THE JOURNEYS OF PAUL THROUGH GREECE

Noon Day Baptist Church & Friends

Date: May 06, 2019 - May 18, 2019
Led by: Pastor Mark Somers
Guided by: Eitan Chamberlin
Base Price for:
Land & Air: $5,195.00
Land Only: $4,140.00

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Noon Day Baptist Church of Marietta Georgia is leading this action-packed experience in the footsteps of Paul throughout Greece, the Greek Islands & Ephesus.

Note: Early Bird Special till September 15th. Anyone who registers gets 3 additional shore excursions (Patmos, Crete, Santorini) for free….a $225.00 value.

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Day 1 - Monday - May 6th, 2019 - (D)

  • 17:15 - Depart Atlanta (Hartsfield-Jackson Int.) on Air France (AF 681)

Day 2 - Tuesday - May 7th, 2019 - (B/D)

  • 07:40 – Arrive to Paris (Charles De Gaulle)
  • 09:45 – Depart Paris on Air France (AF 1532) for Athens
  • 13:55 – Arrive Athens
  • 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 at Domotel Xenia Volos (5 Star) or similar with Sea-View Rooms.

Day 3 - Wednesday - May 8th, 2019 - (B/D)

After breakfast, depart for a tour to Thessaloniki city. Founded by Alexander of Macedonia in 315 B.C., Thessaloniki was 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 4 - Thursday - May 9th, 2019 - (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 5 - Friday - May 10th, 2019 - (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 Domotel Anemolia or similar in Arachova  (B, D)

Day 6 - Saturday - May 11th, 2019 - (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 Stratos Vassilikos Airotel or similar

Day 7 - Sunday - May 12th, 2019 - (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 motor 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 Stratos Vassilikos Airotel (B, D)

Day 8 - Monday - May 13th, 2019 - (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)

NOTE: You can upgrade to Junior Suites for $200 per person from your online account. As of August 14, only 2 left

Day 9 - Tuesday - May 14th, 2019 - (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. We will 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 10 - Wednesday - May 15th, 2019 - (B/)

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 11 - Thursday - May 16th, 2019 - (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 12 - Friday - May 17th, 2019 - (B/)

This morning our ship docks in Piraeus (at 7 am) & after breakfast we disembark.

We 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. Enjoy dinner and a fun night out on your own! Overnight: Parthenon Airotel, Athens

Day 13 - Saturday - May 18th, 2019 - (B/)

  • 03:30 – Transfer to the airport
  • 06:00 - Depart Athens (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport) on Air France (AF 1033)
  • 08:30 – Arrive to Paris (Charles De Gaulle)
  • 10:50 - Depart Paris on Air France (AF 682)
  • 14:15 – Arrive in Atlanta (Hartsfield-Jackson Int.)

Day 1 - Monday, May 6th – (Meals & Entertainment in flight)

  • 17:15 - Depart Atlanta (Hartsfield-Jackson Int.) on Air France (AF 681)

Day 2 – Tuesday, May 7th - Atlanta-Paris-Athens

  • 07:40 – Arrive to Paris (Charles De Gaulle)
  • 09:45 – Depart Paris on Air France (AF 1532) for Athens
  • 13:55 – Arrive Athens

 

Day 13 - Saturday, May 18th – Athens to Houston

  • 03:30 – Transfer to the airport
  • 06:00 - Depart Athens (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport) on Air France (AF 1033)
  • 08:30 – Arrive to Paris (Charles De Gaulle)
  • 10:50 - Depart Paris on Air France (AF 682)
  • 14:15 – Arrive in Atlanta (Hartsfield-Jackson Int.)

Stay tuned for email updates starting 4 months before departure. You can always visit our FAQ section for details such as recommended packing lists, etc.

Inclusions

  • Round-trip airfare from Atlanta, Georgia (valued up to $1055.00).
  • Transfers to and from Athens airport
  • Welcome Services upon arrival/departure
  • Deluxe motor coach as required
  • Licensed English-speaking guides for all day trips
  • Special scholar, expert and agent on board at all times: “Eitan Chamberlin”, M.A., Hebrew University Jerusalem
  • Full Buffet Breakfast and Dinner each day (special drinks not included)
  • All park fees & scheduled activities and entertainment
  • Gratuities/Porterage for hotel staff = Accommodations Fees of 25 Euros
  • Traveler’s Kit (hat, map, 2 starter water bottles)
  • Bus Banners and Name Tags
  • 8 days/7 nights on Land in Greece: 1 night at sea view rooms at Domotel Xenia Volos (5 Star) in Vols, with breakfast & dinner - 2 nights at sea view rooms, at Galaxy Airotel 4* Hotel (or similar) in Kavala, with breakfast & dinner - 1 night at executive rooms, at Domotel Anemolia 4* Hotel (or similar) in Arachova, with breakfast & dinner - 2 nights at Stratos Vassilikos Airotel 4* superior Hotel (or similar) in Athens, with breakfast & dinner - 5‐day tour starting from Athens Airport and terminating at Hotel in Athens, by deluxe A/C motor & English speaking guide - Full day tour to Athens & Kenchreai, by deluxe A/C motor & English speaking guide - Round trip transfer Hotel in Athens / Piraeus port / Hotel in Athens, by deluxe A/C motor & English speaking escort - Full day tour to Corinth & Argolis, by deluxe A/C motor & English speaking guide - Departure transfer Hotel in Athens / Athens Airport, by deluxe A/C motor & English speaking escort
  • Normal ferry tickets Alexandroupolis / Samothrace / Alexandroupolis, economy class - Entrance fees to Thessaloniki archaeological museum, Byzantine culture museum in Thessaloniki, Philippoi site, Sanctuary of the Great Gods in Samothrace, Archaeological museum of Samothrace, 2 Byzantine monasteries at Meteora, Delphi site & museum, monastery of Osios Loukas, Acropolis site, Roman forum in Athens, Ancient Corinth site, Mycenae site & Epidaurus site
  • Hotel Porterage
  • All taxes & service fees 
  • 5 day/4-Night All-Inclusive Cruise (B/L/D) in Standard Outside Rooms from Piraeus to Piraeus
  • All current port-taxes and chares (valued at $209.00)
  • Shore excursions to Rhodes (RHO-01) and Ephesus (KUS-02)
  • Debit or credit card fees for initial deposit only.

