John Stewart invites you to join him on an adventure you will never forget! We will explore the footsteps of Paul in modern day Greece and Turkey.
Dates: April 25 – May 4, 2024
$3,750*/person (double occupancy)
+$1,950* (additional for single occupancy)
Deadlines – Deposit Due: September 1, 2023 ($500/person), Final Payment Due: January 2, 2024
EVEN THOUGH IT IS PAST THE DEPOSIT DEADLINE, THERE ARE STILL A FEW SPOTS AVAILABLE!
2 nights in Thessaloniki at 5-star hotel with breakfast and dinner daily
Scenic train ride from Thessaloniki to Athens
2 nights in Athens at 5-star hotel with breakfast and dinner daily
Touring as per itinerary including deluxe bus, licensed local guide, entrance fees
4 nights cruise in OUTSIDE cabins XC on higher decks 5 and 6
Three shore excursions in Ancient Ephesus, Patmos, and Rhodes
Meals on board the 3 nights cruise
Greece city tax
Airfare quotes available through AFC Travel: email@example.com
Any airline(s) may be used. It is your responsibility to arrive at the hotel in Thessaloniki on or before April 26, 2024. The first group dinner will be held on April 26, 2024.
Pre and post hotel dates may be added
Crete shore excursion (Knossos Minoan Palace) - $89/person
Santorini Shore excursion - $89/person
Lunches, Beverages & Personal Purchases
Gratuities - for guides/drivers - $150/person (pre-collected in cash)
Passport & Visa purchases (Passport for Greece, passport and visa for Turkey)
Port taxes and cruise gratuities - $259/person
Fuel surcharge - $32/person (current: summer 2023)
Additional cost if paying deposit/registration by credit card
INSURANCE - NOT REQUIRED, BUT STRONGLY SUGGESTED - choose any insurance of your choice. AFC Travel recommended insurer is www.insureyonder.com/affiliate/Sharon/
For more information or to register contact Kathy Swanson, Tour Coordinator. Call or email to register and pay. Payment by check is highly preferred.
Kathy Swanson, Tour Coordinator
771 NE Harding Street, Suite 250
Minneapolis, MN 55413
FOOTSTEPS OF PAUL TOUR with 4-day/3-night cruise**
Day 1: Departure USA (4/25/24)
Today we embark on our Journey to the lands of ancient treasures and Christian history with an overnight flight to Greece. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience. Get some rest on the flight…Tomorrow you will be walking where the apostles walked!
Day 2: Arrival Thessaloniki
We arrive in Thessaloniki and check into our hotel. You will have the remainder of the day free to relax or take a stroll along the streets of Thessaloniki to enjoy the flavor of the city. This evening our group will enjoy the first of many delectable European style dinners.
Day 3: Tour Thessaloniki, Philippi and Kavala
We begin the day by following the massive battlement Byzantine wall to the citadel for a panoramic view of the city. Next, we will visit Philippi and Kavala. Kavala is Greece’s prettiest mainland port with a most elegant harbor. Paul landed here with his disciples, Timothy and Silas. Luke, the Evangelist, also came here from Troas. This ancient city of Neapolis was later renamed Christoupolis because it was the first European city to accept Christianity. Imagine walking on the same sod as these men of the Bible! We will see the Roman Aqueduct and the ruins of the Acropolis in this beautifully located city, known since the 5th century as Kavala. Continue on to Philippi where Paul preached his first evangelical sermon and baptized the first Christians on European soil. We will view the baptismal site where Lydia surrendered her life to Christ and visit a crypt dating from the Roman period that is thought to have served as a prison for Paul. See the famous Acropolis, the Market Place, Basilica, and the Theatre. We return to Thessalonica and visit St. Demetrius Basilica, dedicated to a distinguished member of the Roman army and a martyred Christian convert, before returning to the hotel for our overnight.
Day 4: Thessaloniki City Tour and Berea Tour
Before we leave Thessaloniki we drive through town we see remnants of the original Roman road that spanned the nation during Paul’s time. En route we will view the old city ramparts; the newly excavated Forum, St. George Church, an ancient Roman monument which was transformed into a church and the Galerius Arch which rises over the famous Via Egnatia. Then we continue to Berea to view the ancient synagogue where Paul spoke and the Bema surrounded by mosaics of Paul and the plaque of scripture regarding the “more noble” church. Then we will have a scenic train ride to Athens.
Day 5: Cruising Mykonos
We sail this morning from Athens to the quaint isle of Mykonos, called the island of windmills. Experience the waterfront lined with shops and cafes and then stroll the charming walkways through a maze of whitewashed buildings before returning to the ship for dinner and evening entertainment.
Day 6: Tour Ancient Ephesus and Patmos
Docking in Turkey, enjoy an included tour of Ephesus, the city of the Bible and one of the largest restorations still in progress with miles of ancient treasures. Ephesus was once a thriving port town of 250,000 people. Today you can still see the spectacular excavations of the major streets in this ancient city including the Agora, the Odeon, the Library, the marble-paved main Street, the Baths, Trajan’s Fountain, the Residences of the Patricians, the Prytaneum, and Temple of Hadrian. The Great Theatre, built in the 4th century B.C., could accommodate 24,000 spectators and it is famous even nowadays for its acoustics. This afternoon we visit the Isle of Patmos, under statutory protection as a historic monument. Here we have an included tour to see the fortified monastery of St. John and the cave claimed to be where John received the Revelation. Then we get back on the ship.
Day 7: Island of Rhodes
All day docked at the island of Rhodes where Ancient Greece meets Medieval Times and the romance of the island!
Included shore excursion to the Acropolis of Lindos, the Bay of St. Paul where Paul docked with his boat and walking tour in the Medieval town.
Day 8: Calling Crete and Santorini
Crete is the largest and the most rugged of the Greek islands. Take an optional tour to Heraklion and the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. In the afternoon visit the island of Santorini which is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. The town of Thira where white-washed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques cling to steep cliffs, is accessible by foot path, cable-car or mule. You may choose to take an optional tour of sailing around an active volcano crater and swimming in the water heated by hot springs or enjoy this lovely island on foot. Again we return to the ship for dinner and evening entertainment.
Day 9: Cruise Disembarkation, Athens Tour and Corinth
We disembark the cruise this morning and travel into Athens, the foundation of democracy. We visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and Erectheum before viewing Athens atop Mars Hill where Paul stood and preached the truth to the Gentile nation. Additional sites include the Agora (ancient market place and center of Athenian public life), the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Olympic Stadium, and Presidential Palace. We immediately travel west with a rest stop and photos at the Corinth Canal. We then travel to the ancient city of Corinth, another treat for the New Testament scholar. Corinth is the city that inspired many of Paul’s most familiar letters. See the Archaeological Museum, the Market Place, the Bema, and the Temples. To enjoy a devotional in the midst of the ruins of the church of Corinth and see the pillars, steps, and public worship place where Paul preached will enhance your understanding and love of I & II Corinthians. The ruins of this important cultural center are fascinating as we walk along the stone path that the apostle Paul walked. The engineering skill and intellect of these people are evident in the water systems that still flow from ancient to modern day. Our guide will be sure to show you the room dedicated to the medical care of that period.
Day 10: Departure
Transfer to Athens International Airport for your flight back home.
**Itinerary subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
We hope you can join us!
For more information contact Kathy Swanson, Tour Coordinator, at Footsteps@LamplightersUSA.org or 1.800.507.9516. Call or email to register and arrange payment.
771 Harding St. NE #250
Minneapolis, MN 55413