Footsteps of Paul & the Churches of Revelation with Calvary Chapel Palm City

November 18 - 28, 2022
From$4,475
November 18 - 28, 2022
From$4,475
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Journey in Greece, Turkey & Rome in the footsteps of Paul and visit six of the seven Churches of Revelation on this expedition with Calvary Chapel Palm City! Extend your expedition on an optional extension in Rome.

What's Included

  • Roundtrip flight from Miami (MIA)One check-in bag (50 lbs.) & one carry-on
  • Roundtrip transfer to and from MIA airport
  • 4-star hotel accommodations
  • Private motorcoach transportation
  • Breakfast and dinner served daily
  • Dedicated service from a tour manager
  • Licensed guiding
  • Admission fees
  • Tips for hotel and restaurant staff
  • Luggage assistance at hotels
  • 9am-5pm (EST) Reservation Support
  • 24/7 Travel Emergency Support
  • Custom name badge & luggage tag
  • Airport taxes & fuel surcharges

Not Included

  • Personal expenses
  • Lunches
  • Tips for the bus driver and tour manager
  • Travel insurance
Pricing per person

Greece, Turkey & Rome

November 18 - 28
$4,475
+$775/single supplement

Rome Extension

November 28 - 30
$650
+$150/single supplement
Itinerary

Day 1: Friday, November 18Depart USA

We depart from the church on a private coach bus which takes us to Miami airport (MIA). From Miami we fly overnight to Greece.

Day 2: Saturday, November 19Arrive Thessaloniki

We arrive in Thessaloniki, where we meet our Christian Expedition Tour Director.

Overnight in Thessaloniki

Day 3: Sunday, November 20Philippi, Kavala

We head to Philippi, where we see the site where it is believed that Lydia’s heart was opened by God to the Gospel (Acts 16:14). We also see the likely site of Paul’s imprisonment in Philippi in Acts 16. It was here that Paul and Silas prayed and sang hymns to God in spite of their imprisonment, and here that an earthquake shook the prison so that the doors flew open and the prisoners’ chains came loose, leading the jailer to contemplate suicide before famously asking Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (v. 30). We also see the Acropolis, Marketplace, Basilica and Theater before heading on to Neapolis. Neapolis, now called Kavala, is where Paul once landed with Timothy and Silas. We see Kavala’s Roman Aqueduct and Acropolis.

Overnight in Thessaloniki

Day 4: Monday, November 21Thessaloniki, Berea

We tour Thessaloniki, where Paul preached and founded a Church to which he wrote the Epistles of 1st and 2nd Thessalonians. We see sites like the old city walls, theater and Roman market. We head to Berea (now called Veria), where Paul and Silas went after they caused a riot in Thessalonica (Acts 17). The Bereans were an example to all subsequent generations of Christians, in that they “received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” (v. 11) We see the location from which Paul preached to the Bereans. We head, then, to Kalambaka, where we spend the night.

Overnight in the Kalambaka/Meteora area

Day 5: Tuesday, November 22Meteora, then go to Athens

This morning we visit Meteora Monasteries, perched high on rocky cliffs. In the afternoon we drive to Athens, where we spend the night.

Overnight in Athens

Day 6: Wednesday, November 23Athens, then flight to Izmir, Turkey

In Athens we take in some of the city’s great sites, like the Parthenon and the Areopagus, where Paul famously preached in Acts 17. Later in the day we board our flight and travel to Izmir, Turkey.

Overnight in Izmir

Day 7: Thursday November 24Three of the 7 Churches: Pergamum, Smyrna, Thyatira

Today we visit the sites of three of the seven churches of Revelation 2-3. Revelation recounts that the Apostle John, while exiled on the island of Patmos, received a vision in which Jesus entrusted him with messages to seven churches in Asia Minor. These messages revealed that the struggles and successes of these ancient churches were similar to those of the church today. Jesus’ messages to them, therefore, are highly relevant to our current situation. We begin our day with a visit to Pergamum, where we see the Red Basilica which housed the 1st century church addressed by Jesus in Revelation. We will also visit Pergamum’s Acropolis, which was designed to imitate the one in Athens and the Asclepeion Temple which was once dedicated to the Greek god of healing. This temple highlights the fact that Pergamum was a center of idolatry in the ancient world; Jesus in Revelation 2:13 refers to it as the home of “Satan’s seat.” We will then visit the site of ancient Smyrna, the site of another of the ancient churches, before moving on to Thyatira. Revelation indicates that the church at Thyatira had many good deeds, and much love, faith, and perseverance (Revelation 2:19), but that it tolerated “that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet” (Revelation 2:20, NIV).

Overnight in Kusadasi

Day 8: Friday, November 25Three more of the 7 Churches: Ephesus, Sardis, Philadelphia, fly back to Athens

Today we visit Ephesus, the first church addressed by Jesus in Revelation 2. Paul preached, taught, and lived in Ephesus for an extended period of time (Acts 19:10). We see the archaeological site, including the house where it is believed that Mary, the mother of Jesus, lived towards the end of her life. We move on to Sardis, another of the seven churches of Revelation. Ancient Sardis was known for the minting of coins and the dyeing of wool, but Jesus said to the church at Sardis, “I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead” (3:1, NIV). Today at Sardis there is an archaeological site which includes the remains of Byzantine shops, a synagogue, a Roman villa, a Temple of Artemis, and a 4th century church. Finally, we visit Philadelphia, where we see the ruins of the city, before returning to the airport in Izmir and flying back to Athens.

Overnight in Athens

Day 9: Saturday, November 26Corinth

Today we visit Corinth. Paul arrived in Corinth in AD 50-51, and he likely wrote First Thessalonians and Romans from here. We will visit the archaeological site, which includes the Temple of Apollo, the Roman agora, the Bema courthouse (where Paul’s enemies brought him before Gallio, Acts 18:12), the pavement inscription of Erastus, the Roman Lechaion Road, and the lower Fountain of Peirene. We then return to Athens.

Overnight in Athens

Day 10: Sunday November 27Rome

This morning we fly to Rome, where we visit the Colosseum and the Mamertine Prison. The Colosseum is the largest of the ancient amphitheaters and was completed in 80 AD. The Colosseum served as the site for the torture and martyrdom of countless early Christians, among them Ignatius of Antioch and Telemachus. The Mamertine prison is believed to be the site of imprisonments of both Peter and Paul, and the place where they both lived their last days. On the final night of our trip, we gather for our farewell banquet.

Overnight in Rome

Day 11: Monday November 28Return home

Today we transfer to the airport where we begin our journey home. Upon our arrival back at MIA, we board a coach bus which brings us back to the church.

Optional Extension in Rome

Day 11: Monday, November 28Vatican City

After breakfast we transfer to Vatican City, where we visit St. Peter’s Square and St. Peter’s Basilica. The basilica was completed in 1615 and houses Michelangelo’s Pietà. It is believed to be built on the site of Peter’s burial. In the afternoon we visit the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. The Vatican Museum houses exquisite art and archaeological collections and the Sistine Chapel is famous for its Michelangelo frescoes The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment. Tonight we have dinner together in Rome.

Overnight in Rome

Day 12: Tuesday, November 29Rome

Today we will experience iconic Roman sites including the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the site of the Circus Maximus. We will also visit the Roman Forum, which contains the ruins of ancient Roman government buildings. The remainder of the day will be spent at leisure.

Overnight in Rome

Day 13: Wednesday, November 30Return Home

After breakfast we will transfer to the airport where we will begin our journey home.