Greece Open Tour
August 30 - September 9
Join Biblical Expeditions for an 11-day trip to the ancient land of Greece. Walk in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul as he brought the Gospel to Europe. Journey with Paul, through northern Greece visiting Philippi, Thessaloniki, and Berea. Wander the streets of Athens and see the awe-inspiring Parthenon situated upon the Acropolis. Explore the fascinating ruins of Corinth, where Paul lived for eighteen months. Experience the land of Greece and see how it transforms your reading of the Bible. This trip is open to anyone.
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Agora of Athens
$3220- (land only cost - includes flights within Greece)
$700 (addition for single supplement)
$1415 per person (twin)
$1320 per person (triple)
$1900 per person (single)
$1590 per person (twin)
$1320 per person (triple)
$1900 per person (single)
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Tour Costs Include:
Roundtrip airfare from Athens to Thessaloniki
Hotels including breakfast
Local English speaking tour guide
Biblical Expeditions expert instructor
All entrances and activities per itinerary
A private AC motor coach with driver
All tour related tips
Biblical Expeditions pre-trip learning and devotional resources
Tour Cost NOT included
Lunches and Dinners
Water on Bus (0.50 Euros per bottle)
Any increase in taxes or entrance fees
Marc Turnage 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 Univerity 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.
Tour Itinerary - August 30 - September 9
FRIDAY AUGUST 30
SATURDAY AUGUST 31
Arrive Athens. Fly to Thessaloniki. Overnight Thessaloniki.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1
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.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 2
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 visitng 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.
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 3
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.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 4
We begin our morning visiting the National Archaeological Museumwhere 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.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 5
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.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6
Today our touring explores the ancient city of Athens, the birthplace of democracy. Our morning begins at the New Acropolis Museum 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.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7
We leave Athens today and drive south into the Peloponnese, the peninsula of southern Greece. We stop to visit the ancient, Bronze Age site of Mycenae, the home of Agamemnon, the leader of the Greek forces in the Trojan War. First excavated by Henrich Schliemann, the site of Mycenaeprovides an excellent view into the world of the Greek age of heroes.
From Mycenae, we drive to the ancient site of Epidaurus, which boasts the best preserved ancient Greek theater, still used for productions. Epidaurus was also one of the important centers attached to the Greek god Asclepius, the god of healing. We will visit the small museum and Asclepion at the site.
From Epidaurus, we travel to the modern, beautiful, seaside city of Nafplion for dinner and overnight.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 8
We depart Nafplion this morning and drive to Corinth (Acts 18:1-17; 1 and 2 Corinthians). Our visit 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). On our way back to Athens, we stop to see the Corinthian Canal.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 9
Those returning home today will have transfers to the airport to catch their flights returning home challenged and encouraged in their faith.
Those staying on for the cruise will have a free day in Athens.
OPTIONAL CRUISE EXTENSION
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 9
Athens –Piraeus-Mykonos, Greece
Morning transfer to Piraeus Port and embark on the ship for a 4-day cruise to the Aegean Islands and Turkey. We set sail for Mykonos at 11:30 a.m.
Upon the 6pm arrival disembark and enjoy the evening walking and exploring the pebbled streets of cosmopolitan Chora and have a coffee in “Little Venice”. Return to the ship by 10:30 pm and sail for Kusadasi, Turkey at 11:00 p.m.
Overnight on board.
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 10
Kusadasi, Turkey- Patmos, Greece
At 7:30 a.m. we dock at the port of Kusadasi in Turkey, starting point for our included shore excursion to visit the ancient city of Ephesus, where the Apostle Paul preached and lived for three years (Acts 18:19-21).
Free time for souvenir shopping in Kusadasi.
Sail at 1:00 p.m. to Patmos, Greece, where the Apostle John was exiled and wrote the Book of Revelation (Rev 1:9). We enjoy our included excursion, which takes us up to visit to St. John’s Monastery and the Grotto of the Revelation.
Sail for Rhodes at 9:00 p.m. Overnight on board.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 11
At 7:00 a.m., we call at Rhodes. You will enjoy your included organized excursion to Lindos, situated 55 km (40 miles) from the city of Rhodes and “bears” above it the Acropolis of Lindos, with the ancient Temple of Athena, built in 300 B.C. In the center of the village, you will find the Church of the Virgin Mary (Panagia) of Lindos, with frescoes from the 15th century.
At the old city of Rhodes, you will go through D’Amboise Gate to walk on the Street of the Knights. Along this street, you will find the residences of the Knights, separated according to Order, which bear until today their corresponding crests.
Sail to Heraklion, Crete at 6:00 p.m. Overnight on board.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 12
Arrive at Heraklion Crete, (Acts 27:7-13) at 7:00 a.m. and enjoy an optional excursion to the Minoan Palace of Knossos, first European civilization and the legendary home of the Minotaur (half bull and half man).
Then sail to Santorini. (Disembarkation by tender-boats, sea & weather permitting). Take the cable car up to the town of Fira, perched high on the rim of the ancient volcano. Free time for taking photos, browsing, shopping and enjoying the breathtaking view.
Sail for Piraeus at 9:30 p.m. Overnight on board.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
At 7:00 a.m. arrive at the port of Piraeus.
Disembark after breakfast at about 7:45 and transfer to the airport for departure flight home.
***Please note Visits, excursions, mentioned in the program may have slight changes in the time or order they are to be visited.