0923 St John West Bend Pilgrimage - in the Footsteps of St Paul

Join St. John West Bend pilgrimage led by Pastor Stephen Reynolds on an unforgettable "In the Footsteps of St. Paul to Greece pilgrimage including a Mediterranean cruise. FLIGHT SCHEDULE: Sep 25: Depart ORD at 3:45pm arrival to Athens following day at 12:20pm Oct. 06: Depart Thessaloniki at 10:30am and arrival to ORD same day at 4:10pm LH 437 T 25SEP 1 ORDMUC 345P 720A 26SEP LH1750 T 26SEP 2 MUCATH 855A1220P 26SEP LX1851 T 06OCT 5 SKGZRH 1030A1155A 06OCT LX 008 T 06OCT 5 ZRHORD 110P 410P 06OCT PACKAGE PRICE PER PERSON: The package price per person, based on double room occupancy: $4,374 (check payment) To the above please add the elements in the “package price does not include”. For a single room supplement, add: $1,314 For credit card payment: add 2.50% PACKAGE RICE INCLUDES: Land portion: · Roundtrip airfare ORD/ATH and SKG/ORD ** · Three nights accommodation at 4*Titania Hotel, Athens, or similar with breakfast and dinner · One night accommodation at 4* Amalia Hotel, Kalambaka , or similar with breakfast and dinner · Three nights Accommodation at 4* Met Hotel, Thessaloniki, or similar with breakfast and dinner · Transportation in a private deluxe air-conditioned bus with Wifi on board · Private escort for all transfers in Greece · English Speaking professional tour guide · Whisper device during touring days · Entrance fees to the Acropolis Site, Acropolis Museum, Ancient Corinthos, Two Monasteries at Meteora and Philippoi · VAT and city taxes · Porterage at hotels Cruise portion: · Outside cabin accommodation – XA category · Full Board · Unlimited Classic Drinks package · Shore excursions: · KUS-02: Ancient Ephesus through the ages – Hellenistic Roman · HER-02: Minoan Palace of Knossos 1st European Civilization · PAT-01 excursion: Patmos: St. John's Monastery & Grotto of the Apocalypse · Entertainment on board Port charges security charges and gratuity PACKAGE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: § Airline departure taxes and fuel surcharge (as of Nov 2022: 496 per passenger) § Beverages during meals § Gratuities to guides, bus driver hotel staff (Suggested $175 per participant) § Travel / medical insurance coverage
  • Day 1 September 25, Monday

    Depart ORD on our way to Athens, Greece

  • Day 2 September 26, Tuesday

    ATHENS Welcome to Greece! Your afternoon is free to begin discovering Athens. Transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Athens.

  • Day 3 September 27, Wednesday

    ATHENS Today our tour in Athens will start by passing by the most famous sites in the center of the city. Short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896. After, the tour will bring you to the Acropolis - a UNESCO World Heritage - the Parthenon and Mars Hill where St. Paul spoke about the one and only God. From here we have an excellent view of the ancient Agora, the center of ancient Athenian public life where St. Paul spent time in the markets. Continue with a pleasant short walk passing by Herodian and Dionysus Theatre and visit the Acropolis Museum. Main attractions such as Votines, artifacts of everyday life, statues from the Archaic period, Caryatids, and the Parthenon Hall. Free afternoon. Dinner. Overnight at our hotel in Athens

  • Day 4 September 28, Thursday

    ATHENS | CORINTH This day we will drive to the city of Corinth. Our first stop will be at the Corinth Canal to enjoy the magnificent view. On to the archaeological site of Ancient Corinth, where under the shadow of the towering Acropolis St. Paul preached and lived for two years in 50 AD and where St. Paul wrote his most familiar letters. Visit the ancient city where St. Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla, the Agora where St. Paul's trial by Gallio took place, the Berna, the Marketplace and the Temples. We will visit the Archaeological Museum. Return to Athens early afternoon. Dinner. Overnight at our hotel in Athens.

