Departs October 16, 2017 | Join Educational Opportunities with Sister Joan Chittister for a 12-day program aboard the Azamara Journey on this journey of a lifetime!
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- International Airfare from NY
- Meals on Ship
- Overseas Airport Transfers
- Port Charges
- Select Shore Excursions
† If air purchased through EO.
Day 1 Depart the USA
Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA.
Day 2 Arrive in Athens, Greece
Arrive in Athens, Greece and embark on the Azamara Journey.
Day 3 Pergamum, Turkey
Pergamum is the location of one of the seven churches mentioned in Revelation (Rev. 2: 12-17). Towering 1000 feet above the town and commanding a spectacular panorama is the fabled Acropolis. You will see the foundations of the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Athena, and the ruins of the Library which once held 200,000 parchment volumes. You will see the remains of the Temple of Trajan, the Grand Theatre, the Gymnasium, and the Health Center (Aesclepion).
Day 4 Ephesus, Turkey
Drive to Ephesus, the marble city where Paul spent three years of his ministry. The ruins of Ephesus have been restored much like the city was in Paul’s time. You will visit the ancient Agora and view the Great Theater. View the terrace houses, also known as “the houses of the rich,” which give a true impression of the ancient lifestyle. Also visit the Ephesus Archaeological Museum for a look at some of Ephesus’ most prized artifacts.
Day 5 Patmos, Greece
You will set sail for Island of Patmos. Visit the Monastery of St. John, high on the mountain overlooking the entire island. Walk down to the Grotto of the Apocalypse and the caves where the exiled Apostle John lived and inspired by God wrote the Book of Revelation as well as other letters to the early church.
Day 6 Rhodes, Greece (On Own)
Paul visited Rhodes briefly on his way to Jerusalem at the end of his third missionary journey. Over 1,200 years later when Jerusalem fell during the Crusades, the Knights of St. John fled to the island of Rhodes, where they ruled for two centuries. Suleiman the Magnificent finally captured the island, but lost 50,000 men in the campaign. The castles and old town built by the knights are still impressive today. Shore excursions are booked through Azamara.
Day 7 At Sea
Spend a day at sea aboard the Azamara Journey.
Day 8 Bethlehem, Israel
Journey to Bethlehem, where you’ll visit the cave revered as the place where Jesus was born (Matt. 1; Luke 2). The church, which was constructed on the site, is the world’s oldest functioning church.
Day 9 Jerusalem, Israel
Travel to Jerusalem and visit the Upper Room, the traditional site of the Last Supper. Visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was tried before the Sanhedrin. Stand upon the Mount of Olives and view the city as Jesus did. View the olive trees of the Garden of Gethsemane. Enter the Old City and visit the Pool of Bethesda. You’ll walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Day 10 Sea of Galilee, Israel
Travel inland to the Sea of Galilee. You’ll stand on the Mount of the Beatitudes where Jesus gave His most well-known sermon (Matthew 5). At Tabgha, the traditional location for the calling of the disciples and the feeding of the 5000, you’ll visit the Church of the Fish and the Loaves (Luke 9). Visit the Chapel of the Primacy where three times Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ (John 21). Travel to the shore town of Capernaum where Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James, John (Matt. 4) and later Matthew. Stop by the River Jordan where those who wish to be baptized may do so.
Day 11 At Sea
Spend a day at sea aboard the Azamara Journey.
Day 12 Santorini, Greece (On Own)
Disembark at Santorini, one of the most beautiful of the Greek islands. Its picturesque whitewashed villages with brilliant blue domes dot the cliffs above the Aegean Sea. The island itself perches on the edges of a volcano whose eruption 3,500 years ago is thought to have led to the collapse of the Minoan civilization. Shore excursions are booked through Azamara.
Day 13 Athens, Greece to USA
Return home with memories to share!
Enhance Your Journey
Athens & Corinth Pre Tour $398
Oct. 14 - Depart the USA
Oct. 15 - Arrive in Athens & overnight
Oct. 16 - Corinth, Canal and Cenchreae Tour Travel to Corinth (Acts 18:1-18) and visit the Archaeological Museum, the Market Place, the Captives Façade and the Asklepion. Among the ruins, we can stand on the Bema where Paul defended the gospel. From a distance, view Acrocorinth. Cross the Corinth canal, begun in Roman times, but not completed until the late 1800’s. Stop at the site of Cenchreae, a port city whose remains are almost entirely under water. From here, the apostle Paul sailed for Jerusalem (Acts 18). Overnight in Athens.
Oct. 17 - Athens Touring, Embark Visit the architectural splendors of the ancient Athens. Journey to the ancient Acropolis where you will see the Propylaea, the Parthenon and the Erectheum. View Mars Hill where Paul preached the gospel (Acts 17:15-34). You will also view the Olympic Stadium. Board the Azamara Journey.