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Journey Through Greece

10 DAYS FROM

July 28-August 6, 2024

SERVICE LEVEL

STANDARD

ACTIVITY LEVEL

LIGHT/MODERATE

STARTING

AT $3,728

GROUP SIZE

MINIMUM 39

EXPLORING GREECE IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF PAUL 

Join us for an experience unlike any other as we take you behind the scenes to explore the lands of the Bible in a way that will change your life forever. 

 

Much of the story of the New Testament recounts the spread of Jesus’ movement into the Greco-Roman world and the Roman Empire. As the Jewish followers of Jesus spread his movement, they confronted a world culturally, politically, and religiously opposed to them - a world very similar to what we live in today, where similar challenges face the followers of Jesus.

 

Traveling to Greece with Biblical Expeditions will provide you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the Greco-Roman world, discover how first century followers of Jesus navigated their world, and better understand the historical accounts and teachings of the the New Testament.

 

The heart of every journey and every experience is to empower you to become the disciple you are called to be. By better understanding the world of the Bible, you will better understand the words of the Bible, transforming your ability to study it, do what it teaches, and share it with others.

 

Our expeditions, led by an experienced team of expertly trained guides, offer the finest travel experiences, providing you the peace of mind that everything down to the smallest detail has been taken care of so you can immerse yourself in the journey, encounter God, and be empowered to better understand the words of the Bible through exploring its world.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the ancient city of Thessaloniki and the Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum - a treasure trove filled with artifacts that will make familiar biblical references come to life and help you better understand new testament scripture.

  • Visit the famed Acropolis, Parthenon, and Mars Hill (Acts 17) where Paul encountered the council of Athens. Walk the same paths that Socrates, Plato and Aristotle did centuries earlier.

  • Immerse yourself in the history of ancient Corinth, where Paul spent two years and founded the Church of Corinth. Visit key sites such museum of Corinth, the theater and the inscription of Erastus, the city treasurer (Romans 16:23), as well as the Bema of Gallio, the agora of Corinth, the ancient harbor of Cenchrea (Acts 18:18), and the Corinthian Canal.

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PRICING INFORMATION

Occupancy
Price Per Person
Double Shared Room Occupancy
$3,728
Single Private Room Occupancy
$5,318

*All trip prices are per person based on double shared room occupancy or single private room occupancy, unless otherwise noted, and do not include airfare. All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars. Also, please note that, should the group drop below the minimum required number of participants, prices may be subject to change. 

What's Included:

  • BE Instructor Marc Turnage

  • Local English-speaking guide

  • Daily hotel buffet breakfast

  • (1) dinner at Hotel Nafplio

  • Air-conditioned bus with WiFi and driver

  • All entrance fees and activities as per itinerary

  • All tips (hotel staff, guides, driver, etc)

  • Individual headsets for each participant

  • ​BE devotional and educational materials

  • All bus transfers upon arrival and departure

  • Roundtrip airfare from Athens to Thessaloniki

What's Not Included:

  • Travel or medical insurance

  • Airfare to/from Athens

  • COVID-19 PCR/RAPID testing 

  • Meals not previously mentioned

  • Expenses of a personal nature

  • Anything not previously mentioned 

TRIP INSTRUCTOR

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Marc Turnage

Founder of Biblical Expeditions

Marc holds an MA in Ancient Judaism and the Origins of Christianity from Jerusalem University College. He is currently finishing his PhD in the Land of Israel Studies Department at Bar Ilan University located in Ramat Gan, Israel, under the supervision of Professor Esther Eshel. Marc has taught graduate and undergraduate students at several universities in the United States and abroad. Marc moved to Israel to study because he felt that the issues of spatial, historical, cultural, and spiritual settings played a vital role in how we read the Bible. While studying in Israel, he fell in love with the lands of the Bible. He has been guiding groups through Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Italy for over twenty years. Marc is a highly sought-after guide and teacher and routinely trains and lectures local tour guides about guiding Christian groups. He is passionate about leading biblical tours that deliver the very finest experience and helping people understand how to read the Bible. Marc has published widely for both academic and popular audiences. His most recent book, Windows Into the Bible, was named by Outreach Magazine one of its top 100 Christian living resources. Marc is a widely sought-after speaker, and a gifted teacher. He resides in Springfield, MO with his family.

TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1: Sun, July 28, 2024 

Depart USA. Get ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

Day 2: Mon, July 29, 2024 

Arrive in Athens. Fly to Thessaloniki.

Day 3: Tue, July 30, 2024 

We begin our morning driving out of Thessaloniki journeying east towards Philippi (Acts 16:11-40; Philippians). Our first stop is the site of Amphipolis (Acts 17:1) where one of the things we will see is the Lion of Amphipolis. We will also visit the small, but important museum at Amphipolis, which contains artifacts from the Roman period. We continue on to the modern city of Kavala, ancient Neapolis (Acts 16:11), where Paul first came onto the European continent. After visiting Kavala and eating our lunch there, we visit Philippi where Paul encountered Lydia (Acts 16:11-15) and established a community, to which he wrote one of his letters. At Philippi, we see the theater, the Agora, as well as the Byzantine Basilica. After visiting the small museum of Philippi, we will see a stretch of the ancient Roman road, the Via Egnatia, which stretched across northern Greece, and was utilized by Paul as he journeyed through the region. We return to our Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Wed, July 31, 2024

Our first stop this morning is the ancient site of Pella, the capital of the glorious kingdom of ancient Macedonia and the birthplace of Alexander the Great. In addition to visiting the ancient site, we tour the museum at Pella, which speaks to the wealth and grandeur of the Macedonian kingdom. From Pella, we travel to Vergina where we visit the royal tombs of Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great. After lunch in Vergina, we drive to Berea, where the Apostle Paul arrived and according to custom went to the synagogue. We will see the Byzantine mosaic in the monument commemorating Paul’s visit to Berea (Acts 17:10-11). We return to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Thur, Aug 1 2024

The focus of our tour today is the city of Thessaloniki. Amid the bustling modern city, we will explore the remains of the ancient city of Thessaloniki (Acts 17:1-9; 1 and 2 Thessalonians). We begin our morning visiting the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, where we will learn about the history of the city, especially in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Our journey today takes us to a panoramic lookout of the city from the upper Old City walls. We visit the Roman Agora in the center of the city, as well as, drive along Egnatian Way to the Arch of Galerius and the Rotunda. After our touring day, we travel to the airport to fly to Athens where we will be met by a local representative and transferred to our hotel. Overnight Athens.

Day 6: Fri, Aug 2, 2024

We begin our morning visiting the National Archaeological Museum where we will see artifacts from Greece’s magnificent ancient history. From the museum, we continue on a city tour that introduces us to the highlights of the city of Athens. Much of the afternoon will be free for people to explore the marvelous city of Athens and shop in its markets. Overnight in Athens.

Day 7: Sat, Aug 3, 2024

Today our tour travels outside of Athens to the ancient site of Delphi. The Oracle of Delphi was the most important and well-known oracle in the ancient world. In addition to the site, we visit the museum at Delphi, which contains artifacts from the site and illustrates the importance of this mountainous settlement. After our day, we return to Athens for dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Sun, Aug 4, 2024

Today our touring explores the ancient city of Athens, the birthplace of democracy. Our morning begins at the New Acropolis Musuem. This beautiful, state-of-the-art museum is dedicated to the artifacts and excavations of the Acropolis. After gaining an appreciation for the ancient site, we walk up the Acropolis, and visit the Parthenon, the temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena. We then walk down to visit the Areopagus, Mars Hill where Paul encountered the council of Athens (Acts 17:16-34). Continuing down the hill, we come to the Agora of Athens and the Stoa of Attalos. Overnight Athens.

