Join Rev. Bill & Wendi Britt and Peachtree Road United Methodist Church for this exciting 11-day land tour and cruise to Greece and Turkey where you will sites important to the Apostle Paul's life and ministry including Athens, Corinth, Ephesus, Patmos and more. Enhance your journey by adding the optional extension to Rome. Pricing starts at $4,346* from Atlanta.
$20 Turkish Visa is not included in the tour cost
Guests travelling to Turkey will need to visit https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ to apply for their visas and will submit the $20 USD Visa fee on-line. For questions regarding the visa submission process, visit our website (www.EO.travel/turkeyvisa.aspx) or call (800-247-0017 Ext. 590).
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Domestic Airfare
- Entrance and Program Fees
- First Class Hotels
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Guided Tours
- Internal Foreign Flights
- International Airfare
Day 1 Depart USA
Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on your international overnight flight.
Day 2 Arrive in Greece
You will arrive in Athens, Greece, where you will enjoy the rich architectural splendor of the ancient city of Athens as your guide introduces you to the House of Parliament, the Presidential Palace and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You will be transferred to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Athens, Corinth & Cenchreae
This morning your guide introduces you to Athens and 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" (Acts 17:23). 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" (Acts 17:18) 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" (Acts 18: 10). As Paul spoke, Crispus (chief ruler of the synagogue) and many others believed and were baptized (Acts 18:8), establishing the church at Corinth to whom Paul later wrote his two epistles. Discover the Archaeological Museum, Market Place and Temples. As you walk among the ruins, stand on the Bema, where the apostle Paul stood before Gallio to face charges brought against him. Stop briefly at the port town of Cenchreae from which Paul later departed for Syria (Acts 18: 12‐18). Return to Athens for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Mykonos
Embark on your cruise ship and sail the blue waters of the Aegean Sea. In the evening, you will arrive at the world‐famous Greek Island of Mykonos, where gleaming white‐washed buildings seem to climb atop each other to reach the azure sky.
Day 5 Ephesus & Patmos
This morning, you arrive in Kusadasi, Turkey, and journey to Ephesus, where the apostle Paul spent three years of his ministry. He planted a church here and later wrote to them in his Epistle to the Ephesians. Many of the ruins of Ephesus (known as “the marble city”) have been restored to show the city as it was in the apostle Paul’s time. Visit the Agora and imagine where Demetrius, the silver‐smith, sold his silver shrines of the Greek goddess Artemis. Stroll through the great theater where Paul witnessed faithfully for Christ. Not far away is the stadium where chariot races took place and gladiatorial combats were held. Tradition has it that the Apostle Paul himself fought here against wild beasts. Visit the ruins of St. John’s Basilica, where early Christian tradition tells us the “disciple whom Jesus loved” was buried. View one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World”, the ruins of the Temple of Diana (Artemis) before setting sail for the Island of Patmos to visit the Monastery of St. John, high on the mountain overlooking the entire island. Walk down to the Grotto of the Apocalypse and the caves where it is believed that the exiled Apostle John lived and was inspired by God to write the Book of Revelation as well as other letters to the early church.
Day 6 Crete & Santorini
Dock this morning in Crete’s port of Heraklion, just three miles away from the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. Disembark at Santorini, 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.
Day 7 Disembark, flight to Thessaloniki
This morning you disembark from your cruise and transfer to the airport for your short flight to Thessaloniki. This afternoon you will discover Thessaloniki, where Paul was accused of turning the world upside down with his preaching of Christ (Acts 17: 3‐6). As you explore St. George's Basilica, believed to be built over the synagogue where Paul preached, reflect on the two epistles the apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonian church here. Stroll through the Archaeological Museum and the beautiful basilicas of St. Sophia and St. Demetrios, dedicated to a distinguished Roman proconsul martyred for his Christian faith.
Day 8 Amphipolis, Alexandrapolus, Istanbul
Follow in the footsteps of Paul and Silas to Amphipolis and explore the ruins of the many Christian basilicas there. In Philippi is a baptismal site commemorating where God opened the heart of Lydia (a seller of purple from Thyatira) to hear the words of Paul (Acts 16:13‐15). Lydia and her household were the first Christian converts baptized on European soil. View the Roman‐era crypt thought to have served as a prison for the apostle Paul, and explore Philippi’s famous Acropolis, Market Place, the Basilica of Paul, and Theater. You continue on to Alexandrapolus where you will cross the border into Turkey. You will be met by your guide and travel to Istanbul.
Day 9 Istanbul
This morning you will enjoy the Bosphorus cruise. The strait connects the sea of Marmara to the Black Sea and separates Europe and Asia, making Istanbul one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the only one built astride two continents; this romantic cruise along the Bosphorus will allow you to admire the Dolmabahce Palace, the Beylerbeyi Palace, the Ciragan Palace and the Rumeli Fortress, ancient wooden villas and bridges and all the wonderful maritime landscapes. This afternoon you will enjoy a visit to the Grand Baazar (shop till you drop). Enjoy dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 10 Istanbul
Immerse yourself in Istanbul’s six best sights on this guided full‐day tour. Fit all of the attractions at the top of your bucket list into one packed day, with the help of an expert local guide. Stroll Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet neighborhood, brimming with iconic buildings and storied streets. Tour the Blue Mosque, one of the most important sites in the Muslim world. Delve into history of the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Istanbul Hippodrome as well as the sunken palace of Basilica Cistern. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 11 Return to USA
Return home with a new appreciation of the Apostle Paul's life and ministry.
Enhance Your Journey
Rome Extension $1198
Christian Rome ‐ Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica, St. Paul's Outside the Walls, St. Callixtus Catacombs
Free Day in Rome
Ancient Rome ‐ Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Forum, Colosseum
Return to USA.
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount
*Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.
April 23, 2019From $4346* Register Now!