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Philippi Kavala Meteora Acropolis, Athens Mars Hill, Athens Mykonos Patmos Ephesus Santorini
Mars Hill, Athens
You are invited to join Case Thorp from The Collaborative, Inc on a 2-week luxury trip to Greece and Turkey in the steps of St. Paul and the Apostles. This trip combines a cruise on the luxury Windstar ship, excursions on stunning, sun-drenched islands and Biblical land tours. You’ll deepen your understanding of the early church, see the book of Acts in a new way, and enjoy fellowship along the way.
It’s a powerful feeling to walk where Paul walked, to open our Bibles, make connections, and relive history. Your Bible reading will never be the same! On this trip, you’ll be part of community formation and building a sense of belonging. You’ll also grow spiritually through hands-on experiences. and Case will relate your learning and excursions to missional living today. The trip will enable you to reflect on the culture of Paul’s day and the opportunities we have to make an impact in the name of Christ.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Tuesday, October 1, 2024: Depart
We will depart from the USA on our overnight flights to Thessaloniki, Greece. (IF)
Day 2: Wednesday, October 2, 2024: Thessaloniki
On arrival at Thessaloniki Airport, we will meet with our representative and transfer to our hotel in Thessaloniki for dinner. (D)
Day 3: Thursday, October 3, 2024: Philippi, Kavala, Thessaloniki
We will begin our tour in Philippi where the Apostle Paul established a strong church. The letter he wrote to the church is recorded in Acts 16:9-33. We will see the river where Lydia is said to have been baptized, the ruins of a prison where Paul and Silas were kept, the Agora, 5th and 6th century Basilica, and the Theater. We will have a group lunch in the bay of the ancient port of Kavala, which was known as Neopolis and mentioned in Acts 16:11. Kavala has a wonderful aqueduct and acropolis. We will dine in our hotel in Thessaloniki this evening. (B/L/D)
Day 4: Friday, October 4, 2024: Berea, Meteora, Kalambaka
Paul and his companions went to Berea to escape the angry Jews of Thessaloniki, finding that the Bereans, “received the word with great eagerness…” The Bema memorial commemorating Paul’s preaching features gorgeous Byzantine-style mosaic scenes of Paul spreading the gospel. We will pass by Katerini and see Mount Olympus, the home of the twelve Olympian gods and goddesses. We will take a spectacular drive up to visit Meteora. Breathtakingly beautiful centuries-old monasteries perched precariously high above the ground were first built in the 14th century by monks seeking isolation and salvation. Meteora is the biggest and most important group of monasteries in Greece after those in Mount Athos. We can locate the first traces of their history from 11th c. when the first hermits settled there. The rock monasteries have been characterized by UNESCO as a unique phenomenon of cultural heritage and they form one of the most important stations of cultural map of Greece. Our evening meal is in our hotel in Kalambaka. (B/D)
Day 5: Saturday, October 5, 2024: Delphi, Athens
Delphi was the capital of the Ancient World. On the slopes of Mt. Parnassos, in a landscape of unparalleled natural beauty, is the archaeological site of Delphi. considered by early Greeks to be the center of the world. Walking the Sacra Via to the Athenian Treasury, we will see the amphitheater, stadium and the Temple of Apollo where the oracle performed his or her prophetic rituals. With pagan ruins surrounding our walk, capture a glimpse of the challenge the apostle Paul incurred in preaching the Gospel of Christ in Macedonia. In the Delphi Museum, we will view many ancient treasures, the chief of which is the 5th century bronzed Charioteer, complete with eyelashes. We will arrive in Athens in the evening and will dine in the Plaka area. (B/D) *
Day 6: Sunday, October 6, 2024: Athens, Cruise
This morning we will enjoy a city tour of Athens, including a visit to the Acropolis & its Museum, as well as a panoramic tour of the highlights of the city. We will visit Mars’ Hill (Areopagus) (Acts 17:22) where Apostle Paul delivered his soul-stirring sermon. Pastor Case will share insights about Paul’s preaching there. We will board our Windstar cruise in the afternoon ready for the 5 PM departure on the Treasures of the Greek Isles cruise. The ship has many wonderful amenities including a spa, watersports platform, whirlpool, live music in the Lounge, as well as fabulous food and attentive staff. All meals, Wi-Fi, unlimiled alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are included and we’ll enjoy an array of fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from each port along the way. (B/D)
Day 7: Monday, October 7, 2024: Mykonos
