Omega Tours & Travel https://www.omegatours.com.sg Mon, 27 Jul 2020 09:24:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.6 https://www.omegatours.com.sg/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/fav.png Omega Tours & Travel https://www.omegatours.com.sg 32 32 Top 11 Foods You Must Have in Israel https://www.omegatours.com.sg/top-11-foods-you-must-have-in-israel Mon, 13 Jul 2020 05:00:36 +0000 https://www.omegatours.com.sg/?p=4347 Israeli Cuisine – Hummus, Falafel and More

Think of Israel cuisine and we probably picture bowls of hummus for dipping, pita breads stuffed with falafel and salads of finely diced tomatoes with plenty of herbs and olive oil. Think again … there’s a whole lot more to this. The Israeli cuisine is unbelievably diverse, a blend of local dishes and dishes brought to Israel by Jewish immigrants. Israeli food is probably one of the healthiest foods in the world. Here are some dishes we think you will love to try when you are next in Israel or cook in your very own kitchen.

 

What to Eat in Israel?

 

1. Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a good choice for breakfast. It is a dish of eggs poached in a tangy sauce of simmering tomatoes, olive oil, peppers, onion, garlic and spices. Some will add spinach, feta cheese and other ingredients to the mix. It’s nourishing, filling and it’s simple to make with this recipe.

2. Shawarma

Shawarma is a popular Israeli street food classic made of grilled beef or chicken heavily marinated in olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice and warm spices. It can be served on a plate surrounded by colourful vegetables including tomatoes, onions, shredded lettuce and pickles or simply in a wrap.

 

3. Falafel

Falafel is a great snack by itself. It is a deep-fried ball made from ground chickpeas, fava beans or both, herbs and seasonings. It is usually stuffed into pita bread or served atop fresh greens. How to make perfectly crispy falafel?

 

4. Ptitim

Ptitim also known as Israeli Couscous is a great meal for kids. The tiny pasta pearls are made from semolina flour, dried and then toasted to give a nutty flavour. It is known colloquially in Israel as “Ben-Gurion’s rice”. Just add anything in it … carrots, tomatoes, corn, peas, any herb or spice … and make it your own style as you like.

 

5. Challah bread

Bread comes with every meal in Israel but be sure to try the Challah bread made with eggs, flour, butter, yeast and sugar. It is a simple recipe. The most important thing is the braiding. Try this at home.

 

6. Hummus

Hummus is a creamy dip typically made with a blend of chickpeas, tahini, salt, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic.  It is a meal on its own or we can eat it with different veggies, use it as a salad dressing, spread it on two pieces of toast or create a fancy grain bowl. Try this recipe at home.

 

7. Baba ganoush

Baba ganoush is simply aubergine mixed with tahini, lemon juice, garlic and whatever other flavours you want to add, and served with bread, crisp vegetables and pita chips.

 

8. Latkes

Latkes are popular Israeli potato pancakes, made from mashed or grated potatoes, flour, eggs, onions and finely crushed matzo crackers.

9. Kanafeh

Kanafeh is a thin vermicelli-like cheese pastry soaked in sweet sugar-based syrup, topped with ground nuts like pistachios.

 

10. Baklava 

Baklava is very rich in aroma and flavour. It is prepared from phyllo dough sheets with butter and pistachios, cashew nuts and walnuts, soaked in sugar syrup or honey.

 

11. Halvah

Halvah is crumbly and dry. It is made of tahini from typical chocolate and vanilla flavour to pistachio, cinnamon flavour and many more flavourings.

 

So here it is, the top 11 foods that you should try when visiting Israel! Even though travelling may not be possible during this season, we can stay home and try the above recipes. Have fun!

Lord, bless the food before us, the family beside us and the love between us. Amen!

 

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Stay Home Now, Travel Later https://www.omegatours.com.sg/stay-home-now-travel-later Wed, 24 Jun 2020 06:58:59 +0000 https://www.omegatours.com.sg/?p=4318 While we aren’t travelling now, that doesn’t mean we should stop the travel inspiration from coming. We can think about all the places we have been and all the places we hope to see sometime soon. This is also a great time to buckle down and save money for our next travel since we are not out social spending.

 

 

Plan your next trip with us

 

It is more realistic to look at trips that must be planned and take more coordination than an average weekend vacation. What kind of trip do we want to take in the future? Is it going to be a tropical holiday? Is it a safari in Africa? Is it a destination that we just haven’t been before? How about considering your next travel journey to Israel and the other Bible lands such as Jordan, Turkey or Greece? Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for travel inspirations! Visit our website for more information or drop us an email so we can contact you!

