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Thessaloniki, Ephesus, Athens, Rome
March 3 - 13, 2023
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11 Day Tour Includes:
- McKay Daines providing Apostle Paul insights
- 9 Night 4 star hotel accommodations
- 9 Breakfasts and dinners at hotels
- 2 local flights
- Air conditioned motor-coach transportation
- Transfers to and from airports
- All entrance fees to sites we visit
- Listening receivers
- English speaking local guides
- Local tour manager
- Airfare to Athens And From Rome
- Airline Baggage Fees
- Tips For Coach Driver, Tour Manager and Portage
- Meals Other Than Listed
- Additional Trip Cancellation and Trip Interruption Insurance (est. $248)
Would you like to extend your tour?
Optional 5 day cruise pre-tour extension
Feb 26 - Mar 4
4 day cruise on Celestyal Olympia cruise ship to Mykonos, Patmos, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini. Cruise includes 2 excursions and drink package. $850 pp in standard double inside cabin. $1000 pp Standard outside cabin. *Proof of vaccination required by Celestyal Cruise Lines.
Optional 2-day post-tour extension to Malta
March 13 - 15, 2022
Join McKay on an exclusive tour of Malta to visit the Grotto of St. Paul as well as other lesser known sites associated with the Apostle. Tour includes two nights hotel accommodations, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners and round-trip airfare from Rome to Malta. Pricing available upon request.
Depart USA for Greece. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience. Get some rest on the flight…Tomorrow you will be walking where the apostles walked!
Arrival in Athens Greece. Group will be met at the airport and transferred to hotel in Athens. Guests will enjoy dinner and a good nights rest.
CORINTH - MYCENAE
We begin our journey with sightseeing of Athens and driving to visit ancient Corinth, where Paul lived for a year and six months (Acts 18:11-12.) Corinth is well known to readers of the Bible because of its importance in the missionary activity of the apostle Paul: he visited Corinth at least three times, founded Christian assemblies there, and wrote at least four letters to Christians in Corinth. Drive to Mycenae and visit the ancient site. ancient city located on a small hill between two larger hills on the fertile Argolid Plain in Peloponnese, Greece. The Bronze-age acropolis, or citadel built on a hill, is one of the great cities of the Mycenaean civilization that played a vital role in classical Greek culture. Drive back to Athens. Dinner and overnight in Athens.
ATHENS - ACROPOLIS - MARS HILL
Today we will climb the limestone hill overlooking Athens to visit the world famous Acropolis and other ancient buildings. From there we can view the rocky outcrop just below known as Mars Hill, where Paul gave his power speech to the Athenian leaders about the “unkown God” (Acts 17:19,22). We say goodbye to Athens and drive to Kalambaka for dinner and overnight. We begin our day with a flight to Ismir, Turkey. Our first site will be the ancient city of Ephesus. It is here where Paul first came on his 2nd journey (Acts 18:19-21). Ephesus was one of the most beautiful cities of the ancient world and its former glory can still be appreciated today from its well- preserved streets, temples, fountains, public baths, terraced houses, and theatres. Paul returned to Ephesus on his 3rd journey, staying and preaching for a period of about two years, where “special miracles” were wrought (Acts 19:120, 20:20).
METEORA - THESSALONIKI
Following Breakfast this morning we begin with our tour of the Meteora Monasteries. Here we see the world-famous Byzantine monasteries that are perched precariously on summits of gray rock pinnacles of varied and beautiful shapes. Their history goes back to the 14th century when the monks sought refuge in the cliff side caves then fled higher to build the original wooden shelters, later transformed into monasteries. From there our tour travels southward past Thermopylae where we learn of the famous Spartan battle of 300. We then travel to Thessaloniki to discover Paul’s connection to people in this region and his letters to the Thessalonians. We visit St. Demetrius Basilica, dedicated to a distinguished member of the Roman army and a martyred Christian convert, before returning to the hotel for our dinner and overnight.
iZMIR - KUSADASI
This morning we say goodbye to Thessalonica passing by St. Demetrius Basilica, dedicated to a distinguished member of the Roman army and a martyred Christian convert. We then take a short flight to Ismir in Turkey. We drive to the coastal town of Kusadasi, a beach resort town on Turkey’s western Aegean coast. Dinner and overnight.
EPHESUS - KUSADASI
Today we travel from Kusadasi, inland to the ruins of Ephesus an ancient city in Turkey’s Central Aegean region, near modern-day Selçuk. Its excavated remains reflect centuries of history, from classical Greece to the Roman Empire – when it was the Mediterranean’s main commercial center – to the spread of Christianity. The first Christian congregation in Ephesus was founded by St John the Apostle and expanded by Paul. Return to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.
KUSADASI - ROME
Our journey continues today as we depart Kusadasi and fly to Rome. After our transfer from the airport to the hotel, guests will have free time in Rome for the evening. Overnight Rome.
VATICAN - ST PETER'S BASILICA - ROME
Will begin our day with a morning visit to the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. According to church traditions, Peter and Paul taught together in Rome and founded Christianity in that city. Guests will have free time in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Today we explore the ancient Roman Forum. Our next visit will be to the remains Mamertine Prison of the traditional site of the imprisonments of the Apostle Paul and Peter in Rome. Guests will enjoy another free afternoon to explore the many wonderful sites of Rome. We conclude with our final “farewell” dinner and overnight in Rome.
