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Join me in retracing the Steps of Paul, the Apostle

Greece and Türkiye

I have taught and led the Community Bible Study Class in Pasig, Philippines for 18 years. It’s been a joy for me to bring many of my students to the actual places where events took place thousands of years ago. Going to the Bible Lands is equal to going through an accelerated discipleship process. If you come, you will never read the Bible the same way again. Join me!

Leah M. Darwin,
Full time staff, CRU International
Faculty, International Graduate School of Leadership

DATES:
March
11-24, 2024

COUNTRIES:
Greece and Türkiye

PRICE
USD $4,200.00
per person rate, min 20 pax

USD $4,200.00
(if coming from Manila)
USD $3,285.00
(if coming from outside
Manila (Land Package only))

Inclusions
Inclusions:

Economy airfare on all flown sectors of the tour; accommodations in Greece and Tur-key based on twin sharing superior Class & Deluxe (4* & 5*) hotels; daily buffet break-fast, outside lunches and dinners; entrance fees, border taxes, entry and departure taxes; medical and travel insurance(for PH residence only); services of English speak-ing guides; air-conditioned buses; porterage of one piece of luggage; and all tips (guides, drivers, hotels, meals, and porters), orientation meeting and services of a tour assistant from Highlight Tours to accompany the whole group while touring.

Not included in the package:

Visa Fees for Greece and Turkey (if applicable); additional airline taxes and Fuel sur-charge if they go above US$86.00; Travel Insurance(for those living abroad) additional travel insurance; extra beverages with meals. Personal expenses such as extra meals, drinks, mini bar, phone call, internet usage, laundry and shopping expenses, and as applicable.

Itinerary

PRE-TOUR: MARCH 11, MONDAY

Evening check in at the Manila airport. We board our Emirates Airline flight to Dubai at 11:30PM. There will be a stopover in Dubai Airport.

DAY 1: MARCH 12, TUESDAY

  • Arrival in Athens, Greece. We meet with our local representative at the airport and drive to our hotel for check in. The rest of the day is free for exploration and rest.
  • Dinner and overnight in Athens.

DAY 2: MARCH 13, WEDNESDAY

  • After breakfast we begin our tour in Athens, visit master-pieces of the “Golden Age,” the Acropolis, the Agora and Mars Hill where Paul taught.
  • We will have some free time in Plaka, then travel to Corinth, passing by the Corinth Canal. A short distance away is the port of Cenchreae, where Paul landed when he traveled from Athens to ancient Corinth.
  • We will see what is left of the very “Bema” where Paul appeared before Gallio in Acts 18.
  • We will walk on the actual road that Paul would have trudged into Corinth. Nearby is the “Erastus inscription.”
  • We return to Athens for Dinner and overnight.

DAY 3: MARCH 14, THURSDAY

  • After breakfast we check out of our hotel and proceed to the airport for our flight to Santorini—one of the most beautiful Islands in Greece that offers stunning land-scapes and a captivating experience.
  • Our tour begins with a visit to the picturesque village of Oia, we will explore its charming narrow streets, blue domed churches, and traditional Cycladic architecture.
  • We continue to Fira, the capital of Santorini, offering panoramic views of the caldera and a bustling atmosphere filled with shops, cafe’s, and restaurants.
  • We check in to our hotel there for Dinner and overnight.

DAY 4: MARCH 15, FRIDAY

  • We check out of our hotel after breakfast and drive to the airport for our flight to Thessaloniki – a fascinating blend of history, culture, and vibrant city life.
  • We begin our tour by exploring the city’s historical landmark the White Tower, an iconic symbol of Thessaloniki. We continue to the Arch of Galerius and Rotunda, impressive Roman structures that showcase the city’s rich past.
  • We proceed to the House of Jason where Paul lived and the Agora where he preached.
  • We check in to our hotel for Dinner and overnight.

DAY 5: MARCH 16, SATURDAY

  • Today we drive to Kavala (Ancient Neapolis), the site where Paul, Timothy and Silas landed on the coast of Thrace. We continue our journey to Philippi, an ancient city where Paul lived, preached and was imprisoned. We will walk through the archaeological site and discover its well-preserved ruins, including the ancient theater, Roman forum, and the famous Octagon, a circular building that served as a marketplace. We will visit the Baptistery of Lydia, a Christian baptismal site believed to be the place where the first European Christian, Lydia, was baptized by the Apostle Paul. We then drive to Alexandropoulis near the border for Dinner and Overnight.

