Visalia Chamber holds Jan. 9 preview of two European tours for 2019 in “Greece: In the Footsteps of Paul the Apostle” and “Shades of Ireland”
VISALIA – Just a few weeks after celebrating Jesus’ birth, the Visalia Chamber of Commerce is offering a chance to walk in the footsteps of the man who authored half of the New Testament chronically the messiah’s life and teachings.
On Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, the chamber will be holding a slide show to preview its latest hosted travel offer titled “Greece: In the Footsteps of Paul the Apostle.” The slide show will begin at noon at the Buckman Mitchell Building, 500 N. Santa Fe.
Paul the Apostle, the prolific writer of the New Testament letters was one of the first Christian missionaries. Trace his journey through the ancient cities and pastoral countryside of Greece and Turkey. The tour will begin in Athens with a welcome dinner at the Plaka nestled at the foot of the Acropolis. From Athens the tour will leave on a 3-night cruise of the Greek is lands beginning with Mykonos full of whitewashed buildings and narrow streets. Next on the cruise is Kusadasi, Turkey and Patmos Greece where Paul spent three years, this part of the journey includes a visit to the “House of Mary” where it is believed she spent her last days. Patmos, considered the “Jerusalem of the Aegean” includes a visit to the Monastery of John and the Cave of the Apocalypse where John was inspired and wrote the Book of Revelations. The last stop on the cruise is picturesque Santorini with an excursion to the open-air museum of the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Back on the mainland the day will end in
Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city founded in 315 B.C. where Paul wrote two epistles to the Thessalonians. Travelers will also get to visit the Museum of Byzantine Culture. Traveling down the coast to Philippi the tour will join a local guide to where Paul was held prisoner in the dungeon and where he baptized Lydia the first Christian in Europe. Next on the tour is Delphi where travelers will explore the Sacred Way as they walk to see the Doric Temple and Sanctuary of Apollo. Finally, the tour will stop in Corinth on the way back to Athens where travelers will see the hill of Areopagus (Mars Hills) where Paul delivered his famous “Men of Athens” speech, and then end the trip with a tour of the Acropolis.
The Greece tour, which includes a three-night Greek Island and Turkey cruise, will depart on Oct. 2, 2019 and return on Oct. 12, 2019. The Greece tour is 11 days and includes 20 meals and costs $4,599 per person (with early booking discount).