Itinerary

Monday, Oct. 17 

Rome, Italy


 5:00pm – Ship departs Rome, Italy

October 18

At Sea


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

October 19

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.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION:

Best of Olympia

Classical history and the vibrant culture of Greece come alive when you explore ancient Olympia. Step inside the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, prized for its collection of artifacts excavated from the surrounding ruins. Later, travel to Agriturismo Magna Grecia, a family-owned farmstead widely known for its olives and wine. Enjoy a guided walk through the grove and the vineyard, learning about the history and harvesting of olives and grapes as you go.

October 20

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.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION:

Athens, Greece

Take a scenic drive through Athens on this journey to the legendary Acropolis. The architectural masterpiece was built in the “Golden Age of Greece,” during the latter part of the 5th century B.C. Walk a winding pathway to the top of Mars Hill, where the Apostle Paul preached to the Athenians in Acts 17. You will have some free time for lunch before we explore the Ancient Agora, a cultural hub where figures like Plato, Socrates, and Demosthenes debated.

October 21

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:

Ephesus, Turkey

Head to Ephesus, one of the largest Roman excavations in the world, where you will see the Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan, the steam baths of Scholastika, the temple of Hadrian, and the Library of Celsus. The Apostle Paul ministered to the church in Ephesus for several years, and some Ephesians saw in his proclamation of the gospel a threat to the local idol trade. In Acts 19, we read of the resulting riot stirred by Demetrius the silversmith in and around the theater, which stands to this day. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local countryside restaurant for your final stop at the ruins of the Basilica of St. John.

October 22

At Sea


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

October 23

Haifa, 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:

Galilee, Israel

Discover Galilee’s rich biblical history as we travel to the center of Jesus’s ministry in Galilee in Capernaum. Next, we will visit the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional location where Christ may have delivered the Sermon on the Mount. From the terrace, enjoy incredible views of the Sea of Galilee. We will then experience local cuisine prior to boarding a boat that will take our group out on the Sea of Galilee.

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October 24

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:

Jerusalem, Israel

Visit the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem and walk the slopes where the Garden of Gethsemane may have been. Then, enter the Jewish Quarter through the Dung Gate and see the famed Western Wall, a remaining segment of King Herod’s temple. From there, you’ll head to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is built over the traditional sites of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. You will have free time for lunch and to explore the Old City of Jerusalem.

October 25

Jerusalem, Israel


Enjoy a second day in the city of Jerusalem.

DEPART: 8:00 p.m.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION:

Ashdod, Israel

Begin your historic journey at the ancient fortress of Masada, ascending via the cable car and touring the ruins. Once you reach the top, take in the incredible views across the Dead Sea region and Judean Desert. Next, you’ll continue to the Dead Sea, where lunch will be served along with an opportunity to swim. The mineral-laden water is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water, its shores located on Earth’s lowest elevation on land.

October 26

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:

Journey to Paphos

Situated in the southwestern part of the island of Cyprus, Paphos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travel along the newly-completed highway, gazing at the scenic countryside spread with orchards, villages, mountains, small farms, and golf courses. In Yeroskipou, visit the small church of Ayia Paraskevi and admire beautiful murals from the 8th to the 15th centuries. Finish with a short stop at the seafront in front of the medieval castle for photographs and souvenir shopping. 

October 27

At Sea


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

October 28

At Sea


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

October 29

Rome, Italy


ARRIVE: 5:00 a.m.

OPTIONAL POST-CRUISE EXCURSION:

Post-Tour: Rome, Italy

After disembarkation, we will depart for a guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment. You will also have the opportunity to visit St. Peter’s Basilica. After lunch on your own, we will visit St. John Basilica, considered the oldest church in the Western world. We will also visit the famous Scala Sancta, or Sacred Stair, thought to have been brought from Jerusalem.

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 05/01/2021 ) Standard Price
  • 10 - Interior Early Bird Price: $2,504.00 Price: $2,736.00
  • 9 - Interior Early Bird Price: $2,607.00 Price: $2,787.00
  • Window Early Bird Price: $2,967.00 Price: $3,096.00
  • 4 - Ocean View Balcony Early Bird Price: $3,689.00 Price: $3,818.00
  • 3 - Ocean View Balcony Early Bird Price: $3,792.00 Price: $3,921.00
  • C2 - Concierge Class Early Bird Price: $4,359.00 Price: $4,488.00
  • C1 - Concierge Class Early Bird Price: $4,462.00 Price: $4,591.00
  • Aqua Clas Early Bird Price: $4,720.00 Price: $4,849.00
  • S2 - Sky Suite Early Bird Price: $7,916.00 Price: $8,045.00
  • S1 - Sky Suite Early Bird Price: $8,019.00 Price: $8,148.00
  • CS - Celebrity Suite Early Bird Price: $10,184.00 Price: $10,313.00
  • RS - Royal Suite Early Bird Price: $11,215.00 Price: $11,344.00
  • Edge Villa Early Bird Price: $14,720.00 Price: $14,849.00
  • Penthouse Suite Early Bird Price: $20,905.00 Price: $21,034.00
  • Iconic Suite Early Bird Price: $35,195.00 Price: $35,324.00

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.

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