Day 9: Mon, Aug 5, 2024

We leave Athens today and drive south into the Peloponnese, the peninsula of southern Greece, to Corinth (Acts 18:1-17; 1 and 2 Corinthians). On our way to Corinth, we stop to see the Corinthian Canal. Our visit to Corinth includes the small, but important museum of Corinth, visiting the theater and the inscription of Erastus, the city treasurer (Romans 16:23), as well as the Bema of Gallio and the agora of Corinth. After lunch, we visit the upper city of Corinth, the Acro Corinth, and the ancient harbor of Cenchrea (Acts 18:18). Overnight Athens.

Day 10: Tue, Aug 6, 2024

Today we depart Athens returning home challenged and encouraged in your faith.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Stately, with the air of an era long gone, the Electra Palace Athens, hospitable and aristocratic, awaits to welcome you in the heart of the city. Classical in its architecture and design, blending beautifully with the noble historical buildings of the Plaka area, the hotel’s elegant luxury is complemented by the majestic views of the Acropolis that can be enjoyed from the rooftop restaurant, pool, rooms and suites. Marble bathrooms; soft duvets; handmade carpets; custom furniture; these are but a few of the details that make the Electra Palace Athens luxuriously enjoyable. The amenities of our hotel will leave you wanting for nothing more: for your comfort and enjoyment, here you will find satellite TVs, laptop size electronic safes, Wi-Fi internet connection, and fully equipped bathrooms with hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers, magnifying mirror and more. Right in the city center and within walking distance from all major sights, easily accessible by car or public transport, the Electra Palace Athens is the ideal hotel for your stay in Athens whether you are here for business or leisure: spend a summer day at our outdoor swimming pool, soaking up the sun of Athens as it rises above the Acropolis – or spend it shopping in the city’s lively markets. Wander through the ancient Agora and visit the Parthenon – then wonder at its glory, all dramatically lit at night, from the balcony of your room. Stroll around the city under the autumn rain, then warm up in the hotel’s sauna. Relax after a day’s hard work - or blow off some steam - at the indoor pool or gym. Enjoy delicious contemporary greek cuisine at the award winning “Electra Palace Roof Garden” or at the “Motivo” in the lounge.

Nestled in Athens’ Kolonaki district, Athens Capital Center Hotel is an unrivaled spot for discovering the cradle of Western civilization. Offering beautifully-appointed, air-conditioned guest rooms with cable TV, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, onsite restaurant and cafe, 24-hour front desk and room service, and complimentary WiFi throughout the property, Athens Capital Center Hotel ensures your stay in this ancient city will be unforgettable. From its rooftop terrace soak in one of Athens's most enchanting views of the Acropolis, and savor the best of Mediterranean cuisine at the hotel's restaurant. Enter an oasis of modern, understated elegance in the heart of one of the world's oldest cities. Around the hotel, enjoy high-end boutiques, trendy bars and art galleries. And relax in the National Garden's lush greenery just a stone's throw away. Buffet and American breakfast options are available every morning.

THE FINE PRINT

  • A deposit of $500 per person is due immediately upon booking. The balance is due 100 days before departure. 

  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings within 7 days of registration will receive a full refund minus a $175 (per person) administrative fee*. Cancellations after 7 days of registration but more than 100 days before departure will be subject to loss of their $500 deposit. 50-99 days prior to departure will be subject to loss of 50% of trip price. 49 or fewer days prior to departure will be subject to loss of 100% of trip price. 

  • Land costs are quoted as a package and credits are not given for services not used.

  • Trip pricing does not include airfare to/from the trips starting point unless otherwise noted in the trip itinerary/website.

  • If booking group airfare the group must maintain a minimum of 10 flying passengers. 

  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until registration is complete.  We exercise best efforts to book hotels per itinerary, however in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 100 days of tour date, we may be forced to offer substitutes.

  • Please be aware that living standards and cultural norms at locations may differ from those in the USA. 

  • Travel Insurance is not required but highly recommended. Biblical Expeditions does not sell travel Insurance nor is the travel insurance offered by our hosting platform, WeTravel, connected to us in anyway. 

  • Overseas medical coverage is required, and we must have a copy of your policy prior to departure. 

  • Please see our Terms & Conditions for more details. 

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