In the Footsteps of St. Paul
Greece, Ephesus & Aegean Sea Cruise
June 10 – 21, 2021 / $4790.00
Join Father Andy Booms and Father Jose Maria Cabrera of the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan on the trip of a lifetime. This pilgrimage features the greatest ancient and early Christian sites found in Greece and Turkey. It concludes with a three-night “Iconic Aegean” luxury cruise aboard the magnificent Celestyal Olympia cruise ship. Space is limited, inquire today!
To reflect on the travels of St. Paul conjures images of grueling yet exotic voyages and triumphs made possible only through supernatural assistance. Yet, how often is St. Paul’s astounding story, which changed history, lost to the modern traveler? Many come to Greece and western Turkey (the Greek settlements of ancient Asia Minor) to visit the archeological and artistic treasures which are the basis of the West’s cultural patrimony – but to see them with the awareness that St. Paul, like you, once marveled before them, is an unequaled experience. On this trip you will also glimpse the completion of St. Paul’s work that he did not witness; that is, so many glories of the Christian civilization that rose on the ruins of the astonishing accomplishments of the Greeks.
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Special Features and Amenities
This trip is magnificent from start to finish. The sites alone are priceless, but couple that with four-star hotels, private transportation, world-class tour guides, and a three-night Aegean cruise, and you have the trip of a lifetime!
A Truly Fantastic Itinerary
Our itinerary was meticulously planned to give you the best of Greece, all the while staying true to the purpose: to walk in the footsteps of St. Paul.
Four Star Hotels & Amenities
Our hotel choices were made with you in mind; four stars, spacious rooms, large bathrooms, elevators, beautiful public spaces, fantastic restaurants, and so much more.
World-class Tour Guides
Our tour guides are travel professionals with decades of experience. They are also dedicated Catholics – our tour director is even from Nazareth!
Three-Night Iconic Aegean Cruise
The trip concludes with a three-night Aegean Sea cruise on the luxury Celestyal Olympia. Prepare to see the most beautiful places in the world!
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Athens, Corinth, Cenchreae
- Byzantine and Christian Museum, the Acropolis & Mars Hill Tour
- Ancient Agora Market & Monastiraki Square Flea Market
- Early Christian and Medieval Churches Walking Tour
- Panoramic Bus Tour of Athens and Surroundings
- Ancient City of Corinth and the Corinth Canal
- Acropolis and Agora of Corinth (St. Paul’s Preaching & Trial)
- Temple of Apollo & the Legendary Fountain of Peirene
- Ancient Port of Cenchreae
Thessaloniki, Philippi, Kavala
- Panoramic tour of Thessaloniki & the Theodosian Walls
- Stunning views of the city and the gulf of Thermaikos
- White Tower, the Roman market, and the Arch of Galerius
- Churches of Saint Sofia and St. Dimitrios
- Day Trip to Philippi (site of famous battle and city of St. Paul)
- Ancient Roman Roads, Aqueducts and Monuments
- Day Trip to Kavala, first Christian City in Europe
Traversing Greece & Kalambaka
- City of Veria
- Vergina and the Royal Macedonian Tombs
- Tomb of Philip II, Father of Alexander the Great
- Panoramic Drive past Mount Olympus and the Valley of Tempi
- Meteora and its Amazing Rock Formations
- Monastery of Meteora
- Battlefield of Thermopylae and Statue of King Leonidas of Sparta
Cruise Ship Celestyal Olympia
- Three Nights on Luxury Cruise Ship Celestyal Olympia
- Mykonos & Chora
- Kusadasi & Ephesus
- Patmos & the Monastery of St. John (place where he composed Revelation)
- Crete & Heraklion and the Greek Minoan Palace of Knossos
- Frescoes that date from 1500 BC (oldest in history of Art)
- Santorini, Fira and Oia
Pricing & Registration
Flight Plans, Upgrades & Passports
Getting There - Outbound Flights
We've arranged a coach transfer from Midland to Detroit airport (included in price). Here is the flight information: June 10 - Depart from Detroit on United Airlines 3522 at 1:56 PM arrive Newark at 3:49 PM. Depart Newark on United Airlines 124 at 5:40 PM, arrive Athens 10:30 AM (next day).
Coming Home - Inbound Flights
June 21 - Depart from Athens on United Airlines 125 at 12:15 PM arrive Newark at 4:20 PM. Depart Newark on United Airlines 3530 at 7:30 PM, arrive Detroit at 9:35 AM. We've arranged a coach transfer from Detroit to Midland (included in price).
Upgrades, Deviations and Special Requests
Are you interested in an upgrade? Perhaps you would like to extend your trip? No problem. Just let us know.
Get Your Passports Ready
Apply as soon as possible. NB - Passports that expire within six months of the travel dates are NOT VALID to enter Europe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our trip patron is St. Paul, the great missionary to the Hellenistic world – Greece. On this trip we are going to visit the many holy and incredible sites throughout Greece and Turkey associated with St. Paul – the most accomplished missionary of all time – who is said to have walked nearly 20,000 miles in his four missionary journeys.
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.“
Meet the Team
Joe Long - Tour Coordinator
Joe Long is the founder and managing director of ProRome, LLC, a tour operator based in his home state of Virginia. Since 2014 he has actively organized and led trips all throughout Europe. Joe is a dual-citizen of the US and Italy and is married with two young children.
Fr. Booms - Chaplain
Fr. Booms is the pastor of Saint Brigid of Kildare Catholic Church in Midland, MI. He is also the vocation director for the Diocese of Saginaw, MI. Father has led a number of pilgrimages and he very much looks forward to welcoming you on this trip in the footsteps of St. Paul.
Fr. Jose - Chaplain
Fr. Jose Maria Cabrera is the pastor of All Saints Catholic Parish in Bay City, MI. He will be joining Father Booms as the co-chaplain of this pilgrimage. He looks forward to leading you in prayer and Mass throughout the course of this incredible journey.
Amer Shehadeh - Tour Director
Amer Shehadeh is from Nazareth, Israel. He is a Roman Catholic and has been in the travel business since 1988. Since then he has led tours throughout Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Sinai, Greece and Turkey. Amer is a proud member of the Equestrian Order Of the Holy Sepulcher.
Here are a few words from past pilgrims of ours.
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