GREECE: June 10-20, 2019 "St. Paul in Greece" (Program #190602)
Day One. Depart the USA from Newark, NJ (EWR)on Austrian Airlines Flight 090 to Vienna; transfer to Austrian Airlines flight 809 for Thessaloniki, Greece. If you are able during the journey, take the time to read “The Little History of the Greeks” that will be provided for you. It includes an overview from ancient times until the current day, and will help you get a sense of who the Greeks of today are, and how their culture was shaped. Overnight: In flight.
Day Two: Arrival Day. Arrive in the afternoon (estimated time 15.30 hours) in Thessaloniki; meet our bus and transfer as a group to our hotel. For those arranging their own air, our program begins at dinner in Thessaloniki, where we will meet each other and then look forward to a good night’s rest. Overnight: Thessaloniki. (1 of 3) D.
Day Three: The Gospel’s Arrival. After a good breakfast, we will drive eastward to the entry point of the Gospel into Europe at ancient Philippi and its nearby port at modern Kavalla (Neapolis of Acts 16:11). Our drive will give us time to introduce Paul, his life and his journeys, as well as probe important topics like “being a Greek in the first century.” Sites include: Views of Apollonia, Amphipolis, visit to Kavalla and Philippi. When we return to Thessaloniki, our group will have dinner at a local taverna, for a night of Greek food, music and fun experiences. Overnight: Thessaloniki. (2 of 3). B,D.
Day Four: Paul and the Thessalonians. After the beating and jailing in Philippi, the perils of the Second Mission Journey continued in what is now modern Greece, as detailed in Acts 16-18. Paul’s visit in Thessalonica was interrupted by a crowd opposed to his teachings about salvation through Jesus alone. Jason (who scholars suggest may have been the cousin of Paul) was arrested in order to press Paul to leave the city after only a few weeks stay. Today we will visit the archaeological remains of an ancient shopping district uncovered in the heart of the modern city, as well as some of the chief attractions of modern Thessaloniki, with a view toward the seven basic practices Paul pressed the early believers to emulate (1,2 Thessalonians). Sites include: Christian-Byzantine Museum, the ancient basilica Church of St. Demetrius, the Agora excavation, a visit to the upper city. Overnight: Thessaloniki. (2 of 3). Famous for its fish, you will want to reserve a table at one of the exciting local restaurants (suggestions will be provided). Overnight: Thessaloniki. (3 of 3). B.
Day Five: Paul’s Outreach to Macedonia. No visit to Greece would be complete without some look at the contributions of King Philip and Alexander the Great in spreading Hellenism to the whole Mediterranean region. Today we will both be stunned by the beauty of the finds in some ancient tombs, and visit a quiet cemetery with faces on the graves of people who may have met Paul, Silas, Timothy and Dr. Luke at Berea. Sites include: Berea (Veria), Vergina (Tombs of Macedonian Kings), Dion, Litochoro (time permitting). Overnight: Larissa or Trikala area. (1 of 2). B, D.
Day Six: Orthodoxy and Theological Foundations. When the Hebrew message of Jesus came from the east into Greek culture, it took on a creedal nature and was systematized into “theological bullet points” (something it never had before). Today we will be challenged as we recall that process and follow the transition of the message of the Gospel to the foundations of orthodox practice, while highlighting the difference between eastern and western thought. Meteora Monasteries. Overnight: Larissa or Trikala. (2 of 2). B, D.
Day Seven: Facing Paganism. Lurking in the background of events of the New Testament were an array of strange cults and mythological practices. Some poke through into the text from time to time (as at Lystra in Turkey, where Barnabas was called “Zeus” and Paul was called “Hermes” by the crowd, cp. Acts 14:12). Today we get a primer on the nature of the gods and cultic practices of the people Paul and his companions sought to reach with the message of Jesus. Sites include: Views on the drive to Ancient Delphi and a special visit to that ancient site. Overnight: Delphi. (1 of 1) B, D.
Day Eight: The Trek to Athens. The Second Mission Journey was an emotional low point for Paul, so we will follow the story of his struggle and stirring at Athens. We will travel from Delphi to Athens this morning, arrive mid-morning and visit some important sites from the “Golden Age” of Athens: Acropolis (with Parthenon, Erechtheion and Museum), view of Herod Atticus Odeon and Theatre of Dionysius. Overnight: Athens. (1 of 3) B, D.
