June 13, 2013
From June 14–28, AMBS president Sara Wenger Shenk and professor of New Testament Loren Johns will join 41 other participants as they visit the places where the Apostle Paul traveled. Below is the official itinerary. Visit this blog often for regular photos and updates from each stop on the tour.
Flight to Rome
Arriving in Rome, we will visit the world’s smallest state: Vatican City. Our visit will include St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. Later we will visit the Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside-the-Walls. This evening is free to explore local culture and cuisine.
Today we will explore Rome’s witness to Christian origins, including the Colosseum, Nero’s Golden House, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Mamertine Prison, Catacombs of San Callisto, and Pons Fabricius, the old Roman bridge built before Paul was born.
This morning is free to explore Rome and do last-minute shopping. In the early afternoon, we will transfer to the port of Civitavecchia, where we will board the Celebrity Reflection for our 11-night Eastern Mediterranean cruise.
Day at sea
Known as the sanctuary of Apollo, Santorini is famous as one of the most beautiful and peaceful of the Greek Islands.
Day at sea
Today we will explore the fascinating sights of Istanbul, including the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and the Istanbul Archaeology Museum.
Free morning: visit the Grand Bazaar or finish shopping in Istanbul.
Today will be an exciting day as we visit one of the most important cities in Paul’s ministry. We will visit Curetes Street, Library of Celsus, Terrace Houses, Temple of Artemis, the Ephesus Museum, and St. John’s Basilica and grave.
Mykonos is one of the most cosmopolitan islands in Greece, and is known for its sandy beaches.
Today we will explore Athens, known as the world’s foremost archeological playground. Visits include the Acropolis, Areopagus (Mars Hill), Parthenon, new Acropolis Museum, Plaka, and Agora.
Day at sea
Naples is located on the southern coast of Italy and offers spectacular scenery, the wonderful ruins of Pompeii, and the invention of pizza!
Transfer from Civitavecchia to Rome airport. For those who purchase group airfare, travel from Rome to Detroit.
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Welcome to this window on the 2013 Mediterranean Cruisetour. As Sara Wenger Shenk, AMBS president, and Loren Johns, AMBS professor of New Testament, and 43 other travelers explore the places where the Apostle Paul traveled, they will share photos and reports here. Come back to this space for what we hope will be daily snapshots in words and photos of what the group is experiencing.
Visit Menno Travel to learn more about the Cruisetour.