Footsteps of the Apostles Cruise with Teaching Pastor Alistair Begg

overview-imageJoin Teaching Pastor Alistair Begg on an unforgettable journey of Faith and Biblical insights following the Footsteps of the Apostles. This inspiring, educational and luxurious 15-day Mediterranean cruise will take us from Rome to Naples, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Haifa, the Galilee, the beautiful isle of Santorini, Ephesus, Athens, Malta and a whole lot more. You will enjoy insightful Bible classes by Teaching Pastor Alistair Begg and have the opportunity to pray in some of the Bible’s most prominent sites as we enjoy fellowship and make new friends from across the USA.

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September 22, Thursday: International travel from the USA

Depart on an overnight international flight from USA to Rome, Italy.

 

 


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September 23, Friday: Arrival in Rome, Italy

Arrival in Rome then reception and transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free for resting or to explore the surrounding areas. Dinner and overnight in Rome.


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September 24, Saturday: Half-day City Tour in Rome. Embark the Celebrity Cruises Silhouette

Early breakfast, then check-out from the hotel followed by a half day city tour in Rome visiting: Trevi Fountain, Coliseum, Hadrian Arch, St. Peter’s Basilica, etc… with lunch included. Transfer to Civitavecchia Port to embark the Celebrity Cruise Lines Silhoutte ship. The cruise will depart at 5:00pm. Dinner and overnight on board.


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September 25 – Sunday: Naples and Pompeii, Italy

Early breakfast onboard the Silhouette ship and then the tour will start with a 2-hour private motorcoach tour of Naples’ highlights. (Castel Nuovo – New Castle, San Francesco di Paola church in Piazza del Plebiscito, Royal Palace of Naples, the Dome of Naples Cathedral, hill-top Posillipo quarter).
Then a drive of 30 minutes down the coast to the legendary city of Pompeii. Arriving in the late morning, we will have time for lunch before taking a guided walk around Pompeii’s haunting ruins.
We will spend two hours exploring this fascinating archaeological site with our guide. (Visit the Forum, the Thermal Baths, Vetti’s House and the Lupanare brothel, which were all buried by volcanic ash after the sudden and devastating eruption.)
Then hop in the motorcoach for the drive back to Naples port. Dinner and overnight on board the Silhouette ship.


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September 26 – Monday: A Day at Sea

BIBLE STUDY WITH TEACHING PASTOR ALISTAIR BEGG. After breakfast we are going to have a teaching session with Pastor Alistair Begg.
After lunch your schedule is free to enjoy the many activities and ammenities that the ship offers, such as: Take a Celebrity iLearn class and bring your vacation photos to life. Catch some sun at the pool where butlers keep you refreshed with chilled towels and sorbets. Join a yoga class in the fitness center with floor-to-ceiling views of the sea. Take a food-and-wine-pairing workshop to step up your culinary game. Check your Celebrity Today daily newsletter for a list of what’s going on each day. Experience the pools, spas and more onboard your ship.


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September 27 – Tuesday: A Day at Sea

BIBLE STUDY WITH TEACHING PASTOR ALISTAIR BEGG. After the breakfast we are going to have a teaching session with Pastor Alistair Begg.
After lunch your schedule is free to enjoy the many activities and ammenities that the ship offers, such as: Catch some sun at the pool where butlers keep you refreshed with chilled towels and sorbets. Join a yoga class in the fitness center with floor-to-ceiling views of the sea. Take a food-and-wine-pairing workshop to step up your culinary game. Check your Celebrity Today daily newsletter for a list of what’s going on each day. Experience the pools, spas and more onboard your ship.


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September 28 – Wednesday: Tel Aviv and Jaffa, Israel

BIBLE STUDY WITH TEACHING PASTOR ALISTAIR BEGG. After the breakfast we are going to have a teaching session with Pastor Alistair Begg.
After Lunch we will disembark the Silhouette in the port of Ashdod, in Israel and continue for a half day tour of modern Tel Aviv and ancient Jaffa. Stroll the boardwalk of Israel’s largest modern metropolis and enjoy the picturesque alleys and art galleries by the Old Jaffa port where the prophet Jonah originated on his fateful journey to Nineveh and where the Apostle Peter received the vision that changed the world (Acts chapter 10).


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September 29 – Thursday: Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Israel

BIBLE STUDY WITH TEACHING PASTOR ALISTAIR BEGG AT THE GARDEN TOMB, JERUSALEM. Sacred to three major religions, Jerusalem is one of the world’s oldest cities with a history dating back to 4000 BC, and central to biblical prophecy and to the life, death, resurrection and return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Visit the Western Wall with the sunlight bouncing off the golden-roofed Dome of the Rock, worship at the Garden Tomb, the traditional site of the Lord’s burial and resurrection, take in the epic view of Jerusalem from the Mt of Olives, and visit the Garden of Gethsemane and Bethlehem before returning to the Silhouette.


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September 30 – Friday: Haifa, the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River, Israel

BIBLE STUDY WITH TEACHING PASTOR ALISTAIR BEGG AT THE SEA OF GALILEE The spectacular city of Haifa rises dramatically from the Mediterranean onto the steep ascend of Mount Carmel where the prophet Elijah called on God who answered by fire. From that viewpoint, on a clear day you can see north all the way to the Lebanese border, and east to the snowcapped Mount Hermon on the Golan Heights. Driving through the Jezre’el Valley of the lower Galilee we’ll pass by the plains of Armageddon, see Nazareth on the hilltops, and visit the New Testament sites of the Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, the famous “Jesus Boat” archeological discovery, and enjoy baptism at the Jordan River for those interested to renew their vows.


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October 01 – Saturday: A Day at Sea

BIBLE STUDY WITH TEACHING PASTOR ALISTAIR BEGG. After the breakfast we are going to have a teaching session with Pastor Alistair Begg.
After lunch your schedule is free to enjoy the many activities and ammenities that the ship offers, such as: Take a Celebrity iLearn class and bring your vacation photos to life. Catch some sun at the pool where butlers keep you refreshed with chilled towels and sorbets. Schedule a stone massage at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®. Take a food-and-wine-pairing workshop to step up your culinary game. Check your Celebrity Today daily newsletter for a list of what’s going on each day. Experience the pools, spas and more onboard your ship.


SANTORINI

October 02 – Sunday: Santorini, Greece

Breakfast onboard the Silhouette ship. After disembarkation to old port we will embark our tenders at a pre-determined time to reach the major port of Athinios. Our professional and well experienced guide will welcome you on your bus. We will drive through the traditional village of Pyrgos in order to reach the mountain of Prophetes Elias, short stop for panoramic photos near the monastery. Next stop for wine tasting at the heart of the island in a local winery. Driving south east we will stop at the black beach enough time for a snack or lunch. We will drive north passing the villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli, in order to visit a the traditional village of Oia. Free time for coffee or/ and shopping. Return and Drop off to Fira town in order to get the cable car to old port.
Dinner and overnight onboard the Silhouette ship.


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October 03 – Monday: Kusadasi (Ephesus and Sirince), Turkey

Early breakfast onboard the Silhouette ship and then the tour will start at the port of Kusadasi, we will visit Sirince, which is a typical Greco-Turk village famous with its vineyards and fruit gardens then a visit to Temple of Artemis (one of the 7 Wonders of the ancient world).
After that we will have lunch, where you will have the chance to taste the great choices of the Turkish Cuisine.
After lunch, we will drive to Ephesus, the best preserved ancient city.
Ephesus is one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 1: 11). In ancient days, Ephesus was a bustling port town of 250,000, graced with wide, colonnade-bordered streets. Today, you will be impressed with the spectacular excavations of the major streets of ancient Ephesus. We will start our visit by entering through the Magnesia Gate, and walk with our guide in to the ruins of Ephesus. The route will take you to Odeon, Celsus Library, Temple of Hadrian, Fountain of Trajan and Great Theater. Here God used the Apostle Paul to heal and save lots of people. Return to the ship. Dinner and overnight onboard the Silhouette ship.


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October 04 – Tuesday: Athens, Greece

BIBLE STUDY WITH TEACHING PASTOR ALISTAIR BEGG. Early breakfast onboard Silhouette ship. At a pre-determined time we will meet up with our guide to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Visit to the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop), then pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma). On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon.
We will have a teaching session with Pastor Alistair Begg around this incredible site, reminding us of the wonderful sermon of the Apostle Paul in Mars Hill, Athens (Acts 17:16-34).


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October 05 – Wednesday: A Day at Sea

This day is yours to do as much or as little as you like. Take a Celebrity iLearn class and bring your vacation photos to life. Catch some sun at the pool where butlers keep you refreshed with chilled towels and sorbets. Schedule a stone massage at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®. Join a yoga class in the fitness center with floor-to-ceiling views of the sea. Take a food-and-wine-pairing workshop to step up your culinary game. Check your Celebrity Today daily newsletter for a list of what’s going on each day. Experience the pools, spas and more onboard your ship.


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October 06 – Thursday: Valletta and Mdina, Malta

Early breakfast onboard Silhouette ship. At a pre-determined time in the morning the motor coach will depart from Cruise Liner Terminal with our English speaking guide to Mdina – Malta’s medieval city, and former Capital City. We enter this medieval town through the Main Gate and walk through the narrow winding streets, dating back to the Arab period, leading to the imposing bastions, commanding a panoramic view of nearly the whole island. Whilst walking one may admire the beautiful palaces belonging to the aristocratic families built in different styles of architecture, including the medieval Siculo–Norman, Gothic and Baroque buildings of great historical importance. The imposing main Cathedral of Malta dedicated to St. Paul, Patron Saint of Malta.
We leaving Mdina through the Greek’s Gate to go for lunch.
The motor coach will transfer us to Valletta, Capital city of Malta, and will leave us at City Gate, where we will start our walking guided tour through the vibrant streets of Valletta. We will discover the beauty and charm of the fortified city built by the Knights in 1566, enjoy a breathtaking view of the Grand Harbour from the Upper Barracca Gardens, then visit St. John’s Cathedral, including the Caravaggio masterpiece of the “beheading of St. John” in the Oratory, the Flemish tapestries and the church museum. The Co-Cathedral houses one of the most beautiful marble inlaid floors in the world.
Going down to Republic Street we will walk past the Grand Masters Palace (visit from outside) and the recently restored St. George’s Square. Some free time and we walk back to our coach for transfer back to the Cruise Liner Terminal at a pre-determined time.
Return to the ship. Dinner and overnight onboard the Silhouette ship.


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October 07 – Friday: A Day at Sea

This day is yours to do as much or as little as you like. Take a Celebrity iLearn class and bring your vacation photos to life. Catch some sun at the pool where butlers keep you refreshed with chilled towels and sorbets. Schedule a stone massage at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®. Join a yoga class in the fitness center with floor-to-ceiling views of the sea. Take a food-and-wine-pairing workshop to step up your culinary game. Check your Celebrity Today daily newsletter for a list of what’s going on each day. Experience the pools, spas and more onboard your ship.


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October 08 – Saturday: Free day in Rome, return flight to the USA

The Silhouette ship will return to the Civitavecchia Port in Rome at 5:00am.
Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York gateways passengers will be transferred to the Leonardo da Vinci Airport to embark in the return flight to the USA.
Cleveland, Washington, Los Angeles, Dallas, Minneapolis and Miami gateways passengers will be transferred to the hotel in Rome. Dinner and overnight.
At early morning on October 09th transfer to the Leonardo da Vinci Airport to embark in the return flight to the USA.


If you’d like to know more about this trip or want help in planning your own unique experience in Israel, send me a message.  I look forward to being in touch!