A Tour for the Ages
Join Arizona Christian University and a select group of friends on a study tour “for the ages” – visiting the places where truth and light emerged from a world of darkness.
Experience the best of what ACU students learn in their CORE humanities courses and discover how the ancient Greeks understood the world around them without God, while reﬂecting deeply on how faith and the biblical worldview better illuminate the questions of the human experience.
We will spend ﬁve days touring Greece, staying at a 4-star hotel, and another four days cruising the Greek Islands. In addition to scheduled group activities, each guest is offered the opportunity to select a “just for you” experience including an Organic Greek cooking class, a Gourmet Walking Tour of Athens or a private guided tour of the Archaeological Museum of Greece. To experience an authentic “local” touch, tour members will gather in private homes to enjoy dinner parties and learn from dinner host families what it is like living in Greece as they share great food and conversation.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Upon arrival at Athens International Airport we pass through customs, collect our luggage and meet our representative in the arrival hall. We walk to our private motor-coach and drive to the hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
Thursday, June 4, 2020
FULL DAY ATHENS CITY TOUR AND ANCIENT AGORA
Today we visit the world-famous Acropolis site. We stop to admire the partially restored Roman Odeion of Herodes Atticus, an ancient opera house in which modern musical extravaganzas are still produced. As we climb up the Acropolis, we come to the magnificent ceremonial gates of Pericles’ Acropolis, the Propylaea. Once inside, we study the artistic beauty and political importance of the Parthenon; the architectural uniqueness of the most sacred site in Athens, the Erechtheum; and the small and simple Temple of Athena Niké, built to commemorate the Athenian victory over the Persians at Marathon. We take an opportunity to enjoy the view of the modern city of Athens from atop the high defensive walls before descending to the Theatre of Dionysus, where the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides were originally performed.
We then continue to Areopagus or Mars’ Hill, where the Apostle Paul preached to the Athenian Philosophers. Then we walk down to the Ancient Agora, the center of ancient Athens. Among its important remains are the Theseum, the best-preserved classical temple in Greece, the Prison of Socrates, where he drank the hemlock, the Stoa of Attalos, rebuilt by the American School of Classical Studies as the Agora Museum, and the tiny but important 11th-century Church of the Holy Apostles.
After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit the impressive new Museum of the Acropolis, which ranks as one of Europe’s best. Return to hotel for afternoon rest. Before dinner Lecture 1: Apostle Paul at Mars Hill: Christian Truth vs. The Ancient World’s Speculation. Dinner and overnight in Athens.
Friday, June 5, 2020
ATHENS – CORINTH CANAL – MYCENAE – EPIDAURUS – ATHENS
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we drive along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf passing by the Corinthian Canal, a four-mile narrow cut of land, connecting the waters of the Saronic with the Corinthian Gulf. Then we proceed to Mycenae to visit the remains of the prehistoric citadel fortified with the Cyclopean Walls, the Lionesses’ Gate, the remains of the Mycenaean Palace and the Tomb of King Agamemnon, which we will enter.
After lunch provided at a local restaurant, we continue through Argos to Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece. We enjoy some free time here before continuing to visit Epidaurus: The Sanctuary of Asclepios, the ancient god of healing. We see the best-preserved ancient theater in all of Greece, famous for the harmony of its design and the perfection of its acoustics, easily accommodating 12,000 people. Return to our hotel in Athens for dinner and overnight.
Saturday, June 6, 2020
PLATOS ACADEMY – NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM – SOUNION
Today a coach will take us to a neighborhood park situated at a spot outside the ancient city wall. Here we discover the remains of the Plato’s Academy, where the philosopher began antiquity’s most famous school, and Aristotle, the tutor of Alexander the Great, became his most famous student. Then we will visit the largest museum in Greece, the National Archaeological Museum, an incomparable collection of masterpieces from excavations throughout Greece. Here we can view the development of Greek statuary, from the earliest archaic kouros to the impressive classical life-size bronze known as
Artemision Zeus or Poseidon. We cannot leave without visiting the Hall of Mycenaen Antiquities, which displays remarkable Bronze Age craftsmanship in gold, including the famous “Death Mask of Agamemnon.”
