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Steps of Faith 2022 Christianity in the 1st Century Jesus, Peter, Paul and the Apostles

14 days
Greece & The Holy Land
Starting from $4998* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join us on a 14-day Steps of Faith Christianity in the 1st Century Jesus, Peter, Paul, and the Apostles, starting at $4,998* from New York, NY departing on dates below. Journey to places such as Santorini, Caesarea, Athens, Rhodes, Corinth, Galilee, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and much more!

Available dates:
July 31, 2022
August 13, 27, 2022

*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 Depart USA

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

Day 2 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 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 Jerusalem & Bethlehem

Walk the Cardo, the ancient main street of the Old City where the apostles 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 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 Journey to Haifa to Embark

To start, 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 Paphos

Follow Paul’s path to Cyprus, where he stopped on his first missionary journey. Barnabas would return to this island on a separate mission from Paul with the young missionary Mark to preach. Go deep into Cyprus’ history on a trip to Paphos from Limassol to explore ancient ruins and archaeological sites. Travel past the Temple of Apollo on the way and discover elaborate tombs in a 3rd-century necropolis. Explore Paphos’ Old Town before traveling to the archaeological park, where beautifully preserved floor mosaics are a vibrant glimpse into Roman life and style.

Day 8 Rhodes

Today, you will explore Rhodes, a stop on Paul’s 3rd and 4th journeys. Get the real, authentic Rhodes experience by exploring it on foot. Begin in picturesque Old Town, where you will pass through and learn all about Agora and Collachium, where the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem lived and worked. Marvel at the stunning churches, exquisite Jewish quarter, the Inns of Knights, and the Palace of Grand Masters. Afterwards, stop for a refreshment in a local café.

Day 9 Athens & Corinth

Discover the rich architectural splendor of the ancient city of Athens as your guide introduces you to the world-renowned Acropolis, the Propylaea, the Parthenon and the Erectheum. Stand on Mars Hill as the apostle Paul did when he proclaimed, “I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.” As you stroll the, recall that this was where the Apostle Paul preached “Jesus and the resurrection” to the skeptical Athenians. This afternoon tour the city of Corinth, where the apostle Paul met fellow tentmakers Aquila and Priscilla and received a vision from the Lord saying, “I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.” As Paul spoke, Crispus and many others believed and were baptized, establishing the church at Corinth to whom Paul later wrote his two epistles. As you walk among the ruins, stand on the Bema, where the apostle Paul stood before Gallio to face charges brought against him by the Jews.

Day 10 Mykonos

Arrive today at the world-famous Greek Island of Mykonos, where gleaming, white-washed buildings seem to climb atop each other to reach the azure sky. Admire its many hills dotted with iconic windmills. 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 11 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. 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 12 At Sea

Day At Sea

Day 13 Caesarea & Jaffa

Disembark the Rhapsody of the Seas this morning and drive south along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea, where Cornelius and his family became believers, and where Paul set off to Rome. Visit the Crusader Fortress built upon the ancient city of Caesarea, named after Augustus Caesar. Next visit the ancient port city of Jaffa (Joppa) from where Jonah tried to flee from his appointed mission and Solomon brought the Cedars of Lebanon. Joppa was the place of the miracle of the resurrection of Tabitha and the house of Simon the Tanner, on whose roof Peter had a vision that changed the face of Christendom. Enjoy dinner on the coast before preparing for your return flight home.

Day 14 Return to USA

Return to USA

Enhance Your Journey

Petra Post-Tour Starting from $898

8/15 • 8/28 • 9/11

Day 13 – Madaba & Mt. Nebo
Travel to the border and cross into Jordan. Visit Madaba, the City of Mosaics, to visit the Church of Saint George with its sixth-century, Byzantine, mosaic map showing Jerusalem and other holy sites. Stand on Mount Nebo, where Moses caught a glimpse of the Promised Land. On a clear day, you can see all the way across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea, to the rooftops of Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Day 14 – Petra
Travel to the city of Petra. Its entrance passes through a long, narrow gorge known as the Siq and can only be accessed by carriage, horseback or on foot. Once inside the city, marvel at the intricate detail of a city that was cut into the cliff sides of rose-colored rock.
Day 15 – Jerash & Amman
This morning, you will explore Jerash, one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the world. Stroll through the oval piazza and wander along colonnaded streets etched by the wheels of ancient chariots. Stand in the grand theater where an onstage whisper can be heard in the top row. After exploring ancient ruins travel to Amman.
Day 16 – 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.

Dead Sea Post-Tour Starting from $898

8/15 • 8/28 • 9/11

Day 13 – Masada, Ein Gedi & Qumran
Disembark the ship and travel to the mountain top fortress of Masada, the last outpost of Jewish independence in the revolt against the Romans, which we ascend by cable car to visit the palaces of Herod the Great with its Roman bathhouse and mosaic pavements. From Masada, we board our bus for another short ride to the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, where after a brief walk, hear how David hid in Ein Gedi from King Saul.
Day 14 – Dead Sea
Enjoy the day on your own at your Dead Sea Resort. Enjoy a “dip” and “float” in the salty water of the Dead Sea and experience a remarkable sense of buoyancy. The hotel also has a freshwater pool and spa facilities. Massage and spa treatments are available by prior reservation at your own expense.
Day 15 – Caesarea & Jaffa
Travel to the coast and see Caesarea, where Cornelius and his family became believers, and where Paul set off to Rome. Visit the Crusader Fortress built upon the ancient city of Caesarea, named after Augustus Caesar. View excavations from Roman, Byzantine and Crusader periods. Next visit the ancient port city of Jaffa (Joppa) from where Jonah tried to flee from his appointed mission and Solomon brought the Cedars of Lebanon. Joppa was the place of the miracle of the resurrection of Tabitha and the house of Simon the Tanner, on whose roof Peter had a vision that changed the face of Christendom.

Day 16 – 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.

Turkey Pre-Tour Starting from $1398

7/26 • 8/8 • 8/22

Pre 1 – Depart USA
Depart the US on your international flight to Istanbul.
Pre 2 – Arrive in Turkey
Arrive in Turkey today and be met by your guide. Make your way to Izmir for dinner and overnight.
Pre 3 – 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.
Pre 4 – 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, and baths, a nympheaum, a church, a necropolis.
Pre 5 – 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.
Day 1 – 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.
Day 2 – 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, 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 thantheir group and/or traveling companion.
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.

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