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Lands of the Bible Cruise 2020 with Dr. Paul Maier

14 days
Cyprus, Greece, Italy, The Holy Land & Turkey
Starting from $4698* Taxes & Fees Apply

Explore the Lands of the Bible on this exciting 12-day cruise aboard the luxurious Celebrity Reflection with Dr. Paul Maier sailing round trip from Rome with stops in Cyprus, Greece, Israel, and Turkey.  Enhance your journey by adding the Rome Pre-Tour or  Post-Tour. Pricing starts at $4,698* per person from the New York area departing September 25, 2020.

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.

 

 

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Cruise
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • International Airfare from NY
  • Learning Opportunities
  • Meals on Ship
  • Overseas Airport Transfers
  • Port Charges
  • Select Shore Excursions

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

† If air purchased through EO.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Depart the USA

Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA.

Day 2 Arrive in Rome

Arrive in Rome. Time permitting, take a panaromic tour of Rome before transferring to Civitavecchia to board the luxurious Celebrity Reflection.

Day 3 At Sea

Enjoy a day at sea aboard the Celebrity Reflection!

Day 4 At Sea

Enjoy a day at sea aboard the Celebrity Reflection!

Day 5 Paphos, Cyprus

Arrive in the picturesque harbor of Paphos. Acts 13 tells us that on Paphos, the Roman governor heard St. Paul’s case and was impressed by a miracle that Paul performed on a local court jester named Elymas. This is also where Saul changed his name to Paul. The Pillar of Paul now stands on this spot. Visit the House of Dionysos, House of Theseus, House of Aion and House of Orpheus where the finest mosaics in Cyprus are located. Visit the Tombs of the Kings, also known as Palaiokastra, where hundreds of burial chambers are cut into the rock.

Day 6 Bethlehem & Jerusalem, Israel

We dock at Ashdod. Explore Bethlehem, where you’ll discover the cave revered as the place where Jesus was born (Matt. 1; Luke 2). The church, which was constructed on the site, is the world’s oldest functioning church. Travel to Jerusalem and see the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was tried before the Sanhedrin. Stand upon the Mount of Olives and view the city as Jesus did. Wander among the olive trees of the Garden of Gethsemane. Enter the Old City and see the Pool of Bethesda. You’ll walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built over the sites of the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

Day 7 Bethlehem & Jerusalem, Israel

We dock at Ashdod. Explore Bethlehem, where you’ll discover the cave revered as the place where Jesus was born (Matt. 1; Luke 2). The church, which was constructed on the site, is the world’s oldest functioning church. Travel to Jerusalem and see the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was tried before the Sanhedrin. Stand upon the Mount of Olives and view the city as Jesus did. Wander among the olive trees of the Garden of Gethsemane. Enter the Old City and see the Pool of Bethesda. You’ll walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built over the sites of the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

Day 8 Sea of Galilee, Israel

We dock at Haifa. Venture inland to the Sea of Galilee. You’ll stand on the Mount of the Beatitudes where Jesus gave His most well-known sermon (Matthew 5). At Tabgha, the traditional location for the calling of the disciples and the feeding of the 5000, you’ll find the Church of the Fish and the Loaves (Luke 9). Visit the Chapel of the Primacy where three times Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ (John 21). Travel to the shore town of Capernaum where Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James, John (Matt. 4) and later Matthew.

Day 9 At Sea

Enjoy a day at sea aboard the Celebrity Reflection!

Day 10 Ephesus, Turkey

Journey to Ephesus, the marble city where Paul spent three years of his ministry. The ruins of Ephesus have been restored much like the city was in Paul’s time. You will visit the ancient Agora and view the Great Theater. View the terrace houses, also known as "the houses of the rich," which give a true impression of the ancient lifestyle. Also, visit the Ephesus Archaeological Museum for a look at some of Ephesus’ most prized artifacts.

Day 11 Athens & Corinth, Greece

The architectural splendors of the ancient city of Athens are as magical as ever. View the world-renowned Acropolis, the Propylaea, and the Parthenon. Time permitting, view Mars Hill where Paul debated with the intellectual community of his day. Walk among the ruins of the Agora, the ancient market place and center of Athenian public life. You will view the Olympic Stadium, home of the Olympics. Travel to Corinth (Acts 18), a city that inspired St. Paul’s most familiar letter. You will visit the Archaeological Museum, the Market Place, and Temples. Walk among the ruins and stand on the Bema where Paul stood. Read Paul’s letter to the Corinthians and visualize his address to the Gentiles as he began the task of building Corinth’s church.

Day 12 Katakolon, Greece (On Own)

The small port of Katakolon on the Ionian coast is your gateway to ancient Olympia, the home of the original Olympic Games. Olympia has preserved both athletic and mythological monuments, many dating back to 776 BC. Most intriguing is the stadium, which is still standing, and the gymnasium. The museum also offers a peek at fabulous Greek sculptures. This Grecian port city is also the gateway to one of the most important archeological sites in the world, the ruins of ancient Olympia. Take a scenic drive through the small Greek villages on the way to Kouroutas Beach and spend three hours relaxing under the sun, swimming, and soaking up a perfect Greek beach day. Soak up the gorgeous Katakolon waterfront views while savoring traditional Greek specialties, like pastitsio or moussaka at one of the quaint tavernas and cafes offering shady outdoor tables.

Shore Excursions are booked through Celebrity.

Day 13 At Sea

Enjoy a day at sea aboard the Celebrity Reflection!

Day 14 Return to USA

Return to USA or continue on the exciting Rome Post Tour.

Enhance Your Journey

Rome Pre-Tour $750

Sept. 23 – Depart the USA

Sept. 24 – Arrive in Rome - Arrive and check in to hotel.

Sept. 25 - Christian Rome - The Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica, Trevi Fountain, Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s Frescoes, St. Paul Outside the Walls.

Sept. 26 - Ancient Rome - Colosseum, Campidoglio, Pantheon.  Board Your Ship.

 

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount

*Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

Rome Post-Tour $750

Oct. 8 – Ancient Rome – Colosseum, Campidoglio, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain.

Oct. 9 – Christian Rome - The Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s Frescoes, St. Paul Outside the Walls.

Oct. 10 – Return to USA

 

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount

*Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

Departure Dates

  1. September 25, 2020
*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount