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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.
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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 2017 / 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. 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 2017 / 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 and go to Meteora to see the breathtaking rock tower monasteries of the 11th Century! Overnight in Kalambaka (Meteora).
<strong>DAY 4 Wednesday Oct 18 2017 / Oct 17 2018</strong>
Kalambaka to Athens -Early in the morning, we drive a few hours along the mountainous region to 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). Visit the Acropolis. Overnight in Athens.
<strong>DAY 5 Thursday Oct 19 2017 / Oct 18 2018</strong>
Ancient Corinth to Athens – Visit the famous Canal of Corinth, the archaeological site and the museum at acrocorinth. Visit the biblical site of Cenchreae. 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. Take afternoon flight to island of Santorini just in time for the sunset. Overnight in Santorini
<strong>DAY 6 Friday Oct 20 2017 / Oct 19 2018</strong>
Stay in hotel in OIA Santorini. Visit the beautiful panoramic view of the island. Go to site of Akrotiri buried under the volcanic ash. Do tour of island. Take evening speed boat to Heraklion Crete
<strong>DAY 7 Saturday Oct 21 2017 / Oct 20 2018</strong>
Tour and visit Heraklion area. Overnight in Heraklion.
<strong>DAY 8 Sunday Oct 22 2017 / 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 2017 / 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 interviews overlooking the sunset in the background. Overnight in Athens.
<strong>DAY 10 Tuesday Oct 24 2017 / Oct 23 2018</strong>
Breakfast Hotel Depart Athens for TelAviv
<b>Israel Portion: </b>Oct 24-Nov 1 2017 /Oct 23 - 31 2018
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 2017 / 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 2017 / 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 2017 / 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 2017 / 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 2017 / 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 2017 / Oct 29 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 2017 / 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 2017 / Oct 31 2018: </strong>Breakfast Hotel Depart Tel Aviv
<em><strong>Note</strong></em>: Bible Lands Tours Israel and Turkey for reasons beyond our control it may not be possible to visit everything listed above. However every effort will be made to include as much as reasonably possible.
<div class="itin-details">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:</div>
<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>Athens: it-1 pp. 209-211</li>
<li>Beroea (Veria): it-1 p. 291</li>
<li>Corinth: it-1 pp. 508-509</li>
<li>Cenchreae: it-1 pp. 424-425</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>
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 class="active">Airfare from Greece to Israel</li>
<li>Entrance fees for scheduled touring sites</li> <li>Breakfast and Diner 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> </ul>
<strong>Proposed Hotels Greece:</strong>
<li class="active">1 nt Thessaloniki Holiday Inn or sim HB</li>
<li>1 nt Kavala EGNATIA HB</li>
<li>1 nt Meteora AMALIA HB</li>
<li>2 nts Athens Metropolitan BB</li>
<li>Taverna dinner with music and folk dances incl bus/escort</li>
<li>1 nt Crete Astoria Heraklion HB</li>
<li>1 nt Santorini OIA Hotel HB</li>
<li>1 overnight ferry</li>
<li>Crete/Pireaus in 2 berth inside cabins HB</li>
<strong>Proposed Hotels Israel:</strong>
<li class="active">2 NIGHTS GRAND BEACH</li>
<li>2 NIGHTS NOF GINOSAR OR EMILY</li>
<li>4 NIGHTS CROWNE PLAZA JERUSALEM</li>
<strong>What's not included:</strong>
<li class="active">Tips to the hotel, guide and driver.</li>