Exclusions

  • Shore Excursions to island of Patmos, Minoan Palace at Knossos Crete (HER-O2), Oia village on Santorini (SAN-01) – $225.00 cost value. Early bird registrations receive for free.
  • All Debit/Credit Card & Wire Transfer fees for balance payments (add 3% to final balance payment). Please send checks to Samson Tours Inc., PO Box 2713, Belleview FL, 34421
  • Add-ons, additional overnights, special private transfers: For example:
    • Upgrade to Junior Suites rooms for 5 day/4-Night All-Inclusive Cruise (B/L/D) – please let us know in writing at least 6 months in advance. Price is $200 per person upgrade.
    • Pre-Arrival and Post-Departure Hotels and transfers
    • Lunches on most days and Special Drinks, where not mentioned
    • Any substantial fuel surcharges or tax increases for flights
    • Personal expenses such as telephone calls from room, mini bar, room service, etc.
    • Cash Gratuities for tour hosts/guides/drivers (recommended per person minimum: $150)
    • Optional Traveler’s Insurance through World Nomads.

Policies

  • Final Itinerary & Hotels: The itinerary may be updated from time to time at the discretion of Samson Tours, its guide and its tour leader. Final Hotel Arrangements will be posted no later than 100 days before departure. In the event of a hotel change, Samson Tours will guarantee a replacement at the same quality or provide an upgrade to a higher class of accommodations at no extra charge.
  • Group Minimum: A minimum of 20 paying participants are required for this tour program. If the group minimum is not reached by 4 months before departure, Samson Tours or its tour leader will have the right to either a.) request that all tour members pay a supplement for the increase in costs of no greater than $500.00 per person and operate the group at the same quality; b.) lower the hotel class by at least 1 star to offset the increased costs; or c.) postpone the dates until a minimum number of participants are achieved.
  • Group Maximum: A maximum 50 paying participants will be allowed to join this unique tour program.
  • Group Airfare: Samson Tours works alongside the tour leader to find the best airfare and best price for the group. In order to request a group airfare price, there must be at least 10 passengers on the group flight. The airfare will be paid to the airline in full upon their request and subject to their cancellation/refund policies.
  • Booking your own Airfare: If you are not joining your tour’s group airfare, please do not book your airfare until 90 days before the tour departure date or until the Notice of Group Minimum has been sent to you.
  • Flight Diversions: If you elect to be on the group flight and wish to depart from a different city of origin, you can a.) Book your own domestic airfare connection or b.) Select the Add-On in your My Account for a $50.00 Domestic Flight Booking Fee. Any costs or savings for the additional flight will be added or deducted from your tour balance. Please contact us with your specific departure city request.
  • Deposit & Payments for Land: To ensure your spot on the tour, we request a $500.00 deposit be paid upon signup by August 31st. An additional payment of $500 per person is due by November 1st. Final payment is due Feb 1 2019. The deposit (less a $200.00 non-refundable fee per person) and any other payments made are refundable up to 90 days before departure. After that, the remaining deposit amount is non-refundable, but can be used as a future credit with Samson Tours or converted into a Gift Certificate which you can transfer to a third party. The deposit can be paid by cash, check, money order, bank transfer, debit or credit card. If the tour is canceled by Samson Tours, then you will be entitled to a full refund without any cancellation fee. This refund of cancellation fee does not apply to tour leader cancellations or postponements due to group minimums not being reached. For cases of political instability or cancellations or postponements due to force majeure, please see the Force Majeure section below.
  • Final Payments: The final payment will be made 90 days before departure. Payments made by check or cash will be made in US$ to Samson Tours, Inc. Payments made by debit or credit card to Samson Tours, Inc. will be charged the full balance. If there are any unpaid fuel surcharges for the group flight, they will be billed to you at cost per the group airline contract either before or after the tour. There is a Late Payment Fee of $200.00 if the balance is paid after the final payment date.
  • Late Registrations & Payments: Theoretically, you can join a tour anytime up to the time of the departure date (Land Only and subject to Hotel Availability). There will be a Late Payment Fee of $200.00 and an additional $50.00 fee if you require airfare assistance. If a hotel or other service listed in the itinerary is unavailable, we will find an alternative hotel for you, however you will be responsible for any transportation costs to/from joining the main group.
  • Land Diversions: If you arrive either before or after the recommended group departure/arrival time, or if your flight is delayed beyond a reasonable waiting period, or if you elect to divert or add-on additional days to the trip, then it is understood that you will arrive at the hotel or to the airport at your own expense. We will more than happy to assist you with these arrangements
