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Steps of St. Paul

with Fr. Christian "Ian" Gabinete September 25 - October 08, 2020

TOUR COST: minimum 20 full paying paxs

USD$ 5590.00

return Sydney

USD$ 4890.00

– return Manila

To add:

  • USD$ 680.00- Total airline and port taxes for the 3 countries

  • USD$ 150.00- Mandatory tips for driver and guides   

  • US$ 120.00- Turkey visa (apply online)

  • US$180.00- Schengen visa fee with assistance (applicable for Philippine passport holders)

September 25 to October 8, 2020 with Fr. Christian Emmanuel “Ian” Gabinete

NOTE:

Note: For other point of departure, please call or email for recalculation

INCLUSIONS

  • Return economy class airfare on QATAR AIRWAYS
  • One way flight from ATHENS-MALTA
  • Accommodation on First class hotels
  • Full Board meals (B/ L/ D)
  • Guided tours with entrance fees included
  • Cruise Kusadasi to Pireaus, inside cabins
  • Patmos AND Santorini Shore excursion
  • Services of Air-conditioned coach
  • Services of Pilgrimage Chaplain
  • Pre-departure briefing with EPHESUS travel kits

PAYMENT & CANCELLATION

  • A non-refundable deposit of USD$500/ person upon reservation including visa fees & documents to be submitted latest 6 months prior departure.
  • Fifty percent deposit due upon release of visa or 4MONTHS prior departure;; Balance of full payment due upon ticketing or 2 months prior departure
  • Cancellation charge of fifty percent (50%) of tour cost will be imposed if cancellation is done two months before departure date; Full tour cost will be forfeited if cancellation is done one month before departure date.
  • Unused portion of the tour is non-refundable.

CONDITIONS / RESPONSIBILITIES

PRICES/TOUR COST DO NOT INCLUDE travel insurance, medical and hospitalization expenses, tours and transportation expenses during free periods, porterage of extra luggages, drinks and meals not specified in the itinerary, tips for drivers and tour guides (USD10/day/pax) and such other personal nature like telephone calls, fax, laundry, room services and expenses not mentioned in the itinerary terms and conditions.

Ephesus Travel And Tours has arranged for the various tour services to be performed under the responsibility of various operators. Our company or its subagents therefore only acts as agents for the operators providing the various services described in this tour and assume no responsibility or liability that may occur out of or in connection with losses or unexpected expenses due to delays, overbooking, and defaults.  The tour itineraries and prices are subject to change without prior notice. Our company reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, move to the next departure date or increase the tour cost should we fall short of the required number of passengers. The payment for a reservation fee on the tour shall constitute acceptance and consent to all provisions in the tour conditions/responsibility published in this tour.

Rates are subject to change without prior notice and upon room and flight availability

ITINERARY

Day 01 – Sydney or Manila-Doha

Depart Manila in the evening via one of the best airline and take connecting flight to Athens.

Day 02 – Doha-Athens-Meteora

Arrive Doha in the morning and take connecting flight to Athens. Upon arrival and after airport formalities, take a scenic drive to Meteora, Transfer to our hotel for dinner and accommodation.

Day 03 – Meteora-Veria-Thessaloniki

After breakfast, we will follow the road towards Meteora. Visit the first great monastery of Varlaam. The Holy Monastery of Varlaam is the second largest monastery in the Metéora complex. It was built in 1541 and embellished in 1548 and located on the top of a rock at 380m height! A church, dedicated to All Saints, is in the Athonite type (cross-in-square with dome and choirs), with spacious exonarthex  is surrounded by a dome. It was built in 1541/42 and decorated in 1548, the old refectory is used as a museum. See the other monasteries and nunneries around the complex. After the visit of this monastery we will drive towards Veroia. Veroia is a very well-known ancient city where Apostle Paul passed from.  Apostle Paul famously preached in the city, and its inhabitants were among the first Christians in the Empire of Alexander the Great and later the Roman Empire. Continue to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight.

