Paul’s Missionary Journeys and the Seven Churches
Package Prices (Prices based on 20 paying registrants and double occupancy)
- Including air from Vancouver Airport: US$4,289
- Land Only Rates: US$2,989
Tour package includes:
- 2 nights at Ist/Wyndham Istanbul Old City hotel, 1 night at Adana/Senbayrak city hotel, 2 nights at Capp/Perissia hotel, 2 nights at Antalya/BW Khan hotel, 1 night at Pkale/Colossae Thermal hotel, 1 night at Kusadasi/Marina hotel, 1 night at Izmir/Ramada Encore hotel, 2 nights at Canakkale/Buyuk Truva hotel, 1 night at Kavala/Galaxy hotel, 2 nights at Athens/Titania hotel or similar
- Daily breakfasts, 14 lunches at local restaurants and 15 dinners at hotels
- Coffee/Tea and water provided at all meals
- Services of English speaking guide and 46 seater coach throughout the tour
- Entrance fees to the sites and museums as per the above itinerary
- Private boat during the Bosphorus Cruise
- Hotel tips
- Border crossing coach service between Turkey and Greece
- Domestic airfare (Istanbul/Adana) & (Thessaloniki/Athens)
- International Airfare from Vancouver on Lufthansa German Airlines
- Soda/Juices/Wine etc at meals- available for purchase
- Travel visas if originating from a country where this is required
Join Pastor Chow Leng Wee for an inspiring 16-day tour to discover Paul’s Missionary Journeys and the Seven Churches | April 13 – 29, 2020
The air inclusive rate is from Vancouver. For all other passengers departing from North American gateways contact me (Neal Chark – NealC@uniglobelgi.com) for a quotation with air from your home cities.
Leave home April 13, 2020
Day 1 | April 13 | DEPARTURE DAY
Depart Vancouver International airport for Istanbul
Day 2 | April 14 | ISTANBUL
Arrive in Istanbul. Transfer to hotel. Free and easy for the rest of the day; and dinner is at the hotel.
Day 3 | April 15 | ISTANBUL
Full day sightseeing in Istanbul in the old quarters of the city; Hagia Sophia, a church built by the Emperor Justinian in the sixth century. Visit the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome where chariot races were held in Roman times. Tour the Topkapi Palace museum with its priceless jewels and the Porcelain Collection & the Grand Covered Bazaar dating back to XVth century. It covers over 2,000 shops. In the afternoon cross the Bosphorus Bridge to Asian Istanbul for a visit to Beylerbeyi Palace, summer palace.
Day 4 | April 16 | ISTANBUL – ADANA
We will begin the morning with a cruise along the shores of the Bosphorus by boat; and then visit the Church of Chora famed with Byzantine mosaics and frescoes. In the afternoon, we will depart for flight to Adana for an overnight.
Day 5 | April 17 | ADANA –TARSUS-CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast, depart for Tarsus, the birthplace of St. Paul. Visit St. Paul’s well, located in the Camii Cedid quarter. This is believed to be the place where the house of St. Paul once stood. There is a portrait of St. Paul hanging on the wall and some information about his life.The water in the 38 meter deep well is considered holy and curative. The birth date of the saint is not exactly known, but it is assumed that he was born between 5 and 15 A.D. As a native of the city, he once said in his speech to the Roman commander in Jerusalem, “I am a jew, a Tarsian from Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city“.
Drive to Cappadocia, an extensive region of odd, conic forms of gray yellow rock, some topped with off-angle hats, and many more than 15 m high. In Turkish these cones have been poetically called peri bacalari- fairy chimneys. Over 3500 rock churches have been identified in the area. A number of symbols appear throughout: pomegranates, birds, lions, snakes, vines and obvious crosses. There are many underground cities that were places of refuge where people had hidden themselves from invaders. Over-night in Cappadocia.
