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Location: Athens, Corinth, Philippi, Thessalonika, Veria, Meteora, Mykonos, Patmos, Heraklion, Crete, Knossos, and Santorini (weather permitting), Greece; Ephesus and Kusadai, Turkey
Trip Leader: Barry Huff
Dates: May 27–June 5, 2018
Cost:  Starting at $3,200/person for a double-occupancy (shared) room | Starting at $3,750 for single occupancy
Trip Capacity: 30 minimum, 40 maximum
Registration Deadline: January 15, 2018—Sold Out
Final Payment Deadline: March 15, 2018

Trip Overview

Assistant Professor of Religion Barry Huff will lead our tour and present several lectures throughout our time in Greece. We will follow in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul on this tour, which features historic sites, cities significant in Paul's life, and a three-night Aegean Sea cruise.

In Thessalonika, the center of Paul’s activities in northern Greece, we'll enjoy guided sightseeing and an excursion to Philippi, a busy Roman colony where Paul preached and established Europe’s first church. Next, in Veria, where Paul and Silas were sent after being accused of treason in Thessalonika, we'll visit the Bema of Apostle Paul, where he preached the gospel to the local community. In Corinth, we'll see the excavations where Paul worked for 18 months and learn about Corinth's early church, to which Paul wrote two epistles (Corinthians I and II).

We will also enjoy a cruise around the Greek Isles and Turkey, including a visit to Kusadasi and the ruins of Ephesus, where Paul lived and preached. And we'll see the House of Mary, where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her last days. Other cruise destinations include Heraklion on Crete; Santorini; and Patmos, where we'll visit the Monastery of St. John and the Cave of the Apocalypse. Here, John received the visions that he recorded in the book of Revelation. In Athens, we'll visit the Acropolis with the Parthenon and Areopagus, where Paul delivered his famous sermon.

The trip includes the following:

  • Accommodations for 6 nights in first-class hotels in Athens, Thessalonika, and Kalambaka
  • Accommodations for 3 nights on the Celestyal Cruise Line. All cabins have two lower beds and a private shower and toilet.
  • Meals as described in the itinerary (9 breakfasts, 3 lunches on the cruise ship, 8 dinners)
  • Full entertainment program and host service throughout the cruise
  • Lectures from Principia religion faculty member Barry Huff
  • Port taxes and gratuities for cruise ship personnel
  • Visa fees

The following are not included:

  • Airfare, taxes, and fuel surcharges
  • Checked baggage fees imposed by the airlines
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for local guides while on land
  • Optional travel insurance (available for $229/person)
  • Optional excursions, upgrades, supplements, and personal expenses
  • Pre- or post-trip accommodations

Meet Your Trip Leader

Barry Huff’s travels in Greece, Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, and Egypt have brought the Bible to life for him, and he is excited for this trip to do the same for you! 

Barry is a member of the Religion and Philosophy Department at Principia College, where he has taught biblical studies courses for eight years. He was chosen by the student body in 2013 as Teacher of the Year. Barry focused on biblical studies for both of his master’s degrees and his PhD coursework, and he is currently completing his dissertation on the book of Job.