Day 04 – Thessaloniki-Philippi- Alexandroupolis

Tour Thessaloniki the places Paul lived and preached.  Continue to Philippi with a stop near the harbor of Kavala (biblical Neapolis), St. Paul’s gateway to Europe – a busy port with striking castle and an imposing aqueduct built by Suleyman the Magnificent. See the Greek Orthodox seaside church (Agia Sofia) that marks Paul’s landing spot. From here we will drive to Philippi – As a prosperous Roman colony, Philippi had a spacious forum and Agora and a theater, which was also a gladiator arena. Nearby there is a crypt, which has been honored since the fifth century as the place of St. Paul’s first imprisonment, where Paul and Silas sang hymns and an earthquake set them free. Philippi is the place where the Apostle Paul arrived on the mainland of Europe in response to the vision of a Macedonian he saw at Troas. Here in Philippi St. Paul first preached the Gospel in Europe. Visit Lydia Springs, the Baptismal Site. Outside the ancient city, the River Gangites still flows through quiet countryside, where St. Paul addressed his first European congregations and the businesswoman, Lydia – a “seller of purple,” who was the first to be baptized. There is a fine chapel commemorating this event. Later we drive on to the beautiful seaside town of Alexandroupolis.

Day 05 – Alexandroupolis-Borders- Istanbul

After breakfast, prepare for a long drive as we cross the Greek/Turkish borders and drive to Istanbul (formerly called Constantinople). Start exploring the city that connects East and West; Visit Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, two of the wonders of the world. A quick stop at the Grand Bazaar, the biggest of its kind with 4000 tiny shops, cafes and teahouses. Dinner and Overnight in Istanbul.

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.

Day 11 – Pireaus- Athens

This morning, after breakfast disembarkation and you will enjoy a City Tour of -Athens – the birthplace of democracy. See Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament,  the memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the University, the Academie and the National Library. Driving down Herodes Atticus Street and the Avzones in their picturesque uniforms and the Presidential Palace. On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Panathenaic Stadium (where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896), the Temple of Olympia Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. On the Acropolis mount, you will visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylee, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally the Parthenon – the monument that “puts order in the mind” and “is harmony between material and spirit”. Dinner and overnight in Athens.

Day 12 – Athens-Corinth-Athens

Today we will visit Corinth, where St. Paul arrived in A.D. 50-51 to preach Christianity. Stop at the archeological site housing many statues and artefacts. The site includes the Temple of Apollo; the Roman Agora; the Bema Courthouse, where his enemies brought the Apostle before Gallio; the pavement inscription of Erastus; the Roman Lechaion Road and the lower Fountain of Peirene. It was in Corinth that St. Paul wrote First Thessalonians and also, most likely, his Epistle to the Romans. Also, it was here that Paul encountered a multiple of problems in the congregation that seem to continue in today’s churches. Dinner & overnight at our hotel in Athens.

 Day 13 – Athens/Malta

Breakfast at our Hotel and transfer to the airport for onward flight to Malta. Have orientation tour and check in at hotel for dinner and overnight. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 14 – Medina

This morning we drive to Medina. We visit St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s catacombs and the grotto where St Paul is said to have lived and preached after his shipwreck. Medina is the Roman capital of Malta and predated Valetta by several centuries. Medina is co-cathedral with St John’s in Valetta. It is believed to stand on the site of the Palace of Publius, who was Roman Governor at the time of St Paul’s visit, who subsequently became the first Bishop of Malta. We can have a superb view of the islands from the ramparts of Medina. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Day 15 – Medina/Valetta

We start the day by driving to St Paul’s Bay, where the apostle came ashore after being shipwrecked. Nearby is Ghajin Razul (the Apostle’s Fountain), where St Paul struck a rock which is said to have miraculously brought forth water. We also visit the church of St Paul built over the spot where St Paul is said to have lit a fire and thrown the viper which had attacked him, onto it. This afternoon we visit Malta’s capital city, Valetta. We concentrate on visiting the churches. Firstly, St Paul’s Shipwreck Church, one of the oldest churches in Valetta. We may view the vault paintings of Attilio Palumbi, portraying episodes in the life of St Paul, as well as two important relics, an arm-bone of St Paul and a piece of the column on which he was beheaded. We will visit St John’s Cathedral, where Caravaggio’s masterpiece The Beheading of John the Baptist hangs in the Oratory. Back to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 16 – Malta/Manila OR Sydney

Whole day free until transfer to airport for flight back home

Day 17 – Arrival Manila

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