The Wisconsin Annual Conference
Paul's World and Mission

22 April - 1 May 2019

A pilgrimage led by the Rev. Scott Carlson
in Greece and Turkey to explore the cultural backgrounds
of the New Testament

From Chicago

5 Day Elective
Biblical Backgrounds in Italy

Returning on 6 May 2019

This pilgrimage will acquaint participants with the geographical and cultural settings of the New Testament. Additionally, since the pilgrimage will depart immediately after Western Easter you will be in Greece during Orthodox Holy Week and Easter. If you would like, you will be able to participate in the full range of Orthodox Holy Week and Easter observances and celebrations. The pilgrimage will begin in the north of Greece along the Via Ignatia where the Pauline cities of Philippi and Thessaloniki are located. We will examine Classical and Hellenistic influences on Paul and his churches. In the south of Greece, we will explore the archaeological testament of ancient Greece through extensive visits to the Acropolis, the Athenian and Roman agoras, Corinth and the Peloponnessus.

Registration Form
A biblical survey pilgrimage in Greece
(Just click the link to open this pdf registration form , print a copy,
fill it out, sign it and mail it to S.B.S.)

Daily Itinerary
(tentative and subject to local circumstances):
individual preferences will be accomodated when possible

Day 1 Depart USA

Day 2 Arrive Athens, transfer to flight for Thessaloniki, transfer to hotel for dinner, touring as time permits, introductions and orientation, overnight in Thessaloniki

Day 3 Pella (birthplace of Alexander the Great) with museum, Thessaloniki city tour, Old City walls, Citadel, St. Demetrius Church, Arch of Galerius (Acts 17: 4, 12), optional—Orthodox Maundy Thursday service, overnight in Thessaloniki

Day 4 Thessaloniki, Via Ignatia, Philippi, Kavala/Neapolis (Acts 16: 9-33), optional—Orthodox Good Friday service, overnight in Thessaloniki

Day 5 Transfer to airport, flight to Athens, driving tour of Athens, Acropolis, Parthenon, Erectheum, Mars Hill (Areopagus), optional—Orthodox Easter celebration, dinner on your own at a restaurant of your choice, overnight in Athens

Day 6 Free day (optional full day cruise to the Saronic Gulf islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina; other options available), dinner on your own at a restaurant of your choice, overnight in Athens

Day 7 Agora excavations, Stoa museum, Temple of Theseus, dinner on your own at a restaurant of your choice, overnight in Athens

Day 8 drive to the Peloponnesian Peninsula via Corinthian Canal, & Cenchraea. Visit archaeological excavations of Corinth, Museum, Acro-Corinth (time permitting), overnight in Tolos

Day 9 Paleo Epidauros, Theatre, Asklepion, Propylaia, Museum, Nafplio, Palamidi Castle, dinner on your own at a restaurant of your choice, overnight in Tolos

Day 10 transfer to Venezelos Airport, return to USA, OR select from the elective below

Elective: Biblical Backgrounds in Italy

Day 10 fly from Athens to Naples, visit Herculaneum, overnight in Naples

Day 11 Oplontis, Pompei, overnight in Naples

Day 12 National Archaeological Museum, transfer to Rome, Baths of Caracalla, overnight in Rome

Day 13 Collosseum, Imperial Forum, Pantheon, Piazza Navonna, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, overnight in Rome

Day 14 Catacombs of San Callixto or San Sebastian, Vatican City, St. Peter's Square & Basilica, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, overnight in Rome

Day 15 transfer to airport, return to USA