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"Step over into Macedonia” is the theme of this new Bible Lands Tour as it focuses on the ministry, trials and travels of the Apostle Paul. ‘Walk the walk’ of the Apostle Paul, as we relive the Bible book of Acts, from Athens to Thessalonica. The historic city of Athens needs no introduction. It can’t help but wear its history on its sleeve—it’s hard to go anywhere in the city out of sight of the Acropolis—and millions of tourists flock here every year to visit the iconic Parthenon, Agora, and Dionysus’s Theater. In addition to following in the footsteps of Paul, we will also witness first-hand some wonders of Jehovah’s creation as we visit awe-inspiring sites that build appreciation for our Grand Creator.
<br class="" />Some of these sites include the awe-inspiring rock pillars of Meteora. In 1849, Robert Curzon, an English Traveler wrote regarding Meteora: “Nothing can be more strange and wonderful than this romantic region, which is unlike anything I have ever seen either before or since. In . . . any other mountainous region where I have been, there is nothing at all to be compared to these extraordinary peaks.”<br class="" /><br class="" />We next visit what is arguably the most beautiful island in Greece: Santorini! Enjoy the beautiful sunset and the amazing caldera of this island paradise. We will then visit the historic island of Crete via speedboat, which will leave you appreciating our brotherhood and spiritual heritage like never before!<br class="" /><br class="" />Return to Athens and enjoy a wonderful bethel tour of the Athens Greece Branch office! Conclude the tour overlooking the most beautiful view in Athens!
“See the Good Land” is the theme of this tour, which is undoubtedly the most comprehensive theocratic Biblical tour of Israel available.
We secured the services of a local Israeli Tour Guide considered by past BCT travelers and current BCT Tour Guides alike to be the best, with over 40 years experience of guiding and archaeology in Israel. In addition, our highly experienced theocratic guides will again be Tim Martin from Brooklyn, assisted by Elie Orphee from NY, who between them will also present several re-enactments and readings from the Scriptures in what is thought to be the authentic sites. You can volunteer to take part in those exciting dramas!
Also included is the BCT unique theocratic tour of the Israel Museum, with some amazing and faith-building artifacts. This museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the leading art and archaeology museums in the world. The Shrine of the Book is the home of several exceptional archaeological finds including the Dead Sea Scrolls and other rare ancient manuscripts.
The theme of the trip through Turkey will be: “How Did They Maintain Their Heart Devotion?” Despite Satan’s all-out efforts to attack and destroy the faith of first-century Christians they maintained their integrity. How? And what lessons can we learn from them? You will learn the answers to these questions and more as you visit the cities of Ephesus, Pergamum and others.”
There is so much to see in Turkey that it is often referred to as the Other Holy Land. Ephesus: a visit to this city is a must see for any Bible student. The apostle Paul visited Ephesus on his second and third missionary tours. Paul accomplished much in Ephesus and many became worshipers of Jehovah as a result! (Acts 18:19-21; Acts 19:10-17) Pergamum: Is where pagan religion was greatly stressed including the worship of political rulers. In addition, you see other ancient cities and sites in Turkey.
<b>Your Israel + Greece and Greek Island + Turkey itinerary will include the following. A detailed itinerary will be provided by your BCT Tour Guide upon arrival at your destination. </b>
- Bible Lands Tours Greece + Greek Island Tour
- Bible Lands Tours Greece and Greek Island + Israel
- Bible Lands Tours Greece And Greek Island + Israel + Turkey
- Bible Lands Tours Israel
- Bible Lands Tours Israel + Turkey
- Bible Lands Tours Turkey
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<strong>DAY 1 Sunday Oct 15 2017 / Oct 14 2018:</strong>
Arrive Thessaloniki, transfer to hotel. Dinner included. Get acquainted. Overnight in Thessaloniki.
