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BIBLICAL TOURS > Greece Tour (May 20 - June 8, 2017)


Parthenon, Athens


Corinth,


Meteora


Delphi


Crete

LAND & AIR from New York
(in US$)

$5,500 Per person in double room
$1,190 Single supplement

INCLUDING

• Roundtrip international air fare
   between New York - Athens - New
   York
• Domestic flight from Heraklion
   (Crete) to Rhodes Island (depart
   14:00 - arrive 14:55 on A3 7764)
• Domestic flight from Rhodes Island
   to Thessaloniki via Athens (depart
   06:20 am - arrive 09:10 am)
• 3 Nights at Philippos Hotel in
   Athens or similar
• 1 Night at Hotel Rex in Nauplion or
   similar
• 1 Night at Hotel Neda in Olympia or
   similar
• 1 Night on the Overnight Ferry from
   Pireus, Athens to Heraklion, Crete
   based on sharing inside cabins.
• 1 Night at Olympic Hotel in
   Heraklion city center or similar
• 4 Nights at CAMELOT & PARIS
   Boutique Hotels or similar in
   Rhodes (BB)
• 2 Nights at Galaxy Hotel in Kavala
   or similar
• 2 Nights at City Hotel in
   Thessaloniki or similar
• 1 Night at Meteoritis Hotel in
   Meteora or similar
• 1 Night at Amalia Hotel in Delphi or
   similar
• 1 Night at Philippos Hotel in Athens
   or similar
• Daily breakfast and dinner as seen
   in the itinerary (B: breakfast, D:
   dinner)
• All Airport-Hotel-Airport, and Port-
  Hotel-Port transfers in private basis
• English speaking escorted transfers
   between Airports/Ports and Hotels
   by private fully a/c buses
• All land transportation by private
   fully A/C bus with driver throughout
   the tour
• Tolls, parking fees, fuel, driver’s
   expenses
• Local professional licensed English
   speaking tour guides for the tours
• All Entry fees to the mentioned
   sites & museums (as per 2016
   rates)
• Service charges & local taxes

EXCLUDING

• Lunches and drinks
• Dinners in Rhodes, and at the
   overnight ferry
• All personal expenses and any
   other service which are not
   mentioned above
• Travel and Health insurance, any
   kind of insurance (insurance may be
   given at an extra cost, please ask)
• Tips to tour guide and to the driver

GREECE TOUR

Do you want to ROCK in the cradle of Western civilization? Are you fit for an Olympian journey?
Do you want a little Greece in your diet?

May 20 - June 8, 2017

TOUR ITINERARY:

May 20 Sat Fly from New York to Athens

May 21 Sun Arrive Athens
Arrive Athens Airport. Our representative will meet you after the customs and baggage claim with a “TUTKU TOURS” sign. Meet and transfer to Philippos Hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

May 22 Mon Athens (Full Day)
After breakfast, start a full day guided WALKING tour of Athens in the famous Acropolis Hill and the Acropolis Museum. We climb up the Acropolis Hill and see the temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon and Erechtheion. From the top we enjoy the views to the Odeon, the theatre of Dionyssos, and Philopappou Hill. Walk to visit the Mars Hill (the Areopagus), followed by the Ancient Agora where we will visit the ruins of the archaeological site and then take a walk at the Flea Market in Monastiraki. Return to hotel at around 5 pm. Dinner and overnight Athens. (B,D)

May 23 Tue Athens (Half Day)
We start our bus tour at 9 a.m. to enjoy a panoramic sightseeing of the city. We will visit the Panathenian Stadium, and the Constitution Square to take pictures of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the evzones in front of the Parliament Building. We will then see the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Academy, the University of Athens, the National Library. Return to hotel on your own. Dinner & overnight in Athens. (B,D)

May 24 Wed Athens - Eleusis - Corinth - Nauplion
Morning drive to Eleusis, which was an ancient centre of religious devotion that culminated in the annual Eleusinian mysteries. Stop at the historic Corinth Canal before visiting the ancient city of Corinth and Acrocorinth (the citadel of Corinth). Afterwards drive to Nauplion, for check-in at hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

May 25 Thu Nauplion - Mycenae - Epidaurus - Olympia
After breakfast drive to Mycenae, to visit the remains of the prehistoric citadel fortified with the Cyclopean Walls, the Lionesses’ Gate, the remains of the Mycenaean Palace and the Tomb of King Agamemnon in which we will actually enter. After a short lunch break we continue on to Epidaurus the Sanctuary of Asclepeios, ancient god of healing. We see the best-preserved ancient theater in all of Greece, famous for the harmony of its design and the perfection of its remarkable acoustics, easily accommodating 12,000 people. Drive west to Olympia for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

May 26 Fri Olympia - Pireus Port - Overnight Ferry to Crete
Visit the archaeological site in Olympia, see the Temple of Zeus, built by Livon, which contained the 12 meter high statue by Phedeas, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and The Temple of Hera where the Olympic flame was lit, also visit the museum across the road which contains the 4th Century BC statue of Hermes by Praxiteles and a number of other finds from the excavations including the Nike of Victory by Paeonios. Drive to Pireus port for overnight ferry to Crete departing at 21:30. (B)

