Steps of Paul Holiday 2019

Visit the ruins of the ancient city where Paul worked and explore the 1st-century ruins of the Agora where Paul's trial by Gallio took place. In Ephesus you will walk through one of the most magnificent ancient sites in the world - see the Fountain of Trajan, the Library of Celsus and, of course, the 24,000 capacity Great Theatre, the scene of a mass protest against Paul’s teachings. So, come with us on a journey that takes you to some of the most important and inspiring sites on St Paul’s missionary travels and to some of the most beautiful spots in the Aegean.
Duration
16 Days
Departs
25 September 2019
From
$8,950
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TOUR INCLUDES

A Christian Tour Leader throughout the holiday

Return Economy Airfares to Europe

3 Night Aegean Cruise with CFT shore excursions

14 breakfasts
9 lunches
13 dinners

Quality hotel accommodation with private facilities

Sightseeing as outlined and all entry fees

Luggage assistance at hotels

“The highlight of the tour was travelling with, and getting to know, other Christians from a variety of backgrounds, churches, experiences, etc. Fun and laughter, sharing and caring with others.”

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1
Wednesday 25 September 2019
Depart Australia

We begin our journey with an evening flight from Australia (Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth). We arrive in Dubai in the early morning and have arranged for the hotel rooms to be ready on arrival.

DAY 2
Thursday 26 September 2019
Dubai – City Tour – Dancing Fountain Show

Following an early morning transfer from the airport to the hotel you will have time for a shower and change in our hotel rooms that will be arranged to check into early. Later in the morning you’ll enjoy a guided tour of this amazing new city resplendent with stunning skyscrapers and towers: an architectural oasis in the desert. Tonight, we will enjoy our first group dinner together when we dine in a local restaurant overlooking the dancing fountain show.

DAY 3
Friday 27 September 2019
Arrive in Athens

After breakfast, we will be transferred to the airport for our flight to Athens, the capital of Greece and the heart of its ancient empire. On arrival in Athens we will be met and transferred to our hotel. Athens was an important stop on St Paul’s missionary journey and it is from here that we start our own travels in his footsteps.

DAY 4
Saturday 28 September 2019
Corinth – Canal Cruise

Today we visit Corinth (Acts 18:1-18), a city that inspired Paul’s most familiar letter. You’ll visit the Archaeological Museum, the Market Place, the Temples, and walk among the ruins and stand on the Bema where Paul stood. Whilst there we’ll read some of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians and visualize his address to the Gentiles as he began the task of building Corinth’s church. Take time to imagine where Aquila and Priscilla lived and where they had their tent making business.

Enjoy a cruise along the Corinth Canal before our return to Athens.

DAY 5
† Sunday 29 September
Athens – Worship – Time and leisure

This morning we will enjoy worship and then, in the afternoon, you can explore the city of Athens on your own using our “buddy system.” You may like to visit one or two museums near the city centre or go shopping for souvenirs. Return to the hotel by taxi at your own time and cost.

DAY 6
Monday 30 September 201
Delphi – Mount Parnassus – Kalambaka

After breakfast we start our tour to Northern Greece. Here we visit Delphi, whose famed temple and oracle was so important in the ancient world that the site was known as the “Omphalos” (navel) or centre of the earth. We visit the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo, Pythios and its museum, set in a landscape of unparalleled beauty on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. We travel onto Kalambaka, a picturesque town located at the foot of the incredible rock formations of Meteora.

DAY 7
Tuesday 1 October 2019
Meteora Monasteries– Veria (Berea) – Thessaloniki

In the morning visit the famed Meteora Monasteries, one of the most important religious complexes in Greece. Set on top of a series of giant sandstone pillars, the monasteries appear to be suspended in mid-air. Dating from the 11th Century these are still active religious communities and offer us insights into the historic church as well as exquisite examples of Byzantine art. On the way to Thessaloniki we will drive to Veria (ancient Berea), visiting the memorial that commemorates Paul’s preaching to the local Jews in 54AD (Acts 17).

DAY 8
Wednesday 2 October 2019
Philippi – Kavala (Neapolis)

Today we visit Philippi where Paul delivered a sermon that sowed the seeds of Christianity. A moving and special time will be spent remembering the baptism of Lydia, the first baptism on European soil, as well as the imprisonment and conversion of the Philippian gaoler (Acts 16:11-15;16- 34). Amongst the ruins, located on the rocky ledge above the town’s main road is the actual site of the prison where Paul and Silas were thrown. This is the Bible truly coming alive! From Philippi we continue on to the modern port city of Kavala, once ancient Neapolis. It was here that Paul first set foot in Europe, accompanied by Silas, Luke and Timothy.

DAY 9
Thursday 3 October 2019
Thessaloniki sightseeing – Athens

Paul first came to Thessaloniki in 50-51 AD during his second missionary journey and it was here that he established the second Christian community in Europe (after Philippi) and wrote his letter to the Thessalonians.

This morning we will explore Thessaloniki, visiting the Agora where Paul preached and Byzantine Churches, including the Church of St. Dimitris, the caves and Well of Apostle Paul, the House of Jason and the Monastery of Vlatadon. Other highlights include the ancient walls that once surrounded the town, the White Tower, the Roman Market, theatre and baths and Arch of Galerius.

