Departs October 6, 2017 | Join Educational Opportunities and guest speaker Adam Hamilton for the Journeys of Paul Cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas. Sail roundtrip from Rome, Italy and stop in Sicily, Mykonos, Ephesus, Santorini, Athens & Corinth, Naples & Pompeii, and Ancient Rome. Enhance your journey with a Vatican City Post Tour!
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Entrance and Program Fees
- First Class Hotels
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Meals on Ship
- Port Charges
- Select Shore Excursions
- International Airfare
Day 1 Depart the USA
Day 2 Arrive in Rome, Embarkation
Day 3 Sicily, Italy
Explore Messina, a city rich in history, and the connecting point of the "Italian Boot." In neighboring 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 Malta
Due to Paul's influence, Malta was one of the first Roman colonies to convert to Christianity and has been a beacon of Christianity through the ages, as you will see. It is one of my favorite Mediterranean ports of call. Your excursion will begin with a scenic drive to Mdina and a walking tour of the town. View St. Paul's Cathedral and remember the story of Paul's shipwreck in Malta around 60 AD according to Acts 28. During his three month stay he survived a snake bite and healed the father of Publius, a prominent resident who became the first Bishop of Malta. The cathedral was built to commemorate that event. Then travel to St. Paul's Bay to see the traditional site of his shipwreck and view St. Paul's Islands from the bay. Next drive to Valletta and then walk into the city to visit St. John's Co-Cathedral. It is one of the finest examples of high Baroque architecture in Europe and houses great works of art including The Beheading of St. John the Baptist by Caravaggio. Finally, explore the Barrakka Gardens, built on the bastion of the city. The gardens offer a breathtaking view of the Grand Harbor. Take the panoramic lift back down to Valletta's waterfront and return to the ship.
Day 5 At Sea
Day 6 Mykonos, Greece (on own)
Day 7 Santorini, Greece (on own)
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. 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 9 At Sea
Day 10 Naples & Pompeii, Italy
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 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, Rome's most ancient neighborhood which spreads over three of her seven hills. Our last stop of the day is 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. 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.
Day 12 Return to USA or continue on the exciting Vatican City Post Tour
Enhance Your Journey
Vatican City Post Tour $248
Day One - 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 Two - Return to the USA