The infant church was nurtured in the Mediterranean world of antiquity, and from there it quickly spread across the globe. Due largely to the missionary labors of the Apostle Paul, churches began to be planted beyond the borders of Palestine, expanding into Asia Minor, Greece, and Rome. Set sail to this “cradle of Christianity” on our 2020 Mediterranean Study Cruise. Over twelve nights and thirteen days, you’ll get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the sights where the early church was born and grew. You can explore some of the most fully recovered ruins of any ancient city in Ephesus, or climb Mars Hill where Paul preached to the Athenians. Of course, the culmination of our trip will be a visit to the Holy Land, where you can walk where Jesus walked and gave His life to secure our redemption. These firsthand experiences can enrich your understanding of Scripture, and the memories you make will give proof to the adage, “You just had to be there.”

We invite you to join Rev. Joel Kim and Drs. W. Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson, Stephen Nichols, and Burk Parsons on this unforgettable study cruise.

Itinerary

October 8 - Day 1

Rome, Italy


Depart from our group hotel and board the magnificent Celebrity Reflection.

DEPART: 5:00 p.m.

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October 9 - Day 2

At Sea


Enjoy a time of study and fellowship on the Celebrity Reflection.

October 10 - Day 3

Katakolon, Greece


This small port city is your gateway to one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Step into ancient Olympia as you tour the stadium of the original Olympic Games and examine one-of-a-kind Greek sculptures. You can also enjoy the beach and savor traditional Greek seafood.

ARRIVE: 7:00 a.m.

DEPART: 3:00 p.m.

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October 11 - Day 4

Athens, Greece


Long considered the cradle of Western Civilization and the birthplace of democracy, Athens and Corinth both were important destinations for the Apostle Paul. Experience this cultural melting pot where he preached his famous sermon on Mars Hill.

ARRIVE: 6:00 a.m.

DEPART: 6:00 p.m.

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October 12 - Day 5

Ephesus, Turkey


Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ancient ruins of Ephesus are sure to impress. History lovers will enjoy learning about the theaters and temples of this trade city, which features one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

ARRIVE: 7:00 a.m.

DEPART: 7:00 p.m.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION:

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October 13 - Day 6

At Sea


Enjoy a time of study and fellowship on the Celebrity Reflection.

October 14 - Day 7

Capernaum, Israel


Travel inland and experience the rich New Testament history surrounding the Sea of Galilee. Explore Capernaum where Jesus called several disciples (Matt. 4). Stand on the mount where He preached His most famous sermon (Matt. 5). Visit the traditional location of the feeding of the five thousand (Luke 9). And stand where Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ (John 21).

ARRIVE: 6:00 a.m.

DEPART: 7:00 p.m.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION:

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October 15 - Day 8

Jerusalem, Israel


Retrace Jesus’ steps through Jerusalem as you visit the Upper Room, stand on the Mount of Olives, and wander among the olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane. Walk along the Via Dolorosa and see the traditional sites of Jesus’ trial, crucifixion, and resurrection.

ARRIVE: 7:00 a.m.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION:

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October 16 - Day 9

Jerusalem, Israel


Enjoy a second day in the city of Jerusalem.

DEPART: 8:00 p.m.

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October 17 - Day 10

Limassol, Cyprus


The second-largest city in Cyprus, Limassol has something for everyone. Swim and picnic by the sea, or stroll through the cafes and shops of the Old City’s Turkish quarter. Visit the Medieval Castle and Museum, the scene of spectacular gardens and the twelfth-century wedding of Richard the Lionheart.

ARRIVE: 8:30 a.m.

DEPART: 4:00 p.m.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION:

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October 18 - Day 11

At Sea


Enjoy a time of study and fellowship on the Celebrity Reflection.

October 19 - Day 12

At Sea


Enjoy a time of study and fellowship on the Celebrity Reflection.

October 20 - Day 13

Rome, Italy


ARRIVE: 5:00 a.m.

OPTIONAL POST-CRUISE EXCURSION:

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Speakers

W. Robert Godfrey

Dr. W. Robert Godfrey is a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow and chairman of Ligonier Ministries. He is also president emeritus and professor emeritus of church history at Westminster Seminary California. He is the featured teacher for the six-part Ligonier teaching series A Survey of Church History, and his many books include God’s Pattern for CreationReformation Sketches Learning to Love the Psalms, and Saving the Reformation.

Joel Kim

Rev. Joel E. Kim is president and assistant professor of New Testament at Westminster Seminary California. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. He is coeditor of Always Reformed.

Steven Lawson

Dr. Steven J. Lawson is founder and president of OnePassion Ministries. He is a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow, director of the doctor of ministry program at The Master’s Seminary, and host of the Institute for Expository Preaching. He has written numerous books, including The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-JonesThe Evangelistic Zeal of George WhitefieldJohn Knox: Fearless Faith and The Moment of Truth.

Stephen Nichols

Dr. Stephen J. Nichols is president of Reformation Bible College, chief academic officer for Ligonier Ministries, and a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow. He is host of the podcasts 5 Minutes in Church History and Open Book. He is author of numerous books, including For Us and for Our SalvationPeaceA Time for Confidence, and volumes in the Guided Tour series on Jonathan EdwardsMartin Luther, and J. Gresham Machen. He is coeditor of The Legacy of Luther and Crossway’s Theologians on the Christian Life series.

Burk Parsons

Dr. Burk Parsons is senior pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla., chief publishing officer for Ligonier Ministries, editor of Tabletalk magazine, and a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow. He is author of Why Do We Have Creeds?, editor of Assured by God and John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology, and coeditor and cotranslator of A Little Book on the Christian Life by John Calvin.

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About Ligonier Tours

One of the best ways you can learn about a person or even an event is being there—to be on site. We can certainly learn from reading and studying. We can even create the scene in our mind’s eye. But nothing brings a person or an event to life like being there. Ligonier Tours takes you to the places where significant events occurred, events that have shaped history. You can literally walk in the footsteps of our heroes of the past, of Luther, of Calvin, of Jonathan Edwards. You will meet these figures in ways you have never met them before.

Ligonier’s teaching fellows and other ministry leaders serve as your guides as you explore these important sites. On these tours, you’ll have time with these trusted teachers over a meal or at the sites along the journey. You will also have rich times of fellowship with your fellow travelers, meeting kindred spirits and making friendships.

Ligonier Tours brings the past to life, they serve to encourage us as disciples in our own day, and they offer us reminders that we are not alone, but that we are on our pilgrim journey together.

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