Participants: 30 (from England, Scotland, Italy, Spain, Canada, and 9 US states)
The apostle Paul was no stranger to prison. As he famously declared, "The Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. However, I do not account my life of any value... if only I may finish my course and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus..." (Acts 20:23-24). In fact Paul faced imprisonment on multiple occasions (2 Col 11:5), including years incarcerated in Caesarea, Ephesus (quite possibly), and Rome (twice). The sea voyage to Rome was interrupted by shipwreck at Malta (Acts 27:1-28:1). A few months later the company made their way to Rome, by way of Sicily and southern Italy (Acts 28:11-16). We will be tracking Paul's final journey in the book of Acts. Although our accommodations are always on terra firma, we'll be traveling by a combination of land and sea. Join us on this incredible voyage through a truly beautiful and historically fascinating part of the world. INCLUDES: Sightseeing as per the itinerary (below), daily open-buffet breakfasts, 10 dinners at the hotels, transportation by private bus, ferry tickets Malta-Pozzallo and Messina-Reggio Calabria, entrance fees to the sites and museums, headsets for 9 days, city taxes in Malta and Italy, service charges and local taxes, all tips to drivers and guides, travel Bag, t-shirt, luggage tag, and tour map. HOTELS (European 4-star accommodations)
2 nights in Malta: Golden Tulip Vivaldi
1 night in Syracuse: Mercure Siracusa Prometeo
1 night in Reggio Calabria: Grand Hotel Excelsior
1 night in Pompeii: Hotel Palma
1 night in Naples: Grand Hotel Oriente
4 nights in Rome: Hotel Diana
EXCLUDES: Flights (to arrive Malta & depart Rome), lunches, travel and health
Insurance, any other services not mentioned above.
EXTRA NIGHTS: If you're arriving early or departing late and would like our agents to arrange your hotel, these are the prices:
Pre-tour hotel (Malta)—George Hotel
Post-tour hotel (Rome)—Best Western Universo
TUTKU MAIN OFFICE: +90-232-4418676/77. TUTKU MALTA/ITALY OFFICE: Nataliya Braila +39-328-467 46 62. TOUR GUIDES: TBA. TUTKU PRESIDENT: Levent Oral +90-532-296-6921. Douglas Jacoby: +1678231888.
Oct 29 Sat—ARRIVE MALTA, OPENING DINNER / ORIENTATION
Arrive at Malta International Airport. Meeting and assistance at airport by English-speaking guide.
Airport-hotel transfers: 12 noon – 3:00pm – 4:05pm – 5:00pm – 6:00 (1200, 1500, 1605, 1800)
For early arrivals, private airport-hotel transfer service available at extra cost.
