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BIBLICAL TOURS > Turkey & Greece Tours > Paul's Missionary Journey


Hagia Sophia, Istanbul


Agora, Smyrna


Celsus Library, Ephesus


Laodicea


Acropolis, Pergamum


Demetrios, Thessaloniki


Philippi


Thessaloniki


Amphipolis


Corinth


Parthenon Temple, Athens

NET LAND TOUR RATES
(in US$)

$- Double per person
$- Single supplement

HOTELS TO BE USED ARE
OR SIMILAR

Istanbul Galata Anemon
(Special Class)
Canakkale Iris
(4 Star)
Izmir Anemon
(4 Star)
Kusadasi Korumar Hotel
(5 Star)
Greece Hotels are 3 star – centrally located – will be announced later

INCLUDING

• International Air Fare between New
• 6 Nights at 4 star hotels in Turkey
• 6 Nights at 3 star hotels in Greece
• Daily breakfast and dinner at hotels
• All transportation by private AC
  Bus
• English Speaking, Government
  Licensed, Bible Oriented guides in
  Turkey and Greece
• Private Patmos Tour by Private
  Boat
• Guided tour, Private Bus and Guide
  in Patmos (no lunch in Patmos)
• Entry fees to the sites & museums
• Sightseeing as per the itinerary
• Service charges and local taxes
• Istanbul-Izmir domestic flight on
  Day 2

EXCLUDING

• Turkish Visa Fee ($20 per person
  for US citizens to be paid upon
  arrival)
• Lunches (5 Lunches in Turkey $50
  per person – 7 Lunches in Greece
  $140 per person)
• Drinks
• Personal Expenses (Laundry, phone
  calls, etc)
• Tips to Tour Guide and driver



PAUL'S MISSIONARY JOURNEYS

TURKEY, PATMOS ISLAND & GREECE

TOUR ITINERARY:

Day 01 Depart US or Canada

Day 02 ARRIVE in
Upon arrival in Istanbul, we will be met by our representative and guide. This morning we embark on a superb highlight cruise along the Bosphorus Waterway. Travelling towards the Black Sea, the scenery complements the grandeur of the Ottoman palaces, old mansions and fortresses that we pass. This afternoon we visit the Blue Mosque with its beautiful tiles and the Hippodrome, where Roman chariot races were held. We also visit St. Sophia, at one time a Cathedral and a mosque, and now a magnificent museum. We then visit the fabulous Topkapi Palace, a walled city perched above the Bosphorous and the Golden Horn. Now we’re off to the famous Grand Bazaar where – all under cover – there are more than 4,000 shops, cafes and tea houses. (D)

Day 03 FLY IZMIR - THYATIRA – SMYRNA – IZMIR
Transfer to Istanbul Airport for TK 316 09:00/10:05 flight to Izmir. Drive to Akhisar to see the Thyatira Church remaining. Continue to Izmir. See the Roman Agora of the ancient Smyrna. Short walk in the modern part of the city. Dinner and overnight in Izmir. (B,D)

Day 04 EPHESUS - KUSADASI
Ephesus is one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 1:11). In ancient days, Ephesus was a bustling port town of 250,000, graced with wide, colonnade-bordered streets. Today you will be impressed with the spectacular excavations of the major streets of ancient Ephesus. You'll view the Library and the huge Agora. The Temple of Artemis was declared one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You'll visit the Basilica of St. John, traditional site of his grave. From the basilica, enjoy a commanding view of the area. You'll visit the Museum of Ephesus for an up-close look at artifacts from the ancient city. You will have time to explore this powerful city on your own and recreate some of the footsteps of Paul. (B,D)

Day 05 PATMOS – KUSADASI
07:00am ferry to Patmos. Arrive Patmos at 11:30 am. Visit the Cave of the Revelation and the Basilica of St John. Return to Kusadasi at 19:30. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

*If the Patmos Trip is not possible due to weather conditions, we will offer an alternative tour to Miletus.

Day 06 LAODICEA, HIERAPOLIS and SARDIS - IZMIR
The Christians of Laodicea, one of the Seven Churches (Rev 3:14-22), were chastised for being lukewarm, "You are neither cold nor hot" (Rev. 3:14) and for being too comfortable incorporating pagan and Christian beliefs. In the famous scripture from Revelation (3:20-21), Jesus says to the Laodicean church: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock..." Hierapolis is blessed by hot mineral springs and some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Asia Minor. Christianity came to Hierapolis via Paul (Colossians 4:13). You'll see the impressive amphitheatre with seats still in perfect condition. You'll see the City Gates, column-lined streets and arches that have stood through time and earthquake. Today, the area is known as Pamukkale, meaning "Cotton Castle". It is named for the limestone-laden hot springs that cascade from one white-edged terrace pool to the next. Sardis, another of the Seven Churches of Revelation, was berated by John the Prophet for its facade of strength when, in reality, it was weak (Rev. 3:1-6). In Sardis, coins were minted and the dyeing of wool originated. The massive scale of the Temple of Artemis and by the white marble Royal Road, the gymnasium and the synagogue will impress you. Continue on to Smyrna for dinner and overnight. Tonight, Lecture by Dr Mark Wilson about Paul's journeys in Asia Minor. (B,D)