<strong>DAY 2 Monday Oct 16 / Oct 15 2018:</strong>
Visit Thessaloniki and Phillippi -After breakfast, pick up from hotel to start morning tour of Thessaloniki. Enjoy the sites and the beautiful coastline. Have lunch at “Ladadika”, the most famous area of Thessaloniki with excellent traditional Greek Cuisine. Afterwards, we will reach the town of Kavala (Ancient Neapolis) and then Phillippi where Paul preached and baptized the first Christians in Europe! Visit the ‘’Baptismal’’ site, where Lydia was baptized and the place where tradition says Paul was imprisoned. Finally, we visit the Acropolis of Philippi, the Ancient Market, Basilica and Theatre. Overnight in Kavala (Ancient Neapolis)
<strong>DAY 3 Tuesday Oct 17 / Oct 16 2018:</strong>
Kavala to Meteora – We leave Kavala, and we arrive at the beautiful town of Veria (Ancient Beroea) at Northwestern Greece. Visit the Jewish synagogue in the area Paul originally preached. We continue to the Ancient town of Vergina. Go to the Royal tombs of Alexander the Great’s father, Phillip of Macedon. Make short stops at Thermopylae, the statue of Leonidas and the wonderful Tempi valley. We finally arrive at the picturesque town of Kalambaka, next to the amazing monasteries of Meteora. Overnight in Kalambaka (Meteora).
<strong>DAY 4 Wednesday Oct 18 / Oct 17 2018:</strong>
Kalambaka to Athens -Early in the morning, we drive to Meteora and see the breathtaking rock tower monasteries of the 11th Century! Then we continue to the ancient town of Delphi, the most powerful oracle in Ancient Greece! Visit the ancient stadium and the museum, then we arrive in Athens. Overnight in Athens.
<strong>DAY 5 Thursday Oct 19 / Oct 18 2018:</strong>
Athens – Follow the path of the Apostle to the nations by visiting the Areopagus or Mars Hill where he preached to the Athenians (Acts 17). Have lunch (maybe a gyro) at Monastiraki sq. Then visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon and the Acropolis museum. Overnight in Athens.
<strong>DAY 6 Friday Oct 20 / Oct 19 2018:</strong>
Ancient Corinth to Athens – Visit the famous Canal of Corinth, the archaeological site and the museum at acrocorinth. Stroll around the ancient citadel while your experienced tour guide relates to you the fascinating history of such monuments as the Temple of Athena Nike, the Theatre of Dionysus, etc. in the evening, Take ferry ship to island of Crete. Overnight on ferry.
<strong>DAY 7 Saturday Oct 21 / Oct 20 2018:</strong>
Tour of Chania, Crete– Arrive in the morning at the port of Chania. Take a brief tour of Chania and then travel to the famous olive trees of Vouves. Travel to Heraklion Overnight in Heraklion.
<strong>DAY 8 Sunday Oct 22 / Oct 21 2018:</strong>
Tour of Heraklion, Crete– Visit the Minoan palace of Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete. After lunch, visit Fair Havens (Kaloi Limenes) and Matala beach. Take ferry ship back to Athens. Overnight on ferry.
<strong>DAY 9 Monday Oct 23 / Oct 22 2018:</strong>
Visit Bethel and Farewell – After resting up a bit at your hotel, visit the Greece Bethel Branch Office in Athens for several hours, then visit the beautiful view of Lycabettus mountain overlooking Athens and enjoy a final dinner with the sunset in the background. Overnight in Athens.
<strong>DAY 10 Tuesday Oct 24 / Oct 23 2018:</strong>
Breakfast Hotel Depart for TelAviv
<b>Israel Portion: </b>Oct 24 – Nov 1 2017 / Oct 23 - 31 20218
<strong>Day 10-Tuesday- Oct 24 / Oct 23 2018: </strong>TelAviv arrivals from all around the globe. Free time all day in Tel Aviv. Overnight: TelAviv. Dinner at hotel included
<strong>Day 11-Wednesday- Oct 25 / Oct 24 2018: </strong>Breakfast in hotel. Tour the TelAviv ‘Bethel’ (9 – 10.30am) and Joppa; see Simon the Tanner’s house and walk down to the ancient Port. Get own local cuisine for lunch; after lunch tour Biblical Landscape Museum. Coach back to Hotel, TelAviv for group dinner (included)
<strong>Day 12-Thursday- Oct 26 / Oct 25 2018: </strong> Breakfast in hotel, check out of Tel Aviv hotel. Visit Caesarea & Megiddo (lunch at Megiddo, not included). Nazareth Village – experience a memorable re-creation of Nazareth of 2000 years ago. Group dinner (included) at a Tiberias hotel.
<strong>Day 13-Friday- Oct 27 / Oct 26 2018 </strong> Breakfast in hotel. Tour of the Sea of Galilee area: Mount of Beatitudes for a reading of the Sermon on the Mount, then Capernaum. Boat ride, Optional Galilee Fish lunch. Jordan baptism site. Group dinner included at Tiberias hotel.