May 27 Sat Crete Tour
Arrive Crete Port at 06:00 am. Our representative will meet you at the port with a “TUTKU TOURS” sign.The island of Crete, has several connections with Paul. On Paul’s first journey to Rome, while under arrest, he landed on the eastern shore of Crete. He spent some harrowing weeks in the winter aboard a ship that tried to make its way successfully around the island, but with much difficulty. Crete is also the location to which Paul wrote the epistle of Titus. He tells Titus, “I left you behind in Crete for this reason, so that you should put in order what remained to be done, and should appoint elders in every town, as I directed you” (Titus 1.5). So Paul must have been on Crete as some other portion of his ministry that Acts does not narrate. Today we will explore the great Minoan Palace of Knossos, which was eventually overtaken by the Mycenaeans around 1450 BCE and then travel on to Gortyna, the traditional location of Paul’s ministry on Crete. There, we will visit the Basilica of St. Titus and the Greek and Roman remains of this city, which was second only to Knossos is greatness during the time of Paul. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Heraklion.(B,D)

May 28 Sun Crete - Fly to Rhodes
In the morning we will visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion exhibiting findings excavated in Crete. After the visit transfer to Heraklion Airport for domestic flight from Heraklion (Crete) to Rhodes Island (depart 14:00 - arrive 14:55 on A3 7764). Upon arrival meet the local representative who will assist with transfer to hotel. Free time. Overnight in Rhodes. (B)

May 29 Mon Half Day Tour to St Paul
Bay and Lindos Village (08:30-14:00) Drive to St Paul Bay. Traditionally Paul stopped at this Bay. Then we’ll go up to Lindos Village for a panoramic view of the island. Return to the hotel in the Old Town. Rest of the day is free. Overnight in Rhodes. (B)

May 30 Tue Half Day Rhodes City Tour (09:00-14:00)
Walking tour of Rhodes city center, famous Rhodes Castle and then visit the Grand Master’s Palace and the archaeological museum. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Rhodes (B)

May 31 Wed Rhodes - Free Day - Explore the island on your own.
We will enjoy a free day by the beach and individual exploration of the island. Overnight in Rhodes. (B)

June 1 Thu Fly Rhodes - Kavala (via Athens)
Transfer to Rhodes Airport. We will take an early domestic flight to Kavala.
Fly Rhodes-Athens 06:20/07:20, then take the connection flight Athens-Kavala 08:10/09:10. Our representative will meet you at Kavala Airport at 09:10 am for transfer to hotel. You’ll have the afternoon off to go swimming in the Aegean, take a nap, or explore the beautiful Kavala, one of Greece’s most picturesque mainland ports. Overnight in Kavala. (B,D)

June 2 Fri Philippi - Kavala
After breakfast we will have an orientation tour in Kavala (Neapolis) the location where according to Christian tradition Paul, Timothy and Silas first landed on mainland Europe during his second missionary journey. We will then travel to Philippi, where Paul, intending to find a place to pray by the riverside, spoke to women who had gathered there among whom was Lydia, the seller of purple and whose heart the Lord opened to hear the words that he spoke (Acts 16:13-15). Lydia was the first Christian to be baptized on European soil. Visit the place where this event is remembered and see a crypt dating from the Roman period, which is thought to have served as a prison for the apostle Paul. See the famous Acropolis, the Market Place, the Basilica, and the Theater.
In the afternoon we’ll return to hotel for dinner and overnight in Kavala. (B,D)

June 3 Sat Amphipolis - Thessaloniki
Today morning we head to Thessaloniki. On our way we visit the Greek and Roman ruins at Amphipolis as well as its archaeological museum, through which Paul traveled on his way to Thessaloniki. We will then continue on to Thessaoliniki for check in at hotel in the afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure for individual exploration of the city. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki. (B,D)

June 4 Sun Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki is the city where Paul was accused of turning the world upside down by his preaching of Christ (Acts 17: 3-6), and the church to which he addressed his epistles to Thessalonians. During the panoramic tour we will visit St. George’s Basilica, where tradition holds it is built over the synagogue where Paul preached and the excavated forum, including the Odeon, the place where Jason, one of Paul’s followers, was dragged before the city council. We will drive up to the Old City Walls and enjoy the breathtaking view of the city and Thermaic Gulf. We will then see Galerius Arch that rises over the Via Egnatia. Our afternoon is free in Thessaloniki for an optional visit to the Archaeological Museum. Overnight in Thessaloniki. (B,D)

June 5 Mon Thessaloniki - Veria (Berea) - Meteora
After breakfast and some free time in Thessaloniki, we will travel to Berea for lunch. When the apostle Paul arrived in Veria (Berea), he went to the Jewish synagogue, where he discovered the Jews had accepted the new faith along with some honorable Greeks (Act 17: 10-12). We’ll visit the long-standing Jewish sections of Berea and to the site where tradition says Paul preached in the synagogue there. In the afternoon we’ll continue on to the rock forest of Meteora (Kalambaka) in western Thessaly. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka. (B,D)

June 6 Tue Meteora - Delphi
Today we will ponder the rough terrain in which the apostle Paul walked during his missionary journey. We will see famous Byzantine monasteries perch precariously on summits of soaring, sheer-sided grey rock pinnacles of varied and spectacular shapes. We will visit several of these monasteries. Then, we will travel to scenic Delphi, the religious center of the ancient Greek world, considered by early Greeks to be the center of the world and marked by the conical stone, called the omphalos or navel. Dinner and overnight in Delphi. (B,D)

June 7 Wed Delphi - Athens
Walk the Sacra Via to the Athenian Treasury, the Theatre, and the Temple of Apollo where the oracle performed his or her prophetic rituals. With pagan ruins surrounding your walk, capture a glimpse of the challenge the apostle Paul incurred in preaching the Gospel of Christ in Macedonia. Visit the Museum where you will view many ancient treasures, the chief of which is the 5th century bronzed Charioteer, complete with even eyelashes.
Dinner and overnight hotel in Athens. (B,D)

June 8 Thu FLY BACK TO NEW YORK - END
Transfer to the Athens airport for flight back to New York. End of our services.


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