Faulkner University

Study Abroad Semester in Athens, Greece

Faulkner University Spring - 2012

DAY 1, January 24 - TUESDAY: DEPART ATLANTA
 
DAY 2, January 25 - WEDNESDAY: ARRIVE ATHENS
Arrive Athens and transfer to Hotel Palace in Glyfada with assistant.
 
DAY 3, January 26 - THURSDAY: ORIENTATION
Morning orientation at hotel followed by walking tour of Glyfada. PM Free
 
DAY 4, January 27 - FRIDAY: ATHENS
 
DAY 5, January 28 - SATURDAY: FULL DAY IN ATHENS
8:00am we start our full day sightseeing tour in Athens. The tour includes visits to Mars' Hill, Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum.

Lunch in local restaurant.

Afternoon sightseeing drive of city center before returning to hotel.
Faulkner University | Visiting Athens
 
DAY 6, January 29 - SUNDAY: ATHENS
Day at leisure and evening worship with the Church of Christ in Glyfada.
 
DAY 7, January 30 - MONDAY: FULL DAY IN ATHENS

9:00 a.m. we visit the Ancient Greek Agora. See the Doric Temple of Hephaestus (or Thesseion) and the Stoa of Attalos, an arcade built by Attalos II, king of Pergamum, used as a retail market. We also visit the Roman forum with the Tower of the Winds.

Lunch in local restaurant.

Afternoon visit to the National Archaeological Museum, then return back to the hotel.

Faulkner University | Visiting Athens
 
DAY 8, January 31 - TUESDAY: ATHENS
 
DAY 9, February 1 - WEDNESDAY: ATHENS - SOUNION
01:00pm Drive to Cape Sounion to visit the Doric white marble Temple of Poseidon that overlooks the Aegean Sea, Also famous for its radiant sunsets.
 
DAY 10, February 2 - THURSDAY: ATHENS
 
DAY 11, February 3 - FRIDAY: ATHENS
 
DAY 12, February 4 - SATURDAY: ATHENS:
 
DAY 13, February 5 - SUNDAY: ATHENS - WORSHIP
Day at leisure & Evening worship with the Church of Christ in Glyfada.
 
DAY 14, February 6 - MONDAY: ATHENS
 
DAY 15, February 7 - TUESDAY: ATHENS
 

DAY 16, February 08 - WEDNESDAY: ATHENS

 

DAY 17, February 09 - THURSDAY: ATHENS

 

DAY 18, February 10 - FRIDAY: ATHENS

 

DAY 19, February 11 - SATURDAY: ATHENS

 

DAY 20, February 12 - SUNDAY: ATHENS-WORSHIP

Day at leisure & Evening worship with the Church of Christ in Glyfada.
 

DAY 21, February 13 - MONDAY: CORINTH - CENCHREAE - ACROCORINTH

08.30am - Drive west from Athens, first short stop at the Corinth Canal.

Next ancient Corinth. Here, we see all of the sites associated with the Apostle Paul’s ministry: the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, the Roman Odeon, the Bema and Gallio’s Seat. Also see the archaeological museum.

We see the ruins of early Christian 5th century basilica in Cenchreae before driving up to Acrocorinth.

Overnight in Corinth.

Faulkner University | Visiting Corinth
 

DAY 22, February 14 - TUESDAY: MYCENAE - EPIDAURUS - NAFPLION - OLYMPIA

Visit Mycenae, see the remains of the prehistoric citadel fortified with the Cyclopean Walls, the Lionesses' Gate, the remains of the Mycenaean Palace and the Tomb of King Agamemnon. Also visit the ancient Theater of Epidaurus, the largest and best preserved ancient Theater in Greece.

Overnight in Olympia.

Faulkner University | Visiting Mycenae
 

DAY 23, February 15 - WEDNESDAY : ANCIENT OLYMPIA

Visit Ancient Olympia which holds the stadium where the first Olympic Games took place in 776 BC. Thereafter they were held every 4 years.