<strong>Day 14-Saturday- Oct 28 / Oct 27 2018:</strong> Breakfast in hotel. Check out Tiberias, Take coach to Jerusalem via the amazing ancient Jericho archaeological site, continue to Mount of olives, walk down to Gethsemane. Dinner at hotel (included).
<strong>Day 15-Sunday- Oct 29 / Oct 28 2018:</strong> Breakfast in hotel. Visit to Temple Mount including new excavations at the Western Wall Tunnel. Guided Bible tour of Israel museum (we have our own theocratic guide), Shrine of the book and the huge outdoor model of ancient Jerusalem.
<strong>Day 16-Monday- Oct 30 / Oct 28 2018:</strong> Enjoy city walk, Wohl Museum & Burnt House, continue to the City of David (enjoy excellent film show of Jerusalem’s history). Visit to Gihon, Hezkia’s Tunnel, Warren Shaft, Pool of Siloan, Herods steps. Guided tour of Garden Tomb site.
<strong>Day 17-Tuesday- Oct 31 / Oct 30 2018:</strong> Breakfast in hotel. Leave with coach for Masada, using the cable car, continue to Ein Guedi waterfall. Enjoy an optional Dead Sea float, followed by evening function with old Abraham in his tent in the Judean Desert, including Camel ride and Biblical dinner.
<strong>Day 18-Wednesday-Nov 1 / Oct 31 2018</strong>
Breakfast Hotel Depart for Izmir.
<strong>Turkey Portion:</strong> Nov 1-6 2017 /Oct 31-Nov 5 2018
<strong>Day 18 – Wednesday Nov 1 / Oct 31 2018:</strong>
Arrive Izmir Turkey. Transfer to hotel in Izmir (Smyrna) for dinner and overnight at the excellent Anemon Hotel.
<strong>Day 19 – Thursday Nov 2 / Nov 1 2018:</strong>
Breakfast at the hotel and continue to Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17) to visit the Acropolis, Temple of Athena, library, Royal Palace, Temple of Trajan, the steepest theater of the ancient world, Altar of Zeus. Then visit Asclepion (medical center of the ancient world). Continue to Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29) which was a commercial center, visit remains of a church and then return to Izmir for dinner and overnight.
<strong>Day 20 – Friday Nov 3 / Nov 2 2018:</strong>
Breakfast and depart from Izmir to Ephesus, a cradle of early Christianity (Revelation 1:1 ; 2:1-7). Proceed to spectacular ruins from the period of Paul; see Odeon, Fountains, Temples; Library, Great theater and stadium. Temple of Artemis (one of the seventh wonders of the ancient world.) Dinner and overnight.
<strong>Day 21 – Saturday Nov 4 / Nov 3 2018:</strong>
Breakfast and check out of hotel. Visit Aphrodisias en route to Pamukkale (which was ancient Hierapolis mentioned at Colossians 4:13.) Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale Hotel.
<strong>Day 22 – Sunday Nov 5 / Nov 4 2018:</strong>
Breakfast and check out of hotel. Early morning start with the wonderful formations of stalactites and watch the Cataracts falling into the Basin at the bottom of the Mountain. Continue the tour with the ancient city of Hierapolis. Then see the ancient city of Laodicea. Visit Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22). Continue to Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13) to visit Acropolis. Visit Sardes (Revelation 3:1-6), capital of the ancient Lydia. See the Temple of Diana, the Golden River (Pactalos) and the royal road. Then visit the reconstructed synagogue and continue to Izmir for dinner and overnight (final dinner together.)
<strong>Day 23 – Monday Nov 6 / Nov 5 2018:</strong>
Breakfast Hotel Depart Turkey
Listed below are most of the locations we will be visiting on our Bible Lands Tour. We have included references to our Christian publications so that you can look up this information in advance. This reference list does not include everything we have published on the locations we will be visiting, but will help get you started on preparing:
<li>Athens: it-1 pp. 209-211</li>
<li>Beroea (Veria): it-1 p. 291</li>
<li>Corinth: it-1 pp. 508-509</li>
<li>Fair Havens (Kaloi Limniones): it-1 pp. 802-803</li>
<li>Neapolis (Kavala): it-2 pp. 478-479</li>
<li>Philippi: it-2 pp. 629-630</li>
<li>Thessalonica: it-2 p. 1092</li>
<li>ISRAEL (Ancient Land): si 270-278; it-1 332-336; it-2 469-470</li>
<li>JERUSALEM (Ancient): it-2 40-41, 951</li>
<li>JOPPA: it-2 104</li>
<li>CAPERNAUM: it-1 410-412</li>
<li>SEA OF GALILEE: it-1 885</li>
<li>NAZARETH: it-2 476</li>
<li>Ephesus: it-1 734 -735</li>
<li>Smyrna: it-1 982</li>
<li>Pergamum: it-2 607-608</li>
<li>Thyatira: it-2 p. 1099</li>
<li>Sardis: it-2 864</li>
<li>Philadelphia: it-2 626</li>
<li>Laodicea: it-2 204</li>
“We have just returned from Israel; wow, what a trip! I don’t think its possible to have a more comprehensive tour of biblical Israel. We’ll all read the bible a LOT slower in the future!”
