Overview

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DETAILS:

  • The trip departs on June 18, 2024 and returns on June 30, 2024

  • Departure Airport: Seattle, WA 

PRICING:

  • $4,490.00 per person based on double occupancy - book now as space is limited!

  • Single room supplement - $850.00

  • Land only (if booking your own flights) - $3,340.00 (airfare credit $1,250.00)

PAYMENT PLAN: 

  • $500.00 deposit per person with registration to secure space

  • $1,000.00 of the total amount is due on or before January 1, 2024

  • Balance due on or before February 19, 2024 (120 days before departure)

REGISTRATION:

  • Registering online? Click the "BOOK NOW" button and fill out the online form; you can pay by check or with a credit card (a 4% platform fee applies)

  • Registering by mail? Please download and complete the registration form (both the personal information page and the terms and conditions page signed at the bottom) with a copy of your passport and a deposit of $500.00 per person made payable to Elias Tours and mail to: 4941 Chalden Ln NE, Marietta, GA 30066

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 FLIGHT SCHEDULE:

Flight information will be available 3 months before the return date. Please continue to check the itinerary on the website for updated flight information.

* Flight times, flight numbers, equipment, gates, and seats are subject to change. For the most current information check the airline website.

June 18 - 30, 2024 18 Jun Greece
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Airfare from Seattle, WA - Other cities available
  • 8 nights in 4-star hotels (double occupancy)
  • 3-Nights Cruise Extension
  • Patmos Tour Excursion 
  • Ephesus Tour Excursion​
  • Breakfast and dinner daily 
  • Entrance fee to all sites
  • All ground transportation in a private tour bus

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Gratuities for guide and driver
  • Lunch
  • Personal Expenses
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE: Travel Insurance is not included in the purchase price. For your convenience, we offer travel insurance through *Travelex Insurance Services. For questions, quotes, or to purchase travel insurance, visit Travelex Insurance or call (800) 228-9792 and use the code 26-0057 for Elias Tours.
Itinerary

                              Footsteps of Paul - St. Luke Lutheran Church

                                                June 18- 30, 2024

 

Day 1 –  June 18:   Departure

Depart from the USA on our flight to Athens. Meals on board.

Day 2 –  June 19:   Arrival – Athens

Upon arrival at Athens Airport, welcome by English-speaking assistant and transfer to hotel.
The remainder of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Athens.

Day 3 –  June 20:   Athens – Mars Hill  – Acropolis

Breakfast at the hotel and we travel directly to the center of Athens to start our half-day panoramic city tour of Athens.  gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens. Then to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896. Continue and pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, Rising some 377 feet above the land below and not far from the Acropolis and Agora (marketplace), Mars Hill served as the meeting place for the Areopagus Court, the highest court in Greece. Mars Hill is the location of one of Paul’s most important gospel presentations at the time of his visit to Athens during his second missionary journey (Acts 17:16–34). It was where he addressed the religious idolatry of the Greeks who even had an altar to the “Unknown God" then visit the ancient roman agora, On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts the order in the mind”, the Parthenon. return to the hotel. Free evening in Athens. Overnight in Athens.                                                                                                                          

Day 4 – June 21:   Athens – Corinth - Olympia

Arrival at the Port and after breakfast, disembarkation. Depart for a full-day tour to Ancient Corinth. Departure to Ancient Corinth, the city, which was the center of trade for many centuries. To begin, we will stop at the famous channel, called the Isthmus in Greek, the place where the Peloponnese and central Greece meet, as well as the Aegean and Ionian seas. The canal was completed at the end of the 19th century by the government of Charilaos Trikoupis and saves ships the more than 400 km it takes to go around the Peloponnese peninsula. We will visit Ancient Corinth with its amazing artifacts, some of which date back to 6000 B.C. The remains of the city, which include the agora (market) and the temple of Apollo (6th century BC) clearly show how rich and important Corinth was in antiquity. The Romans rebuilt the city in 44 B.C. to later make it the provincial capital of Greece. On our way back to Athens, we will make a brief stop at the site of the ancient port of Cehries, where Saint Paul disembarked from Thessaloniki. For Christians, Corinth is mentioned in the New Testament, when Saint Paul addressed the residents of the city in his two epistles, First and Second Corinthians. It is mentioned again in the Acts of the Apostles during the evangelical work of Saint Paul. At the end of the tour.  Overnight in Olympia.

 Day 5 – June 22: Olympia -  Delphi

Spend the morning in Olympia, admiring the splendors of this unique place where the ancient Greek ideas of unity, peace and fair play flourished. See the impressive ruins of Hera and Zeus’s Temples, the Leonidaion, the Workshop of the sculptor Pheidias and of course, the famous Stadium where the Olympic Games were held. Also visit the Museum with its new display of amazing pieces of sculpture, pottery and the architectural remains of the ancient edifices. Don’t miss the pride of this museum, the “Hermes” of Praxiteles, one of the most wonderful ancient statues ever made. Then go north to Patras and drive on the new “hanging” bridge which connects the Peloponnese to the region of Continental Greece in order to reach Delphi. In the evening dinner and overnight in Delphi.          

Day 6 – June 23:  Delphi - Kalambaka

Breakfast at the hotel and we begin our exploration of the ancient site of Delphi. The pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke, was the site of the omphalos, the 'navel of the world'. Blending harmoniously with the superb landscape and charged with sacred meaning, Delphi in the 6th century B.C. was indeed the religious center and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world. We then travel directly to Kalambaka. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka.

Day 7 – June 24:   Meteora Monasteries - Athens 

We spend some time today marveling at this unique phenomenon of nature – 24 perpendicular rocks where 600 years ago Byzantine monks chose to worship God and build their cave-like Monastic community of Meteora. Take in the striking monasteries that crown the summits of these pinnacles with their wooden galleries and corniced rooftops. Dangerously hanging over the stunning abysses, these primitive dwellings compose one of the most fascinating sites on earth. A special treat awaits with a visit to two of these timeless monasteries to see the exquisite specimens of Byzantine art on display. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Athens.

Day 8 –  June 25:   Start the 4 Night Cruise - Mykonos

Begin the day with a drive to the Port of Lavrio and step aboard The Celestyal Discovery, to start a 4-day Greek Islands cruise. Spend the afternoon exploring the Island of Mykonos, world-renowned for its lovely windmills, small cobblestone streets, and countryside. Return to the ship for dinner and overnight.                                                                              

Day 9 –  June 26:    Kusadasi -  Ephesus - Patmos

Step off the ship at Kusadasi and into nearby Ephesus, Turkey, Asia Minor’s greatest archeological site. This Greek and Roman city has been remarkably preserved. Step along with the broad marble where Paul walked. Gaze at the Temple of Artemis (Diana), the Temple of Hadrian, and The Celsus Library. Marvel at the massive theater where Paul was opposed as he spoke boldly about Christ. In the afternoon, enjoy cruising aboard to the island of Patmos, built on a mass of volcanic rock. The island marks the site where the apostle John wrote the book of Revelation. Visit the Monastery of St. John and the cave where he was imprisoned. Return to the ship for dinner and overnight

Day 10 –  June 27:   Rhodes

Arrival at the Island of Rhodes around 07:00 hrs. Disembarkation. You´ll have the opportunity to visit the medieval Rhodes and the acropolis of Lindos, with the ancient temple of Athena built in 300 BC. You will have the opportunity to see the houses of the captains and the Church of Our Mrs. Lindos, the acropolis with the Doric temple of Athena, which was built on a previous monument. Then, in the city of Rhodes, go through the Porta d'Amboise to walk along the street of the knights, where you will see the residences of the knights separated according to the order and whose shields they still display today. In the afternoon, boarding at 6:00 p.m. and departure to Crete. Full board on board.

Day 11 –  June 28:   Crete – Santorini

Visit the Island of Crete -  Heraklion, then to the famous island of Santorini, formed by the half-submerged crescent of a volcanic caldera. Perched atop high cliffs, reach the island's breathtaking views. Return to the ship for dinner and overnight.

Day 12 –  June 29:  Free Day in Athens 

 Free Day in Athens. Dinner and Overnight in Athens.

Day 13 –  June 30:  Athens – Departure

Following breakfast at our hotel, we are met by our English-speaking concierge for our private transfer to Athens airport (ATH). We fly home and arrive the same day.

 

NOTE: The schedule is subject to change due to various factors and the tour guide’s discretion.

Tour Location
Greece