On Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Paul
And the Book of Revelation
Through Greece & Turkey
April 28 – May 12, 2020

It is our pleasure to invite you to walk in the footsteps of Paul and the Book of Revelation through Greece and Turkey.
Join like-minded believers on this unique and inspiring journey, visiting places you have read about in the Bible
and grow in your appreciation of God’s word.
We look forward to having you with us

Day 1: Tuesday, April 28:
DEPART FOR ATHENS

2pm Meet in the departure hall, at Pearson airport terminal 1, to check in for the Air Canada flight to Athens. Depart on a nonstop overnight flight for Athens at 4:40pm meals served en route.

Day 2: Wednesday, April 29:
ATHENS

Arrive in Athens at 9:20am. Meet our representative. Start the day at the world-renowned Acropolis, visit the Propylaea, the Erectheum, the Parthenon, & Mars Hill where Paul preached his famous “sermon” on the Areopagus, the “Unknown God” (Acts 17:22). View the Agora, the ancient center of the economic and public life of the city, where Paul preached. The remainder of the day is at leisure. 2 nights: President Hotel, Athens. [Breakfast & dinner]

Day 3: Thursday, April 30:
ATHENS, CORINTH & MYCENAE

Travel to Ancient Corinth the once glorious city near the Isthmus, one of the most important cities Paul visited (Acts 18:1-18). Paul stayed here longer than any other city with Aquila and Priscilla (Acts 18:2-3). In Corinth Paul spoke of the “corruptible crown” given to victorious athletes (1 Cor. 9:24-27). Visit the Archaeological Museum, Forum, Temples and the famous Bema, where Paul stood before Gallio. Continue to Mycenae one of the major centres of Bronze Age Greek civilization, a military stronghold which dominated much of southern Greece from about 1600 BC to about 1100 BC which gave its name, Mycenaean, to the period. At its peak in 1350 BC, the citadel and lower town had a population of 30,000 and an area of 32 hectares.

Day 4: Friday, May 1:
METEORA & KALAMBAKA

Start your fascinating journey through the Greek mainland travelling from Athens to Kalambaka, in central Greece. Enjoy scenery of striking beauty en route to one of the wonders of the Byzantine world. View the ageless Meteora Monasteries perched on top of huge looming pinnacles. The Meteora ~ literally meaning the “middle of the sky”, “suspended in the air” or “in the heavens above” is one of the largest and most important complexes of Greek Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly, near the Pineios River and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. Visit one of the unique monasteries full of Christian treasures and art. 1 night: Meteora Hotel, Kalambaka. [Breakfast & dinner]

Day 5: Saturday, May 2:
VERIA, THESSALONIKI

Enjoy the beautiful countryside of Central and Northern Greece, as you drive to Veria. Stop to visit the Jewish synagogue, marking the site of the ancient synagogue that Paul visited and preached in; and The Bema of the Apostle Paul. Continue to Thessaloniki, en route stop at the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina). Then on to Thessaloniki where we stop to visit the St David Hosios monastery A UNESCO world heritage site rich in mosaics and frescos. Continue to the Museum of Byzantine Culture with 3 unique sections dedicated to different Christian periods. 1 night: Capsis Hotel, Thessaloniki. [Breakfast & dinner]

Day 6: Sunday, May 3:
AMPHIPOLIS & PHILLIPPI & KAVALA

Like Paul and his companion, follow the Via Ignatia en route to Amphipolis. Stop to see the famous funerary Lion of Amphipolis. Then continue to Philippi. Visit: The Baptistery of Lydia near the river, where Paul baptized Lydia the first convert on European soil and where the baptism of the jailer soon followed; The ruins of the Forum of Philippi; The Christian Basilicas; The “Prison of Paul” and the Theater. Continue to Kavala (Neapolis) a picturesque city-port; see the Roman Aqueduct and the Byzantine Castle. 1 night: Galaxy Hotel, Kavala. [Breakfast & dinner]

