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Lands of the Bible Cruise 2022 with Bishop Bob & Susan Farr and the Missouri Annual Conference

11 days
Greece, The Holy Land & Turkey
Starting from $4696* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join Bishop Bob & Susan Farr and the Missouri Annual Conference on an 11 day Lands of the Bible Cruise with 7 nights aboard the Norwegian Jade, starting at $4,696* from Kansas City, & St. Louis, MO or $4,896* from Springfield, MO departing on September 23, 2022. Journey to places such as Athens, Ephesus, Patmos, Jerusalem, Galilee, Corinth, and much more!

 

*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Cruise
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Domestic Airfare
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Guided Tours
  • Meals on Ship
  • Overseas Transfers
  • Select Shore Excursions
  • Study Guide
  • Visas (U.S. Citizens)
  • International Airfare

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 September 23 – DEPART HOME

Depart Home.

Day 2 September 24 – ARRIVE IN ATHENS

Arrive in Athens and enjoy a driving tour. View the House of Parliament, the Presidential Palace, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Check in to your hotel this afternoon.

Day 3 September 25 - ATHENS & EMBARKATION

Check out of your hotel and explore Athens today. Discover the rich architectural splendor of the ancient city of Athens. Explore the world-renowned Acropolis, the Propylaea, the Parthenon and the Erechtheum. 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”. Next, you will journey to Piraeus to embark on the Norwegian Jade.

Day 4 September 26 – EPHESUS & PATMOS

Ephesus is one of the Seven Churches of Revelation and was once a bustling port town with wide, colonnade-bordered streets and a population of 250,000. 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. Today only a single column remains to mark its site. Return to the ship for lunch and sail towards Patmos. This evening you will 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 5 September 27 – DAY AT SEA

Day at Sea.

Day 6 September 28 – JERUSALEM

Journey to Jerusalem to see Caiphas’ House, where Jesus was tried before the Sanhedrin. Stand upon the Mt. of Olives and view the city as Jesus did. See the ancient olive trees of the Garden of Gethsemane. Wander the Old City to view the Pool of Bethesda and walk along the Via Dolorosa. Step inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre built over the sites of the crucifixion and the resurrection.

Day 7 September 29 - SEA OF GALILEE

Venture inland to the Sea of Galilee to stand on the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus preached (Matthew 5). At Tabgha, the traditional location of the feeding of 5,000, you will visit the Church of the Fish and the Loaves (Luke 9). On the shores of the Sea of Galilee is the Chapel of the Primacy of St. Peter, where three times Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ (John 21). From there travel to Capernaum, where Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James, John (Matt. 4) and later Matthew to be disciples.

Day 8 September 30 - LIMASSOL

Go deep into Cyprus’ history as you explore the island today. This beautiful port town is known for its seafood, pottery, leather goods and traditional lace works. Wander the streets and enjoy the shops on your way to the Kolossi Castle built by the Order of St. John in 1210 in the city center of Limassol. Take a trip to Paphos from Limassol to explore ancient ruins, archaeological sites and the goddess of love’s mythical birthplace. Travel past the Temple of Apollo on the way to this UNESCO-recognized city and discover elaborate tombs in a 3rd-century necropolis.

Shore excursions today will be booked directly through Norwegian Cruise Line

Day 9 October 1 - 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 edge 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.

Shore excursions today will be booked directly through Norwegian Cruise Line

Day 10 October 2 - CORINTH & CENCHREAE

Disembark the Norwegian Jade this morning and travel to the city of Corinth. Here 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. As you walk among the ruins, stand on the Bema, where the apostle Paul stood before Gallio to face charges brought against him by the Jews. Stop briefly at the port town of Cenchreae from which Paul later departed for Syria (Acts 18: 12 -18). Finish your journey today by checking in to your hotel near the Athens airport.

Day 11 October 3 – RETURN HOME

Return home with a new understanding of the apostle Paul’s life and ministry, the impact of the apostle John and his revelations, and Jesus’ sacrifice.

Enhance Your Journey

Turkey Post-Tour Starting from $1649

October 3 - 8, 2022

October 3 - Fly to Turkey
Bid farewell to Athens and fly to Izmir, where you will be met by your guide and taken to your hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight in Izmir.
October 4 - Pergamum & Tyatira
Pergamum, one of the seven churches mentioned in Revelation (Rev. 2: 12). The fabled Acropolis towers 1000 feet above the town and commands a spectacular panorama. As you pass through the Royal Gates, you will enter one of the great centers of classic Greek culture. You will see the foundations of the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Athena, and the ruins of the Library which once held 200,000 parchment volumes. You will see the remains of the Temple of Trajan, the Grand Theatre, the Gymnasium, and the Health Center (Aesclepion). Visit Thyatira once a busy trading center, home to Lydia, the “seller of purple” (Acts 16). Today, it is famous for Persian rugs. Thyatira, one of the Seven Churches mentioned in Revelation, tolerated the false prophetess, Jezebel (Rev. 1: 11; 2: 18-29). Overnight in Izmir.

