Overview

Walk in Paul’s footsteps

 

This unique Biblical tour contains the main sites involved in Paul's missionary journeys through modern day Turkey and Greece. You will literally follow the footsteps of St.Paul during this 14 day journey. As you travel, you will also visit each of the Seven Churches of Revelation. The tour begins in Istanbul and ends in Athens, with tours also included of the popular sites in these famous cities.

 

13 Nights 14 Days 30 Nov, 01 Dec, 02 Dec, and more Athens, Greece
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.
  • Sultanhan Hotel or Doubletree by Hilton Sirkeci Hotel (Standard room)

Day 2 - Istanbul

  • With your guide you will have Bosphorus boat tour and 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 Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern and a visit to the Grand Bazaar.
  • Sultanhan Hotel or Doubletree by Hilton Sirkeci Hotel (Standard room)

Day 3 - Istanbul to Ephesus

  • You will be transferred directly to Istanbul airport for your flight to Izmir. 
  • In Izmir you will be welcomed by your private guide and visit Roman Agora of ancient Symrna.
  • You will drive to Akhisar to see Thyatira Church and transferred to your hotel in Kusadasi
  • Doubletree by Hilton Kusadasi Hotel (Standard room)

Day 4 – Ephesus

  • Today you will visit Ephesus ancient city. 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. Your tour will continue with Ephesus Museum. 
  • Following by lunch you will visit the Basilica of St. John
  • Doubletree by Hilton Kusadasi Hotel (Standard room)

Day 5– Patmos

  • Your journey will continue with a visit to Patmos. You will be picked up early in the morning to catch the ferry to Patmos.
  • You will visit the Cave of Revelation and the Basilica of St. John’s Church.
  • In the afternoon you will take ferry back to Kusadasi and you will be transferred to your Kuadasi hotel.
  • Doubletree by Hilton Kusadasi Hotel (Standard room)

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

Day 6– Loadicea, Hierapolis and Sardis

  • Today you will have your way to Pamukkale and visit Laodicea, one of the Seven Churches and Hierapolis ancient city. Hierapolis is blessed by hot mineral springs and some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Asia Minor
  • You will drive to Sardis another of the Seven Churches of Revelation. The gymnasium and the synagogue will impress you. Overnight in Sardis
  • Lydia Thermal Hotel (Standard Room)

Day 7 – Pergamon and Troy

  • Today your journey will continue with a visit to Pergamon, the most favored of the Seven Churches. You will see the Acropolis, Asklepion and visit Red Basilica. 
  • After lunch you will drive to Canakkale to visit Troy and overnight in Canakkale
  • Cura Boutique Hotel (Standard Room)

Day 8 –Canakkale - Greece Border - Kavala

  • You will start your day early in the morning and be transferred to Greece Border where you will say farewell to Turkey and get your Greece bus.
  • 4 Star Hotel in Kavala (Standard Room)

Day 9– Kavala and Thessaloniki

  • Today you will have your tour to Neapolis (Kavala) and Philippi. You will see the famous Acropolis, the Market Place, the Basilica, and the Theater.
  • Your tour will continue with a travel to Amphipolis and Overnight in the Thessaloniki
  • 4 Star Hotel in Thessaloniki (Standard Room)

Day 10 – Thessaloniki and Meteora 

  • Your tour will begin with visits to St. George's Basilica, Old City Ramparts and the Galerius Arch, Archaeological Museum, St. Sophia and St. Demetrios Basilicas in Thessaloniki
  • You will drive to Meteora and transfer to hotel
  • 4 Star Hotel in Meteora (Standard Room)

Day 11 – Meteora and 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.
  • You will drive to Delphi and visit the Delphi Theatre, the Temple of Apollo and its magnificent museum.
  • Your tour will continue to Athens and overnight in Athens.
  • 4 Star Hotel in Athens (Standard Room)

Day 12– Athens

  • Today you have a full day Athens experience and your guide will take you to the Acropolis, the Propylaea, the Parthenon, the Erectheum, the House of Parliament, the Presidential Palace and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
  • 4 Star Hotel in Athens (Standard Room)

Day 13 – Corinth and Cenchrea

  • You guide will take you to Corinth and 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
  • 4 Star Hotel in Athens (Standard Room)

Day 14 – Departure

  • Today you will be transferred to Athens airport for your international return flight.
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Accommodation in Istanbul (2 nights), Kusadasi (3 nights), Sardis (1 night), Canakkale (1 night), Kavala (1 night) Thessaloniki (1 night), Meteora (1 night) and Athens (3 nights)
  • Breakfast daily, Lunch on Full Day tours
  • Experienced licensed professional English speaking Biblical tour guides
  • Domestic flights (Istanbul – Izmir)
  • 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 Visa to Turkey 
  • Dinners
  • Additional drinks at lunch and dinner
  • Optional programs listed in the itinerary
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