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"Paul in Spain? At the close of his letter to the Romans he mentions twice his plan to visit Spain (15:24, 28). Pauline scholars note that there is a gap in the chronology of his life in the early 60s. At this time he might have visited Spain, for there are strong church traditions indicating he did so. Clement and the Muratorian Canon as well as Chrysostom and Jerome assume that Paul fulfilled his intention. Paul’s journey by land would have taken him through southern Gaul along the Via Domitia. In France we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites at Lyon, Orange, Arles, and Pont du Gard. In Spain the Via Augusta followed the Mediterranean coastline to its terminus at the “end of the earth” -- Gades. In Spain we will visit the UNESCO sites at Tarraco, Cordoba, and Merida. At Italica we will see the birthplace of the emperors Trajan and Hadrian. Our itinerary includes many of the best-preserved Roman sites in the world, cities that Paul would have seen during his journey to Spain."

- Dr. Mark Wilson

 

BIBLICAL TOURS > To the End of the Earth: Paul’s Journey to Spain


Lugdunum, Lyon, France


Pont du  Gard, France


Tarraco, Spain


Merida, Spain


Astigi (Écija), Spain


Paris, France

LAND & AIR from New York
(in US$)

$6,900 Per Person in double room
$1,950 Single room supplement
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INCLUDING

• International Air Fare between USA
   – Paris
• 3 Domestic flights
     - Paris to Lyon
     - Barcelona to Seville
     - Seville to Paris
• 2 Nights at Hotel in Lyon or similar
• 3 Nights at Hotel in Avignon area or
   similar
• 1 Night at Hotel in Narbonne or
   similar
• 2 Nights at Hotel in Tarragona or
   similar
• 2 Nights at Hotel in Seville or
   similar
• 3 Nights at Hotel in Paris or similar
• Daily breakfast and 13 dinners at
   the hotels
• Sightseeing as per the itinerary
• All transfers and transportation by
   private, air-conditioned coach
• Entrance fees to the sites and
   museums
• English-speaking, government
   licensed tour guides during all tours
• All tips at restaurants and hotels
• All tips for guides and drivers in
   France and Spain
• All Service charges and local taxes

EXCLUDING

• Travel and Health Insurance
   (Insurance may be given as a
   separate package at an extra cost.
   Travel Insurance agreement is
   contract between the traveler and
   the Insurance Company (American
   Express, Travel Guard, 360,
   Travelex, or other. We strongly
   suggest that you purchase Trip
   Insurance).
• Lunches and drinks
• All kind of personal expenses such
   as phone calls, laundry, drinks, etc.

TO THE END OF THE EARTH:
PAUL’S JOURNEY TO SPAIN

FRANCE & SPAIN

September 15-29, 2019
Tour Host: Dr. M
ark Wilson

TOUR ITINERARY:

Sep 15 Sun Depart from USA

Sep 16 Mon Arrive Paris; change planes to Lyon. Dinner and overnight in Lyon. (D)

Sep 17 Tue Lyon
Visit Lugdunum birthplace of the emperor Claudius; see the theater and odeion, Roman baths, and Gier aqueduct; visit the Musee Gallo-Romain to see the bronze Claudian tablets; see the amphitheater where Christians were martyred in AD 177; Ireneus, student of Polycarp of Smyrna, became bishop at the death of Pothinus; visit Church of St. Pothinus. Dinner and overnight in Lyon. (B,D)

Sep 18 Wed Vienne – Vaison-la-Romaine – Orange – Avignon
Drive to Vienne to see Gallo-Roman theatre, fine temple of Augustus and Livia, and Gallo-Roman pyramid; its first bishop was Crescens, a disciple of Paul; continue to Vaison-la-Romaine to see two main sites: At La Villasse, see the colonnaded paved street and shops; at Puymin the remains of the Roman theater (heavily restored), a rich private domus and porticoed sanctuary. Later drive to Orange to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Roman theater and triumphal Arch built during the reign of Augustus on the Via Agrippa. Dinner and overnight in Avignon. (B,D)

Sep 19 Thu Arles – Saint-Rémy-de-Provence – Les Baux-de-Provence – Avignon
Visit Pont du Gard bridge and museum; the UNESCO sites at Arles with amphitheater, theater, and forum; at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Glanum visit “les antiques”: a mausoleum and a triumphal arch. Brief stop at Les Baux-de-Provence to see Roman bas-relief s known as “Les Trémaïé. on the way to the hotel pass the Papal Palace and Bridge in Avignon. Dinner and overnight in Avignon. (B,D)

Sep 20 Fri Nîmes – Avignon
Visit Nîmes with its rich Roman sites: Maison Carrée, phitheater, Augusteum/nymphaeum (the so-called Temple of Diana), the Magne Tower and the Porte d’Auguste (the only remnants of the ancient Augustan fortifications) as well as the Castellum divisorium (the terminal point of the aqueduct that brought water to the city), Tour Magne, remnant of the ancient Augustan fortifications of Nemausus. Dinner and overnight in Avignon. (B,D)

Sep 21 Sat Ambrussum – Narbonne
Stop at Ambrussum (near Lunel) to see the oppidum and a section of the Roman Via Domitia. The Roman bridge Pont Ambroix was painted by Gustave Courbet in 1857. At Narbonne, the Roman colony Narbo, see the horreum (granary), section of the Via Domitia, at the archaeology museum see Roman wall paintings; visit the Basilica of St. Paul, the oldest Christian building in Gaul. Dinner and overnight in Narbonne. (B,D)

Sep 22 Sun Narbonne – Le Perthus – Ampurias – Barcelona – Roda de Bara – Tarragona
Stop at Le Perthus to see the Trophy of Pompey where the Via Domitia ends and the Via Augusta begins; continue into Spain to the Greco-Roman port city of Ampurias; stop in Barcelona to see Temple of Augustus and the Jewish synagogue believed to be one of the oldest in Europe; final stop at Roman triumphal arch at Roda de Bara. Dinner and overnight in Tarragona. (B,D)

Sep 23 Mon Tarragona
Full city tour of Roman city Tarraco, a World Heritage site including Roman aqueduct and National Archaeological Museum. Dinner and overnight in Tarragona. (B,D)

Sep 24 Tue Morning Flight from Barcelona to Seville
Fly Barcelona to Seville; visit Italica, birthplace of Trajan and Hadrian; then drive to Cadiz to see its Roman theater at the end of the earth. Dinner and overnight in Seville. (B,D)

Sep 25 Wed Merida
Visit the UNESCO site of Merida. Dinner and overnight in Seville. (B,D)

Sep 26 Thu Astigi (Écija) – Evening flight from Seville to Paris
Passing through the Roman colony of Astigi (Écija) on drive to the UNESCO city of Cordoba to see its Roman ruins, Grand Mosque and Synagogue. Cordoba was the home of Seneca and Lucan. Early evening flight to Paris. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paris. (B,D)

Sep 27 Fri Paris
Visit Crypte Archeologique (Archaeological Crypt) and Notre Dame cathedral; Louvre Museum. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paris. (B,D)

Sep 28 Sat Paris
Free day. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paris. (B,D)

Sep 29 Sun Departure: After breakfast transfer to the airport fly back to home. End of our services. (B)

June 2 Sun Transfer to Airport – Fly Back to New York

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