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Following the footsteps of Apostles with an amazing tour in Greece and Turkey ending in Oberammergau for the 2020 Passion Play.
Edwina and Troy Blair are excited to combine their love of travel with their love of the bible as they lead this tour which will not only bring parts the New Testament to life as we explore Greece and Turkey, but has at its centrepiece, The Passion Play of Oberammergau. For close to 20 years they have spent all their time leading churches, teaching people the Bible and exploring God’s wonderful world through travel and would like nothing more than to have you join them in this next adventure.
Since 2001 they have been local church pastors in Wollongong, Sydney’s North Shore and the NSW Central Coast. For the last 8 years, Troy has been the Senior Minister at Campbelltown Church or Christ in Sydney and in March 2019 will start a new ministry as Senior Minister at Thrive Community Church in the Sutherland Shire. When he isn’t leading the local church or planning their next travel adventure, Troy is passionately supporting the Sydney Swans.
In 2011, Edwina began working at the Australian College of Ministries (ACOM), a national Churches of Christ Theological College, where she is Head of Bible, oversees the Holy Land Study Tour Program and works with the Graduate School. Edwina is passionate about biblical literacy and teaching the Bible and is working on her PhD in Old Testament.
As well as pastoral ministry and Bible teaching, Troy and Edwina have led overseas Mission Trips to Uganda and Thailand and since 2013, Edwina regularly lead groups of Theological students on an exploration of the Holy Land. Troy and Edwina relish this opportunity to be a part of the great history of the Oberammergau Passion Play and can’t wait to travel with a new group of friends as they explore, teach and guide you through the adventure that is Footsteps of the Apostles.
Included Meals: None
We will then return to Thessaloniki (Acts 17:1-13) for an afternoon city tour to the upper part of the Old City Walls and the Great Gate, which connects the city with the Via Egnatia. Via Egnatia was the transcontinental east-west road of the Roman Empire built on the 2nd century BC. Here we have excellent views of the City and the opportunity to take pictures. From here we continue our tour with a visit to the Roman Agora (Forum) and St. Demetrius Church. We will also see the White Tower, the statue of Alexander the Great, the triumphal Arch of Galerius and the ruins of the Palace, the Rotunda, later converted to the Church of St. George. After the tour we return to hotel for dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki. (B,D)
After our visit we will drive to Eceabat Pier to board the local ferry and cross the Dardanelles Strait to Canakkale. Upon arrival in port we will be transferred to hotel for check in, dinner & and overnight stay.
We continue our journey to Philadelphia (now Alasehir), another church of the Seven Churches of Asia (Rev 3:7-13) but the only church not censured. Here we will see the remains of a Byzantine basilica built of brick, with 11th century frescoes. From here we travel to another of the Seven Churches, this time Laodicea (now Denizli) which we read about in Rev. 3:14-22 and Paul’s letter to the Colossians. There we will see the ancient theatre, church, agora, the remains of basilica and ancient stone water pipes. We then drive to the healing city of Pamukkale, the white ‘cotton fortress’ where we will check-in for dinner and overnight in a thermal hotel.
We sail for Santorini at 12:00 noon and enjoy lunch on board before dropping anchor in the late afternoon in Santorini for some free time on the island or an optional shore-excursion to visit to the traditional most picturesque spectacular village of Oia, perched on the caldera rim, where the 3 famous blue domed churches are located in Santorini. This island has dozens of blue-domed churches and narrow streets with boutiques and coffee shops overlooking the Aegean Sea. Fira is the capital town of Santorini and it is perched high on the rim of the ancient volcano. If you do not wish to join a shore excursion there are two options to reach the white-washed town: a) by using the cable-car (at 6 Euros per person one-way), b) by walking on a strenuous path (45 minutes) uphill, (588 steps). After your enjoyable afternoon we sail for Piraeus at 9:30 pm and enjoy dinner & overnight on board
There will be free time for lunch and then in the afternoon we will we drive back to Athens (Acts 17:15) for a sightseeing tour of the city where we will climb up to the marble-capped Acropolis and visit the famous Parthenon and the Erechtheion. This will be followed by a visit to nearby Mars' Hill (or Areopagus) where we take a moment to read Acts 17:22, where Paul delivered his well-known sermon and spoke about the inscription: “to an unknown god”. We will continue our tour with a panoramic drive to see the highlights of modern Athens, pass by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Parliament House, the Academy, the University of Athens, the National Library, the Panatheniac Stadium, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and Hadrian’s Arch. After this extensive tour of the city we will check-in to our hotel and enjoy dinner and our final night before we head to Germany for The Passion Play
Included Meals: None
- Acts Chapters 16 and 17 in the flesh with visits to biblical Macedonia including Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea and Troas
- ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli (no apostles there but a must see!)
- Seven Churches of the Book of Revelation (Rev 1-3)
- Spectacular ruins at Ephesus
- 4 day cruise including Patmos (where John had the vision of Revelation), Rhodes (Acts 21), Crete (Acts 27) and Santorini
- Visit Athens and Corinth
- Oberammergau Passion Play – only performed every 10 years
Option of land
Option of upgrading
to single room
Sights and entry
|Tour Only||Based on 40 passengers||$5,899.00||$7,158.00**|
|Full tour including airfare from Australia||Estimate (accurate pricing from July 2019)||$8,225.00#||$9,477.00#**|
|Upgrade to outside cabin on cruise||$325.00||$520.00|