"Footsteps of Paul" - Mediterranean Cruise
May 18 - May 30, 2014: Mediterranean
Michael Ballam and Roy Christensen will enlighten and inspire us with their incredible lectures and concerts on sea days. Join our optional tours at the ports: from Livorno, visit the leaning Tower of Pisa and see the statue of David; the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square, and the Trevi Fountain await in Rome; see Mount Vesuvius and the ruins of Pompeii and walk the cobblestone streets lined with bougainvillea in Capri and return to Naples by hydrofoil; stroll through the picturesque village of Mykonos with its famous windmills and tour the monk monastery; tour the incredible Blue Mosque and shop in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul; visit the incredible archaeological site of Ephesus, the crown jewel of the Seven Churches of Revelation; ponder the teachings of the Apostle Paul in Corinth and explore the Acropolis in Athens. Savor onboard evening shows, endless gourmet delights, and private performances with Michael Ballam and lectures with Roy Christensen. Join our adventurous LDS group as we create memories to last a lifetime! 2-night pre-tour in Barcelona available!
|Sun||Barcelona, Spain||7:00 pm||Fireside|
|Mon||Toulon, France||9:00 am||5:00 pm||Tour|
|Tue||Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy||8:00 am||7:00 pm||Tour|
|Wed||Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy||8:00 am||7:00 pm||Tour|
|Thu||Naples/Pompeii, Italy||8:00 am||7:00 pm||Tour|
|Fri||At Sea||----||----||Lectures at Sea|
|Sat||Mykonos, Greece||7:00 am||3:00 pm||Tour|
|Sun||Istanbul, Turkey||9:00 am||6:00 pm||Tour|
|Mon||Izmir (Ephesus), Turkey||11:30 am||7:00 pm||Tour|
|Tue||Athens, Greece||8:00 am||6:00 pm||Tour|
|Wed||At Sea||----||----||Lectures at Sea|
|Thu||Venice, Italy (Overnight)||2:00 pm|
|Fri||Venice, Italy||8:00 am|
Wherever you turn aboard Norwegian Spirit, you''ll discover something new. Like 11 restaurants. And with NCL''s Freestyle Cruising, your choices are endless - feel like starting your day at the pool? Take a dip. Or pamper yourself, get a manicure, shoot some hoops, get a hot stone massage - the possibilities are endless. Norwegian Spirit''s accommodations give you whatever you need to vacation your way.
Ancient Corinth, founded in the 10th century BC, was a powerful commercial center near two seaports connecting Southern Greece to the mainland. We will make a memorable stop at the Corinth Canal which has been cut through the isthmus joining the Aegean and the Adriatic Sea saving 200 miles of sailing around southern Greece. You will marvel at this extraordinary canal and you will never forget it!
At the ruins of Corinth we will ponder the teachings of the Apostle Paul. As we stroll around this site our guide will point out all of the major points of interest. We will then have lunch at a local restaurant where we will enjoy authentic Greek cuisine.
We will stop at the ancient Olympic Stadium for a memorable Kodak moment.We drive by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Old Parliament, University, Academy, Omonia Square, a Russian church, and Theater of Herodus Atticus. We view Mars Hill and then walk up 140 feet to the Acropolis, one of the most recognizable monuments of the world.
Today we will explore Ephesus, the crown jewel of the Seven Churches of Revelation and one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the world. It was famed for the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. We will journey to the magnificent ruins of Ephesus where we will see the Odeon—the marble street where Paul held daily discussions, the Library of Celcus, the Temple of Hadrian, and the great theater where Paul preached to the masses.
We will take a scenic drive through orchards of fruit and olive trees to visit the House of the Virgin Mary where local history says the Apostle John cared for the mother of Jesus. The House of the Virgin Mary is a sacred site for both Christians and Muslims. We will actually walk through this ancient and surreal dwelling where the Christian world’s belief is that Mary died.
Our exciting day begins with a tour of the Hippodrome, once a huge stadium seating over 100,000 people who gathered for chariot races. Two large obelisks and one small one are all that now remain of the Hippodrome. We will walk over to the famous Blue Mosque which was built between 1609 and 1616 by Sultan Ahmed. It is popularly known as the Blue Mosque because the interior walls are covered with twenty thousand blue Iznik tiles.
We then will visit the domed Basilica of St. Sophia, one of the oldest standing churches in the world, which has inspired architects and religious leaders for over fifteen hundred years. It was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years.
After our memorable lunch we will get the chance to explore and shop in the Grand Bazaar. Built in 1457, this covered bazaar is famous for its never-ending selection of goods (leather, jewelry, clothing, spices, souvenirs, etc.) and is the largest bazaar in the world with over four thousand shops.
We will begin our tour by strolling through the small, narrow winding streets of the unique village of Mykonos. This picturesque Greek Island offers constant picture taking moments for our wannabe photographers. We will see and learn about the famous windmills dating back as early as the 16th century which are now one of the most recognized landmarks of Mykonos.
We will then explore the island by bus, stopping to see some of the most famous beaches and the inner landscape. We will stop for a refreshing drink and some photo moments as we walk barefoot in the Mediterranean Sea.
