Cottonwood Creek Church, Allen, TX
Cottonwood Creek Church, Allen, TX
TUESDAY – WEDNESDAY – DAYS 1 & 2: U.S. / ATHENS – We depart the U.S. today for our flight to Athens. Upon arrival in Athens, we will be met by DWM’S local representative for an orientation tour. After lunch, we are escorted to our hotel in Athens. (D)
THURSDAY – DAY 3: ATHENS / CORINTH – 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 know God rather than worship the unknown as described in Acts 17:16-34. We follow our guide on a journey to the ancient Acropolis where we 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 market place and center of Athenian public life, where Paul preached to the skeptical Athenians. We will view the Olympic Stadium, where the modern Olympics began and where the games returned in 2004. Continue to Corinth (Acts 18: 1-18), a city that inspired St. Paul’s most familiar letter. We 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. (B, D)
FRIDAY – DAY 4: BOARD CRUISESHIP / SAIL TO MYKONOS – We sail this morning from the port of Athens, Piraeus starting your 3 Day Cruise. The first port of call is the quaint isle of Mykonos, called the island of the 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.(All meals while on board)
SATURDAY – DAY 5: ANCIENT EPHESUS / PATMOS – This morning we dock in Kusadasi, Turkey, and start our excursion to ancient Ephesus. 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 went to Ephesus on his third Missionary journey, staying and preaching for a period of about two to three years, and where several certain incidents took place (Acts 19:120, 20:20). It was to this community that Paul may have written his epistle to the Ephesians. We will visit the ancient Agora and go back in time where Demetrius, the silversmith, sold his silver shrines to the Ancient Greek goddess, Artemis. See the Library of Celsius and view the Great Theatre mentioned in the Book of Acts. After the morning visit we return to the ship. In the afternoon we reach the island of Patmos, Greece. During our tour, we will have the opportunity to visit the Grotto of the Apocalypse. John was on exile on the island of Patmos where in the Grotto he wrote the Book of Revelation. Rev 1:11 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” Our tour will continue with a visit to St. John’s Monastery before we go back to our cruise ship. (All meals while on board)
SUNDAY – DAY 6: SANTORINI – This morning we use tender boats to visit the island of Santorini, Greece. Santorini, which is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. The town of Phira (the capital) where white-washed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes, and glittering boutiques cling to steep cliffs, is accessible by footpath, cable-car or mule.(All meals while on board)
MONDAY – DAY 7: DISEMBARK CRUISE / DELPHI / METEORA – We will have breakfast aboard the ship then disembark. Today we drive up to Delphi where the most important oracle of Classical Greek world is situated and also a major site for the worship of God Apollo. Although before all that it was a place of worship for Gaea (Mother Earth). Pythia was the sibyl priestess of Delphi, many generals from all over Greece would bring her offerings and seek her prophecies concerning important strategic matters. Our day will end at Meteora. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka. (D)
TUESDAY – DAY 8: METEORA MONASTERIES / THESSALONIKI – Meteora meaning in the middle of the sky is a complex of Greek Orthodox monasteries, one of the most important and largest in Greece. It consists of 24 monasteries built at the top of these challenging to access let alone to build sandstone peaks. After the visit to the monastery we continue to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
WEDNESDAY – DAY 9: ANCIENT PHILIPPI / KAVALA – Apostle Paul visited Philippi together with Silas during his Second Missionary Journey. Our first Biblical encounter with Philippi is through Acts 16:11-40. At the time, Philippi had no synagogue and very few Jews, so Paul decides to wait for the Sabbath and go to the riverbanks outside the city. He began to talk to the women that gathered there, amongst them, Lydia-the first person to be Baptized on European soil-she and her household became believers. During our tour in Philippi, we will have the opportunity to visit and study the Bible where the Baptismal service took place called “Lydia’s Baptistry.” We will also see the prison where Paul & Silas where taken, and where the incident of the violent earthquake took place. After that, we will continue to Kavala; the site known as Ancient Neapolis where Paul, Timothy, and Silas landed for Paul’s Second Missionary Journey. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki. (B, D)
THURSDAY – DAY 10: THESSALONIKI / BEREA / ATHENS – When Paul came to Thessaloniki, he went straight to the Synagogue; as described in the Bible in Acts 17:1-9, Paul preached in the Synagogue for three consecutive Sabbaths, and he gained followers. Some of the Jews who were not persuaded created an uproar and attacked Jason’s House, where Paul stayed during his visit. During our tour we will view the agora in Thessaloniki, where Paul preached to the local Jews, as well as Jason’s House. We will also have the opportunity to visit St. Demetrius Basilica, dedicated to a distinguished member of the Roman army and a martyr of Christianity, we will also see the Arch of Galerius rising over the famous Egnatia Road. Continue to Berea. As described in Acts 17:10-15 Paul and Silas went to Berea and preached at the Synagogue. Many of the Jews became believers, but Paul’s ministry was cut short. While in Berea, we will see the Bema of the Apostle Paul, where he preached to the local Jews. Evening flight to Athens. Upon arrival, transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
FRIDAY – DAY 11: ATHENS / U.S. – We depart for the Athens airport where we fly back to the U.S. We will return with new friends and memories to last a lifetime!
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
Jet economy class on Air Canada
50 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
$525 (actual cost as of 12/28/2023)
Taxes/fuel surcharges may change without notice; any increase will be billed to the traveler and must be paid prior to departure
Deluxe hotels accommodations throughout
Celestyal Cruises, on the Celestyal Discovery, 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 are subject to availability for an additional cost of $1500
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
Breakfast and Dinner plus all meals aboard cruise ship
Local transportation via deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach
The services of an English-speaking Israeli guide
Entrance to sites on the itinerary are included in the tour price
$176 for personal tips to guides, drivers and others rendering special services.
– Cost for Lunches
– Passport costs
– Accident and baggage insurance
– Transporting and handling excess luggage
– Optional tours and excursions not mentioned in this itinerary
– 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.
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.
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.
REGISTRATION & DEPOSIT: A deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of registration. The deposit may be charged to your VISA or MasterCard. 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: Final payments should be made payable and received via mail to…
Discovery Cruises and Tours
P.O. BOX 2148
Hurst, TX 76053
Final payments MUST be received 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
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.
If a traveler cancels their tour for any reason, the following cancellation fees will apply:
CANCELLATION FEE PER PERSON
Registration – 91 days prior to departure
90 – 75 days prior to departure
74 – 59 days prior to departure
25% of tour cost
58 – 30 days prior to departure
50% of tour cost
29 days or less prior to departure
All cancellation requests must be sent in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: Trip cancellation and interruption insurance is available through Misson Safe, and other vendors, and is highly recommended.
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.