The Seven Churches in the Footsteps of St. Paul
 

Istanbul | Assos | Pergamum | Izmir | Ephesus | Pamukkale (9 Days)

Follow in the footsteps of Saint Paul the Apostle – see where he journeyed across Anatolia, including the original Churches of Revelation, magnificent Byzantine remains, and ancient Greek and Roman cities.
 

 

Highlights
 

  • Experience the energetic city of Istanbul, a bridge between continents
  • Tour the Sultanahmet district, the keeper of Istanbul’s ancient landmarks
  • Visit the sites of the Seven Churches of Revelation
  • Walk among the preserved ancient ruins at Ephesus and Pergamum
  • Take a dip in the cotton-white pools and thermal springs of Pamukkale
  • Travel the ancient route of Paul across Anatolia
  • Optional Trip Addition: Discover the birthplace of Paul (Tarsus) and early Christianity (Antioch)
  • Optional Trip Addition: Discover the Greek island of Patmos, where St. John wrote the Book of Revelation

 

 

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Istanbul and private transfer to your hotel in the Old City. Istanbul
Day 2 Full-day private tour including the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum, Basilica Cistern, and the Grand Bazaar. Istanbul
Day 3 Full-day private tour including Topkapi Palace, Spice Market, and a Bosphorus boat ride. Istanbul
Day 4 Cross the Dardanelles Strait to Çanakkale, and visit the ruins of Alexandria Troas and the Troy Museum en route to your hotel at the old harbor of Assos. Assos
Day5 Visit ancient Pergamum and Akhisar (Church of Thyatira) en route to your hotel in Izmir. Izmir
Day 6 Morning walking tour of Izmir (Church of Smyrna). Visit Sart (Church of Sardis) and Alasehir (Church of Philadelphia) en route to your hotel in the area nearby Pamukkale. Pamukkale
Day 7 Morning tour of Denizli (Church of Laodicea), ancient Hierapolis and the thermal pools of Pamukkale. Visit ancient Aphrodisias en route to your hotel in the area nearby Ephesus. Ephesus
Day 8 Full-day private excursion to ancient Ephesus (Church of Ephesus), the Archaeological Museum and the Basilica of St. John, including a farm-fresh lunch. Ephesus
Day 9 Private transfer to the airport for departure.  
  Optional Pre-Trip Addition  
  Domestic flight to Hatay and private transfer to your hotel in Hatay/Antakya (ancient Antioch). Afternoon private tour, including the Church of St. Peter. Antakya
  Full-day private excursion to Tarsus, Paul’s birthplace. Antakya
  Optional Post-Trip Addition  
  Ferry from Kusadasi to the island of Patmos in Greece. Tour the island, including the Monastery of St. John and the Cave of the Apocalypse. Kusadasi
  Flight from Izmir to Istanbul for departure.