A Platinum Select Journey
Greece & Turkey
Paul's World, Message & Mission
10 Days plus a 4 Day Elective: Paul in Asia; the Apocaplypse
Departs 1 October 2014
SBS Alumni/ae Benefits:
Receive a $200 Travel Credit
Bring a Friend and receive a $300 travel credit
While enjoying the romance and beauty of the Aegean
Sea, this journey will acquaint participants with the geographical and cultural
settings of the New Testament and the early church communities in ancient
Anatolia. It will illuminate not only places associated with the ministry
of Paul in Greece and Turkey, but also identify missionary strategies Paul
used to advance his ministry. It will explore the traditions of Mary and
John in Turkey, with a special interest in the backgrounds of the Book of
Revelation. It will explore points of contact between Christianity and Islam.
Person to person learning experiences with missionaries and indigenous people
will supplement extensive field trips. The pilgrimage will include morning
and evening fora on historical and contemporary themes, visits with church
workers and mission sites. The program will also give you plenty of free
time and opportunities to become acquainted with Greek and Turkish culture
on your own.
Day 1 Your journey begins with your international flight from New York City (other departure cities available, prices vary).
Day 2 You will meet our SBS faculty member upon arrival in Thessaloniki. Touring, as time permits, will include the Old City Walls, the Arch of Galerian, and St. Demetrius Church. Overnight in Thessaloniki.
Day 3 Today calls for a full day excursion to Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great and the Royal Macedonian Tombs in Vergina. When you return to Thessaloniki, you will continue your touring there or take time to explore on your own. Overnight in Thessaloniki.
Day 4 Paul's first experience in Greece was along the Via Ignatia and included Neapolis (Kavalla), where he disembarked, Philippi and Thessaloniki, where he established churches. You will visit all three sites today and, time permitting, also visit Amphipoli, mentioned in Acts as a stop along Paul's way. Overnight in Thessaloniki.
Day 5 A morning flight brings you to Athens where you beign with a driving tour of the city's most prominent photo ops. In the afternoon, you will climb the Acropolis to explore its many monuments, including the Parthenon, Erectheum and the Propylon, with special attention given to acquainting ourselves with classical backgrounds of the Hellenistic world. A visit to the Areopagus (Mars Hill) will introduce us to Paul's experience in Athens according to the narrative of Acts. Dinner is on your own at one of the many outstanding restaurants near the hotel. Overnight in Athens.
Day 6 Today, you will begin with a visit to the Acropolis Museum, home of some of most important artifacts from ancient Athens. Then you will explore ancient Athens, including the Athenian and Roman agoras and the district called the Plaka. Highlights will include the Stoa of Attalos, the Hephaestion, the Tower of the Winds and the Libray of Hadrian. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Athens.
Day 7 Free day in Athens. Options include exploring at your leisure and a three island cruise. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Athens.
Day 8 An morning departure will bring you to the Corinthian Canal by mid morning. Continuing on to ancient Corinth, you will explore the excavations of the Roman city where Paul based his ministry. From there, you will visit Mycenae and continue to your hotel in seaside Tolo. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Tolo.
Day 9 Today's itinerary brings you to Paleo Epidavros, the center of the ancient healing cult of Asclepius. You will visit the museum, the well preserved classical theatre and the partially excavated stadium. In the afternoon, you will visit Nafplio, one of Greece's most charming ports. Explore Palamidi castle and the market swuare before returning to your hotel. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Tolo.
Day 10 Transfer to airport and return to the USA or continue on to Turkey for the 4 day elective.
Continue reading about the 5-day elective
Paul's World & Mission
Paul in Asia and the Book of Revelation
Day 10 After a short journey from the airport, you will arrive in Bergama (ancient Pergamum, one of the seven churches of the Apocalypse) for your overnight. Overnight in Bergama.
Day 11 Our exploration includes the extensive excavations of the acropolis of ancient Pergamum, including the altar of Zeus, the Temple of Hadrian and the theatre. You have the option of descending the acropolis by foot, enjoying some of the most impressive excavations along the way. At the foot of the acropolis, we will visit the Red Hall, then after lunch, we will visit the Asclepion and then begin our drive to Kusadasi. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Kusadaci.
Day 12 You will find the Belevi Mausoleum and the Pollio Aqueduct most ineresting and off the beaten track. You will also visit the Selcuk Museum, the Artemision and the Issa Bey Mosque. There will be time to explore Selcuk and perhaps the quaint village of Sirince beofre returning to Kusadaci. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Kusadaci.
Day 13 The highlight of the elective is the city of Ephesus, where Paul centered his Asian ministry. Ephesus wasa metroplis and its excavations include the wonderfully restored Libray of Celsus, the theatre and the slope houses (optional, addition fee). You will also visit the Church of Mary where the third ecumenical council was held in 431. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Kusadaci.
Day 14 Transfer to the airport and return flight to USA.