Tours

Journeys of Paul Cruise 2017 with Adam Hamilton

9 days
Greece, Italy & Turkey
Starting from $3498* Taxes & Fees Apply

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! 

What’s Included

  • Cruise
  • 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

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Depart the USA

Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA and arrive in Rome

Day 2 Arrive in Rome, Embarkation

Time permitting, take a panoramic tour of the Eternal City before embarking on the luxurious Jewel of the Seas.

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)

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. 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

Arrive in Naples, a dazzling city perched on a beautiful rock coast. Paul landed in the bay of Naples on his way to Rome. You can 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 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

Departure Dates

*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount