Overview

Join Rev. Jim Johnson as we explore parts of Turkey and Greece.  We will walk where the early church walked.   We will learn more about the early church's struggles and celebrations.  We will better be able to picture the world of the bible.

DETAILS:

  • Trip departs on June 21, 2024 and returns on July 2, 2024

  • Departure Airport: Spokane, WA 

PRICING:

  • $4,390.00 per person based on double occupancy - book now as space is limited!

  • Single room supplement - $850.00

  • Land only (if booking your own flights) - $3,240.00 (airfare credit $1,150.00)

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 March 1, 2024

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

  • Download the Registration Form

 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 21 - July 2, 2024 24 Sep Mykonos, Greece
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Airfare from Spokane, WA - Other cities available
  • 10 nights in 4-star hotels (double occupancy)
  • 3-Nights Cruise Extension
  • 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.
Highlights
What makes this tour special

Explore the lands of Turkey and Greece as the history of the New Testament comes alive. Retrace the voyages of Paul as you learn about the early church and the spread of the Gospel. Start your journey in Istanbul and Cappadocia, then through Ephesus, and on through Patmos and Corinth to Athens.

Itinerary

                              Footsteps of Paul - St. Luke Lutheran Church

                                                June 21- July 2, 2024

 

Day 1 – FRI, JUNE 21   Departure

Depart from the USA on our flight to Istanbul (IST). Meals on board.

Day 2 – SAT, JUNE 22   Arrival – Istanbul

Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport, welcome by English-speaking assistant and transfer to hotel.
Remainder of day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Istanbul.

Day 3 – SUN, JUNE 23   Istanbul – City Tour

Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast, departure from the hotel to visit the ancient city. We visit the Blue Mosque, well known for its interior decorations. Next we visit the Hippodrome from the Byzantine period and then the Aya Sophia church from the 6th century. After lunch, we will visit the Topkapi Palace, the residence of the sultans of the Ottoman Empire, famous for its excellent collection of jewelry and porcelain.

Day 4 – MON, JUNE 24   Istanbul – Grand Bazar, Bosphorous

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a full day tour with lunch, visit the Grand Bazar, then we will take a peaceful tour of the Bosphorus by boat, from which we will be able to contemplate the two shores: the Asian part and the European part. Rest of the day to continue discovering the picturesque tourist corners, Suleymaniye Mosque, Pierre Loti Hill, free time in Taksim & Istiklal Street. Today's Istanbul honors and preserves the legacy of its past, while looking to its modern future. The variety of this city fascinates its visitors, for its museums, churches, palaces,  mosques, bazaars. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Istanbul.

Day 5 – TUE, JUNE 25   Istanbul – Izmir

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, transfer to the airport to take your flight to Izmir. Visit to ancient Hierapolis and the
cotton castle, a natural wonder of gigantic white waterfalls, stalactites and natural pools formed over the centuries by the passage of waters laden with calcareous salts from hot springs. Lunch, after the departure visit to Kusadasi. We will visit the House of the Virgin Mary, supposedly the last resting place of the Mother of Jesus. Visit of a leather outlet where we can see the famous leather fabrics of the Aegean region. Continuation to Ephesus, the best preserved ancient city in Asia Minor during the 1st and 2nd centuries had a population of 250,000 inhabitants, monopolizing the wealth of the Middle East. We will visit the Temple of Hadrian, the Roman Baths, the Library, the Odeon, the Theater etc. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kusadasi.

Day 6 – WED, JUNE 26   Kusadasi – Patmos

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the port of Kusadasi and embarkation on the 3 nights cruise Iconic Aegean in order to set sail to the Island of Patmos. Arrival at Patmos and disembarkation and free time to visit the island or to take the optional excursion to St. John's Monastery. Embarkation at indicated time to set sail to Rhodes. Full pension on board.

Day 7 – THU, JUNE 27   Mykonos

Mykonos, the whitewashed jewel of the Cyclades Islands, is your final stop. This charming, mountainous island is known for the hundreds of tiny chapels, white-washed buildings, and beautiful windmills that dot its landscape. Don’t miss taking a stroll down Mykonos Town, where mazes of narrow streets link the whitewashed buildings and traditional life continues amidst the bustling activity. Enjoy free time to explore this little paradise in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Embarkation towards Athens. 

Day 8 – FRI, JUNE 28   Crete – Santorini

Arrival at the Island of Crete and disembarkation. Departure at time set by cruise boat towards
Santorini, arrival and disembrakation. Embarkation towards Athens. Full pension on board.

Day 9 – SAT, JUNE 29   Athens – Corinth

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, to photograph 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 during 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, return to Athens. Overnight in Athens.

Day 10 – SUN, JUNE 30   Athens – City Tour

Breakfast at the hotel and we travel directly to the center of Athens to start our half day panoramic city tour of Athens.
This tour giving you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert
guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop). Continue and pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma). 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 order in the mind”, the Parthenon. At the end of the tour, return to the hotel. Overnight in Athens.

Day 11 – MON, JULY 1   Athens

Breakfast at the hotel. Free day at leisure. Overnight in Athens.

Day 12 – TUES, JULY 2   Athens – Departure

Following breakfast at our hotel, we are met by our English-speaking concierge for our private transfer to the 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
Mykonos, Mikonos, Greece