  • Day 5 September 29, Friday

    MN CELESTYAL OLYMPIA: MYKONOS Morning transfer to the port of Piraeus for 11:00 am embarkation on the MN Celestyal Olympia for your 4 Days - 3 Nights Iconic Aegean Cruise. In the afternoon, your cruise will arrive to the island of Mykonos. Here the whitewashed houses, flowered balconies, and windmills of this Cycladic island will simply enchant you. We recommend that you take a nonchalant stroll in Mykonos town to take in the winding narrow streets full of boutiques and to visit the beautiful church of Panagia Paraportiani. Mykonos combines in a unique way the luxuriant and sophisticated lifestyle with the simple and yet charming life of a Cycladic Island. Overnight onboard Cruise Ship MN Celestyal Olympia.

  • Day 6 September 30, Saturday

    MN CELESTYAL OLYMPIA: EPHESUS AND PATMOS Morning arrival to Ephesus, Turkey. Our shore excursion to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the most impressive ruins of the Biblical world. See the Great Theatre where St. Paul preached, which is the largest theatre in antiquity with a capacity of 24,000. Drive to the house where the Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her last days. In the afternoon we will arrive in Patmos, the tranquil island where John the Apostle wrote the Book of Revelations. Visit the village of Chora where the monastery of St. John is located and continue on to the nearby Grotto of the apocalypse where St. John wrote the Book of Revelations during his exile by the Roman State. Overnight onboard Cruise Ship MN Celestyal Olympia.

  • Day 7 October 01, Sunday

    MN CELESTYAL OLYMPIA: CRETE AND SANTORINI Morning arrival to the island of Crete and the city of Heraklion where we will join the shore excursion to the Palace of Knossos discovered in 1899. It is in Heraklion where St. Paul met the owner and captain of the ship who warned him of continuing his journey to Rome. In the afternoon, the ship will depart to Santorini, the most idyllic and breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. The island famous for its volcano, the eruption of which created the famous caldera. Optional excursions to Thira and Oia areas give you the opportunity to see one of the most famous islands of Greece. Overnight onboard Cruise Ship MN Celestyal Olympia.

  • Day 8 October 02, Monday

    METEORA Morning arrival to Piraeus Port. Disembark the cruise ship and journey on to Kalambaka to visit the amazing monasteries of Meteora. Amid striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks that seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand these ageless monasteries built in the 15th century. Dinner. Overnight at our hotel in Kalambaka.

  • Day 9 October 03, Tuesday

    METEORA | BEREA | THESSALONIKI Visit of one more Monastery (or two in case time does not permit to do so on May 23rd). Departure for Thessaloniki, the co-capital of Greece. On the way, we will visit Berea with the famous mosaics of St. Paul. We will continue to Thessaloniki and, before check-in, we will take a bus tour of the city of Thessaloniki, including St. Demetrius Basilica and St. Sofia church. Dinner. Overnight at our hotel in Thessaloniki.

  • Day 10 October 04, Wednesday

    KAVALA | PHILIPPI | LYDIA SPRINGS Visit Kavala where St. Paul landed with his disciples Timothy and Sillas. See the small church that marks the traditional site of his landing. Kavala once named Christoupolis because it was the first city in Europe to accept Christianity. We will continue to Philippi where St. Paul preached his first evangelical sermon and where early Christians were baptized on European soil. Visit the baptismal site where Lydia converted to Christianity. Our tour will continue with a visit to a crypt from the Roman period that is believed to have served as a prison for St. Paul, the Marketplace, the famous Acropolis, and the Theatre. Farewell dinner. Overnight at our hotel in Thessaloníki.

  • Day 11 October 05, Thursday

    THESSALONIKI Enjoy a free day at your own leisure. You can visit the Rotonda, Byzantine Museum of Thessaloniki, Archaeological Museum (Jewish Museum), stroll around the Ladadika area, and the promenade, all of which are centrally located. Or, just relax at the hotel. Dinner on your own, Overnight at our hotel in Thessaloniki.

  • Day 12 October 06, Friday

    Transfer to the airport for our flight back home. Same day arrival to ORD Airport.