Footsteps of Paul Cruise/Tour Calvary Aurora

Footsteps of Paul Cruise/ Tour - Calvary Church Aurora - June 2025

June 17- July 2, 2025
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Join this Unforgettable Footsteps of Paul Cruise/Tour

Dear Friends,

I hope you will be  joining our Footsteps of Paul Cruise/Tour in June 2025. 

What a joy to experience the places where God used the Apostle Paul to proclaim the Gospel. Whether standing on Mars Hill and reflecting on Paul’s message to the Athenian philosophers or walking through the ancient biblical sites of Corinth, Crete, Ephesus, Malta, or Rome, I believe the Footsteps of Paul Cruise/Tour will bless your faith. That’s why I am inviting you to join the Footsteps of Paul Cruise/Tour, June 17-30, 2025 with a Rome extension June 30-July 2, 2025.

Rishon World Tours has put together a journey of a lifetime. You will enjoy first-rate accommodations, delicious cuisine, and an amazing itinerary. We will be cruising the Mediterranean on the medallion class Majestic Princess Cruise Ship! 

If you have any questions about the itinerary or accommodations, please email Rishon World Tours at


Pastor Ed Taylor

Calvary Church Aurora

Footsteps of Paul Cruise/Tours will bring to life Paul’s missionary journeys throughout the eastern Mediterranean. It is often said and is certainly true, that those who travel to the cities of Paul’s journeys will never read their Bible the same again! 

Join us for an unforgettable trip of a lifetime and enjoy the comfort and luxury of a cruise/tour.

November 3-4, 2025

Depart from your local airport and arrive in Athens, Greece

Depart from your local airport on June 17, 2025, and plan to arrive at the Athens, Greece Airport (ATH) in the afternoon of June 18th. Please note that we disembark from our cruise in Rome, Italy. Your return flight will be from Rome (FCO). If time permits, we will take a bus tour of Athens. Breakfast and dinners in Athens are included at the hotel, lunches are on your own.

June 19, 2025

Corinth & Port of Kechries

We will begin our day with a bus tour to Corinth. We will stop at the Corinth Canal and then continue our journey to the ancient biblical city of Corinth, one of ancient Greece’s most important port cities. Paul spent much time in Corinth and his story comes to life when you stand at the very place where Paul stood trial for preaching the gospel. Lunch on your own at a local restaurant.

Sites you’ll see include:

June 20, 2025

Athens & the Majestic Princess

After a good night’s rest, we begin our day with a tour of Athens, the foundation of democracy. We will visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and Erectheum before viewing Athens from atop Mars Hill where Paul stood and preached the Gospel to the Athenian philosophers. Then we’re off to the port of Piraeus to embark on the Majestic Princess cruise ship and continue our Footsteps of Paul journey. Enjoy all the meals and amenities offered on this modern and beautiful medallion class cruise ship.

Sites you’ll see include:

June 21, 2025


Our first stop will be the beautiful Greek island of Mykonos. We depart the ship in the morning and will be on our own to stroll the village streets, enjoy authentic cuisine, and take in historic sites like the famous Mykonos Windmills. You can reserve optional cruise excursions on your own.

June 22, 2025


The ship docks at the port of Kusadasi for our visit to Ephesus, the capital of Roman Asia Minor and one of the most important cities of Paul’s missionary journeys.  Paul’s visit there brought a great revival. It is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.

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June 23, 2025


The island of Rhodes was famous for the Colossus of Rhodes and is one of the most popular destinations in Europe. Paul stopped in Rhodes on his third missionary journey. We will enjoy a walking tour of Lindos, a fortress used by the Greeks and Phoenicians, followed by a visit to the great palace and acropolis of the Grand Masters of Knight.

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June 24, 2025


Today we stop at one of the most beautiful islands in the world. It’s on the bucket list of many! Explore on your own or join a Princess excursion. It is a very beautiful place to walk at your own pace and enjoy the beauty of this iconic Greek island. Please note that this is a seaport where cruise ships cannot dock, and guests will be taken to shore by tender boats.

June 25-26, 2025

Crete and a Day at Sea

Arrive in Heraklion, Crete, a beautiful Greek island, known for its famous archeological sites, stunning beaches, and lively town which is full of hidden treasures from the Venetian period. Today we enjoy a half day of excursions to the Knosses Palace and the Koules Venetian Fortress. Enjoy some time exploring on your own before our coach takes us to the port to embark again on our cruise ship.

June 27-28, 2025

Malta and a Day at Sea

We arrive on the Island of Malta where Paul was shipwrecked. Paul and the others spent 3 months on this island before being transported to Rome for trial (Acts 28:1, 11). We will visit St. Thomas Bay, which many scholars believe is the actual site of Paul’s shipwreck. From the shore you can see the reef described in Acts 28. We will visit the Malta Maritime Museum and see the Roman Anchors which were found by divers at the exact depth described in the book of Acts. We will also have time to explore on our own before embarking again on our cruise ship.

June 29-30, 2025

Naples and Rome

You will have time to explore southern Italy’s largest city, Naples. Optional cruise excursions are available for you to reserve on your own. There is an interesting connection to Pontius Pilate near here, at the island of Capri. It is part of the back story of why Pilate granted the order that Jesus be crucified. 

We will have an early morning arrival at the cruise terminal in Rome.

Rome Extension

June 30, 2025

Rome - Day 1

Welcome to Rome, Italy! For those opting for the Rome Extension, we will begin our tour of Rome. We will spend two nights here at our hotel with full days of touring this ancient and beautiful city.

Sites you’ll see include:

July 1, 2025

Rome - Day 2

We will begin our second day in Rome with a downtown walking tour. In the afternoon, we visit the traditional site of Paul’s martyrdom, then Palatine Hill, and St. Peter’s Square and an optional tour of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and Basilica. Enjoy some free time to explore Rome on your own.

Sites you’ll see include:

July 2, 2025

Rome - Day 3

Depart for Home

We will transfer to the airport in the morning to depart for the U.S. and enjoy the memories of a trip of a lifetime!

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Pricing varies by state and age of applicant, cancel at any time - up to 80% of trip cost, must be purchased within 14 days of deposit.

Included in Cruise/Tour

10 night cruise on MAJESTIC PRINCESS (includes cruise, meals on ship, port charges & cruise taxes $150, onboard tip charge $150), 2 nights lodging at 4-star hotels including city taxes, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners in Athens, English speaking tour guides, services of air-conditioned deluxe motor coach, Rishon Tours guided excursions, touring and transportation as appears on itinerary, tips (drivers, guides, and hotel staff), baggage handling at hotels (one piece), Airport Transfers. 

Additional Options: International Airfare, Flight seat upgrades, Princess Package upgrades.

NOT Included:

Lunches when not onboard ship, optional credit card payments (+3%), optional drink packages on the ship, specialty restaurants on the ship, optional wi-fi and other amenities onboard the ship, personal expenses, optional travel insurance. 

Included in Rome Extension

2 nights lodging at 4-star hotel including city taxes, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, English-speaking tour guides, Services of an air-conditioned deluxe motor coach, all guides, entrances, touring, and transportation as appears on the itinerary, Tips to drivers, guides, and hotel staff, baggage handling at hotels (one piece), Airport transfers.

NOT Included:

2 lunches, personal expenses, optional credit card payments (+3%), optional travel insurance. 

Additional Cruise/Tour Options

Please review the following options. You will be able to select your options during the online booking process. Feel free to contact us if you should have any questions.

The Footsteps of Paul Cruise/Tour flights are included with your tour pricing. 

Premium seat upgrades are quoted upon request. 

*Prices are based on the best-priced airfare available at the time of booking and are subject to change. 

The Footsteps of Paul Cruise/Tour pricing is based on double occupancy. If you are traveling solo or do not have a roommate, a “single supplement” fee will be added to your account in the booking process.

The single supplement fee is based on the cabin accommodations you select.:

INSIDE cabin – $1,580

BALCONY cabin – $2,080

DELUXE BALCONY cabin – $2,480

MINI-SUITE cabin – $2,680

Princess Plus – *$450 per Person

Wi-Fi – 1 device per guest

Beverages – Wide selection of non-alcoholic soft drinks and premium Lavazza coffees. Power shots from the unlimited juice bar to boost your immunity and energy. *Additional beverage options up to $15 each are included please click here for more information.

Casual meals – 2 per guest; Relaxed, sit-down meals at a variety of eateries, with something for everyone

Premium desserts – 2 per day; Sweet treats from Gelateria, Swirls or Coffee and Cones

Fitness classes – 2 per guest; Classes by Xpotential: Pure Barre, Yoga Six and Stretch Lab

OceanNow® delivery – Fee waived; Order drinks, food, sunscreen—whatever—and it will find you anywhere on board

Room service delivery – Unlimited; Free delivery for every order you place from your stateroom phone

Princess Premier – *$650 per Person

Wi-Fi – 4 devices per guest

Beverages – Wide selection of non-alcoholic soft drinks and premium Lavazza coffees. Power shots from the unlimited juice bar to boost your immunity and energy. *Additional beverage options up to $20 each are included please click here for more information.