 

 

Stay home now, travel later

 

Now’s the time to perfect our travel photography skills. When everything is online, we can easily find tips and tutorials to improve our skills. So when that big trip comes up, we are dialled in.

 

Here’s a tutorial on 5 Tips for your Best Iphone Photography:

 

 

Maybe we have a ton of travel photos just sitting in our laptop or phone, waiting to be printed. Now is the time to get those printed and used for something creative – be it a scrapbook, a travel journey or a picture frame hung on our wall.

 

Check out Photobook Singapore, where we can print your photos on a mug, phone case, tumbler, calendar or make them into a beautiful photobook:

 

 

Maybe just lose ourselves in our favourite reads, watch our favourite travel movies on Netflix or do some easy home fitness workouts to keep fit.

 

Try this easy-to-follow workout for beginners:

 


We will travel again soon. In the meantime, stay safe!

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

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Build Your Own Trip https://www.omegatours.com.sg/build-your-own-trip https://www.omegatours.com.sg/build-your-own-trip#respond Mon, 20 Jan 2020 02:20:32 +0000 https://www.omegatours.com.sg/?p=2750
Everyone has their own style when it comes to travelling. Whether you’re travelling with friends and family or if you choose to go solo, there is never a right or wrong way to do things. However, there are some differences if you choose to participate in either a private or a group tour.

 

Group Tour

A group tour with a fixed departure date offers you the opportunity to meet new people along the way and mix with like-minded travellers, in some cases, from all over the globe. If guests were attracted to the same itinerary, chances are you will have something in common. You will share a tour guide and a bus driver, but their special treatment makes you feel like part of a friendly family. With a group of any size, there is bound to be time spent on waiting and herding participants of the tour. The itinerary is set well in advance and is not available to be altered by participants. Typically, a group tour helps keep the tour price manageable when compared to a small, private tour.

Private Tour

It allows you to choose your own departure date and duration and tweak the itinerary according to your desires. It is exclusively for you and your travel party. You will have your own personal tour guide, with a private vehicle and driver. No other guests will join this tour so you can enjoy your privacy. It is also useful for those who need special care, including older relatives, young children or disabled travellers. This simply translates into greater flexibility, better comfort and personalised service. A private tour is usually costlier than a group tour. However, a private tour doesn’t just have to be for two. With sufficient numbers, this private tour can be arranged for a similar price to a group tour.

At the end of the day, your trip is up to you! Your decision should be based on what will work best for you and whoever you are travelling with. Consider what is most important to you as you travel. If you are interested in designing your own itinerary or discussing a private tour further, get in touch today with us.

Click here for more information on our available tours or here to organize a private tour.

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Consider a trip to Israel in 2020! https://www.omegatours.com.sg/consider-a-trip-to-israel-in-2020 https://www.omegatours.com.sg/consider-a-trip-to-israel-in-2020#respond Mon, 20 Jan 2020 02:17:51 +0000 https://www.omegatours.com.sg/?p=2738 If you’re looking for the best destination to visit in 2020, we suggest Israel.

Israel is a country of immense natural beauty, amazing culture, countless historic and religious sites and unbeatable history. Israel is probably the only country in which you can visit tip to tip in less than a day. Driving from the Red Sea resort town of Eilat on the southernmost tip to Metula in the mountainous snow-capped Golan Heights in the north will only take you six hours. So even if you only have a day, come to Israel!

It is every believer’s dream to visit the Land of the Bible. For those who have visited Israel they would say that their trip was incredible in every sense of the word. There was something throughout the trip that touched them, personally and spiritually. Many would even say that they left a piece of themselves over there and they have full intentions of going back to Israel.

Here are the three main reasons why you should visit Israel.

1. The Bible will vividly come to life

You’ll never read the Bible the same after walking the paths of Jesus and trekking the land where Joshua battled, Elijah called down fire and David reigned. The land and people, sights, sounds and smells will forever influence you. These encounters will shape the way you understand and read the Bible.

Ayalon Valley

Valley of Elah

2. Israel has a diverse landscape

The north is green and lush with mountains overlooking vistas of valleys and fields and rivers and lakes. In the centre of the country, you have the modern high-rise buildings of Tel Aviv, contrasting with the ancient alleyways of the Old City in Jerusalem. The south offers the Negev’s natural resorts and parks. Right at Israel’s southernmost tip, there is Eilat, with its Red Sea oasis.  From swamps to lakes, craters to mountains, Israel has literally got it all.

