Join Guest Speaker Carla Works aboard Royal Caribbean's the Explorer of the Seas for 12 days as you sail to Taormina, Mykonos, Santorini and more! Departing on October 5, 2020 with prices starting at $3,898* from New York.
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- International Airfare from NY
- Meals on Ship
- Overseas Transfers
- Port Charges
- One hotel night in Rome
Day 1 October 5 – DEPART USA
Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on your international overnight flight.
Day 2 October 6 – ARRIVE IN ROME
You will arrive in Rome, Italy where you will be met by our representative and transferred the Port of Civitavecchia to board the Explorer of the Seas. (D)
Day 3 October 7 – 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. (B, D)
Day 4 October 8 – VALLETTA
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 Valletta’s crowning jewel, St John’s 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 area’s charming shops and cafes before returning to the ship. (B, D)
Day 5 October 9 - AT SEA
Spend time onboard fellowshipping together. (B, L, D)
Day 6 October 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. (B, L, D) Shore excursions today will be booked directly through Royal Caribbean.
Day 7 October 11 - EPHESUS
Ephesus is another of the Seven Churches of Revelation and was once a bustling port town graced with wide, colonnade-bordered streets and a population of 250,000. Although spectacular excavations have revealed much of the glory of ancient Ephesus, including the huge Agora and Library, much has been lost. The ancient world once declared the Temple of Artemis to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World but today, only a single column remains to mark its site. View the terrace houses, also known as “the house of the rich,” which give a true impression of ancient lifestyle. Explore the Museum of Ephesus for an up-close look at ancient artifacts. You will have time to explore on your own and recreate some of the footsteps of Paul. (B,D)
Day 8 October 12 - 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. (B, L, D) Shore excursions today will be booked directly through Royal Caribbean.
Day 9 October 13 - 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 Agora (ancient market place and center of Athenian public life), 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 (chief ruler of the synagogue) and many others believed and were baptized, establishing the church at Corinth to whom Paul later wrote his two epistles. Discover the Archaeological Museum, Market Place and Temples. Gather together for a time of devotion around the Bema, where the apostle Paul stood before Gallio to face charges brought against him by the Jews. (B, L, D)
Day 10 October 14 – AT SEA
Spend time onboard fellowshipping together. (B, L, D)
Day 11 October 15 – POMPEII
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. (B, D)
Day 12 October 16 – ANCIENT ROME
Disembark this morning in Rome. History is woven through the streets and neighborhoods of Rome as in 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’ll view the Forum. You’ll also view the Circus Maximus, the Arch of Titus, the famous Baths of Caracalla and the Arch of Constantine. You’ll see the Victor Emanuel Monument and the Monti Region. The next stop is the Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, housing the Tomb of St. Paul the Apostle. In the afternoon, you’ll discover why Rome is also known as the “City of Love”. You’ll 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. (B, D)
Day 13 October 17 – RETURN TO USA
Return home with a new understanding of the Apostle Paul’s life and ministry or enjoy more time in Rome on the Vatican City Post Tour.
Enhance Your Journey
Vatican City Post-Tour $349
Oct. 17 - Vatican City Tour Christianity came late in Rome’s long history, conquering and changing the city in a way few other invades 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, color glory. Tour the Catacombs of St. Sebastian. The catacombs contain some of the only surviving examples of early Christian art. In the 1840’s, Pope Gregory XVI took steps to preserve the catacombs and their treasures. (B,D)
Oct. 18 - Return to USA Return home with a new understanding of the Apostle Paul’s life and ministry.