Footsteps of the Apostles

Greece & Turkey

Duration
15
Departure
24 August 2024
Price from
6,947

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OVERVIEW

Join Anglican Bishop Paul Barker on a journey in the Footsteps of the Apostles Paul and John, who were passionate about sharing the good news of the gospel to the ends of the earth.

Join us in the European Autumn time to revisit key moments in the book of Acts, other Epistles and the apocalyptic book of Revelation.

This tour is sure to be informative, fun, prayerful and guaranteed to stay with you as a wonderful memory for years to come.

Bishop Paul Barker is a bishop in the Anglican diocese of Melbourne and an Old Testament Scholar.

He has led several pilgrimages and study tours to Greece, Turkey, Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Egypt.

He delights in people growing in their biblical understanding. Formerly he was a Bible teacher in Asia, based in Malaysia, and Vicar of Holy Trinity Doncaster.

ITINERARY

Today we travel from Australia to Athens, Greece. A group airfare with Emirates will be available in late September 2023.

Included Meals: None

Upon arrival into Athens we will be met by our local representative and transferred to our accommodation where we will spend the night.
After checking in to the hotel, the rest of the afternoon is free to relax or explore, before a short briefing meeting at 6.00pm followed by dinner at 7.00pm at the hotel.
Our hotel has a spectacular view of the Parthenon from the rooftop.

HOTEL: Titania Hotel, Athens

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After an early breakfast, we check out and board our coach at 8.00am to start our trip north.
We’ll drive along the coastal highway of the Saronic Gulf and reach the historic Corinth Canal for a brief stop for photos and refreshments.
We will then visit the ancient site of Corinth and the nearby small archaeological museum where we will share time for devotions on Paul's epistles to the Corinthians.
We will return to Athens for our last night there.

HOTEL: Titania Hotel, Athens

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Today we enjoy a spectacular drive up to the Meteora Monasteries.
We will visit two monasteries in Meteora and we will then visit a workshop where icons are made. There will be some stairs and steep walks today, but you can take your time!
We will have a short lunch break (own expense) in Kalambaka and then return to the hotel for some free time before dinner.

HOTEL: Grand Meteora, Kalambaka

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Morning devotions before we depart for the drive to Thessaloniki passing through Veria (known biblically as Berea Acts 17:10).
We’ll continue on to Thessaloniki where we’ll check-in at our seaside hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

HOTEL: Golden Star, Thessaloniki

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We depart from Thessaloniki this morning for a day trip to Philippi to visit the site and baptistery of Lydia. We’ll have a time of reflection by the river where Lydia was baptsied and reflect on the book of Philippians.
Following a lunch break and some free time in beautiful seaside Kavala, we return to Thessaloniki to have dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.

HOTEL: Golden Star, Thessaloniki

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After breakfast at the hotel, we will farewell our Greek guide and transfer to the airport in Thessaloniki for our morning flight to Istanbul.
Our tour guide will meet you at the airport for a private transfer to the Sultanahmet area.
We will visit Aghia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Hippodrome Square. Check into our hotel.

Today dinner is at your own expense to discover the Turkish cuisine with loads of wonderful restaurants close to the hotel, or perhaps enjoy a Turkish bath or boat ride on the Bosphorus.

HOTEL: Radisson Hotel President Beyazit , Istanbul

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After breakfast we leave Istanbul to travel to Gallipoli National Park at Eceabat and visit several sites from the Gallipoli campaign.
We will spend time for reflection and devotions at the ANZAC Memorial.
Continue by crossing the Dardanelles to overnight in Canakkale.

HOTEL: Kolin Hotel , Canakkale

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After breakfast, we travel to the ancient city of Troy and the impressive newly built Troya Museum.
Our next stop is Pergamum with its incredible amphitheatre and acropolis, one of the Churches in Revelation.
Continue to Izmir for dinner and overnight.

HOTEL: Hilton Garden Inn, Izmir

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After breakfast at hotel, we check out of the hotel.
Visit the Church of St Polycarp in Izmir, before travelling to Ancient Sardis, one of the Seven Churches in the book of Revelation with its impressive Roman gymnasium and one of the largest synagogues ever excavated.
After some free time for lunch we will make our way to Laodicea (also one of the Seven Churches) for a site visit.
Our last stop is in Pamukkale. We will tour the Ancient Hierapolis and the Calcium Terraces (White Castle).
We’ll then check-in to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. Enjoy a swim in the hotel's thermal pools after dinner.

HOTEL: Colossae Thermal, Pamukkale

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This morning we depart for Selcuk where we visit the St. John Basilica and the ancient city of Ephesus. Here we’ll see the Baths of Scholastica, Temple of Hadrian, the library and the Great Theatre. After a lunch break, we continue our tour to Temple of Artemis before our check-in at hotel in Kusadasi and enjoy some rest by the pool at or lovely boutique hotel. At tonights dinner we farewell our Turkish guide and driver.

HOTEL: La Vista Boutique Hotel, Kusadasi or similar

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Early breakfast at hotel and check-out. At 7:00a.m. we will be transferred to the port of Kusadasi for embarkation on the ferry to Patmos.
We’ll bid farewell to our Turkish guide as we depart Turkey. After customs formalities, we will board our ferry for a relaxing 4 hour journey to the Greek Island of Patmos.
Check in to our hotel for a 1 night stay and enjoy some time wandering around the town of Skala. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Skala Hotel, Patmos

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Today we enjoy a tour of Patmos from a local guide, including St John's Monastery & the Cave of the Apocalypse where it is believed that John wrote the Book of Revelation whilst under house arrest. We have arranged late check out and a free day to enjoy Patmos.
Tonight we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before boarding the overnight ferry to Athens. Late check out included.

Overnight: Blue Star Ferry

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On arrival we will enjoy buffet breakfast in Athens at the Marriot hotel and we will then proceed with a tour of Athens.
We will meet our guide and we will climb up the marble capped Acropolis Hill to see the Parthenon and Erechtheion Temples.
We will then walk to nearby Mars Hill where Paul delivered his well-known sermon about “the Unknown God” (Acts 17:23) as well as many other sites that Athens is famous for.
Return to the hotel for dinner & our final night together.

HOTEL: Titania Hotel, Athens

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Check out of the hotel and one transfer for the group will be offered to Athens airport.

If you want to visit Cappadocia and/or re-visit Istanbul, we can arrange a flight from Athens and a 2-3 night stay with tour, and hot air balloon experience for you. Please speak to the team.

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Included Meals: None

Highlights

  • Bishop Paul Barker as your tour host and Bible commentator
  • Ancient Corinth
  • Meteora Monasteries
  • Ancient Philippi
  • Thessaloniki
  • Istanbul
  • Gallipoli
  • 4 of the 7 Churches of Revelation – Pergamum, Laodicea, Sardis, Ephesus
  • Patmos
  • Athens

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OUR PRICING

Pricing

Category Description Triple PP Twin PP Single
Tour only on application $6,949.00 $8,599.00
Tour and airfare Estimate - exact pricing out Sept 2023 on application $9,490.00 $11,130.00
Pre-tour hotel in Athens incl breakfast on application $230.00 $375.00
Post-t our hotel in Athens incl breakfast on application $180.00 $270.00

Pricing is based on a minimum 30 passengers. Prices increase  by $250 per person from 21 December 2023.

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