Tours

Lands of the Bible aboard Norwegian Viva with Guest Speaker Brian Ebel | Oct. 8, 2025

13 days
Greece, The Holy Land & Türkiye
Starting from $4899* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join us for 10 Nights for Lands of the Bible aboard Norwegian Viva with Guest Speaker Brian Ebel starting at $4,899 from New York on October 8, 2025. You will see Ephesus, Rhodes, Perga, Alanya, Haifa, Jerusalem, Heraklion, Santorini, Mykonos, Athens, Corinth, 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
  • Transfers for those purchasing airfare from EO
  • Administrative Fee
  • Cruise Taxes
  • Pre-Paid Gratuities
  • $75 Onboard Credit Per Cabin
  • 3 Meal Specialty Dining Package
  • Unlimited Wifi for 1 Device^^

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 OCTOBER 8 – DEPART THE USA

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

Day 2 OCTOBER 9 – ARRIVE IN ISTANBUL & EMBARK

Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to the port to embark on the Norwegian Viva.

Day 3 OCTOBER 10 – EPHESUS (KUSADASI), Turkiye

Ephesus is one 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. You will have time to explore on your own and retrace some of the footsteps of Paul.

Day 4 OCTOBER 11 – RHODES

Get the real, authentic Rhodes experience by exploring it on foot. Begin in picturesque Old Town, where you will pass through 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. Afterward, stop for a refreshment in a local café. Exploring Rhodes on foot will inevitably leave a lasting impression on you. Shore excursions today can be booked directly through Norwegian and are not included.

Day 5 OCTOBER 12 – ALANYA, TURKIYE

Enjoy the day touring Perga and Aspendos, with ruins ranging from the Hellenistic era to the Roman period, including Roman Baths, Hellenistic Gates, and even an ancient stadium. Marvel at the magnificently preserved theater at Aspendos still in use today. Travel to Perge and wander the ruins of the ancient city. The Apostles Paul and Barnabas arrived here along with Baranabas’s nephew, John Mark, who abandoned the team from here. This proved to be a point of contention that eventually divided Paul and Barnabas.

Day 6 OCTOBER 13 – HAIFA, ISRAEL – 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 7 OCTOBER 14 – ASHDOD, ISRAEL – 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 8 OCTOBER 15 – AT SEA

At Sea

Day 9 OCTOBER 16- HERAKLION, GREECE

Whether you visit Heraklion, Crete, to admire the remains of the ancient civilization or simply to soak in the rays on some of the best beaches in Europe, the city is guaranteed to delight and amaze you. Don’t miss one of the most popular attractions of Crete: the 3000-year-old Palace of Knossos located south of Heraklion. The Palace of Knossos was the ceremonial and political center of the Minoan civilization. Shore excursions today can be booked directly through Norwegian and are not included.

Day 10 OCTOBER 17 – 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 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. Explore the island on your own or join one of the optional excursions available for purchase on board. Shore excursions today can be booked directly through Norwegian and are not included.

Day 11 OCTOBER 18 – MYKONOS

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. At the end of the day, watch the sun burn out beyond an Aegean horizon from an open-air seaside taverna. Shore excursions today can be booked directly through Norwegian and are not included.

Day 12 OCTOBER 19 – DISEMBARKATION, ATHENS & CORINTH, GREECE

The Apostle Paul met fellow tentmakers Aquila and Priscilla in Corinth 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. Tour the city of Corinth and the Museum of Corinth. Then enjoy the rich architectural splendor of the ancient city of Athens as your guide introduces you to the worldrenowned 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 the inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom, therefore, ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you” (Acts 17:23). As you stroll the agora (ancient marketplace and center of Athenian public life), recall that this was where the Apostle Paul preached “Jesus and the resurrection” to the skeptical Athenians. Enjoy the evening on your own to shop, dine, or experience the Acropolis by night. Overnight in Athens

Day 13 OCTOBER 20 – RETURN TO THE USA or BEGIN A ROME POST-TOUR

RETURN TO THE USA or BEGIN A ROME POST-TOUR

Enhance Your Journey

Turkiye Pre-Tour Starting from $1598

October 4 - 9, 2025 Starting at $1,598*

OCTOBER 4 – DEPART THE USA
Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on your international overnight flight.

OCTOBER 5 – ARRIVE IN 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 6 – 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 1,000 years, built by Justinian (532-537 AD). 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 Spice Bazaar. Over 4,000 shops sell everything from herbs to gold. Fly to the Cappadocia area this evening for dinner and your overnight stay.

OCTOBER 7 – 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 8 – 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, then check into your hotel for dinner and your overnight stay.

OCTOBER 9 – FLIGHT TO ATHENS
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Athens. Upon arrival, transfer to Piraeus and board Norwegian Viva.

The optional Hot Air balloon 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 surcharges.

Rome Post Tour Starting from $1498

October 20 - 23, 2025 Starting at $1,498*

October 20 – Depart Athens for Rome
Disembark Norwegian Viva and transfer to the Athens airport for your flight to Rome. 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 21 – 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, return to your hotel for dinner and rest.

October 22 – 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, see the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls. The present structure stands over the place where Constantine built the first church, which is 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 for dinner and rest.

October 23 – Return to the USA
Bid farewell to Rome as you transfer to the Rome airport this morning for your return flight to the USA.

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 surcharges.

Departure Dates

  1. Wednesday, October 8, 2025
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*A 3.5% surcharge will be added to all credit card transactions.