Cruise: Seven Day Pilgrimage Voyage of Greece & Turkey


10 Days / 8 Nights
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Athens, Thessaloniki, Kavala, Istanbul, Dikili, Pergamon, Ephesus, Miletus, Patmos, Syros



DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: USA

Depart for your overnight flight.

Day 2: Athens

Upon arrival meet your Homeric Tours representative and transfer to your hotel, rest of the day is at leisure to acclimate to your new time zone. Dinner at hotel this evening. (D)

Day 3: Athens (CRUISE)

After breakfast, begin your Athens city tour. Visit the Acropolis and its Museum, climb Mars' Hill where Apostle Paul addressed the Council and philosophers of the Aeropagus (Acts 17:22) and see St. Paul's well and the foundations of the church dedicated to Dionysius the Areopagite, one of St. Paul's converts. Transfer to the Piraeus to board your cruise ship. (B,L,D)

Day 4: THESSALONIKI (CRUISE)

Your first port of call is Thessaloniki, where the New Testament books of I & II Thessalonians will come alive. Visit the old city ramparts, the newly excavated Forum, St. George Church, an ancient Roman monument which was transformed into a church, and the Galerios Arch which rises over the famous Via Egnatia, the road on which Paul walked to Thessaloniki. It was here in the synagogue that Paul "...reasoned with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks." (B,L,D)

Day 5: KAVALA (CRUISE)

After breakfast, visit Kavala (biblical Neapolis) where St. Paul, accompanied by Silas, Luke and Timothy, first set foot in Europe. This ancient city was later renamed Christoupolis because it was the first European city to accept Christianity. Visit the white Tower, the Byzantine Museum, the Citadel, 5th c. Basilica of St. Demetrius, the largest church in Greece, visit the crypt where Demetrius, an officer of the guard, was confined. (B,L,D)

Day 6: ISTANBUL (CRUISE)

Your Istanbul tour starts from the Karakoy Ship port to the Old City area. On the way to the old city you will see Galata District which was a capital of commerce during the Ottoman Empire, Galata Tower, Galata Bridge, Eminonu Square and New Mosque. Your first stop will be the Ancient Hippodrome, which was a sporting and social centre of Constantinople (Capital of Byzantine Empire). Continue to the Blue Mosque known for its 21,000 handmade blue Iznik tiles. Continue to Hagia Sophia Museum, a former Church and very important place for the Christian Orthodox World. Before lunch, visit Topkapi Palace, a primary residence of the Ottoman Empire and view the relic arm of John the Baptist in its religious room. Lunch at the Konyali Restaurant with a Bosphorus view. Lastly, a shopping opportunity at the Grand Bazaar, with over 3000 shops. (B,L,D)

Day 7: DIKILI / PERGAMON (CRUISE)

Your tour starts from the Dikili port and your first stop will be Acropolis, the part of the ancient town of Pergamon. After the Acropolis, you will visit the Red Basilica, which is one of the largest Roman structures still surviving in the Ancient Greek World. Optional Mass at your discretion may be held here. Following lunch, visit the ancient city of Asklepion. (B,L,D)

Day 8: KUSADASI / EPHESUS / MILETUS (CRUISE)

Your excursion begins with a visit to the House of Virgin Mary. Spend time celebrating mass before continuing to the ancient site of Ephesus, where you will see the Hadrian's, Trajan's and the Domitian's Temples, the huge Roman bath, Harbour Street, the Marble Street, the Gate of Mihridates and Mazues, Commercial Agora, Latrina, the Scolastica Baths, Curetes Street, Polio Fountain, Memnius Monument, the Prytaneion, Odeon, the Satet Agora, the Celsus Library and the biggest amphitheater of Turkey. Then we will drive to St. John Basilica. It was constructed by Justinian I in the 6th century. It stands over the believed burial site of John the Apostle. It was modeled after the now lost Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople. Stop for lunch. Then onto Miletus, one of the oldest cities of Ionia. (B,L,D)

Day 9: PATMOS / SYROS (CRUISE)

Upon arrival, drive to the Chora, where the Monastery of St. John stands. Visit the Monastery, where priceless ecclesiastical treasures, books, manuscripts and jewelry are housed. Return to your motorcoach and continue to the nearby Grotto of the Apocalypse. Here you will see the niches in the wall that mark the pillow and ledge used as a desk by the author of the Book of the Revelation and the crack in the rock made by the voice of God honoring the Holy Trinity. Afterwards, drive back to the port of Scala and enjoy some free time in this quaint and picturesque town. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Athens / USA

Upon your return to Athens transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

The itinerary may be modified and tailored to the specific requirements and budget of your group

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