Passages of the Bible Cruise | 2024
Join us for a 7 Night Israel & Egypt Cruise aboard Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas during the Passages of the Bible Cruise. Pricing starts at $4599 for an interior stateroom, departing on June 22, 2024. Start in Athens by enjoying a driving tour, and view the House of Parliament, the Presidential Palace, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In Corinth, walk among the ruins and stand on the Bema, where the apostle Paul stood before Gallio to face charges brought against him by the Jews. In Jerusalem, see Caiphas’ House, where Jesus was tried before the Sanhedrin. Stand upon the Mount of Olives, and see the Ancient olive trees of the Garden of Gethsemane, view the Pool of Bethesda, and walk along the Via Dolorosa. Journey on to Limassol, Cairo, and more!
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Entrance and Program Fees
- Guided Tours
- Meals on Ship
- Overseas Airport Transfers
- Port Charges
- Select Shore Excursions
- Cruise Taxes
- Free WIFI
Day 1 DEPART THE USA
Your Journey of a Lifetime begins as you depart the USA on your international overnight flight.
Day 2 ARRIVE IN ATHENS
Arrive in Athens and enjoy a driving tour, viewing the House of Parliament, the Presidential Palace, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Check-in at your hotel this afternoon.
Day 3 CORINTH & EMBARK VOYAGER OF THE SEAS
After checking out of your hotel then, travel to 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. Next, you will journey to Piraeus to embark on the Voyager of the Seas.
Day 4 AT SEA
Day 5 JERUSALEM
Journey to Jerusalem to see Caiphas’ House, where Jesus was tried before the Sanhedrin. Stand upon the Mt. of Olives and view the city as Jesus did. See the Ancient olive trees of the Garden of Gethsemane. Wander the Old City to view the Pool of Bethesda and walk along the Via Dolorosa. Step inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built over the sites of the crucifixion and the resurrection.
Day 6 LIMASSOL
Go deep into Cyprus’ history as you explore the island today. This beautiful port town is known for its seafood, pottery, leather goods, and traditional lace works. Wander the streets and enjoy the shops on your way to the Kolossi Castle, built by order of St. John in 1210 in the city center of Limassol. Take a trip to Paphos from Limassol to explore ancient ruins, archaeological sites, and the goddess of love’s mythical birthplace. Travel past the Temple of Apollo to this UNESCO-recognized city and discover elaborate tombs in a 3rd-century necropolis.
Day 7 CAIRO
Explore the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities. It contains 120,000 artifacts! Then, head to the Pyramids of Giza, one of the only existing Wonders of the Ancient World. Nearby, view the Great Sphinx of Giza, the largest and most well-known Sphinx.
Day 8 ALEXANDRIA
See the sights in Egypt’s second-largest city, Alexandria. The large Jewish community once called this area home wrote the Septuagint - a Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible. It was also home to the Great Library of Alexandria, which once held one of the most extensive collections of ancient texts. Make your way through Alexandria’s side streets to the catacombs consisting of three burial chamber levels. Visit Pompey’s Pillar, the largest triumphal column and the only known free-standing column of Roman Egypt. The amphitheater of Alexandria is one of the city’s most distinguished highlights and is set within view of many modern structures. Glimpse the Citadel of Qaitbay, a 15th-century fortress situated on the northern tip of Pharos Island.
Day 9 AT SEA
Day 10 DISEMBARK & RETURN TO THE USA
Disembark the Voyager of the Sea and transfer to Athens airport to return home
Enhance Your Journey
Day 1 - Depart the USA
Day 2 - Arrive in Thessaloniki
Discover Thessaloniki, where Paul was accused of turning the world upside down with his preaching of Christ (Acts 17: 3-6). As you explore St. George’s Basilica, believed to be built over the synagogue where Paul preached, reflect on the two epistles the Apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonian church here. Stroll through the Archaeological Museum and the beautiful basilicas of St. Sophia and St. Demetrios. The Church of St. Demetrios is dedicated to a distinguished Roman proconsul martyred for his Christian faith. Along the Via Egnatia stands the Galerius Arch, and you can look out over the second-largest city in Greece from the Old City Ramparts, some dating back to Roman times. Overnight in Thessaloniki.
Day 3 - Amphipolis, Philippi & Neapoli
Follow in the footsteps of Paul and Silas to Amphipolis and explore the ruins of the many Christian basilicas there. In Philippi is a baptismal site commemorating where God opened the heart of Lydia (a seller of purple from Thyatira) to hear the words of Paul (Acts 16:13-15). Lydia and her household were the first Christian converts baptized on European soil. View the Roman-era crypt thought to have served as a prison for the Apostle Paul, and explore Philippi’s famous Acropolis, marketplace, the Basilica of Paul, and theater. Today’s last stop is Neapolis (Kavala), one of Greece’s most picturesque mainland ports, where Paul landed with his disciples, Timothy and Silas. See the Roman Aqueduct and Acropolis before returning to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight. Overnight in Thessaloniki.
Day 4 - Verea & Meteora
Follow the path of Paul when he fled Thessaloniki for the safety of Veria (Berea), where Jews and some honorable Greeks accepted the new faith (Act 17: 10-12). As you visit the rock forest of Meteora (“in the heavens above”) in western Thessaly, imagine the Apostle Paul walking that treacherous terrain on his missionary journey. Gaze up at the breathtaking Byzantine monasteries spectacularly perched on soaring, sheer-sided grey sandstone pillars. In the 13th century, monks sought refuge in cliffside caves before fleeing higher to build the original wooden shelters that later became these monasteries. Overnight in Kalambaka.
Day 5 - Delphi
Travel to scenic Delphi, the religious center of the ancient Greek world and marked by the conical stone called the omphalos or “navel”. Walk the Sacra Via to the Athenian treasury, theatre, and the Temple of Apollo, where the oracle performed her prophetic rituals. As you consider the incredible amount of pagan influence just in Delphi alone, you will gain a new appreciation for the tremendous spiritual opposition the Apostle Paul faced in preaching the Gospel of Christ here. In the museum are many ancient treasures, including the fifth-century, bronzed Charioteer, so detailed you can see his eyelashes. Overnight in Athens.
Day 6 - Join the Cruise Group in touring Athens
Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.
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