Footsteps of Paul Cruise

12 Day Journey Aboard the Celebrity Constellation | Round Trip from Venice, Italy | May 15-26, 2022

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We're excited to offer a cruise tour following the footsteps of Paul through Greece. Pastor Mark Miller will be speaking as you set sail on the Celebrity Constellation from Venice, Italy and begin a tour through these monumental locations.

Itinerary

May 15 & 16 – DEPART HOME & ARRIVE IN VENICE, ITALY
You will arrive in Venice, Italy where you will be met by our representative and transferred to the port to board the Celebrity Constellation. (D)
May 17 – AT SEA
May 18 – KATAKOLON, GREECE
The small fishing village of Katákolon is your gateway to the mystical site of ancient Olympia, 25 miles to the east. Begin with a scenic drive to Ancient Olympia, where the Olympic Games began in 776 BC and where the shot- put competition was contested in the most recent Olympic games. Stroll around this deserted Sanctuary, viewing the temples, altars and treasuries. Experience the view of the grounds where athletes practiced; the Leonidaioh, a guest house for distinguished visitors; the Temple of Hera; and the Temple of Zeus. This was once the site of one of Seven Wonders of the ancient world - the chryselephantine statue of the King of Gods, Olympian Zeus. Continue to the village of ancient Olympia before returning to the pier. (B,L,D)
May 19 – SANTORINI, GREECE
Dock in Santorini today, one of the most beautiful of the Greek islands where picturesque whitewashed villages topped with brilliant blue domes stand in stark contrast to the sheer drop cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea. The island itself perches on the edges of a volcano whose eruption 3,500 years ago is thought to have led to the collapse of the Minoan civilization. Explore the island on your own or join one of the optional excursions available for purchase on board. (B,L,D)
Shore excursions today will be booked directly through Celebrity and are not included.
May 20 - EPHESUS, TURKEY
Ephesus is one of the Seven Churches of Revelation and was once a bustling port town graced with wide, colonnade-bordered streets and a population of 250,000. Although spectacular excavations have revealed much of the glory of ancient Ephesus, including the huge Agora and Library, much has been lost. The ancient world once declared the Temple of Artemis to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World but today, only a single column remains to mark its site. View the terrace houses, also known as “the houses of the rich,” which give a true impression of ancient lifestyle. Explore the Museum of Ephesus for an up-close look at ancient artifacts. You will have time to explore on your own and recreate some of the footsteps of Paul. (B,L,D)
May 21 - MYKONOS, GREECE
Arrive today at the world-famous Greek Island of Mykonos, where gleaming whitewashed buildings seem to climb atop each other to reach the azure sky. Admire its many hills dotted with iconic windmills. Explore the island on your own or join one of the optional excursions available for purchase on board. (B,L,D)
Shore excursions today will be booked directly through Celebrity and are not included.
May 22 - THESSALONIKI, GREECE
Discover Thessaloniki, where Paul was accused of turning the world upside down with his preaching of Christ (Acts 17: 3-6). As you explore St. George's Basilica, believed to be built over the synagogue where Paul preached, reflect on the two epistles the apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonian church here. Stroll through the Archaeological Museum and the beautiful basilicas of St. Sophia and St. Demetrios, dedicated to a distinguished Roman proconsul martyred for his Christian faith. Along the Via Egnatia stands the Galerus Arch, and you can look out over the second largest city in Greece from the Old City Ramparts, some dating back to Roman times. (B,D)
May 23 - ATHENS & CORINTH, GREECE
Discover the rich architectural splendor of the ancient city of Athens as your guide introduces you to the world-renowned Acropolis, the Propylaea, the Parthenon and the Erectheum. Stand on Mars Hill as the apostle Paul did when he proclaimed, "I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you" . As you stroll the Agora (ancient market place and center of Athenian public life), recall that this was where the Apostle Paul preached "Jesus and the resurrection" to the skeptical Athenians. Also see the House of Parliament, the Presidential Palace and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This afternoon tour the city of Corinth, where the apostle Paul met fellow tentmakers Aquila and Priscilla and received a vision from the Lord saying, "I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city". As Paul spoke, Crispus (chief ruler of the synagogue) and many others believed and were baptized , establishing the church at Corinth to whom Paul later wrote his two epistles. Discover the Archaeological Museum, Market Place and Temples. As you walk among the ruins, stand on the Bema, where the apostle Paul stood before Gallio to face charges brought against him by the Jews. (B,L,D)
May 24 – ZAKYNTHOS, GREECE
A Greek island in the Ionian Sea, the popular summer resort Zakynthos is also known by its Italian name, Zante. Surrounded by bright turquoise waters, the island boasts wonderful sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs. Popular beaches like Agios Nikolaos, Alykanas and Tsilivi offer swimming and water sports. Accessed only by boat, Instagram-worthy Navagio beach is the site of a famed 1980 smugglers’ shipwreck resting in a sandy cove dramatically framed by towering limestone cliffs. (B,L,D)
Shore excursions today will be booked directly through Celebrity and are not included.
May 25 – AT SEA
May 26 – RETURN HOME
Return home with a new understanding of the Apostle Paul’s life and ministry.

*B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

Next Steps

There will be an informational meeting held via Zoom on Monday, Jan 25th at 7pm. This will be a time that you can submit questions based on the presentation.

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Zoom Meeting ID: 852 5173 0976
Passcode: Paul