WPDC Greece Tour – In the Footsteps of Paul, May 2022

May 7, 2022 – May 16, 2022

Hosted by Dr. Gloria Halverson, CMDA Past President, Past Chair of WPDC, and her husband, Dr. Paul Halverson

ALL CMDA TOURS REQUIRE TRAVELERS TO BE FULLY VACCINATED

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

  • Six nights of first-class hotel lodging (May 7 – 12)
  • 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 Friday, May 6, 2022 – Saturday, May 14, 2022 for main tour. Main tour and extension Friday, May 6, 2022 – Tuesday, May 17, (allows for an extra day of travel at beginning and end of tour). Additional days available for $6 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 shuttle and baggage transfer on arrival and departure
  • 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 Saturday, May 7, 2022

Departure from Greece

  • Fly OUT OF Athens (Athens International Airport – ATH)
  • Tour only – Depart Friday 13, 2022
  • Tour and Extension – Depart Monday, May 16, 2022 after 12:00 Noon

 

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

 

Registration Cost

  • Greece Tour (double occupancy) – $2,360 per person
  • Greece Tour (single occupancy) – $2,960 per person
  • Extension Three-day Cruise (double occupancy) – $999
  • Extension Three-day Cruise (single occupancy) – $1,449
  • Breakfasts and dinners included. All lunches are “on your own”.

 

Visas and Passports

No Visa is required for U.S. citizens to enter Greece 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 January 1, 2022: $300 per person
  • January 1 – 31, 2022: $550 per person
  • February 1 – 28, 2022: $700 per person
  • March 1 – 15, 2022: $1,200 per person
  • On or after March 16,2022: No Refund

Participant safety is always going to be a priority for CMDA including the biblical tours we organize. We are deeply concerned about the COVID pandemic and its impact on individuals throughout the world. Without the availability of COVID vaccines and reduction in COVID concerns globally, tours like this one will be rescheduled until a later date.

Because of the lead time that many CMDA members need to schedule time away from their practice and the length of time it takes to plan and market biblical tours, much of this work is done 8-12 months in advance. In times like these with COVID, we continue to offer a generous refund policy of 100% if a tour is canceled due to continued COVID related concerns.

Thank you for understanding that we are not ignoring the realities of COVID as we announce future tours. We hope that through the COVID vaccine interventions, wearing masks, social distancing, and limiting group gatherings, that all will once again enjoy global travel and opportunities to grow spiritually through biblical tours.

 

Questions?

Please contact Kim Hodge for additional details or questions:

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

Phone: 423.844.1063

Email: Kim.Hodge@cmda.org

Registration Cost

  • Greece Tour (double occupancy) – $2,360 per person
  • Greece Tour (single occupancy) – $2,960 per person
  • Extension Three-day Cruise (double occupancy) – $999
  • Extension Three-day Cruise (single occupancy) – $1,449
  • Breakfasts and dinners included. All lunches are “on your own”.

Hosted by Dr. Gloria Halverson, CMDA Past President and her husband Dr. Paul Halverson.

Saturday, May 7, 2022
Arrive at Macedonia International Airport of Thessaloniki. Dinner and overnight stay at the Grand Hotel Palace (or similar).


Sunday, May 8, 2022 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/


Monday, May 9, 2022 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


Tuesday, May 10, 2022: 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 http://www.meteora-greece.com/ Traveling to the pictures Arahova for dinner and overnight at hotel Amalia in historic Delphi http://amaliahoteldelphi.gr or similar


Wednesday, May 11, 2022: 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.htm

Have free time for shopping in the famous Plaka area of the Flea 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, May 12, 2022 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).


End of Tour Options

Option 1: Return home

Friday, May 13, 2022
Depart for the U.S. from Athens International Airport

Option 2:
A three-day cruise in the Aegean Sea aboard the Celestyal Olympia (tentative schedule)

Friday, May 13, 2022
11:30 AM – Depart from Piraeus
6 PM – Arrive at Mykonos Island
11 PM – Depart Mykonos Island

Saturday, May 14, 2022
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 – visit St. John’s Monastery & the Grotto of the Apocalypse (included)
8:30 PM – Depart Patmos

Sunday, May 15, 2022
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, May 16, 2022
7 AM Return to Piraeus and depart for the U.S. from Athens International Airport. Return flights should be scheduled after 12:00 noon.

Questions?

Please contact Kim Hodge for additional details or questions:

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

Phone: 423.844.1063

Email: Kim.Hodge@cmda.org