[Transfer] Transfer to Golden Tulip and check-in
Oct 30 Sun—MALTA: PAUL'S SHIPWRECK, HOUSE OF PUBLIUS
0800 Buffet breakfast at hotel
0830 Church / communion at hotel
0915 Visit possible places of Paul's shipwreck: St Paul's Bay, Mellieha Bay, St Thomas Bay
1300 Lunch at leisure
1400 Rabat and House of Publius (Domus Romana)
1615 Head back to hotel
1930 Dinner at hotel
Oct 31 Mon—MALTA (continued)—FERRY TO POZZALLO, SICILY—SYRACUSE
0730 Breakfast and check-out
0900 Explore Valletta
1300 Lunch at leisure
1430 Transfer to port
1700 Ferry from Malta to Pozzallo (Sicily)
1845 Arrival to Pozzallo port. Drive to Syracuse.
2000 Check-in to Hotel Mercure
Nov 1 Tue—SYRACUSE—FERRY TO REGGIO CALABRIA
0800 Breakfast and check-out
1000 Ortigia island
1300 Lunch at leisure
1400 Drive to Messina (165km)
1700 Ferry to Reggio Calabria, transfer to Grand Hotel Excelsior for check-in
Nov 2 Wed—REGGIO CALABRIA—PAESTUM
0730 Breakfast and check-out
0800 Cathedral of Reggio Calabria and the Roman Baths.
0930 Drive to Paestum (435 km)
1530 Visit archaeological site
1730 Drive to Pompeii
1830 Check in to Hotel Palma
Nov 3 Thu—POMPEII—HERCULANEUM – NAPLES
0730 Breakfast and checkout
0850 Walk to Pompeii
1300 Herculaneum or Vesuvius
1600 Continue to Naples
1645 Check in to Grand Hotel Oriente
Nov 4 Fri—POZZUOLI—BAIA—ROME
0845 Check out
0900 National Archaeological Museum
1015 Drive to Pozzuoli (242 km)
1330 Drive to Rome (3 hours)
1630 Check in to Hotel Diana
Nov 5 Sat—ROME WALKING TOUR
0900 Basilica San Pietro in Vincoli, Domus Aurea, Mamertine Prison, Arch of Constantine, Palatine Hill, Arch of Titus, Forum
1345 Colosseum, Mithraeum / Basilica San Clemente
1630 End of tour
Nov 6 Sun—OSTIA and ROME
0830 Leave hotel
0930 Visit the archaeological site of Ancient Ostia
1300 Return to Rome for lunch & free time
1700 Transfer back to hotel available
1900 Church / communion service
Nov 7 Mon—VATICAN—ROME
0900 To Vatican City
0930 Visit Vatican Museum and Pio Christian Museum, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica
1400 To the Catacombs of St. Sebastian
1530 Shopping or back to hotel
1930 Farewell dinner
Nov 8 Tue—Departures
Breakfast and check-out
Transfer to airport
Payment is most easily made by check (US and UK citizens), credit or debit card, PayPal, money order, bank wire, Venmo, or Western Union.
Checks: make out to T&R and mail to 957 Shy Ln, Marietta GA 30060. Bank wires: use exchange rate for day you post check, for example at xe.com. Or pay with any major credit or debit card (+3%), or by PayPal (3.5%, 4.4% [international] processing). Debit & credit: send your details (no., exp., amount) in two separate emails (for security). For international bank wire (there's a $15 bank charge), contact us. Or pay by Western Union or Venmo (@douglas-jacoby-1 —no charge). Choose the method best for you, and email your choice.
The deposit of $400 is due. If you’re paying in full, of course, the deposit is included in the total. (Please read this, even if you are sure you won't cancel.)
Payment in full due 1 July 2022: $4040
After 1 July, please add $75
Single room supplement: $995
$400 saves you a place on the tour. See the Payment section above for how to send this.
Everyone on the BST should send in the following details:
- Full legal name (as it appears on your passport)
- The name you would like to appear on your name badge (first name and surname).
- Your country or countries of citizenship.
- Passport number
- Passport expiration date. Your passport must have at least 6 months remaining (past date of end of tour).
- Your birthday: day, month, and year
- Please also send us the name of the city and nation where you reside.
- If you are signing up for another person, be sure to include his/her email address.
Before 31 Mar 2022—100% of balance and 90% of deposit refundable
Before 1 May 2022—100% of balance (only) refundable
By 1 Jul—80% of balance...
By 1 Aug—60%
By 1 Sep—50%
By 1 Oct—40%
After 1 Oct 2022—no refunds
TRAVEL INSURANCE (US members)
Travel insurance is available as a separate package at an extra cost. The cost of travel insurance is approximately $210 to $350, depending on length of tour, tour inclusions, etc. Tour participants may call our agents' associates' office in New Jersey, Prime Travel, to purchase travel insurance and obtain the exact rate for your tour. The travel insurance policy is a contract between traveler and Insurance Company (Travel Guard, Allianz etc). Tutku Tours has no role in booking or in the payment of the travel insurance. When you call to inquire about travel insurance, please mention your group name (Tutku—BST Jacoby). Prime Travel’s phone number: 1-201-825-1600. Contact: Mrs. Armagan Ayata or Mr. Sal Kesedar.
