Tours

Lands of the Bible Cruise with Guest Speaker Dr. Michael Brown | May 5, 2023

14 days
Cyprus, The Holy Land & Turkey
Starting from $4798* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join us on a 14-day Lands of the Bible Cruise with 12 nights aboard Royal Caribbean Odyssey of the Seas with Guest Speaker Dr. Michael Brown, starting at $4,798* from New York, NY departing on May 5, 2023. Journey to places such as Cyprus, Pompeii, Galilee, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ephesus, and much more!

Register Early & Save
$100 Register by August 5, 2022
Full deposit required. Savings deducted from balance.

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Cruise
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Guided Tours
  • Meals on Ship
  • Overseas Airport Transfers
  • Port Charges
  • Select Shore Excursions

† If air purchased through EO.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 May 5 – DEPART THE USA

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

Day 2 May 6 – ARRIVE IN ROME

You will arrive in Rome, Italy, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Port of Civitavecchia to board the Odyssey of the Seas.

Day 3 May 7 & 8 – AT SEA

AT SEA

Day 4 May 9 – LIMASSOL

Go deep into Cyprus’ history on 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. Explore Paphos’ Old Town before traveling to the archaeological park, where beautifully-preserved floor mosaics are a vibrant glimpse into Roman life and style.

Day 5 May 10 – JERUSALEM

Journey to Jerusalem to see Caiphas’ House, where Jesus was tried before the Sanhedrin. Stand upon the Mount 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 Sepluchre, built over the sites of the crucifixion and the resurrection.

Day 6 May 11 – BETHLEHEM

While docked in Ashdod, explore Bethlehem, where you will discover the cave revered as the place where Jesus was born (Matt. 1; Luke 2). The Church of the Nativity, which was constructed over the site, is the oldest functioning church.

Day 7 May 12 – 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’ll visit the Church of the Loaves and Fish (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 May 13 – AT SEA

AT SEA

Day 9 May 14 – EPHESUS

Ephesus is another of the Seven Churches of Revelation and was once a bustling port town graced with wide, colonnade-bordered streets and a population of 250,000. Although 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 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 a true 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 recreate some of the footsteps of Paul. 

Day 10 May 15 – ATHENS & CORINTH

Disembark the Celebrity Apex and 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 11 May 16 – AT SEA

AT SEA

Day 12 May 17 – 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 Shore excursions today will be booked directly through Royal Caribbean

Day 13 May 18 – RETURN TO THE USA OR ENJOY THE ROME POST-TOUR

Disembark the Odyssey of the Seas and transfer to Rome to return home.

Enhance Your Journey

Rome Pre-Tour Starting from $898

May 3 - Depart USA
Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on your international overnight flight.

May 4 - 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 16 Popes from the 2nd through 4th Centuries were interred, though they have been removed to various churches over the centuries. Check in to your hotel this evening and enjoy dinner and rest.

May 5 -  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 Carcalla and the Arch of Constantine today. Climb the graceful Spanish Steps and stop at the famous Trevi Fountain before returning to your hotel this evening. 

May 6 - 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 Michaelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Next on 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 that has served the church. After touring, you will be transferred to the Port of Civitavecchia to board the Odyssey of the Seas.

Cappadocia & Istanbul Post-Tour Starting from $998

May 18 - Fly to Turkey
Fly from Rome to Fly to Cappadocia, and check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

May 19 - 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.

May 20 - Cappadocia
You can take an optional hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia this morning for an additional fee. Fly this afternoon to Istanbul and check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

May 21 - 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 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 embedded white marble floors, and beautiful glass mosaics. Enjoy the aroma of cinnamon, cloves, thyme, and other exotic spices as you explore the Grand Bazaar. Over 4000 shops sell everything from herbs to gold. Return to your hotel this evening for dinner and overnight.

May 22 - Return Home

Hot air balloon ride is $185 per person additional.

Departure Dates

  1. Friday, May 5, 2023
    From $4798* Register Now!
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