Departing October 20, 2019 | Join EO with Guest Speaker Craig Hill on the Journeys of Paul Cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas. Sail around Rome, Italy and stop in Mykonos, Santorini, Athens and Corinth. Enhance your journey with the Vatican City Post Tour. Pricing starts at $3,798* per person from New York.
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Entrance and Program Fees
- First Class Hotels
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- International Airfare from NY
- Learning Opportunities
- Meals on Ship
- Overseas Transfers
- Port Charges
- Select Shore Excursions
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 panoramic tour of the Eternal City before embarking on the luxurious Jewel of the Seas.
Day 3 Taormina, Italy
Explore Taormina, climb to the mountaintop Greek Theater with its spectacular views of the Mediterranean and Mt. Etna. Enjoy a gelato while shopping or simply wander the streets with the occasional breathtaking view over the cliffs to the seaside below.
Day 4 Valletta, Malta
Travel to St. Paul's Bay to see the traditional site of Paul's shipwreck and view St. Paul's island from there. Embark on a narrated tour of Valletta, capital of Malta and a city replete with medieval charm and extravagantly grand architecture. No exploration would be complete without a visit to Vallettas crowning jewel, St. Johns Co-Cathedral. This baroque masterpiece was commissioned in 1572 by Grand Master Jean de la Cassiere for the Knights of St John. In fact, several Knights donated gifts of art to ensure it was adorned with only the finest works. Enjoy a little free time to explore the areas charming shops and cafes before returning to the ship.
Day 5 Cruising
Enjoy a day at sea on the Jewel of the Seas.
Day 6 Mykonos, Greece (on own)
Have a delightful day exploring the exceptional beauty and culture of the Greek island of Mykonos with its lovely bays and beaches, distinctive whitewashed structures, and cobblestone streets. Shore excursions are booked through Royal Caribbean.
Day 7 Santorini, Greece (on own)
Visit Santorini, one of the most beautiful of the Greek islands. Its picturesque whitewashed villages with brilliant blue domes dot the cliffs above 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. Shore excursions are booked through Royal Caribbean.
Day 8 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. Pauls 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 Pauls letter to the Corinthians and visualize his address to the Gentiles as he began the task of building Corinths church.
Day 9 Cruising
Enjoy a day at sea on the Jewel of the Seas.
Day 10 Pompeii, Italy
Journey inland to ancient Pompeii, dating almost to the time of Paul, where you can see the spectacular ruins that were covered by ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79.
Day 11 Ancient Rome
Disembark this morning in Rome. History is woven through the streets and neighborhoods of Rome as in no other city. Today youll 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, youll view the Forum. Youll also view the Circus Maximus, the Arch of Titus, the famous Baths of Caracalla and the Arch of Constantine. Youll see the Victor Emanuel Monument and the Monti Region, Romes most ancient neighborhood which spreads over three of her seven hills. Our last stop of the day is the Basilica of St. Pauls Outside the Walls, housing the Tomb of St. Paul the Apostle, affectionately known as the Apostle of the Gentiles. In the afternoon, you'll discover why Rome is also known as the City of Love. Youll explore the romance of Rome as you climb the graceful Spanish Steps and stop at the famous Trevi Fountain. Legend says those who toss a coin into the fountain will one day return to Rome to toss another into the waters of Trevi. Check in to your hotel in Rome for dinner and overnight.
Day 12 Return to USA
Return to USA or continue on the exciting Vatican City Post Tour.
Enhance Your Journey
Vatican City Post Tour $298
Day 1 - Vatican City Tour
Christianity came late in Rome’s long history, conquering and changing the city in a way few other invaders have. Experience the glory of Christian Rome today as you visit the Vatican, home to one of the greatest museums in the world. And, of course, tour St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s frescoes, now restored to their full, colorful glory. Tour the Catacombs of St. Sebastino. The catacombs contain some of the only surviving examples of early Christian art. In the 1840s, Pope Gregory XVI took steps to preserve the catacombs and their treasures.
Day 2 - Return to USA
October 20, 2019