  • Refunds (Land): The following refunds for the land portion of the price will apply for non-insured travelers only: Your balance less a non-refundable fee of $100.00 per person, which is transferable or can be applied to future tours if cancelled 90+ calendar days before departure. 75% refund of balance less a non-refundable fee of $100.00 per person if cancelled 89-60 days before departure. 50% of balance less a non-refundable fee of $100.00 per person refund if cancelled 59-30 days before departure. 0% refund if cancelled 29 or less days before departure.
  • Refunds (Group Air): Per group contract with airline. Typically, there is a $100 non-refundable fee up to 3 months before departure and 100% non-refundable 30 or less days before departure. Most airlines will, however, allow you to postpone your travel dates for a re-ticketing or name transfer fee.
  • Force Majeure: If Samson Tours decides to postpone the tour do to political unrest or for any reason beyond our company’s control that could compromise your security, then your balance will carry over to the new tour dates. Depending on the new dates, there may be an increase in costs for tours that are rescheduled within 1 year. If you are unable to join the new tour dates, then you will be entitled to a refund, less the cancellation fee (see Deposits) and any other non-refundable deposits that may be imposed on us by suppliers such as airlines and hotels. The deposit and/or balances amount can also be applied to any future tour or may be transferable to a third party.
  • Travel Insurance – Samson Tours does not require travel insurance. It is, however, strongly advised that all travelers equip themselves with a comprehensive travel insurance plan through World Nomads. You can obtain an individual travel insurance quote, by visiting our Insurance page and clicking on any of the ‘Get a Quote’ links that refer you to the World Nomads website. Travel Insurance coverage begins ONLY from the time you have purchased travel insurance. It is advisable only to purchase travel insurance when you have made non-refundable payments that exceed the amount of travel insurance purchased.
  • Add-ons once you have registered for a tour you can select from a variety of add-ons in your My Account area you may select or deselect any of these add-ons (extension tour, hotels, late fees, etc.) until 30 days before your tour.
  • Your Health:All participants should be in good health and walking condition. This program is active and involves a lot of walking over uneven surfaces and climbing stairs. All locations may not be accessible for the disabled. Having a disability does not disqualify you from joining any tour. However, be advised that you may have to forgo portions of the said itinerary by waiting on the bus or in a safe location until the main group has returned. If you require special accommodation, please report this at the time of your reservation so that we can better serve you.
  • Single Supplement: For single travelers, a single supplement fee for the hotels is required. This usually amounts to around 85%-90% of the Double Room cost. If a person has ordered a double room and his or her roommate cancels his or her tour, then the individual holding a double room must find a new roommate or pay the single supplement.
  • Exchange Rate: Samson Tours, Inc. reserves the right to charge a supplement to the price if the dollar falls below the 3.5 threshold. To date, we have never yet had to charge an exchange rate surcharge.
  • Government Imposed VAT or taxes: Currently there are no VAT taxes for foreign on tour land packages to Israel. Should such a tax be imposed before the start of the tour, even after ‘final payment’ has been made, Samson Tours will notify all of its participants in writing. In order to participate in the tour, you will be required to pay all such taxes before the start of the tour. If you are an Israeli Citizen you will be asked to pay VAT at the time of you final payment.
  • Responsibility - Samson Tours, Inc., its agents, suppliers, guides, leaders and representatives shall be, in no way, liable or responsible for any personal or property loss, damage or injury howsoever caused. The company shall also not be responsible for penalties for privately-booked flight tickets if purchased before the minimum is reached.  
  • Update – These policies may be updated from time to time. Upon update, you will be notified by Samson Tours, Inc. or its group leader.

 

Land Rates

Prices are in US$, per person, for 20 or more paying passengers.

Per Person in a king or twin-bed room

$4140.00

Airfare from Atlanta, GA

$1055.00

Single Room

+$950.00

Junior Suite Upgrade (only 2 more available!)

+$200.00 per person

Additional Shore Excursions (Patmos, Crete, Santorini

+225.00 or free for early bird registrations.

 

Deadlines

Milestones & Deadlines

Due Date

Deposit of $500 due for Early-Bird Special

September 15th 2018

 

Additional Payment of $500 due date

November 1, 2018

 

Deposits become non-refundable to Samson

 January 7th 2019

Final Payments & all registration info is due

 February 1st  2019

Late Registration Fee of $200 Goes into effect

 February 7th 2019

All Passenger Info is Due (Passports, Roommates, etc.)

 February 15th 2019

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