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Footsteps of Apostle Paul – Faith-Based Travel 2020

Footsteps of Apostle Paul – Faith-Based Travel 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Experience Greek history and culture and learn more about early Christianity as you visit some of the places associated with the missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul and the New Testament. From the iconic religious sites retracing the footsteps of the Apostle Paul to historic wonders like the Acropolis in Athens and a final touch of relaxation as you cruise the Aegean islands, this is a truly inspirational vacation.

Day 1: ARRIVE IN ATHENS, GREECE.
Welcome to Athens! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, then enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel to celebrate the start of your upcoming spiritual journey. (D)

Day 2: ATHENS–THESSALONIKA.
Head north to Thessalonika this morning for guided sightseeing. Named after Alexander the Great’s sister, it figures prominently in the New Testament. This city was the center of Apostle Paul’s activities in northern Greece—where he preached, founded a church, and to whom he wrote his two Thessalonian epistles. St. Paul, whose name was originally Saul, was a Roman citizen and a Pharisee. He experienced a powerful vision that caused him to convert to Christianity while on the road to Damascus, and he was baptized with the name of Paul. He then started traveling through Macedonia, Greece, Italy, the Holy Land, and Spain to spread the Word and led a very adventurous life. Paul wrote a series of letters, known as the epistles, that are an integral part of the New Testament giving advice on how Christians should live. He died in Rome, beheaded by order of Emperor Nero, in 67 AD.
Today’s Distance: 314 mi / 503 km (B,D)

Day 3: THESSALONIKA. EXCURSION 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.
Today’s Distance: 219 mi / 350 km (B,D)

Day 4: 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.
Today’s Distance: 137 mi / 220 km (B,D)

Day 5: 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.
Today’s Distance: 230 mi / 370 km (B)

Day 6: ATHENS–LAVRION/PIRAEUS (EMBARKATION)–MYKONOS.
Awaken refreshed this morning and ready to begin your 3-night CRUISE around the Greek Isles and Turkey. Head first to mountainous Mykonos with its iconic windmills and brilliant whitewashed houses. Wander through the narrow winding streets, do a little shopping, or sit in a café to people watch. (B,L,D)

Day 7: CRUISING: KUSADASI, TURKEY–EXCURSION TO EPHESUS–PATMOS, GREECE.
Visit the Turkish port of Kusadasi for an included excursion to the EPHESUS ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, the former capital of the Roman province of Asia. Walk in the footsteps of Apostle Paul, who lived and preached here, and meditate on what life must have been like for the early Ephesian Christians in this pagan society. Also, see the HOUSE OF MARY, where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her last days. Continue your cruise to the island of Patmos, the “Jerusalem of the Aegean,” where you can join an optional excursion to see the Monastery of St. John and the Cave of the Apocalypse. Here, John the Evangelist received the visions that he recorded in the Book of the Revelation during his exile. (B,L,D)

Day 8: CRUISING: HERAKLION, CRETE–SANTORINI.
First port of call today is Heraklion on Crete. Enjoy an excursion to nearby KNOSSOS, the center of the 3000 BC Minoan civilization and historic site of mythology’s tales about the Minotaur and the labyrinth. Afternoon call (weather permitting) at Santorini, the “Black Pearl of the Aegean.” An optional excursion, that will take you to the cliff-top village of Oia for one of the world’s most glorious panoramic views, is available. (B,L,D)

Day 9: PIRAEUS (DISEMBARKATION)–CORINTH–ATHENS.
Disembark and travel 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.” Tonight, join your traveling companions for a final evening of fellowship and celebration at a farewell dinner at your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 101 mi / 163 km (B,D)

Day 10: ATHENS.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

  • While there are some shore excursions that are faith-related, the cruise itself is not faith-themed.
  • Departure April 5 cruise itinerary will have slight changes due to Easter.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Please ask your Travel Consultant for cruise ship details.

Sightseeing & Activities:

ATHENS
Welcome and farewell dinners; guided sightseeing, visit the Acropolis and Areopagus

THESSALONIKA
Guided sightseeing, excursion to ancient Philippi and Kavala

VERIA
Visit the Bema of Apostle Paul

METEORA
Guided visit of Holy Monastery of Varlaam and St. Stephen

CRUISING
Three-night cruise to Mykonos; Kusadasi (Turkey), with included shore excursions to Kusadasi: House of Virgin Mary and ancient Ephesus; Heraklion: Minoan Palace of Knossos.