In the afternoon we fly back to Athens where our cruise will depart the following day.

DAY 10
Friday 4 October 2019
Embark Aegean Cruise - Mykonos

After breakfast, we will be transferred to the “Celestyal Olympia” where we will begin our 3-night cruise around the Aegean. Our first port of call is Mykonos; the whitewashed streets and windmills of this Cycladic Island will enchant you. Free time to walk the winding narrow streets or enjoy the beautiful sunset from the waterfront! We will then set sail for the Turkish city of Kusadasi.

DAY 11
Saturday 5 October 2019
Ephesus – Patmo

From Kusadasi we visit Ephesus, the most impressive archaeological site in Turkey; its excavated remains reflect centuries of history, from classical Greece to the Roman Empire to the spread of Christianity. In the 1st Century AD the Apostle Paul spent 3 years in Ephesus preaching the Gospel and we will tour the Great Amphitheatre where the crowds chanted for two hours in protest of Paul’s preaching. Nearby is the legendary House of the Virgin Mary that we will also visit.

This afternoon we cruise to the island of Patmos, known as the “Holy Island” for the Christian faith. We’ll visit the grotto where the Book of Revelation was written during John’s exile from the Roman Empire, and see the 11th Century Monastery of St John, home to over 300 beautifully preserved early manuscripts, including a Gospel of Luke.

DAY 12
† Sunday 6 October 2019
Crete – Santorini

Heraklion is Crete’s largest city and one of Greece’s major urban centres. Titus travelled here from Corinth to present the Apostle Paul’s fundraising letter and it is believed that he remained in the city of Candia (present day Heraklion) until his death. Crete was once the centre of the Minoan civilization (2700 to 1600BC), an empire that stretched to other Aegean Islands such as Santorini. This afternoon we will travel to Santorini, a breathtaking island believed to be the lost continent of Atlantis. In the early evening, we will embark the ship for the return trip to Athens.

DAY 13
Monday 7 October 2019
Athens sightseeing – Dubai

After breakfast we disembark in Athens for a wonderful day of sightseeing. We begin with a visit to the ancient citadel of the Acropolis that dominates the city skyline; these 5th Century BC ruins include the famous Parthenon. It is a great moment when we ascend the nearby Areopagus (Mars Hill) where Saint Paul delivered his famous “Men of Athens” speech (Acts 17:15). This site is just south of the ancient Agora or market place. We will also drive past the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Presidential Palace, Hadrian’s Arch, and the Panathenaic (Olympic) Stadium, before arriving at the airport for our flight home. This afternoon we will travel to the airport for our flight to Dubai. On arrival in Dubai we will be transferred to our hotel for two nights

DAY 14
Tuesday 8 October 2019
Dubai – Day at leisure and Dinner Cruise

Today is a full day of leisure in Dubai. You might like to visit the famous Dubai Mall, explore the Gold and Spice Souks or choose one of the many optional tours (available on tour). Tonight will be a fitting end to our holiday as we enjoy a dinner cruise along the historic Dubai Creek. What a wonderful experience of faith and fellowship we have shared.

DAY 15- 16
Wednesday 9 + Thursday 10 October 2019
Dubai - Australia

After breakfast we will be transferred to the airport for our final flight home to Australia.

We arrive in Australia Thursday morning. Our holiday may be at an end, but we hope that your personal spiritual journey has been enhanced having followed in the Steps of the Apostle Paul.

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Location
Highlights
Aegean cruise on the “Celestyal Olympia”
Delphi Stairs
Patmos Castle
Areopagus, near the Acropolis in Athens
Ephesus, the Great Amphitheatre
Santorini, Greece
"Triptych monument" in Berea
Heraklion, Crete
Meteora Monastries
Mykonos, Greece
  • Aegean cruise on the “Celestyal Olympia”
  • Delphi Stairs
  • Patmos Castle
  • Areopagus, near the Acropolis in Athens
  • Ephesus, the Great Amphitheatre
  • Santorini, Greece
  • "Triptych monument" in Berea
  • Heraklion, Crete
  • Meteora Monastries
  • Mykonos, Greece
Experience
The CFT Difference
Travel and fellowship with other Christians.
The care of a Christian Tour Leader.
Relax. Everything is taken care of. 
Daily devotions and organised Sunday service.
Fully escorted from Australia.
Steps of Paul Holiday 2019 Pricing
All Inclusive Fares
Description
International Airport
Twin PP
$8,950
Single
$9,980
Description
International Airport
Twin PP
$8,950
Single
$9,980
Description
International Airport
Twin PP
$8,950
Single
$9,980
Description
International Airport
Twin PP
$8,950
Single
$9,980
Description
International Airport
Twin PP
$8,950
Single
$9,980
Tour code:
SOP1993CFT
Departing:
SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE & PERTH
Departs:

Wednesday
25 September 2019

Returns:

Thursday
10 October 2019

Category
Description
Twin PP
Single
Sydney
International Airport
$8,950
$9,980
Melbourne
International Airport
$8,950
$9,980
Brisbane
International Airport
$8,950
$9,980
Adelaide
International Airport
$8,950
$9,980
Perth
International Airport
$8,950
$9,980
Tour code:
SOP1993CFT
Departing:
SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE & PERTH
Departs:

Wednesday
25 September 2019

Returns:

Thursday
10 October 2019

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