Our first island on the cruise is the spectacular island of Mykonos. There are various excursions to chose from, including the “Five Senses of Mykonos”. This sightseeing option includes a walking tour of Little Venice to see Mykonos Castle. After visiting the pastry shop to buy an amigdalota, we will go to Agios Giannis Beach from which we can see the island of Delos. In Ano Mera we will enjoy lunch and wine-tasting. Our final stop will be in the Taverna of Apostolis, where we’ll have a glass of ouzo and homemade meze, accompanied by a live Greek music show. For those of you who enjoy cooking, there’s an option to travel to Messaria and learn how to make a traditional Mykonian meal with fresh local ingredients. We’ll also learn about local traditions, faith and family life. (B/L/D)
Day 8: Tuesday, October 8, 2024: Ephesus, Kuşadası
Our boat will dock in Kuşadası in Turkey, where we will disembark for a shore excursion to Ephesus, which is one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in the world. The Apostle Paul was based in Ephesus for several years. We will tour the spectacular ruins in the city which was founded in the 10th century B.C. and Case will be able to do an en-site Bible study about the church in Ephesus and Paul’s ministry. The tour will also include the Ephesus Archaeological Museum in nearby Selçuk. The Evening in Ephesus event is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We’ll walk the Marble Road to Harbor Street for our 5-course, white-glove-service dinner under the stars accompanied by a trio from the Aegean Chamber Orchestra. (B/L/D)
Day 9: Wednesday, October 9, 2024: Patmos
We will disembark in Patmos where the Apostle John was exiled, and where he wrote the book of Revelation. We will visit the Monastery of St. John, which dates back to 1088 and see the artefacts in the museum. Our next stop is the Grotto of St. John, a 17th century monastery built around the cave where John is said to have written the book of Revelation. (B/L/D)
Day 10: Thursday, October 10, 2024: Santorini
Santorini, an island in the Cyclades, has one of the most spectacular landscapes in all Greece. The traditional villages are built on tall cliffs and offer breath-taking views over a former volcanic crater. On our island orientation tour, we will travel up to Prophet Elias Mountain for unparalleled panoramic views. The village of Oia has picturesque, blue-domed churches, old 2-story mansions and narrow cobblestone streets. After free time to explore at our leisure, we will end our day in the village of Fira and take the cable car back down to the ship. There are a range of possible excursions, including a trip to the wineries of Santorini. (B/L/D)
Day 11: Friday, October 11, 2024: Monemvasia
Monemvasia is a small, secluded pedestrian-only port city built into a cliffside. We will walk through the narrow streets within the castle walls and see ruins of houses and Byzantine churches. The Church of Christ Elkomenos is a cathedral that dates back to the 13th century, was updated during the Venetian occupation, and still has four surviving Byzantine icons. There’s also the option to add on a visit to an olive oil factory housed in a fully restored historical mansion. After the tour, we’ll have a chance to sample the oil and freshly baked traditional bread in a winery, accompanied by local wines. (B/L/D)
Day 12: Saturday, October 12, 2024: Nafplio
Nafplio is a delightful mainland town where we can wander cobblestone streets and explore Venetian fortresses. The Castle of Palamidi is one of the best-preserved castles in Greece and is an excellent example of Venetian architecture. We will visit the ancient city of Epidaurus, which was the site of Apollo worship and was the center of the Epidaurian cult until it moved to Rome in 293 BC. The theatre has 12,000 seats and amazing acoustics. It was a famous healing center and the symbol of the god Aesculapius was a serpent winding its way around a staff, which is still used as a medical symbol today. We will also visit Mycenae and the famous Lion’s Gate. (B/L/D)
Day 13: Sunday, October 13, 2024: Athens
On arrival in Athens, we will disembark and continue our explorations in Athens with a Biblical guide. We will end the day with a spectacular sunset view from the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounio, before dining in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 14: Monday, October 14, 2024: Fly
We will transfer to the airport for our return home. (B/IF)
Please note this itinerary is copyrighted.
Our hotels are chosen for their quality, amenities and proximity to areas of interest. Whenever possible, we choose hotels in town centers, so that you are able to go off and explore in your free time. It may be necessary for us to substitute hotels for others of equal quality. You will be fully informed of any changes that affect you. Enjoy your stay!
