Overview

Walk in Paul’s footsteps

Visit the Ancient Sites of Paul’s First Journey

This unique Biblical tour is most often operated over 6 days starting in Cappadocia after a stop in Istanbul, and following St. Paul’s travels  return during his first missionary journey from Cappadocia west to Lystra and Derbe where little remains today, then west to Iconium (modern day Konya) and then towards Pisidian Antioch (modern day Yalvac) before heading south to the Mediterranean port city of Antalya (Attalia)    If you have 3 extra days, the tour could reach as far as Antioch of Syria (actually Modern day Hatay/Antakya in SE Turkey), though the distance and travel to reach here is excessive. We recommend instead spending extra time at the beginning or end in Antalya on the beach!

Hotels used are in the larger towns nearby as a few sites have no modern or ancient remains!

This tour can be designed per your desires and timing, just let us know.  You may consider extending this trip by adding time in Istanbul or Ephesus using direct flights: see the tour extension details at:

Istanbul Extenstion / Ephesus Extension / Antalya Extension

The tour follows the general outline of Acts 13 & 14.

Read Acts 13 & 14 here

7 Nights 8 Days 27 Sep, 28 Sep, 29 Sep, and more Paul's First Missionary Journey
Itinerary

Day 1 - Istanbul

  • You will be transferred privately from the new Istanbul Airport to your hotel in the heart of Istanbul – Sultanahmet. Your private guide and driver will welcome you and transfer to hotel. You’ll have free time this evening to explore Sultanahmet on your own.
  • Doubletree by Hilton Sirkeci Hotel (Standard room)

Day 2 - Istanbul

  • With your guide you will visit Emperor Justinian’s masterpiece the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and its monuments. Following lunch, you will continue your tour by visiting the Basilica Cistern and a visit to the Grand Bazaar.
  • Doubletree by Hilton Sirkeci Hotel (Standard room)

Day 3 - Istanbul to Cappadocia

  • Your private guide will be ready in your hotel to take you to your Bosphorus boat tour. Along the shores of the Bosphorus, you will view the Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Maiden’s Tower, Bosphorus bridges, Rumeli and Anadolu fortresses, and Ottoman Residences. After lunch you will visit Topkapi Palace and Spice Market.
  • You will be transferred directly to Istanbul airport foryour flight 1 hour flight to Cappadocia.
  • In Cappadocia you will be welcomed by your private guide and transferred to your hotel Urgup
  • Doubletree by Hilton Sirkeci Hotel (Standard room)

Optional Programs in Istanbul:

  • Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and show : $75/person
  • Whirling Dervish Ceremony : $65/person
  • Turkish Bath: $95/person

Day 4 – Cappadocia

  • Today you will see the rich and colorful Christian history in the monastic area of Ceasarea – Kayseri and the trogolodyte world of Cappadocia. You’ll see rock cut churches amazing frescoes and unforgettable landsapes while visiting Uchisar Fortress, Mustafa Pasa. After lunch you will visit the Kaymakli Underground city where many Christians hid as the Byzantine empire lost strength.
  • Best Western Premier Hotel (Standard Room)

Day 5– Cappadocia

  • Today your Cappadocia guide will take you to explore Pasabaglari (Fairy Chimneys), Zelve Open Air Musuem (houses carved in rock, Seljukian Mosque and remains). After a lunch break, continue to Esentepe (panoramic view of Goreme Valley) ,Goreme Open Air Museum (rock cut churches, frescos, monastery) and Cavusin and Cavusin Church.
  • Best Western Premier Hotel (Standard Room)

Day 6– Cappadocia to Pisidian Antioch

  • Today you will experience the length of St. Pauls first journey (Acts, 13 & 14) as you embark on a drive to Iconium, Lystra and Pisidian Antioch. You’ll have compelling stops at a Caravanserai and then see the ancient mound in Konya as well as the Mevlana Museum there. After lunch you will continue in the footsteps of St. Paul by visiting Lystra where he escaped twice and then visit the excavated site of Pisidian Antioch it’s Museum. After this long day you will end on a sea side hotel in Egridir.
  • Eskici Konak Hotel (Standard Room)

Optional Programs in Cappadocia:

  • Whirling Dervish Ceremony: $65 per person
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride: 6o Minutes: $220 per person 90 Minutes: $330 per person
  • Horse Riding Tour: 1 Hour: $60 person

Day 7 – Antioch to Antalya

  • Today you will gain a new appreciation for Paul as you follow his path through the rugged Taurus mountains as he did on his return to Perga.  You will visit this ancient excavated city and its Museum before arriving to your hotel in the city center of Attallia (Antalya) The night is yours to enjoy the Mediterranean sea and charm.
  • Ramada Plaza Hotel (Standard Room)

Day 8 – Departure

  • Today you will be transferred to Antalya airport by your private driver for your back flight to Istanbul, or continue with an EXTENSION TOUR!
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Accommodation in Istanbul (2 nights), Cappadocia (3 nights) , 1 night each in Egirdir and Antalya
  • Breakfast daily, Lunch on Full Day tours
  • Experienced licensed professional English speaking guides
  • Domestic flights (Istanbul – Cappadocia / Antalya – Istanbul)
  • Airport Transfers
  • Admission tickets to sites and museums
  • Private VIP transportation per tour itinerary
  • Parking, portage, toll roads
  • Coordination and attentive customer service throughout the tour by Sojourn staff

  • Required Association of Turkish Travel Agencies Foreign Visitors Insurance (a vey basic mandatory policy and not an adequate replacement for purchasing your own travel insurance.)

What is not included in the tour

  • International flight tickets
  • Optional gratuities to guides, drivers, etc.
  • Entry Visas
  • Most dinners
  • Additional drinks at lunch and dinner
  • Optional programs listed in the itinerary
Price
$1932 per person for groups of 8 people or more. $415 Single Supplement For smaller groups just click the "Ask Us a Question" button and let us quote you a price.
Map
Pisidian Antioch - Paul's First Church View on Map