Visit also the archaeological museum.

After lunch return drive to Athens.

Faulkner University | Visiting Olympia
 

DAY 24, February 16 - THURSDAY: ATHENS

 

DAY 25, February 17 - FRIDAY: ATHENS

 

DAY 26, February 18 - SATURDAY: ATHENS

 

DAY 27, February 19 - SUNDAY: ATHENS-WORSHIP

Day at leisure & Evening worship with the Church of Christ in Glyfada

 

DAY 28, February 20 - MONDAY: ATHENS

 

DAY 29, February 21 - TUESDAY: ATHENS

 

DAY 30, February 22 - WEDNESDAY: ATHENS

 

DAY 31, February 23 - THURSDAY: ATHENS

 

DAY 32, February 24 - FRIDAY: ATHENS

 

Trip to Israel

 
Day 33: February 25 - SATURDAY : FLY TO ISRAEL

07:30 - Transfer from our hotel to Athens airport

10:25 - Flight departs for Tel Aviv

12:20 - Arrival at Ben Gurion airport.

Lunch and a short City tour of Jaffa and Tel Aviv, then drive to Hotel in Tel Aviv for dinner and overnight
Faulkner University | Visiting Israel
 
Day 34: February 26 - SUNDAY : Caesarea - Megiddo - Tiberias
After breakfast, drive via the coast; visit Caesarea to see the vast archeological excavations including the Roman theatre and aqueduct. Visit Megiddo, an ancient city along the Via Maris. Then continue to the Sea of Galilee and the Tiberias area for dinner and overnight Faulkner University | Visiting Caesarea
 
Day 35: February 27- MONDAY : Galilee-Ancient Boat-Capernaum-Tabgha-Mt. of Beatitudes-Tel Hazour-Tiberias
Drive to the Sea of Galilee for a boat ride from Tiberias to Nof Ginosar. Visit the ancient boat “The Yigal Alon Museum”. Continue to Capernaum, located here are the ruins of an ancient synagogue and the site of Peter’s house. Proceed to Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fish and see fish mosaics from the 5th century Byzantine basilica. After lunch drive to the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the “Sermon on the Mount”. Travel through the Upper Galilee to visit Tel Hazor. Then continue to hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight. Faulkner University | Visiting Galilee
 
DAY 36: February 28 - TUESDAY : Cana - Nazareth - Mt. Tabor - Jerusalem
Drive to Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle. Continue to visit Nazareth where Jesus spent his early years and visit Mary’s Well and the Church of the Annunciation. Then drive to Mt. Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration. Then continue to Jerusalem to Hotel for dinner and overnight Faulkner University | Visiting Cana
 
Day 37: February 29 - WEDNESDAY : Mt. of Olives - Christian Sites
We start from the Mount of Olives for a breathtaking view of the entire city. Walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane via the Palm Sunday Route. In the Christian Quarter we visit St. Ann’s crusader church, the Lithostrotos, Antonia Fortress, the Via Dolorosa and finish at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Jerusalem. Faulkner University | Visiting the Mount of Olives
 
Day 38: March 01 - THURSDAY: Jerusalem - Jewish Quarter
Enjoy the panoramic view of the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount then visit the Room of the last Supper and David’s Tomb. Continue by foot in the Walled City. In the Jewish Quarter we see the Cardo and Western (Wailing) Wall. Visit the tunnels under the wailing wall. Then to City of David to see the Pool of Siloam and visit Hezikiah’s Tunnel. End the day with a service at the Garden Tomb. Back to hotel for dinner and overnight. Faulkner University | Visiting Jerusalem
 
Day 39: March 02 - FRIDAY : New City - Bethlehem
After breakfast drive to visit Israel Museum with the Book of the Shrine, and see the model of Jerusalem, Yad Vashem, then continue to Ein Karem, visit the Church of Visitation and St. John the Baptist, then continue to Bethlehem to see the Church of the Nativity, and below it the cave-stable of Jesus birth. If time there will be an opportunity to go shopping before returning to your hotel. Faulkner University | Visiting Bethlehem
 
Day 40: March 03 - SATURDAY : Departure

03:30 - Transfer from our hotel to Tel Aviv airport.

