Bible Lands Cruise

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Bible Lands Cruise

10 Night Cruise

10/27/2024 - 11/06/2024

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All Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Price does not include airfare, gratuities, or shore excursions.

CABIN TYPE CRUISE RATES
Inside $1,474.50 
Ocean View  $1,644.05
Balcony $2,427.37
Taxes & Govt. Fees $321.95

Terms and Conditions: Advertised rates DO NOT INCLUDE shore excursions, airfare, or gratuities.

We will be happy to book your air if you would like–air is available at all major gateways. A $250 deposit per person, is required to confirm your booking.

Final payment is due June 21, 2024. Deposit is refundable prior to final payment without penalty. Within three months of the cruise, the tours and cruise are non-refundable.

Check Your Invoice Names: Please check to see that your names are spelled correctly. Your first and last names must appear as they appear on your passport for International travel and Driver’s License for domestic tours.

PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED and should be valid 6 months after the end of the tour.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the nature of this tour you must be able to climb stairs and walk unassisted at a moderate pace. 

Please note that minor changes to the itinerary may occur due to local conditions and to better accommodate our group.

Debbie Costanzo Private Group

This is a private group available by invite from Debbie Costanzo.

Come on an adventure with us and sail with Dave Hadlock as he inspires us with incredible presentations on sea days. Learn about the travels and teachings of the apostle Paul and other gospel topics. Experience history, culture, and civilization at every turn on this extraordinary itinerary. Visit places such as Istanbul, Mykonos, and Athens along with a few other stops, all from the comfort of a luxury cruise ship. Don will instruct on the ship as well as at Biblical sites. The Old & New Testaments will come to life as you journey through the Bible Lands. 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. Ride a cable car and wander the narrow cobblestone streets of the breathtaking villages of Oia and Fira in Santorini. Visit the charming town of Chania with its Venetian and Turkish monuments and see traditional stone houses, picturesque villages and a fine Folk Art Museum in the surrounding villages. Join Dave and our adventurous LDS group as we create memories to last a lifetime!

We will offer a pre-cruise tour in Athens and Corinth where we show how Paul’s epistles to the people of Corinth were shaped by their culture. We will also visit Mars Hill and other sites of Biblical importance.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Piraeus Athens

October 27, 2024 (Sunday)

Depart Athens on the Norwegian Dawn.

Day 2 : Heraklion Crete

October 28, 2024 (Monday)

Our adventure on Crete takes us to the White Mountains. We embark on a safari tour aboard premium off-road vehicles. Be aware that the roads are very windy and those prone to motion sickness may not enjoy the experience. The driver tells us all about the area as we journey to the White Mountains. We visit Therissos a traditional Cretan village and learn about the lifestyle of the Cretan shepherd. Our educational experience includes stepping inside an original shepherd's hut. We enjoy a traditional Greek lunch together in the village. Price: TBD

Day 3 : Santorini Island

October 29, 2024 (Tuesday)

We are picked up from the old port of Fira where we take a water taxi to Athinios port and our bus. We enjoy a guided walk through the quiet, picturesque village of Magalochori. Following our visit, we drive to Profitis Ilias, the highest point on the island, for a scenic photo stop. Our next stop be the Monolithos Black Beach (no swimming) where we have a short time to enjoy the water and beach. We then journey to Oia, the northern most village where we see the classic blue domed buildings, the ruins of a Venetian castle and admire the breathtaking view over the caldera. We have time on our own to explore or eat. We take in any sights we might have missed as we enjoy the journey back to the port. Price: TBD

Day 4 : Kusadasi

October 30, 2024 (Wednesday)

The Kusadasi port to take us to Ephesus, where we will enter through the Magnesia Gate to the ruins of the ancient Roman Capital. We will go see the ancient ruins known as the Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theatre, which is the place many believe Paul preached to the Ephesians. After visiting the ruins of Ephesus, we will visit the House of the Virgin Mary, which is believed by some to be the final resting place of Mary. The tour will conclude as we visit the Temple of Artemis, which is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This tour comes with a local lunch included at a nearby village.

Day 5 : Istanbul

October 31, 2024 (Thursday)

Our day begins with a visit to the Hippodrome, once a huge stadium seating over 100,000 chariot race spectators. We walk from there to the famous Blue Mosque built between 1609 -1616. We visit the domed Basilica of St. Sophia, one of the oldest standing churches in the world. Our next destination is the Topkapi Palace which served as the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for about 400 years. It is home to many holy relics. We examine the Basilica Cistern, the largest of the cisterns running underneath Istanbul. We feast on authentic Turkish cuisine. After lunch, we stroll through the Grand Bazaar. It is truly an experience not to be missed.

Day 6 : Mykonos

November 1, 2024 (Friday)

We take a short water taxi ride from the port to the town of Mykonos. We have a guided walking tour of the city with some time to explore on our own. We then board our coach for a tour of the island. We enjoy beautiful vistas including a photo stop as we make our way inland to the village of Ano Mera and its 16th century monastery. Following our time in Ano Mera, we tour a local dairy where we meet the producer, learn about the history of his operation and enjoy a sampling of his cheeses and other local products. We then return to the ship. $70 if paying by check. A light snack is included.

