Multicountry Tours - Greece & Turkey - 10 Day Tour

Biblical Greece and Turkey with Cruise (10 days)
Athens – Mykonos – Ephesus – Pamukkale – Laodicea – Sardis – Izmir – Pergamon – Patmos – Rhodes – Crete – Corinth – Athens

This journey on land and water takes you back through time to the biblical cities associated with the ministry of Apostle Paul, along with visits to the inspiring Greek Islands.

Day 1 – Athens Arrival:
Upon arrival at Athens International Airport, a representative of Aristotle Travel will meet and assist you with your transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2 – Mykonos:
The itinerary starts with a cruise calling first at Mykonos, a popular spot with the international jet-set. Stroll at leisure through the whitewashed, flower-decked alleyways, climb to the sculpture church of Paraportiani and walk along the waterfront of what many refer to as “Little Venice”.

Day 3 – Kusadasi (Ephesus):
Next you will arrive at Kusadasi, starting point for our excursion to the ancient city of Ephesus, where Apostle Paul preached for three years. Here you will have the opportunity to tour the ancient ruins and public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, the Theatre, including the Temple of Diana of the Ephesians, another one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Day 4 – Pamukkale, Laodicea, Sardis, Izmir:
Next on the tour is a stop at Pamukkale, where the main attraction is a vast cliff of large deposits of calcium carbonate, shaped like small castles. Here you will also visit the Martyrium of the Apostle Philip, the Gate of Domitian, the Arcadian Way, the ancient theatre, the Nymphaion, the Temple of Apollo, the Plutonium and the Necropolis, followed by a tour of the ancient city of Hierapolis. The tour then continues to Laodicea, one of the Seven Churches of the Revelation before continuing to Sardis, one of the most picturesque sites of the Seven Churches of the Revelation and the capital of the ancient Lydian Kingdom during the 6th century B.C. Here you will also visit the Temple of Artemis, the Temple of Cybele, ancient Lydian houses, the restored gymnasium and the reconstructed Synagogue before transferring to Izmir for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5 – Izmir, Pergamon, Kusadasi:
Depart today for Pergamon for a visit to the Acropolis, perched high upon a hill overlooking the Bergama Plain, followed by a tour of the “Steepest Theatre of the Ancient World”. Following is a visit to the Asclepion, a famous ancient medical centre dedicated to Asclepion, the god of health and medicine, followed by a tour of the Archaeological Museum before transfer to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6 – Kusadasi, Patmos (Greece):
Transfer to the port today for embarkation to Patmos, the beautiful island where the apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation in exile. Here you will visit the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist and the Grotto of the Revelation. After some free time for exploration, we will board the ship for Rhodes in the evening.

Day 7 – Rhodes:
Arriving at Rhodes today, you will visit the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. An optional half-day excursion will take you to the Temple of Athena on the majestic rocky Acropolis of Lindos.

Day 8 – Crete, Santorini:
Following arrival in Crete you will visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos, legendary home of the Minotaur (half bull and half man) followed by a brief tour of Heraklion, the capital city of the island. Santorini, also included on the itinerary, is famed for its volcano, which erupted in 1600 B.C. literally burying the Bronze Age civilization at that time. Enjoy a visit to the white-washed town of Thera, perched high on the volcano, arriving either by mule or by cable car offering a spectacular view of Akrotiri, the excavation site remaining as a testament to the island’s remarkable history. Following our visit to Santorini, we set sail for Athens.

Day 9 – Corinth, Athens:
Following arrival in Athens, we will journey to Corinth via the famous Corinthian Canal, followed by a tour of the church established there by Apostle Paul, including the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, the Roman Odeon, the Bema, and Gallio's Seat. Next stop is a visit to the Archaeological museum and a tour of the ruins of a 5th century Christian basilica at the Ancient Port of Cenchreae. Following the trip to Corinth, you will embark on a tour of Athens, including the famous Parthenon, the Erechteum, including a visit to Mars' Hill (or Areopagus) (Acts 17:22) where Apostle Paul delivered his well-known sermon. The tour concludes with the highlights of modern Athens: the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Parliament House, Presidential Palace, Panathenian Stadium, Temple of Olympian Zeus and the National Library.

Day 10 – Athens departure:
Transfer to Athens International Airport for departure flight.