07:10 - Our flight departs for Athens

09:25 - Flight arrives in Athens and transfer to hotel.
 

DAY 41, March 04 - SUNDAY: ATHENS-WORSHIP

Day at leisure & Evening worship with the Church of Christ in Glyfada

 

DAY 42, March 05 - MONDAY: ATHENS

 

DAY 43, March 06 - TUESDAY: ATHENS

 

DAY 44, March 07 - WEDNESDAY: ATHENS

 

DAY 45, March 08 - THURSDAY: ATHENS

 

DAY 46, March 09 - FRIDAY: ATHENS

 

DAY 47, March 10 - SATURDAY: ATHENS

 

DAY 48, March 11 - SUNDAY: ATHENS-WORSHIP

Day at leisure & Evening worship with the Church of Christ in Glyfada

 

Northern Greece Tour

 
DAY 49, March 12 - MONDAY: DELPHI - KALAMBAKA

8:00am depart for Delphi, the centre of the Ancient world, the "omphalos" (navel) of the earth.

Visit the site and museum at Delphi.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Overnight in Kalambaka.
Faulkner University | Visiting Delphi
 
DAY 50, March 13- TUESDAY: KALAMBAKA - METEORA - PELLA - THESSALONIKI

Visit two of the monasteries at Meteora.

Continue drive north to the site of Pella, the capital of the ancient Macedonian State and birthplace of Alexander the Great.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Overnight in Thessaloniki.
Faulkner University | Visiting Kalambaka
 
DAY 51, March 14 - WEDNESDAY: AMPHIPOLIS - PHILIPPI - KAVALA - THESSALONIKI

First short stop at the Lion statue of Amphipolis.

Continue to Philippi, the site where the apostle Paul came and worked, establishing a strong church. See the river where Lydia is thought to have been baptized, the ruins of a Prison where Paul and Sylas had been kept and the Agora.

Lunch in local restaurant in Kavala.

Return to Thessaloniki for overnight.
Faulkner University | Visiting Amphipolis
 
DAY 52, March 15 - THURSDAY: VERGINA - BEREA - DION - ATHENS

Drive to Vergina, the first capital of Macedonia, where the tomb of Philip II of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great was found. Short stop at Berea. Lunch in local restaurant.

We visit Dion, on the lower slopes of Mount Olympus, the home of the ancient Greek gods. Commence drive south to Athens.

We stop at Thermopylae, to see the statue of Leonidas. It commemorates the historic battle between the 300 Spartans led by Leonidas and the Persian army of Xerxes in 480 BC composed of thousands.

Return to Athens.
Faulkner University | Visiting Vergina
 

DAY 53, March 16 - FRIDAY: ATHENS

 

DAY 54, March 17 - SATURDAY: ATHENS

 

DAY 55, March 18 - SUNDAY: ATHENS-WORSHIP

Day at leisure & Evening worship with the Church of Christ in Glyfada

 

DAY 56, March 19 - MONDAY: ATHENS

 

DAY 57, March 20 - TUESDAY: ATHENS

 
 

DAY 58, March 21 - WEDNESDAY: ATHENS

 

DAY 59, March 22 - THURSDAY: ATHENS

 

Seven Churches in Turkey & Cruise to Greek Islands

 
DAY 60, March 23 - FRIDAY: FLY FROM ATHENS TO IZMIR (Smyrna)

Transfer to Athens airport for flight to Izmir.

Upon arrival in Izmir, visit the ancient Agora and Alexander the Great's "Velvet Castle" overlooking the bay of Izmir.

Overnight in Izmir.

