March 14 – 26, 2013
Seven Churches, Athens, Corinth, Phillipi, Thessaloniki, Patmos, and Rome
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Want to take a Christian cruise and tour walking in the footsteps of St. Paul on a privately chartered elegant ship that visits the best that Greece and Turkey has to offer? Join fellow believers aboard the lovely Harmony G the fall of 2012 as we visit the sites of the Seven Churches of Revelation, Athens, Corinth, Phillipi, Thessaloniki, and the islands of Patmos.
Thanks for a Great Trip! Very meaningful – we gained new spiritual insights.This all inclusive Footsteps of Paul tour and cruise accommodates a maximum of 42 people. Our lovely ship has its own swim platform that we can use for sports activities, fantastic guest rooms and plenty of space for us to enjoy praise and worship from the deck each morning. You will join our leaders and teachers and fly together to Greece. It will be an incredible time of study together!
Wow …. what a trip. Our landscape architect was telling us about a couple places we must visit in Spain, Ronda was one of them and another one. I immediately went to the itinerary and both are on there. You are amazing.Beginning the trip in Athens, we then join our privately chartered ship to sail into the Aegean Sea. We will visit the Greek Islands, (including John’s Island of Patmos), Ephesus, the Venetian island of Syros and then end on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey to view the significant Seven Churches Sites. This Biblical tour highlights not only the historic Christian sites, but takes in some incredibly lovely tourist stops including Syros, Samos and the cascading thermal waters of Pumakkale. You will have a choice of 4 cabin types aboard the cruise ranging from outside with port holes to a suite with a picture window. The main tour price starts at $3,999 includes all meals, airfare from New York (with low air add-ons from other cities), all tours, the cruise, all intra-Europe airfare and all gratuities. Upgraded cabins and business class airfare is available.
|March 14||Our group will depart Oklahoma City at 12:00 noon on Delta Airlines, changing planes in Minneapolis and Paris. An optional departure on March 13 is also available.|
|March 15||Arrive in Athens, Greece, at 2:25 p.m. We have a walk around the Plaka District of Old Athens late in the afternoon. This evening, we board our ship, the Panorama II. There is a welcome dinner this evening aboard ship and a spectacular view as we sail out of Athens late tonight. D|
|March 16||This morning we can relax and enjoy the ship and sleeping in while we are at sea. After lunch we make a picturesque stop at the Venetian island of Syros. You can enjoy the beach, a walk past the numerous lovely mansions or a stop at the museum – the home of famous artwork, including that of El Greco. Syros is also home to the church dedicated to the 4th Century saint, St. Nicholas, a.k.a. Santa Claus. Late this afternoon we begin our teachings on the importance of Greece in spreading the Gospel and their own Alexander the Great. Our evening at sea begins with praise and worship on our private deck. BLD|
|March 17||We arrive on the Island of Patmos this morning. It is here where the Apostle John was imprisoned. You will visit the cave where he lived and where he received the Book of Revelation. We will sit together in the small amphitheatre above the harbor with the same view that John had for many years and study: “I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus and unto Smyrna and unto Pergamum, and unto Thyatira and unto Sardis and unto Philadelphia and unto Laodicea.” Revelation 1:9-11.We re-board the ship this afternoon and will enjoy a brief stop tonight on the island of Samos in Asia Minor. Samos is a World Heritage site, has great beaches and a quaint harbor and is known as one of the sunniest places in all of Europe. BLD|
|March 18||We arrive in the picturesque port of Kusadasi this morning. We then drive to Laodicea where the church, in Revelation 3:14-22, was chastised for not being warm nor hot and for incorporating pagan beliefs. We stop for a visit to the churches at Philadelphia. Revelation reveals that Christ told those who overcame that He would write upon them “the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is the New Jerusalem.” Over lunch, we will have a lively discussion with our guide and then continue to Sardis, the church community of which Revelation says Christ told them that “I know thy works, that thou hast a name, that thou livest and art dead.” Here we will see the impressive Temple of Artemis. Finally, we visit the site of Smyrna, the last stronghold of Christianity in Asia Minor. It was also home to the Bishop Polycarp. We return to our ship this evening. BLD|
