Lands of the Bible Cruise 2020
September 25 – October 8, 2020
12 Days aboard the Celebrity Reflection
Jerusalem, Bethlehem & Galilee, Israel
Corinth & Athens, Greece
And Much more…
Starting at $4,898.00 from New York
Other departure cities are available.
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Optional Pre or Post-Cruise Tour of Rome Available
The Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistene Chapel
Colosseum, The Forum, Circus Maximus, Arch of Titus, and more.
Looking at the Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives
The Sea of Galilee
Synagogue in Capernaum
September 25 & 26 – Depart the USA – Arrive in Rome
Your pilgrimage begins as you depart the USA and arrive in Rome. Time permitting, take a panaromic tour of Rome before transferring to Civitavecchia to board the luxurious Celebrity Reflection.
September 27 & 28 – At Sea
September 29 – Paphos, Cyprus
Arrive in the picturesque harbor of Paphos. It is in Paphos that Paul was flogged and had 39 lashes because of his belief in Christianity (Acts 13). The Pillar of Paul now stands on this spot. Visit the House of Dionysos, House of Theseus, House of Aion and House of Orpheus where the finest mosaics in Cyprus are located. Visit the Tombs of the Kings, also known as Palaiokastra, where hundreds of burial chambers are cut into the rock.
September 30 & October 1 – Bethlehem & Jerusalem, Israel
We dock at Ashdod. Explore Bethlehem, where you’ll discover the cave revered as the place where Jesus was born (Matt. 1; Luke 2). The church, which was constructed on the site, is the world’s oldest functioning church. Travel to Jerusalem and see the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was tried before the Sanhedrin. Stand upon the Mount of Olives and view the city as Jesus did. Wander among the olive trees of the Garden of Gethsemane. Enter the Old City and see the Pool of Bethesda. You’ll walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built over the sites of the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
October 2 – Sea of Galilee, Israel
We dock at Haifa. Venture inland to the Sea of Galilee. You’ll stand on the Mount of the Beatitudes where Jesus gave His most well-known sermon (Matthew 5). At Tabgha, the traditional location for the calling of the disciples and the feeding of the 5000, you’ll find the Church of the Fish and the Loaves (Luke 9). Visit the Chapel of the Primacy where three times Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ (John 21). Travel to the shore town of Capernaum where Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James, John (Matt. 4) and later Matthew.
October 3 – At Sea
October 4 – Ephesus, Turkey
Journey to Ephesus, the marble city where Paul spent three years of his ministry. The ruins of Ephesus have been restored much like the city was in Paul’s time. You will visit the ancient Agora and view the Great Theater. View the terrace houses, also known as “the houses of the rich,” which give a true impression of the ancient lifestyle. Also, visit the Ephesus Archaeological Museum for a look at some of Ephesus’ most prized artifacts.
October 5 – Athens & Corinth, Greece
The architectural splendors of the ancient city of Athens are as magical as ever. View the world-renowned Acropolis, the Propylaea, and the Parthenon. Time permitting, view Mars Hill where Paul debated with the intellectual community of his day. Walk among the ruins of the Agora, the ancient market place and center of Athenian public life. You will view the Olympic Stadium, home of the Olympics. Travel to Corinth (Acts 18), a city that inspired St. Paul’s most familiar letter. You will visit the Archaeological 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.
October 6 – Katakolon, Greece (On Your Own)
The small port of Katakolon on the Ionian coast is your gateway to ancient Olympia, the home of the original Olympic Games. Olympia has preserved both athletic and mythological monuments, many dating back to 776 BC. Most intriguing is the stadium, which is still standing, and the gymnasium. The museum also offers a peek at fabulous Greek sculptures. This Grecian port city is also the gateway to one of the most important archeological sites in the world, the ruins of ancient Olympia. Take a scenic drive through the small Greek villages on the way to Kouroutas Beach and spend three hours relaxing under the sun, swimming, and soaking up a perfect Greek beach day. Soak up the gorgeous Katakolon waterfront views while savoring traditional Greek specialties, like pastitsio or moussaka at one of the quaint tavernas and cafes offering shady outdoor tables. Shore Excursions are booked through Celebrity.
October 7 – At Sea
October 8 – Return to USA or continue on the exciting Rome Post Tour.