Touching Lives with Dr. James Merritt 13-Day Journeys of the Apostle Paul (including 3 days in Prague), May 23 - June 4, 2021

USD $5,295.00
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Location: Athens
  • Product code: MerrittGreece21

Questions? (800) 915-3527

A Special Invite from James & Teresa Merritt

We would like to invite you to join us 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! Also included on this tour is an additional three nights to one of my favorite cities in Europe, Prague! This will be a trip of a lifetime that promises to forever change all of us! 

James & Teresa Merritt


ITINERARY

May 23 – June 3, 2021

DAY 1 May 23: BEGINNING OF YOUR TOUR: Depart from Atlanta International Airport for an overnight flight to Thessaloniki, Greece.

DAY 2 May 24: 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 May 25: 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 that 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 May 26:  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 May 27: KALAMBAKA/ATHENS: Travel 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 6 May 28: 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 May 29: 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 May 30:  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 island's breathtaking views via donkey or cable car (your choice). Dinner and overnight on the ship.

DAY 9 May 31: ATHENS/CORINTH: Early morning arrival in Athens to begin the day's 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: June 1 ATHENS/PRAGUE: Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you can enjoy the city of Athens at your leisure. Stroll down the streets of Athens and you can explore Greek culture, shopping, and cafes. Transfer to the Athens airport for an afternoon flight to Prague. Dinner and overnight in Prague.

DAY 11 June 2: PRAGUE: Begin the day with a photo stop at one of the original city gates of Prague, the Prasna Brana, also known as Powder Tower. Visit the heartbeat of the city, Old Town Square, for a view of the world-famous astronomical clock and splendid architecture in every direction. Marvel at the enchanting spires of Tyn Church. Stop at St. Nicholas Church, crowned with a copper cupola and lavished with inspired artwork throughout the massive nave. Traverse Charles Bridge, admiring the 30 baroque statues that line the gothic bridge connecting Old Town and Lesser Town. Next, visit the Church of Our Lady Victorious, famous for its statue of the Infant Jesus. Pope Benedict XVI declared this church as the first station on the Apostolic Road in the Czech Republic. Explore the largest castle complex in the world, Prague Castle. Journey through majestic Vladislav Hall inside the Old Royal Palace. Visit St. George Basilica, characterized by its two white stone towers named Adam and Eve. Imagine the elaborate coronations of Czech kings and queens as you stand in the ornate St. Vitus Cathedral, the seat of the archbishop of Prague. Meander down Golden Lane, a charming street of homes leading to Daliborka Tower, the castle’s prison. Dinner and overnight in Prague.

DAY 12 June 3:  PRAGUE/KARLSTEJN: Journey to picturesque Karlstejn castle, a stunning display of Gothic architecture nestled in the hilltops. See the Chapel of the Holy Cross in the Great Tower and gaze at the walls decorated with more than 2,000 semiprecious stones and 128 paintings. Visit Strahov Monastery and the Museum of Czech Literature located within. Peruse the extensive 800-year-old library, observing the masterful frescoes and wooden cartouches. In the evening, enjoy a dinner cruise on the scenic Vltava River. Overnight in Prague.

DAY13 June 4: PRAGUE/USA: Transfer to Prague 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.


PRICING:

  • $5295 per person based on double occupancy.  Book now as space is limited.
  • Single room supplement - $1295
  • PAYMENT PLAN: $500 per person with registration to secure space.
  • $2000 per person due on or before January 23, 2021
  • Balance due on or before March 23, 2021
  • Land Only Price $3995 (Purchase your own air)
 

FLIGHT SCHEDULE:

  • TK  032 SU 23MAY ATL-IST  2225 1605*
  • TK1893 MO 24MAY  IST-SKG 1905 2030
  • TK1768 FR 04JUN   PRG-IST  0925 1305
  • TK  031 FR 04JUN   IST-ATL  1510 1955

* Flight times, flight numbers, equipment, gates, and seats are subject to change. For the most current information check the airline website.


INCLUDED:

AIR: Includes roundtrip from Atlanta to Thessaloniki, Greece, and return from Prague. One-way from Athens to Prague. 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.

HOTELS: Deluxe first-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. Guided Shore Excursions included: Ephesus, Patmos, and Crete.  Unguided Shore Excursion Included:  Mykonos and Santorini

MEALS: Land: Breakfast and dinner daily. Cruise: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, drinks, and midnight buffet.

SIGHTSEEING: As and wherever indicated on the itinerary, including the services of English-speaking guides and 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 additional overnight bag may 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. In addition to one checked bag and one carry-on, each traveler is also allowed one personal item such as a purse, briefcase, book bag or small backpack.

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, and airport taxes 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. Any service whatsoever not indicated in the itinerary and/or the above list of included features.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: Travel Insurance is not included in the purchase price. For questions, quotes or to purchase travel insurance, please visit Travelex Insurance or call (800) 228-9792 and use the code 10-0384 for Signature Tours Inc.

PAYMENT: For payments online there will be a 2.9% credit card surcharge. To avoid surcharge please mail payment to Signature Tours - PO Box 956817 Duluth, GA 30095.

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. 


Signature Tours Inc.
PO Box 956817 Duluth, GA 30095
phone: (800) 915-3527 email: info@signaturetours.com