You may also want to check out the insurance plan with Faith Ventures. This is a less expensive option, with wider benefits. And of course you may want to purchase "trip protection" when you get your air tickets — though this normally covers only the cost of your flights.
We are all arriving at different times—though it’s bound to happen that some of us will be on the same flights. I believe most of us have each other’s cities and email addresses, so you may want to work out taxi sharing. Regardless of when you arrive, the BST begins officially with our Saturday evening dinner, at the hotel.
For the vast majority of us, Italy is not in our home time zone. A useful website for checking the time anywhere on the planet is WorldTime.
If you want some practical tips on beating jet lag, see what I've written at my website. See the jet lag article.
Europe is expensive. But fortunately, you will need to cover only lunches and perhaps souvenirs. The currency of Malta and Italy is the euro. Accordingly, I suggest that 100-200 euros (not counting money for airport transfers) should be plenty. There are several handy websites to help us navigate foreign exchange. One useful website tool is www.xe.com.
Not all plug ends are equal. If you are unsure which to use on your appliances overseas, you might want to visit Voltage Valet. As for voltage, European levels are normally 220v. Modern computers and phones are smart enough not to get fried if this is higher than your voltage back home, so converters are unnecessary. Hotels usually have some adapter plugs, but they often get lent out, so if you have a set, pack what you need.
We will have a communion services on both our Sundays (in Malta and in Rome).
Most European countries make it easy to phone when you're abroad. Not so for those arriving from North America. International calls on cell phones, unless you have arranged an international roaming package, are very dear. The easiest way is to phone using a computer or smartphone. Skype or WhatsApp work well.
Expect gorgeous weather at this time of year, probably in the 15-25 C pocket. (For those who are living in the 19th century, that's 50s to mid-70s F). There is a small chance of rain. (The Mediterranean wet season kicks into gear in November and December.)
CLOTHING & FOOTWEAR
Dress for comfort. We're roaming over some rocky / uneven ancient archaeological sites. There is only a moderate amount of climbing, apart from the slope of Vesuvius. Bring comfortable walking shoes. (Hiking boots are not required.)
Since we moved back to Europe in 2020, we’re walking a lot more. When we lived in the States, we had two cars, and pretty much drove everywhere. We took out the dog daily, but there were plenty of days when that’s the only walking we did. The American (summer) heat isn’t always inviting. Here in the Old World it’s a lot cooler. People amble, stroll, hike, perambulate… There are parks and walking paths everywhere. We’re probably walking 1-2 miles a day, as when we used to live here in the ’80s and ’90s. We have only one car—and many days when we don’t even use it. So, for our American friends, if walking isn’t normally part of your lifestyle, please consider walking daily now, so you don’t get winded as we explore the sites, climb hills (and stairs), and walk 1-2 miles a day (maybe more). And if you’ve recently bought hiking boots or sturdy, comfortable walking shoes, be sure to break them in before the trip!
Lately Vicki and I have been using walking poles—light, telescopic (retractable), and adjustable for height. They’re great for balance, for involving the upper body, and negotiating rough terrain. We’ve noticed that it’s not just older folks who use walking poles; so do many younger ones (think 20s). The poles, retracted, take up very little space in a suitcase. If you do decide on this, perhaps you’ll want to take a few strolls with the poles before you fly, so that you’re used to them.
Another suggestion—especially if both your hands are holding your walking poles 😊—is to bring along a small backpack. That makes it easier to carry our tour materials, personal things, and water. (Water bottles will be available every day, so that we stay hydrated.)
If you work hard, there may still be time for you to become fluent in Maltese and Italian before the tour begins. Please let me know once you are; we can use your translation skills. DuoLingo is an excellent app to get you on your way. And if you every get lost in Malta, just say "Hawn xi ħadd jitkellem bil-Ingliż?" (You're asking if anyone speaks English....)
We will be creating your double-sided name badge. You will receive it at the opening dinner. Please wear your name badge / lanyard at all times. This identifies BST members, makes it easier for interactions (who has a perfect memory when it comes to names, after all?), and enhances group cohesion.