Athens – Acropolis

Day 14 – Athens – Acropolis Athens, Acropolis Friday, November 7, 2014 On our last day, the ship docked in Athens. We immediately got on a bus to tour the main sites which included the famous Acropolis. The first place we visited was called Mars Hill which ancient crude steps to the top. This where…

Patmos and Syros

Day 13 – Patmos and Syros Patmos, Syros Thursday, November 6, 2014 We sailed at night from Kusadasi to the Island of Patmos. Patmos is the island where St. John was exhiled and wrote the book of Revealation. We first traveled to the top of the highest hill to view the Monastery of St. John…

Kusadasi – Ephesus

Day 12 – Kusadasi – Ephesus Kusadasi, Ephesus, Miletus Wednesday, November 5, 2014 Today is the highlight of the trip with a visit to Ephesus, which is the most well preserved and reconstructed city of the ancient world. This site has been occupied by such since the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC. At those times…

Pergamum, Turkey

Day 11 – Dikilli – Pergamon Dikili, Pergamum Tuesday, November 4, 2014 We arrived today in the Turkish port of Dikili at about noon. Our travel goal today is the ancient city of Pergamon. The first stop was the lower city complex of the Asciepion in the ancient city. This was a center of the…

Istanbul

Day 10 – Istanbul Istanbul Monday, November 3, 2014 This morning we docked on the European side of Istanbul formally known as Constantinople. This is one of the oldest great cities of the world, formally a part of the Roman empire, capital of the Byzantine Empire. We first saw the Hagia Sophia, one of the…

Kavala – Philippi

Day 9 – Kavala – Philippi Kavala, Philippi Sunday, November 2, 2014 This morning is Sunday and we are docked at Kavala, the modern city of Neapolis, not far away is the ancient city of Philippi. Neapolis is the first place where Paul started to preach in Europe. We passed the monestary of St. Silas.…

Thessaloniki and Veria

Day 8 – Thessaloniki and Veria Thessaloniki Saturday, November 1, 2014 Today we are docked in Thessaloniki, which is the site of one of the first churches that Paul founded. He only stayed about a month as he faced some opposition (Acts 17). We saw a few sights of the city as we drove past…