Day 7: Monday, May 4:
TURKEY, CANAKKALE & TROY

Drive through Thrace, passing Xanthi, Komotini and Alexandroupolis. Cross the border between Greece and Turkey and meet the Turkish representative. Continue to legendary Troy, immortalised by Homer in the stories of King Priamus, Hector, Paris and the beautiful Helen. See the archaeological excavations that have revealed nine separate periods of settlement, including the ruins of city walls, house foundations, a temple, a theatre and a wooden replica of the Trojan horse, commemorating the epic victory 13th century BCE. Continue to Canakkale. 1 night: Iris Hotel, Canakkale. [Breakfast & dinner]

Day 8: Tuesday, May 5:
PERGAMON, THYATIRA & SMYRNA

Travel to Pergamum (2:12-17), a great Hellenistic capital in a superb mountain top setting. Visit the well preserved ruins of the ancient city and enjoy a spectacular view of the Aegean Sea from the Acropolis, where a beautiful Altar to Zeus once stood. Continue to Thyatira where you visit one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. The Church, set in an ancient commercial town with strong ties to Troy and Sardis, was where, according to the Acts of the Apostles, Paul encountered the first Christian on European soil. Proceed to the ancient city of Smyrna (One of the Seven Churches), where St. Polycarp was martyred, in what is today’s Izmir, the 3rd largest city in Turkey and the modern face of the country. 2 nights: Blanca Hotel, Izmir. [Breakfast & dinner]

Day 9: Wednesday, May 6:
EPHESUS

Drive to Ephesus, one of the Seven Churches of the Revelation (Rev.1:11). Under Roman rule from 130 BCE, the city then boasted three hundred thousand residents. In antiquity Ephesus was once a great city and metropolitan center, whose extensive ruins are among the best preserved in the world. Stroll down the Cardo – the main street of ancient Ephesus, imagine the splendour of its ancient buildings and the hustle bustle of daily life. Visit: – the Library of Celsus, the Agora, the Odeon, Trajan’s Fountain, Domitianus’ Temple, the Roman latrines, the Theatre and Stadium in which Paul preached the gospel. Paul stayed in Ephesus for 2 years, wrote the first letter to the Corinthians here and probably other Epistles. Paul also preached in the synagogue and the lecture hall of Tyrannus, and after 2 years everybody in the province had heard the word of the Lord. God accomplished miracles at the hands of Paul and when pieces of cloth that touched Paul’s skin were applied to the sick, their diseases left them and they were healed (Acts 19:8-12). Other well-known disciples preached in Ephesus, including Priscilla, Aquila, Apollos, Erostus and John the Apostle. Continue to Mary’s House, reputedly the true place where Mary spent her last years, before she died. Visit the Basilica of St. John, the author of the Book of Revelation, one of the largest churches in its time. [Breakfast & dinner]

Day 10: Thursday, May 7:
SARDIS, PHILADELPHIA, LAODICEA & PAMUKKALE

Drive to Sardis, capital of the ancient Lydian kingdom – 6th century BCE (Rev. 3:1-6), one of the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse. The church was described as being “dead” (Rev, 3:1). The visit includes: The marble court of the imperial cult built in honour of the Roman emperors. Walk by the large palestrae and stop to see one of the largest ancient synagogues ever built. Stop to visit Philadelphia, referred to as the New Jerusalem (Rev. 3:7-13), one of the sites of the Seven Churches and see the church of John. Continue to Laodicea, founded in the 2nd Century BCE by Antiochus II Theos who named it for his wife, where you visit another of the Seven Churches of the Revelation. 1 night: Colossae Thermal Hotel Pamukkale. [Breakfast & dinner]

