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Greetings! After exploring Malta in September 2017 and leading 4 academic groups to Italy—and having visited it many times—Mary and I are excited to offer for the first time a new, handcrafted adult "study" trip entitled Following Paul from Shipwreck on Malta to Martyrdom in Rome. We begin our tour on Malta where we will explore the bays where the shipwreck of Paul may have occured as well as the Island of Malta. Then, just as Paul left Malta, we will ferry to Syracuse on Sicily. On our way north to Pompeii, we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paestum where three magnificent Greek temples are still standing. We will visit the well–preserved remains of the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculanaeum (both UNESCO World Heritage Sites) that were destroyed by the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in AD 79. They have a lot to teach us about life in New Testament times!

After exploring Puteoli where Paul landed (Acts 28:13), we will head to Rome. There Paul was imprisoned twice, and eventually martyred (as was Peter). We will spend four days exploring the wonderful archaeological and traditional sites of the city—see the details below.

I will be giving mini-lectures along the way both on the bus and on the sites, drawing from my studies and from the numerous times we have visited the area. We will relate what we are seeing to the New Testament and the Early Christian Church. Thus, this is not a mere tour, but a hands on experience as we study the New Testament and its Greco Roman background together!

We hope you will join us on this unique, exciting, adventure! Contact us soon if you are interested footstepstours@comcast.net

Carl and Mary Rasmussen

 

BIBLICAL TOURS > Following Paul from Shipwreck on Malta to Rome


Malta


St. Paul Cathedral, Malta


Taormina, Sicily


Pompeii, Italy


Roman Forum, Italy


Colosseum, Italy

LAND ONLY RATES
(in US$)

$4,450 Per Person in a Double Room
$5,240 Single room

INCLUDING

• 2 nights stay in Malta Hotel The
  George
  https://www.thegeorgemalta.com  or
  similar
• 1 night stay in Reggio Calabria,
  Hotel Alba Nuova
  http://www.albanuovahotel.it  or
  similar
• 1 night stay in Pompeii, Hotel
  Forum http://www.hotelforum.it/ita/ 
  or similar
• 1 night stay in Bacoli, Hotel
  Gabbiano
  http://www.ilgabbianohotel.com  or
  similar.
• 5 nights stay in Rome, Best  
  Western Hotel Universo
  http://www.hoteluniverso.com  or
  similar;
• Daily open buffet breakfasts
• 10 dinners including water;
• Transportation by private bus
  according to the program
• Ferry tickets Malta / Pozzallo;
• Ferry tickets Messina / Reggio
  Calabria;
• English-speaking guide minimum 3
  hours - maximum 8 hours per day
  according program.
• Entrance fees to the sites and
  museums according program;
• Whisper Headsets in Italy for 8
  days;
• City taxes in Malta, and Italy.
• Tips to drivers and guides;

EXCLUDING

• Lunches and drinks.
• Metro tickets for June 12th. The
  cost is €1,50 per one-way ticket.
• Other services not included above.

FOLLOWING PAUL FROM SHIPWRECK ON
MALTA TO ROME

June 2–13, 2019


Led by Dr. Carl Rasmussen

Email Dr. Rasmussen for Registration Forms &/or Additional Information
footstepstours@comcast.net

$4,450
per person in double room

TOUR ITINERARY:

June 02  Sunday                Depart Home Country 

June 03  Monday                Arrival on Malta
Arrival on Malta and transfer to our hotel.  For those who arrive early enough, we will try to arrange a Harbor Tour of Valletta (at your expense). Dinner and overnight on Malta. (D)
 

June 04  Tuesday              Tour Malta
Today we will tour the Island of Malta—the place where Paul was shipwrecked and where he spent three months before departing, as a prisoner, to Rome (Acts 28:1, 11).  During the day we will visit bays that have been proposed as the places of the shipwreck: Saint Paul's Bay, Mellieha Bay, and St. Thomas Bay (as many as time permits).  If available, we will visit the church and the archaeological excavations at San Pawl Milqi.  We will visit the Malta Maritime Museum with its ancient anchor collection and conclude the day with a walking tour of the capital of Malta, Valletta (Church of St. Paul's shipwreck and the Upper Baraka Gardens).  Dinner and overnight on Malta. (B,D)
 

