Touching Lives with Dr. James Merritt 10-Day Journeys of the Apostle Paul, May 17 - 26, 2020
- Duration: 10 Days
- Location: Athens
- Product code: MerrittGreece20
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A Special Invite from James & Teresa Merritt
I would like to invite you to join me on an amazing journey retracing the footsteps of the Apostle Paul. We will step into history and walk alongside Paul as we journey through Philippi, Thessaloniki, Berea, Athens, Corinth, Crete, Patmos, and Ephesus. The Holy Scriptures will come to life in unimaginable ways! This will be a trip of a lifetime that promises to forever change all of us!
James & Teresa Merritt
May 17 – 26, 2020
DAY 1: BEGINNING OF YOUR TOUR: Depart from Atlanta International Airport for an overnight flight to Thessaloniki, Greece.
DAY 2: INTO THE FOOTSTEPS OF PAUL: Arrive in Thessaloniki where we will be met at the airport for transfer to our hotel. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.
DAY 3: THESSALONIKI/KAVALA/PHILIPPI: Begin the day in the port of Kavala where Paul landed with his disciples, Timothy and Silas. This port was also a destination for Luke, the evangelist, when he sailed from Troas. See a Byzantine castle, the Roman Aqueduct, and the ruins of an acropolis. Follow the Via Egnatia, a remnant of Rome’s highway system, viewing Roman and Greek tombs and ruts of ancient chariot wheels. Next, stop in Philippi, where Paul preached his first evangelical sermon and baptized the very first Christian convert on European soil. Among the ruins located on the rocky ledge above the town’s main road is the prison into which Paul and Silas were thrown. It was in Philippi that Octavian and Anthony defeated Brutus and Cassius in 42 BC. Return to Thessaloniki to explore the ancient city where Paul planted a church which would later receive two New Testament epistles. View one of the most beautiful basilicas in the city, St. Demetrius. Continue along the waterfront to the massive White Tower and nearby triumphal Arch of Galerius. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.
DAY 4: THESSALONIKI/BEREA/METEORA: This morning drive to Berea (Veria) to see the ancient wall where Paul spent many hours sharing the Gospel. Head south to view the awe-inspiring rock formations of Meteora. Take in the striking monasteries that crown the summits of these pinnacles with their wooden galleries and corniced rooftops. Dangerously hanging over the stunning abysses, these primitive dwellings compose one of the most fascinating sites on earth. A special treat awaits with a visit to one of these timeless monasteries to see the exquisite specimens of Byzantine art on display. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka.
Day 5: KALAMBAKA/DELPHI/ATHENS: Travel to the town of Delphi, considered by early Greeks to be “the center of the world,” and explore the most famous site in classical Greece. Mentioned by Homer, the exact age of Delphi is not known. This is where the famed oracle of Apollo resided, who would slip into a trance to utter prophecies about the fate of men and nations. Travel the sacred way to the Temple of Apollo and the Castilian spring. Proceed to the Athenian Treasury, Delphi Theatre and the ancient stadium. Drive to Athens for dinner and overnight.
DAY 6: ATHENS/PIRAEUS/MYKONOS: Begin the day with a drive to the Port of Piraeus and step aboard The Olympia, to start a 4-day Greek Islands cruise. Spend the afternoon exploring the Island of Mykonos, world-renowned for its lovely windmills, small cobblestone streets, and countryside. Return to the ship for dinner and overnight.
DAY 7: EPHESUS, TURKEY / PATMOS, GREECE: Step off the ship at Kusadasi and into nearby Ephesus, Turkey, Asia Minor’s greatest archeological site. This Greek and Roman city has been remarkably preserved. Step along the broad marble where Paul walked. Gaze at the Temple of Artemis (Diana), the Temple of Hadrian, and The Celsus Library. Marvel at the massive theater where Paul was opposed as he spoke boldly about Christ. In the afternoon, enjoy cruising aboard The Olympia to the island of Patmos, built on a mass of volcanic rock. The island marks the site where the apostle John wrote the book of Revelation. Visit the Monastery of St. John and the cave where he was imprisoned. Return to the ship for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: CRETE/SANTORINI: Arrive in Heraklion, Crete, the largest of the Greek Islands and the cradle of the ancient Minoan Civilization. This island is where the apostle Paul spent time as he was being transported to Rome as a prisoner. Visit the remarkable ruins of the Palace of Knossos, said to be the lost city of Atlantis. Board The Olympia for an afternoon cruise to the famous island of Santorini, formed by the half-submerged crescent of a volcanic caldera. Perched atop high cliffs, reach the infamous, breathtaking views via donkey or cable car (your choice). Dinner and overnight on the ship.