Faulkner University | Visiting Izmir
 
DAY 61, March 24 - SATURDAY: PERGAMON - THYATIRA

Drive to Pergamum. Here we explore the Acropolis, the steepest theatre in the world, the Asklepieion, see the Altar of Zeus, the Temple of Trajan and Library. Also the Red Basilica (St. John's Church).

Thyatira, was a city famous for purple dyes. We visit the remains of a basilica and some architectural fragments from the Roman period.

Overnight at Izmir.
Faulkner University | Visiting Pergamon
 
DAY 62, March 25 - SUNDAY: SARDIS - PHILADELPHIA - HIERAPOLIS - LAODICEA - HIERAPOLIS

Sardis, visit the great Temple of Artemis and the Temple of Cybele, which became a Byzantine Church.

At Philadelphia, we see the remains of a Byzantine basilica and some 11th century frescoes.

At Laodicea, we see the ancient theatre and the remains of basilica.

In Hierapolis we visit the Martyrium of the Apostle Philip where he was martyred during the persecutions ordered by Domitian. We visit the Gate of Domitian, the Arcadian Way, the 2nd century AD Theatre, the Nymphaion, the Temple of Apollo, the Plutonium and the Necropolis.

Overnight at thermal hotel in Pamukkale.
Faulkner University | Visiting Sardis
 
DAY 63, March 26 MONDAY : KUSADASI - EPHESUS

Drive to ancient Ephesus where the Apostle Paul preached to the Ephesians and lived here for three years. Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the Theatre. The Temple of Diana of the Ephesians, another of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was built in this city.

We also visit the Basilica of St. John and the Ephesus museum. 

Overnight in Kusadasi.
Faulkner University | Visiting Kusadasi
 
DAY 64, March 27 - TUESDAY: EMBARK CRUISE - PATMOS, GREECE

9.30am - Transfer from hotel to embark on cruise ship in Kusadasi port.

Noon - Sail for Patmos, Greece.

04:00pm - Arrive at Patmos. Take a tour to visit this rocky island where the Apostle John was exiled to. We visit the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist and the Grotto of the Revelation where St. John wrote the Book of Revelation.

09:00 - Sail for Crete, Greece.
Faulkner University | Visiting Patmos
 
DAY 65, March 28 - WEDNESDAY: RHODES
07:00am - We arrive at Rhodes. In ancient times, the Colossus of Rhodes was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. This stronghold was built by a Crusading Order, which originated from Palestine. Our tour takes us to visit the Temple of Athena on the majestic rocky Acropolis of Lindos, with the blue Aegean Sea beneath it and the sophisticated whitewashed artists' colony at its foot. Local tradition has it, that Paul’s ship on it way to Rome, spent some time in the small harbor. After a walking tour through the medieval city, return to the ship for lunch. Afternoon free in Rhodes Faulkner University | Visiting Rhodes
 
DAY 66, March 29 - THURSDAY : HERAKLION, CRETE - SANTORINI, GREECE

07:00am - Arrive at Heraklion Crete. Take tour to visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos, legendary home of the Minotaur.

11:30am - Sail for Santorini, Greece

04:30pm - Arrive in Santorini. Take a mule or the cable car up to the white-washed town of Thira; perched high on the rim of the ancient volcano.

09:00pm - Sail for Piraeus, Athens.
Faulkner University | Visiting Heraklion
 
DAY 67, March 30 - FRIDAY: PIRAEUS, GREECE

07:00am arrive in Piraeus. We disembark after breakfast. Transfer to our hotel. We will check into our hotel rooms when rooms are available.

 

DAY 68, March 31 - SATURDAY: ATHENS

 

DAY 69, Apr 01 - SUNDAY: ATHENS-WORSHIP

Day at leisure & Evening worship with the Church of Christ in Glyfada

 

DAY 70, Apr 02 - MONDAY: DEPARTURE

Transfer to Athens airport for your flight home.

 


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