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Greece Tour with Dr. Travis Farris - August 2024

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A Journey to Greece!

I want to invite you on an unforgettable journey in the footsteps of Paul, filled with ancient biblical history, culture, and spiritual blessings. We’ll visit sites important to the ministry of Paul, as well as history of the empire of ancient Greece.

This journey will provide you a deeper understanding of the scriptures as you travel through the lands of the Bible. You’ll get a closer look at the life of Paul and his mission of redemption. When you make this journey in the company of friends and others of like mind, you can look forward to an unforgettable experience.

Picture yourself in biblical cities you’ve always read about - Athens, Corinth, Thessalonica, Philippi, Berea, and more. You can read your way through the New Testament, or you can bring it to life with an all-inclusive trip to where it all took place!

At the end of this tour, two things will most certainly be changed: you, and your understanding of the Bible.

I hope you’ll join me on this life-changing tour!

Sincerely,
Dr. Travis Farris

What's Included

Our tours are all-inclusive. Always.

All-Inclusive Pricing
Handpicked Hotels
Entrance Fees
Guided Tours
Gratuities & Tips
Deluxe A/C Buses
Portable Listening Devices
Fuel Surcharges
Buffet Breakfasts & Dinners
International Airfare

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Itinerary

Day by Day

  • 1
    Monday
    USA / Istanbul

    Tour members are welcomed for our departing flight to Istanbul via wide-body aircraft arriving the next day. Meals served on board.

  • 2
    Tuesday
    Istanbul / Thessaloniki

    Today we arrive at Thessaloniki, named after Alexander the Great’s sister. The city features prominently in the New Testament, at which time this provincial capital was considered a world cultural center. This community was the center of Paul’s activities in Northern Greece. It is where he preached and founded a church, and he wrote two epistles to the people of Thessaloniki (Acts 17:1-9; 1 Thessalonians; 2 Thessalonians). This evening we enjoy a welcome dinner at our hotel.

  • 3
    Wednesday
    Philippi / Kavala / Thessaloniki

    Today we tour along the ancient route of the Apostle Paul to Amphipolis (Acts 17:1). Our journey takes us to ancient Philippi, which was named after the father of Alexander the Great. This busy Roman colony boasted a great library and theater. In Philippi, Paul preached and established the first church in Europe, and it was the people of Philippi to whom he wrote one of his epistles while imprisoned in Rome (Acts 16:11-40; Philippians). It was in this area that Paul met Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She and her household accepted Christ and were baptized in the nearby river (Acts 16:11-15). Next we continue to Kavala, ancient port of Neapolis (Acts 16:9-11). We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

  • 4
    Thursday
    Thessaloniki / Veria / Kalambaka

    This morning we stop in Veria (Beroea of the New Testament), where Paul and Silas were sent by friends after being accused of treason in Thessalonika (Acts 17:5-15). We visit the Bema, where Paul is said to have stood and preached the Gospel to the local community. Next we continue to Kalambaka to see the striking scenery of the “Hanging Monasteries”. Perched on top of huge rocks that seem to be suspended in mid-air are ageless monasteries where we can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. There are 24 monasteries in total, with 6 currently inhabited. We visit one of them before checking into our hotel for dinner and overnight.

  • 5
    Friday
    Kalambaka / Athens

    Today we depart our hotel and drive to Athens. We stop at Thermopylae, the location where the Greeks victoriously fought for their freedom during the Greco-Persian wars in 480 BC. We see the statue of Leonidas, king of the Greek city-state Sparta. Next we continue to Athens, where we have a panoramic orientation tour and may have some free time to explore the Plaka. Dinner and overnight in Athens.

  • 6
    Saturday
    Athens

    Today in Athens we visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon, Areopagus, and Mars Hill, where the Apostle Paul delivered his well-known sermon (Acts 17:15-34). We see the Acropolis Museum, then have a panoramic tour of the Parliament House, the Academy, Omonia Square, and Panathenaic Stadium. We have free time in the Plaka area, the ancient city of Athens. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

  • 7
    Sunday
    Athens / Corinth / Nafplio

    Today we drive to Corinth to visit the archaeological site where the Apostle Paul worked for 18 months with tentmakers Aquila and Priscilla (Acts 18:1-18). We also see the handmade Corinth Canal connecting the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea. Next we stop and see the ancient port of Cenchrea, where Paul stopped during his mission to the area. We learn about Isthmus, a trade center where Paul visited to spread the word between the crowds. Next we make our way to the beautiful seaport town of Nafplio, the first capital of Greece and a location rich in Venetian architecture, cobbled squares, and towering castles with commanding views of the Argolic Gulf. Here we view the water castle of Bourtzi and Palamidi Castle (note there are 999 steps to the top of the castle so, time permitting, we may have the option to climb to the top for an impressive view of the gulf). We return to Athens for dinner and overnight.

