Experience a delightful small ship cruise to the Greek islands combining holy Christian sites, ancient lands and modern vacation
gateways. This tour is designed for Christian travelers who wish to merge their vacation to the Greek blue seas with an
opportunity to visit places described in the Bible and enhance their faith to the Lord.

 

We begin our spiritual journey in Athens by exploring the cultural highlights of the city such as the Acropolis, but also focusing on the biblical significance of the city, visiting Mars hill and the Agora.

The following day, before boarding our ship, we drive to Ancient Corinth and experience the site where St. Paul spent 18 months and in continuation wrote his famous “Letter to the Corinthians”, one of the most beautiful texts ever written on love.

Once our cruise begins, a digital detox will commence while cruising the gorgeous blue waters of the Aegean. We’ll stop at picturesque harbors off the beaten track and popular magical islands such as Santorini. Our itinerary includes the biblical lands of Ephesus and Patmos, the island were St. John received the awesome text of the Revelation. Finally, a unique port of call will be  the unspoiled island of Tinos, which constitutes the largest pilgrimage of Greece dedicated to Virgin Mary.

 

 

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Lecturer Guides will share the history and culture of the sites you will be visiting.

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MAP-ITINERARY

Day 1:Arrival

Day 2: Acropolis - Mars hill - Agora

Day 3: Corinth &Cenchrae

Day 4: Ios -Santorini

Day 5: Patmos

Day 6: Ephesus

Day 7: Delos - Mykonos

Day 8: Mykonos - Tinos

Day 9: Kea - Cape Sounio

Day 10:Disembarkation, transfer to airport

Highlights

• Seven days cruise aboard small ship docking in harbours that big cruiselines cannot approach

• Guided visits of UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Athens Acropolis & Museum, Delos

• Overnight at charming island port towns

• Awesome Santorini• Imerse in local life and taste greek products

• Casual onboard atmoshere

Day 1

Arrival and transfer

Upon arrival at Athens Airport you will be greeted by our airport representative who will assist you and transfer you to your hotel. Your Tour Director will welcome you at your Hotel and provide to you all useful info, restaurant recommendations and travel tips for your stay. Dinner tonight is on your own.

Day 2

Athens Acropolis, Mars hill - Agora, Museum

A fresh morning start accompanied by your Tour Director - Guide for the  exploration of Athens historical Center on foot . Visit of the Acropolis and its great monuments: the Parthenon, the Propylea  and the Erecthion. Continue to Mars Hill, where Paul the Apostle spoke before the Council of Areopagus about the altar to “the unknown God”. We then continue with our walk to Agoraand walk on the same ground where Socrates, Plato and other great minds of antiquity once walked and taught, at the same time merchants, rhetoricians, philosophers and Athenian citizens would mingle and learn the latest city news. It is said that in the Agora Paul found shelter during his stay in Athens. Light lunch at Monastiraki, flea market area of Athens and Continue with a stroll in the narrow lanes of the Plaka district and stop for some free time and  a light lunch in the area.  Conclude your day experience  with the visit of the New Acropolis museum, one of the world’s most impressive museums,   housing masterpieces  of art from the Acropolis.   Remainder of the afternoon at leisure.  Later tonight join us for a tasty welcome Greek  dinner with Acropolis view.

Day 3

half day Corinth &Cenchrae, embarkation

After a nice breakfast with fresh fruit and home baked cakes, we follow Paul’s steps through the mainland road crossing the Corinth Canal and reach Ancient Corinth. The remains of the Roman city that we see today, was the Corinth that the Apostle experienced during his 18 months stay making tents together with his friends, Priscilla and Aquila. We’ll have the opportunity to see fragments of the Synagogue where Paul preached and the famous Bema, where the Apostle was trialed before Proconsul Galio. After this great experience of discovering Ancient Corinth, we drive to the remains of the port of Cechreae from which Paul embarked for Ephesus. Lunch in the area and drive to Piraeus port for our embarkation.After boarding, you’ll enjoy a welcome aboard cocktail. Welcome dinner and Later during the day our ship sails to Ios.

Day 4

Ios -Santorini

In the morning, we stop for a refreshing swim at Manganari Beach/Ios, one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Later at noon, we reach Santorini, formed by the half-submerged crescent of a volcanic caldera. You will go ashore and take a cable car to the town of Fira, a stunning cluster of white buildings atop a cliff. Afternoon optional tour to Akrotiri, a city buried in the eruption that created the caldera in 1600 B.C and to Fira. The tour will end in Oia, famous for its sun set. Overnight at sea to Patmos.

Day 5

Patmos

Morning arrival in Patmos.Today we’ll experience the island where the famous text of the Apocalypse was written by St. John the Evangelist and get the opportunity to pray at the exact same spot where he heard “ a voice like a trumpet saying I am the Alpha and the Omega..” Our included Patmos excursion includes two Unesco World Heritage sites, the Grotto and Monastery of St. John and the historic centre of the medieval town of Chora. Afternoon at leisure to discover Scala, the capital, or swim at a nearby beach.Overnight in Patmos.

Day 6

Ephesus (Kusadasi Turkey)

Early morning sailing to Kusadasi/Turkey. Today our explorations of ancient civilizations continue with an included tour to Ephesus, where the famous event of Paul’s life in the Roman theatre took place. After lunch and some free time at leisure, we sail to the Island of Samos. Late afternoon, we reach Samos and the quaint port of Pythagorion, the land of the great ancient mathematician Pythagoras and the philosopher Epicurus. You can enjoy a late afternoon swim, walk the narrow alleys of the city or relax at the many seaside cafes. Late in the evening we sail to Delos Mykonos. Overnight at sea.

Day 7

Delos - Mykonos

The ship sails into white and blue Cyclades. Enjoy an optional visit to tiny Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. On an optional guided walking tour, you’ll visit the archaeological ruins of this Unesco World Heritage Site, unearthed here in the 19th century. Delos is a true open-air museum with many ancient monuments and buildings that are remarkably intact. After our 2 hour walking tour, we will sail to into a beautiful bay for a refreshing swim stop and lunch, weather permitting. Later in the afternoon we sail into Mykonos harbour. We reach ail into Mykonos to allow you to discover its brilliant white houses and stroll in the narrow streets. We suggest ending your evening as the Mykonians do and enjoy a glass of ouzo and traditional “mezedes“ appetizers or enjoy Mykonos world famous night life. Overnight Mykonos.

Day 8

Mykonos - Tinos

At day break we leave Mykonos to reach the island of Tinos. We reach the beach of Ysternia for a swim stop and a barbeque. After lunch we sail into Tinos harbour. Tinos is the largest pilgrimage in Greece, where thousands Greek Orthodox people visit the 15th of August to get the blessing of the miraculous Virgin Mary Icon. Afternoon optional excursion to Tinos villages. We will visit the picturesque villages of Exovergo, Volax. We will visit the famous basket weavers of Tinos and the workshops of the marble sculptors of Pyrgos. Overnight in Tinos.

Day 9

Kea - Cape Sounio

In the morning we leave Tinos and sail to Kythnos or Kea for a swim stop and beach BBQ. We reach Kolones Beach in Kythnos. for our last swimstop. After lunch we sail to Cape Sounion. We reach Cape Sounion at late afternoon for a  farewell cocktails & dinner under the Temple of Poseidon. In the evening, we will leave Sounio  to reach Marina Zeas/Athens. Overnight at Marina Zea.

Day 10

Disembarkation, transfer to airport

Breakfast and time to leave the ship. Disembarkation between 9 and 10 am. Transfer to the airport
 

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

 
  • 10 nights accommodation: 3 nights in Athens and 7 nights onboard M/Y Callisto
  • 26 meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Guided Tour and Entrance fees to all included sites described.
  • All the way services of Inspiration Ventures Tour Director
  • Private Mercedes motor coach transportation in Athens
  • Small ship cruise: price varies according to cabin type
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • Luggage handling: One bag per person & one carry on

TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Air Fare
  • Shore excursions to Santorini, Delos, Tinos, they can be purchased onboard
  • Gratuities for Tour Director, drivers, onboard crew

TOUR DATES AND PRICES

Tour Duration: 10 days, 9 nights Departures:ALL OUR DEPARTURES ARE FULL FOR 2016     Cost starting from:  2.600 euros to 4000 euros (depending seasonality &  cabin type)
 

GALILEO

Facts at a Glance

Launched/Rebuilt: 1992/2007

Renovated: 2016

Length: 48.00 meters

Breadth: 10.00 meters

Draft: 2.80 meters

Crew: 16-18 persons

Cruising Speed: 11.00 knots

Cabins: 25

Athens stay

Hera boutique hotel

Hera Hotel is conveniently located few steps away from the new Acropolis museum; right at the foot of the Acropolis hill and next to the interconnected archeological sites. This boutique hotel offers a unique opportunity to the visitor to enjoy an excellent stay right into the heart of the old Athens. Within a walking distance of 2 min, our travelers can find local quality restaurants, bars and enjoy the picturesque Plaka district of Athens. Furthermore, Hera hotel offers a unique dinning experience at its rooftop, with marvelous Acropolis view, exceptional cuisine and cozy setting.
 

Travel tips

  • For touring in Athens we suggest comfortable, casual clothes and good walking shoes for visiting the sites. Hats, sunscreen and a bottle of water are suggested during summer months.
  • Big bags and backpacks are not allowed in most sites & Museums. They are usually kept at the entrance and returned to you after the visit.
  • Remember to bring along your cameras. You will have great photo moments.  Please note that in Museums and Sites it is not allowed to pose by a statue for a picture.
  • Please remember not to leave your bags, cameras or any personal item unattended.
  • Consider about 2 miles walking during the day, which includes city walking but also uneven ground while visiting sites, uphill Acropolis climb, steps and cobblestone streets.  
  • Good physical condition is important. Wheelchairs cannot be accommodated.  
 
 

Biblical References

Philippi

Acts 16:12

Acts 20:6

Phil 1:1

1 Thess 2:2

Phil 4:15

Neapolis (Kavala)

Acts 16:11

Thessaloniki

Acts 17:1, 11, 13 Acts 20:4 27:2 1 Thess 1:1 2 Thess 1:1 Phil 4:16 2 Tim 4:10

Beroea

Acts 17:10, 13 Acts 20:4

Athens

2 Macc 9:15 2 Macc 6:1 Acts 17:15, 16

Acts 18:1

Acts 17:22

1 Thess 3:1

Corinth

Acts 18:1

Acts 19:1

Acts 18:8

1 Cor 1:2

2 Cor 1:1, 23

2 Cor 6:11

2 Tim 4:20

 

Cenchreae

Acts 18:18

Rom 16:1