Professional photos – Unlimited digital images taken by our onboard photographers, plus three prints

Specialty meals – 2 per guest; Award-winning, multi-course meals including hand-cut steaks and premium seafood

Casual meals – Unlimited; Relaxed, sit-down meals at a variety of eateries, with something for everyone

Premium desserts – Unlimited; Sweet treats from Gelateria, Swirls or Coffee and Cones

Fitness classes – Unlimited; Classes by Xpotential: Pure Barre, Yoga Six and Stretch Lab

Room service delivery – Unlimited; Free delivery for every order you place from your stateroom phone

OceanNow® delivery – Fee waived; Order drinks, food, sunscreen—whatever—and it will find you anywhere on board

Reserved theater seating – Included; Special Premier reserved seating section for production shows

*Prices are discounted for Rishon Tours travelers as Crew Appreciation tips are included in your package.

Travel insurance is highly recommended. Please see “Should I Purchase Travel Insurance” on the Resources page for a great article on the importance of purchasing travel insurance.

An Allianz group travel insurance policy is available to purchase in the booking process. Pricing is based on the overall trip cost (including cost of flights). Please request a quote for group travel insurance pricing when booking online. Please click on the link below to download the policy details according to your state of residence. 

Individual travel insurance policies are also available, such as the “Classic Plan – with Cancel Anytime” provision. Rates must be quoted as they are based on age and state of residency. Please indicate if you would like a quote during the online booking process.

Allianz Classic Plan -with Cancel Anytime provision must be purchased within 14 days of initial deposit.

Cruise/Tour Important Information

Footsteps of Paul Cruise/Tour

Please review the following frequently asked questions (FAQs). Feel free to contact us if you should have any questions.

Cancellation in writing must be received by Rishon World Tours 91 days prior to departure for refund of deposit minus service fees. Airline penalties are not part of the percentages below and vary based on the airline policy at the time of ticket issue.
91+ Days Prior: $100 Per Person Service Fee
90-61 Days Prior: Deposit Amount
60-46 Days Prior: 40% of tour cost lost
45-31 Days Prior: 65% of tour cost lost
30-8 Days Prior: 85% of tour cost lost
7 Days Prior or less: 100% of tour cost lost.
Travel insurance is non-refundable.

Rest assured that tips for drivers, guides, and hotel staff are included in your tour price. Even the daily gratuity charge onboard the Island Princess Cruise ship is included.

However, if you opt to dine onboard at a specialty restaurant, or order drinks or other extras, tips may be added to your ship account which you need to pay before disembarking at the end of the cruise portion of the journey.

In addition, some travelers want to give extra tips to a beloved guide or driver and that would certainly be welcome.

Covid-19 vaccinations are not required to board the cruise ship and will not be required for any other part of the cruise/tour. You will not be asked to provide evidence of vaccination. 

Visitors to Greece, Turkey, or Rome will not need to obtain visas to enter any of these countries as a tourist as you are staying less than 90 days. 

The amount of cash you will need will vary depending on your appetite for shopping. It’s a trip of a lifetime and you’ll no doubt want to bring home some mementos of the journey. Most shops and stores will accept credit cards and the exchange rate should be favorable. 

However, you might want to bring cash for any meals that are not included on the tour such as lunches when we are on excursions or are touring before and after the cruise. Typical lunches could be $15-20 per person.

Walking will be part of the cruise/tour and we encourage each traveler to be able to walk at least a mile and be able to climb stairs when needed. 

Tour participation is available to all travelers, however, and will not be withheld if the tour operator can furnish the requirements that an individual may need.

Because most of our Tour sightseeing schedules require tour members to walk 1-2 miles at a time using a moderate pace and sometimes navigate uneven terrain, we cannot accept persons who cannot do so and instead require special assistance. Should any Tour Member’s participation somehow materially add to the tour operator’s cost, the Tour Member will be expected to pay any additional costs. The Tour Director retains the right to require any non-sufficiently mobile persons to stay behind when deemed necessary.

The climate of the Mediterranean during October is often excellent. This is a great time of year to take a Footsteps of Paul Mediterranean Cruise/Tour as it will not be nearly as warm as during the summer months.

Below is a checklist to help you pack to make your travel experience exceptional. When we embark on the cruise portion of our journey, your luggage will be delivered to your cabin at an unspecified time on the day of departure, so it’s a good idea to pack a change of clothes, toiletries and any medications you may need in your carry-on bag to bring with you.

Dining Dress Code

On a typical ten-day cruise, there are usually two evenings you are invited to dress up for a formal dinner. These are optional, but we encourage you to participate as they are a fun way to experience a cruise. We suggest a semi-formal dress or skirt and blouse for women and a suit for men. The remaining dinners on the ship are informal, although if you dine in the restaurants, we suggest—blouse and pants for women and a collared shirt with trousers for men. Remember that buffet areas will also be available if you prefer.

