11 Days Following the Footsteps of St. Paul & Greek Island Cruise with Rev. Quijano

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11 Days Following the Footsteps of St. Paul & Greek Island Cruise with Rev. Quijano



Early Booking Discount:
$100 Early Bird Discount with $350 deposit received before August 27, 2021.
If date missed, than $50 discount with $350 deposit received before November 27, 2021.
 

Day 1 October 25 - DEPART JFK

We depart from the JFK Airport for our journey to Greece. Dinner and breakfast will be served on flight.

Day 2 October 26 - THESSALONIKI

Upon our arrival in Thessalonika; a city that is over 2300 years old. It was built in 316 BC by Kassandros, the Macedonian King, and was named after his wife, Thessalonika the sister of Alexander the Great. It was here that Paul wrote his letter to the Thessalonians. Later the city flourished under the Byzantine Empire. Our tour includes the Roman Market, theatre and baths, Arch of Galerius, the City walls, Chain Tower and Citadel, the white tower, Byzantine churches, the cave and well of the Apostle Paul, House of Jason, Monastery of Vlattadon, Aristotle's Square, and statue of Alexander the Great. Dinner and overnight in Thessalonika. (D)

Day 3 October 27 - PHILIPPI/THESSALONIKI

Today we visit the beautiful town of Kavala, called Neapolis in the days of Paul (Acts 16: 11). From here continue to the site of ancient Philippi where Paul wrote the letter to the Philippians, started to preach the word of God to the nations, and baptized the first Christian on European soil. We see the Baptistry of Lydia, the ancient theater and visit the place where Paul was flogged and imprisoned. Dinner and overnight in Thessalonika. (B,D)

Day 4 October 28 - VERIA/METEORA/KALAMBAKA

We drive to Veria (ancient Berea), where the Christian congregations were devoted to Paul's works. We stop for a visit at the monument dedicated to the Apostle. Then we continue to Kalambaka to visit the famous monasteries. Perched atop soaring cliffs, gigantic rocks have been etched by time into a variety of shapes rooted deeply in the ground yet completely isolated from the world around them. The Monasteries with their wooden galleries and corniced rooftops hang precariously over the breath-taking abysses, with the Pindus range at their back. We return to Kalambaka, for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 5 October 29 - ATHENS

After breakfast we depart, through the mountainous Greek countryside arriving in Delphi, the center of the ancient world - the “Omphalos” (“Naval - of the Earth”) whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic universe. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty lay the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo pythios. Visit the treasury of the Athenians, the temple of Apollo and the museum containing such masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. Continue to Athens for dinner and over-night. (B,D)

Day 6 October 30 - MYKONOS

This morning we transfer to the port of Praeus for embarkation on our cruise. We sail this morning from Athens to the quaint isle of Mykonos, called the island of windmills. Enjoy the many shipboard activities or just relax while sailing to the Island of Mykonos. Experience the waterfront lined with shops and cafes and then stroll the charming walkways through a maze of whitewashed buildings before returning to the ship for dinner and evening entertainment. (B,L,D)

Day 7 October 31 - EPHESUS/PATMOS

Tour Ancient Ephesus and Patmos Docking in Turkey, enjoy an included tour of Ephesus, the city of the Bible and one of the largest restorations still in progress with miles of ancient treasures. Ephesus was once a thriving port town of 250,000 people. Today you can still see the spectacular excavations of the major streets in this ancient city including the Agora, the Odeon, the Library, the marble-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 and it is famous even nowadays for its acoustics. This afternoon we visit the Isle of Patmos, under statutory protection as a historic monument. Here we have a included tour to see the fortified monastery of St. John and the cave claimed to be where John received the Revelation. Back on the ship, enjoy the Captain's dinner before settling in to your cabin for the night. (B,L,D)

Day 8 – November 01 - CRETE/SANTORINI

Calling Crete and Santorini. Crete is the largest and the most rugged of the Greek islands. Visit the fantastic ruins of the 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 visit the island of Santorini which is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. We will take a cable car to view the town of Thira where whitewashed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques cling to steep cliffs, is accessible by foot path, cable-car or mule. Again we return to the ship for dinner and evening entertainment. (B,L,D)

Day 9 – November 02 - ATHENS

Cruise disembarkation. We have a city sightseeing includes a visit to the world renowned Acropolis, with the ruins of the Parthenon, Erechteum and Propylea. Then, we ascend Mars Hill, where Paul preached (Acts 17:16, 22). Also, view the Agora (ancient market place, and former center of Athenian public life), the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Presidential Palace. We then depart for Corinth with a brief stop at the Corinth Canal, which separates Peloponnese from the Greek mainland and connects the two seas (Ionian and Aegean). We arrive in Corinth and visiting the site that was home for St Paul for eighteen months. We visit the Archaeological Museum, the Bema, the Market Place and the Temples. From the Bema at Corinth, Paul spoke to the Corinthians about our Lord and Savior Christ. Return to Athens for dinner and overnight at our hotel. (B,D)

Day 10 – November 03 - ATHENS

Today we have a full day at leisure to pursue personal interests. Perhaps a visit to the Plaka to shop or eat in one of the many fine restaurants. (B,D)

Day 11 – November 04 - ATHENS

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

*(B,L,D)Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Inclusions

Included in price:
Round trip airfare from New York including taxes and fuel surcharges
• Accommodations in Superior tourist class hotels
• Daily Breakfast and dinners
• Hotel and airport taxes and service charges
• Touring as indicated in the itinerary
• Baggage handling at all hotels (1 bag per person)
• Services of a Professional English and Spanish speaking tour guide
• Touring by Private Air Conditioned Motor coach
• 3 nights cruise shore excursions in Ancient Ephessos, Patmos and Knossos Minoan Palace in Crete
• Unlimited drinks on board the cruise
• Port charges included at the boat

Not Included:
• Tips - $140 for tour guide and driver
• Travel insurance (optional)
• Single room inside cabin - $950 (limited)
• Single room outside cabin - $1200 (limited)
• Outside cabin supplement - $300
• Lunches, drinks during land tour
• Anything else not clearly specified

Contact:
Fr. Carlos Quijano, SJ 718-271-1100 • info@saintpaulcorona.org
and Angelica Villegas of Regina Tours: 1-800-228-4654 (1-800-CATHOLIC) ext 250
Email: avillegas@groupist.com


 


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