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Turkey, Greece &
In the Footsteps of St. Paul with Greek Isle Cruise
Spiritual Director: Fr. That Son
September 5 - 19, 2021
Istanbul · Thyatira · Pergamum · Izmir · Pamukkale · Kusadasi · Izmir · Thessaloniki · Philippi · Kavala · Veria · Kalambaka · Meteora · Athens · Corinth · Cairo · Giza · Sakkara · Memphis
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from SFO
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located first class hotels as follows: (or similar)
- ~ 2 nights: Sep 6 - 8: Hotel Titanic City, Istanbul
- ~ 1 night: Sep 8 - 9: Hotel Movenpick, Izmir
- ~ 1 night: Sep 9 - 10: Hotel Doga Thermal, Pamukkale
- ~ 1 night: Sep 10 - 11: Hotel Ilayda Avantgarde, Kusadasi
- ~ 2 nights: Sep 11 - 13: Hotel Capsis, Thessaloniki
- ~ 1 nights: Sep 13 - 14: Hotel Grand Meteora, Thessaloniki
- ~ 2 nights: Sep 14 - 16: Hotel Titania, Athens
- ~ 3 nights: Sep 16 - 19: Hotel Steigenberger Pyramids, Cairo
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Wine with dinners
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Wireless headsets where needed
- Assistance of a professional local guides
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Full day Giza visit include (Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis and Sakkara)
- Full day Cairo visit include (Grand Museum, Citadel, Mohamed Ali Mosque and Old Cairo Complex)
- Tips to Hotel Staff and Restaurants
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches, Beverages, Tips to your guide & driver.
Providing you coverage for both pre-existing conditions and those that may arise during your trip, including medical and dental emergencies, loss of luggage, trip delay, and so much more.
Cancel for Any Reason
- Get 100% of Your Trip Cost Back
What is the Cost of “Cancel for Any Reason” Coverage: $299
- The ability to cancel your trip for any reason and to get your trip cost refunded.
- How much refund will I get - 100% of your trip cost (others are giving only 50 - 75%)
- Can I cancel my trip any time? – You can cancel up until 48 hours prior to your departure.
- Can I buy it at any time? - You can buy it within 2 weeks of your confirmed reservation, if booking is made up until 60 days prior.
- Will “Cancel for Any Reason” coverage work if I cancel due to Coronavirus, Act of God – Yes.
How Does “Cancel for Any Reason” Coverage Work? - To get “Cancel for Any Reason” coverage you’ll have to purchase a base travel insurance
and add “cancel for any reason” (CFAR) coverage within 14 days (2 weeks) of your first tour confirmation
otherwise premium maybe higher or you will not be able to purchase it. Excluded are these 3 states -New York, Missouri and Minnesota -you do
not have to purchase basic/ regular travel insurance (which we highly recommend).
You will be able to get all your money back, if you cancel your trip for any reason that’s not already (a reason) covered by your policy, example
if you are sick, or a member of your family is sick, you will make a claim through the regular travel insurance, who will refund you.
Day 01, Sun, Sep 5: Depart your home town to Istanbul
Today, we depart San Francisco or Pittsburgh to connect to our overnight flight to Istanbul. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast.
Day 02, Mon, Sep 6: Arrive Istanbul
Upon arrival to the Istanbul Airport, we will meet our guide in the arrivals hall and head to our hotel located near Taksim Square. Dinner and Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 03, Tue, Sep 7: Istanbul
After enjoying our Turkish breakfast, we depart from our hotel and begin our tour of the historical highlights of Istanbul. First, we will stroll through Hippodrome Square, the former sporting and social center of Constantinople that hosted chariot races during the Roman period. Afterwards, we are off to witness the incredible majesty and splendor of the Sultan Ahmet Mosque. Popularly known as the Blue Mosque, this 17th century Ottoman sanctuary is adorned with six minarets and more than 20,000 hand-painted Iznik tiles. And then we will walk directly across from the mosque to visit the domed masterpiece of the Hagia Sophia before we head to Topkapi Palace. Located on the very cape of the peninsula where Constantinople was founded, Topkapi Palace is the former abode of Ottoman Sultans that still houses their legion of treasures, including an extensive collection of royal jewels. Then, we will end our day with an evening of shopping at the Grand Bazaar, the massive covered market that houses a labyrinth of streets lined with shops selling jewelry, leather products and many other handcrafted souvenirs. Dinner and Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 04, Wed, Sep 8: Istanbul / Thyatira /Pergamum / Izmir
After breakfast, we will drive to Akhisar and end our day with a visit to Thyatira, one of the Seven Churches praised for its increasing faith but admonished for its tolerance of Jezebel (Rev. 2:18-28). continue on to the town of Bergama to visit Pergamum, one of the most powerful cities in the ancient world. Today, we will tour the Acropolis which sits atop a 1000-foot windswept mountain, offering a view of the neighboring modern towns, the azure waters of the Aegean, and the ruins of Pergamum that cascade down from the ancient city center. Here, we will explore the Temple of Trajan, Temple of Athena and the Altar of Zeus. If the time permits, we will explore the Asklepion. Allegedly one of the world’s first full-service health clinics, the Asklepion was the ancient world’s version of a spa, attracting health pilgrims from all over the region, including Roman Emperors Hadrian and Marcus Aurelius. Moreover, the physician Galen trained at this center and developed the foundation for modern Western medicine. Continue to Izmir. Dinner and Overnight in Izmir.
