0424 Fox Point Lutheran - in the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul

Join FOX POINT LUTHERAN and Pastor Bill Knapp on a memorable pilgrimage in the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul FLIGHT SCHEDULE: April 04: AA#0332 Dep ORD at 11:50am Arr. JFK at 15:07 April 04: AA#0334 Dep JFK at 17:25 Arr. ATH at 10:00am (April 05) April 12: AZ#0719 Dep ATH at 12:40. Arr FCO at 13:45 Apri; 15: AA#0111. Dep FCO at 11:05am Arr. ORD at 14:55 (same day) PACKAGE PRICE PER PERSON: Price per person based on double room occupancy: $5,248 For single room/cabin, add: $1,488 PACKAGE PRICE INCLUDES: AIRFARE: • ORD/ATH, ATH/FCO & FCO/ORD • Departure taxes and fuel surcharge (up to $574.45) IN GREECE: • Three nights Accommodation at hotel Stanley 4* in Athens, or similar www.hotelstanley.gr • Daily breakfast and two dinners at the hotel (one dinner on own on April 6th) • Professional English Speaking guide for the Half Day Athens city tour & Corinthos tour • Deluxe air conditioned private bus • English Speaking escort during all transfers • WiFi on board • Small bottle of water per person per day • Whisper devices on touring days • Entrance fees to the Acropolis Site, Acropolis Museum and Ancient Corinthos • Porterage at hotel • Hotel acommodation tax • All taxes CRUISE SHIP • Sailing 5 Days/4 Nights Iconic Cruise with Celestyal Cruise • Cabin Accommodation • Port charges and security • All gratuities on cruise-ship • Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) • Selected drinks included with meals (Specialty Restaurant excluded) • KUS-02 (EPHESUS) & PAT-01 (PATMOS) shore excursions • Entertainment of board IN ITALY: • Three nights hotel accomodation • Daily breakfast and dinner • One dinner-show at “Le Terme del Colosseo” Restaurant - https://www.letermedelcolosseo.it/ (or similar) • All taxes • English speaking Tour Manager througout the stay in Italy • English speaking local liscenesed guide per itinerary • Deluxe air conditioned private bus • All Transfers • Whisper devices on touring days • Porterage at the hotel • Entrance fees per itinerary • ("skip the line" reservation at : at the: Vatican Museum, Coliseum and Forum, Mamertime Prison & Pantheon) PACKAGE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: • Gratuities to guides, bus drivers, hotel staff and restaurant waiters • Beverages at hotels • Travel / Medical insurance (you may use the following: https://partner.roamright.com/?agencycode=amitravel&agentid=LChung
  • Day 1 April 04, Thursday

    Departure ORD on our way to Athens, Greece

  • Day 2 April 05, Friday

    Upon arrival at Athens airport meet our guide at the for an orientation tour of the city, with a stop in the Panathenaic Stadium. Drop off at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight Athens. (D)

  • Day 3 April 06, Saturday

    We begin our day of sightseeing in Athens with a visit to the world-famous Athens Acropolis.  On this sacred hill, you will see exquisite monuments such as the Propylae Gates, the breathtaking Parthenon and the Erechtheion and the Acropolis Museum.  We also view the Areios Pagos Hill where Paul the Apostle preached.   After your tour, you have the rest of your day free to explore this captivating city.   Dinner on your own.  Overnight  Athens.  (B)

  • Day 4 April 07, Sunday

    Today we drive to the Peloponnese and begin our tour in Corinth, where we visit the ruins of the ancient city, which is perched on a hill above the modern town of Corinth.  In this ancient city of Corinth where St. Paul lived for two years with Aquila and Priscilla, he preached the Gospel to Corinth’s early church which was the recipient of Paul’s two Corinthian epistles.  Visit Apollo’s Temple and the Agora – Market Place.  We return to our hotel. Dinner at hotel. Overnight Athens. (B,D)

  • Day 5 April 08, Monday

    Check out from our hotel and transfer to Piraeus Port, where we set off on a 3-day cruise to the Greek Islands and Turkey.  We arrive in Mykonos in the afternoon, a marvelous cosmopolitan holiday destination that combines activity and scenic beauty.  You can stroll Mykonos Town to admire the whitewashed houses and flowered balconies along with a visit to the beautiful church of Panagia Paraportiani.  Other attractions in Mykonos Town include the island’s trademark windmills and the charming area of Alefkandra, Mykonos’ Little Venice.  Back on board we sail overnight to Kusadasi.  (B,L,D)

  • Day 6 April 09, Tuesday

    We reach Kusadasi in the morning.  Our excursion takes us to the ancient city of Ephesus.  Here the first Christian community was started by St. John and developed by St. Paul.  Paul came here to fulfill the promise that he had given on his brief visit when returning from Corinth, and stayed for over three years.  The church of Ephesus, established by Paul, became the head of the Seven Churches in western Asia Minor.  Ephesus is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Here the Apostle Paul encountered temples devoted to the worship of idols.  In the afternoon, we arrive in Patmos where John the Apostle wrote the Book of Revelation.  We make our way to the Monastery of St. John the Theologian and to the Holy Grotto of the Revelation.  Sail overnight to the island of Crete.  (B,L,D)

  • Day 7 April 10, Wednesday

    Overnight sail to the Island of Rhodes the largest of the Dodecanese islands. Rhodes has a compelling back story and there are still remnants of its occupation by the Knights of St John during the Crusades. Take a tour to Lindos with its impressive Acropolis of and the Doric Temple of Athena, built in 300 BC. You may also enjoy strolling in the impressive town of Rhodes. (BLD)

  • Day 8 April 11, Thursday

    We arrive in the port of Heraklion – the capital of the island of Crete where the Minoan population had blossomed.  Our next port of call is Santorini, famous for its volcano/caldera.   An optional excursion to Thira and Oia areas give you the opportunity to see one of the most famous islands of Greece.  Overnight sail to Piraeus Port.  (B,L,D)

  • Day 9 April 12, Friday

    Checkout from the cruise ship after breakfast. Our bus will pick us up from the port of Piraeus to the Athens airport for departure for our flight to Rome. Upon arrival in Rome, our tour escort will meet us, orient us and transfer us to our hotel. Free afternoon. Dinner at the Hotel. Overnight Rome. (B,D)

  • Day 10 April 13, Saturday

    Today we will proceed to the Vatican where we are met by our private guide.  Our entry will be scheduled earlier than the public opening time for the museums.  We will have a private tour of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.  Afternoon visit the Abbey of the Three Fountains is the site where Paul was martyred and in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls is the tomb where the apostle is buried.  Dinner at restaurant Overnight Rome.  (B, D)

  • Day 11 April 14, Sunday

    This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of the Ancient Rome, including the Coliseum (entrance booked at 9:20 AM), St Peter in Vincoli, Forum, Capitol Hill, Mamertime Prison. In the afternoon, we will stroll through the Piazza Navona, site of Bernini’s “Fountain of the Four Rivers” and visit the Augustinian monastery. We will visit architectural landmarks such as the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon. Afterward, we go to the ancient church called St. Paul alla Regola (or Santa Maria in via Lata) where we visit the room (now a chapel) where Paul wrote part of his letters to the Romans. Dinner in a theme restaurant. Overnight Rome. (B)

  • Day 12 April 15, Monday

    Depart Rome on our way to ORD. Same day arrival. (itinerary above is subject to change)