Join this Unforgettable 2019 Footsteps of Paul Cruise of the Mediterranean with THRIVE
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12-Day Cruise Itinerary
The stunning blue waters and sumptuous climate of the Mediterranean have made it a first-class paradise for travelers. Beyond the cliffside villages and ancient ruins exists a powerful biblical history, including the missionary travels of Paul and the early days of the Christian Church.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, (Sunday, October 6, 2019)Explore the luxurious ship you’ll call home for the next week, and enjoy your first of many exquisite dinners while meeting the other travelers on your cruise. Together, you’ll open your week in worship and fellowship in anticipation of all that god will do.
Embarkation: 11:30AM - 2:30PM
Day at Sea (October 7)
Katakolon, Greece (October 8, 8:00AM - 5:00PM)From this quiet fishing village, travel inland to the ruins of the original Olympic Stadium and the birthplace of Greek mythology. Here, the Greeks erected the temple of Zeus, whom they called ‘king of the gods’. In these same Greek isles, you will will spend day after glorious day worshipping the true King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Athens, Greece (October 9-10, Arrive: 8:00AM, Depart: 11:00PM Thursday)With Corinth & Mars Hill Excursion Included
Enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast before venturing into the birthplace of democracy and western civilization. Remember the words paul preached in this long-ago metropolis, from Acts 17: “For in Him we live and move and have our being.” in one of the world’s most ancient cities, immerse yourself in 3,000 years of history as you continue on this one-of-a-kind cruise that examines history and look to the future in the light of God’s never-changing word.
Mykonos, Greece (October 11, 8:00AM - 6:00PM)Revel in the romantic, café-lined streets of this glamorous island playground as you take in the whitewashed churches, thatch-roofed windmills and scent of bougainvillea. This evening, as mykonos’ colored lights fade into the darkness, thank God for all He has revealed to you about Himself already.
Kusadasi, Turkey (October 12, 7:00AM - 6:00PM)With Ephesus Excursion Included
In this “outdoor museum,” reflect on your favorite passages in Ephesians as your group visits ancient Ephesus. Here you’ll discover the context of paul’s letter, written to young believers in a city devoted to the goddess Diana. Discover new insights as you and your group tour this ancient city and walk where the Apostles walked 2000 years ago.
Rhodes, Greece (October 13, 8:00AM - 6:00PM)Start your day by reading your Bible, having a quiet time you’ll never forget. This breathtaking green island, which was home to the legendary Colossus (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world) will make you proclaim “My God, how great Thou art!”
Santorini, Greece (October 14, 8:00AM - 11:00PM)Marvel at God’s creation as our ship approaches the spectacular cliffs rising from the deep azure sea. Explore the village of Oia and the whitewashed, blue-domed buildings of this picturesque destination alongside friends you’ve made during the week. Conclude the day with worship and Bible study with your group.
Souda Bay (Crete), Greece (October 15, 8:00AM - 5:00PM)Begin the day on the ship’s deck by reading Titus, a letter Paul wrote to the young leader of the church on this island. Off-ship with your group, take in the colorful village squares as well as Knossos Palace, a newly discovered archaeological wonder.
Day at Sea (October 16)
Naples, Italy (Crete), Greece (October 17, 7:00AM - 7:00PM)After exploring this city’s breathtaking architecture and landmarks, enjoy an exquisite dinner with the other travelers on your cruise, and reflect on your week of worship and fellowship as you see all that God has done.
Concluding: Friday, October 18, 2019
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
DEBARKATION: 8:00AM - 10:00AM
New Testament Landscapes
Few places capture the imagination like the Mediterranean, where impossibly blue waters lap against sun-drenched destinations. The ancient cities of Rome and Athens—as well as whitewashed Santorini and the beaches of Mykonos—are on countless travelers’ bucket lists. But for students of Scripture, this region becomes even more enthralling. From Athens to Ephesus and beyond, this journey takes you into the origins of the Christian faith. Here, where Paul planted churches and worked tirelessly to spread the story of Jesus, you’ll reconnect with the depth and power of your faith. The first decades of the church blossom into life amid the scenic beauty of the Mediterranean.