Day 05, Thu, Sep 9: Izmir / Pamukkale
This morning, we will visit the archaeological remains of the ancient city of Smyrna. Located in modern day Izmir, Smyrna was one of the Seven Churches that the Apostle John relays the promise from God: “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Rev 2:10). Afterwards, we will visit Sardis, a militarily strong ancient city located along an important highway and among the fertile plains of Hermus (Geldiz River). Though Sardis was a powerful and wealthy city with a reputation for being alive, God announced that it was actually dead (Rev. 3:1-6). Then, we will head to the modern town of Alasehir and visit the site of ancient Philadelphia, the church which received God's highest commendation (Rev. 3:7-13). Here, we will see the remains of a brick built Byzantine basilica adorned with 11th century frescoes. En route to Pamukkale, we will visit the ancient city of Laodicea. This city was one of the Seven Churches that the Apostle John chastised the inhabitants for being lukewarm (Rev. 3:14-22). Here, we will see the site’s well preserved stadium, gymnasium, and theatres, giving us insight into this city’s former prominence. Dinner and Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 06, Fri, Sep 10: Pamukkale / Kusadası
Today, we will visit Pamukkale, “Cotton Castle”, and dip our feet in the thermal waters that flow down the hilltop’s unique white travertine terraces. Here, we will also visit the archeological remains of Hierapolis, a significant site of early Christianity thanks to Paul’s missionary efforts here (Colossians 4:13). Because the city sits atop the travertine cascades of Pamukkale (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Hierapolis became a healing center wherein the site’s thermal pools were used to treat various ailments. continuing on to Ephesus. Located in the modern town of Selcuk, ancient Ephesus is one of the most well-preserved archaeological sites in Turkey. Originally an ancient Greek Ionic city built in the 10th century B.C., Ephesus grew to become the largest metropolis and capital of the Roman province of Asia Minor. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 07, Sat, Sep 11: Kusadası / Izmir Airport / Fly Thessaloniki via Istanbul
After breakfast, we will visit the House of the Virgin Mary to see where the mother of Jesus is believed to have spent the last days of her life with the Apostle John. Before returning to Izmir Airport, we will stop at the ruins of St. John’s Basilica. Constructed by Justinian I in the 6th century, this basilica stands over the believed burial site of John the Apostle. We then drive to the Izmir Airport and fly to Thessaloniki via Istanbul. Upon arrival, we will transfer to our hotel. Overnight in Thessaloniki.
Day 08, Sun, Sep 12: Thessaloniki / Philippi / Kavala
Today, we will drive along the ancient route of the Apostle Paul to Amphipolis (Acts 17:1). Journey to ancient Philippi, which was named after the father of Alexander the Great. This busy Roman colony boasted a great library and theater. In Philippi, Paul preached, established the first church in Europe, and was to whom he wrote one of his epistles while imprisoned in Rome (Acts 16:11-40; Philippians). It was in this area that Paul met Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She and her household accepted Christ and were baptized in the nearby river (Acts 16:11-15). Next, continue to Kavala, ancient port of Neapolis (Acts 16:9-11). Return to Thessaloniki. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.
Day 09, Mon, Sep 13: Thessaloniki / Veria / Kalambaka
This morning, we will depart our hotel to visit the city and see the white tower, the Arch of Galerius, and the Byzantine churches of St Demetrios and St Sophia. Continue to drive to Veria (Beroea of the New Testament), where Paul and Silas were sent by friends after being accused of treason in Thessaloniki (Acts 17:5-15). Visit the BEMA where Paul is said to have stood and preached the Gospel to the local community. Continue to Kalambaka. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka.