Northern Israel

Tel Aviv

Jerusalem

Southern Israel

3. Because it has the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth

No trip to Israel is complete without covering yourself in mud and floating in the buoyant Dead Sea. The mud baths are also supposed to do wonders for your skin and are said to having healing powers.

Dead Sea

Dead Sea

So join us on an awesome trip to Israel at least once in your lifetime!

Click here for more information on our available tours.

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Oberammergau: The Passion Play 2020 https://www.omegatours.com.sg/oberammergau-the-passion-play-2020 https://www.omegatours.com.sg/oberammergau-the-passion-play-2020#respond Thu, 12 Sep 2019 06:41:49 +0000 https://www.omegatours.com.sg/?p=1771 Oberammergau is a small village nestled into one of the most stunning, unspoilt regions in Germany – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria. This charming village is known not only for its once-in-a-decade Passion Play, but also for its beautiful façade painting (Lüftlmalerei) at the house walls and for the art handicraft of the professional woodcarver (Herrgottschnitzer).

Garmisch Partenkirchen

Nearly 400 years ago, the history of the Passion Play began. Back in 1634, the town of Oberammergau was hit by a devastating plague. The townsfolk vowed that they would perform the Passion of Christ once every ten years if that plague spared them. Believing themselves to have been spared by the grace of God Himself, the villagers kept up their end of the bargain, and in 1634 the people of Oberammergau produced the first ever Passionsspiele. The promise has been kept until today.

Passion Play

The Passion Play is an important event in the life of Oberammergau residents and one which they embrace with enthusiasm. Hundreds of locals put up an unforgettable show that is attended by over 500,000 people from all over the world. The show is complete with impeccable costumes and makeup, haunting music, brilliant scripts, and gorgeous settings. Each performance is held in two sittings – each lasting for two and a half hours – with a three hour break in between. The play is performed in German but booklets with translations in other languages are available. In 2020, it will be performed for the 42nd time by the inhabitants of the village from 16th May 2020 to 4th October 2020 at the Passion Play Theater.

Passion Play Theatre

Besides enjoying the once-in-a-decade Passion Play at Oberammergau, you will also get to visit many fabulous landscapes of Germany. Read here for more information.

Interested in our tour to Germany in July 2020, click here for more information.

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Fabulous Landscapes of Germany https://www.omegatours.com.sg/fabulous-landscapes-of-germany https://www.omegatours.com.sg/fabulous-landscapes-of-germany#respond Thu, 29 Aug 2019 06:30:23 +0000 https://www.omegatours.com.sg/?p=1759 Germany is a country full of interesting sites, rich culture, vibrant cities, stunning historical architecture, sprawling alps, winding rivers, lush valleys and elegant castles. Here are some attractions that you get to visit when you join our July 2020 tour.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Fussen

Neuschwanstein is an impressive fairytale-like castle that inspired Walt Disney to create his most famous park, Magic Kingdom. Surrounded by sweeping valleys, towering mountains and beautiful lakes, Neuschwanstein is best viewed from Marienbrücke, or Mary’s Bridge — a bridge over the Pöllat Gorge that offers stunning views of the castle and the scenery around it. The name Neuschwanstein means ‘New Swan Castle’ and was inspired by a famous 19th-century opera, Lohengrin.

Castle Neuschwanstein

Berchtesgaden

A village of 7,000, tucked against the sheer walls of the Bavarian Alps.

Berchtesgaden

Heidelberg Schloss, Heidelberg

Though now in ruins, Heidelberger Schloss (Heidelberg Castle) remains an impressive structure that can be seen from nearly anywhere in Heidelberg. Nestled in the rich green forest of the Königstuhl hillside, some 80 metres from the rest of the city, the castle can be reached by funicular railway or by stairs. Once at the top, soak in the views of the city below (including the Neckar River and the Old Bridge), take in the impressive Renaissance architecture, and roam the castle’s gardens.

Heidelberg Castle

Zugspitze

The highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains as well as the highest mountain in Germany at 2,962 m above sea level.

