Greece Tour – In the Footsteps of Paul, May 2021

May 28, 2021 – June 6, 2021

A biblical tour you won’t want to miss.

The Apostle Paul’s Journey may become your very own as you retrace his footsteps. Greeks have been offering hospitality from ancient times. Today, Greek believers invite you to visit the places where Paul first brought the gospel to Europe and planted the churches of the New Testament.

You will never read the Bible the same after this unforgettable journey through 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 Greece will astound you!

We will find rich communion following the steps of Paul, as we visit magnificent cathedrals, look upon inspiring religious markers, and thrill at some of the world’s richest displays of sacred art, from murals of scenes from the Bible to inspired renderings of events such as the Transfiguration of Christ. Our visit to cities like Corinth will have us ever contemplating Paul’s stirring admonitions and appreciating the great fruits of his labor as we are reminded that “many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized” (Acts 18:8).

Experience the land of Greece and see how it transforms your reading of the Bible.

Tour Package includes

  • Nine nights of first-class hotel lodging (May 28 – June 6)
  • Hotel city tax and porterage at hotels
  • Breakfast and dinner at hotels or local restaurants
  • Entrance fees to museums and other sites
  • Bus transportation throughout tour
  • Use of Whispers headsets to hear the tour guide
  • Tips to guides, drivers and hotel staff
  • Government licensed tour guide throughout the tour
  • International Travel Insurance from Thursday, May 27, 2021 – Monday, June 7, 2021 (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.

 

Tour Package Does NOT Include

  • International flights
  • Airport baggage transfer
  • Lunches
  • Beverages

 

Travel Arrangements – NOTE WE FLY IN AND OUT OF DIFFERENT AIRPORTS

Arrival to Greece

  • Fly IN TO Thessaloniki (Macedonia International Airport – SKG) no later than Friday, May 28, 2021

Departure from Greece

  • Fly OUT OF Athens (Athens International Airport – ATH) on Sunday, June 6, 2021

 

Recommended Travel Agency

Travelers are welcome to make international flight arrangements through their preferred travel source or World Travel Service, Inc. is available to assist. Direct Number: 865-777-1600

 

Visas and Passports

No Visa is required for U.S. citizens to enter Israel as a tourist. A valid passport is required.

 

Activity Level

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.

 

Cancellation Fees 
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 choose to cancel your reservation, your cancelations and requests for refund must be submitted in writing to the CMDA. Attention Kim Hodge P.O. Box 7500 Bristol, TN 37621-7500 or email kim.hodge@cmda.org.

Cancellation charges will be assessed as follows:

  • Before or on February 1, 2021: $150 per person
  • February 2 – February 28, 2021: $250 per person
  • March 1 – March 31, 2021: $500 per person
  • April 1 – 15, 2021: $1,000 per person
  • On or after April 16,2021: No Refund

Registration Cost:

Greece Tour (double occupancy) – $2,750 per person
Greece Tour (single occupancy) – $3,550

 

Hosted by Jamey Campbell, CMDA Chief Operating Officer and his wife Janeen with Paul Montgomery, Senior Director, Stewardship Legacy Gifts and his wife Cherry.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Depart from the U.S.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Arrive at Macedonia International Airport of Thessaloniki. Dinner and overnight stay at the Grand Hotel Palace (or similar).

