Join Bishop Malone on a 10-day Journeys of Paul in Turkey & Greece with the East Ohio Annual Conference, starting at $3,698* from Cleveland or Columbus, OH or Pittsburgh, PA departing on September 26, 2022. Visit places such as Istanbul, Philippi, Athens, Corinth, Cappadocia, Laodicea, Ephesus, and much more!
*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Domestic Airfare
- Entrance and Program Fees
- First Class Hotels
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Guided Tours
- Overseas Transfers
- Study Guide
- International Airfare
Day 1 September 26 – Depart the USA
Depart the USA
Day 2 September 27 – Arrive in Istanbul
Arrive in Istanbul
Day 3 September 28 – Istanbul - fly to Denizli
The bejeweled capital of Istanbul sits between two continents and is home to 450 mosques. You will visit the famous Blue Mosque with its six minarets and sparkling interior. Walk through Hagia Sophia, which was the largest church in Christendom for 1,000 years, built by Justinian (532-537 AD). The church has 107 columns, fossil-embedded white marble floors, and beautiful glass mosaics. Enjoy the aroma of cinnamon, cloves, thyme, and other exotic spices as you explore the Grand Bazaar. Visit the Basilica Cistern, known in Turkish as Yerebatan Sarayi (Sunken/Underground Palace) because of its incredible size. Fly to Denizli. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 4 September 29 – Colossae, Hierapolis, Laodicea
The ancient city of Colossae is one of the most important centers in Great Phrygia. The city lived its brightest times under Persian rule. Hierapolis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hierapolis is blessed by hot mineral springs and some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Asia Minor. Paul mentions Hierapolis in his Letter to the Colossians in saluting Epaphras, a fellow laborer, for his love of the brethren there (Colossians 4: 13). The ruins cover more than a mile. You will see the impressive amphitheater with seats still in perfect condition. You will see the City Gates, column-lined streets, and arches, which have stood through time and earthquakes. Today, the area is known as Pamukkale, meaning “Cotton Castle,” named for the limestone-laden hot springs which cascade from one white-edged terrace pool to the next. The hot springs there have been used as a spa since the second century BC, and people came to soothe their ailments, with many of them retiring or dying here. The large necropolis is filled with sarcophagi, including the Sarcophagus of Marcus Aurelius Ammianos. The ancient Hellenistic city of Laodicea was established on the site of a former settlement under the Seleucid dynasty in the mid third century BC. 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: 15), 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 . . . “. Today, there are many acres of ruins to see, including the stadium and columned streets. Laodicea was reputed for its sheep, whose wool was black and soft, and was a weaving center famous for both its wool and cotton fabrics. The remains of Laodicea consist of a Hellenistic theatre, a smaller Roman theatre, a rectangular council building, a water tower, a stadium, a gymnasium and baths, a nymphaeum, a church, a necropolis.
Day 5 September 30 – Pamukkale, Philadelphia, Sardis, Smyrna
Journey north to tour Sardis, the ancient capital of the Lydian empire. This city was a central location for trade and was exhorted to wake up and be strong by John in his Revelation. You will be impressed by the massive scale of the Temple of Artemis, white marble Royal Road, gymnasium and synagogue. Philadelphia was founded in 189 BC by King Eumenes II of Pergamum (197-160 BC), who named the city for the love of his brother, who would be his successor, Attalus II (159-138 BC). Like nearby Sardis, it was hit with a devastating earthquake in 17 AD; the city was rebuilt with the help of Emperor Tiberius. Sardis was the capital of the Lydian empire and one of the greatest cities of the ancient world. Located on the banks of the Pactolus River, Sardis was 60 miles inland from Ephesus and Smyrna. The city was home to the famous Temple of Artemis. Overnight in Izmir.
Day 6 October 1 – Ephesus
Travel south to Selcuk and tour Ephesus, where the apostle Paul spent three years of his ministry. Visit the Agora and the Library. Stroll through the great theater where Paul witnessed faithfully for Christ. Not far away is the stadium where chariot races took place and gladiatorial combats were held. View the terrace houses, which give a true impression of the ancient lifestyle of the rich. Travel to the Basilica of St. John believed to be built over the remains of the apostle John. Modeled after the now lost Church of the Holy Apostles, this basilica was originally built in the 6th century, during the reign of Emperor Justinian I. Enjoy a visit to an authentic Turkish carpet factory. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 7 October 2 – Fly to Athens from Izmir
Fly to Athens from Izmir
Day 8 October 3 – Athens
Enjoy the rich architectural splendor of the ancient city of Athens as your guide introduces you to the world-renowned Acropolis, the Propylaea, the Parthenon and the Erectheum. Stand on Mars Hill as the apostle Paul did when he proclaimed, “I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you” (Acts 17:23). As you stroll the agora, the ancient marketplace and center of Athenian public life, recall that this was 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. Dinner and overnight are spent in Athens.
Day 9 October 4 – Corinth & Cenchrae
Journey to the city of Corinth, where the apostle Paul met fellow tentmakers Aquilla and Priscilla and received a vision from the Lord 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). As Paul spoke, Crispus (chief ruler of the synagogue) and many others believed and were baptized (Acts 18:8), establishing the church at Corinth to whom Paul later wrote his two epistles. Discover the Archaeological Museum, marketplace and temples. As you walk among the ruins, stand on the Bema, where the apostle Paul stood before Gallio to face charges brought against him by the Jews. Stop briefly at the port town of Cenchreae, from which Paul later departed for Syria (Acts 12 -18).
Day 10 October 5 – Return to the USA
Return to the USA
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