Zugspitze

Insel Mainau, Lake Constance

Floating in Lake Constance, near the city of Konstanz, you will find a small garden island named Mainau. Covering about 110 acres of land, the island is nicknamed ‘Flower Island’ as it is covered in parks and gardens teeming with vibrant, colourful flowers and about 500 species of trees, along with beautiful sculptures and fountains.

Island Mainau

Schaffhausen (Rhine Falls)

The Rhine Falls remains Europe’s largest and most powerful waterfall.

Rhinefall Schaffhausen

Cable Car Ride over River Rhine

Enjoy the spectacular views where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet.

Cable Car ride over River Rhine

Drosselgasse, Rudesheim

At the heart of Rüdesheim’s old town, you will find the charming Drosselgasse, a cobbled street filled with historic buildings, restaurants, bars and shops. At 144 meters in length, the street is lined with some of the city’s best entertainment venues where you can enjoy regional dishes and wines as well as energetic live bands.

Drosselgasse, Rudesheim

Besides the beautiful landscapes Germany has to offer, what makes year 2020 special is the once-in-a-decade Passion Play at Oberammergau. Read here for more information.

Interested in our tour to Germany in July 2020, click here for more information.

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Other Treasures of Greece and Island Hopping with Celestyal Cruises https://www.omegatours.com.sg/other-treasures-of-greece-and-island-hopping-with-celestyal-cruises https://www.omegatours.com.sg/other-treasures-of-greece-and-island-hopping-with-celestyal-cruises#respond Wed, 26 Jun 2019 00:01:30 +0000 https://www.omegatours.com.sg/?p=1181 Greece has history at every turn. All around the country and the islands, there are ancient sites of various historical periods: from remains of ancient Greek temples to Byzantine monasteries and Neoclassical mansions. Some of the most interesting archaeological sites include the Acropolis of Athens, the Sanctuary of Delphi, the Palace of Knossos in Crete, Ancient Olympia and Mycenae. Greece also boasts of many World Heritage UNESCO Sites such as Rhodes medieval town, Meteora, Delos Island and Saint John monastery in Patmos Island.

Cruises in Greece is the best way to see the Greek islands. The four-day cruise aboard Celestyal Olympia from Piraeus would take in the majestic and picturesque Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Heraklion and Santorini. It is a hectic and busy cruise, but it will be rewarding! It is perfect for sampling the various islands, cultures and history!

Delphi

Delphi, Greece

Sitting on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, Delphi is a famous sanctuary, dedicated to the Greek god Apollo and home to the Oracle of Delphi. In the ancient times, it was believed that Delphi was the centre of the world (the navel of the Earth). When asking for a prophecy, people would come with valuable offerings to the Oracle of Delphi. Delphi had many treasuries to guard these gifts such as the Treasury of Athenians. Before entering the temple, pilgrims had to wash in the Castalian Spring. When Christianity became the dominant religion of the Byzantine Empire, the oracle of Delphi was closed as a pagan place. The Archaeological Museum of Delphi hosts findings from the site and the region. The most famous exhibits are the Charioteer and the Sphinx.

Meteora

Meteora, Greece

Meteora is truly one of the most impressive rock formations in the world with its ‘hanging monasteries’. Monks and hermits have been finding refuge in this unique rock formation for more than a thousand years. The word Meteora means literally “hovering in the air”. Of the 24 monasteries that were built between the 13th and 16th century, only six eastern Orthodox monasteries remain in place on these ancient structures atop its massive rock pillars and the village and countryside below.

Heraklion, Crete

Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Crete is an island blessed with a diversity of the landscape: the rugged mountains, the endless beaches and the turquoise seas, the many cities and villages, and stunning countryside. The island is the birthplace of the first advanced society on European soil, the Minoans. Heraklion is the largest city of Crete and famous for the Palace of Knossos, a well-restored and sprawling work of Arthur Evans who spent much of his life and his inherited fortune to make Knossos what it is today.

Rhodes

Palace of the Grand Master, Rhodes, Greece

Rhodes, the largest and most popular island of the Dodecanese island group, is known as the “Knights Island” with a rich historical past. The ancient city of Rhodes was designed by the greatest city planner of antiquity, Hippodamus of Miletus. Stone walls, stone-paved alleys, elegant mansions, and a medieval castle – all things of a medieval fairy tale! The Palace of the Grand Master and the Street of the Knights are certainly the highlights.

