THE JOURNEYS OF PAUL THROUGH GREECE
Noon Day Baptist Church & FriendsDate: May 03, 2021 - May 16, 2021
Led by: Pastor Mark Somers
Day 1 - Monday - May 3rd, 2021
- 13:49 (1:49 pm) – Depart from Atlanta on Delta 535
- 16:02 (4:02 pm) – Arrive at JFK, NYC
- 17:10 (5:10 pm) – Depart on Delta 202 for Athens, Greece
Day 1 - Tuesday - May 4th, 2021 - (D)
- 10:00 – Arrive in Athens, Greece
Upon arrival to Athens, shortly after passport control, you’ll be met by our agent. Once all flights have arrived, we’ll travel to Volos. Along the way, we’ll see the famed Mt. Olympus, from where the ancient gods of Greece ruled according to their mythologies. Dinner & overnight will be at Valis Resort (5 Star) in Volos.
Day 2 - Wednesday - May 5th, 2021 - (B/D)
After breakfast, depart for a tour to Thessaloniki city. Along the way we’ll visit Dion and understand the many centuries of cultic worship to Zeus there. Next, we’ll arrive to Thessaloniki an important stop on Paul’s missionary journeys. In addition to its biblical significance, Thessaloniki has some of the best examples of Byzantine art & architecture. Afterwards, continue to Neapolis. The apostle Paul, after having visited Neapolis, began his preaching in Philippi about 49 A.D. We will see the bits of the remains of the community to whom Paul wrote: “Rejoice in the Lord always and, again I say, rejoice”! After tour, dinner & overnight at Galaxy Airotel (Sea-View Rooms) or similar in Kavala (B, D)
Day 3 - Thursday - May 6th, 2021 - (B/D)
Following breakfast, we proceed to Alexandroupolis port, to take the local ferry to Samothrace. According to tradition, when Apostle Paul passed from Samothrace, he arrived in the harbor of ancient Constantinople, today’s Paliapoli. In commemoration of this, later they built at that point an aisled basilica, construction of which have been used and architectural pieces from buildings of antiquity. Just outside Kamariotissa in Paliapoli lie the ancient ruins and the museum, drowned in the trees and oleanders. The site is unique and reminds Delphic landscape. From here one can distinguish the imposing walls of the 6th century, perched on the steep slopes of St. George. After our tour, we will take the ferry back to Alexandroupolis. Then, we return to our hotel in Kavala for dinner and overnight at Galaxy Airotel (Sea-View Rooms) or similar. (B, D)
Day 4 - Friday - May 7th, 2021 - (B/D)
After breakfast, this morning, we motor south to Veroia. The brethren immediately sent St. Paul and Silas away by night in Veroia, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue ... Acts 17:10‐14. There, we will visit the monument of St. Paul. Then, we proceed to Meteora, where the rocky landscape is known for its 24 medieval cliff‐top monasteries – one of which will be visited. Dinner & overnight at Domotol Anemolia Arachova (B, D)
Day 5 - Saturday - May 8th, 2021 - (B/D)
After breakfast, we will visit Delphi, with its looming golden red cliffs 2.000 ft above the Bay of Corinth, is where the Oracles held court. We will have a tour of the shrine, walk the “Sacred Way” to the Sanctuary of Apollo & the Nine Muses & visit the Museum of Antiquities. This afternoon, we continue south to Athens. En route to Athens, we will detour to visit the Monastery of Osios Loukas. Dinner & overnight at Airotel Parthenon Hotel
Day 6 - Sunday - May 9th, 2021 - (B/D)
We begin the day with a drive to Kenchreai. According to Acts 18:18, the Apostle Paul stopped at Kenchreai during his second missionary journey, where he had his hair cut to fulfil a vow, probably a Nazirite vow. Paul mentions the place and a deacon named Phoebe in the local assembly in his epistle to the Romans (Romans 16:1). Then, we return to Athens.
