FOOTSTEPS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL TOUR
Apostle Paul was Christianity’s greatest missionary, responsible for writing over half the New Testament and spreading the gospel in the first century AD. This unique itinerary recreates his pilgrimages through Asia Minor, connecting the original Churches of Revelation and the magnificent remains of the great Roman Byzantine cities. Visit his birthplace then trace his journeys from the books of Acts and Corinthians, an expert guide expanding on the historic narratives.
Apostle Paul forever changed the course of Christianity, his missionary journeys spreading the gospel of Christ and founding some of the world’s first ever churches. For many years he journeyed across Asia Minor, now modern day Turkey, the chronicles portrayed in numerous books in the New Testament. Conflict was encountered beneath the towering temples of Ephesus, Satan’s Throne was challenged in Pergamum, and the first ever Christian settlements blossomed under Paul’s teachings. This unique itinerary recounts Paul’s footsteps and achievements with expert guides, and trace the irrevocable course of history as you cross the verdant valleys of Asia Minor.
- Recreate the pilgrimages of Apostle Paul as you cross Turkey and visit the famous cities of Asia Minor
- Explore the Churches of Revelation
- Visit some of the world’s earliest Christian churches
- Go to ancient cities like Ephesus, Hierapolis, and Pergamum
- View the Corinth Canal
- Tour the Acropolis, Parthenon, Erectheum and Propylae.
- Enjoy a driving tour of Athens
- See the astonishing rock formation, Meteora
- Enter Philippi where Paul delivered his first sermon in Europe
- Travel to Pergamum, rival city of Alexandria
- Reach Pamukkale’s white waterfalls and natural pools
- Explore Istabul
- Arrive at the church of Santa Sophia and the Hippodrome
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Day 1 – International Travel
Day 2 – Athens – Corinth
We begin with an excursion to Corinth and a stop at the Corinth Canal. We will continue to the Ancient Corinth site and explore the museum, the Market Place and the Bema from which Paul spoke to the Corinthians. We return to Athens to visit the Acropolis, Parthenon, Erectheum and Propylae. We ascend Mars Hill, view the Agora and enjoy a driving tour of the House of Parliament and much more. Overnight in Athens.
Day 3 – Athens – Delphi – Kalambaka
Depart Athens in the morning and travel to Northern Greece, starting with a visit to Delphi, the center of the Ancient world. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. We’ll visit the site and the museum, and continue to Meteora, an astonishing rock formation where historic monasteries are built. Dinner and overnight in picturesque Kalambaka.
Day 4 – Meteora – Veria – Thessaloniki – Kavala
In the morning we will visit the Meteora ageless monasteries perched amidst the striking scenery which seem to be suspended in mid-air where we will explore exquisite Byzantine art. On the way to Thessaloniki we will visit Veria where the Christian community was devoted to Paul’s work and teachings. Driving through Thessaloniki for a panoramic tour, we’ll conclude our day in beautiful Kavala for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 – Kavala – Philippi – Turkish border – Canakkale
Today we visit Philippi where Paul delivered his first sermon in Europe, sowing the seeds of Christianity in the Western world. Here Paul baptized a “certain woman named Lydia,” the first Christian convert in Europe. Following, we’ll visit the completely excavated Roman forum where among the ruins, high on the rocky ledge above the town’s main road, we find the prison where Paul was chained, yet praising God. Later, we will drive east to the Greek/Turkish border and arrive in Canakkale for diner and overnight.
Day 6 – Canakkale – Thyatira – Pergamum – Izmir
Here we’ll visit the Canakkale region and journey on to Thyatira to explore the ancient city that is the site of one of the seven churches of the book of Revelation. Continue on to Pergamum, rival city of Alexandria and one of the most important cultural, commercial and medical centers of the time. We’ll visit this ancient Roman city where highlights include the Grand Theatre, the Temple of Trojan and the Altar of Zeus, and continue on to the church of Pergamum known as the “Red Basilica.” Arrival to Izmir for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 – Izmir – Sardis – Philadelphia – Laodicea – Pamukkale
After breakfast we’ll depart to visit the church of St. Polycarp and continue to Sardis where we’ll see both the Synagogue and the Temple of Artemis. In ancient times, Sardis was home to one of most important churches in Asia Minor. Our travels continue to Philadelphia where we’ll visit the famous church, and on the way to Pamukkale we’ll stop at Laodicea and Sultaniye. Arrival in Pamukkale for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 – Pamukkale – Ephesus – Izmir Airport – Istanbul
Today, we visit Pamukkale, and then on the way to Kusadasi, we visit the ancient Hierapolis and Necropolis holding more than 150,000 tombs. Continuing to Ephesus, we explore the best preserved ancient city of Asia Minor, visiting the Temple of Hadrian, the Roman baths, the Library, the Odeon, the Theatre of Ephesus, the House of the Virgin Mary and the famous columns of Artemisium. This afternoon we transfer to the Izmir airport and fly to Istanbul. Arrival, reception & transfer to our hotel for dinner and rest.
Day 9 – Istanbul
Full day of exploring this Mystical and bustling City including the neighborhood of Sultan Ahmet, the Blue Mosque, the church of Santa Sophia and the Hippodrome. We’ll visit the Grand Bazaar, enjoy lunch at a Turkish authentic restaurant and continue on to explore the Topkapi Palace and the famous Küçük Ayasofya Mosque. (Itinerary may vary as some sites are closed during different days of the week).
Day 10 – Istanbul & Departure
Shopping, transfer to the airport and departure back to the USA.