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Steps of Faith 2022 Christianity in the 1st Century Jesus, Peter, Paul and the Apostles with Guest Speaker Bishop Robert Fannin

14 days
Greece & The Holy Land
Starting from $4398* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join us and Guest Speaker Bishop Robert Fannin on a 14-day Steps of Faith Christianity in the 1st Century Jesus, Peter, Paul, and the Apostles, starting at $4,398* from New York, NY departing on dates below. Journey to places such as Santorini, Caesarea, Athens, Rhodes, Corinth, Galilee, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and much more!

 

*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Cruise
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • First Class Hotels
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Guided Tours
  • International Airfare from NY
  • Meals on Ship
  • Overseas Transfers
  • Port Charges
  • Study Guide
  • Visas (U.S. Citizens)

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 October 26 – Depart USA

Your journey begins as you depart the USA on your international flight.

Day 2 October 27 – Arrive in Tel Aviv

Set you feet on the path of the Apostles as you arrive in Tel Aviv today. Journey to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 October 28 – Jerusalem

Visit the Mt. of Olives, where the Apostles witnessed Jesus ascend into heaven. Enter the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus went to pray after the Last Supper and was arrested. View the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle. Sing a hymn in the Church of St. Anne and experience its rich acoustics. Visit Herod’s Antonia Fortress, where Jesus appeared before Pontius Pilate and follow in Christ’s steps on the Via Dolorosa (“the Way of the Cross”). At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, take time to reflect on His sacrificial love. Visit the Garden Tomb for a time of reflection and communion.

Day 4 October 29 – Jerusalem & Bethlehem

Walk the Cardo, the ancient main street of the Old City where the apostle’s mission began, Explore ancient Jerusalem at the Teaching Steps and the Western Wall. Here at the site of the ancient temple, many were converted to Christianity when Peter spoke on the day of Pentecost. Visit the Damascus Gate, where Saul witnessed the stoning of Stephen. In Bethlehem, visit the cave revered as Jesus’ birthplace and see the Church of the Nativity constructed over the site. Gaze out over Shepherds’ Field before returning to Jerusalem.

Day 5 October 30 – Sea of Galilee

Start your day at the Yigal Alon Museum on Kibbutz Ginosar, where we see the wreck of a 2,000-year-old fishing boat from the time of Jesus that was found just off its coast. Then, set out by boat on the Sea of Galilee where Jesus walked on the water. Drive along the shores of the Sea of Galilee to nearby Capernaum, where Jesus lived in the house of Peter, performing his miracles and healings. Drive to Tabgha to study about the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish and continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, the site of the Sermon on the Mount. Time permitting, we will conclude our day at the ruins of Magdala, an ancient seaport which was Mary Magdalene’s hometown. Remember your baptism at the Yardenit Baptismal site, where the Jordan River exits the Sea of Galilee.

Day 6 October 31 – Journey to Haifa to Embark

Head south to the ancient port city of Acre, also known as Akko. The Crusaders left their mark on this UNESCO town as the former capital of their kingdom. Drive further south along the coast to Haifa and explore the beautiful and grandiose Bahai Garden. Embark on the Rhapsody of the Seas and set sail this evening.

Day 7 November 1 – Day at Sea

Day at Sea

Day 8 November 2 – Santorini

Dock in Santorini today, one of the most beautiful of the Greek islands where picturesque, whitewashed villages topped with brilliant blue domes stand in stark contrast to the sheer drop cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea. The island itself perches on the edges of a volcano whose eruption 3,500 years ago is thought to have led to the collapse of the Minoan civilization. Explore the island on your own or join one of the optional excursions available for purchase onboard.

Shore excursions today will be booked directly through Royal Caribbean.

Day 9 November 3 – At Sea

At Sea

Day 10 November 4 – Taormina

Just a few miles from mainland Italy, Messina has served as a gateway, to the island of Sicily since antiquity. Over the centuries, the city has been influenced by foreign invaders and powers, and its architecture is a mix of old and new. Travel past Mt. Etna for amazing views and visit beautiful Taormina to explore its ancient Roman Theater and enjoy shopping in this charming town.

Day 11 November 5 – Rome

History is woven through the streets and neighborhoods of Rome like no other city. Today, you’ll explore the many wonders of ancient Rome when you visit the magnificent Colosseum and the Pantheon. From the most sacred hill of ancient Rome, Campidoglio, you will view the Forum. You will also view the Circus Maximus, the Arch of Titus, the famous Baths of Caracalla and the Arch of Constantine. You will see the Victor Emanuel Monument and the Monti Region, Rome’s most ancient neighborhood, which spreads over three of her seven hills. Also near the Forum is the Mamertine Prison. It was the site where Romans kept their high-profile prisoners until they died or were executed. It is revered as the place Peter was held before his crucifixion. Visit the Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, housing the Tomb of St. Paul the Apostle, affectionately known as the Apostle of the Gentiles.

Day 12 November 6 – Livorno

Livorno, Italy is a gateway to beautiful Tuscany. Be sure to explore La Venezia, a Venetian-style canal district in the historical center of the city dating back to the Medici era. Tuscany itself is a destination like no other, boasting a seemingly impossible mix of ancient and new, rolling hillsides and industrial skylines. The juxtaposition of slow living in remote fishing villages with the masterworks of Renaissance art and architecture is what you will find in Florence and Pisa.

Shore excursions today will be booked directly through Royal Caribbean.

