WPBC Vision Tour – Greece
West Park is partnering with our missionaries, Fotis & Mary Romeos, in this vision tour of Greece. Join Pastor Sam & Sue on this 3-day cruise in the Aegean Sea and Asia Minor and explore the footsteps of Paul in Greece.
When: May 6 – May 16, 2016
Registration Deadline: December 5, 2015
Day 1 – Friday, May 6
Depart from USA
Day 2 – Saturday, May 7
Arrive at the Macedonia International airport of Thessaloniki
Day 3 – Sunday, May 8 – Philippi and Neápolis (Modern Kavala)
You will be visiting were Paul preached his evangelistic sermon to women who had gathered at the river (Acts 16:12-40; 20:6) and the river where Paul baptized Lydia, a purple fabric merchant, who became the first Christian woman to be baptized on European soil (Acts 16:14, 15, 40). You will see a crypt, dating from the Roman period, which according to the Church’s tradition is the place where Paul was flogged and imprisoned. Also at Philippi, you will see the ancient Roman Agora (Forum) built during the time of Augustus and mentioned in the Book of Acts as the place where Paul was publicly punished after he healed the demon possessed girl (Acts 16:19). You will see the Basilicas and the Greek Theatre (4th century BC), which was converted into an arena by the Romans and used during the persecution of the early days of the church.
In Neápolis you will see Greece’s most picturesque mainland port. Paul arrived in this city (Acts 16:11) with his coworkers Timothy (Acts 16:1-3; 17:14-15; 18:5; 20:4, 5) and Silas (Acts 15:22-35, 40, 41; 16:25-40; 17:4, 14, 15). You will pass by the ancient cities of Amphipolis and Apollonia, which are mentioned in the Book of Acts (Acts 17:1). You will then have dinner and stay overnight at the Mediterranean Palace Hotel.
Day 4 – Monday, May 9 – Thessaloniki (Acts 17:1-13)
Paul wrote two epistles to the Thessalonians, both in the canon of the New Testament. You will see the White Tower, the statue of Alexander the Great and the remains of the Palace complex of Galerius (Late 3rd century AD). You will also see the City Walls and the Great Gate, which connects the city with Via Egnatia (a trans-continental east-west road of the Roman Empire built during the 2nd century BC).
Then you will travel to Veria (ancient Berea) where Paul visited and preached in the Jewish synagogue of the city and to the Greek nobility who readily accepted the new faith (Acts 17:10-15). In this city there is a monument dedicated to the Apostle Paul. You will see the Jewish quarter where the synagogue is still situated today. You will continue your trip to the recently discovered archaeological site of Vergina, the old capitol of the Macedonian Kingdom (5th to 2nd centuries BC). There you will visit the grave of Philip the 2nd, the father of Alexander the Great, which was found intact.Your dinner and overnight stay will be at Poseidon Palace hotel by the seashore of Leptokaria.
Day 5 – Tuesday, May 10 – Meteora Monasteries
Visit the monasteries at the top of exotic rocks. This is a tremendous introduction to the Eastern Orthodox Church. Travel back to Athens for dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 – Wednesday, May 11 – Athens
The architectural splendors of this ancient city are majestic. You will visit the world-renown hill of the Acropolis. Special emphasis will be on the visit to the Areopagus (Mars Hill) where Paul gave his famous speech to the Athenian philosophers (Acts 17:18-34). You will also be visiting, in the same area, the Ancient Agora (Forum), where Paul met the Philosophers. You will also see the Stoa of Attalus and the Temple of Hephaestus. The meanings of democracy, city assembly (Ecclesia) and reasoning (Logos) were first conceived and practiced in Athens. Many of the terms used by the Athenian Democracy were incorporated in the Church’s terminology. (Ecclesia, Logos).
You will have free time for shopping in the famous Plaka area of the Flea Market in Athens.
Your dinner and overnight stay will be at your hotel in Athens.
Day 7 – Thursday, May 12 – Corinth
Corinth is the city where Paul stayed for one and a half years, during his first visit. This is the longest he stayed in any of the cities he visited except Ephesus. Paul wrote at least four letters addressed to the church of Corinth, two of which are found in the New Testament. You will be visiting the Archaeological museum, the Ancient Agora (Forum) and the Bema where Paul stood in front of Gallio (Acts 18:12-17) and the Roman Pro-Consul of Achaea. You will see the inscription of Erastus, the treasurer of the city, mentioned in the epistle to Romans (Acts 19:22; Romans 16:23; 2 Timothy 4:20). You will also enjoy seeing the Temple of Apollo and The Hill of Acrocorinth, where, during the time of Classical Greece, the famous Temple of Aphrodite was located.
Day 8 – Friday, May 13 – Cruise
Departure will be at Piraeus Port and & you will arrive at Mykonos Island.
Day 9 – Saturday, May 14 – Cruise
Kousadasi (Turkey) & the Island of Patmos
Day 10 – Sunday, May 15 – Cruise
Kerakleio (Island of Crete) & the Island of Santorini
Day 11 – Monday, May 16
Arrive at Piraeus Port at 7:00am and depart for USA full of memories and blessings.
Price is based on double occupancy (2 persons sharing a room). Roommates can be chosen or will be assigned 45 days prior to departure. If one is not available, or if you request a single room, there will be a single room supplement charge of $500-$750 for basic itinerary.
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