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Dr. Gary & Sandy Smith 04.22.2025

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12 Days
Availability : April 22 - May 03, 2025
Dallas/Fort Worth
Greece and Istanbul

Tour Host, Arlington, TX

Dr. Gary & Sandy Smith

Paul in Greece with

2 nights in Istanbul

 

ITINERARY
FLIGHT SCHEDULE
HOTELS
CRUISE SHIP
INCLUDES
EXCLUDES
PAYMENTS
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Day 1 April 22: Depart USA

Day 2 April 23: Arrival Thessaloniki – Today, you begin your Biblical journey to Thessaloniki! Upon arrival in Thessaloniki, you will be transferred to your hotel to drop off your bags. Enjoy some free time before dinner. Overnight in Thessaloniki.

Day 3 April 24: Tour Philippi / Thessaloniki – Apostle Paul visited Philippi together with Silas during his Second Missionary Journey. Our first Biblical encounter with Philippi is through Act 16:11-40. At the time, Philippi had no synagogues and very few Jews, so Paul decided to wait for the Sabbath and go to the riverbanks outside the city. There, he began to talk to the women that gathered there; amongst them, Lydia-the first person to be Baptized in European soil-she and her whole household became believers. During your tour in Philippi, you will have the opportunity to visit and study your Bible in the actual place where the Baptism took place, called “Lydia’s Baptistry.” You will also see the place where Paul and Silas were imprisoned and freed by a violent earthquake. From there, you will continue to Kavala; the site used to be Ancient Neapolis where Paul, Timothy, and Silas landed. Return to Thessaloniki. Apostle Paul came to Thessaloniki and went straight to the Synagogue. As described in your Bible in Acts 17:1-9, Paul preached in the Synagogue for three consecutive Sabbaths, and he gained many followers who believed. A couple of the Jews who were not persuaded created an uproar and attacked the House of Jason, one of the believers Paul was staying with during his visit. During your tour, you will have the Biblical Experience of those verses as you will see the agora in Thessaloniki, where Paul preached to the local Jews, and the House of Jason, where he lived! You will also have the opportunity to visit St. Demetrius Basilica, dedicated to a distinguished member of the Roman army and a martyred Christian convert, and see the Galerius Arch rising over the famous via Egnatia.

Day 4 April 25: Fly to Athens / Cruise Embarkation / Mykonos – Early morning flight to Athens. Upon arrival at Athens international airport, transfer to the port of Lavrion for your cruise embarkation. We sail this morning from Athens to the quaint isle of Mykonos, called the island of windmills. Experience the waterfront lined with shops and cafes and then stroll the charming walkways through a maze of whitewashed buildings before returning to the ship for dinner and evening entertainment.

Day 5 April 26: Ancient Ephesus / Patmos – Docking in Turkey, enjoy an included tour of Ephesus, the city of the Bible and one of the largest restorations still in progress with miles of ancient treasures. Ephesus was once a thriving port town of 250,000 people. Today you can still see the spectacular excavations of the major streets in this ancient city including the Agora, the Odeon, the Library, the marble-paved main Street, the Baths, Trajan’s Fountain, the Residences of the Patricians, the Prytaneum, and Temple of Hadrian. The Great Theatre, built in the 4th century B.C., could accommodate 24,000 spectators and it is famous even nowadays for its acoustics. This afternoon we visit the Isle of Patmos, under statutory protection as a historic monument. Here we have an included tour to see the fortified monastery of St. John and the cave claimed to be where John received the Revelation. Back on the ship.

Day 6 April 27: Crete / Santorini – Crete is the largest and the most rugged of the Greek islands. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. This afternoon visit the island of Santorini which is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. The town of Thira where white-washed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques cling to steep cliffs, is accessible by foot path, cable-car or mule. Again, we return to the ship for dinner and evening entertainment.

Day 7 April 28: Disembarkation / Ancient Corinth – Upon arrival in the port of Athens you continue to Corinth. Corinth (Acts 18: 1-18), a city that inspired of St. Paul’s most familiar letter. You will visit the Archeological Museum, the Market Place, and Temples. Walk among the ruins and stand on the Bema where Paul stood. Read Paul’s letter to the Corinthians and visualize his address to the Gentiles as he began the task of building Corinth’s church. Imagine where Aquila and Priscilla lived and where they had their tent making business. Acts 18:9-11 Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; 10 for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.” 11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. Return to Athens for Dinner and overnight.

