Mediterranean Experience

with Governor Mike Huckabee

October 24 – November 2, 2021

 A luxury cruise aboard the Azamara Journey

VISIT

Athens, Corinth,
Philippi, Pergamum,
Ephesus, Patmos,
and much more.

OPTIONAL PRE AND POST TOURS

Dubai
Thessaloniki & Berea
Rome
Istanbul & Cappadocia

 

ALL INCLUSIVE PRICE

Starting at *$5,395.00.00 from NY

*$5,693.00 from Jacksonville, Orlando and Atlanta
Call for domestic airfare from other departure cities.

ALL INCLUSIVE PRICE INCLUDES

International Airfare From New York
Shore Excursions Listed In Itinerary
Complimentary Onboard WiFi
All Onboard Gratuities
Only 690 guests with
a 2:1 service level
Complimentary Beverages including Wine & Spirits
and More…
*Price reflects a 3% cash discount.  If your credit card company has Travel Protection Coverage, you may want to consider putting it on your credit card and save additional Travel Protection Premiums.  Call if you have questions.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Both 2020 Israel Experience Tours with Mike Huckabee have been sold out for quite a while.  The Azamara Luxury Cruise Ship has a capacity of 690 guests.  It is quite likely this cruise will sell out rather quickly also.  If you are interested, please register with a deposit as soon as possible.

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Library of Ephesus

Main Street Ephesus

Rhodes, Greece

Corinth and the Bema

The Parthenon in Athens, Greece

Mars Hill from the Parthenon


CRUISE ITINERARY

October 24 – Depart USA
October 25 – Athens, Greece
Arrive in Athens and see the best of Athens on a panoramic drive designed for those who prefer a more leisurely tour of the city. Board a comfortable coach for a narrated tour covering both modern and ancient attractions, including the Academy, Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the National Gardens, and a stop at the pedestrian zone below the majestic Acropolis. Conclude with free time to shop in the picturesque Plaka, the city’s most ancient neighborhood. Transfer to the ship to embark after your tour. (Late arrivals may experience a shorter panoramic tour and reduced free time.)

October 26 – Athens, Greece

Travel to the legendary city of Athens for an awe-inspiring immersion into Greek history, mythology and might. Upon arrival, you’ll begin a narrated sightseeing drive that winds past the ruins of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium, an ancient wonder reborn as the site of the first modern Olympics in 1896. Your drive will lead to the most iconic ancient site in Greece – the Acropolis. Climb the steep steps leading to this complex of temples and buildings dating back to the 5th century BC and built as a grand monument to thought and the arts. Witness the Temple of Athena Nike and explore the iconic Parthenon, dedicated to the Goddess Athena and offering sweeping panoramas overlooking the city below. A short walk from the ruins leads to Mars Hill where Paul preached to the Athenians. Enjoy lunch before continuing on to the city of Corinth, where the apostle Paul met fellow tentmakers Aquila and Priscilla and received a vision from the Lord. As Paul spoke, Crispus (chief ruler of the synagogue) and many others believed and were baptized, establishing the church at Corinth to whom Paul later wrote his two epistles. Discover the Archaeological Museum, Market Place and Temples. As you walk among the ruins, stand on the Bema, where the apostle Paul stood before Gallio to face charges brought against him by the Jews.

October 27 – Kavala, Greece
Delve into ancient Greek and Christian history on this journey to ancient Philippi, Kavala, and the baptistery at the St. Lydia site. Philippi is one of the most important archaeological sites in Eastern Macedonia. The site received protection by King Philip of Macedon when the city was threatened by the Thracians in 365 B.C. Hellenistic Philippi had a fortification wall, a theatre, public buildings, and private houses. The Roman road of the Via Egnatia made Philippi a significant regional center. It was later conquered by Octavius. Saint Paul founded the first Christian church on European soil in Philippi in 49 A.D. Visit the stunning archaeological and pilgrimage sites, and, on your way back to the ship, visit the St. Lydia site, the stream where Lydia was baptized. You’ll also see Kavala, with its stunning amphitheater construction on the slopes of Mt. Symvolo, one of the most visually-inspiring cities in Greece.

October 28 – Dikili, Turkey

Travel to Pergamum. The most favored of the Seven Churches was Pergamum, and the church was praised for its forbearance during hard times (Rev. 2: 12- 17). Rome executed the first Christians here. Towering 1000 feet above the town is the fabled Acropolis. As you pass through the Royal Gates, you will enter one of the great centers of classic Greek culture. You’ll see the foundations of the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Athena and the ruins of the Library that once held 200,000 parchment volumes. You’ll also see the remains of the Temple of Trajan, the Grand Theatre, the Gymnasium, and the Health Center (Asclepeion).

October 29 – Kusadasi, Turkey

Marvel at the ancient city of Ephesus, known as an open-air archaeological museum. Delve into the incredible treasures of Ephesus, including an in-depth exploration of the Terrace Houses. First built in the 10th century B.C. and lasting until its abandonment under Ottoman rule, Ephesus dazzles visitors with its ruins. See the Odeon, a concert hall, the steam baths of Scholastica, the famed, two-story Library of Celsus and the Grand Theater where St. Paul preached. Walk the Arcadian Way, a procession route of Cleopatra and Marc Anthony. Enjoy lunch before participating in a short carpet demonstration and the option to browse the amazing collection of authentic handmade Turkish carpets and other local products.

October 30 – Patmos, Greece

Venture within the towering walls of St. John’s Monastery to explore its battlements and religious history. This castle-like Byzantine structure looms in stark contrast to the gleaming white homes that rest below its dark façade. Built by the monk Christodoulos in 1088, it has remained in continuous operation, surviving epic raids by Norman pirates in the 11th and 12th centuries. Inside, countless treasures are safeguarded, including a magnificent collection of jeweled chalices, crowns and crosses, ancient transcriptions by Aristotle and masterful artwork by El Greco. Continue to the Grotto of St. John, built around a sacred cave where the disciple is said to have composed the Book of Revelation. Conclude your excursion with a panoramic drive along the jagged coastline of Patmos, where jutting spits of land stretch far into the deep-blue sea. Enjoy a full day immersed in the historical, religious and natural wonders of this amazing Greek Isle.

October 31 – Rhodes, Greece

Get the real authentic Rhodes experience by exploring it on foot. Your walking tour will begin in picturesque Old Town, where you will pass through and learn all about Agora and Collachium, where the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem lived and worked. Marvel at the stunning churches, exquisite Jewish quarter, the Inns of Knights, and the Palace of Grand Masters. You will then tour the palace interior and down the Street of Knights — its path paved with impressive marble and mosaics. Then it’s on to the Hospital of Knights museum, where you’ll learn all about the ins and outs of this majestic town. Afterwards, stop for a refreshment in a local café. Exploring Rhodes on foot will inevitably leave a lasting impression on you.

November 1 – Santorini, Greece (on your own)

Dock in Santorini today, one of the most beautiful of the Greek islands where picturesque whitewashed villages topped with brilliant blue domes stand in stark contrast to the sheer drop cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea. The island itself perches on the edges of a volcano whose eruption 3,500 years ago is thought to have led to the collapse of the Minoan civilization. You may choose to stay on the ship and enjoy the many amenities offered, or you may choose to wander this charming island on your own today.

November 2 – Return to USA

Disembark the Azamara Journey in Piraeus this morning and transfer to the Athens airport for your return flight home.