Day 6 | April 18 | CAPPADOCIA
We will spend all day exploring the history and scenery of Cappadocia. First, we will visit the gently folding volcanic rock formations and “fairy chimneys” of Goreme Open Air Museum. These rock formations are not only beautiful, but functional as well. Many early Christian communities lived and worshipped deep in the rocks and crags, leaving their frescoes and paintings to be marveled at centuries later. Other communities lived underground; and we’ll visit these dwellings too. To protect themselves from Roman persecution and marauding bandits, local people began living in underground caves forming “cities” that reach a depth of up to 7 stories below the surface. Other sites include the Natural Citadel of Uchisar and the small, picturesque village of Avanos – famous for their red clay pottery. In Avanos we’ll visit “The Potter’s Place: Gift Shoppe and Cultural Center” and have time for visiting local potter for a demonstration and maybe try your own hand at the potter’s wheel.
Day 7 | April 19 | CAPPADOCIA – ANTALYA
(This is a long day. Total duration is around 11 – 12 hours)
Proceed to Yalvac (Pisidian Antioch) where Paul decided to turn to the Gentiles. We will drive past Egridir Lake, making a stop in Isparta –a mountain city of lakes filled with lovely wild flowers. Isparta is famous for its attar of roses – rose oil produced for the cosmetic industry; and the sweet scent surrounds the city.
We will at Antalya (Attalia), the port in which St. Paul set off on his First Journey to Lystra and Derbe. Paul had sailed from Attalia to Antakya, Antioch. It is now the largest city on the Turkish Mediterranean Coastline.
Day 8 | April 20 | ANTALYA
Visit Perge where Saint Paul gave his first Sermon on the Anatolian Soil during his First Missionary trip. Then continue to Aspendos to enjoy the finest Roman theatre of the world. Dinner and overnight in Antalya.
Day 9 | April 21 | ANTALYA – PAMUKKALE
Drive to Pamukkale, the Cotton Castle to visit the ruins of Hierapolis, celebrated for its warm baths. Philip was buried at Hierapolis. Then drive to Laodicea to see the remains of one of the Seven Churches. Laodicean Church was a branch of Ephesus; as were the churches of Hierapolis and Colossae. Dinner and overnight will be at Pamukkale.
Day 10 | April 22 | PAMUKKALE – KUSADASI
Morning drive to Miletos to see one of the largest Amphitheaters in Asia Minor. It was in Miletos that Paul stopped at the end of his Third Journey and predicted his imprisonment. Afternoon visit the city of Ephesus where St. John was buried; and Mary spent her last days. The Church of the Virgin Mary built in the early days of Christianity was the seat for the Council of Ephesus. Dinner at hotel in Kusadasi
Day 11 | April 23 | KUSADASI-IZMIR
Morning visit Sardes the capital of Lydia where King Croesus ruled. Visit the gymnasium and the Temple of Artemis. Later drive to Alasehir (Philadelphia). In this city of “brotherly love” we will see the ancient city wall. We will also visit the Agora of Smyrna in Izmir. Dinner and overnight will be in Izmir.
Day 12 | April 24 | IZMIR – CANAKKALE
Morning drive to Akhisar (Thyatira). The church at Thyatira had tolerated the works of Jezebel. Continue on to Pergamum to visit the Acropolis of Hellenistic Pergamum. Among its buildings are the Altar of Zeus and the temples of Trajan & Dionysus. Thereafter we will visit the Asclepion, the earliest health center of Asia Minor. Continue on to Canakkale. Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 13 | April 25 | CANAKKALE
Morning visit the site of Troy, the Homeric city and the local museum. Drive to Alexandra Troas where Paul set sail to Neapolis on his Second Journey. Dinner and over-night at Canakkale.
Day 14 | April 26 | CANAKKALE – PHILIPPI – KAVALA
Early morning departure to cross the Dardanelles by ferry. Drive through the First World War battle fields of Gallipoli and reach the Turkish/Greek border. Transfer to a Greek motor coach to continue the journey. Visit Philippi and Kavala, Dinner at hotel. Overnight Kavala.
Day 15 | April 27 | KAVALA-THESSALONIKI-ATHENS
Continue to Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki city tour, Flight to Athens, dinner at hotel. Overnight Athens.
Day 16 | April 28 | ATHENS
Full day tour to Athens and Corinth, Dinner at hotel. Overnight Athens.
Day 17 | April 29
Departure transfer to the airport