DAY 6: MARCH 17, SUNDAY

  • After breakfast and a short drive, we cross the Greece/Turkey border at Ipsala.
  • After border formalities, we leave Greece and meet with our Turkish guide and drive to Çanakkale, a vibrant city located on the Dardanelles Strait.
  • Our tour will begin with an introduction to the historical significance of Troy; learn about the legendary Trojan War, the famous Trojan Horse, and the archaeological excavations that have uncovered the ancient city’s remains.
  • We will explore the Troy Archaeological Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; walk through the ancient ruins and discover the layers of civilizations that once thrived there.
  • We will marvel at the reconstructed city walls, gates, and buildings that provide insights into the daily life of the Trojans. From there, we will explore the ancient region of Troas, which holds historical and archaeological signifi-cance and natural beauty. We will visit the Alexandria Troas Ruins, the place where Paul received his Macedonian vision (Acts 16:9). In response to the vision, Paul and his companions set sail from Troas to Macedonia.
  • We then drive to the coastal town of Ayvalik for Dinner and Overnight.

DAY 7: MARCH 18, MONDAY

  • We travel to Pergamum— once a prominent city in the Hellenistic and Roman period.
  • We will visit some archaeological findings at Biblical Pergamos— the Acropolis, the ancient citadel of Pergamum; explore the ruins of the impressive structures, including the Temple of Trajan and the Theater that both overlook the plain of Bergama.
  • We then drive to Kusadasi passing by the ancient city of Smyrna.
  • Dinner and Overnight in a popular resort town on the Aegean Coast of Turkiye.

DAY 8: MARCH 19, TUESDAY

  • After breakfast, we check out of our hotel and explore the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the world, located just a short distance away from Kusadasi.
  • We will explore the well-preserved ruins, including the Library of Celsus, the Great Theater, and the Temple of Artemis.
  • We drive inland to Pamukkale Denizli, a world Heritage sight that contains Hot Springs and Travertine Terraces of calcium bicarbonate minerals left by the flowing water.
  • We proceed to Hierapolis Ancient City with a Great Theater, City Walds and unique Necropolis, the biggest cemetery of Anatolia with 1,200 graves.
  • Dinner and overnight in nearby Pamukkale Ther-mal Resort.

DAY 9: MARCH 20, WEDNESDAY

  • We check out of our hotel and Travel to Antalya— located on the southwestern coast of Turkey. It is a popular tour-ist destination known for its stunning beaches, historical sites, and vibrant culture. The old town of Antalya, known as Kaleici, is a charming area with narrow streets, Ottoman-era houses, and historical landmarks.
  • We explore the ancient city walls, visit the iconic Hadrian’s Gate, and discover traditional shops and cafes.
  • Then we proceed to Duden Waterfall, located just outside the city, which offers a picturesque setting with cascading waterfalls sur-rounded by lush greenery.
  • We check in for dinner and overnight at Lara Beach along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

DAY 10: MARCH 21, THURSDAY

  • After breakfast we check out of our hotel and proceed to the airport for our flight to Istanbul.
  • We travel to the city and check in to our hotel. The rest of the day is free for our own exploration. In the evening our guide will pick us up for dinner at a nearby restaurant with a view of the Galata Tower. Overnight in Istanbul.

DAY 11: MARCH 22, FRIDAY

  • Today we will explore the Old City of Istanbul—Sultanahmet. We visit the Topkapi Palace—the Ottoman Palace, famous for being one of the most beautiful land-scapes that make up Istanbul’s skyline, it’s a treasure trove of history on the peninsula.
  • We proceed to Hagia Sophia Mosque; its innovative architecture, rich history, religious significance and extraordinary characteristics have been fighting against time for centuries. It is the largest Eastern Roman Church in Istanbul. Constructed three times in the same location, it’s the world’s oldest and fastest-completed cathedral.
  • We continue to the Hippodrome-a sport and social center of Constantinople.
  • We end the day at the Grand Bazaar for some shopping. We return to our hotel after dinner. Overnight in Istanbul.

DAY 12: MARCH 23, SATURDAY

  • After breakfast, we check out of our hotel and get on the Private Bosphorus Cruise. During this 1 hour tour, we will have the chance to see both the European side and the Asian side of Istanbul. Continue to Balat district and see some colorful houses along sloping cobbled streets.
  • We proceed to Ortakoy, which stretches along the Euro-pean bank of the Bosphorus. It’s known as one of the hippest and most cosmopolitan neighborhoods there.
  • We proceed to the airport for our flight back to Manila. We go home with grateful hearts; we will never read the Bible the same way again.

DAY 13: MARCH 24, SUNDAY

  • Transit in Dubai
    Arrival Manila

    ****Please note: Airport Taxes (including Philippine Travel tax and NAIA Terminal fee) are charges that go with airfare and fluctuate with currency. Should there be an adjust-ment, the difference shall be collected on the Last Payment

Highlights

Ephesus

Istanbul

Athens

Corinth Canal

Santorini

Pamukkale

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