Journey of St Paul with Deacon Harold – Harvest Journeys Catholic Pilgrimages
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Tour Code SP0420
Starts 12 October 2020
Finishes 23 October 2020
Tour Cost USD $3,350 twin share *
Single Room
USD $990 Supplement
Extra Add-ons Tips on tour / Cruise Gratuities & Port Taxes: $280 Total
Deposit $800 non-refundable deposit
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* Costs have been based on prices as at February 2020 and must remain subject to possible change in the event of significant exchange rate variations, airfare or tax increases or minimum group size factors beyond Harvest’s control. Refer to Harvest Booking Terms & Conditions for more details.
† Single Berth cabin are strictly limited and at premium supplement, subject to availability at time of booking.
PRE-TOUR: ISTANBUL & GALLIPOLI
Cost Add-On USD $990 twin share
Single Room USD $250 supplement
Prepaid Tipping $10 pp / per day
† Including Inter-Europe airfare from Istanbul to Athens.
POST-TOUR: ST PAUL IN MALTA
Cost Add-On USD $1,280 twin share
Single Room USD $390 supplement
Prepaid Tipping $10 pp / per day
† Including Inter-Europe airfare to Malta.

Journey of St Paul with Deacon Harold

Join Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers on a heart-warming journeys from Athens, where St Paul delivered his dramatic Areopagus sermon, to Ephesus where he was imprisoned. This stirring pilgrimage connects you to the soul of this heroic apostle in a way like no other.

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

Known around the world as the “Dynamic Deacon” – is one of the most sought-after speakers in the Church today. He is a powerful and passionate evangelist and preacher, whose no-nonsense approach to living and proclaiming the Catholic faith will challenge and inspire those who hear him.

He travels across the United States and around the world speaking at conferences, workshops, retreats, parish missions, high schools, and young adult events – in short, to everyone who desires to know Jesus intimately and enjoy a deeper personal relationship with Him. His areas of expertise include marriage and family life, discerning the will of God, the sacraments, male spirituality, evangelization, prayer, and many others.

deaconharold.com

Deacon Harold Burke Sivers
Parousia Media

Itinerary

Athens (2) • Epidaurus • Corinth (1) • Hosios Loukas • Meteora (2) • Berea • Kavala (1) • Philippi • Thessaloniki (1) • Aegean Cruise (4): Mykonos, Ephesus, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini.

Map Journey of St Paul B

DAY 1MON 12 OCT - ARRIVE ATHENS

Athens today is the thriving capital of Greece, but, more importantly, we have entered into the world of the New Testament where St Paul and his companions established the first Christian communities throughout his four missionary journeys.

Athens overnight (D)

DAY 2TUE 13 OCT - ATHENS

The Athenians – Paul came to teach the philosophers that there is in fact a God who is real and can be known!

We begin our pilgrimage with a tour of Christian Athens including the Acropolis, the Areopagus and the Ancient Agora where Paul preached about Jesus and the resurrection.

Later we will come to the New Acropolis Museum with its celebrated exhibition of Greek antiquities and statues which vividly illustrate the myriad of pagan Gods Paul was battling against.

After a rest back at our hotel we will enter the lively Plaka district to dine this evening at a typical Greek Taverna with live Athenian music and atmosphere.

Mass Setting: St Denis Cathedral

Athens overnight (BD)

Day 3WED 14 OCT - CORINTH

The Corinthians – It was here the Lord spoke to Paul and told him to ‘speak … no one will attack you’ (Acts 18:9-10); many were baptized and came to believe.

Set out towards Corinth today as we firstly come to the world renowned Olive Grove of the Nikolaou Family dating back to 1833.

Learn more about the ancient tradition of olive oil production techniques going back centuries.

Onwards to the great ancient outdoor theatre of Epidaurus where we will marvel at the architectural symmetry of this 4th Century BC structure built by the architect Polykleitos.

Enjoy our afternoon exploring Ancient Corinth where Paul lived for two years as a tentmaker. Visit here the ancient ruins and see the site where he preached the Gospel from the Rostrum. See the Peirene fountain, and the 6th century BC Temple of Apollo before an outdoor Mass in this stunning pilgrimage setting.

