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


We will depart our group hotel in Rome this morning and board the magnificent Celebrity Reflection together as a group.

DEPART: 5:00PM

OPTIONAL LIGONIER PRE-CRUISE EXCURSION:
departure/return times, pricing and registration will be forthcoming

October 9 - Day 2

At Sea


Enjoy the day on the magnificent Celebrity Reflection with fellow Ligonier cruisers.

October 10 - Day 3

Katakolon, Greece


This small port on the Ionian coast is your gateway to ancient Olympia, the home of the original Olympic Games. Olympia has preserved both athletic and mythological monuments, many dating back to 776 BC. Most intriguing is the stadium, which is still standing, and the gymnasium. The museum also offers a peek at fabulous Greek sculptures.This Grecian port city is also the gateway to one of the most important archeological sites in the world, the ruins of ancient Olympia. You can relive the glory of ancient Greece on your Katakolon cruise. As the birthplace of the Olympics, the great stadium still echoes the cheering of the first superstars of sport.  Enter the stadium and pose in the marble starting blocks where the first marathoners once stood. Take a scenic drive through the small Greek villages on the way to Kouroutas Beach and spend three hours relaxing under the sun, swimming, and soaking up a perfect Greek beach day. Soak up the gorgeous Katakolon waterfront views while savoring traditional Greek specialties, like pastitsio or moussaka at one of the quaint tavernas and cafes offering shady outdoor tables. And of course, an abundance of calamari and other fresh seafood brought in by local fishermen are always on menus.

ARRIVE: 7:00AM
DEPART: 3:00PM

OPTIONAL LIGONIER CRUISE EXCURSION:
departure/return times, pricing and registration will be forthcoming

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. Here, in a cultural melting pot of philosophy and commerce, he preached the Gospel to the well-educated Greeks—as depicted in the famous sermon of Acts 17.

ARRIVE: 6:00AM
DEPART: 6:00PM

OPTIONAL LIGONIER CRUISE EXCURSION:
departure/return times, pricing and registration will be forthcoming

October 12 - Day 5

Ephesus, Turkey


Once the capital of the Roman province of Asia Minor, this coastal town is now an archeologist’s dream. The UNESCO World Heritage ruins of Ephesus impress even those familiar with the world’s other ancient cities. Though excavations have been underway for 150 years, only 20 percent of the city has been uncovered. This former Greek banking and trading center is rich with historic sites, including the Great Theater, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. On your Europe cruise, check out the the Celsus Library — built in 117 A.D.— made up of towering columns highlighted by the statue of the goddess of wisdom.

ARRIVE: 7:00AM
DEPART: 7:00PM

OPTIONAL LIGONIER CRUISE EXCURSION:
departure/return times, pricing and registration will be forthcoming

October 13 - Day 6

At Sea


Enjoy the day on the magnificent Celebrity Reflection with fellow Ligonier cruisers.

October 14 - Day 7

Haifa, Israel


Travel inland to the Sea of Galilee. You may stand on the Mount of the Beatitudes where Jesus gave His most well-known sermon (Matthew 5). At Tabgha, the traditional location for the calling of the disciples and the feeding of the 5000, you visit the Church of the Loaves and the Fishes (Luke 9). Visit the Chapel of the Primacy where three times Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ (John 21). Travel to the shore town of Capernaum where Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James, John (Matt. 4) and later Matthew. Stop by the River Jordan.

ARRIVE: 6:00AM
DEPART: 7:00PM

OPTIONAL LIGONIER CRUISE EXCURSION:
departure/return times, pricing and registration will be forthcoming

October 15 - Day 8

Jerusalem, Israel


Travel to Jerusalem and visit the Upper Room, the traditional site of the Last Supper. Visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was tried before the Sanhedrin. Stand upon the Mount of Olives and view the city as Jesus did. Wander among the olive trees of the Garden of Gethsemane. Enter the Old City and visit the Pool of Bethesda. Walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

ARRIVE: 7:00AM

OPTIONAL LIGONIER CRUISE EXCURSION:
departure/return times, pricing and registration will be forthcoming

October 16 - Day 9

Jerusalem, Israel


DEPART: 8:00PM

OPTIONAL LIGONIER CRUISE EXCURSION:
departure/return times, pricing and registration will be forthcoming

October 17 - Day 10

Limassol, Cyprus


Limassol is the second-largest city in Cyprus, located on the island’s southern coast. Stroll around Old City, an historic part of town with stylish cafés, restaurants, shops, bars, the Old Fishing Harbour and the former Turkish quarter. Visit the Medieval Castle & Museum, the scene of spectacular, shady gardens and a 12th-century wedding between Richard the Lionheart and Berengaria. Swim and picnic at Petra tou Romiou, the spot where the Greek goddess Aphrodite is said to have emerged from the sea.

ARRIVE: 8:30AM
DEPART: 4:00PM

OPTIONAL LIGONIER CRUISE EXCURSION:
departure/return times, pricing and registration will be forthcoming

October 18 - Day 11

At Sea


Enjoy the day on the magnificent Celebrity Reflection with fellow Ligonier cruisers.

October 19 - Day 12

At Sea


Enjoy the day on the magnificent Celebrity Reflection with fellow Ligonier cruisers.

October 20 - Day 13

Rome, Italy


ARRIVE: 5:00AM

OPTIONAL POST-CRUISE EXCURSION ON OCTOBER 20TH:                          departure/return times, pricing and registration will be forthcoming

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.

Pricing & Travel Information

Land Excursions Additional


  • Early Bird Price (Expires 06/01/2019) Standard Price
  • 10 - Interior Early Bird Price: $2,285.00 Price: $2,413.00
  • 9 - Interior Early Bird Price: $2,388.00 Price: $2,516.00
  • 7 - Ocean View Early Bird Price: $3,157.00 Price: $3,285.00
  • 2B - Balcony Early Bird Price: $3,311.00 Price: $3,439.00
  • 2A - Balcony Early Bird Price: $3,824.00 Price: $3,952.00
  • C2 - Concierge Class Early Bird Price: $4,131.00 Price: $4,259.00
  • C1 - Concierge Class Sold Out
  • C1 - Concierge Class Early Bird Price: $4,336.00 Price: $4,465.00
  • S2 - Sky Suite Early Bird Price: $7,311.00 Price: $7,439.00
  • S1 - Sky Suite Sold Out
  • CS - Celebrity Suite Early Bird Price: $9,567.00 Price: $9,695.00
  • SG - Signature Suite Sold Out
  • RS - Royal Suite Sold Out
  • RS - Royal Suite Early Bird Price: $14,438.00 Price: $14,566.00

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.

View photos from previous tours.