CMDA Greece Tour, 2019: In the Footsteps of Paul

February 2, 2019 – February 9, 2019

A Personal Invitation from Dave and Jodi Stevens

I want to personally invite you to join Jodi and me for an educational and inspirational trip to Greece on February 2-11, 2019.

We will walk in Paul’s footsteps visiting Philippi, Berea, Thessaloniki, Corinth, Athens, Delphi and other sites with Costas Tsevas, the best evangelical guide in the country. His knowledge of the Bible, archeology, history and ancient Greek will astound you! Like I’ve done on four previous trips with him, you will grab a pen and paper to take copious notes when he gives you hundreds of new insights into Acts and the Epistles as you walk in the footsteps of Paul.

As a bonus, we will enjoy conversation and fellowship as we travel and learn together. We intentionally keep our tours small (50 people max.) to help facilitate this.

Like you, I’m too busy not to take a break. I’m too busy not to take time to gain new understanding of the Bible. I’m too busy not to spend some focused time with my spouse and Christian colleagues. Yes, you and I are too busy not to go to Greece for great memories, new insights into God’s Word and lots of fun!

Our most recent Greece tour filled up within a couple of weeks, so don’t delay in registering.

Hope you will join us!

EVENT NOW FULL!
Email kim.hodge@cmda.org to be placed on a waiting list.

Registration Information

Tour Package Includes

  • All first-class hotel arrangements from Saturday’s arrival through departure (based on double occupancy)
  • All land transportation after arrival from the U.S. (excludes airport shuttle to the hotel on the day of arrival)
  • Two meals per day (breakfast and dinner) – beginning with dinner on the day of arrival through breakfast on the day of departure
  • All archeological site fees
  • All professional tour guide services

Fee Chart

Tour Only Tour and Extension
Double Occupancy
(per person)
$2,150.00 $2,450.00
Single Occupancy $2,950.00 $3,250.00

Travel Arrangements

  • Fly IN TO Thessaloniki (Macedonia International Airport – SKG) no later than Saturday, February 2
  • Fly OUT OF Athens (Athens International Airport – ATH) on February 9 or 11, 2019

Recommended Travel Agency 
World Travel Service, Inc.
Agent: Judy Rouse
Direct Number: 865-777-1622
Email: jrouse@worldtrav.com

Visas and Passports
No Visa is required for U.S. citizens to enter Greece as a tourist. G3Visas and Passports can assist with passport procurement.

Detailed Itinerary
For a detailed itinerary, click on the “Schedule” link in the right column.

Activity Level
This tour is considered “moderately strenuous.” You should be able to walk 2-miles on uneven terrain without difficulty.

Cancelation Policy
Cancelations and requests for refund must be submitted in writing to the Christian Medical & Dental Associations at the address below or by email.

Cancelation charges will be assessed as follows:
Before or on October 1, 2018                       Full Refund
October 2 – November 20, 2018                  $250/person
November 21 – December 1, 2018              $500/person
December 2 – 14, 2018                                $1,000/person
On or after December 15, 2018                    No Refund
Mail:                                               Email:
Kim Hodge                                     Kim.Hodge@cmda.org
CMDA
PO Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621

Questions?

Contact Kim Hodge at Kim.Hodge@cmda.org or call 423-844-1063.

Schedule

8-Day Greece Vision Tour plus Extension Including One-Day Greek Isle Cruise and Extra Day in Athens

Friday, February 1
Depart from the U.S.

Saturday, February 2
Arrive at Macedonia International Airport of Thessaloniki. Dinner and overnight stay at the Grand Hotel Palace.

Sunday, February 3
Visit Philippi and Neapolis (http://ancientgreecejourney.co.uk/places/philipi.htm)

  • In Philippi, Paul preached to women gathered at the river. His letter to the Philippians was addressed to the local Christians 14 years after his first visit to the area.
  • Visit the river where Paul baptized Lydia, a purple fabric merchant who became the first Christian woman to be baptized on European soil.
  • See a crypt, which may have been the place where Paul was flogged and imprisoned.
  • Another point of interest is the ancient Roman Agora built during the time of Augustus and mentioned in Acts as the place where Paul was publicly punished after he healed the demon-possessed girl.
  • You will also see the Basilicas and the Greek Theatre (4th century BC), which was converted into an arena by the Romans and used during the persecutions of the early days of the church.

