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Overview

Footsteps of Apostle Paul – Faith-Based Travel

“For we walk by faith, not by sight,” wrote the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians. On this religious tour of Greece and Turkey, you’ll stroll, skip, and sail by faith as you retrace the many missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul after he saw the light in Damascus. Both pilgrimage and picturesque journey, this land and cruise tour to mainland Greece, the Greek Isles, and Turkey leads you to many significant sites of the New Testament as well as some of the most magnificent sights of the Mediterranean. Scripture will take on new meaning as you visit the ancient communities where Paul established churches – and to whom he penned his epistles, including the Thessalonians, Philippians, Corinthians, and Ephesians. As you follow in the faithful footsteps of the Apostle Paul – with fantastic detours to Mykonos, Crete, and Santorini – you, too, will have much to write home about.

Highlights of Footsteps of Apostle Paul – Faith-Based Travel

Price Details US

Port Taxes $119 & Gratuities $30 to service personnel on board the ship are additional and mandatory. These fees will be added to your Vacation Estimate. Gratuities for Cruise Host are included in the Globus price.

A fuel surcharge of $24 per person has been implemented by Celestyal Cruises for bookings made October 3, 2022 onward traveling on 2023 sailings.

Travelers Notes

Inclusions:
We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word), to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites! Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi.

While there are some shore excursions that are faith-related, the cruise itself is not faith-based.

Private Touring

6 guests in a party: $965*
18 guests in a party: $184*

Notes

CRUISE DETAILS
Rotation of ports of call may vary for congestion reasons at certain ports with or without prior notice.
Inside cabin (category IB) - All cabins with two lower beds and private shower and toilet. Cabin upgrades are available at a supplement.
Full entertainment program on board.
Included drink package: selection of non-alcoholic & alcoholic drinks.
Globus Host service throughout the cruise

NOTES
Please ask your Travel Consultant for cruise ship details. The ship scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the Celestyal Olympia, operated by Celestyal Cruises.

Product Group

Footsteps of Apostle Paul

UNESCO Sites

Acropolis Athens|Ephesus|Meteora|Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessalonika

Meals

Buffet breakfast daily; 3 lunches, 8 dinners

Itineraries

Day 1

ARRIVE IN ATHENS, GREECE Welcome to Athens!
At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2

ATHENS–THESSALONIKA Greek Tragedies & Grand Treasures
Depart Athens for a scenic drive to Thessalonika.
THESSALONIKA An orientation drive includes the White Tower and Aristotelous Square. Visit Ag. Dimitros Basilika. (B,D)
314 mi / 503 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOTS See Thessalonika's iconic 15th-century prison tower, standing 34-meters high. Hear the history of the Ottoman Empire and tragic ends of those who were imprisoned here. Pass Aristotelous Square, the Jewel of Thessalonika on the sea front.

Day 3

THESSALONIKA. EXCURSION TO PHILIPPI & KAVALA A Disciple’s Destiny
Drive past Amphipolis and Apollonia along the route of St. Paul.
PHILIPPI Visit Lydia’s Baptistery, the forum, ruins of the Basilicas, and the theatre.
KAVALA An orientation drive includes Neapolis of the Acts and St. Paul’s mosaic. Free time for lunch before returning to Thessalonika. (B,D)
219 mi / 350 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ICONIC FOOTSTEPS Follow the path of St. Paul the Apostle where the disciple traveled in 49-50 CE to spread the Word of Christ. Visit the Greek Orthodox church and Baptistry of Saint Lydia, the first Greek and European woman baptized by the Apostle Paul. Visit the amazing ancient ruins of the Philippi’s Roman Forum, the Basilicas, and Theater in the city that became the center of Christian faith following the visit of the Apostle Paul.