Day 7 : Cruising

November 2, 2024 (Saturday)

Day at sea.

Day 8 : Alexandria Cairo

November 3, 2024 (Sunday)

We begin our Egyptian adventure at the Catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa which contains 300 tombs cut in the rock under the ground. It dates back to the 2nd century A.D. and is the only cemetery of its kind. We stop for a photo at Pompey's Pillar which is a Roman triumphal column. We enter the archaeological site of the Roman Amphitheater. This theater also dates back to the 2nd century. Here we see the remains of the Lighthouse of Alexandria or Pahros of Alexandria. We leave this fascinating area and head to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina which is a library built to commemorate the Library of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. On our way back to the port, we take a picture near the Qaitbay fortress which was built on the same location as the Pharaohs of Alexandria. We have the rest of the afternoon to enjoy the ship or stroll along the seaside walking path on Corniche Avenue.

Day 9 : Port Said

November 4, 2024 (Monday)

Tour

Day 10 : Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel

November 5, 2024 (Tuesday)

We begin this tour atop the Mount of Olives where we have a panoramic view of the Old City and Dome of the Rock. We then take a short walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane. We travel to the Garden Tomb, where we see the spot many believe to be the location of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Before going to the Old City, we visit the Jerusalem Center for a short tour. After our visit, we head to the Western Wall, where we see the holiest of sites for the Jews and the remnants of the retaining wall that surrounded Herod’s temple. Here we see St. Anne’s church and the pools of Bethesda and take a short walk through the Old City following the traditional via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, passing by Antonio’s Fortress. There we have free time in the Old City for those who would like to shop or visit the Church or the Holy Sepulchre. We visit the Western Wall and the Davidson Center (south steps of the Temple Mount).

Day 11 : Tel-Aviv (Haifa, Israel)

November 6, 2024 (Wednesday)

We 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. If time permits, we start the morning at Caesarea Phillipi. We then visit Capernaum, where we see the remnants of the synagogue where Christ possibly taught. We discuss the miracles that took place here. We take a boat ride onto the Sea of Galilee and visit one the proposed sites for the Mount of Beatitudes. Lunch is included on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

Information

Ship Information: Norwegian Dawn

The Norwegian Dawn offers the ultimate freedom and flexibility for your cruise vacation. Onboard the ship you’ll find a variety of delicious dining options, a full-service spa, and tons of fun for kids of every age. The Dawn offers a wide range of spacious accommodations, there are staterooms to fit every family size and budget. Let Norwegian Dawn whisk you away to some of the dreamiest destinations around the world.

Pricing

All Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Price does not include airfare, gratuities, or shore excursions.

CABIN TYPE CRUISE RATES
Inside $1,474.50 
Ocean View  $1,644.05
Balcony $2,427.37
Taxes & Govt. Fees $321.95

Terms and Conditions: Advertised rates DO NOT INCLUDE shore excursions, airfare, or gratuities.

We will be happy to book your air if you would like–air is available at all major gateways. A $250 deposit per person, is required to confirm your booking.

Final payment is due June 21, 2024. Deposit is refundable prior to final payment without penalty. Within three months of the cruise, the tours and cruise are non-refundable.

Check Your Invoice Names: Please check to see that your names are spelled correctly. Your first and last names must appear as they appear on your passport for International travel and Driver’s License for domestic tours.

PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED and should be valid 6 months after the end of the tour.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the nature of this tour you must be able to climb stairs and walk unassisted at a moderate pace. 

Please note that minor changes to the itinerary may occur due to local conditions and to better accommodate our group.

Headliners

Debbie Costanzo Private Group
Dave has worked as a tour director to religious sites for over 19 years. He began as a contracted guide working for other LDS travel agencies while owning an export clothing business (used and vintage clothing). He enjoyed the vintage clothing business. As the vintage clothing business declined, he moved into travel full time with the opening of Bountiful Travel. His qualifications for religious teaching began as a missionary when he felt his soul enlarge (in the words of Alma) as he heard a master teacher of the scriptures. He wanted to be able to help others feel the same way through his teaching. He began an intense study of the scriptures as a missionary and continued after his mission working on a Master’s degree in Ancient Near Eastern Studies (Biblical Hebrew emphasis). He studies looking for unique insights into the scriptures and has worked hard at learning how to teach those insights in an interesting manner. His background in Mesoamerican studies and Ancient Near Eastern studies lends to unique insights into the scriptures. He is laid-back and loves to have fun. He loves teaching and being with people. So for him this is the ultimate job. He hopes that his love for the scriptures is contagious as he teaches. He’s taken over 100 tour groups to Central America and Israel over the last 14 years and hopes you will join him on one of his trips.
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Bible Lands Cruise - 10 Night Cruise

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