Cruise Details:
  • Gratuities to service personnel on board and port taxes are included.
  • Rotation of ports of call may vary for congestion reasons at certain ports with or without prior notice.
  • Cabin categories: Inside cabin (category ID), Outside cabin (category XD)
  • All cabins with two lower beds and private shower and toilet.
  • Full entertainment program on board.
  • Drink package: selection of non-alcoholic & alcoholic drinks.
  • Globus Host service throughout the cruise.


CORINTH
Guided visit of the excavations
Motorcoach; sea cruise

Meals:
Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners with wine, including welcome and farewell dinners in Athens; plus all meals on board daily featuring full à la carte breakfasts, lunches, and dinners


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Accommodations

Prices are per person in category IB twin inside cabin.

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Port Taxes $129 & Gratuities $30 to service personnel on board the ship are additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate.

Supplement per person to outside cabin XB:
$180

Supplement for single room on land and single occupancy in inside cabin IB:
$560

Supplement for single room on land and single occupancy in outside cabin XB:
$780

Reduction for triple room on land and triple occupancy in inside cabin IB:
$100

Reduction per person for triple room on land and triple occupancy in outside cabin XB:
$50

Cabin assignments and meal seatings are determined during the tour prior to boarding.

Athens: Zafolia
Attractive 7-story Hotel situated near museums, 1 km from Larisis train station & 35 km from El. Venizelos Airport.
Address:
87-89 Alexandras Avenue
Athens , Greece
Athens: Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre
The Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre is a modern 193 room property, in the heart of Athens' commercial district offering Free Wi-Fi access. The hotel has a choice of dining options including the roof garden restaurant where during summer months, guests can dine under starry skies whilst enjoying a spectacular view of Lycabettus hill. The perfect place to unwind is at the roof-top bar where snacks and drinks can be taken al-fresco in the summer by the refreshing outdoor dipping pool. The lively lobby bar serves drinks and fruity cocktails year round and other leisure facilities include a gym and sauna.
Address:
Michalacopoulou Street 50
Athens , Greece
Thessalonika: Capsis
Latest technology designs and recent renovation have made Capsis one of the best-known and foremost central hotels in Thessaloniki, being an ideal option for business meetings, conference receptions and tours around the city of great religious and cultural significance.
Address:
18 Monastiriou Street
Thessaloniki , Greece
Kalambaka: Amalia Kalambaka
Amalia Hotel is a beautiful setting just minutes away from the town of Kalambaka. The hotel is embedded on 14 acres of greenery and has been built with traditional materials to match its surroundings.
Address:
National Road
Kalambaka , Greece

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.1
Accommodations
3.4
Itinerary
4.8
Professional Staff
4.7
Repeat with Operator
3.8
Value for Money
3.8

Ratings based off 19 reviews - currently showing 7 reviews with comments only

Very interesting trip, aided by a knowledgeable tour guide. Rooms on the ship were pretty small.

We thought that the hotel rooms with Globus would be close to the city center. Unfortunately, we had to take a taxi to and from the main areas in each location. Very disappointed with this aspect of the trip, since my husband and I like to take short walks in the main tourist areas, without the hassles of being so far away from our hotels.

Hotels in. Greece could be better and in more central locations.. Thesolinikiâs hotel was lacking in cleanliness of bedsheets and bathrooms

The hotels should have been better specially in Thessaloniki I will not travel with globus again

Ship's for 3 was a bit tight. Alfonso was an excellent travel agent. I would book with him again Excursions to some sight were short and didn't take into consideration that there are "nature" people. British Aurways was not a good choice of airline. Seats are extremely tight and food is very poor and insufficient. Not even water. Was offered between London and Athens. Tea cost 2englidh pound. The Middle East airlines and Turkish airlines I heard are much better Thanks MDrew

We had an amazing vacation thanks to Affordable Tours and Globus. Our travel consultant was so helpful and really worked with us to make certain our trip was more than we could imagine. He helped us with extended layovers so we would not be rushed through the airports, and helped us arrange the tours that were exactly to our interests and activity level.

I had difficulty confirming my flight reservations by internet or by phone before I left. Even when I arrived at the airport the attendant had to seek help in verifying my reservations. This was a little unsettling. I think adding a couple of more days to this tour would make it a little less hectic. It was non-stop 13 hours a day with very minimal time to "experience" Greece.


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