The Palace of the Grand Master was originally a Byzantine fortress built at the end of the 7th century AD. It was converted by the Knights of the Order of Saint John into the residence of the Grand Master of the order and the administrative headquarters of their state. It had 158 rooms with only 24 open to visitors. The rooms have antique furniture, exquisite marbles, sculptures, carpets and fine Oriental vases. The floors are paved with a mosaic of ancient Roman and Byzantine art.  Today, this magnificent building is a museum.

Mykonos

Mykonos Greece

Mykonos, the famous island in the Aegean! Everywhere you look, there is a maze of white-washed alleyways. Give yourself some tome to wander, getting lost in the narrow streets is half the fun. Little Venice is made up of homes that were built in the 18th century and have their foundations in the sea. The Windmills is another attraction. Powered by the north wind, these windmills used to ground grain into flour until the early 20th century. There is time before the cruise departs to check out some of the best restaurants in the Mediterranean.

Santorini

Santorini Greece

Santorini – the precious gem of the Aegean! It is famous for its stunning caldera, the volcano, and the romantic sunset. Perched on the edge of steep cliffs, the villages of Santorini offer an amazing view of the Aegean Sea and the submerged volcano. Spend some time exploring Oia and Fira with the traditional Cycladic architecture.

 


Greece should be in every traveller’s wish list. The country is the perfect place for an enjoyable holiday. Greece is famous for its beautiful landscape, long coastline with amazing beaches, sunny weather and rich history. Plus, Greece is also a significant biblical place that traces the footsteps of Paul on his journey to spread the word of God.

Paul’s missionary journeys changed the world, and when you, too, follow In the Footsteps of Paul, you will see the New Testament coming alive in a whole new way!

See the ancient marketplaces of Thessaloniki and Philippi, explore the archaeological ruins at Delphi, stand on the spot in Berea where Paul preached, take in the awe-inspiring views of Meteora, enjoy an exciting four-day Greek Isle cruise to Mykonos, Patmos where John wrote the Book of Revelation, Rhodes with its Crusader-era Masters Palace, Heraklion, beautiful Santorini, a stop in Kusadasi with a chance to see fascinating Ephesus, view the ruins of Corinth where Paul lived and worked with Priscilla and Aquila, and see the Acropolis and Mars Hill where Paul stood to deliver his famous Areopagus sermon about the ‘Unknown God’.

Sign up with us today for an exciting journey in the Bible lands!

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Experience Paul’s World of Greece https://www.omegatours.com.sg/experience-pauls-world-of-greece https://www.omegatours.com.sg/experience-pauls-world-of-greece#respond Wed, 26 Jun 2019 00:00:33 +0000 https://www.omegatours.com.sg/?p=1171 Paul and his companions set out from Troas and sailed across to the island of Samothrace, and on to Neapolis the next day. Paul landed on the European mainland for the first time in 51AD. Paul travelled inland along the Via Egnatia to Philippi where he first preached the Gospel. Paul and Silas continued their preaching in Thessalonica and Berea. Paul alone left for Athens where he preached in the synagogue and discussed with the Greek philosophers in the ancient agora. Paul moved on to Corinth where he lived and worked with Aquila and his wife Priscilla. During the 3rd Missionary Journey, Paul and Timothy made Ephesus their base for three years. The places that Paul visited are still existing as well as his message.

Kavala (Ancient Neapolis)

Kavala, Greece

During Paul’s day, Neapolis (meaning ‘the new city’) was a prosperous port serving the city of Philippi. Today, Kavala is a beautiful and historic town built amphitheatrically along the length of the sea. It boasts a unique character combining the modern contemporary buildings on the west side of the city to the traditional old houses of the eastern side. You can still stroll along the busy harbourfront with its countless fishing caciques moored along the waterfront or relax at nearby bustling harbourfront eateries.

Philippi

Philippi, Greece – Photo by Hercules Milas

Philippi was valued in antiquity for its nearby gold mines. The city prospered in the Roman imperial era and after a visit from Paul, became an important centre of early Christianity. Philippi continued to flourish as a major Byzantine city.

Today, you can still walk on the original route of the stone-paved Via Egnatia, stroll across the remains of the Roman forum, see the remains of the two Basilicas and sit in the Roman theatre. You can see the traditional site of Paul’s prison which is an old water cistern that was transformed into a small church. Neaby is the unique octagonal Baptistery of St Lydia, built beside the River Zygaktis. In the book of Acts, Paul and Silas went to the riverbank just outside the city and began to speak to the women gathered there.

