To Reserve: Call 800-217-7660 or 801-850-1498
Join Dave Hadlock on the ultimate Bible Lands Cruise. This is an amazing itinerary on a great ship. Visit places such as the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Athens, Rome and a few of the Greek Isles all from the comfort of a luxury cruise ship. Dave will instruct on the ship as well as on site in Israel. The Old & New Testaments will to life as you journey through the Bible Lands. This cruise leaves out of the amazing Athens and ends up in exotic Rome. You will visit amazing Biblical sites walking in the footsteps of Christ and Paul. Join a fun LDS group and prepare to be uplifted and enlightened on this Bible Lands cruise adventure.
We apologize. This group has sold out. We will be offering a very similar cruise in the Fall of 2019. We will also have a 7 day, Journeys of Paul with Rome & Temple cruise/tour that we will be offering in the late spring/summer of 2019.
|Date||Ports of Call||Arrival||Departure||Activity|
|Sun 07 Oct 2018||Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy||–||5:00 PM||Boarding|
|Mon 08 Oct 2018||At Sea||–||–||–|
|Tues 09 Oct 2018||Chania (Souda), Crete, Greece||12:00 PM||7:00 PM||–|
|Wed 10 Oct 2018||At Sea||–||–||–|
|Thurs 11 Oct 2018||Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel||7:00 AM||–||–|
|Fri 12 Oct 2018||Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel||–||10:00 PM||–|
|Sat 13 Oct 2018||Haifa, Israel||7:00 AM||7:00 PM||–|
|Sun 14 Oct 2018||At Sea||–||–||–|
|Mon 15 Oct 2018||Mykonos, Greece||7:00 AM||6:00 PM||–|
|Tues 16 Oct 2018||Athens (Pireaus), Greece||6:00 AM||6:00 PM||–|
|Wed 17 Oct 2018||At Sea||–||–||–|
|Thurs 18 Oct 2018||Naples, Italy||7:00 AM||6:00 PM||–|
|Fri 19 Oct 2018||Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy||5:00 AM||–||–|
GTS Celebrity Constellation is a Millennium-class cruise ship of Celebrity Cruises. Built in 2002, she is the co-flagship of the Celebrity fleet, along with Century-class ship Century. She was originally named Constellation, but renamed in May 2007. Her three sister ships are the Celebrity Infinity, Summit, and Millennium. Constellation consistently receives top honors from Condé Nast’s readers survey, and was ranked in 2007 by readers as one of the “best large cruise ships”. Constellation is a ship that makes the most sense for someone 40-plus looking for an experience that straddles mega-mainstream and luxury-lite. In both price, quality of food and service, and general ambience, the constellation deftly balances the choices offered by big ships and the intimacy offered by smaller vessels.
Shore Excursion To Be Sent out Four Months Before Cruise!
All Shore Excursions are optional and may be purchased separate from the cruise rate. We will offer private tours in all ports.
Please scroll down to the bottom of the page for a brief description of what we will offer in some of the ports. More information will come out about 4 months prior to the cruise along with final pricing. These tour descriptions are based on what we have done in the past and are subject to some change.
Dave Hadlock: Dave has been guiding groups to Israel and Central America for fourteen years, having taken over 70 different tour groups. He loves teaching scripture and being with people. Dave hopes that his love of the scriptures and unique scriptural insights inspire others to want to study them more. Dave uses the sites visited and the culture to introduce doctrinal topics. He has completed the course work at BYU for a master’s degree in Ancient Near Eastern Studies with an emphasis on the Old Testament. His passion is the study ancient culture (both Old and New World), language, and ritual believing that scriptural understanding and insight is enhanced by so doing. He has conducted many cruises and tours through Israel, Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. He has taught many years of gospel doctrine and institute classes and loves teaching. If you are looking for a relaxed, fun, engaging guide/teacher, try traveling with Dave.