All upgrades are subject to availability at the time of booking. Early registration is recommended.
October 2-4, 2024
Mediterranean Palace (5*)
3, Salaminos & Karatassou Str.,
October 4-5, 2024
Divani Meteroa (4*)
National Road Trikalon – Ioanninon
Kalampaka, 422 00
October 5-6, and 13-14, 2024
Divani Acropolis (5*)
19-25 Parthenonos Str.
Transfers are automatically included if we have booked your flights.
If you have booked your own flights, we can still provide transfers, as long as we have your flight details on file and a phone number to give to the driver. We will include your transfer information in your final packet. Transfers will be arranged for each arrival, so that you won’t have to wait for other tour members if their flight is delayed. Transfers can be arranged for the day of your choosing, but we can’t arrange transfers if you arrive or depart by train.
Please note that individual transfers are booked through a third-party and you will be responsible to communicate with the company in case of delays.
Group flights will be available from mid-November 2023.
Option 1: You may request a flight quote from us by filling out this form. Payment is due at the time of booking.
Option 2: You may book your own flights, making sure you land in Thessaloniki on the morning of October 2, 2024. If you would prefer to arrive earlier, we can arrange a pre-tour hotel night in Thessaloniki. You are welcome to depart from Athens at any time on October 14, 20245. Please send us a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it.
Please note that if you would like to use air miles you will need to book directly with the airline.
The following chart shows the pricing for the land and cruise options in 4 separate cruise categories. The cabin choice needs to be specified at the time of booking and is subject to availability. Categories B and BX are on Deck 1 (lower deck) and Categories A and AX are on Deck 2. The single supplement is separated into the cruise and hotel costs.
Please note that the cruise cost includes free Wi-Fi, unlimited beer, wine, and cocktails, all tips and taxes, and group excursions to Patmos and Ephesus. You will also receive $100 on-board credit.
*Price based on a minimum of 20 participants.
|Land cost||Cruise Cost||TOTAL||Single supplement|
|Category B||$2,999||$6,300||$9,299||$3,700 cruise + $500 land|
|Category BX||$2,999||$6,500||$9,599||$3,900 cruise + $500 land|
|Category A||$2,999||$7,000||$9,999||$4,200 cruise + $500 land|
|Category AX||$2,999||$7,300||$10,299||$4,500 cruise + $500 land|
Insurance: There are two levels of insurance offered. Click here to compare. When you fill out the registration form, you will be given quotes for both.
Standard is 4.55% of the trip cost and can be purchased up until 2 days prior to departure, although we recommend purchasing it before.
Enhanced is 7.6% of the trip cost and includes cancel for any reason benefits. It has to be purchased within 14 days of registration.
The following penalties apply plus any non-recoverable expenses such as hotel deposits and attraction costs that had been made by the time of cancellation. Travel insurance is highly recommended for all travelers.
Land cancellation penalties
From time of deposit to September 14, 2023: $100 per person
From September 15, 2023 – February 17, 2024: $350 per person
From February 18 – August 3, 2024: $1,500 per person
From August 4, 2024 onwards: No refund
Cruise cancellation penalties
From sign-up to June 7, 2024: $50 per person for cruise cabin
From June 8, 2024 – July 8, 2024: 15% penalty of cruise cost per person
From July 9, 2024 – August 7, 2024: 25% penalty of cruise cost per person
From August 8, 2024 – September 6, 2024: 50% penalty of cruise cost per person
From September 7 onwards: No refund
Cancellation charges also apply to additional accommodation reserved prior to and after the tour. Cancellations must be received in writing by 5:00 p.m. Central Time on the last business day of the applicable time period. For flight changes or cancellations, revision fees and/or airline cancellation charges will apply. Roommates canceling can result in a single supplement charge for the roommate. The Participant who cancels will be responsible for that charge if a substitute roommate cannot be found.
Reformation Tours reserves the rights to alter itineraries without notice should it become necessary. While on tour, if conditions necessitate changes, or if certain features are unavailable or limited, we reserve the right to vary or substitute alternatives. All prices are calculated at the exchange rate in effect at the time of this quotation. Should currency fluctuations necessitate an adjustment in tour price; the adjusted price will be reflected in the final invoice.
Reformation Tours reserves the rights to alter itineraries without notice should it become necessary.
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Insurance details are listed under the “Price” tab.