A Personal Invitation from Dave and Jody Stevens
I want to personally invite you to join Jody and me for an educational and inspirational trip to Greece on October 4-11, 2019 and an optional three-night cruise on the Mediterranean October 11-14.
We will walk in Paul’s footsteps visiting Philippi, Berea, Thessaloniki, Corinth, Athens, 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 five 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.
If you are able to stay for the cruise (which I highly recommend!), you will visit the islands of Mykonos, Patmos (where John wrote Revelation), Crete, and the incredibly picturesque Santorini. We will also visit Ephesus in Turkey. 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!
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
Three-Day Cruise Package includes
- Three nights lodging – standard inside cabin
- Two shore excursions
- All meals while onboard (includes beverage package)
- Port Taxes
|Land Only||Land and Cruise|
- Fly IN TO Thessaloniki (Macedonia International Airport – SKG) no later than Saturday, October 5, 2019.
- Fly OUT OF Athens (Athens International Airport – ATH)
- Land Tour Only – Depart October 11, 2019
- Land and Cruise Tour – Depart on October 14, 2019 after 12 noon
- For those including the three-day cruise at the end of the tour, the earliest flight departure time on Monday, October 14 should be no earlier than 12:00 Noon.
- You may want to consider arriving in Greece a day or two before the tour begins in order to begin getting over your jet lag. Kim Hodge can assist with additional hotel nights both before and after the tour if you need them.
Recommended Travel Agency
World Travel Service, Inc.
Agent: Judy Rouse
Direct Number: 865-777-1622
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.
For a detailed itinerary, click on the “Schedule” link.
The activity level for this tour is moderately strenuous. You should be able to walk several miles on uneven terrain without difficulty. If you have mobility issues, this tour may not be for you. If you have questions, please contact Kim Hodge before registering.
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 June 1, 2019
June 2 – July 20, 2019
July 21 – August 1, 2019
August 2 – 14, 2019
On or after August 15, 2019
Contact Kim Hodge at Kim.Hodge@cmda.org or call 423-844-1063.
2019 Fall Greece Tour Itinerary
Friday, October 4
Depart from the U.S.
Saturday, October 5
Arrive at Macedonia International Airport of Thessaloniki. Dinner and overnight stay at the Grand Hotel Palace (or similar).
Sunday, October 6
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 (Acts 16:11).
- 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, October 7
Visit Thessaloniki (http://ancientgreecejourney.co.uk/places/thessaloniki.htm and http://ancientgreecejourney.co.uk/places/thess%20sights.htm)
- Visit the 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 (www.grandmeteora.gr)
Tuesday, October 8
Visit Meteora monasteries and travel to Athens
Visit the Meteora monasteries
- Located at the top of exotic rocks, this is a tremendous introduction to the Eastern Orthodox Church
Travel to Athens for dinner and overnight stay at the Wyndham Grand Athens or similar (wwwwyndhamgrandathens.com).
Wednesday, October 9
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 Wyndham Grand Athens.
Thursday, October 10
- 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 Wyndham Grand Athens.
End of Tour Options
Option 1: A three-day cruise in the Aegean Sea aboard the Celestyal Olympia (tentative schedule)
Friday, October 11
11:30 AM – Depart from Piraeus
6 PM – Arrive at Mykonos Island
11 PM – Depart Mykonos Island
Saturday, October 12
7:30 AM – Arrive at Kusadasi
Shore excursion – House of the Virgin Mary and Ancient Ephesus (included)
1 PM – Depart Kusadasi
5:45 PM – Arrive at Patmos
Shore excursion – Religious visit at St. John’s Monastery & the Grotto of the Apocalypse (included)
8:30 PM – Depart Patmos
Sunday, October 13
7 AM – Arrive at Heraklion-Crete
Shore excursion – Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European civilization (included)
12 NOON – Depart Heraklion-Crete
4:30 PM Arrive at Santorini
9:30 PM Depart Santorini
Monday, October 14
7 AM Return to Piraeus and depart for the U.S. from Athens International Airport. Return flights should be scheduled after 12:00 noon. For more information about the cruise, visit (https://www.celestyalcruises.com).
Option 2: Return home
Friday, October 11
Depart for the U.S. from Athens International Airport