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
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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.
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.
6 guests in a party: $965*18 guests in a party: $184*
CRUISE DETAILSRotation 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 cruiseNOTESPlease 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.
Footsteps of Apostle Paul
Acropolis Athens|Ephesus|Meteora|Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessalonika
Buffet breakfast daily; 3 lunches, 8 dinners
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)
ATHENS–THESSALONIKA Greek Tragedies & Grand TreasuresDepart 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 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTHISTORIC 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.
THESSALONIKA. EXCURSION TO PHILIPPI & KAVALA A Disciple’s DestinyDrive 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 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTICONIC 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.
THESSALONIKA–VERIA–METEORA–KALAMBAKA The Miracles of GreeceVERIA 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 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTNATURAL 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.
KALAMBAKA–ATHENS Warriors & The Ancient WorldDrive 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.
ATHENS (EMBARKATION)–MYKONOS Sun-Kissed BeautyATHENS Embark on your Mediterranean cruise through the Greek Islands and Turkey. MYKONOS Free time this afternoon and evening. (B,L,D)TOUR HIGHLIGHTPICTURE 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.
CRUISING: KUSADASI, TURKEY–EXCURSION TO EPHESUS–PATMOS, GREECE Divine Dwellings & DigsKUSADASI 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 HIGHLIGHTHISTORIC 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.
CRUISING: HERAKLION, CRETE–SANTORINI The Bronze Age on the Blue AegeanHERAKLION Take a guided visit to the Minoan Palace of Knossos. SANTORINI Visit the island (weather permitting). Free time this afternoon. (B,L,D)TOUR HIGHLIGHTLEGENDS & 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.
ATHENS (DISEMBARKATION)–CORINTH–ATHENS A Metropolis of Mythic ProportionsATHENS 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 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTHISTORIC 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.
ATHENS Safe travels until we meet again!Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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|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|