermons (Acts 17:10-11).
We then continue on to Vergina, (ancient Aigai), the first capital of Macedonia, where we visit the most important tomb ever discovered that of Philip II of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great.
Here we also see the fabulous findings from the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, made by the archaeologist Manolis Andronicus.
In late afternoon we arrive at hotel in Thessaloniki for check-in, dinner and overnight
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Day 6

Wednesday: PHILIPPI – KAVALA – THESSALONIKI (Breakfast, Dinner)
in the morning on our way to Philippi, we drive by the Lion statute of Amphipolis (short stop for photos). Afterwards we continue to Philippi, the site where the apostle Paul came and worked, establishing a strong church. To this congregation, later he sent his Philippian letter. Of all the churches Paul founded, probably none was as near and dear to him as the church at Philippi (Acts 16:9-33). We see the river where Lydia is has been baptized, the ruins of a Prison where Paul and Sylas had been kept, the Agora, 5th and 6th century Basilica and the Theater. Philippi was built by Philip II of Macedonia on the Via Egnatia, the Roman road which ran from Rome to Byzantium.
After the visit, we continue to Kavala, the ancient port of Neapolis (Acts 16:11). Late that afternoon we return to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight at hotel
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Day 7

Thursday: THESSALONIKI – ATHENS (Breakfast, Dinner)
We depart from Thessaloniki and start our drive back to Athens. On our way we will see from a distance Mt. Olympus, “the home of the 12 gods” in ancient Greek times. Before we arrive in Athens we will stop in Thermopylae to see the statue of Leonidas. It commemorates the historic battle between the 300 Spartans, led by Leonidas and the Persian army of Xerxes in 480 BC composed of thousands.
In late afternoon we arrive at hotel in Athens for dinner and overnight
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Day 8

Friday: ATHENS EMBARKATION ON 3-DAY CRUISE – MYKONOS (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
At 8:30 in the morning we transfer to the port of Piraeus for our 3-Day Cruise to the Greek islands and Turkey. Embarkation and sail for Mykonos at 11:00 a.m. In the afternoon (6:00 p.m.), call at Mykonos. Stroll at leisure through the whitewashed, flower-decked alleyways, climbing to the sculpture church of Paraportiani or along the waterfront of «Little Venice» to the well-known windmills. Sail for Rhodes at 10:00 p.m.
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Day 9

Saturday: KUSADASI (EPHESUS), TURKEY – PATMOS, GREECE (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
at 7:00 a.m. we call at Kusadasi, starting point for our optional excursion to the ancient city of Ephesus. The Apostle Paul preached to the Ephesians and lived and labored here for three years, thereafter sending his Ephesian epistle. We tour the spectacular ruins where excavations still continue in this once great and important city, which was founded in the 10th century BC. Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the Theater. The enormous in size Temple to goddess Diana of the Ephesians, one of the seven wonders of the then ancient world, was erected in this city. Then return to Kusadasi for some shopping time before sailing for Patmos, Greece at noon.
At 4:00 p.m. we arrive at this beautiful mysterious rocky island where the exiled Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation. We have an optional tour: we drive up to the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist, where we have a wonderful view of the island. We also visit the Grotto of the Revelation where the heavenly voice of God revealed to St. John the future of humanity (Rev. 1:12-21). After some free time for browsing, return to the ship for an evening sailing to Heraklion at 9:00 p.m
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Day 10

Sunday : HERAKLION,CRETE – SANTORINI, GREECE (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
At 7:00 a.m. we call at Heraklion Crete, (Acts 27:7-13) where our optional excursion takes us from the lively bustling city to visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos, legendary home of the Minotaur (half bull and half man). Sail for Santorini at 11:30 a.m., where we arrive at 4:30 p.m. Disembarkation by tender-boats, weather permitting. Take a mule or the cable car up to the white-washed town of Thera; perched high on the rim of the ancient volcano, the eruption of which (1,600 BC) literally buried a flourishing Bronze Age town which has now been excavated at Akrotiri. Sail for Piraeus at 9:00 p.m
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Day 11

Monday: PIRAEUS, GREECE (Breakfast)
at 7:00 a.m. arrive at Piraeus. Disembark after breakfast.
Meet the local representative and transfer to Athens airport for departure flight
Price is valid for a group of min. 19 PERSONS + 1 FREE for CHURCH LEADER

Per person in a double room: 1.155-$US

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