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- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
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- International Airfare from NY
- Meals on Ship
- Port Charges
- Select Lunches
- Select Shore Excursions
- Overseas Transfers
- Administrative Fee
Day 1 MARCH 14- DEPART THE USA
Your journey of a lifetime begins as you depart the USA on your international overnight flight.
Day 2 MARCH 15- ATHENS, GREECE
You will arrive in Athens, Greece, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Port of Piraeus to board the Celebrity Infinity.
Day 3 MARCH 16- 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, and you can look out over the second-largest city in Greece from the Old City Ramparts, some dating back to Roman times.
Day 4 MARCH 17- PHILIPPI (THESSALONIKI, GREECE)
Visit Philippi, where Paul, intending to find a place to pray by the riverside, spoke to women who had gathered there, among whom was Lydia, the seller of purple and whose heart the Lord opened to hear the words that he spoke. Lydia was the first Christian to be baptized on European soil. Visit the place where this event is remembered and see a crypt dating from the Roman period, which is thought to have served as a prison for the Apostle Paul. See the famous Acropolis, the marketplace, the basilica, and the theater.
Day 5 MARCH 18- EPHESUS (KUSADASI, TURKIYE)
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 rectrace some of the footsteps of Paul.
Day 6 MARCH 19- AT SEA
Day 7 MARCH 20- PAPHOS & CURIUM (LIMASSOL, CYPRUS)
Take the coastal route through the Phassouri citrus groves and vineyards to the ancient city-kingdom of Curium with its well-preserved mosaics in the house of Eustolios, its theatre and basilica. Continue to the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, where the goddess rose from the waves. In Paphos, visit the beautiful mosaics in the House of Dionysos and in the House of Aeon, which was recently excavated. These mosaics are considered among the finest in the Eastern Mediterranean. See St. Paul’s Pillar, where, according to tradition, the Saint was tied and whipped by the Romans. Visit the fishing harbor near the medieval fort and wander around the harbor. On the way back, there will be a stop at Yeroskipou for a visit to the church of St. Paraskevi, a basilica surmounted by five domes forming a cross with beautiful mural paintings dated mainly to the 15th century.
Day 8 MARCH 21- AT SEA
Day 9 MARCH 22- RHODES, GREECE
Get the real authentic Rhodes experience by exploring it on foot. Your walking tour will begin in the picturesque Old Town, where you will pass through and learn all about the 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 walk down the Street of Knights. Its path is 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. Afterward, stop for a refreshment in a local café. Exploring Rhodes on foot will inevitably leave a lasting impression on you.
Day 10 MARCH 23- HERAKLION, GREECE
Whether you visit Heraklion, Crete, to admire the remains of the ancient civilization or simply to soak in the rays on some of the best beaches in Europe, the city is guaranteed to delight and amaze you. Don’t miss one of the most popular attractions of Crete: the 3000-year-old Palace of Knossos located south of Heraklion. The Palace of Knossos was the ceremonial and political center of the Minoan civilization. Shore excursions today can be booked directly through Celebrity and are not included.
Day 11 MARCH 24- ATHENS & CORINTH, GREECE
The Apostle Paul met fellow tentmakers Aquila and Priscilla in Corinth 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” (Acts 18:10). As Paul spoke, Crispus (chief ruler of the synagogue) and many others believed and were baptized (Acts 18:8), establishing the church at Corinth to whom Paul later wrote his two epistles. Tour the city of Corinth and the Museum of Corinth. Then, enjoy 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 the inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom, therefore, ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you” (Acts 17:23). 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. Enjoy the afternoon and evening on your own to shop, dine, or experience the Acropolis by night. Return to the ship at your leisure.
Day 12 MARCH 25- ATHENS, GREECE
Disembark the Celebrity Infinity and transfer to the airport to return home with a new understanding of the Apostle Paul's life and ministry.
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