Day Nine: Paul in Athens. Greeks of every class engaged the Gospel at the time of Paul and just after him under the ministry of the Pastoral leadership of Dionysius (led to Jesus by Paul). Sites include the Areopagus, the cemetery archaeology of Kereimakos (time and conditions permitting) and an exciting walk in the ancient Agora Paul was stirred in so long ago, as well as a close up look at the Haephestus Temple, the Stoa of Attalos and other excavated monuments in the ancient city. We will have some time for a bit of shopping in Plaka as well. When we return to the hotel, you will want to make an arrangement at one of the great Taverna restaurants in the city for dinner with some of your traveling companions (suggestions will be provided.) Overnight: Athens. (2 of 3). B.
Day Ten: Paul in Corinth. Paul both ministered in Corinth for eighteen months, and wrote several letters to them (two of which are included in the New Testament canon). Today we will journey out of Athens to encounter the place where Paul spent the second longest voluntary stay to build ministry partners (not including his incarcerations). Sites include: Elefsina (ancient Eleusis), Isthmia (time permitting), Corinth and nearby Cenchrea. Don’t miss another exciting night at a local restaurant of your choice! Overnight: Athens. (3 of 3) B.
Day Eleven: Departure Day. Depart for the USA. The group air departure is on United Airlines Flight 125 schedule to depart ATH around noon (12:15-16:20). The flight returns to Newark, NJ in the USA.
FULL TOUR PRICE OF $4399 (Jun 10-20, 2019 … 11-days) INCLUDES air from Newark NJ (EWR), group transfers in Greece, hotels with breakfast, six (6) dinners, tips for group services, full sightseeing, the services of an English-speaking lecturer, resource notebook (downloadable), local guide (where required) and entrance fees to sites/activities as listed in the program. All taxes and surcharges in effect as of August 1, 2018 are included. If additional surcharges or taxes are imposed by the airlines or governments, any additional amounts will be the responsibility of the passenger. A surcharge will be the responsbility of the passenger if the euro vs dollar rate exceeds 1.3. This program price is based on a minimum of 20 participants.
LAND ONLY PRICE of $3099 INCLUDES all of the above except airfare and airport transfers.
NOT INCLUDED are personal items such as laundry; coffee during or after meals; lunches, three (3) dinners, tips for personal favors; excess baggage and forwarding of baggage; transfers other than with the group; optional travel insurance.
YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS in 4*-5* hotels have been chosen for your enjoyment. The double occupancy rooms are twin-bedded with private bath. Individuals enrolling without a roommate may request to be assigned one, or, if not available, individuals will be subject to the $600 single supplement charge. There is limited availability for single rooms and they are usuallly smaller than normal twin rooms.
PAYMENT: A nonrefundable deposit of $300 per person, is required to secure your place on the program. (Deposit may be refunded only if CTSP withdraws the offer of the program.) A second payment of $2000 is due Dec 9, 2018. Final payment is due to CTSP by Mar 8, 2019. Thereafter, a late payment fee of $100 per person per month, plus any airfare increase will be assessed.
90+ days prior non-refundable deposit
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*If your cancellation results in a roommate needing a single supplement, that amount will be charged to you in addition to the above fees.
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ITINERARY LENGTH: Flight times are subject to change without advance notice. CTSP is not responsible for changes and delays in airline schedules and does not reimburse passengers for expenses resulting from delays. Because airlines often change flight times and dates at the last minute, CTSP strongly recommends the purchase of any connecting tickets which can be changed without heavy fees and penalties. If airline(s) change flight schedules, CTSP reserves the right to lengthen or shorten the itinerary accordingly, and whenever possible, you will be notified in writing. If changes necessitate extra overnights, you will be charged (per night) US$140pp double occupancy, or single rooms US$220 for BB.
AIRLINE ARRANGEMENTS from Newark NJ (EWR) to Thessaloniki, and back to Neward from Athens are included if you choose the Full Tour price. Air Transportation will be economy class aboard regularly scheduled carriers utilizing non-refundable, non-amendable tickets. Once your ticket has been written, it cannot be rewritten or refunded.
YOUR LUGGAGE is restricted in size and shape by the airline, and is limited to one checked piece, plus carryon. You should contact the airline prior to departure to confirm the specific size and weight restrictions.
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