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Journeys of Paul Cruise with Guest Speaker The Venerable Father Mike Besson | Oct. 11, 2025

12 days
Crete, Greece, Italy & Türkiye
Starting from $4299* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join Guest Speaker The Venerable Father Mike Besson on the Journeys of Paul Cruise for 10 Nights Aboard Odyssey of the Seas starting at $4,299* from New York on October 11, 2025. You will see Rome, Pompeii, Athens, the Acropolis, the Propylaea, the Parthenon, and the Erectheum. Stand on Mars Hill, the House of Parliament, the Presidential Palace, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, our the city of Corinth, Mykonos, Ephesus, Rhodes, the Hospital of Knights Museum, Santorini, Chania, Crete, and much more!

$500 scholarships are available for clergy traveling for the first time, and $350 scholarships are available for clergy spouses traveling for the first time! Send an e-mail to scholarships@travelwithus.com to apply and confirm your eligibility.

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What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Cruise
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Guided Tours
  • International Airfare from NY
  • Meals on Ship
  • Port Charges
  • Administrative Fee
  • Cruise Taxes

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 OCTOBER 11 – DEPART THE USA

Your journey begins as you depart the USA on your international overnight flight.

Day 2 OCTOBER 12 – ARRIVE IN ROME

ou will arrive in Rome, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Port of Civitavecchia to board the Odyssey of the Seas. *Guests not purchasing air through EO will have to purchase transfers to be included in group transfer.

Day 3 OCTOBER 13 – NAPLES (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 AD 79.

Day 4 OCTOBER 14 – AT SEA

AT SEA

Day 5 OCTOBER 15 – ATHENS & CORINTH, GREECE

Discover the rich architectural splendor of the ancient city of Athens as you explore 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.” Also, view the House of Parliament, the Presidential Palace, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 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, marketplace, 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.

Day 6 OCTOBER 16 – MYKONOS, GREECE

Nestled in the heart of Greece’s Cyclades archipelago, Mykonos pulses with irrepressible energy. With its powder white houses and sparkling blue waters, the Island of the Winds is as colorful as the people who call the island home. You can walk narrow marble pathways laced with purple bougainvillea blooms or go cycling on two wheels past off-the-path Ano Mera village. Explore Greece’s maritime history at Armenistis Lighthouse and check out the Folklore Museum’s Mykonian ship models. Watch the sun burn out beyond an Aegean horizon from an open-air seaside taverna at the end of the day. Shore excursions today can be booked directly through Royal Caribbean and are not included.

Day 7 OCTOBER 17 – EPHESUS (KUSADASI), TURKEY

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, but 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 houses of the rich,” which give an accurate impression of the 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 retrace some of the footsteps of Paul.

Day 8 OCTOBER 18 – RHODES, GREECE

Get the real authentic Rhodes experience by exploring it on foot. Your walking tour will begin in the picturesque Old Town, where you will pass through and learn all about the agora and Collachium, where the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem lived and worked. Marvel at the stunning churches, exquisite Jewish quarter, the Inns of Knights, and the Palace of Grand Masters. You will then tour the palace interior and walk down the Street of Knights. Its path is paved with impressive marble and mosaics. Then, it’s on to the Hospital of Knights Museum, where you’ll learn all about the ins and outs of this majestic town. Afterward, stop for a refreshment in a local café. Exploring Rhodes on foot will inevitably leave a lasting impression on you.

Day 9 OCTOBER 19 – SANTORINI

Arrive 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 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. Shore excursions today can be booked directly through Royal Caribbean and are not included.

Day 10 OCTOBER 20 – CHANIA, CRETE

Delve into a Cretan cultural experience that includes guided sightseeing at Lake Kournas, the Arkadi Monastery, and the bustling town of Rethymnon. The first stop is at Lake Kournas, where you’ll savor a delicious treat of traditional cheese pie with honey among white sands and ancient olive trees. Next up is a tour of the fortress-like monastery, whose history dates to Byzantine times. Finish with a stroll through distinctively ancient yet distinctly modern Rethymnon. Shore excursions today can be booked directly through Royal Caribbean and are not included.

Day 11 OCTOBER 21 – AT SEA

AT SEA

Day 12 OCTOBER 22 – ROME (CIVITAVECCHIA), ITALY

Disembark the Odyssey of the Seas and transfer to airport to return home with a new understanding of the Bible.

Enhance Your Journey

Rome Pre-Tour Starting from $1298

October 9 - 12, 2025 Starting at $1,298*

OCTOBER 9 – DEPART THE USA
Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on your international overnight flight.

OCTOBER 10 – ARRIVE IN ROME
Today, you will arrive in Rome, Italy, where you will be met by our representative and travel along the Appian Way. Step beneath the surface into the Catacombs of Callixtus, built along the Appian Way. Here, sixteen popes from the 2nd through 4th centuries were interred, though they have been removed to various churches over the centuries. Check into your hotel this evening and enjoy dinner and rest.

OCTOBER 11 – VATICAN CITY & CHRISTIAN ROME
Visit the Vatican and explore its museum. Marvel at the beauty of St. Peter’s Basilica and stand in awe of Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Next, proceed to the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls. The present structure stands over the place where Constantine built the first church over Saint Paul’s grave. The church features a portrait of every pope who has served the church. Climb the graceful Spanish Steps and stop at the famous Trevi Fountain before returning to your hotel this evening.

OCTOBER 12 – ANCIENT ROME
Discover the history woven throughout Rome with visits to the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Forum, Circus Maximus, the Arch of Titus, the Baths of Caracalla, and the Arch of Constantine today. After touring, you will be transferred to the Port of Civitavecchia to board the Odyssey of the Seas.

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.
*A 3.5% surcharge will be added to all credit card transactions.

Turkiye Post-Tour Starting from $1598

October 22 - 26, 2025 Starting at $1,598*

OCTOBER 22 – FLY TO ISTANBUL
Arrive in Istanbul, Turkiye, where you will be met by our representative. Check into your hotel this evening and enjoy dinner and rest.

OCTOBER 23 – ISTANBUL
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. You will also visit the Topkapi Palace, once home to royal sultans. Inside, you will see the fabled jewels of the treasury, delicate displays of Chinese porcelain in the kitchen quarters, and the provocative harem quarters. Walk through St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia), which was the largest church in Christendom for 1,000 years, built by Justinian (532-537 AD). The church has 107 columns, fossil-imbedded, white marble floors, and beautiful glass mosaics. Then, explore the Grand Bazaar, with over 4,000 shops selling everything from herbs to gold. Fly to the Cappadocia area this evening for dinner and overnight.

OCTOBER 24 – CAPPADOCIA
Drive to Cappadocia and visit the Zelve Valley. As you drive through Cappadocia, enjoy some free time at various photo stops in this magnificent landscape full of fairy chimneys. Visit the Goreme Open-Air Museum before returning to your hotel.

OCTOBER 25 – CAPPADOCIA/ISTANBUL
You can take an optional hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia this morning for an additional fee. Fly this afternoon to Istanbul. Enjoy a cruise on the Bosphorus River cruise. Then, check into your hotel for dinner and your overnight stay.

OCTOBER 26 – RETURN TO THE USA
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA.

Optional Hot Air Ballon is approximately $250 per person
Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

*A 3.5% surcharge will be added to all credit card transactions.

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