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Pilgrimage to
Greece and Turkey

In the Footsteps of St. Paul

Spiritual Director: Fr Jess Ty

Group Leader: Cecille Dimaano

October 12 - 22, 2023

CD101223

Pilgrimage to
Greece and Turkey

In the Footsteps of St. Paul

Spiritual Director:
Fr Jess Ty

Group Leader:
Cecille Dimaano

Oct 12 - 22, 2023

CD101223

Athens · Thessaloniki · Phillippi · Kavala · Istanbul · Dikili · Kusadasi · Ephesus · Miletus · Patmos · Corinth

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Athens · Thessaloniki · Phillippi · Kavala · Istanbul · Dikili · Kusadasi · Ephesus · Miletus · Patmos · Corinth

For ten days you will follow the footsteps of St. Paul and experience the beautiful sites throughout Greece and Turkey. Visit the ancient Acropolis site in Athens, and Mars Hill where St. Paul spoke to the Athenians. Tour Philippi, where Paul the Apostle delivered his first sermon and established the first Church in Europe. Explore Corinth, the site of St. Paul’s trials by Gallio. Visit Patmos and see the Grotto of the Apocalypse and travel to Thessaloniki to view the many sites at which St. Paul preached in the synagogues. Explore the amazing landmarks of Istanbul, including the Basilica of Hagia Sophia, a beautiful architectural example of the Byzantine era and Christian Faith, see the Hippodrome and the Blue Mosque. Dock in the beautiful southern Turkish city of Kusadasi and visit the House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus where she lived until her Assumption according to Catholic Doctrine. On your 7-day cruise you will discover the captivating and beautiful Greek and Turkey!


Fr Jess Ty



Cecille Dimaano


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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharges
  • 9 nights accommodation at centrally located first class hotels as follows (or similar) in double occupancy
    1. ~ 1 nights: Oct 13 – 14: Hotel Athens Ave, Athens
      ~ 7 nights: Oct 14 – 21: Celestyal Cruise, (outside cabins XC with picture window)
      ~ 1 nights: Oct 21 – 22: Hotel Athens Ave, Athens
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Lunches during Cruise
  • Wine and mineral water with dinners
  • Unlimited alcohol and non-alcohol drink package on board 7 nights cruise
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Headsets where needed
  • Assistance of a professional local Christian Guide
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 peace per person)
  • Port taxes and Cruise Gratuities
  • All tips included while on cruise
  • Six (6) shore excursions during cruise
  • Flight bag & Portfolio of all travel documents
Centrally located hotels or similar
hotel
Athens Avenue Hotel
Athens, Greece
hotel
Celestyal Cruises
Not included
  • Tips to your guide & driver.
Optional
Travel Protection

Providing you coverage for situations that may arise during your trip, including medical and dental emergencies, loss of luggage, trip delay, and so much more.

Cancel For Any Reason Waiver

A Cancellation Waiver - allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime - up until 48 hours prior to departure.

Itinerary

Day 1 | Thursday, October 12: Depart for Greece

Make your way to your local airport, where you will board your overnight flight(s). Onboard, meals will be served to you.

Day 2 | Friday, October 13: Arrive Athens

Welcome to Athens, Greece! Upon arrival at the airport, you will meet our ground staff and driver, waiting to take you to your hotel for your first overnight in Athens! Dinner and overnight in Athens.

Day 3 | Saturday, October 14: Tour Athens & Cruise Embarkation

This morning you will begin your day with a tour of Athens. Visit the Acropolis, the Agora, and the Mars Hill where Paul taught. See Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the University, the Academie, and the National Library. On the Acropolis mount, you will visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylee, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and finally the Parthenon. "Upon completing the city tour, you will have some time for shopping before heading to the port of Piraeus for Embarkation on board the Celestyal Crystal.

Day 4 | Sunday, October 15: Docked in Thessaloniki, tour Veria & Thessaloniki

This morning you drive to Berea. While in Berea, you will see the Bema of the Apostle Paul. Afterward, you will drive back to Thessaloniki. During your tour, you will view the agora in Thessaloniki, where Paul preached to the local Jews, as well as Jason's House. You will also have the opportunity to visit St. Demetrius Basilica, dedicated to a distinguished member of the Roman army and a martyr of Christianity; also, you will see the Arch of Galerius rising over the famous Egnatia Road.