We retire this afternoon to our hotel adjacent to the ancient Port of Cenchreae where St Paul set sail for Syria after making a personal vow is head. (Acts 18:18)

Mass Setting: Outdoors in Ancient Corinth

Corinth overnight (BD)

Day 4THU 15 OCT - VIA HOSIOS LOUKAS TO METEORA

We travel north today to spend time at the remarkable Byzantine Monastery of Hosio Loukas, built in the 10th century on the slopes of Mt Helikon and overlooking a picturesque valley teeming with olive trees. In 1990 UNESCO included this site on their World Heritage List. On arrival we will celebrate an outdoor Mass here in the grounds of the walled Monastery before being taken on a guided tour of the Churches, crypt and surrounds where we admire the amazing frescoes and mosaics with their characteristic gold background dating back to the 11th Century.

We continue north this afternoon to the small town of Kalambaka built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks of Meteora.

Mass Setting: Hosias Loukas Monastery

Kalambaka overnight (BD)

Day 5FRI 16 OCT - METEORA EXPLORATION

The Monastics – The Meteora monasteries were inspired by the monks’ love of God and a life striving to become open to the Fathers heart through monastic life and asceticism.

We spend some time today marvelling at this unique ph nomenon of nature – 24 perpendicular rocks where 600 years ago Byzantine monks chose to worship God and build their cave-like Monastic community of Meteora. We will visit some of these living monasteries by foot and view the extraordinary collection of priceless religious frescoes and other treasures that will certainly make this a remarkable day.

Enjoy some free time this afternoon.

Mass Setting: Kalambaka

Kalambaka overnight (BD)

Day 6SAT 17 OCT - VIA BEREA TO KAVALA

The Bereans – The Jews ‘received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures daily to study the merits of all Paul had preached to them.’ (Acts 17:11)

Today we journey north by coach to Berea (modern Veria). The “Bema” – an impressive monument to Paul – is believed to incorporate the steps from the original synagogue from which he preached the gospel to the Jews, who welcomed the word of God and began to study the Scriptures (Acts 17:10-12).

A small church was established here and we will also view the ‘hidden churches’, a collection of about 20 Byzantine structures, camouflaged in the form of barns from the invading Ottoman Turks.

The Thessalonians – St Paul preached during the winters of 49-50AD and wrote the two epistles to the ancient Thessalonians.

Our time this afternoon in Thessaloniki will include the ramparts of the city, the triumphal Arch of Galerius, as well as the Rotunda where we can see pieces of the pulpit from which Paul preached. View the Roman Agora where he also preached. Nearby we shall visit St Demetrios’ Church dedicated to a Roman soldier who converted to Christianity and was later martyred. View its valuable mosaics and frescoes before descending in to the crypt where we find the remains of some ancient Roman baths and streets.

Finally travel along the ancient route of the Apostle Paul to the port city of Kavala (ancient Neapolis), once named “Christoupolis” after being the first European city to accept Christianity. It was here that St Paul, St Timothy and St Silas first landed from Troas (Acts 16:11), one of the foundational moments in the history of Christianity.

Mass Setting: Thessaloniki

Kavala overnight (BD)

Day 7SUN 18 OCT - VIA PHILIPPI TO THESSALONIKI

The Philippians – Here Paul founded the first European church in Philippi and Lydia was baptised as the first European convert to Christianity.

Journey out to Philippi, named after Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. It was here that St Paul won his first European convert, a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira (Acts 16:12-40). Visit the Baptistery of Lydia for a beautiful outdoor Mass in this breathtaking oasis on the River Zygaktis, and to renew our Baptismal vows. Visit the market place (where St Paul and St Silas were brought before the rulers) and the cistern which tradition identifies as the place where St Paul was imprisoned. In the ancient theatre we will hear the story of Paul’s arrest, imprisonment and miraculous release.

We depart Philippi and journey east along the ancient route of the Apostle Paul via Amphipolis (Acts 17:1) where we view the ruins of many Christian basilicas.

Mass Setting: Outdoors at Baptistry of Lydia

Thessaloniki overnight (BD)

Day 8MON 19 OCT - EMBARK GREEK ISLAND PILGRIMAGE CRUISE - MYKONOS

Today we fly back to Athens and are transferred to the Piraeus port to board our 4-night Aegean cruise! We then sail to the quaint isle of Mykonos, as we explore the charming walkways and shops through a maze of white-washed buildings.

