Journey Through Athens
We meet our Greek guide and board our motor coach for our sightseeing tour of Athens. During the bus tour, you see Constitution Square with the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Temple of Zeus, the Old Olympic Stadium and the Neoclassical buildings of Athens. Dinner and overnight in Athens. After breakfast, we start our day with a visit to the Archaeological Museum. We admire the architectural miracles of ancient Athens, as we follow our guide to the world-renowned Acropolis. There you will see the Propylea, the Erectheum and the Parthenon. We will then visit Mars Hill where Paul delivered his speech on the “Unknown God”. We will view the Agora, the ancient center of the economic and public life of the city where Paul preached to the skeptical Athenians. Athens for dinner and overnight.
Set Sail on the Greek Isles
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 white-washed buildings before returning to the ship for dinner and evening activities. In the morning we will arrive in Kusadasi, Turkey and drive to Ephesus, where Paul spent three years during his ministry. The impressive remains of Ephesus include the Agora, the Theater, the Stadium, the Library of Celsius, the ruins of the Temple of Diana (one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World”) and many more. Later, we will sail for the island of Patmos, where you will visit the Monastery of St. John, on one of the island’s highest points. From there, we will walk down to the Grotto of the Apocalypse, the site of the apocalyptic Revelations of St. John the Divine. In the morning disembark at Heraklion, Crete, where you can choose to visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos, home to king Minos and his legendary beast, the Minotaur. In the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, you can find the unbelievable works of art (pieces of sculpture and pottery, jewelry, arms, frescoes), that have been found in a number of Minoan sites all over Crete. Then, sail north to the isle of Santorini and disembark, the most breathtaking of all the Greek islands. The exquisite whitewashed villages, including the town of Fira, or Thira, cling to volcanic cliffs, accessible by cable-car, or mule. Optional guided tours are available but not included in the price to Santorini.
Visit Ancient Corinth
After breakfast we begin our touring and make our way to ancient Corinth. This is the once glorious city near the Isthmus, where Paul met Aquilla and Priscilla and spent a year and a half preaching the Gospel. We will then see the Forum, the Temples and the famous Bema, where Paul stood before Gallio, accused by the Jews of Corinth. We then drive to Cenchreae, the little harbor from which Paul sailed back to Asia, thus ending his second missionary journey. In the afternoon you will have free time to spend in Athens. We will enjoy a rooftop farewell dinner and stay one last overnight in Athens.