The Itinerary for the 11 Day Extensive Biblical Greece Tour including a 3 day Aegean Sea cruise, with Ephesus! (Optional 4 Day extension in Turkey!)

 

October 4-14, 2025 

All Inclusive Price: $6,045 from JFK, NY.  $5,244 for “land only” travelers. $2,069 for Turkey extension.

 

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Registration Details for this Greece Tour (w/ option to Turkey)

On-Line Registration Form

(This link will take you directly to the web site of our Israel / Greece travel agent, imagine Tours & Travel. This is a safe & secure way to place your $500 deposit instantly with your credit card and reserve your spot on this tour.  Please enter the tour code – DeLanceyG25 – to register for this trip).

Price of this 11 Day “Footsteps of Paul” Greece Tour includes: Airfare & US & Int’l Departure-fuel taxes ($595), Port fees ($199), gratuities ($40 cruise and $85 land), hotels, 2 meals daily on land, 3 meals daily on the ship, and all entry fees. $6,045 from JFK, NY (additional departure cites available upon request). The land only price of $5,244 includes all the above except the airfare. The price of the optional Rome extension is $2,069 (based on 15 passengers). Sign-up deadline for this tour (because it involves a cruise) is 120 days prior to departure: June 4, 2024.

Early Bird Discounts:  With your deposit of $500 to reserve your spot on this Greece tour, you will earn the following discounts off the overall price: $150 for deposits made before 7/10/2024, $100 before 10/10/24; $75 before 12/10/24, $50 before 2/10/25.

Please note the following for this Greece Tour:

  • A second deposit of $500 per person will be required within 14 days after registration (via check only).
  • Final payment and a passport copy is due 120 days prior to departure for this tour.
  • Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages are both included on the ship.
  • Single rooms are also very limited.  We can get 1 for a group of 16 passengers, 2 for a group of 32 passengers, etc. For questions, please call iTT.

This extensive Greece tour starts in the north and drive south to see not only virtually every biblical site but many classic sites as well (more than the average tour). All of these sites offer us the context for the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul as we retrace his steps! The trip also includes a 3 day cruise in the beautiful Aegean Sea. We will see the islands of Mykonos, Patmos, Crete, and the spectacular Santorini. We even sail to the western coastline of Turkey to see the massive biblical site of Ephesus!  We return to Athens to climb the Acropolis and see the famous Parthenon and Mars Hill (Acts 17). We also drive into the Peloponnese to see Corinth, Mycenae, and Cenchrea. The optional extension includes our flight back to Turkey for 4 days see the other six (6) Churches of Revelation (we see Ephesus during the cruise). We even visit Colossae and Melitus as well. 

GREECE TOUR ITINERARY

 

Day 1 – Saturday , October 4: Depart U.S.A.

Embark upon your journey to the lands of ancient treasures and Christian history with an overnight flight to Thessaloniki. Prepare yourself for a lifechanging experience and get some rest on the flight. Tomorrow we will be walking in the Greek world that the Apostle Paul knew. The world and culture of the New Testament is about to come alive!

 

Day 2 – Sunday, October 5: Thessaloniki

We arrive in Thessaloniki, the city where Paul was received by Jason. Paul was preaching the Word of God here until he was rushed out of the city. We transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 3 – Monday, October 6: Amphipolis, Philippi, Kavala, Thessaloniki

This morning we travel east to the amazing site of Philippi. On the way we will make a brief stop at Amphipolis. Paul stopped here on his way to Thessalonica (Acts 17:1). Arriving at Philippi, we visit the Baptistry of Lydia, near the river where Paul baptized her. Lydia was the first convert of Paul on European soil, followed by the conversion of the jailer. We also visit the ruins of the Forum of Philippi, the Christ a Basilicas, the “Prison of Paul” and the Theater. We then drive to the coast, to the port of Kavala (ancient Neapolis). Here, Paul took his first step in bringing the Gospel to present day Europe. It is a picturesque port! We view the Byzantine Castle and the Roman Aqueduct. To end the day, we drive back to Thessaloniki for dinner and our second overnight here.

