What's Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • International Airfare from NY
  • Meals on Ship
  • Port Charges
  • Select Shore Excursions
  • Study Guide
  • Visas (U.S. Citizens)
  • Overseas Transfers

Additional Baggage and Optional fees may apply.


Daily Itinerary

Day 1 September 10 – DEPART USA

Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on your international overnight flight.

Day 2 September 11 – ARRIVE IN ROME

You will arrive in Rome, Italy where you will be met by our representative and transferred to the port to board the Odyssey of the Seas.

Day 3 September 12 – AT SEA

AT SEA

Day 4 September 13 – SANTORINI, GREECE

Dock in Santorini today, one of the most beautiful of the Greek islands where picturesque whitewashed villages topped with brilliant blue domes stand in stark contrast to the sheer drop cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea. The island itself perches on the edges of a volcano whose eruption 3,500 years ago is thought to have led to the collapse of the Minoan civilization. Explore the island on your own or join one of the optional excursions available for purchase on board. Shore excursions today will be booked directly through Royal Caribbean and are not included.

Day 5 September 14 - ATHENS & CORINTH, GREECE

Discover the rich architectural splendor of the ancient city of Athens as your guide introduces you to the world-renowned Acropolis, the Propylaea, the Parthenon and the Erechtheum. Stand on Mars Hill as the apostle Paul did when he proclaimed, “I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you” . As you stroll the Agora (ancient market place and center of Athenian public life), recall that this was where the Apostle Paul preached “Jesus and the resurrection” to the skeptical Athenians. Also see the House of Parliament, the Presidential Palace and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This afternoon tour the city of Corinth, where the apostle Paul met fellow tentmakers Aquila and Priscilla and received a vision from the Lord saying, “I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.” As Paul spoke, Crispus (chief ruler of the synagogue) and many others believed and were baptized, establishing the church at Corinth to whom Paul later wrote his two epistles. Discover the Archaeological Museum, Market Place and Temples. As you walk among the ruins, stand on the Bema, where the apostle Paul stood before Gallio to face charges brought against him by the Jews.

Day 6 September 15 - MYKONOS, GREECE

Arrive today at the world-famous Greek Island of Mykonos, where gleaming whitewashed buildings seem to climb atop each other to reach the azure sky. Admire its many hills dotted with iconic windmills. Explore the island on your own or join one of the optional excursions available for purchase on board. Shore excursions today will be booked directly through Royal Caribbean and are not included.

Day 7 September 16 - EPHESUS, TURKEY

Ephesus is one of the Seven Churches of Revelation and was once a bustling port town graced with wide, colonnade-bordered streets and a population of 250,000. Although spectacular excavations have revealed much of the glory of ancient Ephesus, including the huge Agora and Library, much has been lost. The ancient world once declared the Temple of Artemis to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World but today, only a single column remains to mark its site. View the terrace houses, also known as “the houses of the rich,” which give a true impression of ancient lifestyle. Explore the Museum of Ephesus for an up-close look at ancient artifacts. You will have time to explore on your own and recreate some of the footsteps of Paul.

Day 8 September 17 - CHANIA, CRETE

Delve into a Cretan cultural experience that includes guided sightseeing at Lake Kournas, the Arkadi Monastery and the bustling town of Rethymnon. First stop is at Lake Kournas, where you’ll savor a delicious treat of traditional cheese pie with honey, among white sands and ancient olive trees. Next up is a tour of the fortress-like monastery, whose history dates to Byzantine times. Finish with a stroll through distinctively ancient yet distinctly modern Rethymnon.

Day 9 September 18 – AT SEA

AT SEA

Day 10 September 19 – DISEMBARK & CASTEL GANDOLFO

Disembark the Odyssey of the Seas and journey to Castel Gandolfo, the summer residence and retreat for the Pope. During World War II, the Pontifical villas served to protect some 12,000 refugee children during the Allied invasion. The present palace was built in the 17th century for Pope Urban VIII. The Barberini Gardens of the Palace are now open to visitors on morning tours. Once part of Emperor Domitian’s villa, they now provide sweeping views of the Roman ruins and Lake Albano. Journey to Rome to check in to your hotel for dinner and rest.

Day 11 September 20 – RETURN TO USA

Transfer to the Rome airport to return home with a new understanding of the Apostle Paul’s life and ministry.

Enhance Your Journey

Rome Pre-Tour Starting from $950

September 8 - 11, 2022

September 8 - Depart USA

Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on your international overnight flight.

September 9 - Arrive in Rome

Today you will arrive in Rome, Italy where you will be met by our representative and travel along the Appian Way. Step beneath the surface into the Catacombs of Callixtus, built along the Appian Way. Here 16 Popes from the 2nd through 4th Centuries were interred, though they have been removed to various churches over the centuries. Check in to your hotel this evening and enjoy dinner and rest.

September 10 - Vatican City & Christian Rome

Visit the Vatican, and explore its museum. Marvel at the beauty of St. Peter’s Basilica, and stand in awe of Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Next, proceed to the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls. The present structure stands over the place where Constantine built the first church over Saint Paul’s grave. The church features a portrait of every Pope that has served the church. Climb the graceful Spanish Steps and stop at the famous Trevi Fountain before returning to your hotel this evening.

September 11 - Ancient Rome

Discover the history woven throughout Rome with visits to the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Forum, Circus Maximus, the Arch of Titus, the Baths of Caracalla and the Arch of Constantine today. After touring, you will be transferred to the Port of Civitavecchia to board the Odyssey of the Seas.

 

Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.

Departure Dates

  1. Saturday, September 10, 2022
    From $4098*
*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount
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