Day 8 April 29: Athens of Apostle Paul Tour – In 51 AD, Apostle Paul traveled from Berea to Athens by boat. His boat anchored at Faliron that used to be the main port serving Athens. Apostle Paul traveled from port to Athens. While waiting for Silas & Timothy to come from Macedonia, he spent most of his time talking with citizens at the Synagogues and the Agora. The Athenians took an interest in his teachings and invited him to present it more analytical at the Aeropagus, the hill west of Acropolis. Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and gave his famous Aeropagus Sermon, emphasizing the need to known God rather than worship the unknown as described in Acts 17:16-34. Follow your guide on a journey to the ancient Acropolis where you will see the Propylaea, the Parthenon and the Erectheum. View Mars Hill where Paul preached the gospel to the intellectual Athenian community of his day (Acts 17: 15-34). View the ruins of the Agora, ancient marketplace and center of Athenian public life, where Paul preached to the skeptical Athenians. You will view the Olympic Stadium, where the modern Olympics began and where the games returned in 2004. Dinner and overnight in Athens!

Day 9 April 30: Day at Leisure in Athens – Dinner & overnight.

Day 10 May 1: Fly to Istanbul / Tour – Welcome to Istanbul, a city with a mysterious past, where East meets West and myriad of cultures and blended all into an unmatched splendor. Start your touring by visiting St. Sophia, the original structure was built by Constantine in 326 A.D. With its 184’ dome, mosaics and frescoes, it is considered an architectural wonder. Of it, Justinian stated, “Solomon, I have surpassed you.” Across the street we enter the Yerebatan Sarayi (Underground Cisterns) built during the time of Justinian I and probably by Christians when one considers the manner in which many of the temple columns and capitals are placed. From here we take a short walk along the Hippodrome built in the times of Byzantium for horse and chariot races. Today, on the site of the imperial box seats, is the William II Fountain, and monuments line the field where once as many as 100,000 sat or stood and cheered at athletic competitions. As we continue our walk, we reach Sultanahmet Mosque better known as the Blue Mosque, a name derived from its exquisite, blue-colored tiles decorating the interior of the building, which is further distinguished by its six minarets. Return to your hotel for dinner & overnight.

Day 11 May 2: Istanbul – This morning, take a Bosphorus cruise to see Istanbul from the water, enjoying views of both the European and Asian sides of the city. Continue your touring of Istanbul with a visit to Topkapi Palace, the last residence of the Ottoman Turks. Poised on the hilltop of the Golden Horn, it beckoned home the sultans of old and today it has that same magnetic appeal. Then we head to the Grand Covered Bazaar, a maze of streets and shops under an intricately painted, vaulted roof. It is a world unto itself abounding in the sights, aroma and sounds of old Turkey. Free time on your own for exploration and last-minute shopping before we return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.

Day 12 May 3: Departure / Home

  • Apr. 22 ~ TK 192       DFW-IST     8:40P-4:50P+1
  • Apr. 23 ~ TK 1893    IST-SKG      6:55P-8:15P
  • May 01 ~ TK 1844    ATH-IST     10:30A-12:05P
  • May 03 ~TK 191       IST-DFW     2:10P-6:55P

+1=Next Day

(Flight schedule subject to change until tickets are issued)

Departure & Return Location: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Departure Time: 3 hours before flight time

Group Travel and Seat Assignment Information

All group seating is assigned by the airline and are under airport control.  Group seats assigned by the airline cannot be changed through Discovery Cruises and Tours.  However, you may address your seating at the airport on check-in.  (Please note that if you contact the airline prior to your departure date, they will refer you back to DCT.  As previously stated, we cannot make any changes to the group seats assigned by the airline.)

Your airline ticket receipt will be issued electronically by the airline and then emailed to you by DCT.  When you arrive to the airport, please be prepared to present a passport to an airline representative to receive your boarding pass.

Prices quoted are per person and in US dollars and are based upon fares and costs in effect at the time of publication

Whenever possible, DCT obtains price guarantees from suppliers; however, depending upon the strength of the US dollar and price fluctuations of oil, gas and other costs, published rates are subject to change without notice

AIR TRANSPORTATION

Jet economy class on Turkish Airlines

30 seats confirmed (additional seats may be at a higher airfare)

Tickets must be finalized 45 days prior to departure

Tickets cannot be changed once issued

Travelers may arrange their own air and pay the ground only price
(*Travelers doing their own air MUST meet the group at the airport or hotel)

AIRPORT TAXES AND FUEL

$640 (actual cost as of 06/11/2024)

Taxes/fuel surcharges may change without notice; any increase will be billed to the traveler and must be paid prior to departure

HOTELS/CRUISE SHIP

Deluxe hotels accommodations throughout

Celestyal Discovery Cruise Ship cabin category standard outside cabins with porthole
(Other cabin categories may be available at an additional charge)

Prices based upon two persons sharing a two-bed room

Single rooms /cabins are subject to availability for an additional cost of $1800 for outside cabins with porthole.

