Pictures from Turkey, Greece and Italy

Turkey, Greece and Italy

A World of Paul Pilgrimage

Led by:

The Rev. Dr. Daniel E.H. Bryant

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Eugene, OR

April 30 – May 16, 2011

Trip map

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2011:  World of Paul Pilgrimage

DAY 1, Saturday, April 30, 2011 - Depart from Portland on United Airlines connecting in Denver to Lufthansa and a final connection in Frankfurt, Germany before our arrival at Izmir, Turkey. M

DAY 2: Sunday, May 1, 2011 - Arrive Izmir, meet guide and transfer to Izmir for dinner and overnight. MD

DAY 3: Monday, May 2, 2011 - We travel to Bergama, the modern name of the ancient Greek-Roman site of Pergamum, one of the Seven Cities of Revelation and a magnificent architectural and artistic center in its heyday.  We visit the Acropolis, Asklepieion, and the ruins of the ancient library.  We continue to Thyatira, the fourth of the seven churches of Asia Minor to receive an epistle from St. John (Rev. 2:18-29).  We return to Izmir for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 4: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - We will make our way to Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite, goddess of love.  Aphrodisias is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Turkey.  We continue to Laodicea, an early center of Christianity and one of the Seven Churches of Revelation.  We continue to Pamukkale where you see the ruins of the Roman baths.  We will walk the famous avenue of tombs and the Necropolis which has more than a thousand cut-stone sarcophagi spilling all the way down the hill.  We will have the possibility of a relaxing soak in the mineral-rich volcanic spring water at Pamukkale.  Dinner and overnight at Pamukkale. BD

DAY 5: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - We visit Ephesus a major center of Paul’s activities (see Acts 19), as well as one of the seven cities of the book of Revelation (Rev: 2:1-7). We see the Odeon, the theater, the Library of Celsius, and many other ancient sites.  We then visit Mary’s House, a few miles away, thought by some to be the last home of Mary the mother of Jesus.  There we will celebrate Holy Eucharist in a small chapel.  We travel to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 6: Thursday, May 5, 2011 - We travel to Priene, one of the 3 ancient cities where we explore the grid designed ruins.  Now we travel to Didyma which has been holy since time immemorial.  Early Ionian settlers arrived here in the 11th century BC and in the 9th century BC a vast temple with more than 100 columns was built to protect the holy spring and the laurel tree (sacred to Apollo).  We will continue to Miletus, where Paul met with the elders of Ephesus on his final journey to Jerusalem (Acts: 20:15-38).  We return to Kusadasi and transfer to the ferry which will take us to the island of Samos where we will check into our hotel for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 7: Friday, May 6, 2011 - Samos is one of the most beautiful of the Greek Islands famous for its white sand beaches, picturesque fishing villages and for its production of sweet Samos wine.  We will take a ferry to Mykonos, the most cosmopolitan of the Greek Islands.  We will overnight on Mykonos. BD

DAY 8: Saturday, May 7, 2011 - We will visit Delos, known in Greek mythology as the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis and a major sacred site, second only to Delphi, for the ancient Greeks.  The island is a fascinating archaeological site where we find a multitude of temple and other ruins.  We continue by ferry today to Athens, Greece where we will have dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 9: Sunday, May 8, 2011 - We travel to the Corinthian Canal, a stunning deep cut pathway for ships to travel between the Ionian Sea and the Aegean Sea. We visit Ancient Corinth where Paul wrote his Epistles and see where he preached, visit the museum and ruins. We return to Athens  where we will visit the Acropolis, the Temple of Apollo, and Mars Hill where Paul preached.  We will have dinner and overnight in Athens. BD

DAY 10: Monday, May 9, 2011 - We continue to Delphi, one of the most evocative and enchanting sites in Greece and home to Apollo and to the most famous oracle of antiquity.  We explore Delphi: the Temple of Apollo, the Athenian Treasury, the Stadium and the Delphi Museum.  We drive on to Lefkada, an island in the Ionian Sea reached by crossing a drawbridge, for dinner and overnight. B

Day 11: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - We continue to Nikopolis, founded by the Roman emperor Augustus to commemorate his victory at the decisive battle of Actium.  The apostle Paul planned to spend the winter in Nikopolis where, in his Epistle to Titus, he invited his co-worker Titus to join him from Crete about AD 66 or 67 (Titus 3:12).  We see remains of Christian basilicas before we continue to Igoumenitsa to board the overnight ferry that takes us to Bari Italy Overnight on the ferry. BD

Day 12: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - We arrive in Bari, the port city that has an old quarter that abuts the sea.  We will see the Basilica di San Nicola built to house bones of Saint Nicholas although the remains are said to have been stolen by the Turks.  We continue to Naples where we will explore this port city and visit the archaeological museum and have dinner and overnight in Naples. BLD

Day 13: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - We visit Pompeii, a busy commercial center with a population of 10,000 – 20,000 which covered more than 160 acres.  This city was destroyed in AD 79 when Mt. Vesuvius erupted and poured volcanic gases and ash on to the city.  The city has been well preserved and much can be learned of ancient life by visiting the site.  We will continue to the smaller city of Herculaneum which suffered the same fate as Pompeii.  We will overnight in Naples. BD

Day 14: Friday, May 13, 2011 - We will follow the Appian Way as we make our way to Rome.  According to Christian tradition, Peter, while trying to escape, saw an image of Christ on the road and returned to Rome where he was eventually martyred.  We will visit the ancient Catacombs where Christians were buried and where secret Christian services were held.  We will overnight in Rome. BD

Day 15: Saturday, May 14, 2011 - We will visit Ostia Antica where Paul landed during his visit to Italy.  We will take a walking tour of Ostia Antica seeing the beautiful excavations and careful preservations of this ancient city.  We will visit the Museo Ostinese, the Temple of Ceres, the Forum, and the ruins of the synagogue which is one of the oldest in the Western world.  We will see the Altar of Augustan Peace before some free time in the afternoon in Rome.  Overnight in Rome. BD

Day 16: Sunday, May 15, 2011 - Today we have a full day tour of Imperial and Christian Rome including the Colosseum which could hold 50,000 spectators and is still one of Rome’s most famous attractions, the Pantheon, built between 118 and 126 AD and the Forum which was the marketplace, civic center and business center in ancient Rome.  We will explore the Vatican, the Vatican Museum, and the Sistine Chapel.  We will have the afternoon free to explore on our own.  We will have a “farewell to Italy” dinner and overnight in Rome. BD

Day 17: Monday, May 16, 2011 - We board our flight for our return to the United States. BM

Price: $4,199.00 per person.  Air from Portland, OR Airport

Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges, which will be added to your final invoice.  Taxes and fuel surcharges are currently $500.00 and may change.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement:  $1,199.00

Deposit of $300.00 per person due by December 1, 2010 with application.

Final payment due January 15, 2011

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until January 14, 2011: $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After January 15, 2011: NO REFUND

*A $20.00 USD Cash Only Payment (Exact amount) due upon arrival into Turkey for your Visa.  *Price for Turkish Visa subject to change without notice.

An application for travel insurance will be included with the receipt for your deposit.  We strongly recommend that you seriously consider this coverage.

Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner, M Meals on Aircraft

The itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions or at the discretion and direction of the leader or guide.