Day 06 – Istanbul- Canakkale
This morning take on a delightful cruise along the Bosphorus. By private boat we cruise along the Bosphorus – the winding strait separating Europe & Asia. Along the shores is a delightful mixture of the past and the present, as well as the grand splendor and quaint beauty of the modern hotels, ancient wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses and small fishing villages. After lunch cross Dardanelles and drive to Canakkale. Dinner and Overnight in Canakkale
Day 07 – Troy-Troas-Pergamum- Kusadasi
Visit ancient Troas (Troy), the perfect place to brush up on Homer’s Trojan War and Biblical Troas where Paul had the Vision . Our journey today continues on the road to the ancient city of Pergamum. See the Red Basilica which housed the 1st Century Christian Church referred to by John in revelation. Visit the Acropolis of Pergamum designed to imitate the one in Athens and the Asclepeion Temple once dedicated to the Greek god of healing. Revelation 2:12-17 records the letter written to the Christian church of Pergamum; verse 13 of this passage speaks of “Satan’s seat” being here (Pergamum was a center of idolatry). Paul was not allowed to preach here. Proceed to KUSADASI for dinner and overnight.
Day 08 – Kusadasi-Ephesus
Visit the most impressive biblical site of our trip: Ephesus where Paul first came on his 2nd journey (Acts 18:19-21). Ephesus was one of the most beautiful cities of ancient world and its former glory can still be appreciated today from its well- preserved streets, temples, fountains, public baths, terraced houses and theatres. Paul returned to Ephesus on his 3rd journey, staying and preaching for a period of about two years, where “special miracles” were wrought (Acts 19:120, 20:20). . Visit the House of Virgin Mary, the place where Mother Mary spent her last years and have our Eucharistic celebration in this special place. Dinner and overnight.
Day 09 – ON CRUISE Kusadasi-Patmos
Embark our cruise ship, early afternoon arrival on the island of Patmos; considered a holy island for the Christian religion. It was here in Patmos where John the Divine, while in exile, wrote the Apocalyptic Revelations, which constitute the last part of the New Testament. Disembark and meet with our Guide and bus for the Shore excursion on Patmos Island. The tour takes you to the monastery of St. John, which still keeps its character of a medieval fortress. Inside the walls you will be able to admire the Byzantine wealth of the Christian Orthodox religion while from its high ground you will have the most stunning panoramic view of the luminous sea. After the visit of St. John Monastery we proceed to the Grotto – the Holy Cave of Apocalypse where St John is said to have had the vision of fire and brimstone and dictated the book of Revelation. Return to the Port of Patmos – free time. Sail
Day 10 – Cruise. Heraklion Crete/Santorini
This morning we dock at the legendary island of Crete,land of Minoan civilization, home of Zorbas the Greek; A shore excursion is available to take us to visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos, where King Minos lived and where the Labyrinth and the Minotaur was located! Afternoon call at the volcano island of Santorii; take the cable car on your own to visit the top of the island and enjoy the panoramic view of the famous Caldera. Back to the port for our next destination.