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St. Paul Mediterranean Pilgrimage Cruise & “Pilgrimage at Sea”

September 10-20, 2020

Join Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, for no other pilgrimage itinerary like this one — specially designed by Steve & Janet Ray to visit as many biblical and Catholic sites as possible with a great ship, hotels and meals. This itinerary visits 10 biblical sites, not counting the post-cruise trip to Rome.

This is a “Pilgrimage at Sea.” Steve will be giving talks at most of the sites and especially his popular “The Life of St. Paul” on the ship. Fr. Alar is an expert on the Divine Mercy and will give a talk on St. Maria Faustina and on the Divine Mercy. Fr. James Conlon will also give a talk or two during seminar time on the ship. A great time to learn more about our Catholic Faith and History.

Explore 10 Biblical Sites in Greece and Ephesus with Steve & Janet Ray on their Mediterranean pilgrimage cruise and “Seminar at Sea” in the Footsteps of St. Paul

September 10-20, 2020

Day 1 | Thursday, September 10: Depart USA
Depart on overnight flights to Athens, Greece.

Day 2 | Friday, September 11: Arrive in Greece
Arrive in Athens and board your flight to Thessaloniki. After landing, meet your local tour manager and transfer via private motor coach to your hotel. Check in and freshen up before enjoying dinner and optional Mass at the hotel. Overnight in Thessaloniki.

Day 3 | Saturday, September 12: Thessaloniki
After breakfast, take a tour of Thessaloniki (Acts 17:1-9), the home of the Thessalonians, to whom St. Paul addressed two of his epistles. Visit the White Tower, Church of St. George, Statue of Alexander the Great, and the churches of St. Demetrius and St. Sophia. Celebrate Mass at the Thessaloniki Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and hear Steve’s brief talk on Paul’s two letters to the Thessalonians. Lunch on your own before a 1-hour drive to Berea where Paul preached as they searched the scriptures (Acts 17:10-15). Have the rest of the afternoon at leisure to explore the city. Dinner at the hotel and overnight in Thessaloniki.

Day 4 | Sunday, September 13: Philippi and Kavala
Visit Kavala where Paul, Silas, Luke, and Timothy first set foot in Europe. Travel to Philippi, where Paul first preached the Gospel on European soil (Acts 16:12). Celebrate Mass outdoors on the river’s edge where Paul baptized Lydia, his first European convert. Sit in the Roman theatre for Steve’s talk “What Must I Do To Be Saved” (Acts 16:30). See ancient Philippi where St. Paul and St. Sylas preached and were imprisoned. Following the Via Egnatia back to Kavala (Ancient Neapolis, Acts 16:11), stop to walk on the actual stones on which Paul trod. Late group lunch at a local restaurant, and see the mosaic of Paul’s visit nearby. Drive back to Thessaloniki for dinner at the hotel and overnight in Thessaloniki.

Day 5 | Monday, September 14: Cruise Embarkation | Mykonos
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Athens. Upon arrival, drive to Piraeus for embarkation on our ship, the Celestyal Olympia. Celebrate Mass onboard en route to Mykonos. Explore the highlights of the first port in Mykonos with your tour manager and enjoy time at leisure in the city. Seminar talks by Steve Ray, Fr. Chris Alar, and Fr. James Conlon on the ship to be announced.

Day 6 | Tuesday, September 15: Ephesus, Turkey | Patmos, Greece
This morning port in Kusadasi then drive to Ephesus (Acts 19). Visit the House of Mary and celebrate Mass there. Tour the ancient city of Ephesus including the 24,000 seat theatre and the church of Mary that hosted the 4th Ecumenical Council. Hear Steve’s talk on “Mary, Mother of God.” Experience the art of rugmaking. Return to the ship for Steve’s “Life and Teaching of St. Paul” and enjoy the beautiful sights of the Mediterranean Sea as you set sail for Patmos where St. John received his revelation which is the last book of the Bible (Rev 1:9). Visit St. John’s Monastery and the Grotto of the Apocalypse. Go shopping along the shore as time permits.

NOTE: The current tourist status in Turkey allows cruise ship passengers to exit the ship and participate in the Ephesus excursion.

Day 7 | Wednesday, September 16, 2020: Rhodes
Port in Rhodes this morning and take a medieval tour of the island, including stops at the Acropolis of Lindos and Citadel of the Knights. Steep hike to see the port where St. Paul landed (Acts 21:1). Celebrate Mass at Santa Maria Monastery. Lunch will be served back on the ship, followed by free time in the afternoon.

Day 8 | Thursday, September 17, 2020: Crete | Santorini
This morning port at the Isle of Crete (Titus 1:5). Celebrate Mass at St. John the Baptist Church, and enjoy the morning at leisure. Continue to Santorini, for your final relaxing afternoon at port for shopping, exploring, and time at leisure. Dinner tonight on board the ship.

Day 9 | Friday, September 18, 2020: Athens
This morning disembark your ship in Piraeus and depart for Athens. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic city tour. Visit the Acropolis, Mars Hill, see the House of Parliament, and more. Stand on Mars Hill where Paul spoke to the Athenians and hear Steve’s talk on Paul’s methods of evangelization (Acts 17:16-34). Enjoy lunch on your own. Celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of St. Dionysius. Dinner at the hotel and overnight in Athens.

Day 10 | Saturday, September 19, 2020: Ancient Corinth
Drive along the beautiful coastal road to Corinth, home to Paul for 18 months (Acts 18:1-22). Cross over the amazing Corinth Canal dug between two seas. Tour ancient Corinth. See the Bema (judgment seat) where Paul was presented for judgment. Celebrate an outdoor Mass. See the biblical Erastus Stone (Romans 16:23), and hear Steve’s talk “We Can Trust the Bible.” Lunch as a group at the Corinth Canal. Return to Athens in the late afternoon for dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Athens.

Day 11 | Monday, September 20, 2020: Return Home
Depart to the airport for your return flights home or to begin your Rome extension.


Day 11 | Monday, September 20, 2020: Arrive in Rome
Upon arriving in Rome, meet your Italian tour manager. Visit St. Clemente’s Church with its tombs of Apostolic Fathers Ignatius and Clement and 1st-century excavations beneath. Continue to Mass and visit St. John Lateran, the Mother Church of the World with St. Peter’s Chair. Dinner at the hotel and overnight in Rome.

Day 12 | Tuesday, September 21, 2020: Christian Rome
Begin your morning by celebrating Mass at St. Peter’s tomb or the tomb of St. John Paul II (pending confirmation). Then, enjoy a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica where Michelangelo’s “Pieta” will be just one of the highlights. Continue to the Tre Fontane Abbey, where Paul was beheaded. Visit St. Paul Outside the Walls, where his bones are today. Italian dinner and overnight in Rome.

Day 13 | Wednesday, September 22, 2020: Ancient Rome
Visit ancient Rome including Capitol Hill, the Roman Forum, and Coliseum. Mass Santo Spiritu in Sassia (Divine Mercy Church). Free time around St. Peters for shopping and exploring. Group dinner and overnight in Rome.

Day 14 | Thursday, September 23, 2020: Return to USA
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to airport for return flights to USA.

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