Paul in Spain? At the close of his letter to the Romans he mentions twice his plan to visit Spain (15:24, 28). Pauline scholars note that there is a gap in the chronology of his life in the early 60s. At this time he might have visited Spain, for there are strong church traditions indicating he did so. Clement and the Muratorian Canon as well as Chrysostom and Jerome assume that Paul fulfilled his intention. Paul’s journey by land would have taken him through southern Gaul along the Via Domitia. In France we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites at Lyon, Orange, Arles, and Pont du Gard. In Spain the Via Augusta followed the Mediterranean coastline to its terminus at the “end of the earth” -- Gades. In Spain we will visit the UNESCO sites at Tarraco, Cordoba, and Merida. At Italica we will see the birthplace of the emperors Trajan and Hadrian. Our itinerary includes many of the best-preserved Roman sites in the world, cities that Paul would have seen during his journey to Spain.
— Dr. Mark Wilson
September 15, Sunday
Depart from USA
September 16, Monday
Arrive Paris; change planes to Lyon. Dinner and overnight in Lyon. (D)
September 17, Tuesday: Lyon
Visit Lugdunum birthplace of the emperor Claudius; see the theater and odeion, Roman baths, and Gier aqueduct; visit the Musee GalloRomain to see the bronze Claudian tablets; see the amphitheater where Christians were martyred in AD 177; Ireneus, student of Polycarp of Smyrna, became bishop at the death of Pothinus; visit Church of St. Pothinus. Dinner and overnight in Lyon. (B,D)
September 18, Wednesday: Vienne – Vaison-la-Romaine – Orange – Avignon
Drive to Vienne to see Gallo-Roman theatre, fine temple of Augustus and Livia, and Gallo-Roman pyramid; its first bishop was Crescens, a disciple of Paul; continue to Vaison-la-Romaine to see two main sites: At La Villasse, see the colonnaded paved street and shops; at Puymin the remains of the Roman theater (heavily restored), a rich private domus and porticoed sanctuary. Later drive to Orange to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Roman theater and triumphal Arch built during the reign of Augustus on the Via Agrippa. Dinner and overnight in Avignon. (B,D)
September 19, Thursday: Arles – Saint-Rémy-de-Provence – Les Bauxde-Provence – Avignon
Visit Pont du Gard bridge and museum; the UNESCO sites at Arles with amphitheater, theater, and forum; at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Glanum visit “les antiques”: a mausoleum and a triumphal arch. Brief stop at Les Baux-de-Provence to see Roman bas-relief s known as “Les Trémaïé. on the way to the hotel pass the Papal Palace and Bridge in Avignon. Dinner and overnight in Avignon. (B,D)
September 20, Friday: Nîmes – Avignon
Visit Nîmes with its rich Roman sites: Maison Carrée, phitheater, Augusteum/nymphaeum (the so-called Temple of Diana), the Magne Tower and the Porte d’Auguste (the only remnants of the ancient Augustan fortifications) as well as the Castellum divisorium (the terminal point of the aqueduct that brought water to the city), Tour Magne, remnant of the ancient Augustan fortifications of Nemausus. Visit the winery Mas de Tourelles where wine is still made in ancient Roman style. Return to Avignon for dinner and overnight (B,D)
September 21, Saturday: Ambrussum – Perpignan
09:00 Check out from hotek in Avignon & LDC to Ambrussum.
10:00 Arrival at Ambrussum & start the visit of the Museum & Archeological Site.
12:00 Free time for lunch.
13:30 Leave to Narbonne.
15:00 Arrival Horeum Museum & start the visit.
15:30 Leave the museum to Basilique.
15:35 Arrival at Basilique Saint Paul.
15:40 Start the visit.
16:30 End of the visit & leave to Peripignan
17:30 Arrival Perpignan check in at hotel.
19:30 Dinner & overnight.
September 22, Sunday: Perpignan – Le Perthus – Ampurias – Barcelona – Roda de Bara – Tarragona
Stop at Le Perthus to see the Trophy of Pompey where the Via Domitia ends and the Via Augusta begins; continue into Spain to the Greco-Roman port city of Ampurias; stop in Barcelona to see Temple of Augustus and the Jewish synagogue believed to be one of the oldest in Europe; final stop at Roman triumphal arch at Roda de Bara. Dinner and overnight in Tarragona. (B,D)
September 23, Monday: Tarragona
Full city tour of Roman city Tarraco, a World Heritage site including Roman aqueduct and National Archaeological Museum. Dinner and overnight in Tarragona. (B,D)
September 24, Tuesday: Morning Flight from Barcelona to Seville
Fly Barcelona to Seville; visit Italica, birthplace of Trajan and Hadrian; then drive to Cadiz to see its Roman theater at the end of the earth. Dinner and overnight in Seville. (B,D)
September 25, Wednesday: Merida
Visit the UNESCO site of Merida. Dinner and overnight in Seville. (B,D)
September 26, Thursday: Astigi (Écija) – Evening flight from Seville to Paris
Passing through the Roman colony of Astigi (Écija) on drive to the UNESCO city of Cordoba to see its Roman ruins, Grand Mosque and Synagogue. Cordoba was the home of Seneca and Lucan. Early evening flight to Paris. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paris. (B,D)
September 27, Friday: Paris
Visit Crypte Archeologique (Archaeological Crypt) and Notre Dame cathedral; Louvre Museum. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paris. (B,D)
September 28, Satursday: Paris
Free day. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paris. (B,D)
September 29, Sunday:
Departure: After breakfast transfer to the airport fly back to home. End of our services. (B)
• International airfare between USA – Paris
• 3 domestic flights (Paris to Lyon, Barcelona to Seville, Seville to Paris)
• 2 Nights at Hôtel Roosevelt in Lyon
• 3 Nights at Avignon Grand Hotel in Avignon
• 1 Night at Hotel Les II Mas in Perpignan
• 2 Nights at Hotel SB Ciutat De Tarragona in Tarragona
• 2 Nights at Hotel AC Marriott Sevilla Forum in Seville
• 3 Nights at Hotel Best Western Ronceray Opera in Paris
• Daily breakfast and 13 dinners at the hotels
• Sightseeing as per the itinerary
• All transfers and transportation by private, air-conditioned coach
• Entrance fees to the sites and museums
• English-speaking, government licensed tour guides during all tours
• All tips at restaurants and hotels
• All tips for guides and drivers in France and Spain
• All Service charges and local taxes
• Travel and Health Insurance
• Lunches and drinks
• All kind of personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, drinks, etc.
• 89-60 days prior to departure: 10%
• 59-45 days prior to departure: 25%
• 44-30 days prior to departure: 50%
• 29-15 days prior to departure: 75%
• 14 days & after: No refund
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|1st Deposit (fully refundable until Jan 15, 2019)||$400 per person on October 15, 2018|
|2nd Deposit||$400 per person on January 15, 2019|
|Land + Air (based on double occupancy):||$6,900 per person|
|Balance due:||June 20, 2019|
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