Then we journey to visit the ancient treasures of the Classical Greek mainland at the ruins of Ancient Corinth. Here we will see the Temple of Apollo, the baths & other sites which were so familiar to Paul as he brought the good news of Christianity to these citizens. We then drive to the famous theatre of Epidaurus, experiencing its perfect acoustics. The final visit of the day is at Mycenae, a great city of the ancient civilization. At the excavated palace we will see the Lions Gate & the tombs of Agamemnon & other members of his royal court. We return to Athens for dinner and overnight at Airotel Parthenon Hotel (B, D)
Day 7 - Monday - May 10th, 2021 - (B/D)
This morning we will be transferred to Piraeus, the port of Athens. We board our Celestyal Cruise Ship, scheduled to set sail at 11.30 am. For the next four nights, the ship will be our “floating” hotel. After a relaxing time at sea, we arrive at the port of Mykonos (6 pm) known for its dazzling white beauty & sophisticated jet‐set atmosphere. Take time to stroll through the white‐washed, flower‐decked town to the sculpture‐like church of Paraportiani, or along the waterfront, or to see the famous windmills. We sail at 11.00 pm (B, L, D) Celestyal Cruise Ship (Outside Rooms).
Day 8 - Tuesday - May 11th, 2021 - (B/D)
At 7.00am we dock in Kusadasi, the port for the city of Ephesus – now a part of Turkey. Here our shore excursion tour is included for us to see this ancient excavated city of the New Testament. We will walk Curetia Street, over the same worn stones that the Apostle once trod. The Temple of Artemis was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We see the Fountain of Trajan, the Library of Celsus, the Baths of Scholastica, the Temple of Hadrian & the Basilica of St. John. At 1.00 pm, we set sail for Patmos, where we will arrive at 4 pm. It was here that St. John the Divine – in exile – wrote the Book of Revelation, the mysterious, prophetic book of the New Testament. You can take the tour to the monastery commemorating John’s life here in about 95 A.D. At 9.00 pm we set sail for Heraklion (B, L, D) Celestyal Cruise Ship (Outside Rooms)
Day 9 - Wednesday - May 12th, 2021 - (B/D)
Next, we’ll visit the island of Rhodes Paul visited the island while returning to Jerusalem from his third missionary journey. Acts 21:1 (NIV). We then sail to Heraklion (Crete), the largest of the Greek Isles & site of one of the world’s earliest civilizations. Here, we will arrive at 7 am and you will have the opportunity to see the treasures of one of Greece’s finest museums or take an optional trip to Knossos, fabled palace of the ancient Minoan kingdom. (B, L, D) Celestyal Cruise Ship (Outside Rooms)
Day 10 - Thursday - May 13th, 2021 - (B/)
In the late morning, at 11.30 am, we set sail for Santorini (arrival at 4.30 pm), perched on the rim of an ancient volcano high above the sparkling blue sea. Those who join our day tour of the island will visit the spectacular Oia village. Depart from Santorini at 9.30pm (B, L, D) Celestyal Cruise Ship (Outside Rooms)
Day 11 - Friday - May 14th, 2021 - (B/)
This morning our ship docks in Piraeus (at 7 am) & after breakfast we disembark.
We’ll tour Athens, the heart of both ancient & modern Greece. Called the birthplace of Western culture, it is one of the world’s most venerable cities. The Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Royal Palace – all provide insights into the glories of Greece. Modern Athens abounds with fine shops, fabulous restaurants & quaint tavernas. Our sightseeing tour of Athens will include the Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus, the Roman Forum, the Parthenon & and the Mars Hill (Acts 17:22) where Apostle Paul delivered his well-known sermon.
In the evening, enjoy a night out on the town on your own: Parthenon Airotel, Athens with a transfer the following morning.
NOTE: This is an Add-On night that was not in the original estimate and all members elected to pay for this extra night based on the final flight options.
Day 12 - Saturday - May 15th, 2021 - (B/)
- FREE DAY in Athens
- Note: Our original booking planned to depart in morning. Now, this group departs the following morning on May 16th. You may book an extra night for the 15th from the Add-ons section in your My Account area or by contacting us. If you do not pay for the extra overnight, you will be able to keep your baggage in security/luggage until the early departure.
- Early transfer to the airport
- 06:10 (am): - Depart Athens on Delta 8640 for Paris
- 08:45 – Arrive to Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris
- 10:40 – Depart Paris on Delta 8504
- 15:35 – Arrive to Atlanta
Day 13 - Sunday - May 16th, 2021 - (B/)
- 03:00 – pickup and transfer to the airport. Note: if you chose an extra overnight at the hotel, a breakfast-to-go will be provided for you at the front desk.
- 06:00 – Depart Athens on Delta 9639 for Amsterdam
- 08:30 – Arrive in Amsterdam
- 10:20 – Depart Amsterdam on Delta 73 direct for Atlanta, Georgia
- 14:15 (2:15 pm) – Arrive back to Atlanta
Many blessings to you and your family as you arrive home.
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