ROME - FCO (optional extension to Malta)
This morning we will transfer to the Leonardo da Vinci airport in Rome for flights home, or to Malta, for those continuing the journey of the Apostle Paul. Those traveling on will fly to Malta, where according to tradition, the Apostle took refuge in a cave, now known as St. Paul’s Grotto.
Optional 5 day pre-tour Itinerary
Pre-Tour Day 1
DEPART USA- Feb 26
Depart USA for Athens. Guests interested in expanding their journey in Greece can enjoy a 4 day cruise with Celestyal Cruises. Celestyal Cruises is requiring guests to show proof of vaccination against Sars-Cov2 in order to board the ship.
Pre-Tour Day 2
ATHENS- Feb 27th
Arrive in Athens. Transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Pre-Tour Day 3
EMBARKATION PIRAEUS- Feb 28th
Guests will transfer this morning to the port of Piraeus for embarkation on 4 day cruise with Celestyal Cruises. The ship will arrive in Mykonos in the afternoon and will be here until late evening.
Pre-Tour Day 4
EPHESUS - PATMOS- March 1st
Today we are docked in Kusadasi Turkey and head for our excursion towards ancient Ephesus. We will sail in the afternoon for a short journey to the Island of Patmos. In Patmos, Guests can visit the Cave of John the Revelator and Patmos Monastery.
Pre-Tour Day 5
ACROPOLIS OF LINDOS-RHODES - MEDIEVAL RHODES- March 2nd
Pre-Tour Day 6
CRETE -SANTORINI- March 3rd
Pre-Tour Day 7
ATHENS- March 4th
Guests will disembark Celestyal cruises and transfer to the hotel in Athens where you will await the arrival of guests from USA.
Optional 2 day post-tour Itinerary
Post-Tour Day 1
During his winter stay, he was invited to the house of Publius, the Romans’ chief man on the Islands. It was here, according to tradition, that Paul cured Publius’ father of a serious fever.
Post-Tour Day 2
Malta, Rome, USA
After staying in beautiful Malta, Guests will return to Rome, and fly back home!
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McKay Daines is a DGA award-winning director, writer, and producer. His resume and expertise in film-making span over two decades and include feature films, documentaries, advertising campaigns, and television shows.
He is currently in pre-production on Faith Hope & Charity a World War II big-budget feature film set in Malta that he wrote the script for and is producing and directing. It is based on true events at the start of the war.
In 2019, his film Shadow Wolves, that he wrote, produced and directed, was released internationally, and on its DVD release in the US in July became the number one action film in all Walmart stores and on all other release platforms. It is also the pilot for a new international television series starring Thomas Gibson of Criminal Minds, Cody Walker of The Fast and the Furious, and the only Native American Academy Award nominee in history, Graham Greene. The series is currently in development at a major US network and the series production being announced worldwide in Summer of 2020.
In 2017 he was the writer, director, Executive Producer of the new pilot for the Michael Vey TV series based on the international bestselling books by Richard Paul Evans and staring John Shea and Louise Lombard. Also, in 2017 he was the director and producer of the award-winning documentary True Iran, which premiered at the U.S. Capitol, and has been downloaded for viewing by millions of people in the US, Middle East and Europe.
Among his most notable past accomplishments include the hit SyFy original movie Age of the Dragons (2011), the feature films Heber Holiday(2007), and The Dance (2006) and the award-winning documentary The Abolitionists (2016).
During his career the films that Daines has written, produced or directed have been awarded the Best of Fest and Best Feature Film Audience Awards at the 2007 Temecula Valley International Film Festival (Shooting Star); the opening night Gala Premiere film and winner of the Best Narrative Film Award at the 2008 Foursome Film Festival (Heber Holiday); the Storyteller Award at the 2006 Redemptive Film Festival (The Dance); and the Best Documentary winner of both the American Film Renaissance Film Festival and the Liberty Film Festival (In the Face of Evil). Daines also produced the feature film Friends for Life which garnered 30 independent film nominations and awards.
McKay attended The American University in Washington DC for filmmaking and has given lectures and seminars across the US including: Brigham Young University J. Rueben Clark School of Law (“Legal Work involved Filmmaking”), Utah Film Commission (“Making Films in Utah”), The National Retail Federation (“New Communication Techniques for Retailers”), The Dr. Johnson Literary Society (“Dr. Johnson and his Club”), Warner Brothers Executive Committee (“The Making and History behind Gods and Generals”), Knights of Columbus (“Scriptwriting for Films”) Salt Lake Film Society (“Making a documentary on Ronald Reagan”), Brigham Young University Film Department (“Adapting Carol Lynn Pearson’s play The Dance into a Feature Film”), Documentary Film Group Premieres (“The Making of True Iran: History of Jihad)”, Richard Paul Evan’s Writing Seminars (“Making Michael Vey into a TV series”).
McKay is on the Advisory Board and faculty of Mount Liberty College; he has been a gospel instructor for more than 20 years in both Utah and Virginia. He is married with 3 children.
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Final payment due 90 days before departure
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