0424 St Matthew's - in the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul

Join St Matthew's and Pastor Karen Natterstad on a memorable pilgrimage in the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul FLIGHT SCHEDULE: Dep ORD/ATH April 25 at 9:10pm and arrival ATH at 6:35pm the following day. Dep ATH/FCO on May 03 at 12:40pm arrival FCO at 1:45pm Dep FCO/ORD on May 6th at 7:00am arrival ORD same day at 1:00pm LH 435 S 25APR 4 ORDMUC 910P1240P 26APR LH 1754 S 26APR 5 MUCATH 310P 635P 26APR AZ 719 03MAY ATH FCO 12:40 PM 01:45 PM LH 243 L 06MAY 1 FCOFRA 700A 855A 06MAY LH 430 L 06MAY 1 FRAORD 1045A 100P 06MAY PACKAGE PRICE PER PERSON: Based on sharing a double room: $5,275 For a single room/cabin; add $989 PRICE INCLUDES ➢ Round-trip airfare ORD-ATH, ATH-Rome and Rome -ORD ➢ Airline departure taxes and fuel surcharge (up to $602.45) “Land portion” in Greece: ➢ 3 Nights Accommodation at the 4 -star Stanley Hotel www.hotelstanley.gr or similar ➢ Porterage at hotels ➢ Daily breakfasts and dinners in Athens ➢ Professional English-speaking guide ➢ Air-conditioned private bus ➢ WIFI on board the bus ➢ Whisper devices on touring days ➢ Small bottle of water per person per day ➢ English Speaking Escort for all transfers ➢ Entrance fees to sites per itinerary ➢ VAT and all taxes including accommodation tax Celestyal Cruise Line in Greece: ➢ 4 Nights / 5 Days Iconic Cruise ➢ XB Cabin category (upgraded) ➢ Full board (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner) ➢ Select drinks included with meals ➢ All GRATUITIES on board ➢ Two shore excursions; Patmos (PAT-01) & Ephesus (KUS-02) ➢ Entertainment and daily activities on board ➢ All taxes including Port charges & security charges “Land portion” In Italy: ➢ Three nights hotel accommodation in Rome at the 4 superior star hotel ➢ Porterage at hotel ➢ Daily breakfast and dinners ➢ English speaking tour escort throughout ➢ English speaking local guides ➢ Special arrangement to enter the Vatican Museum, and entrance to St Peter’s Basilica, the Coliseum and Mamertine Prison ➢ Deluxe fully equipped private motorcoach ➢ Whisper devices on touring days PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: • Gratuities to guides, bus drivers and hotel staff • Travel / medical Insurance. Please check out; https://partner.roamright.com/?agencycode=amitravel&agentid=LChung
  • Day 1 April 25, Thursday

    Departure ORD on our way to Athens, Greece

  • Day 2 April 26, 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 27, 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 28, 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 29, 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 30, 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 May 01, 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 May 02, 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 gives you the opportunity to see one of the most famous islands of Greece. Overnight sail to Piraeus Port. (B,L,D)

  • Day 9 May 03, 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 May 04, Saturday

    Today we will proceed to the Vatican where we will be 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 May 05, Sunday

    This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of Ancient Rome, including the Coliseum (entrance booked at 9:20 AM), St Peter in Vincoli, Forum, Capitol Hill, and 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 May 06, Monday

    Depart Rome on our return trip to Chicago.  (B)