If a traveler doesn’t designate a roommate and Discovery Cruises and Tours is unable to do so, or if a roommate cancels before departure, the passenger will be required to pay the supplemental charge; the traveler may be billed after the final payment date if necessary

MEALS
Breakfast and Dinner plus all meals aboard cruise ship

SIGHTSEEING

Local transportation via deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach

The services of an English-speaking guide

 

– Passport costs

– Accident and baggage insurance

– Transporting and handling excess luggage

– Optional tours and excursions not mentioned in this itinerary

– Tips of $192 

– Cost for Lunches: The tour will stop daily for lunch with most places accepting Mastercard or VISA cards only.  Small food places outside of a town might require payment by cash only in euros, same for buying bottled water or a soda en route. We recommend exchanging a few USD to EUROS ($50-$100 per person) and plan on spending about $25 per lunch. 

*In the event it becomes necessary to overnight material due to late receipt of registration or final payments, traveler will be billed for these charges.

REGISTRATION & DEPOSIT: A deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of registration.   The deposit may be charged to your VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card. Registrations received inside ninety (90) days must be accompanied by full payment. A late registration may result in an additional fee for airfare depending on the airline and seat availability.

PAYMENTS: All payments after the initial deposit may be made in one of the following two ways:

  • Credit card– A 2.25% processing fee will be applied (Payment will be made through your Dashboard)
  • Mail– Personal check, cashier’s check, credit card check or money order (no processing fee)

If you make the payment by check, make your check payable to Discovery Cruises and Tours, and include the pastor’s name in the memo field. Please mail your check to:

Discovery Cruises and Tours

P.O. Box 2148

Hurst, TX 76053

FINAL PAYMENT: The final payment is due January 22, 2025,  ninety (90) days prior to departure.  

Payments received inside ninety (90) days will be assessed an $80 late payment fee. NOTE:  All reservations not fully paid by the ninety-day deadline are subject to cancellation, for which Tour Operator is not to be held responsible.

PASSPORT: A valid passport is required to leave the USA and must be obtained in person by each tour member. No visas are required for Israel. It should be valid for a minimum of six months after your return date or you will be denied boarding.

INSURANCE: Acting only as agents for suppliers, Discovery Cruises and Tours is not responsible for damage, loss, or theft of luggage and/or personal belongings, or for personal injury, accident and/or illness. For your own protection, it is important that you have adequate insurance to cover these possibilities. You should carry proof of insurance in the event you need medical attention while in Israel. For optional insurance please contact Mission Safe here to go directly to their website.

AIRLINE SEATS: Seats without a deposit must be released 100 days from departure. If you cancel your seat with DCT in writing within the 100 days there is a penalty of $100 per person.

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

If a traveler cancels their tour for any reason, the following cancellation frees will apply:

TIMEFRAME

CANCELLATION FEE PER PERSON

Day of Registration – January 21, 2025

$200

January 22, 2025 – February 6, 2025

$500

February 7, 2025 – February 22, 2025

25% of tour cost

February 23, 2025 – March 23, 2025

50% of tour cost

On or after March 24, 2025

NO REFUND

All cancellation requests must be sent in an email to contact@dcttravel.com.

NOTE: Trip cancellation and interruption insurance is available through Misson Safe, and other vendors, and is highly recommended.

TOUR OPERATOR RESPONSIBILITY

Discovery Cruises and Tours (Tour Operator) agrees to arrange for the tour described in this brochure. This represents the entire agreement between the passenger and his agent, the Tour Host, the Tour Operator and its agents. Except as stated herein, no person is authorized to cancel, modify, or vary the tour arrangements or to make any representation of warranty concerning the tour. Except for the willful negligence of its direct employees, the Tour Operator assumes no liability or responsibility for any injuries, damages occasioned by circumstances beyond the control of Tour Operator, or by any person for any reason whatsoever, including but not limited to default or omission of and by any third party providing services or facilities related to or included in this tour or any part thereof, or in arranging for the same, or the acts or omissions of the Tour Host.  Tour Operator reserves the right to refuse or revoke travel to anyone who is deemed incapable of group travel per the sole judgment of Tour Operator.  Due to circumstances beyond the Tour Operator’s control, the sequence of touring sites may occasionally need to be altered. The airlines or cruise lines are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are not on board planes, ships or conveyances. The passenger contracts, in use by the airlines and cruise lines, and the passenger or purchaser of this tour and/or passage and Tour Operator assume no liability or responsibility in connection therewith. Also, the Tour Operator WILL NOT BE responsible for: (a) flight schedule changes, mechanical breakdowns, government actions, weather, acts of God, acts of war or aggression, whether declared or undeclared, hijackings, or other circumstances beyond its control, including any connecting flights that may be missed as a result thereof (participants should consider the possibility of delays when arranging connecting flights); (b) the failure to follow instructions, including but not limited to check-in and check-out times and baggage handling; and, (c) charges incurred relating to single room/stateroom requirements either by the passengers themselves or their assigned roommates. Payment of the deposit or any partial or full payment for a reservation constitutes consent to all provisions listed in this brochure.

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