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Turkey & Greece 2018

Follow us in Turkey & Greece this June! Our tour blog will begin June 7 from Athens, Greece.

For some of us, we’ve arrived in Athens earlier than the main group. Athens has charm and a lot of ancient history. Ruins are everywhere. But for our focus, we’re here because of the apostle Paul. And we look forward to learning about his visit to Athens and discover what …

Today, the majority of the tour group travels to Athens. Meanwhile, the early arrivers enjoy Athens! Acropolis in the background lunch with a view of the Acropolis  

Our first group evening in Athens

This morning our tour centered on the Acropolis in Athens with its magnificent Parthenon and the famous Mars Hill. We climbed up the rock and viewed some of the most important architectural masterpieces the world has known. We saw the Parthenon temple itself, the Propylaea, the temple of the Athene …

Group in Corinth Today we visited the city of Corinth. The ancient Greek city acquired something of a proverbial reputation for sexual promiscuity. The city was a place of religious variety, with the worship of traditional gods and goddesses from Greek and Roman religions, local deities and heroes, and divinities …

Today we traveled to the spectacular rock formations in central Greece called Meteora – a word which means “suspended in air.” On top of these rocks were built monasteries where monks and hermits have lived for over a thousand years. Six Eastern Orthodox monasteries – some dating back to the …

Today was our visit to Thessalonica – 328 miles north of Athens and built near the sea. We saw the ancient forum – dated to the late 2nd or early 3rd century, the palace complex of Galerius Maximianus, the hippodrome, temples and other monuments.  The Rotunda – a 4th century …

Today was our visit to Philippi – a city known for its gold mines. Thus, the city was a very prosperous one. It was founded by Philip II in 356 BCE. Following the assassination of Julius Caesar, Mark Antony and Octavian confronted the murderers, Brutus and Cassius, at the Battle …

Today we crossed the Greece border into Turkey and visited Troy and Alexandria Troas – where Paul raised Eutychus from the dead. Troy is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. It is the setting for Homer’s Iliad in which he describes the final year of the …