Biblical Journeys by Friendly Planet

Greece and the Journeys of Paul with Dave McGarrah

Overview

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Deadline for reservations: June 12, 2020

Style Biblical Journeys
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures
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Package includes

  • Flights
  • Cruise
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round trip flights from Los Angeles or San Francisco via scheduled carrier including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • 2 overnights in Thessaloniki at Mediterranean Palace or similar
  • 1 overnight in Kalambaka at Amalia Hotel or similar
  • 3 overnights in Athens at Athens Marriott or similar
  • English speaking licensed guide for sightseeing & touring as per itinerary
  • Deluxe motor coach for transfers & touring as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees to archaeological sites & museums as per itinerary
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Headsets throughout the trip
  • 3 nights STANDARD outside cabins (category XB) aboard the Celestyal Olympia
  • Port Charges of $159 per person included
  • Cruise Tips of $10 per person per day included
  • All tips INCLUDED for land services (coach drivers, tour director and hotel staff)
  • Buffet breakfast daily and all meals aboard the cruise
  • On-board all-inclusive drink package
  • 2 Shore Excursions: Ancient Ephesus and Minoan Palace of Knossos
  • All group transfers

Dates & Prices

Departure Dates & Prices

Departures & Prices, with flights
per person, double occupancy*
2020 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Price
Departs: Sat, Oct 10, 2020
Returns: Tue, Oct 20, 2020
Oct 10 – Oct 20 $3995 Closed

Options & Fees

Greece and the Journeys of Paul with Dave McGarrah
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$953

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc. Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Los Angeles (LAX)

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above.

Want to fly from another city? Unfortunately, we don't offer flights from other cities, but you can book your own connecting flights.

Itinerary

Day 1: USA/Thessaloniki, Greece

  • Begin your adventure as you board your flight to Greece

Full Day Itinerary: Your exciting journey begins this evening as you check in for your overnight flight to Thessaloniki, Greece.

Day 2: Thessaloniki

Accommodations: 2 nights Mediterranean Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki. Included meals: Dinner.

  • Check into your hotel in Thessaloniki
  • Welcome dinner with your fellow travelers

Full Day Itinerary: Arrive in Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece. You'll be met by our representatives and escorted to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy free time to rest from your overseas flight then gather for an orientation meeting and welcome dinner.

Day 3: Philippi/Kavala/Thessaloniki

Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Visit Kavala, where Paul landed with the disciples
  • Stop in Phillippi where the first church was established

White Tower ThessalonikiFull Day Itinerary: This morning, visit the important landmarks of Thessaloniki, including the White Tower, the Walls of the Byzantine Acropolis, the Roman Arch of Galerius and the Rotonda. Then drive to Kavala, a beautiful, modern port and the place where Paul landed with his disciples. Continue to Philippi, where Paul first preached the Gospel and where the first church in Europe was established. Marvel at the extensive ruins, including the Agora, the ancient theater and the Acropolis. Return to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Kalambaka & Meteora

Accommodations: 1 night Amalia Hotel Kalambaka, Kalambaka. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Explore Berea where Paul stayed and preached
  • Witness the spectacular 11th Century AD Meteora monasteries

MeteoraFull Day Itinerary: Drive through the plains of Thessaly, legendary home of the Greek gods, to Kalambaka. En route visit Berea, where Paul stayed, preached and planted an early Christian community on his way to Athens. Continue to the spectacular Meteora monasteries, where monks, in the 11th century AD, constructed inaccessible eagle's nests atop precipitous and isolated rocky pinnacles. Today, four are still occupied. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka.

Day 5: Meteora/Delphi/Athens

Accommodations: 2 nights Athens Marriott Hotel, Athens. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Visit Delphi, the land of Ancient Greek gods

Delphi ruinsFull Day Itinerary: This morning travel to scenic Delphi, which in antiquity are believed to be the "navel" of the world. Walk on the Sacred Way to see the Athenian Treasury, the Temple of Apollo, where the priestess Pythia uttered ambiguous prophecies, and the Theater. Also, visit the Museum with its splendid collection of ancient works of art, including the Sphinx of the Naxians, the Silver Bull, the Column of the Dancers, the "Omphalos" and the pride of the museum, the 5th c. B.C. bronze "Charioteer". Continue to Athens for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Corinth/Athens

Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Witness the places where Paul founded the Corinthian church in 50 AD
  • Continue to Athens and visit the Acropolis, Erechteum and the Parthenon
  • Visit Mars Hill where Paul delivered his speech on the "Unknown God"

Corinth CanalFull Day Itinerary: This morning, travel to Corinth. Here, under the shadow of the towering Acropolis, Paul preached and lived for two years. The church he founded here in 50 AD caused him much grief and prompted him to write at least four letters to the Corinthians. Visit the ruins of the ancient city where Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla. See the remains of first century shops, the agora where Paul's trial by Gallio took place, the Fountain of Peirene, Temple of Apollo and the Bema. Continue to Athens and visit the spectacular architecture of ancient Athens, including the Acropolis, the Erechteum and the Parthenon. Then visit Mars Hill, where Paul delivered his ingenious speech on the "Unknown God". View the Agora, the ancient center of the economic and public life of the city, where Paul preached to the skeptical Athenians. Finish your explorations of Athens with a panoramic tour including 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. 

Day 7: Athens, Piraeus & Mykonos

Accommodations: 3 night Celestyal Olympia Cruise. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Board your cruise ship and set sail

  • Evening at leisure on the island of Mykonos

Mykonos HarborFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast transfer to the port of Piraeus and board your Greek Island cruise ship, setting sail for the beautiful island of Mykonos. Enjoy time to explore the waterfront, the famous windmills and the white-washed alleyways of this lovely island.

Day 8: Kusadasi, Turkey & Patmos, Greece

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Continue on to Kusadasi and tour the ancient city of Ephesus
  • Sail to Patmos, where St. John wrote the Book of Revelation

Patmos Full Day Itinerary: Arrive at Kusadasi this morning and visit the ancient city of Ephesus where you will find an archeological site that ranks among the wonders of the world. Tour the Agora, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus and other sites and visit the house of the Virgin Mary. Board the ship and continue sailing to the Island of Patmos, where St. John wrote the Book of Revelation. Visit the cave where St. John lived and the nearby Monastery, built on one of the island's highest points, housing priceless icons and manuscripts in its Treasury.

Day 9: Heraklion & Santorini

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Morning sightseeing tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos, the first European civilization
  • Afternoon at leisure in Santorini

Santorini SunsetFull Day Itinerary: Arrive in Heraklion early this morning. Crete is the largest and the most rugged of the Greek islands. It is also the home of the great Minoan civilization and the mythological home of Zeus. The palace at Knossos was an intricate collection of over 1,000 interlocking rooms, including the Hall of the Royal Guard, the Hall of the Double Axes, the King's Chamber with the alabaster throne, the Queen's Apartment, as well as beautiful courtyards and shrines. The palace was used as a religious and administrative center, as well as for workshops for artisans and food processing. The ruins have largely been excavated and much of them colorfully painted and restored, decorated with frescoes and shields.

Heraklion's open-air market is a must-see, where a boisterous crowd buys and sells everything from goats and sheep to huge cauldrons of fresh yogurt. Other points of interest here include the Archaeological Museum, one of the finest in Greece, housing exquisite findings from Knossos and other Minoan ruins, numerous Venetian fortresses, fountains and loggias scattered throughout the city and the Historical Museum of Crete, with its Byzantine and folklore collections.

Return to the ship to continue sailing to Santorini. This striking island is a volcanic crater immersed in the sea. The island is famous for its breathtaking and rugged landscapes, whitewashed houses, open-air cafés, and glittering boutiques which cling to steep cliffs, accessible by foot, cable car or mule.

Walking in the archaeological site of Knossos will be on uneven gravel surfaces. Passengers may not be allowed to enter the site with big bags or backpacks.

Day 10: Piraeus & Athens

Accommodations: 1 night Athens Marriott Hotel, Athens. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Full day at leisure to explore Athens

Day 11: Greece/USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight

Full Day Itinerary: Bid farewell to Athens as you are escorted to the airport to board your return flight to the USA. Arrive in the USA later today.

Hotels

Mediterranean Palace Hotel

Mediterranean Palace Hotel

Superior First Class

Mediterranean Palace is a 4.5-star hotel in the center of Thessaloniki, with 118 rooms, all meticulously decorated, and finely equipped with en suite bathroom with toiletries, satellite TV and air conditioning. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available in all rooms and public areas of the hotel.

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