October 5 - Philadelphia, Sardis & Smyrna
Visit the site of Philadelphia also one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 3: 7-13). Today, not much is left to mark the spot. You will see an ancient wall and the remains of a Byzantine basilica. Travel to Sardis, another of the Seven Churches of Revelation. You will be impressed by the massive scale of the Temple of Artemis, by the white marble Royal Road, by the gymnasium, and by the synagogue. The third largest city in modern Turkey is Izmir, long a center for Jewish and Christian communities. In Paul’s day, the town was known as Smyrna. It was also one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 2: 8-11). You will see the Agora, the colonnaded commercial center where Roman statues can still be seen. Overnight in Pamukkale.
October 6 - Laodicea; Colossae; Hierapolis
The Christians of Laodicea, one of the Seven Churches (Rev. 3: 14-22), were chastised for being lukewarm, “You are neither cold nor hot” (Rev. 3: 15), and for being too comfortable incorporating pagan and Christian beliefs. Today, there are many acres of ruins to see, including the stadium and columned streets. Famous as the receiver of Paul’s Letter to the Colossians, the town of Colossae has fallen into obscurity. While you can still see traces of the theatre, the Necropolis and the Church, the ancient city is mostly indistinguishable ruins. Hierapolis is blessed by hot mineral springs and some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Asia Minor. Paul mentions Hierapolis in his Letter to the Colossians in saluting Epaphras, a fellow laborer, for his love of the brethren there (Colossians 4: 13). The ruins cover more than a mile. You will see the impressive amphitheater with seats still in perfect condition. You will see the City Gates, column-lined streets, and arches, which have stood through time and earthquakes. Today, the area is known as Pamukkale, meaning “Cotton Castle”, named for the limestone-laden hot springs which cascade from one white-edged terrace pool to the next. Overnight in Pamukkale.
October 7 - Istanbul
This morning you will fly to the bejeweled capital of Istanbul sits between two continents and is home to 450 mosques. You will visit the famous Blue Mosque with its six minarets and sparkling interior. Walk through Hagia Sophia, which was the largest church in Christendom for 1000 years, built by Justinian (532-537 A.D.). The church has 107 columns; fossil imbedded white marble floors, and beautiful glass mosaics. Explore the underbelly of Istanbul within the Basilica Cistern. This massive water temple carved from the earth in 532 AD holds busts of Medusa and the iconic Column of Tears. Enjoy the aroma of cinnamon, cloves, thyme, and other exotic spices as you explore the Spice Market. Overnight in Istanbul.

October 8 - Return to USA

 

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.

Greece Pre-Tour Starting from $998

September 19 - 24, 2022

September 19 - Depart USA
September 20 - Arrive in Thessalonika
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. Along the Via Egnatia stands the Galerius Arch, here you can look out over the second-largest city in Greece from the Old City Ramparts, some dating back to Roman times. Overnight in Thessaloniki
September 21 - Amphipolis, Philippi & Neapoli

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. Today’s last stop is Neapolis (Kavala), one of Greece’s most picturesque mainland ports where Paul landed with his disciples, Timothy and Silas. See the Roman Aqueduct and Acropolis before returning to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight. Overnight in Thessaloniki.
September 22 - Verea & Meteora
Follow the path of Paul when he fled Thessaloniki for the safety of Veria (Berea), where Jews and some honorable Greeks accepted the new faith (Act 17: 10-12). As you visit the rock forest of Meteora (“in the heavens above”) in western Thessaly, imagine the apostle Paul walking that treacherous terrain on his missionary journey. Gaze up at the breathtaking Byzantine monasteries spectacularly perched on soaring, sheer-sided grey sandstone pillars. In the 13th century, monks sought refuge in cliff-side caves before fleeing higher to build the original wooden shelters that later became these monasteries. Overnight in Kalambaka.
September 23 - Delphi
Travel to scenic Delphi, religious center of the ancient Greek world and marked by the conical stone called the omphalos (“navel”). Walk the Sacra Via to the Athenian Treasury, Theatre and the Temple of Apollo, where the oracle performed her prophetic rituals. As you consider the incredible amount of pagan influence just in Delphi alone, you will gain a new appreciation for the tremendous spiritual opposition the apostle Paul faced in preaching the Gospel of Christ here. In the Museum are many ancient treasures, including the 5th century bronzed Charioteer, so detailed you can see his eyelashes. Overnight in Athens.

September 24 - Join the Cruise Group

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount

Departure Dates

  1. Friday, September 23, 2022
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*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount