Bible Lands Study Tour: Greece & Turkey 2016
May 15-25, 2016
You are invited to see firsthand by land and sea the sites of Paul's missionary journeys and siginificant locations of John's Revelation.
Hosted by Dr. Andy Wakefield, Dean and Professor of New Testament and Greek, and Dr. Tony Cartledge, Professor of Old Testament. Assisting Dean Wakefield and Dr. Cartledge will be Amber Johnson-Carter, Director of Admissions for the Divinity School.
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The cost of the trip is $3,999.00 per person. There is a $1,500 discount available for full-time Campbell Divinity School students. In order for your reservation for the trip to be secured, a deposit of $300 along with the completed registration form must be submitted ASAP. Deposits can be made via cash, check, or online at https://commerce.cashnet.com/cudivinitystudytours. Checks can be made payable to Campbell University Divinity School.
Registration forms and full payment for trip are due by March 1st.
The registration form can be completed online by clicking the link below, or it can be printed, completed and mailed to Campbell Divinity School. Registration forms and deposits can be mailed to:
Bible Lands Study Tour
Campbell University Divinity School
P.O. Drawer 4050
Buies Creek, NC 27506
Amber H. Johnson-Carter
Our Daily Itinerary:
SUNDAY, MAY 15 - DEPART USA
We will depart for our initial flight to Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., then our overnight flight to Thessaloniki, Greece. Dinner and breakfast will be served in flight. Greece is seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time: when it is 12 noon in Raleigh, it’s 7:00 p.m. in Greece.
MONDAY, MAY 16 - THESSALONIKI
Upon arrival in Thessaloniki on Monday afternoon, we will be met by our hospitality host and transferred to our hotel for dinner and a good night's rest.
TUESDAY, MAY 17 - THESSALONIKI / KAVALA / PHILIPPI / NEAPOLIS
Today we become acquainted with Thessaloniki THESSALONIKI, built about 315 BC by Cassander, brother-in-law of Alexander, where Paul wrote two epistles to the ancient Thessalonians. We then skirt the Lakes Koronia and Volvi into the modern port city of Kavala, ancient NEAPOLIS, where Paul, accompanied by Silas, Luke and Timothy, first set foot in Europe. Aside from the great panoramas of Kavala, the city has a Byzantine castle, aqueduct, and museum containing finds from Ancient Amphipolis and Philippi. We follow the Via Egnatia, a remnant of Rome's highway system, viewing Roman and Greek tombstones and ruts of ancient chariot wheels. Some ten miles northwest of Kavala is PHILIPPI, where Paul delivered his first sermon in Europe and sowed the seeds of Christianity. Here Paul baptized “a certain woman named Lydia” the first Christian convert in Europe. We visit the Roman Forum (built after Paul’s time) and among the ruins, located on the rocky ledge above the town’s main road, we find a traditional site of where Paul and Silas may have been imprisoned. In the rocks we will see inscriptions and carved reliefs and deities. It was in Philippi that Octavian and Antony defeated Brutus and Cassius, last defenders of the Roman Republic in 42 BC. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18- THESSALONIKI / VERGINA / DELPHI
We will visit VERGINA, which houses the treasures of Ancient Macedonia and the grand tomb of King Philip of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great. We then travel to Delphi for dinner and overnight.
THURSDAY, MAY 19- DELPHI / ATHENS
In the morning we explore DELPHI, home to the famed “Oracle of Delphi,” and visit the museum with its renowned bronze sculpture, “The Charioteer” and other famous pieces. Visit the Temple of Apollo, the Athenian Treasury and Castillian Spring. The Pythian Games, precursors of the ancient Olympic Games, were held at Delphi. We continue southward to Athens for dinner and overnight.
FRIDAY, MAY 20- ATHENS/ CRUISE
In the morning we will board our cruise ship on the Celestyal Cruise line, first visiting the colorful resort island of MYKONOS late in the afternoon. (For brief video highlights of the cruise, follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hnJn1-EIh8. A description of the cruise from the Celestyal website can be found here: http://americas.celestyalcruises.com/en/3-day-cruise-athens-4-greek-islands-turkey. Some of our shore excursions may be different than those highlighted).
SATURDAY, MAY 21 - CRUISE... KUSADSI / EPHESUS / PATMOS
We arrive at the Turkish port of KUSADSI in the morning for an excursion to the city of EPHESUS, where we will visit ancient ruins including the Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Roman Baths, and a magnificent theater where St. Paul preached. Then, we visit the Basilica of St. John, the traditional site where St. John was buried. Later, we visit the Chapel of the Virgin Mary, a traditional site claiming to be the final home of Mary. We visit PATMOS in the afternoon, docking at the port of Scala and journeying by land to Chora, then we visit the Monastery of St. John. There we will enjoy the chapels, treasures, frescoes and exhibits of the museum of the monastery. We continue downstairs to the Grotto of the Apocalypse, located under the Church of the Apocalypse in the Monastery. The Grotto is the traditional site of John’s captivity and the writing of Revelation. Return to ship for dinner and overnight at sea.
SUNDAY, MAY 22- CRUISE…HERAKLION / SANTORINI
We travel first to HERAKLION, on the island of Crete, where we will visit either the Middle Bronze age Palace of Knossos (part of the oldest city in Europe) or the Archaeological Museum in the morning. In the afternoon, we sail to the stunning vistas of SANTORINI, where we will travel by small boats to visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri, a Bronze Age city that was covered by ash from a volcanic eruption in 1627 BCE. Some think it was the inspiration for Plato’s story of Atlantis. Return to the ship for dinner and overnight at sea.
MONDAY, MAY 23- DISEMBARK - ATHENS
On our return to Athens, we spend a full day in the city. We visit the impressive ACROPOLIS, passing through the massive Propyleia gateway to visit the famed Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the Erechthion, a temple dedicated to both Poseidon and Athena. We will look down upon and visit Mars Hill (or the “Aeropagus”), where Paul preached about the “unknown God.” From the bus, we will see the House of Parliament, the Royal Palace, and the stadium. We conclude at the National Archaeological Museum, home to many spectacular artifacts and ancient statues. Dinner and overnight in Athens.
TUESDAY, MAY 24- ATHENS / CORINTH / MYCENAE / EPIDAURUS / ATHENS
From Athens, we drive to the ancient and impressive city of CORINTH, where Paul spent 18 months, and home to a church to which he addressed several letters. There we will see the Archaeological Museum, the Bema, the Marketplace and Temples. From Corinth, we drive to MYCENAE to see the Greek remains and the tomb of Agamemnon. We then visit EPIDAURUS, mythical home of Apollo’s son Aesclepius, the god of healing, and home to the Asclepion, the most famed healing center of the ancient world as well as an impressive theater. Return to Athens for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25- ATHENS / HOME
Today we bid Greece goodbye and return home. Meals and entertainment in flight. Since we begin our flight seven hours ahead of EST, we will arrive on the same day even though it is a long flight.
*Note: Travel always involves unknowns. While this is what we expect to do, the itinerary is subject to change if local circumstances demand.