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May 11 – 22, 2013
From Istanbul to Greece with everything in between!
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Join Pastor Ed and Raelynn Rea and Pastor Bob Probert on a journey to discover the significance of Paul’s travels throughout the Mediterranean on a Footsteps of Paul cruise and tour. We begin with Istanbul and idyllic Cappadocia in Turkey and end in Athens, Greece. The price is $3,799 per person including airfare from many cities – but nonstop airfare from LAX is included below.
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|May 11||Depart Los Angeles on your direct flight to Istanbul.|
|May 12||Arrive in Istanbul at about 5pm where we’ll be met and transferred to our hotel.|
|May 13||Today after breakfast, we’ll visit famous sites in Istanbul, including the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Cistern, Chora Museum and finally the Grand Bazaar. We’ll drive by the Hagia Sofia, but, unfortunately it is closed on Mondays.|
|May 14||We fly to Cappadocia early this morning. We have a half-day tour of Zelve, the Goreme Open Air Museum with its numerous cave churches, the Underground City and Avanos. We will break at a lovely Anatolian restaurant and then spend tonight at our hotel.|
|May 15||Today, we finish the sites and then drive into Konya. Konya (Iconium) was one of Paul’s missionary stops, but, most importantly, it was the site of one of the first church councils. After Konya we stop for a unique lunch along the way before we finish our drive, arriving in Pamukkale (Hierapolis). This city at one time had a large Jewish community and Paul mentions the city in his letter to the Colossians. The magnificent natural thermal pools are one of nature’s wonders. You can enjoy the thermal pools, both indoor and outdoor, at your hotel and spa. It will be a great way to relax after our busy day.|
|May 16||Today we visit Philadelphia, Laodicia and Sardis. We spend the evening in the city of Izmir – formerly Smyrna. We’ll use this as our base for the next 2 nights.|
|May 17||Today is another big day as we visit Pergamon with its commanding theatre and the Roman ruins of Askplion, which is a former ancient medical center. Then we travel on to visit Thyatira and Smyrna.|
|May 18||We drive to Selcuk and then to Ephesus, the most magnificent ruins in the Mediterranean, home to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world — the Temple of Artemis. Currently there are vast amounts of interesting ruins including the Library of Celsus and the theatre where Paul spoke. You’ll have a box lunch in order to spend more time at this site.
Before noon, we’ll say goodbye to our Turkish guide and driver and board the ship Louis Cristal, our home for the next two nights. This afternoon we arrive at the Greek island of Patmos, site of the grotto where John received the book of Revelation. We drive up to the cave and enjoy a teaching onsite overlooking the bay and our ship. There will be an opportunity to walk around the quaint town and sample coffee and island life. We sail after dinner.
|May 19||(Sunday) This morning we arrive on the island of Crete, home of the Minoan Civilization and the mythological home of Zeus. There are some great excavations here. We know that Crete was historically important and that Paul spent time here. We depart Crete before lunch.
Later today we arrive on Santorini, considered by many to be the most beautiful island in the world. You will have many choices of tours, or you may just want to take the tram up to the top of the island and enjoy the quaint shops and winding streets. Or you may wish to enjoy something to drink as you take in the commanding view from Fira Town. There are a few modern-day scientists that link the volcanic explosion that reduced Santorini as a key to the miracles of the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.
|May 20||We arrive in the bustling port of Piraeus outside of Athens. We’ll say goodbye to our ship and begin another area of exploration, starting at Mars Hill, famous for Paul’s sermon here. We go up to the famous Parthenon and then visit the quaint Plaka district – the oldest area of Athens. We will also see the first Olympic Stadium and the changing of the guard. We stay in Athens tonight.|
|May 21||Today will be a free morning to enjoy the hotel’s amenities and a bit of shopping in this chic city. After lunch we travel out to Corinth to see the ruins of this ancient site of one of Paul’s occasionally troublesome churches, the Bema Seat and the Corinth Canal. We’ll end the day with a farewell celebration dinner overlooking the Acropolis.|
|May 22||This morning you’ll fly back to Istanbul to board your flight back to Los Angeles.|
Pastor Ed Rea
Pastor Ed is the lead pastor of Calvary Chapel Redlands in Redlands, California. He and his wife Raelynn have led this previous itinerary. Please view Ed’s blog below. It also has access to his sermons.
Ed’s Blog: http://packinghouseredlands.org/pastorsblog/
Pastor Bob Probert
Bob is the founder and director of Mission Endeavors. He also founded Survival Ministries in 1982, which later became Calvary Missions. Bob has a heart for worldwide missions and worship. He is currently leading Study and Ministry tours to Israel and Weekend outreaches to Mexico. Bob serves as a staff pastor at the Packinghouse in Redlands.