DAY 9: ATHENS/CORINTH: Early morning arrival in Athens where we will be met for our excursion. Proceed to Corinth through the Bay of Salamis and the Saronic Gulf. This city was home to the apostle Paul for over a year and inspired two of his most familiar letters. Spend time at the Corinthian Canal then tour the ruins of this ancient city. Return to Athens to view the world-renowned Acropolis and marvel at the ancient glory of the Parthenon, built 2400 years ago. Gather at Mars Hill, where Paul addressed the intellectual men of the most informed city of the time, pleading the cause of Christianity. Spend time in historical Plaka and enjoy its streets. Dinner and overnight in Athens.
DAY 10: ATHENS/USA: Transfer to Athens airport for your return flight to the USA with your heart full of memories from spectacular views and unforgettable experiences.
NOTE: Schedule is subject to change due to various factors and tour guide’s discretion.
- $4995 per person based on double occupancy. Book now as space is limited.
- Single room supplement - $1290
- PAYMENT PLAN: $500 per person with registration to secure space.
- $1500 per person due on or before January 17, 2020
- Balance due on or before March 17, 2020
- Land Only Price $3695 (Purchase your own air)
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- TK1846 TU 26MAY ATH-IST 1025 1150
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* Flight times, flight numbers, equipment, gates, and seats are subject to change. For the most current information check the airline website.
AIR: Includes roundtrip from departure city in the USA and return. Flights are subject to airline schedules and may change without notice.
GROUND/TRANSFERS: Transfers and ground transportation to\from airport/hotel by Deluxe Air-conditioned motor coaches. Land Only passengers responsible for transportation to and from airport/hotel.
HOTELS: Deluxe Four Star Class hotel accommodations. Priced on the basis of two persons sharing a room with a private bath and shower. A limited number of single rooms are available at regular supplement prices.
CRUISE: Celestial Olympia Cruise Ship: All outside cabins. Shore Excursions included: Ephesus, Patmos, & Crete
MEALS: Breakfast & dinner daily. On Cruise, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, drinks and midnight buffet
SIGHTSEEING: As and wherever indicated on the itinerary, including the services of English speaking guides as well as entrance fees to all places of interest listed in your itinerary.
GUIDES: Daily guided tour by licensed Guide among the most knowledgeable in the country
PORTERAGE: Fees and charges for the porterage of one piece of baggage per person not to exceed 50lbs, in connection with all transfers and at airports throughout the entire itinerary are included. An overnight bag may also be carried, provided it remains in the possession of the passenger at all times. This bag, although carried personally, is considered part of your total luggage allowance.
SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: Service charges as required by hotel management and taxes as imposed by national and/or local governments and/or governments and/or administrations (wherever these are normally added to the bill.) on the date of this brochure are included.
OTHER: Tips, Taxes, Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharges ARE INCLUDED in the selling price.
NOT INCLUDED: Excess baggage fees, passport fees, visa fees if applicable, lunches, items of a personal nature such as in-room service, laundry, etc., soft drinks, beverages that are not on the regular table menu, trip or baggage insurance. Any service whatsoever not indicated in the itinerary and/or the above list of included features.
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CANCELLATION POLICY: The $500 per person deposit is nonrefundable. Deposits and other payments exceeding the $500 per person are refundable in full up to sixty days prior to departure. After this date, refunds for unused accommodations and services will be limited to the amount received from and/or credited by all carriers, sightseeing operators and hotels.
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