Day 5 | Monday, October 16: Docked in Kavala, Tour Philippi

This morning you are docked in Kavala. Upon disembarkation, you will dive to Philippi to begin your touring for the day. Apostle Paul visited Philippi together with Silas during his Second Missionary Journey. You will see the prison where Paul & Silas were taken, and where the incident of the violent earthquake took place. After that, you will continue to Kavala, the site known as Ancient Neapolis, where Paul, Timothy, and Silas landed for Paul's Second Missionary Journey.

Day 6 | Tuesday, October 17: Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul. An exciting day lies ahead of you. After breakfast, you will disembark and meet your expert guide to tour the most amazing landmarks of Istanbul, including the Basilica of Hagia Sophia, a beautiful architectural example of the Byzantine era and Christian Faith. Then you continue to the Hippodrome, a venue of events in the Roman Period such as horse races, gladiator fights, and parades. Last but not least, Blue Mosque famous for its blue tiles which cover the walls of the Mosque and the marvelous architecture.

Day 7 | Wednesday, October 18: Docked in Dikili; Tour Ancient Pegamum

Upon arrival in the port of Dikili, your guide and driver will be waiting for you to take you on a tour of Pergamum, actually called Bergama. It is one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia. Here we explore the impressive Acropolis, the steepest theatre in the world, the Asklepieion, a famous medical center of classical times, see the Altar of Zeus , the marble columns of the Temple of Trajan and the Library which was foremost in the world and was long a rival of the equally famous Library of Alexandria in Egypt. Lastly, We visit the Red Basilica (St. John’s Church)

Day 8 | Thursday, October 19: Docked in Kusadasi; Tour Ancient Ephesus & Miletus

Upon disembarkation, you will meet your guide and drive and head to Miletus. Miletus is an Ancient Greek city dating back to 1400 BCE. During your tour, you will have the opportunity to see The Roman baths, the temple of Apollo, the theater that could fit 15,000 spectators, and the stadium. Paul visited Miletus during his 3rd Missionary journey. After Miletus, you drive back to Kusadasi. Here you will visit the ancient city of Ephesus including the Basilica of St. John. This church also received an epistle from him. You tour the spectacular ruins where excavations still continue in this once great and important city, which was founded in the 10th century BC. Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Theatre. The Temple of Diana of the Ephesians, another of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was built in this city. We also visit the House of Virgin Mary

Day 9 | Friday, October 20: Patmos & John of Revelation

Today you are in Patmos. During your tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the Grotto of the Apocalypse. John was on exile on the island of Patmos where in the Grotto he wrote the Book of Revelation. Rev 1:11 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” Your tour will continue with a visit to St. John’s Monastery before you go back to your cruise ship.

Day 10 | Saturday, October 21: Disembarkation in Athens and Tour Corinth

Upon disembarkation in Piraeus the port of Athens, you will meet your guide and begin your journey towards Ancient Corinth. Visit Corinth, a city that inspired one of St. Paul’s most famous letter. You will visit the Archeological Museum, the Market Place and Temples. Stop at the Corinth Canal and return back to Athens. In Athens, your bus will drop you off in the Plaka area for some lastminute souvenir shopping, before you head back to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 11 | Sunday, October 22: Departure

Following breakfast, you will say your heartfelt farewells. Transfer to Athens airport for your return flight(s) home.

*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.


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Options & Upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $1,449.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $2,200.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $4,400.00 (USD)

Would like to stop over in Europe?

Let us know at time of registration, we will reschedule your airline reservations pending availability at no additional fee (these options will be available to you when you register online). Let us know if you need assistance with pre or post stay at hotel. Simply Contact 206 Tours:  800-206-TOUR (8687)  or  sales@206tours.com

Options and upgrades

Options & Upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $1,449.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic Upgrade (One-Way) $2,200.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic Upgrade (Round-Trip) $4,400.00 (USD)

Would you like to arrive
earlier or stay later?

Let us know at time of registration, we will reschedule your airline reservations pending availability at no additional fee (these options will be available to you when you register online). Let us know if you need assistance with pre or post stay at hotel. Simply Contact 206 Tours:  800-206-TOUR (8687)  or  sales@206tours.com

About your trip

  • Athens
  • Thessaloniki
  • Phillippi
  • Kavala
  • Istanbul
  • Dikili
  • Kusadasi
  • Ephesus
  • Miletus
  • Patmos
  • Corinth
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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.

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