Day 07 PERGAMUM, TROAS, and TROY - CANAKKALE
The most favored of the Seven Churches was Pergamum and the church was praised for its forbearance during hard times (Rev. 2:12-17). Rome executed the first Christians here. Towering 1000 feet above the town and commanding a spectacular panorama is the fabled Acropolis. Then visit Troas and legendary Troy. Overnight in Canakkale. (B,D)

Day 08 CANAKKALE - To GREECE BORDER - KAVALA
Cross the Dardanelles Strait by car ferry. Drive the border into Greece and transfer to your Greek bus and guide, and continue to Kavala for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 09 NEAPOLIS, PHILIPPI, AND AMPHIPOLIS - THESSALONIKI
Visit Neapolis (Kavala), one of Greece's most picturesque mainland ports. Paul landed here with his disciples, Timothy and Silas. See the Roman Aqueduct and Acropolis. See Philippi, where Paul, intending to find a place to pray by the riverside, spoke to women who had gathered there among whom was Lydia, the seller of purple and whose heart the Lord opened to hear the words that he spoke (Acts 16:13-15). Lydia was the first Christian to be baptized on European soil. Visit the place where this event is remembered and see a crypt dating from the Roman period, which is thought to have served as a prison for the apostle Paul. See the famous Acropolis, the Market Place, the Basilica, and the Theater. Travel to Amphipolis, where you will see the ruins of many Christian basilicas. Pass through Apollonia like the apostle Paul and Silas. Overnight in the Thessaloniki area. (B,D)

Day 10 THESSALONIKI and VERIA - METEORA
In Thessaloniki, the city where Paul was accused of turning the world upside down by his preaching of Christ (Acts 17: 3-6), and the church to which he addressed his Thessalonian epistles, visit St. George's Basilica, where tradition holds it is built over the synagogue where Paul preached. View the Old City Ramparts, and the Galerius Arch that rises over the Via Egnatia. Visit the Archaeological Museum. See two of the most beautiful basilicas in the city, St. Sophia and St. Demetrios, dedicated to a distinguished member of the Roman army and a martyred Christian convert. When the apostle Paul arrived in Veria (Berea), he went to the Jewish synagogue, where he discovered the Jews had accepted the new faith along with some honorable Greeks (Act 17: 10-12). Continue on to Meteora for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 11 METEORA and DELPHI - ATHENS
Visit the rock forest of Meteora in western Thessaly and ponder the rough terrain in which the apostle Paul walked during his missionary journey. See famous Byzantine monasteries perch precariously on summits of soaring, sheer-sided grey rock pinnacles of varied and spectacular shapes. Their history goes back to the 14th century when the monks sought refuge in cliff-side caves, then fled higher to build the original wooden shelters, later transformed into monasteries. Visit one of these monasteries. Travel to scenic Delphi, the religious center of the ancient Greek world, considered by early Greeks to be the center of the world and marked by the conical stone, called the omphalos or navel. Walk the Sacra Via to the Athenian Treasury, the Theatre, and the Temple of Apollo where the oracle performed his or her prophetic rituals. With pagan ruins surrounding your walk, capture a glimpse of the challenge the apostle Paul incurred in preaching the Gospel of Christ in Macedonia. Visit the Museum where you will view many ancient treasures, the chief of which is the 5th century bronzed Charioteer, complete with even eyelashes. Dinner and overnight in Athens. (B,D)

Day 12 ATHENS
Enjoy the architectural splendors of the ancient city of Athens as you follow your guide to the world renowned Acropolis, the Propylaea, the Parthenon, and the Erectheum. View Mars Hill where the apostle Paul stood and said, " I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you" (Acts 17:23). See the Agora, the ancient market place and center of the Athenian public life, where the apostle Paul preached "Jesus and the resurrection" (Acts 17:18) to the skeptical Athenians. Also see the House of Parliament, the Presidential Palace and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This afternoon is free to explore Athens on your own or enjoy an optional journey to Sounion to visit the famous Temple of Poseidon (additional $39). Overnight in Athens. (B,D)

Day 13 CORINTH and CENCHREA
In Corinth, the city where Paul met Aquilla and Priscilla, the tent makers, and where the Lord spoke to Paul by a vision saying, "I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city" (Acts 18: 10). Here, Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue believed in the Lord, and many Corinthians as well hearing Paul, believed and were baptized (Acts 18:8); thus, began the church at Corinth to whom Paul wrote two epistles. Visit the Archaeological Museum, the Market Place and Temples. Walk among the ruins and stand on the Bema where Paul stood before Gallio facing charges brought by the Jews that were dropped. Paul stayed awhile in Corinth before leaving for Syria from the port at Cenchraeae (Acts 18: 12-18). Overnight in Athens. (B,D)

Day 14 Athens – Free & Easy - Before leaving Athens, you will be given time to walk around Athens on your own until the time to be transferred to the airport for our flight home.
 

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