Join Rev. Dr. Kip Laxson, Senior Pastor, for a trip of a lifetime June 6-16, 2022.
Tami and I invite you on a wonderful discovery of Greece and Rome as we retrace the steps of the Apostle Paul. It will not only change your life, but it will also make the Bible come alive. Join us for this exciting journey! –Rev. Dr. Kip Laxson
June 6 (Monday): Depart USA, Overnight Flight to Athens
June 7 (Tuesday): Arrive in Athens
We arrive in Athens and check into our hotel. You will have the remainder of the day free to relax or take a stroll along the streets of Athens to enjoy the flavor of the city. This evening, our group will enjoy the first of many delectable European style dinners.
June 8 (Wednesday) – Corinth & Mycenae
This morning, we travel west with a rest stop and photos at the Corinth Canal. We then travel to the ancient city of Corinth that inspired many of Paul’s most familiar letters. See the Archaeological Museum, the marketplace, the Bema, and the temples. To enjoy a devotional in the midst of the ruins of the church of Corinth and see the pillars, steps, and public worship place where Paul preached will enhance your understanding and love of I and II Corinthians. The ruins of this important cultural center are fascinating as we walk along the stone path that the apostle Paul walked. The engineering skill and intellect of these ancient people are evident in the water systems that still flow today. We then travel to Mycenae, where the remains of this ancient city date back to the bronze age. See the famous Lionesse Gate, the Tomb of Agamennon, which is in the shape of a beehive, and many other sites before we return east to Athens.
June 9 (Thursday) – Athens
Following breakfast this morning, we tour Athens, the foundation of democracy. We visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and Erectheum before viewing Athens atop Mars Hill, where Paul stood and proclaimed the one true God to the Gentile nation. From atop Mars Hill, we view the agora below, the ancient marketplace and center of Athenian public life. Additional sites viewed during our panoramic bus tour are the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Olympic Stadium, and the Presidential Palace. An option later this afternoon is a visit to the famous Plaka with a multitude of shops and cafes.
June 10 (Friday) – Cruising Mykonos on Celestyal Cruises
We sail from Athens on our Celestyal Crusies ship to the quaint isle of Mykonos, also called the island of windmills. Experience the waterfront lined with shops and cafes and stroll the charming walkways through a maze of white washed buildings. Return to the ship and your ocean view cabin for dinner and evening entertainment.
June 11 (Saturday) – Ephesus & Patmos
Docking in Turkey, enjoy a tour of Ephesus and its miles of ancient treasures. Ephesus was once a thriving port town of 250,000 people and an important center for Early Christianity from the AD 50s. From AD 52 to 54, the Apostle Paul lived in Ephesus, working with the congregation and organizing missionary activity in the surrounding areas. Today, you can still see these spectacular excavations of the major streets in this ancient city including the agora, the odeon, the library, the marveled-paved Main Street, the baths, Trajan’s Fountain, the Residences of the Patricians, the Prytaneum, and Temple of Hadrian. The Great Theatre, built in the 4th century B.C. could accommodate 24,000 spectators. It is famous even nowadays for its acoustics. This afternoon, we visit the Isle of Patmos, a UNESCO world heritage site. Here, we see the fortified monastery of St. John and the cave claimed to be where St. John received the Revelation. Back on the ship, enjoy the Captain’s Dinner before settling into your cabin for the night.
June 12 (Sunday) – Crete & Santorini
Crete is the largest and most rugged of the Greek islands. Take a tour to Heraklion and the fantastic ruins of Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate palace is believed to be the mythical labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. This afternoon, we visit the island of Santorini, perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek islands. You may choose to take an optional panoramic bus tour viewing some of the most spectacular scenery of the Agean. Travel through countless villages and settlements with beautiful architecture to scenic Oia. During your time in Oia, visit the many narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques. Upon returning to the ship, we view the lace-like caldera, the little islands of Thirasia, Palea, and Nea Kameni. We return to the ship for dinner and evening entertainment.
June 13 (Monday) – Disembark Cruise, & Fly to Rome
Disembark the ship, transfer to the airport and fly to Rome, then transfer to our centrally located hotel for the next three nights. This afternoon, we will take a tour of the catacombs where thousands of Christians were buried in a remarkable tiered series of galleries.
June 14 (Tuesday) – Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s, Scala Santa, Abbey of Three Fountains, St. Paul Outside the Wall
After breakfast, we begin a full day of sightseeing. First visit Vatican City, where you will see St. Peter’s Bascilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums with stunning works of art at every turn. After some free time for lunch, you will stop at the Abbey of the Three Fountains, the traditional site of Paul’s martyrdom, and the ancient street that he walked on. Next, visit the Fourth Century Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, the site of Paul’s tomb, and the Scala Santa where Martin Luther made his stand against the practice of indulgences. The fascinating museum houses the steps of Pilate’s Judgment Hall in Jerusalem brought to Rome by Helena, the mother of Constantine. Additional sites include the Arches of Constantine and Titus, Circus Maximus, and the beautiful monument called Wedding Cake.
June 15 (Wednesday) – Roman Forum, Mamertine, Colosseum, Piazzas of Old Rome
We begin our walking tour of the ancient Roman Forum, which for centuries was the center of day-to-day life in Rome: The site of triumphal processions and elections, the venue for public speeches and criminal trials, and the nucleus of commercial affairs. We then visit the Arch of Titus, which commemorated the sack of Jerusalem by Titus in AD 70. We view the Mamerine Prison exterior, where traditions says the Apostle Paul, and maybe Peter, was imprisoned. Next, we visit the Colosseum, where thousands of people and animals perished during gladiatorial games. The Colosseum first opened in 80 AD and could hold between 40,000 and 80,000 people. Hear the stories of the games that have fascinated people for hundreds of years. This afternoon, stroll through beautiful piazzas and see the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps.
June 16 (Thursday) – Return Home
This morning, we transfer to the airport for our flight home.
Starting at $4,898 from New York or $5,296 from Birmingham, AL
Your All-Inclusive Price Includes:
Deluxe tour and guided sight-seeing
3-night Greek Isle cruise
Round-trip international airfare
Fuel surcharges & government taxes
Admin, fees, entrance fees, hotel and cruise gratuities, daily breakfast and dinner, deluxe motor coaches,
first class hotels and much more!
$300 per person deposit required – credit card payments preferred OR make checks payable to ETS (Educational Travel Services).
Final payment due Feb. 6, 2022.