Thessalonica

White Tower in Thessalonica, Greece

On reaching Thessalonica, Paul and Silas preached in the Jewish synagogue on three consecutive Sabbaths. Not surprisingly, this caused a turmoil among some of the Jews. Once again, Paul and Silas were forced to escape from Thessalonica in the night.

Thessaloniki is now the second largest city in Greece full of life and vibrancy. When you climb up to the Byzantine walls, you see a sprawling city with the old and new coexisting wonderfully. You cannot miss the White Tower, the former prison, standing along the beach promenade. You can see several monuments including the impressive circular Rotunda, the famous Arch of Galerius, and the restored ancient amphitheatre, an arched street and a marketplace at the Roman Forum.

Veria (Ancient Berea)

St Paul’s Tribune in Veria, Greece

In Paul’s day, Berea was a prosperous Roman city with a large Jewish community. Today, the modern Saint Paul’s Tribune (“Bema”) features two modern mosaics – one depicting the vision of a man from Macedonia and the other showing Paul preaching to the citizens of Berea. The mosaics are located at the top of Paul’s steps where it is believed that Paul addressed the crowd.

Athens

Athens Acropolis, Greece – Photo by Greece Tourism

Athens, capital and largest city of Greece, is a city full of colours and surprises with elements of ancient glory. Monuments of all historical periods are spread around the town, from ancient times to modern era. Do not miss the Acropolis standing on the highest spot of the city. Just below the Acropolis is the Areopagus where Paul delivered his famous speech about the identity of “the Unknown God” as recorded in Acts 17. Other city highlights include the impressive Hadrian Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Panathenaic Stadium and the imposing Hellenic Parliament House at the east side of Syntagma Square. Admire the neoclassical architecture as you walk through Plaka and the multicoloured Monastiraki with its flea market.

Corinth

Corinth Canal, Greece

Stop by the famous Isthmus that connects the mainland of Greece with the Peloponnese Peninsula. The Isthmus is 6.5km wide and the Corinth Canal is constructed at the narrow point of the Isthmus. Here is where the Aegean meets the Ionian Sea.

The ancient town of Corinth was one of the richest towns in Ancient Greece where Paul lived and preached for two years. You can see the ruins of various buildings including the Agora, the 6th century Temple of Apollo, baths and a basilica. The Corinth Archaeological Museum provides a comprehensive view of finds from the archaeological site.

Ephesus

Ephesus Theatre, Turkey

Kusadasi (which means “bird island”) is a lively resort town in the Aegean region of Turkey. It is the coastal gateway to Ephesus.

Paul and Timothy lived in Ephesus for three years. They stayed in the home of Aquila and Priscilla. Paul preached in the Jewish synagogue in Ephesus but when some of the Jews began to criticise, Paul abandoned the synagogue and moved to the Lecture Hall of Tyrannus. Ephesus had many pagan temples, the most important of which was the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Today, visitors can explore the ruins of Ephesus. See the marble latrines of the ancient public toilets. Sit in the Great Theater that could 25,000 spectators, possibly the largest outdoor theatre in the ancient world. Follow the Priest’s Way to the celebrated façade of the Library of Celsus.

The House of the Virgin in Selcuk

Tradition says that the House of the Virgin Mary is where Mary, the mother of Jesus, spent her final days of her life. The small stone building consisted of a bedroom and a kitchen. Currently, the restored house serves as a chapel.

The Basilica of Saint John in Selcuk

It is believed that John spent his last years in the area and he was buried on Ayasuluk Hill. The once-great basilica was built by Emperor Justinian I in the 6thcentury. It stands over the traditional burial site of John. It is an atmospheric site with excellent hilltop view.

 


Greece should be in every traveller’s wish list. The country is the perfect place for an enjoyable holiday. Greece is famous for its beautiful landscape, long coastline with amazing beaches, sunny weather and rich history. Plus, Greece is also a significant biblical place that traces the footsteps of Paul on his journey to spread the word of God.

Paul’s missionary journeys changed the world, and when you, too, follow In the Footsteps of Paul, you will see the New Testament coming alive in a whole new way!

See the ancient marketplaces of Thessaloniki and Philippi, explore the archaeological ruins at Delphi, stand on the spot in Berea where Paul preached, take in the awe-inspiring views of Meteora, enjoy an exciting four-day Greek Isle cruise to Mykonos, Patmos where John wrote the Book of Revelation, Rhodes with its Crusader-era Masters Palace, Heraklion, beautiful Santorini, a stop in Kusadasi with a chance to see fascinating Ephesus, view the ruins of Corinth where Paul lived and worked with Priscilla and Aquila, and see the Acropolis and Mars Hill where Paul stood to deliver his famous Areopagus sermon about the ‘Unknown God’.

