SATURDAY: ATHENS – THESSALONIKI, GREECE
Embark on the 7-day cruise and sail at 16:00 to Thessaloniki. Dinner & overnight on board ship.
SUNDAY: THESSALONIKI, GREECE
At 09:00 our cruise-ship docks at Thessaloniki. Following the path of St Paul’s Second Missionary in Europe, leads you beyond the imposing Byzantine walls that guard the sophisticated port city of Thessaloniki. The beguiling architecture and meandering cobblestone streets are a pleasure to explore, topped only by the captivating site of the biblical city Berea, known today as Veria. Enjoy your included guided shore excursion to hear all about St. Paul’s tribulations as he tried to win over the noble Jews that lived here. At 20:00 sail to Kavala. All meals and overnight on board.
MONDAY: KAVALA, GREECE
At 08:00 arrive in Kavala. The seaport resort of Kavala perched on the slopes of Mt Symvolo offers spectacular panoramic views. It was here that St Paul baptized the first Greek and European Christian convert, Lydia, and gave his first sermon. Join the optional excursion to visit Philippi and see the open-air baptistery, and the prison ruins where it is said that he was held captive with Silas. Sail to Istanbul, Turkey at 16:00. Dinner & overnight on board ship.
TUESDAY: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
At 09:30 arrive in Istanbul. The vibrant city of Istanbul straddles the continents of Europe and Asia via the Bosphorus Strait. Here you can visit the lavish Byzantine and Imperial mosques which pierce Istanbul’s skyline with their towering minarets. The iconic Sultan Ahmet (Blue) mosque, the Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace and the world – famous Church of Hagia Sophia are just a few of the enigmatic attractions to admire. At 20:00 depart to Diliki, Turkey. All meals and overnight on board.
WEDNESDAY: DIKILI, TURKEY
At 12:00 arrive in Dikili. Snaking its way along the beautiful coastline of Turkey’s seafront city of Dikili is a lush landscape of green forestry and expansive golden sands. Sparkling crystalline turquoise waters complete and captivating scenery. Here you have the opportunity to join an optional excursion with an expert guide to visit Ancient Pergamum, and see the Acropolis and the remains of the healing center of Asklepion. Sail at 20:00 to Kusadasi. All meals and overnight on board.
THURSDAY: KUSADASI, TURKEY
At 08:00 we dock in Kusadasi, Turkey. In Turkey’s picturesque seaside resort of Kusadasi, St Paul wrote a letter to the Ephesians and preached at the Great Theatre of Ephesus. The second – largest city of the Roman Empire is also the home of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World- the Temple of Artemis. You will learn about this and more in your included excursion to visit ancient Ephesus and the city of Miletus. Sail at 23:30 to Patmos, Greece. All meals and overnight on board.
FRIDAY: PATMOS, GREECE
Arrive at 07:00 at Patmos. Patmos is the smallest of the Greek Dodecanese islands. The tranquil island is famously known for being the location where John the Apostle experienced the vision that inspired the Book of Revelation. Join the optional excursion to visit St John’s Monastery and the Grotto of the Apocalypse. Sail to Athens at 18:30. All meals and overnight on board.
SATURDAY: ATHENS, GREECE
At 06:00 arrive at the port of Athens. Disembarkation after breakfast.