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Day 1 Depart USA
Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA and arrive in Rome.
Day 2 Arrive in Rome
Take a panoramic tour of the Eternal City before embarking on the luxurious Celebrity Infinity.
Day 3 Pompeii, Italy
Journey inland to ancient Pompeii, dating almost to the time of Paul, where you can see the spectacular ruins that were covered by ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79.
Day 4 Taormina, Italy
Explore Taormina, climb to the mountaintop Greek Theater with its spectacular views of the Mediterranean and Mt. Etna. Enjoy a gelato while shopping or simply wander the streets with the occasional breathtaking view over the cliffs to the seaside below.
Day 5 Valletta, Malta
Travel to St. Paul's Bay to see the traditional site of Paul's shipwreck and view St. Paul's island from there. Embark on a narrated tour of Valletta, capital of Malta and a city replete with medieval charm and extravagantly grand architecture. No exploration would be complete without a visit to Valletta’s crowning jewel, St. John’s Co-Cathedral. This baroque masterpiece was commissioned in 1572 by Grand Master Jean de la Cassiere for the Knights of St John. In fact, several Knights donated gifts of art to ensure it was adorned with only the finest works. Enjoy a little free time to explore the area’s charming shops and cafes before returning to the ship.
Day 6 At Sea
Day 7 Rhodes, Greece (On Own)
Paul visited Rhodes briefly on his way to Jerusalem at the end of his third missionary journey. Over 1,200 years later when Jerusalem fell during the Crusades, the Knights of St. John fled to the island of Rhodes, where they ruled for two centuries. Suleiman the Magnificent finally captured the island, but lost 50,000 men in the campaign. The castles and old town built by the knights are still impressive today. Shore excursions are booked through Celebrity.
Day 8 At Sea
Day 9 Bethlehem & Jerusalem, Israel
We dock at Ashdod. Explore Bethlehem, where you’ll discover the cave revered as the place where Jesus was born (Matt. 1; Luke 2). The church, which was constructed on the site, is the world’s oldest functioning church. Travel to Jerusalem and see the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was tried before the Sanhedrin. Stand upon the Mount of Olives and view the city as Jesus did. Wander among the olive trees of the Garden of Gethsemane. Enter the Old City and see the Pool of Bethesda. You’ll walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built over the sites of the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
Day 10 Sea of Galilee, Israel
We dock at Haifa. Venture inland to the Sea of Galilee. You’ll stand on the Mount of the Beatitudes where Jesus gave His most well-known sermon (Matthew 5). At Tabgha, the traditional location for the calling of the disciples and the feeding of the 5000, you’ll find the Church of the Fish and the Loaves (Luke 9). Visit the Chapel of the Primacy where three times Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ (John 21). Travel to the shore town of Capernaum where Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James, John (Matt. 4) and later Matthew. Stop by the River Jordan where those who wish to be baptized may do so.
Day 11 At Sea
Day 12 Chania, Crete, Greece (On Own)
An ancient city on Crete's north coast, Chania overlooks the Aegean against a dramatic mountain backdrop. Its Old Town is a delight of narrow streets of Byzantine, Venetian and Turkish architecture filled with shops, tavernas and cafes. For a gorgeous, panoramic view of the Venetian Harbor and lighthouse discover the Firkas Fort and climb to the top! Shore excursions are booked through Celebrity.
Day 13 Athens & Corinth, Greece
Disembark this morning in Athens. The architectural splendors of the ancient city of Athens are as magical as ever. View the world renowned Acropolis, the Propylaea, and the Parthenon. Time permitting, view Mars Hill where Paul debated with the intellectual community of his day. Walk among the ruins of the Agora, the ancient market place and center of Athenian public life. You will view the Olympic Stadium, home of the Olympics. Travel to Corinth (Acts 18), a city that inspired St. Paul’s most familiar letter. You will visit the Archaeological Museum, the Market Place, and Temples. Walk among the ruins and stand on the Bema where Paul stood. Read Paul’s letter to the Corinthians and visualize his address to the Gentiles as he began the task of building Corinth’s church. Check-in to your hotel in Athens for dinner and overnight.
Day 14 Return to USA
Return to USA
Enhance Your Journey
Depart USA/Arrive in Rome
Arrive and sightseeing.
The Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s, Frescoes, St. Paul Outside the Walls
Colosseum, Campidoglio, The Forum, Circus Maximus, Arch of Titus, Baths of Caracalla, Monti Region, Victor Emmanuel Monument. Board Your Ship.
September 16, 2019From $4298*