Journeys of Paul and John with 4 night Aegean cruise (sample itinerary)

Journeys of Paul & John Tour featuring a 4-night Aegean cruise sailing on April 2 – 14, 2018 with tour host Rev. Stuart Condra 

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Follow in the footsteps of the apostles Paul and John – visit sites where Paul journeyed and churches grew, and explore the island of Patmos where John received the Revelation. See God’s Word come alive while visiting the cities of Paul’s ministry.  The tour will include daily teaching from Paul’s letters as you travel and learn about the influence he had in this part of the world.

Travelings from Paul and John

“I am a visual person and this trip has given me a new passion for the Scriptures. I really enjoyed the sites, the history, and the food,
M.O., Arkansas

Greece and Turkey will leave you breathless with wonder, offering the excitement of their cities and archaeological sites along with the natural beauty of their colorful landscapes.  Relax on a three or  four-night cruise in the Aegean Sea, visiting ports of Biblical significance such as Ephesus and Patmos; and exploring the distinctive cultural offerings – both historic and modern – of Rhodes, Crete, and Santorini.

The sequence of touring and days may be altered to adjust to religious holidays, special closings of sites, air schedule changes, etc. Sample hotels are listed and  subject to availability. Meal inclusions may vary by departure.

Day 1 – DEPART USA

Depart the USA on our overnight flight to Europe. (meals aloft)

Day 2 – ARRIVE THESSALONIKI

Today we arrive to Thessaloniki, the city named for Salonike, the step-sister of Alexander the Great. Here Paul preached with success (Acts 17:1-9) and wrote the early letters to his beloved Macedonians (1 Thess. 1:6-10; 2:7-12). Transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight. (meals aloft, D)

Day 3 – THESSALONIKI/PHILIPPI/KAVALLA

Today we visit the old city ramparts and the Galerius Arch which rises over the famous Via Egnatia. We drive to Philippi, named for Philip II (the father of Alexander) and later made a Roman Colony in honor of Julius Caesar. Here Paul and Silas were imprisoned and here the first believers in Europe responded to the Gospel and were baptized in the Gangites River (Acts 16:15-34). To these people Paul addressed his wonderful letter about Christ our model. Here we visit the historic market place, basilica, prison and theatre. We continue to the modern port city of Kavalla, ancient Neapolis, where Paul and his companions first touched Europe. Returning to Thessaloniki we see the beautifully decorated Basilica of St. Demetrius. (B,D)

Day 4 – BEREA/VERGINA/METEORA

We drive to Berea, visited by Paul, and see the excavations of the ancient Jewish community, the residents of whom Luke described as “noble” (Acts 17:11). Then we continue to Vergina and the museum with its artifacts from the excavated tomb of Phillip II of Macedonia. We travel to Meteora, which lies amid striking mountainous scenery. Perched atop huge rocks stand ageless monasteries where we can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. The greatest of the monasteries is the richly endowed 14th century Grand Meteoron. We also see the simpler Convent of Aghios Stefanos, with its flower-filled courtyards and ancient cloisters. Overnight at  Hotel in nearby Kalambaka. (B,D)

Day 5 – METEORA/DELPHI

We drive through the beauty of the Greek countryside to Delphi, site of the famed Oracle. Delphi’s prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic world. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollos Pythios. We visit the treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the museum containing such masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze charioteer and the famous Athlete Aghias. Dinner and overnight.  (B,D)

Day 6 – DELPHI/ATHENS

Today we drive to Athens and visit the Acropolis with the Parthenon shimmering in its ageless grace and unmatched design and the unique Erechtheion (the only double temple). Nearby we climb the Areopagus (Mars Hill), where Paul addressed the philosophic court about Jesus and the resurrection (Acts 17: 22-34). We also visit the National Archaeological Museum. We transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 7 – CORINTH/MYCENAE/

EPIDAURUS/ATHENS

Today we drive to Corinth, the capital of the Roman province of Achaia and the city of Paul’s extensive personal ministry and challenging letter writing. Dominated by the Acro-corinth rising 1700 feet above the ruins, the Market Place is still laid out as it was in Paul’s day with its stone Bema (judgment dais) where Gallio refused to condemn Paul (Acts 18). Nearby in a prominent place is the Temple of Apollo with its Doric columns. A superb collection of Corinthian artifacts greets the visitor in the museum. We journey next to Mycenae and visit Greece’s archaeological underground treasure chest of royal tombs constructed like a beehive and the important Lion Gate before continuing to Epidaurus, where we see the well-preserved 14,000 seat amphitheater. We return to Athens for overnight. (B,L)

Day 8 – PIRAEUS/MYKONOS

This morning we board our cruise ship, the Opera or the Orient Queen, in the Port of Piraeus (Athens). We arrive in the afternoon at the world famous Greek island of Mykonos. Mykonos combines the dazzling white beauty of a typical Cycladic island with a sophisticated jet-set atmosphere. Stroll at leisure through the white-washed, flower-decked alleyways to the church of Paraportiani, and along the waterfront to the famous windmills. (B,L,D)

Day 9 – EPHESUS/PATMOS

We arrive this morning at Kusadasi, Turkey and journey to Ephesus where Paul spent two years and which had become the capital city of the Roman Province of Asia by the time John wrote the Book of Revelation to the churches there. We walk through history in a city founded as early as the 10th century B.C. and in the magnificent excavations we see streets lined with wonderful public buildings such as the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, the Basilica of St. John and the great Theatre where the Ephesians screamed against Paul (Acts 19:28). We then sail to the former Roman prison island of Patmos where John received his “Revelation,” visiting the Grotto named for his book and the Monastery of St. John which houses ancient manuscripts including one of the Gospel. (B,L,D)

Day 10 – RHODES

The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, once dominated the strategic harbor entrance. Later it served as a crucial outpost for the Crusaders in many of their ill-fated journeys to Israel during their conflicts with the Muslim conquerors. Wandering through the old city you can see its fortifications, the Street of the Knights with medieval stone mansions, the Palace of the Grand Master and the Hospital of the Knights (now a museum). There are also art shops as well as many lovely beaches. (B,L,D)

Day 11 – HERAKLION/SANTORINI

The largest of the Greek islands, Heraklion (Crete) is well-known for its archaeological sites. You may wish to take an optional excursion to the Palace of Knossos, the residence of the ruling house and also an administrative and religious center for the whole region. The buildings (a labyrinth complex) covered an area of 22 square miles. Architecture, frescoes and the perfect plumbing system surprise even modern visitors with the high standard of Minoan civilization 4000 years ago. Then to the island of Santorini, widely considered to be the lost continent of Atlantis. Off the entrance of the bay of Santorini there is the only active volcano in the Eastern Mediterranean. After you have strolled through the narrow streets you can enjoy the most fascinating and marvelous sunset. (B,L,D)

Day 12 – PIRAEUS/ATHENS

After an early morning arrival of our cruise ship at the port of Piraeus we have a panoramic tour and see Embassy Row, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the National Palace, the House of Parliament and the University. Afterward, we transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

DAY 13 – RETURN USA

We transfer to the airport for our return  flight to the USA. (meals aloft)