Rates – based on availability (call for exact pricing – prices are subject to change based on availability & they change often on this sailing due to the many groups that book this itinerary)
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|Taxes & fees||$147.36|
Terms and Conditions
Additional Charges: Advertised rates do not include taxes, shore excursions, airfare, or gratuities. We are not commissioned with the airlines, so we book our flights online. We will be happy to help you book your airfare if necessary. Flights usually cost around $900-$1000 roundtrip.
Booking Requirements: A $450 deposit, per person, is required to confirm your reservations. Deposit is refundable until July 2, 2018 when balance is due.
Cancellation Penalties: There are no penalties to cancel prior to the final payment date. However, once final payment has been made, there will be penalties ranging from $450 to the full amount depending on when you cancel.
Passports: Passports are required for this sailing and take up to 12 weeks to process!
Contact us toll free at: 800-217-7660 or 801-850-1498
Shore Excursions – Private Tours
Prices subject to change. We will send out final pricing 4 months prior to the cruise
We will offer a post-cruise package in Rome (about $360)
Rome Tour, Hotel & Transfers package (one night and 2 meals per day included in package):
Rome – After disembarking, we will board vans for a traditional “Highlights of Rome Tour”. Our first stops will be the Colosseum and the Pantheon. We’ll begin our exploration of the Eternal City with an inside guided visit of this Imperial Roman symbol of power. Continue to the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain, which is one of Rome’s most spectacular fountains. Stops on the tour will include many of the other significant Rome sites (depending on time).
Rome – Today will feature a tour of the Vatican. Our bus will pick us up from the hotel and take us to the Vatican where we will have a guided tour through the museum and St. Peter’s Basilica. Following the tour, we will be transferred to the airport for flights home.
Athens and Corinth – Time permitting we will see Corinth as well
We start the tour by visiting the so called “sacred rock”, the Acropolis. Here you will see the Parthenon that was dedicated to goddess Athena (Parthenos), Propylea, the monumental entrance to the sacred area, the temple of Athena Nike which was dedicated to Athena-Nike (Victory) the Erechtheion with its famous female figures-statues the Caryatides or Maidens dedicated to both goddess Athena and god Poseidon. The Odeum of Herodus Atticus and the ruins of the first theatre in the whole world the Theatre of Dionysus and finally the Areopagus (Mars Hill).
We will proceed to the Temple of Olympian Zeus (visit) and then to Panathenaic or Kallimarmaro Stadium which hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 (short visit). We will drive by the Prime Minister’s Residence (Maximou Mansion), the former Royal Palace, today the Presidential Mansion and the House of Parliament with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (short stop so as to watch the changing of the guards). We continue our tour by driving up to the highest point of Athens, the Lycabettus Hill (the best 360 degree panoramic view of Athens). From Lycabettus Hill we’ll proceed to the oldest and most picturesque neighbourhood of Athens, Plaka (stone-paved narrow streets, traditional Greek tavernas -best gyros- antique and souvenir stores) and the Tower of the Winds.
After free time for lunch in Plaka we’ll drive through the city centre to the area of the Flea Market (street bazaar, antique stores) where we’ll visit the Ancient Agora (the political, financial and commercial centre of ancient Athens). There we’ll see the temple of Hephaistos, known also as Theseum (best preserved ancient temple in Greece) and the Stoa of Attalos (an ancient shopping centre) which was restored in the fifties by the American Archaeological School. It is a peaceful and inspiring site and especially in Spring when everything is in full bloom one’s spirit lifts. Our tour will be completed with our visit to the New Acropolis Museum, , “Home” of the Parthenon Marbles and important and impressive archaeological findings from the sacred rock of the Acropolis. If time permits we will visit the ancient city of Corinth. Then we will transfer to the ship. $100
Haifa & Jerusalem, Israel: We have decided to do an overnight stay in Jerusalem. This gives us a couple more hours in Jerusalem on day two and allow us to see more sites, do a little shopping (we’ll take everybody, who would like to go, to an olive wood shop in the evening), and get a better feel for the food and culture of Israel. About $575.
