Greek & Turkey: Retracing Paul's Second Missionary Journey

We invite you to join us on an exciting journey to magnificent Greece and Turkey. We will tour Thessaloniki, Philippi, Delphi, Corinth and other historic Biblical sites. We will tour Athens and the spectacular Greek Isles including the Isle of Patmos where John was in exile and received Revelation. We will stop in Turkey and tour Ephesus -- a true archaeological wonder with deep Biblical significance.

We will return home with a new understanding of Paul?s outreach to the Greeks and subsequently to the world. Come join us for an amazing journey.

General Itinerary

DAYS 1 & 2: U.S. / THESSALONIKI - We depart the U.S. today for our flight to Thessaloniki. Upon arrival in Thessaloniki, we will be met by DMI?s local representative and escorted to our hotel in Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and capital of the province of Macedonia. It was here in the synagogue that Paul ?...reasoned with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks...? (Acts 17:17). Remainder of the day free. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
DAY 3: THESSALONIKI / AMPHIPOLIS / PHILIPPI / KAVALA ? We depart for Amphipolis and the Region of the Lakes Corinia and Volvi. Paul journeyed through Amphipolis on his way to Thessaloniki. Visit the colossal Lion monument at Sunphipolis (5th century BC) and proceed to visit the unique archaeological site of Philippi, site of the famous battle between two Roman Armies. Here we will have the opportunity to follow the steps of Paul, Luke, Timothy and Silas. We then proceed to the city and the harbor of Kavala where we will have a chance to taste fresh fish and a variety of superb delicacies. Return to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4: THESSALONIKI / VERGINA / METEORA / KALAMBAKA - After breakfast, we depart for Vergina to visit the excavations of the Royal Palace, the Royal Tombs and the new museum. We then proceed to the area of Kalambaka, where the famous monasteries of Meteora are located. You will be amazed at these marvelously preserved monasteries hidden in the mountains. We will visit the greatest and most important monastery of all, the ?Great Meteoron.? Perfectly preserved Frescoes of the 14th century and Ancient Manuscripts belonging to Royal Collections and Libraries are found here. Dinner and overnight at our hotel In Kalambaka.
DAY 5: KALAMBAKA / DELPHI / ATHENS Put on your hiking boots! After breakfast at the hotel, we depart for Delphi via the Central Greece Plateau. At Delphi we take a short climb to the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythion, home of the "Oracle." A little further up is the theatre where town council meetings were conducted, and a little further, the amazingly preserved coliseum where games were played. (Get in shape for this and do not miss it! This is one of the true highlights of the tour.) We visit the museum and bookstore here, then continue to Athens for dinner and overnight.
DAY 6: ATHENS / CORINTH We begin this morning with a tour of the city of Athens. We drive past the Academy, the University and the Parliament with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We continue to the Acropolis, where we visit the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena and the Acropolis Museum. On the slopes of the Acropolis we will visit the Areopagus on Mars Hill, site of Paul's address to "the men of Athens" about their "unknown God" (Acts 17). We then depart for Corinth, taking the road along the Saronic Gulf, fairly the same route that the Apostle Paul took. Corinth was an important place and congregation in Paul's odyssey (Acts 18 and Letters to the

Corinthians) with its temple of Apollo ruins set against the Acrocorinth on which the Temple of Aphrodite was located. Corinth was the largest, richest, and most pleasure-loving city of Greece in the 3rd century BC, so it gave Paul plenty to renounce when he came here in the 1st century AD. Paul worked here three years with Aquilla and Priscilla. Dinner and overnight at our Athens hotel.
DAY 7: ATHENS / PIRAEUS / BOARD ROYAL OLYMPIC?S CRUISESHIP / SAIL TO MYKONOS - This morning we transfer to the port of Piraeus for embarkation on our cruise ship. We sail to the island of Mykonos with its breathtakingly beautiful whitewashed buildings and churches. We will wander through the many side streets with homes above the shops and numerous outside, waterfront cafes...a lovely respite. Evening sail for the island of Patmos.
DAY 8: PATMOS / KUSADASI Early morning arrival at the Island of Patmos. We visit the traditional Grotto where John received the revelations while in exile and St. John?s Monastery atop the island. This afternoon we sail to the Turkish port of Kusadasi. This popular Turkish port is the doorway to Ephesus and rich ancient history. In Paul?s time, Ephesus was a port city. Now, due to natural changes and silt build up, it is an approximate ten-mile bus trip from the port city of Kusadasi. We visit ancient Ephesus, a marvelous archeological site and base for much of Paul's missionary work (Acts 19 and Letter to The Ephesians). Paul labored and ministered here for three years. He laid the foundation for the strongest Christian church of the First Century. John is said to have brought Mary here. Time permitting, we will wander through the famous Turkish bazaars of Kusadasi. Evening sail for Rhodes.
DAY 9: RHODES Morning arrival into Rhodes, the Island of Roses, famed for its historical Old Town, home of Sun God Apollo and the Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was on the Isle of Rhodes where the Crusaders gathered before sailing to the Holy Land. We will walk through the Medieval Castle of the Knights of St. John. We then visit Lindos, where Paul landed in 51 AD on his way to Rome and the Acropolis of Lindos, site of the Temple of Athena. Sail back to Piraeus (Athens) in the evening.
DAY 10: EARLY ARRIVAL INTO ATHENS ? We will have breakfast aboard the ship. We then disembark, board our motorcoach and transfer to our hotel in Athens. The day is free for us to enjoy this fascinating city on our own. There are many wonderful museums in the city and shopping at the Plaka is always an adventure. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
DAY 11: ATHENS / U.S. ? After breakfast at the hotel, we depart for the Athens airport where we fly back to the U.S. We will return with new friends and memories to last a lifetime!

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