Overview

Come and experience Greece and Turkey. Learn from two scholars, Rev. Dr. Walter F. Taylor, an expert in New Testament, and Rev. Dr. Rachel Wrenn, an expert in Hebrew Bible.

Come and see.

 

DETAILS:

  • Tour departs on April 29, 2024, and returns on May 10, 2024

  • Departure Airport: Columbus, OH

PRICING:

  • $3,990 per person based on double occupancy - space is limited
  • Single room supplement: $990
  • Land only (if booking your own flights) - $2,840.00 

PAYMENT PLAN: 

  • $300 per person with registration to secure space
  • $1,000 an additional payment is due on or before October 30, 2023
  • Balance due on or before January 1, 2024 

 

  • Download the Registration Form

FLIGHT SCHEDULE:

  UA 439  29APR  CMH - ORD   1105A 1133A 29APR  
  OS 066  29APR  ORD - VIE   420P 820A  30APR  
  OS 809  30APR  VIE - SKG   1030A 110P  30APR  

  LH1305  10MAY  IST - FRA   610A  820A 10MAY  
  LH 430  10MAY  FRA - ORD   1045A 100P 10MAY  
  UA1492  10MAY  ORD - CMH   609P  845P 10MAY  

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

 

April 29 - May 10, 2024 29 Apr Greece
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Airfare from Columbus, OH (Other Cities Available) 
  • 10 nights in 4-star hotels (double occupancy)
  • 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
  • Visa to Turkey
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE:  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

 

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY: 

 

Day 1 - Monday, April 29: Departure from the USA

 

Depart from Columbus, OH for overnight flight to Thessaloniki, Greece. Meals and overnight on board.

 

Day 2 - Tuesday, April 30: Into the Footsteps of Paul - Thessaloniki

 

With our arrival in Thessaloniki, we have entered into the world of the New Testament where St Paul and his companions established the first Christian communities. On arrival, we will be met at the airport for a transfer to our hotel. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.

 

Day 3 - Wednesday, May 1: Thessaloniki - Kavala - Philippi

 

Follow the Via Egnatia, a remnant of Rome’s highway system, viewing Roman and Greek tombs and ruts of ancient chariot wheels. Next, stop in Philippi, where Paul preached his first sermon in Europe and baptized the first Christian convert on European soil. Among the ruins located on the rocky ledge above the town’s main road is the prison into which Paul and Silas were thrown. It was in Philippi that Octavian and Anthony defeated Brutus and Cassius in 42 BCE. Free time in the old city of Kavala Port where Paul came to the city, Return to Thessaloniki to explore the ancient city where Paul planted a church that would later receive two New Testament epistles. View one of the most beautiful basilicas in the city, St. Demetrius. Continue along the waterfront to the massive White Tower and nearby triumphal Arch of Galerius. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.

 

Day 4 - Thursday, May 2: Kalambaka - Meteora - Delphi

 

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.  Drive to Delphi to stay overnight.

 

Day 5 - Friday, May 3:  Delphi - Athens - Orthodox Easter 

 

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 the center of Athens to visit a local Orthodox church and celebrate orthodox easter in Greece. free time for the rest of the day. Overnight Athens. 

 

Day 6 - Saturday, May 4: Full Day Tour in Athens - Areopagus and the Acropolis

 

Full-day tour of Athens, which gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that comprise Athens. Start with the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896. Pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch, which is not far from the Acropolis and Agora (marketplace). Climb up the Areopagus (Mars Hill), which served as the meeting place for the Areopagus Court, the highest court in Greece and is the location of one of Paul’s most important 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." Visit the ancient Roman agora. On the world-renowned 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 Parthenon. Conclude our tour with a visit to the Acropolis Museum.  Walking Tour in the Local Market. Walking tour of the Parliament Building/Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Plaka, and the Metropolitan Cathedral.  traditional Greek dinner. Overnight Athens.      

 

Day 7 - Sunday, May 5: Corinth

 

Depart for a full-day tour to Ancient Corinth, a center of trade for many centuries. Our first stop will be the Isthmus of Corinth where the Peloponnese and central Greece meet, as well as the Aegean and Ionian seas. The canal that crosses it was completed at the end of the 19th century and saves ships the more than 250 miles it takes to go around the Peloponnesian peninsula. We will visit Ancient Corinth with its amazing artifacts, some of which date back to 6000 B.C., and are housed in the museum. 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, Free time in Athens. Overnight in Athens.

 

Day 8 - Monday, May 6: Athens - Izmir  

 

Depart Athens mid-morning, arriving in Izmir. Visit the archaeological site of ancient Smyrna (one of the seven churches of Revelation). Drive to and overnight in Kusadasi.

 

Day 9 - Tuesday, May 7: Kusadasi - Ephesus

 

Visit Ephesus (a major focus of the Apostle Paul and one of the seven churches of Revelation) for an in-depth visit of the archaeological site, including the museum. Visit the Basilica of St. John and the Temple of Artemis / Diana (little remains of either). As time permits, visit the House of the Virgin Mary. Overnight Kusadasi.

 

Day 10 - Wednesday, May 8: Izmir - Istanbul


Depart Izmir this morning for Istanbul. Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a full-day tour with lunch, and visit the Grand Bazaar, then we will visit Suleymaniye Mosque, Pierre Loti Hill,  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, and bazaars. Meet with a Muslim Professor. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Istanbul. Overnight Istanbul.

 

Day 11 - Thursday, May 9: Istanbul

 

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, depart from the hotel to visit the ancient city. Visit the Museum of the Ancient Orient then 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. free time for the rest of the day! Overnight Istanbul. 

 

Day 12 Friday, May 10:  Return to the US

 

Check out and transfer to the airport for our flight back to the USA.

 

 

NOTE: The schedule is subject to change due to various factors and at your Tour Leaders’ and Guide’s discretion.

 

 

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