Visit Neapolis (present day Kavala)

  • Paul arrived in this city with Timothy and Silas.
  • This is Greece’s most picturesque mainland port.
  • On the way back to Thessaloniki, you will see the remains of the ancient famous road Via Egnatia. You will pass by the ancient cities of Amphipolis and Apollonia which are mentioned in Acts.

Dinner and overnight stay at the Grand Hotel Palace.

Monday, February 4

Visit Thessaloniki (http://ancientgreecejourney.co.uk/places/thessaloniki.htm and http://ancientgreecejourney.co.uk/places/thess%20sights.htm)

  • This recently discovered site is the old capitol of the Macedonian Kingdom (5th to 2nd centuries BC).
  • Paul wrote two epistles to the Thessalonians.
  • You can visit the Roman Agora (Forum), the Archaeological Museum and the Basilica of Saint Demetrios.
  • You will also see the White Tower, the statue of Alexander the Great and the remains of the Palace Complex of Galerius (late 3rd century AD), as well as the City Walls and the Great Gate which connect the city with Via Egnatia, the transcontinental east-west road of the Roman Empire built in the 2nd century BC.

Visit Veria (ancient Berea)

  • This is the location where Paul visited and preached in the Jewish synagogue to the Greek nobility. You will see the Jewish quarter where the synagogue is still located today.
  • A monument within the city is dedicated to the apostle Paul.

Visit the site of Vergina (http://www.macedonian-heritage.gr/Museums/Archaeological_and_Byzantine/Arx_Bas_Tafoi_Berginas.html)

  • This recently discovered archaeological site is the old capitol of the Macedonian Kingdom (5th to 2nd centuries BC).
  • Visit the grave of Philip the 2nd, the father of Alexander the Great, which was found intact.

Dinner and overnight stay at Grand Meteora.

Tuesday, February 5

Visit Meteora monasteries
Visit the Meteora monasteries

  • Located at the top of exotic rocks, this is a tremendous introduction to the Eastern Orthodox Church

Travel to Delphi for dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel Amalia.

Wednesday, February 6

Visit Delphi (https://sacredsites.com/europe/greece/delphi.html)

  • Visit the center of the Ancient Greek Universe connected with the worship of Apollo.
  • After lunch we drive to Athens

Dinner and overnight stay at the Whyndam Grand Athens (or similar).

Thursday, February 7

Visit Athens (http://ancientgreecejourney.co.uk/places/ancient%20athens.htm)

  • Visit the world-renowned hill of Acropolis. Special emphasis will be on the visit to the Areopagus (Mars Hill) where Paul gave his famous speech to the Athenian philosophers. You will also visit the Ancient Agora (forum where Paul met the Philosophers), the Stoa of Attalus and the Temple of Hephaestus.
  • There will be free time for shopping in the famous Plaka area of the Flea Market of Athens.

Dinner and overnight stay at the Whyndam Grand Athens

Friday, February 8

Visit Corinth

  • This is the city where Paul stayed for one and a half years during his first visit. He wrote at least four letters addressed to the church of Corinth, as well as at least three epistles addressed to the first Christians in Rome, Thessaloniki and Galatia.
  • You will visit the archaeological museum, the Ancient Agora and the Bema where Paul stood in front of Gallio, the Roman Pro- Consul of Achaea.
  • You will also enjoy seeing the Temple of Apollo and the Hill of Acrocorinth, where during the time of classical Greece used to be the famous Temple of Aphrodite.

Dinner at CosmoVision Center and overnight stay at the Whyndam Grand Athens

End of Tour Options

Option #1:

Saturday, February 9
One-Day Cruise (https://www.onedaycruise.gr)

  • After an early breakfast, travel to the port and embark for a one-day cruise to three Greek Islands.
  • Enjoy lunch on the boat

Return for dinner and overnight stay at the Whyndam Grand Athens

Sunday, February 10

  • Attend a Greek church service or take some free time to explore Athens on your own.
  • After lunch visit the National Museum of Athens and take an afternoon visit to the majestic Sounip Cape to enjoy the sunset

Monday, February 11

Depart for the U.S. from Athens International Airport

Option #2:

Saturday, February 9

Depart for the U.S. from Athens International Airport