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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.
This tour is a GUARANTEED to depart. We have approximately 15 places left.
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
Hotel: Grand Hotel Palace, Thessalonica
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)
Hotel: Grand Hotel Palace, Thessalonica
Hotel: Alexander Beach Hotel, Alexandroupolis
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.
Hotel: Buyuk Truva Hotel, Canakkale
Hotel: Kervansaray Hotel, Assos
Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Bayrakli, Izmir
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.
Hotel: Colossae Thermal Hotel, Pamukkale
Hotel: Carina Hotel, Kusadasi
Hotel: Carina Hotel, Kusadasi
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.
Hotel: Wyndham Grand Hotel, Athens
We are booked on Aegean Airlines flight A3 806 departing at 3.45pm arriving Munich 5.25pm
On arrival in Munich we will enjoy a brief walking tour around the Marienplatz, followed by check in at the hotel.
Hotel: NYX Hotel, Munich
Hotel: TBC, Oberammergau region
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
Here’s a fantastic opportunity to travel with like-minded people and attend the once-a-decade renowned Oberammergau Passion Play. The play itself is a powerful and deeply moving religious experience. There is a rich 400-year history surrounding the small village in Bavaria fulfilling the vow to God to perform the Passion Play. Our tour is designed to help us better appreciate this context and join our thanks to those offered by all the generations that have gone before us. This tour also takes advantage of the European spring season, with the beauty and mild weather. There’ll be plenty of time to enjoy some of the great German-speaking cities of central Europe – Berlin, Dresden and Vienna; experiencing the life, culture, religion and history of these cities.
Sail through Central Europe’s splendid capitals and charming towns in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany. Then travel to the Bavarian village of Oberammergau for the performance of the Passion Play. Performed once a decade, the Passion Play is a stunning theatrical event with a history dating back to 1634. The perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and inspiration, this is truly a once in a lifetime experience.
The river cruise begins in Budapest, then sets sail for Bratislava, the Slovakian capital. Continue to Vienna, the world’s most livable city before continuing to Linz and the cobblestones streets of Passau. After docking in Innsbruck you will have 2 nights there before driving to Oberammergau for the Passion Play performance.
Continue to Munich for the conclusion of the tour.
Archdeacon Emeritus Ray McInnes and his wife Glenys have had over forty years’ experience serving the Anglican Church in Parish Ministry. Ray and Glenys both retired from full time work last year. Ray was previously the Vicar at the Albert Park parish for 12 years during which time they successfully led four Christian pilgrimages and tours overseas.
They have a passion for travel and enjoy sharing new experiences and places with fellow travellers. Their daily reflections in this context often become a highlight of the journeys they lead. As always, their contribution to the journey is teamed with the marvellous support and planning of the Mission Travel/Selah Team.
Ray and Glenys recently cruised the River Danube and look forward to revisiting with fellow travellers this beautiful part of the world and adding to it the famous Passion Play at Oberammergau staged only once every ten years.
The Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe has been Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, since 2012. He is passionate about people, and prays that the Cathedral may be a place where many can experience the transforming love of God.
Andreas’ academic research centres on theology, as well as ecclesiastical and music history. He enjoys thinking about the Bible and Theology, in particular the way in which Scripture can be communicated through music, and has published widely in the fields of ecclesiastical history and music.
He is a Fellow and Lecturer at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Prior to coming to St Paul’s Cathedral, Andreas was Senior Chaplain of Trinity College, The University of Melbourne, and Gavan Senior Lecturer in Theology at Trinity College Theological School, the University of Divinity, where he taught undergraduates and graduates, and mentored students preparing for Anglican ministry.
Andreas grew up in Germany and was educated in the United Kingdom. He is widely travelled, especially throughout Europe, fluent in German, and takes great pleasure in introducing people to his homeland.
Here’s a fantastic opportunity for independent travellers to attend the once-a-decade renowned Oberammergau Passion Play. The play itself is a powerful and deeply moving religious experience. There is a rich 400-year history surrounding the small village in Bavaria fulfilling the vow to God to perform the Passion Play. Our tour is designed to help us better appreciate this context and join in our thanks to those offered by all the generations that have gone before us. This tour also takes advantage of the European spring and summer season, with the beauty and warm weather. There’ll be plenty of time to enjoy some of the great German-speaking cities of central Europe – Berlin, Dresden and Vienna; experiencing the life, culture, religion and history of these cities.
The ONLY date we have left is 7-10 August 2020.