|March 19||Today, we visit the most impressive of all seven church sites this morning – Ephesus! You will see the impressive streets, the Agora, the Temple of Artemis and sit in the actual amphitheatre where Paul addressed the Ephesians. It was here at Ephesus that Paul endured many trials and tribulations. Later today, we sail on to Dikili where we will enjoy praise and worship and relaxation aboard our lovely vessel. We can stop for a swim off the back of the ship before a spectacular sunset. BLD|
|March 20||Our ship will dock adjacent to a spectacular beach area for the next 2 days. We will be visiting the second best sight for Biblical archeology in the region – Pergamon. At Pergamon, we will see the Acropolis and the site of Satan’s seat, a reference to the altar of Zeus currently in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. We will enjoy a lively teaching in the impressive theatre that has commanding views of what once was a harbor. We will visit the Red Basilica, walk through the medical Asclepion and visit the site of the Great Theatre, the steepest in the world. This afternoon, we continue on to Thyatira, which tolerated the prophetess who was compared to Jezebel. BLD|
|March 21||Today we enjoy a beach stop today on the Greek Island of Skyros. We have a day of study and reflection, enjoying the ship and the swim platform, followed by a farewell dinner this evening aboard ship. BLD|
|March 22||This morning we disembark our ship. We have a momentous teaching at Mars Hill and the Acropolis where Paul preached the truth to the Gentiles. We also have a tour of the city of Athens, see the Tomb of the known Soldier and see the first Olympic stadium. We drive into Corinth and see the engineering wonder– the Corinth Canal. We then visit the towering Acropolis of Corinth, the city where Paul preached and founded the Gentile church in 50 A.D. Paul wrote at least four of his letters to the Corinthians here (although, it is believed two of them have been lost). We will see the remains of the First Century Church where Paul spent time with Priscilla and Aquila and where he was on trial at the Bema. We overnight in Athens this evening. BLD|
|March 23||We travel to Kalambaka today and visit the monastery of Meteora. We will visit the monastery made famous by the James Bond 007 movie where even today, monks enjoy their hermit lifestyle. After lunch, we drive to Berea. We will visit the steps of the ancient synagogue location where Paul taught. We will study the Berean church, Acts 20 and 17, learn about Timothy and Silas and their time there and we will see frescos of a 12th Century church. At one time the community of Berea had over 100 early church sites. We spend one evening at a hotel near the unique monasteries. BLD|
|March 24||Today, we travel to the lovely port town of Kavala on the Mediterranean. This is ancient Neapolis where Paul, Silas and Timothy landed. It is also here that Lydia became the first European convert to Christianity. You will be able to see the cistern of Philippi where Paul was imprisoned, and we will enjoy a lively study together at the site of the prison itself. Our hotel for the next two nights will be in the city of Thessalonika. BLD|
|March 25||You will have the opportunity to sleep late this morning and enjoy the neighborhood around the hotel. We will visit the ramparts of the city and visit the agora, followed by a nice farewell dinner this evening. BLD|
|March 26||We transfer to the airport for our flight to Rome from Thessalonika this morning. We change planes in Rome and Atlanta and arrive in Oklahoma City today at 9:50p.m.. (Those wishing to see a bit of Rome can extend for 1 night by having a 24-hour layover in Rome, arriving in Oklahoma City on March 27). BLD|
Wade & Rachelle Burleson have served at Emmanuel Baptist Church of Enid Oklahoma since 1992. They married in 1982 and have four children: Charis, Kade and his wife Anne, Boe and Logan. Rachelle works at a Certified Nurse Specialist in Cardiology. She also serves as one of the mentors for Enid’s Apples of Gold program and has joined Wade at Emmanuel Baptist in leading out of several marriage seminars. Wade serves as the lead Pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church of Enid. He graducated from East Central University with a Bachelor’s in Corporate Finance. Wade has served in a variety of denominational capacities, including two terms as president of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and a trustee of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Wade’s outside interests including reading, traveling, writing and storm chasing. He has authored five books and has contributed to many professional periodicals. Enjoy the blog he maintains here: http://www.wadeburleson.org/