What's Included

  • First Class Hotels
  • Breakfast and Dinner Daily
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • Guided Tours
  • Administrative Fee
  • Hotel Gratuities

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 February 16 – Depart the USA

Your pilgrimage begins as you board your international flight to Istanbul.

Day 2 February 17 – Arrive in Istanbul

Upon arrival, you will be met by our airport representative. Enjoy a Bosphorus cruise and dinner. You will glide beneath some of the city’s famous bridges and sail past some of Istanbul’s more colorful neighborhoods and peaceful suburbs. Your boat will take you past castles and quaint fishing villages. Transfer to your hotel in Istanbul for dinner and your overnight stay. (D)

Day 3 February 18 – Istanbul

Celebrate Mass at the Basilica of St. Antonio di Padova. 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. Walk through Hagia Sophia, which was the largest church in Christendom for 1000 years, built by Justinian (532-537 AD) and visit the Sunken Palace and Basilica Cistern also built by Justinian. The church has 107 columns, fossil-embedded, white marble floors, and beautiful glass mosaics. Enjoy the aroma of cinnamon, cloves, thyme, and other exotic spices as you explore the Grand Bazaar. Over 4,000 shops sell everything from herbs to gold. Later, you will visit the eastern or Asian part of Istanbul. You will see the Byzantine city walls, the Golden Horn, and the world-famous mosaics of the Kariye Church. Special dinner with music and/or dancing tonight. (B, D)

Day 4 February 19 – Fly to Izmir / Ephesus

Fly to Izmir this morning. Drive to Mount Koressos located behind the ancient city of Ephesus, where you will visit the house where the Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her last days, the home of St. John. There will be time for Mass, prayer and reflection before traveling back downhill to Ephesus, where you will enjoy a guided walking tour through one of the most magnificent excavations in the world. See the Great Theatre where St. Paul preached, which is the largest theatre in antiquity, having a capacity of 24,000 people, and visit the Terrace Houses exhibit. Just outside Ephesus, view the Basilica of St. John, which was erected over his grave in the 6th century AD by Emperor Justinian. (B, D)

Day 5 February 20 – Patmos

Journey to the island of Patmos, where we will enjoy a short ride up to the village of Chora, where the monastery of St. John is located. Visit the courtyard, the church with its outstanding frescoes, and a small museum, which houses ancient books and manuscripts, mosaics, icons, splendid medieval textiles and vestments, as well as jewelry. Return to your motorcoach and continue on to the nearby Grotto of the Apocalypse, where the Apostle, St. John, wrote the Book of Revelations during his exile by the Roman State. Return to the port of Scala and enjoy some free time in this quaint and picturesque harbor before boarding the ship to sail back to Kusadasi. (B, D)

Day 6 February 21 – Pergamum / Fly to Thessaloniki

Return to St. John’s home for Mass before traveling north to Pergamum, one of the seven churches mentioned in Revelations (Rev. 2:12). It displeased the Lord because it tolerated the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which Christ hated (Rev. 2:13-17). The fabled acropolis towers 1,000 feet above the town and commands a spectacular panorama. As you pass through the Royal Gates, you will enter one of the great centers of classic Greek culture. You will see the foundations of the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Athena, and the ruins of the library, which once held 200,000 parchment volumes. You will see the remains of the Temple of Trajan, the grand theatre, the gymnasium, and the health center (Aesclepion). Fly to Istanbul and on to Thessaloniki this evening. (B, D)

Day 7 February 22 – Amphipolis / Philippi / Neapolis

Follow in the footsteps of St. Paul and St. 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 St. Lydia (a seller of purple from Thyatira) to hear the words of St. 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 St. Paul, and theater. Today’s last stop is Neapolis (Kavala), one of Greece’s most picturesque mainland ports where St. Paul landed with his disciples, St. Timothy and St. Silas. See the Roman aqueduct and acropolis before returning to Thessaloniki for dinner and your overnight stay. (B, D)

Day 8 Feb. 23 – Thessaloniki / Veria

Discover Thessaloniki, where St. 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 St. Paul preached, reflect on the two epistles the Apostle St. 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. Follow the path of St. 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). Continue to Kalabaka for dinner and your overnight stay. (B, D)

Day 9 February 24 – Meteora

As you visit the rock forest of Meteora (“in the heavens above”) in western Thessaly, imagine St. Paul walking that treacherous terrain on his missionary journey. Gaze up at the breathtaking Byzantine monasteries spectacularly perched on soaring, sheersided gray 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. Travel to scenic Delphi, the religious center of the ancient Greek world and marked by the conical stone called the omphalos (“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 St. Paul faced in preaching the Gospel of Christ here. In the museum are many ancient treasures, including the 5th-century bronzed charioteer so detailed you can see his eyelashes. Continue to Athens for your overnight stay. (B, D)

Day 10 February 25 – Corinth / Cenchreae

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” (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. 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. Stop briefly at the port town of Cenchreae, from which Paul later departed for Syria (Acts 18: 12-18). Return to Athens for dinner and your overnight stay. (B, D)

Day 11 February 26 – Athens

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 this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you” (Acts 17:23). As you look upon the agora (ancient market place and center of Athenian public life), recall that this was where the Apostle Paul preached “Jesus and the resurrection” (Acts 17:18) to the skeptical Athenians. Also see the House of Parliament, the Presidential Palace and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Visit to the New Acropolis Museum this afternoon. Dinner and overnight are spent in Athens. (B, D)

Day 12 February 27 – Return to the USA

Return to the USA

Enhance Your Journey

MEDJUGORJE EXTENSION Starting from $1599

February 27 – Fly to Split / Medjugorje
Transfer to the airport to fly to Split. Your guide will meet
you at the airport and take you to enjoy a luxurious dinner
directly on the Adriatic Sea. Upon arrival, you will be met
and transferred to your hotel in Medjugorje. (B, D)

February 28 – Medjugorje
During your stay in peaceful Medjugorje, you will meet and
share your faith with thousands of pilgrims from all over
the world. At 10 AM, you will assemble at St. James Church
for the English-language Mass. With your local guide, climb
the Cross Mountain, and then you can climb the Apparition
Hill, where the young visionaries first encountered Our Lady.
Touch and pray before the cross, commemorating the spot
where Mary appeared to the visionaries. Dinner will be
at your hotel this evening. After dinner, you can join the
villages and the pilgrims for the evening Croatia Mass and
the blessing of the sick. (B, D)

March 1 – Medjugorje
Enjoy a day to reflect and pray in Medjugorje today.
Breakfast and dinner will be served at your hotel. (B, D)

March 2 – Dubrovnik
You can attend Mass in Medjugorje on your own before
returning to Croatia to enjoy a tour of Dubrovnik, the “Pearl
of the Adriatic.” We will visit the Basilica of St. Blaise, the
patron saint of Dubrovnik, the medieval walls, the historical
buildings, and one of the world’s oldest pharmacies. Enjoy
the rest of the day at leisure in this fascinating city. (B, D)

March 3 – Dubrovnik / Frankfurt
Enjoy free time in Dubrovnik this morning. After lunch,
transfer to the airport and fly to Frankfurt. Overnight in
Frankfurt. (B, D)

March 4 – Return to the USA
Transfer to the Frankfurt airport for your return flight home.

Departure Dates

  1. Sunday, February 16, 2025
    From $3699
Tour: XG25 Code: J