Overnight onboard cruise ship (BLD)

Day 9TUE 20 OCT - CRUISE SHIP - EPHESUS & PATMOS

The Ephesians – This first Christian community was established by St John and developed by St Paul through his fervent preaching over a 3 ½ year stay, during which he wrote his letter to the Ephesians.

This morning we arrive into the Turkish port city of Kusadasi, doorway to Ephesus.

Shore Excursion: Ancient Ephesus & House of the Virgin Mary

Our excursion today will include Ephesus, the most famous of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev 2:1-7) where St Paul spent more than two years in the course of his third missionary journey. It was to the Christian community of Ephesus that St Paul wrote his greatest and most challenging letter (the epistle to the Ephesians) and also succeeded in converting many away from worship of the god Artemis.

Our visit today will include the ruins where St Paul lived and preached. See the prison of St Paul; walk through the ancient marble streets founded in the 10th century BC and see this most ‘complete’ Roman city providing us with an excellent window into Imperial Rome. Pass the Temple of Hadrian, the Library of Celsus, and the enormous amphitheatre (Acts 19:29-31), culminating at the House of the Virgin Mary where it is said Mary spent the later years of her life.

Our excursion will culminate at the Covered Bazaar of Kusadasi with some free time for shopping and…bargaining!
We re-board our ship in the afternoon and continue on to the Dodecanese island of Patmos, where St John wrote the Book of Revelation.

The Patmosians – During his time on what is now called the ‘Holy Island of Patmos’, St John wrote the book of Revelations and composed the Fourth Gospel as a very old man.

Shore Excursion: Patmos

We come to the village of Chora, the traditional settlement and capital of Patmos, where the narrow streets were designed to ward off pirates over the centuries. Ascend to the Monastery of St John the Beloved, a huge fortress-like building dating from the 11th century, for a visit. Our exploration of this living monastery will culminate with time in the actual Cave of Revelation where God chose to reveal to St John the mysteries of the last book of the Bible – the Apocalypse. The cave is now at the foot of the monastery, which houses priceless icons and manuscripts, sacred relics, vestments embroiled with silver or gold threads and bejeweled with precious stones.

Overnight onboard cruise ship (BLD)

Day 10WED 21 OCT - CRUISE SHIP - RHODES

Today we come to the Island of Rhodes, where St Paul came during his third missionary journey (Acts 21:1). We enter the port, which was once dominated by the Colossus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Shore Excursion: Rhodes & Lindos

Lindos is situated 55 km from the city of Rhodes and “bears” above it the Acropolis of Lindos, with the ancient Temple of Athena, built in 300 BC.

Here and there you will come across the captains’ mansions, built between the 16th and 18th century. In the centre of the village lives and breathes the Church of the Virgin Mary (Panagia) of Lindos, with frescoes from the 15th century. From here we can see St Paul’s Bay where the Apostle landed during a storm.

Overnight onboard cruise ship (BLD)

Day 11THU 22 OCT - CRUISE SHIP - CRETE & SANTORINI

The Cretans – St Paul visited Crete following his first imprisonment in early 63AD. He left Titus on the island to assist maturing the Church, some of whose members were the first to be in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:11).

This morning we arrive in Heraklion, Crete, with time to wander or choose from a guided shore excursion on offer.

In the afternoon, we cruise to the isle of Santorini, often referred to as the most breathtaking of all the Greek islands. We may disembark here and admire the exquisite whitewashed villages. Optional shore excursion.

Overnight onboard cruise ship (BLD)

Day 12FRI 23 OCT - END CRUISE - DEPART GREECE (B)

Meal Code: (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner. | Time out – Extended time for Reflection

Inclusions
  • ACCOMODATION & MEALS: Based on Superior Standard / 4-Star accommodation • Most meals – 11 Dinners / 10 Full Breakfasts
  • TOURING & TRANSPORTATION: Deluxe Air Conditioned Coach touring • Professional Pilgrimage Escort / Local Guides • Sightseeing and Entrance Fees
  • OTHER: Fully Escorted by Pilgrimage Chaplain • Porterage at hotels • Harvest Backpack, Pilgrims Journal and Tour Wallet
Not Included
  • Other meals not listed
  • Passport and Visa Costs (if applicable)
  • Items of a personal nature including phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc.
  • Travel insurance - ask Harvest about its preferred World Assist Travel Insurance
  • Prepaid Tips
  • “It just brought scripture alive to me. I’m not a holy roller but I could sit there and really appreciate the scriptures, more than I’d ever done in my life!”

