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This 12 day extended cruise is October 11-22, 2015. It will include visits to Rome, Corinth, Cencherea, Athens, Phillipi, Crete, Rhodes, Santorini, Mykonos, Patmos, Mitilini, Troas, Istanbul, Pergamon, Ephesus, Sardis and Laodicia.
Our Footsteps of Paul cruise and tour spends 12 days on a small luxury five-diamond cruise ship. The cruise is all inclusive with tips, laundry, Bible tours, all meals, all transfers, all beverages, including wines and specialty coffees and fruit drinks and teachings. The unique sites on this tour include Philippi and Kavalla of the New Testament, four of the best preserved Seven Churches of Revelation, unique Mitilini and Patmos – where the Apostle John was imprisoned and where he received the book of revelation. The cruise begins at Constantinople, and sails down the Bosporus into the history rich Dardanelles and stop at Paul’s Troas or Troy and then off to Asia Minor where Paul based much of his ministry. The cruise also visits the Greek island of Rhodes, Crete, Mykonos and everyone’s favorite – Santorini! We end our trip at Athens, where we stay in a beautiful hotel overnight so we can see Corinth and Cencherea. Wow, we will have 15 unique Biblical stops with teaching on this tour! The cruise is more expensive than others that we operate due to the length, the tours, amenities and upfront costs that are included. It is truly 3 Bible trips packed into one itinerary. Here’s a taste of what we’ve been planning:
|Day||Itinerary at a Glance|
|October 11||Istanbul – ancient Constantinople. You will be met at Ataturk Airport today. Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, pass through Dardanelles|
|October 12||Troy, Early Church at Troas|
|October 13||Philippi and Kavalla|
|October 14||Dikili, Seven Church site of Pergamum, Red Court and Asklepion|
|October 15||Ephesus, Colossae, Hierapolis, Laodicea, Sardis|
|October 16||Island of Patmos, John’s cave, manuscript monastery|
|October 17||Island of Rhodes and its fortress|
|October 18||Island of Crete|
|October 19||Island of Santorini|
|October 20||Island of Mykonos|
|October 21||Athens, Mars Hill, Acropolis, Parthenon, Corinth, Cencherea|
|October 22||Athens and Constitution square, airport transfers|
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|October 11||Arrive Istanbul today (please arrive between 6AM and 12N). You will be met and our luggage will automatically be transferred to our cabins aboard ship while we visit the Old City of Constantinople. The tour includes Blue Mosque and the world-famous Hagia Sofia this afternoon. We will see the busy Bosporus and where East meets the West. We celebrate with a welcome party at the pool as we set sail this evening, leaving the spectacular port behind us. As we leave, we will pass through the Dardanelles. This is where the great battle of Gallipoli took place. Historians onboard will not the importance of sites from numerous wars, including World War I, the Ottoman battles, Napoleonic wars, Greek and Persian wars and even Soviet battles!|
|October 12||We will arrive at the port city of Cannakale in Turkey. Our teaching tour today takes us to Assos and Troas where Paul visited. Enjoy a picture taken inside the large wooden horse!|
|October 13||Today, our Bible tour includes 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. We will see the cistern of Philippi where Paul was imprisoned, and enjoy a lively study together at the site of the prison itself.|
|October 14||June 18 Pergamum, Turkey. We arrive at Dikili, Turkey. This very westernized city is near the church site of Pergamum. As our first visit to one of the seven churches of Revelation, we will see the Acropolis and the site of Satan’s seat, according to Jesus. We will enjoy a lively teaching in the impressive theatre that has commanding views of what once was a harbor. We will also have time to see Red Court and Asklepion archeological sites. For those wanting a truly authentic, Turkish bath, today will provide that opportunity. The Turks use the bath to wash-away the past when life changes, as well as to celebrate marriages, births, etc.|