Following lunch, we depart for our afternoon excursion toward Cape Sounion. We drive along the picturesque coastal road, pass the beautiful beaches of Kalamaki, Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza, with their countless coves and the beautiful blue waters of the Saronic Gulf only feet from us. The crowning feature of the tour is Cape Sounion, famous for its radiant sunsets and dominated by the Doric white marble Temple of Poseidon that overlooks the blue Aegean Sea. Return to the hotel for Lecture 2: Introduction to the Ancient Greek Worldview, its religion, politics, and view of the world. Dinner and overnight in Athens.
Sunday, June 7, 2020
LECTURE AND FREE TIME
Breakfast at the hotel. Lecture in the morning and then free time in Athens. Lecture 3: Intro to Greek Philosophy.
Monday, June 8, 2020
ATHENS (PIRAEUS) – MYKONOS, GREECE
Embark on the 4-day cruise at the port of Piraeus (13km/8 miles from Athens) and sail to Mykonos at 11:30. Lunch on board. Lecture 4: Intro to Greek Philosophy – continued (on board). Arrive at 18:00 in Mykonos and enjoy your evening walking and exploring the pebbled streets of the cosmopolitan Chora and have a coffee in “Little Venice.” Sail for Kusadasi, Turkey at 23:00. Dinner and overnight on board ship.
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
KUSADASI, TURKEY – PATMOS, GREECE
At 07:30 our cruise-ship docks at Kusadasi, Turkey, the starting point for a guided excursion to the ancient city of Ephesus where the Apostle Paul preached and lived for three years (Acts 18:19-21). Lecture 5: Paul in Ephesus and the Gospel’s victory over the ancient world (In the Ephesus Amphitheater). Enjoy free time for souvenir shopping in Kusadasi and set sail at 13:00 to Patmos, Greece. Lunch on board.
At 17:45, arrive in Patmos (disembarkation by tender-boats, sea & weather permitting). It is here that the Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation (Rev 1:9). Included visit to St. John’s Monastery and the Grotto of the Apocalypse. Sail for Rhodes at 21:30. Dinner and overnight onboard ship.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
At 07:00 our cruise-ship docks on the Island of Rhodes. You will enjoy the organized morning excursion to Lindos, situated 55 km (40 miles) from the town of Rhodes, where we visit the ruins of the Acropolis of Lindos with the ancient Temple of Athena, built around 300 BC. In the center of the village, you will find the Church of the Virgin Mary (Panagia) of Lindos, with frescoes from the 15th century. In the medieval walled town of Rhodes, you will walk through D’Amboise Gate to the Street of the Knights. Along this street, you will find the residences of the Knights, separated according to Order. Lunch on board. Sail to Heraklion, Crete at 18:00. Dinner and overnight onboard ship.
Thursday, June 11, 2020
HERAKLION, CRETE – SANTORINI, GREECE
At 07:00 arrive in Heraklion Crete (Acts 27:7-13) where you will enjoy your excursion to the Minoan Palace of Knossos, first European civilization and the legendary home of the Minotaur (half bull and half man). At 12:00 sail to Santorini. Lunch on board. Arrive at 16:30 in Santorini (disembarkation by tender-boats, sea and weather permitting). Optional guided visit to the beautiful and picturesque village of Oia where you can see the famous blue-domed churches, then you can take the cable-car from the town of Fira, perched high on the rim of the ancient volcano to the old harbor of Fira. Free time for taking photos, browsing, shopping, and enjoying the breathtaking view of the caldera. Sail for Piraeus at 21:30. A final night dinner reception and overnight onboard ship.
Friday, June 12, 2020
PIRAEUS (ATHENS), GREECE
At 07:00 arrive at the port of Piraeus. Disembark after breakfast on board and transfer to Athens international airport for your departure flight home.
Registration and Down Payment
After registering for the trip, you will be asked to put down a $500 down payment, which reserves your spot on the trip.
Make Your Payments
The remaining balance of $2,945 per person double occupancy (airfare not included) must be paid in full by April 3, 2020.
Pack Your Bags
Once you’ve paid for your trip in its entirety, its time to pack your bags and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!