Day 4

THESSALONIKA–VERIA–METEORA–KALAMBAKA The Miracles of Greece
VERIA Visit the Bema of Apostle Paul.
METEORA Visit the Holy Monastery of Varlaam and the Holy Monastery of St. Stephen. Enjoy a scenic drive en route to Kalambaka. (B,D)
137 mi / 220 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
NATURAL WONDERS Visit the magnificent natural setting in Meteora where stratospheric rock formations surround the ancient monasteries perched on the clifftops. Here, gigantic rocky outcrops reach 600 meters high above the plains of Thessaly where you’ll visit the stunning, red-roofed monasteries of Varlaam and St. Stephen.

Day 5

KALAMBAKA–ATHENS Warriors & The Ancient World
Drive past Trikala en route to Lamia, and past Thermopylae en route to Athens.
ATHENS Free time this evening. (B)
230 mi / 370 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
EPIC RIDE Travel through the coastal floodplain of the Spercheios river, surrounded by sloping forested limestone mountains and the thermal springs of Thermopylae. Greek Spartans, Thebans, and Thespians fought Persian invaders during the historic Battle of Thermopylae in this narrow coastal passage.

Day 6

ATHENS (EMBARKATION)–MYKONOS Sun-Kissed Beauty
ATHENS Embark on your Mediterranean cruise through the Greek Islands and Turkey.
MYKONOS Free time this afternoon and evening. (B,L,D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
PICTURE PERFECT Explore the whitewashed paradise of Mykonos with its iconic windmills. Named after Apollo’s grandson, Mykonos offers a wealth of treasures to discover in its cafes, shops, and picturesque lanes.

Day 7

CRUISING: KUSADASI, TURKEY–EXCURSION TO EPHESUS–PATMOS, GREECE Divine Dwellings & Digs
KUSADASI Take a guided visit to the Ephesus Archaeological site in the city where St. Paul wrote many “Letters to the Corinthians.” See the House of Mary, where the Blessed Mother spent her final days.
PATMOS Enjoy free time to explore the island. (B,L,D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOT Explore one of the largest Roman archaeological sites in the eastern Mediterranean with a visit to Ephesus, Turkey. Excavations of this UNESCO World Heritage Site have revealed grand monuments of the Roman Imperial era, including the Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre. See the domed cruciform House of Mary, a revered Christian pilgrimage site in this once Roman port city and sea channel.

Day 8

CRUISING: HERAKLION, CRETE–SANTORINI The Bronze Age on the Blue Aegean
HERAKLION Take a guided visit to the Minoan Palace of Knossos.
SANTORINI Visit the island (weather permitting). Free time this afternoon. (B,L,D)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
LEGENDS & LORE Visit the extraordinary royal ruins of the Minoan Palace of Knossos, where Greek mythology tells the story of King Minos and a heroic prince who battled the mighty Minotaur for the hand of a princess in Heraklion.

Day 9

ATHENS (DISEMBARKATION)–CORINTH–ATHENS A Metropolis of Mythic Proportions
ATHENS Disembark your cruise and take a scenic drive to the Corinth Canal with a photo stop.
CORINTH Enjoy a guided visit to the excavations, including Agora and St. Paul’s Bema, where the Christian missionary faced the Forum’s court.
ATHENS A guided sightseeing tour includes visits to the Areopagus and the Acropolis. Stop for a photo opportunity at the Panathenaic Stadium—site of the first Olympic Games. Enjoy free time before a farewell dinner at your hotel. (B,D)
101 mi / 163 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOT Athens conjures visions of Greek gods and goddesses, and robe-draped philosophers and politicians. You’ll see the iconic sites of the Acropolis in the ancient city where mythology, philosophy, and Christianity flourished in the “birthplace of civilization.” Stop at the all- marble Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games took place. The Olympic flame is passed to the current host nations to begin the modern games still today.