  • 8
    Monday
    Athens / USA

    Today we say goodbye to Athens as we drive to the airport for our flight back home, filled with great memories of our time in Greece.

Post-Tour: Italy Post-Extension with Dr. Travis Farris ($2,747)

Day by Day

  • 1
    Monday
    Pompeii / Minturno / Foro Appio

    After breakfast, we head to the airport for our flight to Italy. Upon arrival we are joined by our local guide for an archaeological journey through the ancient city of Pompeii. Buried under a layer of ashes and pyroclastic flow by a sudden eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, the city shows us Roman life frozen in the time of the apostles Peter and Paul.

    We then make our way north and rejoin the ancient Appian roadway traveled by Paul, stopping at the partially-restored ruins of the Roman village of Minturno. We continue on to Foro Appio and check in to the Mansio Hotel, where we see (and walk on!) remnants of the original Roman road, the Appian Way, upon which the apostle Paul traveled (Acts 28:14-15). Dinner and overnight in Foro Appio.

  • 2
    Tuesday
    Rome / Palatine / Colosseum / San Clemente / Santa Prisca

    Departing Foro Appio, we make our way to Rome, also called the Eternal City. We begin our walking tour of Rome along the Via dei Fori Imperiali and observe the ruins of the Imperial center of Rome. We view the Forum of Trajan, the most splendid market of its time (and forerunner of our modern malls). We see Capitoline Hill, the religious and political center of ancient Rome, and the Piazza del Campidoglio designed and rebuilt in the 16th century by Michelangelo. Next we view Mamertime Prison, where Paul was held and where he wrote the “prison epistles.” Near the Colosseum, we view the 3rd-century Arch of Constantine, commemorating Constantine’s victory that gave rise to the legalization and later adoption of Christianity. Then, on to the Colosseum, a stage for the historical fights of gladiators.

    After a break for lunch, we visit the Basilica of San Clemente, where we are reminded of the early companions of Paul. We travel to Aventine Hill to the traditional home of Priscilla and Aquila, now located beneath the church of Santa Prisca. We then head to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

  • 3
    Wednesday
    Paolo alla Regola / Catacombs / Saint Paul Outside the Walls

    This morning we visit key sites linked with the life of the apostle Paul in Rome, starting with Insula di San Paolo alla Regola. Tradition has it that this is the area of Paul’s first visit and house arrest in about 62 AD. We continue on to the Abbey of Three Fountains, the place of Paul’s martyrdom. Next we visit Saint Paul Outside the Walls and the adjoining basilica where the bones of Paul have recently been located (2 Timothy 4:6-8).

    We continue to the northern end of the ancient Via Appia to visit the Catacombs of Santa Domitilla. Time allowing, we continue to the Basilica of San John di Lateran, one of the most important Christian churches of Rome. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

  • 4
    Thursday
    Vatican Museums / Saint Peter’s Basilica / Rome

    This morning we enjoy the art and beauty found in the Vatican Museums. Here we see the Apartments of Julius II, splendidly decorated by Raphael and his assistances, and within the Sistine Chapel we will admire an esteemed masterpiece: The Genesis and Last Judgment by Michelangelo. Leaving the Sistine Chapel and down the Royal Stairway, we make our way to Saint Peter’s Basilica, featuring Michelangelo’s stunning Madonna della Pietà and a 10-story-tall bronze canopy over the basilica’s altar. Our morning tour ends at Saint Peter’s Square.

    This afternoon, we enjoy some leisure time. We are free to have lunch at the Trevi Fountain, walk on Condotti Street in the fashion district of Spanish Steps, or visit Piazza Navona or the Pantheon. We return to the hotel to relax before dinner.

  • 5
    Friday
    Rome / USA

    Today we say goodbye to Rome as we drive to the airport for our flight back home, filled with great memories of our time in Greece and Italy.

Departure Date
Aug 05 - Aug 12, 2024
Price / Person
$3,628.00
Tour Number: 240826

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