Day 11: Friday, May 8:
PAMUKKALE, ICONIUM (KONYA) & CAPPADOCIA

Drive to Iconium also known as Konya, the city in which St. Paul and St. Barnabas preached during the First Missionary Journey in about 47-48 AD & were forced to flee (Acts 14:1-5 and Acts 14:21). They probably visited it again during the Second Missionary Journey in about 50 (see Acts 16:2). In Christian legend, it was also the birthplace of Saint Thecla. Centuries later, it became the focus for the Whirling Dervishes’ mystical order, founded by ‘Mevlana’ or master Sufi philosopher. Visit the Monastery, which houses the sacred silver and gold decorated Tomb of the Mevlana. Explore Mevlana Museum and learn about the mystical religious sect known as the Whirling Dervishes. Continue to Cappadocia (the Land of Beautiful horses). En route stop by 13thC Selchuk Caravan Inn called Sultan Hani. Continue to Cappadocia, famous for the unusual landscape, underground cities and towns carved from the region’s soft volcanic rock. 2 nights: Lodge hotel Cappadocia. [Breakfast & dinner]

Day 12: Saturday, May 9:
CAPPADOCIA

Tour the wonders of Cappadocia including: – the Goreme Open Air Museum admiring its numerous cave churches decorated with fine paintings and frescoes; Zelve Valley, where Christians settled as early as the first century and hundreds of monks lived for some 800 years of contemplation and Bible reading; the pottery town of Avanos, Uchisar; the incredible natural rock fortress that dominates Cappadocia’s skyline and Ortahisar. Continue to the underground city of Kaymakli, where thousands of early Christians lived concealed from persecutors in eight story complexes of subterranean dwellings. Overnight in Cappadocia. [Breakfast & dinner]

Day 13: Sunday, May 10:
ISTANBUL

Enjoy an OPTIONAL early morning Hot Air Balloon ride over this fabulous area. Cost per person $299. Please mark YES to the Hot Air Balloon on the Application. Transfer to Cappadocia Airport for the flight to Istanbul. Then tour the Chora Church of the Holy Saviour, one of the most famous Byzantine Empire churches, with magnificent mosaics describing a myriad of Biblical scenes in chronological order. Take an unforgettable sunset cruise on the Bosporus. Transfer to the hotel. 2 nights: Crowne Plaza Old City hotel Istanbul. [Breakfast & dinner]

Day 14: Monday, May 11:
ISTANBUL

Visit the Hagia Sophia Museum and the Blue Mosque, with its beautiful Iznik tiles; and the ancient Hippodrome, where chariot and horse races were held. Continue to the iconic Topkapi Palace, which offers a window into the mystique of the Sultans and their harems. A vast complex of pavilions, gardens, towers, monumental gates and spectacular vistas, harboring treasures of gold, silver, precious porcelain and gems including the notorious 85 karat Spoon Makers’ Diamond. Visit archaeological highlights, that relate to the sites toured, at the famous Istanbul Archaeological Museum (time permitting visit the Israel section to see the inscription from Hezekiah’s tunnel and artifacts from Megiddo). Spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Istanbul with time to explore this fascinating city and do some shopping. [Breakfast & dinner]

Day 15: Tuesday, May 12:
RETURN TO CANADA

Transfer to the airport for the 6:20am Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt arriving at 8:20am. 3pm Continue on the Air Canada flight to Toronto, arriving at 4:25pm.

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Price is based on: Double occupancy (2 persons sharing a room), a minimum of 15 paying participants per bus, flying on Air Canada on a direct nonstop Air Canada flight Toronto – Athens; The return is on United Airlines Istanbul – Frankfurt then Air Canada Frankfurt – Toronto

For those who want their own room, or for individual travelers who do not have a roommate, the single supplement is $777 per person

Prices are subject to change due to major currency fluctuation
Current rate used 1.30C$ = 1US$ & 1.50C$ = 1Euro

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7 Includes ~ Flights, touring and accommodation as listed, airline tax and fuel surcharge C$650 per person (subject to change), airconditioned luxury coach, breakfast & dinner daily
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