In the idyllic second main village of Mykonos, Ano Mera, we will visit the monk monastery, Panagia Tourliani, which was built in the 16th century. After strolling inside the monastery we can usually see and even take a picture of the elderly Monk who lives there.
Our tour begins with our scenic bus ride down the coast of the Bay of Naples on our way to the ancient city of Pompeii. We will see Mount Vesuvius, best known for its eruption in 79 AD that led to the destruction of Pompeii and the death of up to 25,000 people. As we stroll around the ruins of Pompeii we will marvel at the tragic ending to this once bustling metropolis. We will view the buildings and plaster castes of the figures entombed in ash.
After spending a couple of hours exploring Pompeii we will take a scenic drive through the beautiful Tuscany countryside on our way to Sorrento, one of the most charming cities of Italy. We will enjoy a delicious authentic Italian lunch there and a short shopping time before taking descending steps down from the upper city to the boat haven which offers Kodak views of cliffs and beautiful villas.
After a short hydrofoil ride to breathtaking Capri we will stroll through the famous streets of this charming seaside village. Those who choose to, will ascend to Anacapri via a unique ride in a funicular (inclined railway) and enjoy the beautiful scenic views of this unique city and the spectacular Mediterranean Sea. The views and photo opportunities are all around us. White-washed shops, cafes, the limestone masses called Sea Stacks that stand out in the sea, and little cobblestone streets lined with bougainvillea will delight us.
We will take a morning walking tour of the Vatican. One of the highlights will be our visit to the remarkable Sistine Chapel, the best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace which is the official residence of the Pope.
We then will stop at a charming restaurant for lunch of authentic Italian cuisine. After lunch we will drive past the Roman Forum, the Arch of Constantine, and the famed Coliseum.We will visit the Piazza Venezia and stroll along cobblestone streets by many shops on our way to the famous Trevi Fountain.We can each throw in coins for a memorable picture moment. The Trevi Fountain stands 85 feet high and is 65 feet wide, the largest Baroque fountain in the city.
We begin our journey in Livorno, the second largest port in Italy and gateway to the Tuscany region. Our first stop on our exciting tour will be to visit the fascinating leaning Tower of Pisa which is the bell tower of the cathedral in the Italian city of Pisa.
We will continue by bus to beautiful Florence where poets, painters, sculptors and architects produced a stream of exquisite works of art. We will see the Piazza del duomo, the religious centre of Florence, in front of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. We will have the pleasure of seeing the exquisite statue of David in the Accademia Gallery along with other amazing works of art. David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo from 1501 – 1504. After lunch we will visit Santa Croce, one of the most beautiful gothic churches in Italy. We will see Donatello’s Annunciation, Giotto’s Death of St. Francis, and the tomb of Michelangelo.
This full day tour includes the Highlights of Toulon plus a chance to explore the small resort towns of Sanary, Bandoll and Le Castellet. Our first stop is the tiny fishing village of Sanary, a true Provencal town. We will be delighted as we tour the port which is the hub of activity. Our guide will take us on a walking tour of the city and explain the history of this charming seaside village. Be sure and snap a few pictures of the red, blue and green fishing boats we will find gathered at the wharf. It is quite a colorful scene.
We will have free time for shopping in Bandol. The city is full of boutique shops and small restaurants. Why not have a picnic lunch on the beach? Whatever we choose to do with our free time we will find this small city by the sea to be relaxing and invigorating at the same time! Le Castellet is a charming well-restored medieval village with narrow cobble stone streets just waiting to be explored. The city is perched on a hill with a breathtaking view. While here we can discover a medieval castle and a cute Romanesque church of the12th century. After the walking tour we will end at the colorful flower market for a little free time before returning to the ship.
All shore excursions are optional and may be purchased separately from the cruise rate.
Michael Ballam performed in the major concert halls of America, Europe, Asia, Russia, and the Middle East, with command performances at the Vatican and the White House. His operatic repertoire includes more than 600 performances of over 70 major roles. Currently serves as the General Director of the Utah Festival Opera, a company he founded in 1993. Popular BYU Education Week speaker and CD artist. He will touch our hearts with his fascinating experiences and talented performaces.
Roy Christensen is a successful businessman and international tour leader for BYU faculty members and has traveled with political dignitaries. We will benefit greatly from his knowledge of gospel topics.
Rates / Terms
All Rates are per person based on double occupancy. 3rd and 4th persons in same cabin travel at reduced rates. Organize 8 cabins and earn $959 towards your cabin!
|Cabin Type||Cruise Rates (based on dbl. occ.)|
|Taxes & Govt Fee||$162.05|
Terms and Conditions: Advertised rates INCLUDE port charges but DO NOT INCLUDE shore excursions, airfare, or gratuities. We will be happy to book your air if you would like--air is available at all major gateways. A $450 deposit, per person, plus the reservation fee is required to confirm your booking. $400 plus the reservation fee is refundable until February 25, 2014 when the balance is due. Our group space can be recalled by the cruise line at any time which can result in higher fares and/or limited availability so BOOK EARLY! However, if you are unable to confirm your travel plans before space is recalled or even after final payment, PLEASE CALL for availability and pricing.
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