June 05  Wednesday        Ferry to Pozzallo, Sicily — Syracuse — Ferry to Reggio Calabria — ON Reggio Calabria
Early morning check out with a box breakfast.  Take the ferry to Pozzallo (Sicily).  Drive to Syracuse (where Paul stayed for three days; Acts 28:12) and visit the archaeological park.  Drive to Messina on Sicily and take the ferry to Reggio Calabria on the Italian mainland (= Rhegium; Acts 28:13, where Paul stopped).  Visit the Museum of Magna Grecia.  Dinner and overnight in Reggio Calabria. (B,D)
 

June 06  Thursday             Paestum — ON Pompeii
Check out of the hotel and drive to Paestum where we will visit the archaeological area and the museum of Paestum. Paestum was a major ancient Greek city on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in Magna Graecia (southern Italy). The ruins of Paestum are famous for their three ancient Greek Temples which are in a very good state of preservation. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dinner and overnight in Pompeii. (B,D)
 

June 07  Friday                   Pompeii — Herculaneum — National Archaeological Museum Naples — ON Bacoli
Today we will visit two cities that were destroyed when the volcano Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79!  In the morning we will explore the well–preserved site of Pompeii and in the early afternoon the even better preserved(!) nearby Herculaneum.  Both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  We will walk through ancient streets and well–preserved buildings soaking in the "flavor" of what Greco Roman life was like in the 1st century A.D.—the era of the Early Church.  We will then drive to Naples and visit the National Archaeological Museum where frescos, statues, mosaics, and artifacts from Pompeii and Herculaneum are on display—along with the world famous Farnese Collection of sculptures!   Dinner and overnight in Bacoli (Baiae). (B,D)
 

June 08  Saturday             Puteoli (Pozzuoli), Baiae, Rome
We will meet our English-speaking guide and explore Puteoli, where Paul landed (Acts 28:13) and spent a week with the "brothers."  Our visit there will include the Campi Flegrei followed by the Underwater Archaeological Park (if the sea conditions / weather permit to do it). we will proceed to visit the archeological area Terme di Baia and the Serapis Temple/Macellum and Flavian Amphitheater in Puteoli (Pozzuoli) in the afternoon.  Drive to Rome.  Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B,D) 

June 09  Sunday                Rome — Colosseum, Arch of Titus,  Palatine Hill, Forum, Mamertine Prison — ON Rome
Today we will have a walking tour including visits to the church of Saint Peter in Chains (home of Michelangelo's famous "Moses"), the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine, the Palatine Hill (where the Roman Emperors lived), the Arch of Titus (with the famous Menorah from the temple in Jerusalem), and the Roman Forum (the heart of ancient Rome).  We will also visit the Mamertine Prison, the traditional site of the imprisonment of both Paul and Peter and view the Column of Trajan.  If available, we will visit the Domus Aurea (the remnants of Nero's Golden Palace).  Remainder of day free for individual exploration. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B,D)
 

June 10  Monday                Rome — Via Appia, Catacombs, Church of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, Tre Fontane Church and the Basilica of San Clemente — ON Rome
We will meet our English speaking guide and driver at our hotel and start a full day tour. Out on the Via Appia, on which Paul traveled as he approached Rome, we will visit the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, Circus and Villa of Maxentius, and Catacomb of St. Sebastian in the morning. Then visit St. Paul's Gate, Church of Saint Paul Outside the Walls (where tradition maintains that Saint Paul is buried), Tre Fontane church (where tradition maintains the Paul was executed) and the Basilica San Clemente and its Mithraeum in the afternoon.  Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B,D)
 

June 11  Tuesday              Rome — The Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica — ON Rome
Today we will visit the world famous Vatican Museum, the Pio Christian Museum, Michelangelo Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica.  If available, we will visit the Vatican Necropolis.  Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B,D)
 

June 12  Wednesday        Ostia and Rome — ON Rome
This morning we will travel by Metro to the well–preserved port of Rome, Ancient Ostia.  It has much to teach us about the life of the poor and middle classes in Roman times.  Return to Rome at your leisure by Metro.  Remainder of day free for individual exploration and shopping.  Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B,D)
 

June 13  Thursday             Departure for Home City
Transfer to Rome Airport.  Return to Home Country

 

 

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