Monday, September 17 OKLAHOMA CITY DEPARTURE
Depart mid-afternoon from Oklahoma City on Delta Air Lines flight arriving early-evening into Atlanta International Airport. Proceed to connecting gate for departure on Delta Air Lines flight to Athens.
Tuesday, September 18 ATHENS ARRIVAL
Arrive late-morning into Charles de Gaulle Paris International Airport, proceed to connecting gate for departure on Delta Air Lines flight to Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport. Upon late afternoon arrival in Athens, receive a welcome from Greek tour manager. Transfer into Athens by private motorcoach with orientation of the city provided en route. Arrive at the Athens Plaza Hotel, located near the Plaka. Get settled in for a three-night stay followed by early dinner at the hotel and a night of rest. (D)
Wednesday, September 19 ATHENS
A discovery of Athens begins with a morning walk to the ultra-modern Acropolis Museum for a memorable introduction before climbing to the Acropolis* with its magnificent Parthenon. Continue to the nearby Areopagus, also known as Mars Hill, where Apostle Paul encountered the philosophers (Acts 17:15-34). Remainder of the day for individual exploration with dinner on own. Overnight at Athens hotel. (B)
Thursday, September 20 ATHENS (Corinth excursion)
Travel this morning to the Peloponnese and the site of ancient Corinth. Upon arrival, enjoy a group lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the canal. Visit the ruins of the city where Apostle Paul (Acts 18:1-18) spent 18 months including the first-century shops, the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, the fountain of Pirene and the Bema of Apostle Paul where he was arraigned before Gallo Roman governor. Conclude your excursion with a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth. Return to Athens for evening at leisure and dinner on own. (B,L)
Friday, September 21 GREEK ISLAND CRUISE TO MYKONOS
After breakfast at hotel, morning private transfer to port of Piraeus for boarding of the Celestyal Cruises Olympia to begin a three-day cruise of the Greek Isles (in category XD outside cabin). Greek tour manager accompanies the group during the cruise. Ship sails at 11:00 a.m. and arrives at the port of Mykonos at 6:00 p.m. where hundreds of tiny chapels and windmills dot this blue and white-washed island. During sailing to Mykonos, a group gathering on board. Set sail again at 11p.m. Dinner and overnight on ship (B,L,D)
Note: Cruise passengers are required to be back on ship an hour before scheduled sailing time. Cruise schedule subject to change due to weather conditions or other considerations, such as safety and security. For more information on the cruise line, ship and sailing, please use link above for Celestyal Cruises 3-Day Iconic Aegean cruise.
Saturday, September 22 CRUISE TO KUSADASI & PATMOS
Arrive at the port of Kusadasi this morning (ship docks from 7:00 a.m. to 12 noon). Hosted by a local Turkish guide, an included shore excursion provides a discovery of the magnificent archeological site of Ephesus (Rev 1:11), one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Stand in the theater where Apostle Paul enraged the crowd (Acts 19:23-41). See the remains of the Temple of Artemis, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Ship sets sail from Kusadasi at noon for the island of Patmos. During sailing this afternoon, group meeting and devotions. Upon arrival at Patmos, use of a tender boat is usually required from ship to shore. Visit included of the 11th century monastery* built at the site where it is believed Apostle John spent his final years in exile and wrote the Book of Revelation (Rev. 1:1, 4, 9). Ship anchors off-shore (from 4:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.). Dinner and overnight on ship. (B,L,D)
Sunday, September 23 CRUISE TO CRETE & SANTORINI
Awake this morning at Heraklion, the capital of Crete and Greece’s largest island (ship docks from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.). On Apostle Paul’s journey to Rome, his ship stopped at two harbors on the south side of the island (Acts 27). Crete is also where Paul left Titus to organize the church warning “Cretans are always liars, vicious brutes, lazy gluttons” (Titus 1:5 and 12). Learn about the Minoans on an optional tour (additional cost and registration onboard ship) featuring the ruins of the Minoan Palace of Knossos dated 1900 BC. Sail for the island of Santorini with group meeting and devotions on the ship. Ship anchors off-shore (from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) and tender boats provide transfer to the island’s cliff-side Oia Village for an included walking tour through the gleaming white streets. Return to ship by tender boat for late dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
Monday, September 24 RETURN TO MAINLAND GREECE/DELPHI
Ship returns to the port of Piraeus early this morning (7:00 a.m.). After disembarking, an awaiting private motorcoach transports group north to Delphi, believed to be the center of the universe and religious world in ancient Greece. Explore the archeological site of ancient Delphi* with a walk along the Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo and marvel at the treasure of artifacts in the Delphi Archeological Museum. Arrive at the family-run Apollonia Hotel in the quaint town of Delphi for check-in and dinner at Patriko Restaurant within walking distance. (B,D)
Tuesday, September 25 DELPHI/KALAMBAKA
Leave Delphi early this morning on a four-hour drive through the hilly and picturesque countryside with afternoon arrival in the city of Kalambaka, located in the shadow of nearby Meteora* with its amazing rock-top monasteries. Beginning in the 11th century, solitary monks lived in the caverns of Meteora. By the 14th century the monks built peaceful havens on top of the jutting pinnacles and cliffs for protection from the incursions as Byzantine power was waning. After visits of two monasteries, arrive at the Divani Meteora Hotel in Kalambaka for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Wednesday, September 26 KALAMBAKA/VERGINA/THESSALONIKI
Morning departure traveling north to Thessaloniki. Possible stop in Vergina, capital of ancient Macedonia. Continue to Naoussa for winery visit with a traditional lunch and tasting of the local wine. Upon arrival in Thessaloniki in late afternoon, discover this historic city with an orientation drive viewing landmarks and visiting one of the early Christian churches before check-in at the Hotel Mediterranean Palace. Group dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)
Thursday, September 27 THESSALONIKI (Philippi excursion)
Morning departure traveling along the ancient route to Philippi, the place where Apostle Paul first preached the gospel in Europe (Acts 16:16-40). Time for devotions at St. Lydia’s Baptistery. View the ancient city forum where Paul was imprisoned. Continue to Kavala, the ancient port of Neapolis, for independent lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the sea. Return to Thessaloniki for evening at leisure with dinner on own. (B)
Friday, September 28 THESSALONIKI/ATHENS
Morning at leisure in Thessaloniki. Late afternoon transfer to the Thessaloniki airport for an early evening Aegean Airlines flight to Athens airport. Walk to the Hotel Sofitel, located on the airport property, for check-in and a farewell dinner this evening. (B,D)
Saturday, September 29 ATHENS DEPARTURE
After breakfast, walk with a local assistant to the check-in counters at the Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport for departure on Delta Air Lines flight arriving mid-afternoon into Charles de Gaulle Paris International Airport, proceed to connecting gate for departure on Delta Air Lines flight to Atlanta, arriving early evening. Clear immigration and customs before proceeding to connecting Delta Air Lines flight to Oklahoma City, arriving late evening into Will Rogers World Airport Oklahoma City. (B)
Itinerary subject to change due to local scheduling.
Flights listed are estimated based on 2017 schedules
*Place or site is one of Greece’s UNESCO Heritage Sites.