Experience the Scripture Visiting Greece
We arrive in Athens mid – afternoon and are met by our representative and given the tickets for our flight to Thessaloniki. In the morning, we start with the landmarks of the city: the White Tower, the Walls of the Byzantine Acropolis, the Roman Arch of Galerius and the Rotonda. We continue visiting Greece to the two of the city ’ s oldest and most admired Christian churches, the Basilicas of St. Demetrius and St. Sophia. We then follow the route of the Via Egnatia and visit, like Paul and his companions, the area of Amphipolis, to see the famous funerary Lion of Amphipolis. Then we travel onto Philippi. There, we visit the Baptistery of Lydia near the river, where Paul baptized her. We also visit the ruins of the Forum of Philippi, the Christian Basilicas, the “ Prison of Paul ” and the Theater. Then we drive to Kavala. We continue visiting Greece to a picturesque port, we view the Byzantine Castle and the Roman Aqueduct. This morning we see the world – famous Byzantine monasteries that are perched on summits of gray rock peaks of varied and beautiful shapes. Their history goes back to the 14th century when the monks sought refuge in the cliff – side caves, then fled higher to build the original wooden shelters, which were later transformed into monasteries. Afterwards we continue to Athens for overnight.
Exploring Greek Islands
We sail this morning from Athens to the quaint isle of Mykonos, called the island of windmills. We arrive at Mykonos, where we disembark and have time to experience the waterfront lined with shops and cafes. No excursions are included today, as we will visit the island at our leisure by foot. In the morning we arrive in Kusadasi, Turkey. Excursion Included: A short drive takes us to Ephesus, where Paul spent three years during his ministry. The impressive remains of Ephesus include the Agora, the Theater, the Stadium, the Library of Celsus, the ruins of the Temple of Diana and many more. Later, we sail for the island of Patmos. Excursion Included: Here we visit the Monastery of St. John, on one of the island’s highest points. From there, we walk down to the Grotto of the Apocalypse, the site of the apocalyptic Revelations of St. John the Divine. In the morning, we arrive at Heraklion, Crete and disembark. Excursion Included: We have a panoramic drive to Peza, the wine valley of Crete. We will pass by Crete ’ s beautiful, mountainous countryside and vineyards, visiting a Botanical Garden and a traditional family-owned farm and winery where we will experience Cretin hospitality, traditional dance, and culture over a light meal of local foods and wines produced on-site. In the afternoon, we cruise to the isle of Santorini and disembark. Excursion not included: Santorini is often referred to as the most breathtaking of all the Greek islands.
Experience the Renowned Acropolis
We continue visiting Greece and disembark the cruise this morning in Piraeus. Afterwards, we will continue our sightseeing with a visit to Ancient Corinth. We visit the Archaeological Museum, the Forum, the Temples and the famous Bema. Then we drive to Cenchreae. Here we follow our guide to the world – renowned Acropolis, to see the Propylea, the Erechtheum and the Parthenon. We visit Mars Hill. Then we see the Agora. During the bus tour, we also see Constitution Square with the House of Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Temple of Zeus, the Old Olympic Stadium and the Neoclassical Buildings of Athens. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Athens on your own. Today we continue visiting Greece with a special visit to Delphi. On our way up to Delphi, we’ll have time to stop and enjoy the small scenic villages that cling to the mountainsides. Late afternoon, we continue visiting Greece and transfer to Athens Airport for our flight to Rome. We are met in Rome by our tour escort and transferred to our hotel in time for our welcome dinner. After breakfast we begin our sightseeing tour which includes a special visit to the Catacombs. From here we continue for a visit to St. John Lateran and visit the “ Sacred Steps.” Afterwards, we make a visit to St. Paul’s Church where tradition believes the Apostle Paul is buried. We conclude our day with a stop to see the Forum and St. Peter in Chains.
The Largest Church in the World
After breakfast, we continue visiting Greece and transfer to the train station for the one hour and twenty-minute train ride to Florence. We then meet our city guide who takes us on a walking tour of Florence. We include a special visit to Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and Academy of Fine Arts, also known as the Accademia. We then continue visiting Greece and return to the train station for our ride back to Rome. After breakfast, our first visit today is to the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel, the celebrated Chapel of the Popes and the venue of the Conclaves for Papal elections. It is one of the most splendid masterpieces in the history of world art and is well known around the world for its magnificent ceiling, beautifully decorated by Michelangelo. From here, our next stop is the Basilica of St. Peter, the largest church in the world, which overlooks the enormous Piazza San Pietro. Then we take a sightseeing tour of this eternal city. Driving through the main streets of Rome, we marvel at the monuments of this great capital. We visit the Colosseum, which symbolizes the eternity of the Roman civilization. We also visit the Piazza Venezia, dominated by the imposing monument to Vittorio Emanuel II. Before we return to our hotel, we stop near the Fontana di Trevi and follow tradition by tossing a coin into the fountain, promising to return to Rome.