Day 10, Tue, Sep 14: Kalambaka / Meteora / Athens
Today, we will see the famous hanging monasteries situated atop vast rocks, the 14th-century monasteries compose one of the most breathtaking sites in the world. Inside the monasteries, discover many historical and religious treasures. Continue to Athens. Dinner and overnight in Athens.
Day 11, Wed, Sep 15: Athens / Corinth
After breakfast, will have a short drive to Ancient Corinth to visit the site where the Apostle Paul worked for 18 months with tent makers Aquila and Priscilla (Acts 18:1-18).We will have a stop at the handmade Corinth Canal before driving back to visit the most important and famous sites in the city. We will visit the Acropolis, Parthenon, Areopagus, and Mars Hill where the Apostle Paul delivered his well-known sermon. We will also have a panoramic tour to see the Parliament House, the Academy ,Omonia Square and Panathenaic Stadium Kalimarmaro . We will end our day in the Plaka area at the foot of Acropolis where we will enjoy some free time to explore at our leisure. Dinner and overnight in Athens.
Day 12, Thu, Sep 16: Athen / Cairo, Egypt
Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival, we will met the guide and transfer to our hotel for check in. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
Day 13, Fri, Sep 17: Giza / Sakkara / Memphis
Today, we enjoy a full day excursion, beginning at Giza where we will explore the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. We will visit the Great Pyramid of Giza, the largest pyramid in the world before continuing our visit at the Pyramids of Chephren and Mykerinos, learning about the architectural significance and history of these incredible structures. Before leaving the Giza Plateau, we will see The Great Sphinx, one of the most enigmatic sculptures in the world. We continue our exploration at the Sakkara pyramid, an astonishing stepped tomb known as Egypt’s oldest pyramid. We then end our day at Memphis to discover the UNESCO-listed ruins of ancient Egypt’s capital. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
Day 14, Sat, Sep 18: Cairo
After breakfast, we begin our tour of bustling Cairo. We step back through the millennia at the Egyptian Museum, admiring Tutankhamen’s gold treasures and marveling at ancient mummified animals and pharaohs at the Royal Mummy Halls. After a break for lunch, we visit the Mohammed Ali Mosque at the Citadel of Saladin, and barter for souvenirs at the endearingly chaotic Khan El Khalili bazaar. Farewell dinner and overnight in Cairo.
Day 15, Sun, Sep 19: Cairo Departure
We bid farewell to Egypt and transfer to the Cairo Airport for our flight home.
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- Your transfers are always secured, even if your flights are delayed - round trip transfers to/from the hotel and airport are included no matter what!
- If you purchase your airline ticket on your own, you have to pay in full at the time of booking, and most of the time it is non-refundable. If you book with 206 Tours, full payment is due 60 days prior.
- In the very rare event that a tour is cancelled, you would get all your money back, which would most likely not be the case if you purchased it directly from the airline.
- Your flight arrangement will be followed up on and reconfirmed by 206 Tours.
- 206 Tours can arrange for you to travel before the tour, make a stop-over, or stay later!
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Options & Upgrades
*All pricing is per person
Single Supplement / Private Room $999.00 (USD)
Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)
Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)
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Options and upgrades
Options & Upgrades
*All pricing is per person
Single Supplement / Private Room $999.00 (USD)
Business Class Trans-Atlantic Upgrade (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)
Business Class Trans-Atlantic Upgrade (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)
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About your trip
About Greece and Saint Paul
The important role that Greece has played in history is widely known; philosophy, the arts, medicine, democracy. But there is also a great page in the history of Christianity: early days of Christianity and the ministry of the Apostle Paul! This amazing man, moved by the Holy Spirit preached "good news" to Jews and Gentiles. Traveling along the major trade routes of the Roman empire and visiting large thriving communities of Asia Minor and Greece his mission was accomplished; Christianity became the biggest religion in the world. Our tours are not just tours; they are an inspiring journey to the actual places where the Apostle Paul lived and preached God's word. Travel with our bible-oriented guides down timeless roads; take time to pray and rejoice in the ancient biblical sites; visit thousand-year-old churches and temples; and encounter a unique spiritual experience that will help you to better understand "The Steps of Paul" selecting bible-oriented guides, incorporating lectures and providing printed material, for people to achieve a deeper understanding of the Apostle Paul and his work.
On this incredible Pilgrimage to Egypt, visit several wonders of the world like, the pyramids dating back to 1,000 years before the life of Abraham, and the Sphinx. Experience a new culture in ancient and modern cities that will take your breath away like Cairo and Giza!
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