Greece Tour – In the Footsteps of Paul, October 2021

October 1, 2021 – October 10, 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 (October 1-10)
  • 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, September 30, 2021 – Monday, October 11, 2021 (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 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, October 1, 2021

Departure from Greece

  • Fly OUT OF Athens (Athens International Airport – ATH) on Sunday, October 10, 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

 

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

 

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 June 1, 2021: $150 per person
  • June 2 – June 30, 2021: $250 per person
  • July 1 – July 31, 2021: $500 per person
  • August 1 – September 14, 2021: $1,000 per person
  • On or after September 15,2021: 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) – $2,750 per person
Greece Tour (single occupancy) – $3,550

 

To be announced.

Tour Itinerary

 

Thursday, September 30, 2021
Depart from the U.S.

 

Friday, October 1
Arrive at Macedonia International Airport of Thessaloniki. Dinner and overnight stay at the Grand Hotel Palace (or similar).

 

Saturday, October 2
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 (or similar).

 

Sunday, October 3

Visit Thessaloniki

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) 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

  • 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).

 

Monday, October 4

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 (or sinmular).

 

Tuesday, October 5

Visit Delphi

  • 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 Grand Hyatt Athens  (or similar).

 

Wednesday, October 6

Visit Athens

  • 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 Grand Hyatt Athens (or similar).

 

Thursday, October 7

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 Grand Hyatt Athens (or similar).

 

Friday, October 8
One-Day Cruise

  • 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 Grand Hyatt Athens (or similar).

 

Saturday, October 9

  • Free time to explore Athens on your own.
  • After lunch visit the National Museum of Athens and take an afternoon visit to the majestic Sounio Cape to enjoy the sunset

Return for dinner and overnight stay at the Grand Hyatt Athens (or similar).

 

Sunday, October 10

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