Day 10

ATHENS Safe travels until we meet again!
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2023-04-01 2023-04-02 2023-04-11 $2930 $150 $2955 TP30402 Not Available
2 2023-04-15 2023-04-16 2023-04-25 $3040 $150 $2930 TP30416 Not Available
3 2023-04-29 2023-04-30 2023-05-09 $3150 $150 $3000 TP30430 Available
4 2023-05-13 2023-05-14 2023-05-23 $3150 $150 $3040 TP30514 Not Available
5 2023-05-27 2023-05-28 2023-06-06 $3150 $150 $3175 TP30528 Available
6 2023-06-10 2023-06-11 2023-06-20 $3150 $150 $3175 TP30611 Not Available
7 2023-06-24 2023-06-25 2023-07-04 $3150 $150 $3040 TP30625 Available
8 2023-07-08 2023-07-09 2023-07-18 $3150 $150 $3175 TP30709 Not Available
9 2023-07-22 2023-07-23 2023-08-01 $3150 $150 $3175 TP30723 Not Available
10 2023-08-05 2023-08-06 2023-08-15 $3150 $150 $3515 TP30806 Not Available
11 2023-08-19 2023-08-20 2023-08-29 $3150 $150 $3175 TP30820 Available
12 2023-09-02 2023-09-03 2023-09-12 $3230 $150 $3120 TP30903 Available
13 2023-09-16 2023-09-17 2023-09-26 $3230 $150 $3120 TP30917 Available
14 2023-09-30 2023-10-01 2023-10-10 $3040 $150 $2930 TP31001 Available
15 2024-03-30 2024-03-31 2024-04-09 $3050 $0 $3098 TP40331 Available
16 2024-04-13 2024-04-14 2024-04-23 $3150 $0 $3349 TP40414 Available
17 2024-04-27 2024-04-28 2024-05-07 $3320 $0 $3519 TP40428 Available
18 2024-05-11 2024-05-12 2024-05-21 $3350 $0 $3350 TP40512 Available
19 2024-05-25 2024-05-26 2024-06-04 $3350 $0 $3398 TP40526 Available
20 2024-06-08 2024-06-09 2024-06-18 $3350 $0 $3586 TP40609 Available
21 2024-06-22 2024-06-23 2024-07-02 $3350 $0 $3398 TP40623 Available
22 2024-07-06 2024-07-07 2024-07-16 $3320 $0 $3368 TP40707 Available
23 2024-07-20 2024-07-21 2024-07-30 $3320 $0 $3556 TP40721 Available
24 2024-08-03 2024-08-04 2024-08-13 $3320 $0 $3556 TP40804 Available
25 2024-08-17 2024-08-18 2024-08-27 $3350 $0 $3549 TP40818 Available
26 2024-08-31 2024-09-01 2024-09-10 $3420 $0 $3420 TP40901 Available
27 2024-09-14 2024-09-15 2024-09-24 $3350 $0 $3350 TP40915 Available
28 2024-09-28 2024-09-29 2024-10-08 $3250 $0 $3921 TP40929 Available

Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
1 Zafolia Attractive 7-story Hotel situated near museums, 1 km from Larisis train station & 35 km from El. Venizelos Airport. Athens 87-89 Alexandras Avenue First-Class
2 Grand Hotel Palace Located just 1.6 miles from the center of Thessalonika and not far from the well-known Aristotelous Square, this 253-room property is housed in an impressive neoclassical-inspired building. All guestrooms are air-conditioned and soundproofed with free Wi-Fi, coffee/tea making facilities, organic linens, and luxury bathrobes and slippers. Other amenities include a well equipped fitness center and a heated indoor swimming pool with SPA facilities. The gourmet restaurant offers both Mediterranean and International dishes and there is a luxurious lounge bar serving an array of cocktails, drinks, and delicious snacks. Thessalonika 305-307 Monastiriou Street Superior First-Class
3 Amalia Kalambaka Amalia Hotel is a beautiful setting just minutes away from the town of Kalambaka. The hotel is embedded on 14 acres of greenery and has been built with traditional materials to match its surroundings. Kalambaka National Road First-Class
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