 

Day 4 – Tuesday, October 7: Berea, Vergina, Meteora, Kalambaka

This morning we tour the city of Thessaloniki. We’ll see the White Tower, the Agora, and the Church of St. Demetrius. We will also gain a panoramic view from the upper part of the city before leaving Thessaloniki. From here, we drive south through the beautiful landscape of inland Greece. We make a brief stop in Berea, visited by Paul (Acts 17:10f). It was here that Paul planted a church that “studied the Scriptures” on a regular basis. Close by is Vergina, the burial place of Philip II (Father of Alexander the great), now a museum. In the afternoon, we drive through the scenic route over the mountains to Kalambaka. Weather permitting, we might see Mt. Olympus, the legendary abode of the Greek gods. In the late afternoon, we arrive at Meteora. Here, we will see the famous Byzantine monasteries that are perched precariously on summits of gray rock pinnacles of varied and beautiful shapes. Their history goes back to the 14th century when the monks sought refuge in the cliff-side caves. Then they fled higher to build the original wooden shelters, which were later transformed into monasteries. We spend the night in Kalambaka, located in the shadows of the unique monasteries of Meteora.

 

Day 5 – Wednesday, October 8: Thermopylae, Delphi, Athens

We leave the hotel after breakfast and drive to Thermopylae. It was here that the famous 300 Spartans, led by King Leonidas, fought with an alliance of Greek city-states against the large Persian army in 480 B.C. From here we drive to Delphi, one of the best preserved classic Greek sites in the country! Here we tour the ancient oracle of Apollo at Delphi. We will also visit the local museum with its renown bronze statue of the charioteer. Then, we will see the stadium where the ancient Pythian athletic games were held every four years. Second only to the Olympic games in fame, these games were in honor of Apollo. Next, we see the temple of Apollo where the young priestess Pythia gave her prophecies. In the late afternoon, we drive to Athens, check into our hotel, and enjoy a late dinner together.

 

Day 6 – Thursday: October 9: Mycenae, Corinth, Cenchreae, Athens

We start the day by visiting the site of Mycenae, the legendary city rival of Troy, and described by Homer as “Mycenea rich in Gold.” This city dates back to the late Bronze Age and is famous for the “beehive” Tomb of Agamemnon (Treasury of Atreus) and the gold masks. We then continue to ancient Corinth. This is the once glorious city near the Isthmus, where Paul met Aquila and Priscilla and spent a year and a half preaching the Word of God. We visit the Archaeological Museum, the Forum, the Temple of Apollo, the Roman forum, and the famous Bema where Paul stood before Gallio, accused by the Jews of Corinth. We also will try to see the acropolis of the city and the Temple of Aphrodite. Then we make a brief stop to Cenchreae, the small harbor from which Paul sailed back to Asia. Upon arriving back in Athens, we’ll enjoy dinner together, followed by an optional walk.

 

Day 7 – Friday, October 10: Athens, Embark on 3-Night Cruise

We travel early this morning to the port of Piraeus for an 11am departure on our 4-night Greek Isles Cruise. Our first port-of-call is Mykonos, which uniquely combines luxury and sophistication with the simple and yet charming life of a Cycladic Island. We can stroll the winding, narrow streets full of boutiques, visit tiny chapels, and take pictures of the famous windmills. Another option is just to sit by the waterfront and enjoy the beautiful sunset.

 

Day 8 – Saturday, October 11: Kusadasi (Ephesus) & Patmos

In the morning, we arrive at Kusadasi, a lovely Turkish port and the gateway to the Ancient city of Ephesus, a city often visited by St. Paul. It is one of the seven churches of Revelation. (Excursion to Ancient Ephesus included). We drive along the coast to reach Ephesus, famous in antiquity for its Temple of Diana. Also knownas one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Ephesus later became the home of the Apostle John. We will see the monuments such as the Forum, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, and the Thermal Bath of Scolastika. We will also visit the magnificent, open- air Great Theatre, built in the Greek era, and reconstructed in the Roman period, which seated 24,000 people. Next, we walk back to the motor coach along the Arcadian Way, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. Traveling back to Kusadasi, we view the Basilica of St. John. Just downhill lies the site of the famous Temple of Diana, which today is in ruins. We also visit the Church of the Virgin Mary. By late afternoon we arrive on Patmos, the island where the Apostle John was exiled. It was here that John wrote the book of Revelation (Rev. 1:9) in one of the local caves. The excursion for this island is not included. Dr. DeLancey will lead an optional excursion on Patmos via rented taxis (at your own expense). Alternatively, we can choose to disembark and explore the island on our own.

 

Day 9 –Monday, October 12: Crete & Santorini

This morning, we spend time in Crete, the largest and most rugged of the Greek Islands. It is also the ancient home of the great Minoans and the mythological god, Zeus (Excursion to Knossos Palace and Heraklion City included). After a short ride through the town of Heraklion, we arrive at the Knossos excavations. Here, Sir Arthur Evan’s archaeological discoveries revealed a civilization, dating back to 4000 B.C., when a great empire flourished on the island of Crete. Paul left Titus in Crete and gave instructions on appointing church leaders in the towns (Titus 1:5ff). Next, we spend an evening on what many would consider the most spectacular of all the Greek islands, Santorini. We will have time to stroll the cobbled lanes of this fascinating town or simply relax over coffee. A short cable car ride (not included) will take us down to the pier where we will rejoin the ship.

