Tunisia, Malta & Southern Italy

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$ TBA pp double occupancy
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Guided by Rod Meldrum & Kris Kimball

head and shoulders of Rod Meldrum in a suit
Rod Meldrum
Kris Kimball

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Itinerary

Utica: The Oldest Phoenician Village in Tunisia

Established by the Phoenicians in the 9th century BCE, Utica is believed to be the oldest Phoenician settlement in Tunisia. This ancient settlement is located by the present-day town of Bizerte, in northeastern Tunisia. Utica served as a n important trading post and colony for the Phoenicians, facilitating commerce and cultural exchange in the Mediterranean region. Strategically positioned along trade routes both leading to the eastern Mediterranean, as well as North Africa.

Over time, Utica grew into a prosperous city with fortifications, harbors, and temples. It played a role in various historical events, including conflicts between Carthage and Rome during the Punic Wars. 


Port of Carthage

Located near present-day Tunis in Tunisia, Carthage, was one of the most powerful cities in the ancient Mediterranean world. Anciently, Carthage was also known as Cothon, and was known for its unique harbor structure. Consisting of a large, circular harbor surrounded by concentric rings of quays and docks. The inner harbor could be closed off by chains or booms to protect ships during times of war or siege. This innovative design allowed the Carthaginians to efficiently manage their naval fleet and facilitate the loading and unloading of goods.


Djerba Island with Captain Phillip Beale

Djerba is a beautiful island located off the southeastern coast of Tunisia. It is the largest island in North Africa and is known for stunning beaches, historic sites, and rich cultural heritage. Djerba has a long and rich history dating back to ancient times. It is known for its distinctive Berber and Arab culture, as well as its Jewish heritage.

The island is home to several historic sites, including the El Ehriba Synagogue, one of the oldest synagogues in the world. Additionally, it is home to Houmt Souk, a historic town known for its traditional markets and whitewashed buildings.

Here, we will also have the opportunity to meet Captain Beale, who commanded the great Phoenician ship in a journey replicating that of Lehi’s and his family. 


Knights Templar

During the medieval period, primarily the 12th and 13th centuries, Malta served as a Knights Templar stronghold. Malta became a strategic location for the Templars due to its position in the Mediterranean, providing a base for their operations and trade routes. Throughout the island there can be many Templar strongholds and commanderies found, including that of the famous fortress of St. Angelo in Birgu.

Templars played a significant role in protecting Christian pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land and safeguarding European interests in the Mediterranean. After its dissolution of the Templar Order, many of their assets and properties in Malta were transferred to the Knights Hospitaller, who eventually established the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.


Apostle Paul in Malta

According to Acts 27-28, Paul was shipwrecked on the island of Malta during one of his journeys. We explore many of his experiences of being on the island of Malta because of that instance. Paul’s time on Malta is significant in Christian tradition as an example of divine providence and the power of faith.

Shipwreck – While en route to Rome as a prisoner, Paul’s ship encountered a severe storm and was shipwrecked near Malta. The ship ran aground on the island, and Paul and the other passengers swam ashore safely. The Maltese people welcomed Paul and his companions, providing them with shelter, warmth, and assistance. The Bible recounts that the isl0anders showed kindness to the shipwreck survivors despite the adverse conditions.

Miraculous Healing – While on Malta, Paul encountered a man named Publius, who was the chief official of the island. Paul healed Publius’ father of a fever and cured other sick individuals on the island. This miraculous healing contributed to Paul’s favorable reception among the Maltese people.


World War II Miracles

Malta was strategically located in the Mediterranean and played a crucial role in the conflict, earning it the nickname “The Nurse of the Mediterranean,” for its resilience and endurance amidst heavy bombardment and blockade. Some of the miracles we will talk about associated to Malta and World War II are: the Siege of Malta (1940-1942), Operation Pedestal (1942), The Santa Marija Convoy (1942), and the Bravery of the Maltese civilians.

Rome

This ancient city holds ties back to BC, and once was the capital of the Roman Empire. Impressively, Christianity helped to shape the architecture and culture of the city as it appears today. Visits here include the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Vatican Museums (Sistine Chapel), St. Peter’s Basilica and Square. 

As an additional bonus, our group has the unique opportunity to attend the Rome Italy LDS Temple. Here, patrons have the chance to participate in an endowment for those who would like to. We arrange for the session with the Temple, so there is no need for individual reservations.

In Ancient Rome our guide will lead us through each significant site of the complex, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Later, the group has entrance to the Mamertine Prison, the traditional site of the imprisonment of apostles Peter and Paul. 


Pompeii

In 79 AD, this bustling city suddenly came to a tragic end with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Under the volcanic ash, the city was archaeologically preserved remarkably well. Including, city structures, artifacts, and even human remains. In it’s golden era, it was a prosperous trading center, known for its thriving economy, vibrant culture, and stunning architecture. Today, Pompeii is a UNESCO World Heritage site, giving us insights into Roman life and society.


Sorrento

A beautiful coastal town, Sorrento is located in the Campania region of Italy, overlooking the Bay of Naples. It is known for stunning views of the sea and Mount Vesuvius. Additionally, it houses a charming old town filled with narrow streets, cafes, and shops. Sorrento is famous for its lemons, and you will find lemon groves dotting the surrounding hillsides.


Payment Terms: $300 pp deposit required at time of booking. Final payment due 90 days before departure. 

**this tour is based on a minimum of 20 passengers and a maximum of 48 passengers.

*Rate of Exchange and City Taxes

Legacy Tours are priced to ensure our clients get the most economical price for the tour. In doing so we base our  tour price on the value of the US dollar to the Euro when final payment is made. The published price and rate of exchange for the dollar when published is the marker. If the dollar has decreased when the final payment is due, the cost for the tour may be more than the published price. However if the dollar increases in value when your final payment is due, then you will pay less than the price that is published for the tour.

A number of European cities are likely to increase or impose a new tourism tax in the near future. These taxes may be added without warning. These extra taxes may end up being added to the final cost of the tour or it’s possible you will be asked to pay locally on the spot. Barcelona just recently added a city tax that was between 1-3 EU per night.  This is just to let you know of this possibility.  In any advent you will want to bring some extra Euros to have on hand in case that happens on our tour.

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