|October 15||Ephesus, Turkey. Day 6, We arrive at the port of Kusadasi this morning. The day includes a very full tour of Ephesus, the most well-preserved archeological sites of the seven churches of Revelation. Revelation 2:1:” Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus writes; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks……” Our tour of Ephesus will be a highlight of our trip. We continue on to see two more of the seven churches of Revelation today, with the second most well-preserved….Revelation 3:14-16:” To the angel of the church in Laodicea write, “These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the rule of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one of the other. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” You will see the unfolding of God’s mysteries right before you as you see the massive thermal buildups from centuries of hot water bursting from the earth and you will see the extensive aqueducts carrying cold water from the mountain right to the site, creating lukewarm water. This will be a long day of touring and we will have a great break for lunch. We will be seeing Biblically-historic Collasse and Hierapolis along the way.|
|October 16||Patmos. We have a special tour that takes us to the cave where John received the Book of Revelation. We have a teaching outdoors under the olive trees overlooking the beautiful port. Then, we get to enter into the monastery and see some of the oldest Biblical manuscripts, including major pieces of the Purple Codex. Iconography was an important part of teaching the Gospel during the past centuries so we will see lovely Biblical pictures and stories in various places on the island. You will have time to enjoy a coffee or ice cream at one of the quaint, outdoor cafes and still have plenty of time to return to the ship for dinner, and possibly come back to the island for a walk around the waterfront. Rental bicycles are available for those who’d like to go for a ride around the bay, getting closer to the locals and seeing more island life.|
|October 17||Rhodes. We will spend a full day today on the Greek island of Rhodes. We will take a walking tour of the walled city together, stopping in a picturesque spot to discuss the time that Paul spent on this lovely island. Afterwards, find a secluded cove to enjoy its many beaches, or spend the rest of the day walking or bicycling the cobblestone streets and waterfront shops. There is a movie under the stars this evening at the pool. Enjoy a relaxing Jacuzzi and then snuggle up with your blanket and enjoy! You may even catch yourself snoozing to the rhythm of the waves.|
|October 18||Crete. The entire day is spent on the Greek island of Crete today. It is here where Titus, who was a disciple of Paul, preached. While you are on the island today, you can also take a tour of the Knossos, a Minoan Palace. The island of Crete if very easy to get around and is a popular beach destination as well.|
|October 19||Santorini. Free day on the most beautiful island in the world, Santorini. You can take the funicular, take a donkey or walk up to the most amazing viewpoint! A few of the fun items to do on the island include renting a 4-wheeler and enjoying the views, or a taxi ride to the black and pink sand beaches on the island. We don’t depart until 10:00PM, so you have plenty of time to see the entire island.|
|October 20||Mykonos. Arrive on the island of Mykonos, Greece (Optional excursion to Delos)|
Enjoy some time on the cosmopolitan, yet serene island of Mykonos or join us on an optional excursion to the island of Delos to visit the excavated synagogue known as the Seat of Moses and also the site of the Epistle of James. This shore excursion takes a local boat to and from the island.
|October 21||We arrive at the Greek port of Piraeus this morning. Our tour today is extensive and will be Biblically-exciting as we share the similarities of the Greeks of yesterday with today. This morning we drive to Corinth, which is one of Paul’s most important cities. It is here that we will see the 2 ports that were used during Paul’s journeys, see the remnants of the Jewish Synagogue, the graffiti, the Bema, and even the names of those through whom Paul at Corinth. After a stop for lunch at the working Corinth Canal, we are off to the impressive Acropolis of Athens. We will enjoy a teaching at Mars Hill and actually see where Paul spoke to the learned Greeks. Then, we go up to the famous Parthenon, its temples and massive archeological remains.. We will check into our 4-star hotel late this afternoon. After freshening up, we will visit the Plaka district where we will have our festive farewell dinner under the impressive, lighted Parthenon.|
|October 22||We depart our hotel past the original Olympic Game Stadium, Hadrian’s Arch and Constitution Square. We will say goodbye at the Athens airport this morning.|
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