Embark on this Journeys of Paul Cruise for international guests with the Rev. Michael Rusk aboard the Celebrity Constellation. This tour departs on September 14, 2020 and returns on September 24, 2020. On this tour you will see sights like Santorini, Ephesus, Athens and many more! The interior stateroom starts at $2,700*, the ocean view stateroom starts at $3,200*, deluxe ocean view with veranda stateroom starts at $4,250*.
*All prices reflect the 4% cash discount.
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Entrance and Program Fees
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Meals on Ship
- Port Charges
- Select Shore Excursions
- Visas (U.S. Citizens)
Day 1 September 14 – ARRIVE IN VENICE, ITALY
Arrive in Venice and make your way to the port to board the Celebrity Constellation.
Day 2 September 15 – AT SEA
Enjoy a day at sea.
Day 3 September 16 – KATAKOLON, GREECE (On Own)
Explore Katakolon, a lovely port town on your own today or choose to step back in time 2,000 years with a visit to the ruins of Olympia and imagine the roar of the spectators as athletes took their marks on the marble starting blocks in the stadium at ancient Olympia. (B,L,D) Shore excursions today will be booked directly through Celebrity and are not included.
Day 4 September 17 – SANTORINI, GREECE (On Own)
Dock in Santorini today, one of the most beautiful of the Greek islands where picturesque whitewashed villages topped with brilliant blue domes stand in stark contrast to the sheer drop cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea. The island itself perches on the edges of a volcano whose eruption 3,500 years ago is thought to have led to the collapse of the Minoan civilization. Explore the island on your own or join one of the optional excursions available for purchase onboard. (B,L,D) Shore excursions today will be booked directly through Celebrity and are not included.
Day 5 September 18 - EPHESUS, TURKEY
Ephesus is another of the Seven Churches of Revelation and was once a bustling port town graced with wide, colonnade-bordered streets and a population of 250,000. Although spectacular excavations have revealed much of the glory of ancient Ephesus, including the huge Agora and Library, much has been lost. The ancient world once declared the Temple of Artemis to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World but today, only a single column remains to mark its site. View the terrace houses, also known as “the houses of the rich,” which give a true impression of ancient lifestyle. Explore the Museum of Ephesus for an up-close look at ancient artifacts. You will have time to explore on your own and recreate some of the footsteps of Paul. (B,L,D)
Day 6 September 19 - MYKONOS, GREECE (On Own)
Arrive today at the world-famous Greek Island of Mykonos, where gleaming whitewashed buildings seem to climb atop each other to reach the azure sky. Admire its many hills dotted with iconic windmills. Explore the island on your own or join one of the optional excursions available for purchase onboard. (B,L,D)
Shore excursions today will be booked directly through Celebrity and are not included.
Day 7 September 20 - ATHENS & CORINTH, GREECE
Discover the rich architectural splendor of the ancient city of Athens as your guide introduces you to the world-renowned Acropolis, the Propylaea, the Parthenon and the Erechtheum. Stand on Mars Hill as the apostle Paul did when he proclaimed, “I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you”. As you stroll the Agora (ancient market place and center of Athenian public life), recall that this was where the Apostle Paul preached “Jesus and the resurrection” to the skeptical Athenians. Also see the House of Parliament, the Presidential Palace and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This afternoon tour the city of Corinth, where the apostle Paul met fellow tentmakers Aquila and Priscilla and received a vision from the Lord saying, “I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city”. As Paul spoke, Crispus (chief ruler of the synagogue) and many others believed and were baptized, establishing the church at Corinth to whom Paul later wrote his two epistles. Discover the Archaeological Museum, Market Place and Temples. As you walk among the ruins, stand on the Bema, where the apostle Paul stood before Gallio to face charges brought against him by the Jews. (B,L,D)
Day 8 September 21 - CHANIA, CRETE
Delve into a Cretan cultural experience that includes guided sightseeing at Lake Kournas, the Arkadi Monastery and the bustling town of Rethymnon. First stop is at Lake Kournas, where you’ll savor a delicious treat of traditional cheese pie with honey, among white sands and ancient olive trees. Next up is a tour of the fortress-like monastery, whose history dates to Byzantine times. Finish with a stroll through distinctively ancient yet distinctly modern Rethymnon. (B,L,D)
Day 9 September 22 – CORFU, GREECE
Admire the unbridled opulence of Achilleion Palace, built in honor of the great Greek hero Achilles. The palace was designed by legendary Italian architect, Raffaele Caritto, and its gardens feature works by renowned German sculptor, Ernst Herter. Continue your adventure along the Bay of Paleokastritsa, often called the “Capri of Greece” due to its stunning vistas. Drive into the surrounding hills to the Byzantine Monastery of the Virgin. This ancient religious hideaway is still inhabited by a community of monks who invite guests to explore their museum housing priceless icons and relics, and stroll among gardens offering up sweeping views of the bay below. Afterwards, return to Corfu Town for free time to wander about the charming alleys and browse its many shops.
Day 10 September 23 – AT SEA
Enjoy a day at sea.
Day 11 September 24 – RETURN HOME or BEGIN YOUR OPTIONAL EXTENSION
Return home with a new understanding of the Apostle Paul’s life and ministry.
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FLORENCE PRE-TOUR Starting from $1098
September 11 - Arrive in Florence
Arrive in Florence and make your way to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)
September 12 - Florence
The elegant city of Florence is nestled between a line of hills and the banks of the Arno River. During your stay, enjoy the beautiful gardens and a leisurely stroll through the open-air markets. Every street, square and winding alley of Florence is a showcase for Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance grandeur. Among Florence’s masterpieces, you’ll see the Piazza della Signoria with its Neptune Fountain and Vecchio Palace, the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral which houses Michelangelo’s unfinished Pietá, the Baptistry which features Ghiberti’s famous Gates of Paradise, and the Academy where you can view some of Michelangelo’s finished and unfinished work, including the awe-inspiring David. (B, D)
September 13 - Florence to Venice
Attend the 11am service at St. James Episcopal Church in Florence after breakfast at your hotel. Grab a quick lunch before taking a train to Venice late this afternoon. Check in to your hotel in Venice for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)
September 14 - Transfer to the port from your hotel to board the Celebrity Constellation. (B)
VENICE POST TOUR Starting from $598
September 24 - Venice
Disembark the Celebrity Constellation and tour the magical city of Venice. Rising between sea and sky, this fascinating city boasts waterways and boats instead of roads and cars, encompassing 118 islands separated by more than 150 canals. Stand in the Piazza San Marco, bordered on three sides by palatial arcades in two tiers and faced on the other by the Basilica of St. Mark, one of the world’s most magnificent churches. Tour the Basilica with its treasure of marble and gold-background mosaics. From the square, you can see the famous Bell Tower and the Clock Tower, as well as the charming pink and white Doge’s Palace. After seeing the romantic Bridge of Sighs, check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
September 25 - Venice
Enjoy free time to explore on your own today. You can shop, stroll along the bridges and canals or even indulge in a gondola ride along the Grand Canal. Breakfast is included at your hotel today, dinner is on your own. (B)
September 26 - Return Home
Depart your hotel and make your way to the airport for your return flight home. (B)
Monday, September 14, 2020From $2700* Register Now!