- 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
- Guided Sightseeing with Top Guides
- Cruise Gratuities
- Cruise Taxes
- Free WIFI
Day 1 Depart USA
Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on your international overnight flight.
Day 2 Arrive in Athens
You will arrive in Athens, Greece, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to the port to board the Celebrity Infinity.
Day 3 Thessaloniki, Greece
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. St. Demetrios is dedicated to a distinguished Roman proconsul martyred for his Christian faith. Along the Via Egnatia stands the Galerius Arch, where you can look out over the second-largest city in Greece from the Old City Ramparts, some dating back to Roman times.
Day 4 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 Celebrity and are not included.
Day 5 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 the 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 6 Rhodes, Greece
Get the real authentic Rhodes experience by exploring it on foot. Your walking tour will begin in picturesque Old Town, where you will pass through and learn all about Agora and Collachium, where the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem lived and worked. Marvel at the stunning churches, exquisite Jewish quarter, the Inns of Knights, and the Palace of Grand Masters. You will then tour the palace interior and down the Street of Knights — its path paved with impressive marble and mosaics. Then it’s on to the Hospital of Knights museum, where you’ll learn all about the ins and outs of this majestic town. Afterwards, stop for a refreshment in a local café. Exploring Rhodes on foot will inevitably leave a lasting impression on you.
Day 7 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 Celebrity and are not included.
Day 8 Hydra, Greece
When you disembark at the picture-perfect, crescent-shaped harbor on your Hydra cruise, the first thing you will notice is the serenity and intense quiet. The island’s romantic and rustic beauty regularly attracts celebrities, artists, and writers. You can’t help but be captivated by its natural beauty, like its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters quietly lapping at the shores, and the Peloponnese Mountains as a constant backdrop. As you walk Hydra Town, you’ll be charmed by streets lined with bougainvillea, the neoclassical architecture of old manor houses and mansions, and churches both humble and ornate. Shore excursions today will be booked directly through Celebrity and are not included.
Day 9 Disembark with Tour of Athens & Corinth
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 marketplace 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, marketplace 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 10 Return to the US
Return to the US
Enhance Your Journey
September 12 - Depart USA
Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA on your international overnight flight.
September 13 - 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 14 - 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 Carcalla and the Arch of Constantine today. Climb the graceful Spanish Steps and stop at the famous Trevi Fountain before returning to your hotel this evening.
September 15 - 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 Michaelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Next on 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. Enjoy another night in Rome.
September 16 - Fly to Athens
Fly to Athens to join the cruise. Upon arrival enjoy a short driving tour (time permitting), before transferring to Pireaus to board the Celebrity Infinity.
September 24 - Fly to Turkey
Say farewell to Greece and begin your journey to Turkey. Fly to Istanbul and then continue on to Cappadocia. Arrive and check in to your hotel.
September 25 - Cappadocia
Visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, home to a vast monastic complex. Explore its ancient rock churches with beautiful frescoes on their walls before journeying to Cavusin. In Cavusin, you will visit the fifth-century Church of St. John the Baptist, which is situated in the center of the old Greek village. The frescoes inside depict various scenes from the Bible. Travel to Avanoa Oren Yeri and enjoy a traditional Turkish lunch in one of the restaurants in the charming old town area. After lunch, continue to Monk’s Valley to visit the Pasabag site with highly remarkable earth pillars and fairy chimneys. Your final visit today will be to Devrent Valley, also known as Imagination Valley. This famous pink valley excites visitors with its lunar-like landscape. Return to your hotel ion Cappadocia for dinner and overnight.
September 26 - Cappadocia
This morning you have the option to enjoy a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia for an additional charge. Explore the Ihlara Valley, a canyon more than 100 meters deep. While in the valley, visit the Selime Monastery home to a cathedral sized church built into the rocks. Fly back to Istanbul and enjoy dinner and overnight at your hotel.
September 27 - Istanbul
The bejeweled capital of Istanbul sits between two continents and is home to 450 mosques. You will visit the famous Blue Mosque with its six minarets and sparkling interior. You will also visit the Topkapi Palace, once home to royal Sultans. Inside, you will see the fabled jewels of the Treasury, delicate displays of Chinese porcelain in the Kitchen Quarters, and the provocative Harem Quarters. Walk through St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia), which was the largest church in Christendom for 1000 years, built by Justinian (532-537 A.D.). The church has 107 columns; fossil imbedded white marble floors, and beautiful glass mosaics. Today, it is the Museum of Byzantine Art. Enjoy the aroma of cinnamon, cloves, thyme, and other exotic spices as you explore the Grand Bazaar. Over 4000 shops sell everything from herbs to gold. Enjoy one last night in Istanbul and prepare for your journey home.
September 28 - Return to USA
Friday, September 15, 2023From $4846