Day 1: Jerusalem, Israel (Ashdod): We will begin this tour atop the Mount of Olives where we will have a panoramic view of the Old City and Dome of the Rock. We will then go to the Western Wall and go through the Western Wall tunnel tour. From there we will visit the Old City, starting with the Pools of Bethesda and St. Anne’s church. We will walk through the Old City, ending up at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where some Christians believe the death and burial of Christ took place. Here we will give you some free time to shop, eat and visit the church.
We will then walk to Mount Zion and visit the House of Caiaphas and Church of Gallacantu, the site where Jesus was taken to the High Priest after coming out of Gethsemane. In the late afternoon, we will visit the City of David and Hezekiah’s tunnel. We will check in at the hotel. For those who would like, we will take you to Jimmy’s olive wood shop after dinner.
Day 2: Jerusalem, Bethlehem & Masada/Dead Sea.
Day 3: Haifa: We’ll get off the ship as early as possible and make our way through the northern parts of Israel and the Sea of Galilee region. This is the area where many of Christ’s greatest teachings and miracles took place. We will first head far north to Tel Dan & Caesarea Phillipi. These were the northern borders of ancient Israel. It is the location where Peter declared his witness of Christ and was promised the keys of the kingdom. From there, we will visit Capernaum, where we will see the remnants of the synagogue where Christ possibly taught. We will discuss the miracles that took place here. We will take a boat ride onto the Sea of Galilee and visit one the proposed sites for the Mount of Beatitudes. Time permitting, we will visit Mount Carmel, where Elijah’s miraculous confrontation with the priests of Baal took place. Return to ship.
Crete, Chania: Crete Village & Range Rover Tour: We will take a Range Rover ride up into the mountains and villages high about Chania/Souda. This tour combines off-road adventure with a cultural experience into the lives of shepherds and those living in the small villages of Crete. We will end with free time in the Old City. You will love this tour. $90
Mykonos: Island of Delos & Walking City Tour: We take a 30minute boat trip to the island of Delos, which in whole is considered an archeological site, although only 1/6 of it has been excavated. During the tour we walk through the most well excavated residential area ,dating back to 3rd-2nd century B.C. , seeing beautiful mosaics, walking past and in what would have once been shops, homes and workshops.We reach the theater and then from their we head to the more spiritual side of the island, the sanctuary of Apollo and his and his twin sister Artemis’s birthplace. Delos may be an abandoned island today but in ancient times it was one of the most important religious centers and later on of the greatest trade centers in the eastern Mediterranean. On Delos there are also remains of temples dedicated to Egyptian and Syrian gods, gods from Beirut and even one of the oldest Jewish synagogues of the Diaspora dating 2nd-1st century.
Passing by the Windmills, Little Venice and Paraportiani Church gives you the opportunity to photograph the most popular locations of the island.
Time permitting you will visit the Folklore Museum one of the oldest wood burning bakeries in the country. Price is $90
Naples, Italy: From Naples, we will go to Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast.
This archaeological site is considered to be the world’s finest example of a Roman town and its way of life. In 79 AD, the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried the town under 20 feet of ash and pumice stone, preserving the entire city. During the walking tour of the ruins, admire the mansions and art of wealthy patricians who moved to Pompeii to escape the turmoil of Rome; view countless paintings and inscriptions and the streets with raised pavements on either side. At intersections are stepping-stones that ensured pedestrians a safe crossing. This prosperous Roman City had an extensive forum, lavish baths, temples and villas richly decorated with frescoes. Excavations have revealed details of everyday life such as the wine jars still set in the counter of the wine shop. Following our visit to Pompeii, we will drive down the beautiful Amalfi coast stopping in one of the villages that overlook the ocean. Price $90.