“Thanks again for a wonderful week in Israel; we saw so much more than ever before…and the next few years will no doubt see a lot more revealing of really interesting sites, and greater lushness of the scenery. (God willing!) The timing of some of the visits was amazing, almost miraculous, with minimum waiting in line. Your passion in the presentations was inspirational too”
All prices herein are per person and are subject to change without notice. "Full Package" prices are especially subject to change due to the fluctuation in airfare. For Instance: Travelers can expect to pay additional airfare for summer tour dates if their tour includes New York. We will notify you three months, or less, before your departure of any additional fees.
Regarding Land Package Pricing:
Land Package prices signify that...
- ...BCT will NOT provide your transportation EXCEPT during the tour.
- ...you will be required to arrange your own transportation (be that airfare or train or car) at the beginning and after the tour.
- ...BCT is not responsible for any cost associated with the cost of your transportation (be that airfare or train or car) at the beginning and after the tour. Including penalties, fees and/or rebooking cost when a trip is cancelled or moved.
- ...while your transportation is provided during the tour you will be required to arrange your own transportation (be that airfare or train or car) at the beginning and after the tour.
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<li>Transportation each day for touring and sightseeing</li>
<li>Airfare between Israel, Turkey and Greece</li>
<li>Entrance fees for scheduled touring sites</li>
<li>Breakfast and/or Lunch as noted on the day-by-day itinerary.</li>
<li>Rooming in a 3 star or higher hotel</li>
<li>Prices include three tour guides: one local guide to conduct our tour through Israel which is required by the local laws and two Witness guides. Past travelers and current BCT Tour Guides say the current Israel Guide is one of the very best registered Israel Guides available. The Witness guides will be Brother Timothy E. Martin and Brother Elie Orphee . Brother Martin will be volunteering his own time to conduct these tours. Your tour through Israel will be biblically accurate and of the greatest encouragement to you</li>
<li>Tour Watchtower Branch Office in Tel Aviv, Israel.</li>
<li>Airport / Hotel shuttle service for full packages</li>
<li>BCT agents to meet & greet at both airport & hotel</li>
<strong>What's not included:</strong>
<li>Tips to the hotel, guide and driver.</li>
<li>Grand Beach Tel Aviv – Oct. 21-23</li>
<li>Nof Ginossar (Kibuts) – Oct. 23-24</li>
<li>Crown Plaza Jerusalem – Oct. 24-28</li>
<li>ANEMON HOTEL / IZMIR - Oct 28-31</li>
<li>PAM THERMAL HOTEL / PAMUKKALE - Oct 31 - Nov 1</li>
<li>ANEMON HOTEL / IZMIR - Oct 1 - Nov 2</li>
<li>NOV 2/3 Thessaloniki Hotel Holiday Inn</li>
<li>NOV 3/4 Kavala, Hotel EGNATIA</li>
<li>NOV 4/5 Kalambaka/Meteora HTL AMALIA KALAMBAKA</li>
<li>NOV 05/06 Athens Hotel METROPOLITAN www.chandris.gr</li>
<li>NOV 06/07 Overnight Ferry to Crete Minoan Lines</li>
<li>NOV 07/08 Heraklion Hotel ATLANTIS</li>
<li>NOV 08/09 Overnight Ferry Heraklion to Pireaus MINOAN LINES</li>
<li>NOV 09/10 Athens Hotel METROPOLITAN</li>
<li>Cabin accommodations on ferry boat up to 4 to a cabin included. Upgrades to private cabins available.</li>
<li>Most meals except lunch</li>
<li>Beverages of any type</li>