An exciting tour filled with culture, biblical teaching, and fellowship. Even if you have been to Greece before, our tour will open new insights into the Apostle Paul and how his ministry got started in Europe. Come join us for a life-changing trip to Greece and follow in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul.
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
- Use of Whispers headsets
- All Tips
- International Travel Insurance from Thursday, September 24, 2020 – Friday, Tuesday, October 6, 2020 (allows for an extra day of travel at beginning and end of tour). Additional days available for $5 per person, per day. This coverage includes; Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Medical Expenses, Disability Income, Emergency Medical Evacuation, Crisis Management, including the expense and coordination of a security evacuation, Personal Property, and General Liability.
Three-Day Cruise Package includes
- Three nights lodging – standard inside cabin
- Two shore excursions
- All meals while onboard (includes beverage package)
- Port Taxes
- Fly IN TO Thessaloniki (Macedonia International Airport – SKG) no later than Saturday, September 26, 2020.
- Fly OUT OF Athens (Athens International Airport – ATH)
- Land Tour Only – Depart Friday, October 2, 2020
- Land and Cruise Tour – Depart on Monday, October 5, 2020 after 12 noon
- For those including the three-day cruise at the end of the tour, the earliest flight departure time on Monday, October 5 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.
Direct Number: 865-777-1600
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.
Postponing or Cancelling Reservations
If Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) cancels your tour:
- Passengers booked on a tour where the cancellation is initiated by CMDA and our in-country partner can have all funds paid to CMDA applied to a future tour or returned in the original form of payment. We ask that you be patient and allow 10 – 15 days for the refund process.
If you would like to postpone or cancel your reservation:
- If you wish to postpone your travels, CMDA will allow participants booked on any tour scheduled through December 31, 2021 to transfer their reservation to any future event without rebooking or cancellation fees.
- If you choose to cancel your reservation and change your mind before your scheduled tour travels, we will re-book you to the same tour with no additional fees, if there is availability.
- If you choose to cancel your reservation without rebooking on another tour, your cancelations and requests for refund must be submitted in writing to the CMDA at the address below or by email. Cancelation charges will be assessed as follows:
Before or on July 1, 2020 $150 per person
July 2 – August 15, 2020 $250 per person
August 1 – 15, 2020 $500 per person
August 16 – 31, 2020 $1,000 per person
On or after September 1, 2020 No Refund
Kim Hodge Kim.Hodge@cmda.org
PO Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621
Contact Kim Hodge at Kim.Hodge@cmda.org or call 423-844-1063.
|Land Only||Land and Cruise|
Friday, September 25
Depart from the U.S.
Saturday, September 26
Arrive at Macedonia International Airport of Thessaloniki. Dinner and overnight stay at the Grand Hotel Palace (or similar).
Sunday, September 27
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 (or similar).
Monday, September 28
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 (or similar).
Tuesday, September 29
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
Wednesday, September 30
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 (or similar).
Thursday, October 1
- 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.
End of Tour Options
Option 1: A three-day cruise in the Aegean Sea aboard the Celestyal Olympia (tentative schedule)
Friday, October 2
11:30 AM – Depart from Piraeus
6 PM – Arrive at Mykonos Island
11 PM – Depart Mykonos Island
Saturday, October 3
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 4
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 5
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 2
Depart for the U.S. from Athens International Airport