 

Day 10 – Tuesday, October 13: Athens, Acropolis, Mars Hill, the Plaka, Lycabetus

We sail back to the port of Athens. Upon loading the bus, we enjoy the architectural wonders of ancient Athens. First, we climb the world-renowned Acropolis, to see the Propylea, the Erechtheum and the Parthenon. Next, we visit Mars Hill, where Paul delivered his speech on the Unknown God. Then we see the Agora, the ancient center of the economic and public life of the city, where Paul preached to the skeptical Athenians. During the bus tour, we also see Constitution Square with the House of Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Temple of Zeus, the Old Olympic Stadium, and the Neoclassical Buildings of Athens. In the afternoon, we will enjoy some free time in the Plaka, Athens market. We’ll grab a gyro or a Greek salad for lunch before we meet at a designated area. You will then have the option to be dropped off at the hotel or driven to the base of Lycabetus, the highest point of Athens. There will be an optional walk to the top of this high mountain for the best panoramic view of Athens. We return to our hotel for dinner.

 

Day 11 – Wednesday, October 14: Flight Home

We transfer in the morning to Athens Airport for our return flight back to the U.S.A. We arrive home the same day.

 

OPTIONAL TURKEY EXTENSION $2,069 PER PERSON

Price is based on minimum of 20 travelers for price to be valid (Includes: Gratuities of $75 | Not Included: Turkish Visa)

 

Day 11 – Wednesday October 14: Depart for Izmir, Turkey

We bus together for our morning flight from Athens to Izmir, Turkey. Upon arrival into Izmir, we will meet our guide and begin our sightsee tour to ancient Pergamum (Bergama) – center of the rule for the Roman Empire. Sights include the Asklepion, an ancient healing center, the Acropolis with its pagan temples, Alter of Zeus (some call the throne on the site) and the Temple of Trajan. Dinner and overnight in Izmir.

 

Day 12 – Thursday, October 15: Izmir, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Pamukkale

Our morning, We will continue on to Thyatira, the smallest of the Seven Churches of which John writes in Revelations. Afterwards, our visit in Sardis will take us to the amazing ruins of the Temple of Artemis, the picturesque gymnasium, and the synagogue with intact mosaic tile artwork. Touring takes us to Philadelphia (Alasehir) the church that “kept the Faith”, and Sardis, the capital of the Lydian Kingdom, and the first city to use coins of gold and silver. Continue our drive to Hierapolis (Pamukkale). Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Pamukkale.

 

Day 13 – Friday, October 16: Hierapolis, Pumakkale, Laodicea, Colossae

After breakfast, we will visit the Hierapolis visiting the vast, ancient necropolis (burial grounds) large amphitheater, St. Philip’s Church,
and famed Roman baths. The white travertine falls and hot springs of Pamukkale are a beautiful secret of nature that we will enjoy today. Afternoon, we will continue traveling to ancient Laodicea, a city known for its riches, development of medicines and where the church was known for being “lukewarm in belief.” At the end of the day we drive to Collossae. Paul wrote a letter to this church (Colossians). We drivve from here to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 14 – Saturday, October 17: Miletus, Izmir-Istanbul

After breakfast, we take we drive south to Miletus. The New Testament mentions Milestus as the site where Paul met the elders from Ephesus near the close of his 3rd missionary journey (see Acts 20:15-38). Here, there also are extensive remains of the 5th century BC. The theater here is one of the best-preserved ones in the Greek and Roman world. We then drive to Izmir for our flight to Istanbul and then back to the States.

 

Day 15 – Sunday, October 18: Istanbul, Return to U.S.A.

After breakfast, we transfer to Istanbul Airport for our return flight back to the U.S.A.

Mar's Hill
Mar's Hill
Laodicea Stadium Sept 22 Turkey Tour John DeLancey
Pergamum Sept 22 Turkey Tour John DeLancey
Hierapolis Sept 22 Turkey Tour John DeLancey

Mars Hill – Athens

Dr. John shares a live devotional video from Mars Hill. Also called the Rock of Areopagus, this was where Paul shared his bold testimony among the philosophers of the day (Acts 17). Mars Hill is located just below the Acropolis of Athens.

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