Journeys of Paul in Turkiye | 2024
Join us for Journeys of Paul in Turkiye, starting at $3,098*, from New York, NY, on the below dates. On this tour, you will see the sights in Istanbul, the famous Blue Mosque with its six minarets and sparkling interior, Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar, which was the largest church in Christendom for 1000 years, Cappadocia’s unique cone-shaped rock formations, which create a fairy-tale landscape, the Rock Chapels of Goreme, the Cave Village of Avcilar, the Monastic Complex of Zelve, the underground city of Ozkonak, Sultanhan Caravansarai, Pisidian Antioch was the site of Paul’s first recorded speech. Hierapolis is blessed by hot mineral springs and some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Asia Minor, the City Gates, an impressive amphitheater that has stood through time and earthquakes. 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. You will continue on to Philadelphia, Sardis, and much more!
Dates of Departure
April 18, 2024
October 31, 2024
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$125 10 Months Prior to Departure
$100 9 Months Prior to Departure
$75 8 Months Prior to Departure
$50 7 Months Prior to Departure
$25 6 Months Prior to Departure
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- All Inclusive Pricing
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Entrance and Program Fees
- First Class Hotels
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare from NY
- Overseas Airport Transfers
- Administrative Fees
^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.
† If air purchased through EO.
Day 1 Day 1 – Depart Home
Your pilgrimage begins as you board your international flight to Istanbul.
Day 2 Day 2 – Arrive in Turkey
Upon arrival, you will be met by our airport representative. Transfer to your hotel in Istanbul for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Day 3 – Istanbul
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, the largest church in Christendom for 1000 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. Over 4000 shops sell everything from herbs to gold. This afternoon you will fly to Cappadocia.
Day 4 Day 4 - Cappadocia
Day 5 Day 5 – Antioch in Pisidia
Stop at the Sultanhan Caravansarai, an important stop on the Silk Road from China. Arrive in Pisidian Antioch, the site of Paul’s first recorded speech. Paul delivered it in the synagogue among His fellow Jews. He spoke of the wonders God had done throughout Israel’s history that led to the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus (Acts 13:14 -52). The Jews were outraged at this. Paul and Barnabas were expelled from the city, but not before the Gentiles in Antioch heard the Gospel and were persuaded that it is indeed the truth that leads to Life Eternal. These believers then established the first-ever fully Gentile Christian community.
Day 6 Day 6 - Colossae, Hierapolis, & Laodicea
Day 7 Day 7 – Philadelphia & Sardis
Visit the site of Philadelphia, also one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 3: 7 -13). Christ told those who overcame that He would write upon them “the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem.” (Rev. 3: 12) Not much is left to mark the spot today. You will see an ancient wall and the remains of a Byzantine basilica. Travel to Sardis, another of the Seven Churches of Revelation. You will be impressed by the massive scale of the Temple of Artemis, the white marble Royal Road, the gymnasium, and the synagogue. The third largest city in modern Turkey is Izmir, long a center for Jewish and Christian communities. In Paul’s day, the town was known as Smyrna. It was also one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 2: 8 -11). You will see the Agora, the colonnaded commercial center where Roman statues can still be seen.
Day 8 Day 8 – Ephesus
Day 9 Day 9 – Pergamum & Thyatira
Day 10 Day 10 – Troy, Troas & the Dardanelles
Day 11 Day 11 –Return to USA
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Day 11 - Istanbul
Begin your exploration of Istanbul with an enjoyable two-hour Bosporus Cruise. You will glide beneath some of the city’s famous bridges and sail past some of Istanbul’s more colorful neighborhoods and peaceful suburbs. Your boat will take you past castles and quaint fishing villages. As you watch Russian ships sail by, you will understand why the Turkish straits were considered to be the lock to the Czar’s backdoor. Later, you will visit the eastern or Asian part of Istanbul. You will see the Byzantine city walls, the Golden Horn, and the world-famous mosaics of the Kariye Church.
Day 12 - Nicaea
Today, you will visit the lakeside town of Iznik, known in Byzantine times as Nicaea and the site of two ecumenical church councils. The ancient name is associated with the Nicene Creed, which many Christians can recite from memory. You will see the ancient walls and sites associated with the town’s Christian heritage: the ruins of the Basilica of St. Sophia, the Baptistry, and the Christian Tombs on the outskirts of town.
Day 13 - Return to USA
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