Packing Checklist

  • Casual and comfortable clothes including pants, jeans, shorts, T-shirts, collared shirts or blouses
  • Light sweater or jacket
  • Semi-formal clothes or dress clothes for 1-2 formal evenings
  • Bathing suit and a cover-up or wrap if you would like to use the pools on the ship
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Toiletries, in a sealed, clear bag inside your luggage
  • Medications in their original containers
  • Small bag or backpack for port days
  • Passport with separate photocopy

Packing Tips

Do not pack your passport or travel documents in your luggage. Mark your luggage and carry-on bag with your name and address so you can distinguish them easily. We recommend you also put identification information—name, address and phone number—INSIDE your luggage in case the luggage tags are lost in transit. We suggest keeping your essential toiletries and a one-day change of clothes in your carry-on.  You keep a color copy of the information page of your passport inside your luggage in case your passport is lost.

Many excursions at port stops are included with your cruise/tour. Excursions are planned for Ephesus, which will include lunch; Cyprus will be a wonderful excursion, Crete and Rhodes are also excursions which are included with your cruise/tour. 

There also will be port stops where you will be able to explore on your own or book an optional excursion from Princess Cruises. These port stops are Mykonos, Santorini and Naples. Mykonos and Santorini in particular are fun to explore on your own. In Naples, you might consider booking a ferry to the island of Capri, a short distance from Naples.


If you would like to arrive a day or more early to explore on your own, Rishon Tours would be happy to make the arrangements for you. Please send us an email at and we’ll work with you to customize your pre-trip experience. 

If you would like to stay in Rome an extra day or more to explore on your own, we would be more than willing to make the arrangements, book your hotel, etc. Just let us know by email at We are here to serve you.

The short answer is yes. If you need to cancel your reservation and would like to transfer your reservation to a different cruise or tour with Rishon Tours, we will do our best to accommodate your request. 

Let’s explore how to effectively use your cell phone internationally, ensuring you stay connected and make the most of your travel experience.

Check with Your Service Provider

Before embarking on your journey, it’s essential to contact your service provider to inquire about international roaming plans. Many mobile carriers offer special packages tailored to international travelers. These plans usually include data, call, and text allowances for a fixed fee. Make sure to understand the details, costs, and coverage of the plan before making a decision.

Unlocking Your Phone

If you have a locked phone, you might not be able to use a local SIM card while traveling. Unlocking your phone is the process of removing carrier restrictions, allowing you to use SIM cards from different providers. Contact your service provider to inquire about unlocking options or consider third-party services.

Purchase a Local SIM Card

One of the most cost-effective ways to stay connected while abroad is to purchase a local SIM card. This allows you to have a local phone number, access local networks, and enjoy cheaper rates for calls, texts, and data. Ensure your phone is unlocked before purchasing a SIM card, and don’t forget to save or transfer important contacts and data before switching.

Wi-Fi Connectivity

Utilizing Wi-Fi is an excellent way to reduce data usage and stay connected for free. Most hotels, cafes, and public spaces offer Wi-Fi hotspots that allow you to make calls, send messages, and browse the internet. Remember to exercise caution when connecting to public Wi-Fi networks by using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) for added security.

Messaging and Calling Apps

Take advantage of messaging and calling apps, such as WhatsApp, Viber, or Skype, to send messages, make calls, and share media with your contacts. These apps use internet-based communication, allowing you to avoid expensive international roaming charges. Ensure that the people you want to connect with also have the same app installed.

Data Usage Tips

Using data while traveling can quickly consume your phone’s battery and incur high charges. To minimize data usage, consider the following tips:

Disable automatic updates for apps.

Turn off push notifications for email and social media apps.

Download maps and travel guides before leaving your accommodation and use them offline.

Use offline navigation apps like Google Maps Offline,, or CityMaps2Go.


Staying connected while traveling internationally doesn’t have to be stressful or costly. By planning ahead, understanding your mobile carrier’s international plans, unlocking your phone, and utilizing local SIM cards, Wi-Fi, messaging apps, and data-saving techniques, you can make the most of your cell phone without breaking the bank. Remember, staying connected is important, but don’t forget to take some time to unplug and enjoy the destination you’re exploring. Safe travels!

Traveling to other parts of the world on a Footsteps of Paul Cruise/Tour is an exceptional travel experience that offers you both fun and the opportunity to become spiritually inspired. While you’re traveling with Rishon Tours, we want to make your journey as carefree as possible by covering most of the tips and gratuities on your cruise/tour. This includes the daily gratuity charge onboard the ship – this is covered by your tour cost. Please note, however, that extras onboard the ship such as specialty restaurants and not-included drinks will result in additional gratuity charges which will be added to your ship bill, and you will need to pay these additional gratuity charges before disembarking.

Tips to porters, hotel bellman, drivers and your tour guides, however, are all included. If you visit various restaurants apart from the cruise/tour, however, remember to acknowledge and reward excellent service.

In most parts of the world, the general guideline for restaurant service workers is 10-12% of the bill and 15% to acknowledge excellent service.

Join this Unforgettable Footsteps of Paul Cruise/Tour with Pastor Ed Taylor