Saturday, May 29, 2021  Visit Philippi and Neapolis
Day’s trip to Philippi and Neapolis (Kavala).  http://ancientgreecejourney.co.uk/places/philipi.htm
In Philippi (Acts 16:12-40; 20:6) Paul preached his evangelistic sermon to women who had gathered at the river. You will visit the river where Paul baptized Lydia, a purple fabric merchant, who became the first Christian woman to be baptized on European soil (Acts 16:14, 15, 40). You will also see a crypt, dating from the Roman period, which according to the Church’s tradition, has been the place where Paul was flogged and imprisoned. Also, at Philippi, you will see the ancient Roman Agora (Forum) built during the time of Augustus and mentioned in the Book of Acts as the place where Paul was publicly punished after he healed the demon-possessed girl (Acts 16:19). 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. Paul’s letter to Philippians was addressed to the local Christians, 14 years after his first visit there.You will also see Neapolis (present-day Kavalla), Greece’s most picturesque mainland port. Paul arrived in this city (Acts 16:11) with his coworkers  Timothy (Acts 16:1-3; 17:14-15; 18:5; 20:4, 5) and Silas (Acts 15:22-35, 40, 41; 16:25-40; 17:4, 14, 15) .  On the way back to Thessaloniki, you will see the remains of the famous ancient road Via Egnatia. You will pass by the ancient cities of Amphipolis and Apollonia, which are mentioned in the Book of Acts (Acts 17:1).
Dinner and overnight at Grand  Hotel Palace  http://grandhotelpalace.gr/?lang=el or similar
Sunday, May 30, 2021 Visit Thessaloniki
Today we continue touring in the city of Thessaloniki (Acts 17:1-13)
http://ancientgreecejourney.co.uk/places/thessaloniki.htm
http://ancientgreecejourney.co.uk/places/thess%20sights.htm
Paul wrote two epistles to Thessalonians, both in the canon of the NT.  Here we will try to visit the Roman Agora(Forum)  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). The Arch of Galerius and Rotonda was later converted to the Church of Saint George. You will also see the City Walls and the Great Gate, which connects the city with Via Egnatia (Via Egnatia was the trans-continental east-west road of the Roman Empire built on the 2nd century BC). ( You may visit the St. Luke’s hospital in Thessaloniki but I doubt if you have time)After lunch,  we will be traveling to Veria (ancient Berea) where Paul visited and preached to the Jewish synagogue of the city and to the Greek nobility who readily accepted the new faith (Acts 17:10-15). In this city, there is a monument dedicated to Apostle Paul. You will see the Jewish quarter where the synagogue is still situated today. We continue our trip to the recently discovered archaeological site of Vergina, the old capital of the Macedonian Kingdom (5th to 2nd centuries BC). There you will visit the grave of Philip the 2nd, the father of Alexander the Great, which was found intact. Vergina, the birthplace of Macedonia, http://www.macedonian-heritage.gr/Museums/Archaeological_and_Byzantine/Arx_Bas_Tafoi_Berginas.html  (hope you will be able to visit the graves in Vergina if the time allows.)Dinner and overnight at Grand Meteora  hotel in Kalambaka   http://www.grandmeteora.gr or similar
Monday, May 31, 2021: Visit Meteora monasteries
After breakfast, visit the beautiful place of Meteora monasteries at the top of exotic rocks. This will provides a tremendous introduction to Eastern Orthodox Church ttp://www.meteora-greece.com/ Traveling to the pictures Arahova for dinner and overnight at hotel Amalia in historic Delphi   http://amaliahoteldelphi.gr or similar
Tuesday, June 1, 2021: Visit Delphi
Today we will visit the center of the Ancient Greek universe connected with the worship of Apollo on the other side of the golf where ancient  Corinth is located.  Explore the hilltop museum and ruins of majestic natural beauty along with the famous amphitheater, and Temple of Apollo. https://sacredsites.com/europe/greece/delphi.htmlAfter lunch, drive to Athens for dinner and overnight at Grand Hyatt Athens Hotel.  https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/greece/grand-hyatt-athens/athgh?src=corp_lclb_gmb_seo_eame_athgh  or similar.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021: Visit Athens (Acts 17:15-34)
The architectural splendors of this ancient city are majestic. You will visit the world-renown hill of  Acropolis. Particular emphasis will be on the visit to the Areopagus (Mars Hill) where Paul gave his famous speech to the Athenian philosophers (Acts 17:18-34). You will be visiting also in the same area, the Ancient Agora (Forum), where Paul met the Philosophers, the Stoa of Attalus, and the Temple of Hephaestus. Athens is related to the meanings of Democracy, City Assembly (Ecclesia), and Reasoning (Logos) were first conceived and practiced in this part of the world. Many of the terms used by the Athenian Democracy were incorporated in the Church’s terminology. (Ecclesia, Logos).http://ancientgreecejourney.co.uk/places/ancient%20athens.htmHave free time for shopping in the famous Plaka area of the Flee Market of Athens.Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Athens. Grand Hyatt Athens Hotel.  https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/greece/grand-hyatt-athens/athgh?src=corp_lclb_gmb_seo_eame_athgh  or similar.
Thursday, June 3, 2021 Visiting Corinth all day. Corinth (Acts 18:1-18)
Corinth is the city where Paul stayed for one and a half years, during his first visit, the longest he stayed in any of the cities he visited except Ephesos. Paul wrote at least four letters addressed to the Church of Corinth, two of which are found in the NT.  From Corinth, he wrote three, and possibly four epistles addressed to the first Christians in Rome, Thessaloniki, and Galatia. You will be visiting the Archaeological Museum, the Ancient Agora (Forum), and the Bema where Paul stood in front of Gallio (Acts 18:12-17), the Roman Pro-Consul of Achaea. You will be seeing the inscription of Erastus, the treasurer of the city, mentioned in the epistle to Romans.  (Acts 19:22; Romans 16:23; 2 Timothy 4:20)/ 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 Grand Hyatt Athens (or similar).
Friday, June 4, 2021:  One Day Cruise visiting three Greek islands

Early in the morning after breakfast, go to the port for embarking the boat for taking one day cruise to visit three Greek islands for having the flavor and the beauty of them… you will be having lunch on the boat and return to your hotel for dinner and overnight. Grand Hyatt Athens Hotel.  https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/greece/grand-hyatt-athens/athgh?src=corp_lclb_gmb_seo_eame_athgh  or similar.  (whole day even cruise departs 8am and returns 7:30pm)

For more info on the one day cruise see: https://www.onedaycruise.gr/en/

Saturday, June 5, 2021: 
A day to explore Athens on your own.  Visit the Acropolis Museum or the National Museum of Athens. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon visit in the majestic Sounio Cape for enjoying the sunset.Return at your hotel for dinner and overnight Grand Hyatt Athens Hotel.  https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/greece/grand-hyatt-athens/athgh?src=corp_lclb_gmb_seo_eame_athgh  or similar.
Sunday, June 6, 2021:
Take a transfer to the Athens International Airport for your flight home

Mail:
Kim Hodge
CMDA
PO Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621

Email:
Kim.Hodge@cmda.org