Day 13 November 7 – Marseille

Arrive this morning in Marseille. You can make plans to explore the Provence region of France. Of course, it would not be a trip to the region of Provence without experiencing high-quality French food, baked goods like fresh croissants and pastries, strong red wine, and a culture highly tuned into enjoying the moment. Whether you stay local to the Vieux port in Marseille or take a day trip further into Provence, this corner of the Mediterranean deserves careful exploration.

Shore excursions today will be booked directly through Royal Caribbean.

Day 14 November 8 – Return to USA from Barcelona

Return to USA from Barcelona

Enhance Your Journey

Turkey Pre-Tour Starting from $1398

October 21-27, 2022

October 21 – Depart USA
Depart the US on your international flight to Istanbul.
October 22 – Arrive in Turkey
Arrive in Turkey today and be met by your guide. Make your way to Izmir for dinner and overnight.
October 23 – Ephesus
Travel south to Selcuk and tour Ephesus, where the apostle Paul spent three years of his ministry. Visit the agora and the library. Stroll through the great theater where Paul witnessed faithfully for Christ. Optionally, you can view the terrace houses, which give a true impression of the ancient lifestyle of the rich. Travel to the Basilica of St. John believed to be built over the remains of the Apostle John. Modeled after the now lost Church of the Holy Apostles, this basilica was originally built in the sixth century.

October 24 – Laodicea, Colossae & Hierapolis
Paul mentions Hierapolis in his Letter to the Colossians in saluting Epaphras, a fellow laborer, for his love of the brethren there. Today, the area is known as Pamukkale, meaning “Cotton Castle”, named for the limestone-laden hot springs which cascade from one white-edged terrace pool to the next. The hot springs there have been used as a spa since the second century BCE. The Christians of Laodicea, one of the Seven Churches, were chastised for being lukewarm, “You are neither cold nor hot”, and for being too comfortable incorporating pagan and Christian beliefs. The remains of Laodicea consist of a Hellenistic theatre, a smaller Roman theatre, a rectangular council building, a water tower, a stadium, a gymnasium, baths, a nympheaum, a church, and a necropolis.
October 25 – Antioch in Psidia

Antioch of Pisidia is one of these archaeological sites that enchant visitors with their glorious past. The city was founded in the Hellenistic period by Antiochus I Soter. The name “Antioch” was often used by Antiochus I when founding new settlements and renaming the already existing towns. He founded as many as 16 new Antiochs in Asia Minor and the Middle East. Paul visited here on his first missionary journey and it was one of the first cities to have a fully Gentile Christian community.
October 26– Smyrna, Philadelphia, Pergamum & Thyatira
The third largest city in modern Turkey is Izmir, long a center for Jewish and Christian communities. In Paul’s day, the town was known as Smyrna. It was also one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Visit the site of Philadelphia, also one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. 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 New Jerusalem.” Pergamum was another of the seven churches mentioned in Revelations. It displeased the Lord because it tolerated the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which Christ hated. Visit Thyatira, once a busy trading center, home to Lydia, the “seller of purple.” Also mentioned in Revelations, they tolerated the false prophetess, Jezebel.
October 27 – Istanbul & Fly to Tel Aviv

Explore Turkey’s bejeweled capital. It sits between two continents and is home to 450 mosques. You will visit the famous Blue Mosque with its six minarets and sparkling interior. Walk through Hagia Sophia, which was the largest church in Christendom for 1000 years, which was built by Justinian. The church has 107 columns; fossil embedded white marble floors, and beautiful glass mosaics. Enjoy the aroma of cinnamon, cloves, thyme, and other exotic spices as you explore the Grand Bazaar. Over 4000 shops sell everything from herbs to gold. This afternoon, you will fly to Tel Aviv to meet the rest of the group.

 

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.

Barcelona Post-Tour Starting from $998

November 8 - 10, 2022

November 8 – Barcelona
Disembark the ship in Barcelona, where you will be met by your guide. Enjoy a tour of Barcelona, passing by Passeig de Gracia, Casa Batlo, Manza de la Discordi & Casa Lleo i Morera. Stop and explore Parc Guell designed by Antoni Guadi. Wander this historic area filled with art and unique architecture. Enjoy time for lunch before journeying outside of Barcelona for a visit to the Montserrat region. Ride the cogwheel train to the mountaintop monastery of Montserrat, admire views over the Catalan countryside on your way up the mountain. Explore the Bascilica within the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey and wander its museum. When you return to Barcelona enjoy some time for shopping while wandering La Rambla before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight. Check into your hotel in Barcelona for your two-night stay.
November 9 – Barcelona
Start your walking tour at Barcelona’s Plaça Sant Jaume. From there, you’ll proceed on foot for an exploration of the Gothic Quarter. You will see some of the city’s most famous medieval buildings like the Plaça del Rei (Royal Palace) and the Palatine chapel of Santa Agata before taking some time to explore Barcelona’s Roman history at the Temple d’August, one of the city’s last remaining Roman relics. Visit Casa Mila, popularly known as the La Pedrera, “the Stone Quarry.” This building was the last residence of Antoni Gaudi. Continue on your journey to the Bascilica de la Sagrada Familia, passing by Casa Vicens on the way. Explore La Sagrad Familia and bask in Gaudi’s splendid design. This UNESCO Heritage site has continually been under construction since 1882.

November 10 – Return to USA

 

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.

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