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Thessaloniki, Ephesus, Santorini, Athens
September 15 - 26, 2021
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12 Day Tour Includes:
- McKay Daines providing Apostle Paul insights
- 6 Night 4 star hotel accommodations
- 6 Breakfasts and dinners at hotels
- 4 Day cruise; inside cabin
- All meals and beverages on Cruise-ship
- Air conditioned motor-coach transportation
- Transfers to and from airport
- All entrance fees to sites we visit
- Listening receivers
- English speaking local guides
- Local tour manager
- Airfare To Thessaloniki And From Athens
- Airline Baggage Fees
- Tips For Coach Driver, Tour Manager and Portgage
- Meals Other Than Listed
- Additional Trip Cancellation and Trip Interruption Insurance (est. $250)
Today we embark on our Journey to the lands of ancient treasures and Christian history with an overnight flight to Greece.
Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience. Get some rest on the flight…Tomorrow you will be walking where the apostles walked!
We arrive in Thessaloniki and check into our hotel. You will have the remainder of the day free to relax or take a stroll along the streets of Thessaloniki to enjoy the flavor of the city.
This evening our group will enjoy the first of many delectable European style dinners.
THESSALONIKI - PHILIPPI - KAVALA
We begin the day by following the massive battlement Byzantine wall to the citadel for a panoramic view of the city. Next, we will visit Philippi and Kavala. Kavala is Greece’s prettiest mainland port with a most elegant harbor. Paul landed here with his disciples, Timothy and Silas. Luke, the Evangelist, also came here from Troas.
This ancient city of Neapolis was later renamed Christopoulos because it was the first European city to accept Christianity. Imagine walking on the same sod as these men of the Bible!
We will see the Roman Aqueduct and the ruins of the Acropolis in this beautifully located city, known since the 5th century as Kavala. Continue on to Philippi where Paul preached his first evangelical sermon and baptized the first Christians on European soil. We will view the baptismal site where Lydia surrendered her life to Christ and visit a crypt dating from the Roman period that is thought to have served as a prison for Paul.
See the famous Acropolis, the Market Place, Basilica, and the Theatre. We return to Thessalonica and 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 overnight.
THESSALONIKI - BEREA
Before we leave Thessaloniki, we drive through town we see remnants of the original Roman road that spanned the nation during Paul’s time. En route we will view the old city ramparts; the newly excavated Forum, St. George Church, an ancient Roman monument which was transformed into a church and the Galerius Arch which rises over the famous Via Egnatia.
Then we continue to Berea to view the ancient synagogue where Paul spoke and the Bema surrounded by mosaics of Paul and the plaque of scripture regarding the “more noble” church. We spend the night in Kalambaka.
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. Our lodging tonight is in Athens.
Morning transfer to port of Piraeus to embark our cruise, Celestyal Cruises. We will arrive in Mykonos in the afternoon be here until late evening.
EPHESUS - PATMOS
Today we are docked in Kusadasi Turkey and head for our excursion towards ancient 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) We will sail in the afternoon for a short journey to the island of Patmos. In Patmos, we will have Cave of John and Patmos Monastery.
ACROPOLIS OF LINDOS-RHODES - MEDIEVAL RHODES
ACROPOLIS - ATHENS
CORINTH - MYCENAE
Morning departure from hotel. Sightseeing of Athens and drive to Corinth. Visit Corinth Canal, the ancient site. Drive to Mycenae and visit the ancient site. Drive back to Athens. Dinner and overnight in Athens.
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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. Shooting is scheduled to begin May 1st, 2020 on Malta and in England.
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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