Sign up with us today for an exciting journey in the Bible lands!

Click here for our available tours.

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Greece, the Cradle of Western Civilisation https://www.omegatours.com.sg/greece-the-cradle-of-western-civilisation https://www.omegatours.com.sg/greece-the-cradle-of-western-civilisation#respond Mon, 13 May 2019 03:15:08 +0000 https://www.omegatours.com.sg/?p=722 Greece, also known as the cradle of Western civilisation (where democracy, Western philosophy and literature, major scientific and mathematic principles, among others were birthed), is more than just a beautiful scenic country often portrayed in shades of pristine white and blue.

Greece is also home to the noteworthy route that Apostle Paul took to spread the message of Christ in a time when polytheism (worship of multiple deities) was practised. During his missionary journey in Greece, Paul preached the news of Jesus in many coastal cities and trade route towns, including SamothraceKavala (Neapoli)PhilippiAmphipolis-ApolloniaThessalonikiVeriaAthens, and Corinth.

Apostle Paul visited Veria (historically known as Berea) and preached the gospel as recorded in Act 17.

Paul’s missionary journeys and experiences are recorded in the New Testament through the books of Acts and his letters to the churches. The purpose of all Paul’s missionary journeys was the same: proclaiming God’s grace in forgiving sin through Christ.

Join us on the biblical Greece and Aegean Cruise in March 2020. This tour offers you a great combination of pilgrimage and sightseeing in some of the most spectacular places in Greece.

Philippi

Philippi was the first European city in which Paul preached. Lydia, a merchant from Thyatira, became the first convert in Europe (Acts 16:13-15).

Archaeological Site of Philippi / Photo by Achilleas Savopoulos

Thessalonica

On reaching Thessalonica, Paul and Silas went about preaching in the Jewish synagogue on three consecutive Sabbaths but some of the Jews became jealous. They gathered scoundrels from the agora and caused a riot. Paul and Silas were forced to escape from Thessalonica (Acts 17:2-9).

White Tower, the symbol of the city

Athens

Paul made a famous speech to reason with the Athenians who had erected an altar with the inscription “to an unknown God” at the Areopagus (Mars Hill) as chronicled in Acts 17:15-34.

Mars Hills

 

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Aboard the Aegean Cruise in Greece https://www.omegatours.com.sg/aboard-the-aegean-cruise-in-greece https://www.omegatours.com.sg/aboard-the-aegean-cruise-in-greece#respond Mon, 13 May 2019 03:13:08 +0000 https://www.omegatours.com.sg/?p=715 Greece is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world today, with more than 200 inhabited islands, a plethora of rich historic sites, picturesque beaches and monumental mountain ranges. Located at the intersection of Europe, Asia and Africa, Greece sits on the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula, sharing land borders with Albania, North Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey.

Boasting the longest coastline in the Mediterranean Basin and the 11th longest coastline in the world at 13,676km, mainland Greece is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, the Cretan Sea, the Ionian Sea and the Aegean Sea – the last of which can be explored via an Aegean cruise to some impressive destinations in Greece, including Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, and Santorini, among others.

Iconic Windmills / Mykonos

Palace of Knossos / Crete

Aboard the Aegean cruise, you can experience the beauty of Greece on a journey like no other. Exploring Greece via the Aegean Sea is a classic experience of discovery for those encountering Greece’s beauty for the first time: cruise along endless blue waters seeing swaying windmills and striking cliffs and greet legendary ancient cities at every port.

Aegean Cruise

One noteworthy journey is the one to Santorini, so don’t forget to take in the picturesque landscapes, sunsets and crystal blue waters in between photographs while you’re there. While in the capital of Santorini, Fira, bask in the panoramic views of the island’s dormant volcano and soak up the magnificent sunsets as you go on an adventurous hunt for the mythical lost city of Atlantis. Furthermore, in just a mere 11km away, find an oasis of beauty and calm amidst the traditional whitewashed houses and history-rich blue-domed churches in the village of Oia.

Santorini / Photo by Aleksandar Pasaric

Join us on the biblical Greece and Aegean Cruise in March 2020. This tour offers you a great combination of pilgrimage and sightseeing in some of the most spectacular places in Greece.

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