Missionary Journeys of Paul in Turkey

The Life and Ministry of The Apostle Paul

 

Day 01 Depart from New York – Fly to Istanbul

Day 02 Arrive Istanbul Airport

Your tour guide will meet you after you pass through customs and claim your baggage. You will be transferred to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)

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St. Chora Church

Day 03 Istanbul

Today will be a full day tour of Istanbul. Visit the St. Chora Church, Hippodrome Square, Hagia Sophia Church, and the important Istanbul Archaeological Museum containing the Gezer Calender, the Jerusalem temple Inscription, the Hezekiah tunnel inscription, City Walls from Babylon, and other important places. Dinner at an outside seafood restaurant in Kumkapı district. (B,D)

Day 04 Istanbul Airport – Fly Adana – Antioch

Transfer to Istanbul Airport for a morning flight to Adana. After we land we will drive to Antioch, the place where the followers of Jesus were first called Christians. Here we will visit the Church of St. Peter, a site discovered by the Crusaders and reputed to be the cave church where the early Christians met. At the Mosaic Museum in Antioch we will see an unusually rich collection of mosaics from this area. Following our visit at the museum, we’ll go to the Seleucia Pieria, the ancient port from which Paul & Barnabas set out on their first journey. Finally, we will check into the hotel in Antioch for dinner & overnight. (B,D)

Day 05 Antioch – Tarsus – Cappadocia

After breakfast we will have an early departure from Antioch as we drive to Tarsus , the city where the Apostle Paul was born. We will visit the Church of St. Paul as well as the recently excavated remains of the Roman city in the town center. We will take a short walk to the site known as the Well of St. Paul. In the afternoon, we will continue with a drive to Cappadocia for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 06 Cappadocia

After breakfast we will have a full day of sightseeing in Cappadocia. We’ll visit Göreme where we will see the remains of several hundred early churches, with homes hollowed out of the cones of volcanic ash. Some of them are decorated with frescoes depicting scenes from the Bible. We will drive through the Zelve valley on our way to Kaymaklı, an underground city which was an early Christian center that extended downward in the earth for at least eight floors and housed several thousand people in the eighth and ninth centuries. We’ll continue to Uçhisar, another one of these early Christian communities, before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

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Cappadocia

Day 07 Cappadocia – Konya

After breakfast we’ll have an early departure and drive to Derbe, Lystra and Iconium cities that Paul and Barnabas evangelized on their first mission. Paul and Silas visited the churches at these sites again on the second and third missions. At Lystra, Timothy converted to Christianity and began his journeys with Paul. We will visit the Shrine of Mevlana before going to the hotel in Konya (ancient Iconium) for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

 

Day 08 Konya – Psidian Antioch – Antalya

After breakfast we will depart and drive to Yalvac, the site of the ancient city of Antioch of Pisidia. Paul visited this town on all of his missionary journeys and it is here that he addressed the congregation in the synagogue. Paul later wrote an epistle to the Galatians, including those at Pisidian Antioch, Iconium, Lystra & Derbe. We will visit the excavations here and then continue to Antalya with a very scenic drive through the lakes and mountains. Dinner & overnight will be at the hotel in Antalya. (B,D)

Day 09 Antalya

After breakfast we’ll begin with a visit to Perga, an ancient city even when Paul visited there. He and Barnabas went through Perga on their way to Antioch on their first journey. We will visit the Theater, the Stadium, the Agora, and the columned streets. We’ll also visit Aspendos, the best preserved ancient Roman theater in the world, and Side, a pirate’s haven where we’ll visit the museum, theater, and temple. Dinner and overnight will be in the port city of Antalya. (B,D)

Day 10 Antalya – Colossae – Pamukkale

After breakfast we will drive to Colossae (the city addressed in Paul’s letter to the Colossians) on the foothills of Mount Honaz. We’ll continue to Laodicea , one of the Seven Churches of Revelation, and Hierapolis where we will visit the monuments, thermal baths, the theater with its well preserved stage, the tomb and martyrion of Philip and the Temple of Apollo. Dinner and overnight will be in Pamukkale. (B,D)

Day 11 Philadelphia – Sardis – Izmir

After breakfast we will travel to Philadelphia now called Alasehir. We’ll see remains of a Byzantine basilica as well as some eleventh century frescoes. Philadelphia and Smyrna were the only two churches among the Seven about which nothing bad was said in John’s Revelation. From there we’ll travel to Sardis, one of the most picturesque areas of any of the Seven Churches. We’ll see the remains of the a huge Jewish synagogue, a gymnasium and the Temple of Artemis. Finally, we will proceed to Izmir (ancient Smyrna ), one of the Seven Churches and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities of the world. We’ll check in to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

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Sardis

Day 12 Ephesus – Izmir

After breakfast we will leave Izmir and drive to Ephesus, the largest city of Asia Minor and the first of the Seven Churches addressed in the book of Revelation. We will see the amazing ruins of this great city: the theater, the library, the Temple of Hadrian and the newly excavated Roman Terrace Houses. Dinner and overnight in Izmir. (B,D)

Day 13 Pergamum – Alexander Troas – Assos

After breakfast today we will leave for Bergama which is the site of ancient Pergamon, another one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. We will visit the acropolis there and see the impressive theater, the Temple of Athena, and other ruins of the former civilizations. We will continue to the port of Alexandria–Troas where Paul raised the boy, Eutychus. Paul visited this area at least twice. We will then go to Assos for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

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Pergamum

Day 14 Troy – Ferry to Dardanelles – Istanbul

We will begin our day with a visit to the ancient and historic city of Troy, site of the Trojan war and Homer’s Illiad. We’ll cross the Dardanelles Strait by ferry. Drive to the hotel in Istanbul for check–in. We will have a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 15 Transfer to Istanbul Airport for flight back to New York.

End of our services.

INCLUDING:
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  • International flight from New York* to Istanbul
  • Istanbul – Adana domestic flight
  • 3 nights at 4 star hotel in Istanbul
  • 1 night at 4 star hotel in Antioch
  • 2 nights at 4 star hotel in Cappadocia
  • 1 night at 4 star hotel in Konya
  • 2 nights at 4 star hotel in Antalya
  • 1 night at 5 star hotel in Pamukkale
  • 2 nights at 4 star hotel in Izmir
  • 1 night at 4 star hotel in Assos
  • Daily breakfast and 13 dinners at the hotels
  • Farewell dinner at local restaurant on the last evening
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All escorted transfers
  • English speaking, Bible–oriented, license professional tour guide(s) throughout the tour
  • Entrance fees to all sites as per the itinerary
  • Transportation in A/C bus throughout the tour
  • Service charges and local taxes
  • Tips to hotel staff

EXCLUDING:

  • Visa Fees (if applicable). US and Canadian citizens can get the Turkish Visa online before arrival www.evisa.gov.tr Citizens of ALL other countries are responsible for checking their own countries’ visa regulations for travel.
  • Lunches and drinks
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance may be given as a separate package at an extra cost. Travel Insurance agreement is contract between the traveller and the Insurance Company (American Express or other)• Tips to the tour guide & to the bus driver
  • Any expenses not mentioned on the above “including” list

*Please ask for our special add-on prices for departures from other US or Canadian cities.

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