    Helen
    St Paul & the Early Church
3 Nights / 4 Days

Pre-Tour Option: Istanbul & Gallipoli

Begin your pilgrimage earlier with a pre-tour of Istanbul and Gallipoli. Journey back in time and visit the sites of the ANZAC landings and battlefields of World War I. Explore the wonders of the Ottoman empire, the colourful 6th-century Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, as well as an unforgettable cruise on the breathtaking Bosphorus.

DAY 1FRI 9 OCT - ARRIVE TURKEY

Arrive into Istanbul – a glorious city uniquely positioned on two continents.
Istanbul overnight (D)

DAY 2SAT 10 OCT - ISTANBUL EXPLORATION

Full day tour including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia (meaning ‘Holy Wisdom’ and once an early Christian church); onwards to Topkapi Palace. City cruise on the Bosphorus with majestic views of Ottoman Palaces, Byzantine fortresses, Beylerbeyi Palace and Suleimans Mosque.
Our afternoon will include a visit to the spectacular Grand Bazaar, with over 4000 shops in the one market place.
Istanbul overnight (BD)

DAY 3SUN 11 OCT - VIA ANZAC COVE TO CANAKKALE

Departing Istanbul we travel west to the Gallipoli Peninsula where 7594 Australian and 2431 New Zealand soldiers lost their lives in battle during World War I.
We tour the relevant landmarks here this afternoon at Anzac Cove including the Lone Pine Cemetery where we will celebrate Mass. We come in faith to pay tribute and pray for the souls of the heroes of those tragic months of 1915.
Canakkale overnight (BD)

DAY 15MON 12 OCT - CANAKKALE TO GREECE

Enjoy a restful morning in the ancient seaport of Canakkale overlooking the Dardanelles waterway at their narrowest point of entry. Return to Istanbul airport this afternoon for our onward flight to Greece.

Meal Code: (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

3 Nights / 4 Days

Post-Tour Option: St Paul in Malta

Why not extend your pilgrimage with a breathtaking 4-day discovery tour of UNESCO-listed Malta? Dive deep into the vibrant culture and the rich Christian history brought to the island by no less than the Apostle Paul himself in 60 AD.

DAY 12FRI 23 OCT - ARRIVE MALTA

Upon arrival at Malta International Airport we will be met and transferred to our hotel for check-in.
Christianity has existed almost 2,000 years in Malta, brought to the island by no less than the Apostle Paul himself in 60 AD.< Malta overnight (D)

DAY 13SAT 24 OCT - VALLETTA • ST PAUL’S ISLAND • RABAT • MDINA

This morning we walk into the city of Valletta. Visit the Auberges built by the Knights and St John. We enter St John’s Co-Cathedral and view the impressive and miraculous Crucifix at Ta’Giezu Church – the head of which is said to be made by angels. Continue to the St Paul Shipwreck Church where we will view two relics of St Paul.
We then proceed to St Paul’s Bay where a short boat trip takes us to the island where the Apostle was shipwrecked. After some time here we return to the mainland where we view St Paul’s Bonfire Church.
En route to Rabat visit the miraculous Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Mosta where during World War II a 500 kilogram bomb penetrated the dome and hit the inside of the church. Continue to Rabat to enter St Paul’s Grotto where St Paul lived during his short stay in Malta. We celebrate Mass here and visit the catacombs dedicated to him.
After a short walk into Mdina, visit St Paul’s Cathedral which will be another highlight of our day’s trip.
Malta overnight (BD)

DAY 14SUN 25 OCT - GOZO DAY TRIP

Travel by ferry to the sister island of Gozo. Visit the Church of St John La Rotunda and walk up the steps to the Gozo Citadel which is a medieval city and the capital of Gozo.
Visit St George’s Basilica, then on to the miraculous Ta’Pinu Shrine for Mass.
Malta overnight (BD)

DAY 15MON 26 OCT - DEPART MALTA

Transfer to the airport in time for our homebound or ongoing flight connections. (B)

Meal Code: (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

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