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About this tour

Join us on the First Missionary Journey of St. Paul Tour and discover the incredible journey of one of the most influential figures in the early Christian church. During this tour, you will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of St. Paul as he traveled through the region of Anatolia, spreading the gospel and establishing the foundations of Christianity.

You will visit sites associated with St. Paul’s life and ministry, including his hometown of Tarsus in Cilicia and the cities of Antioch and Troas. At each location, you will be able to explore the archaeology and artifacts that help bring St. Paul’s journey to life, and you will have the chance to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the region.

Our knowledgeable English-speaking guides will provide expert insights and context, making the experience even more meaningful. Plus, all of the logistics are taken care of, so you can simply focus on soaking up the content and reflecting on the memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to experience the beauty and significance of Anatolia in a deeply personal and meaningful way. Book your spot on the First Missionary Journey of St. Paul Tour today!

Taking a pilgrimage is a special opportunity for people of faith. It’s important to take the time to carefully plan and prepare for the journey to ensure that it meets the expectations and goals of the traveler. At our Pilgrimage Tour of Turkey, we strive to make the experience as meaningful and enjoyable as possible by providing knowledgeable English-speaking guides, comfortable transportation, and excellent accommodations and meals. As you journey through this beautiful region, let the Bible come to life in a new way.

Anatolia is a region with a rich history and a deep connection to the life and ministry of Paul, one of the most influential figures in the early Christian church. During our tour, we will visit several sites associated with Paul’s travels, including his hometown of Tarsus in Cilicia and the cities of Antioch and Troas. At each location, we will explore the archaeology and artifacts that help bring Paul’s journey to life, and you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the region. We will handle all of the logistics so that you can simply focus on soaking up the content and reflecting on the memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

In the Footsteps of Apostle Paul Tour in Turkey

Are you interested in exploring the rich history and cultural significance of the early Christian church? If so, our In the Footsteps of Apostle Paul Tour in Turkey is the perfect opportunity for you!

During this once-in-a-lifetime journey, you will have the chance to follow in the footsteps of the famous apostle Paul as he traveled through the region of Anatolia. You will visit sites associated with his life and ministry, including his hometown of Tarsus in Cilicia and the cities of Antioch and Troas.

At each location, you will be able to explore the archaeology and artifacts that help bring Paul’s journey to life, and you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the region. Our knowledgeable English-speaking guides will provide expert insights and context, making the experience even more meaningful.

But that’s not all! We have also taken care of all the logistics, so you can simply focus on soaking up the content and reflecting on the memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. You will travel in comfort on our spacious buses and enjoy excellent accommodations and meals along the way.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to experience the beauty and significance of Anatolia in a deeply personal and meaningful way. Book your spot on the In the Footsteps of Apostle Paul Tour in Turkey today!

Explore the roots of Christianity as you follow in the footsteps of Paul in Turkey, a country with more Biblical sites than any other. Often referred to as the Second Holy Land, Turkey is home to over 60% of all places mentioned in the Bible. This is where Paul preached and spread the gospel, and it is also the location of the Seven Churches of Revelation mentioned in the book of John. Don’t miss this chance to delve into the rich history and cultural significance of the early Christian church in this incredible country.

Looking for a personalized and intimate vacation experience? Our private tour options offer the perfect solution. Start at affordable prices and our private tours are designed specifically for you and your group, with no other tourists included. You’ll have the flexibility to customize your tour to your specific preferences, with the help of our expert operation team. Plus, you’ll have a dedicated guide or driver to ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore your dream destination in the most intimate and personalized way possible. Simply fill out our inquiry form to receive your special offer and start planning your dream vacation today.

The price listed is based on a per-person rate for a minimum of four adults participating in the tour. This indicates that if there are fewer or higher than four adults, the cost may be different. You can fill out the inquiry form to get your customized itinerary and rates.

Highlights

  • SELECTED REFERENCES
  • ANTAKYA (ANTIOCH) : Acts 6:5; 11:19-30 13:1-3 15:1-2, 22-35
  • SELEUCIAPIERIA : Acts 13:4
  • TARSUS : Acts 9:11, 30, 11:25. 21-39, 22:3, 25-29
  • DERBE : Acts 14:6, 20-21, 16:1, 20:4
  • LYSTRA : Acts 14:6-23 16:1-4 II Timothy 3:11
  • KONYA(ICONIUM) : Acts 13:51;14: 1-6,19;16:2;IITimothy3:11
  • ANTIOCH OF PISIDIA : Acts 13:14-52, II Timothy 3:11
  • ANTALYA (ATTALIA) : Acts 14-25
  • PERGE : Acts 13:13-14;14:25
  • MYRA : Acts 27:5-6
  • PATARA : Acts 21:1-2
  • MILETUS : Acts 20:15-38 II Timothy 4:20
  • COLOSSAE : Colossians
  • HIERAPOLIS : Colossians 4:13
  • ASSOS : Acts 20:13-14
  • ALEXANDRIA TROAS : Acts 16:8-11,20:5-12
  • II Corinthians 2:12-13
  • II Timothy 4:13

Included/Excluded

  • 15 Nights Bed & Breakfast Accommodation,
  • Airport-Hotel Return Transfers, Private Basis,
  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary below,
  • Local Taxes.
  • Flights,
  • Personal Expenses,
  • Tips and porterage at hotels,
  • Tips to the driver and the guide.

Itinerary

On the first day of the tour, you will begin your journey to Turkey, the birthplace of Paul and the site of his missionary travels. After arriving at Istanbul Airport, our representative will meet you after passport control and escort you to the domestic airport for a short flight to Adana. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. The following day, you will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Paul and explore the rich history and cultural significance of the region.

On the second day of the tour, you will embark on a morning drive to Antioch, a city with a rich history and connection to the early Christian church. It was here that Jesus' followers were first called Christians (Acts 11:26). You will have the opportunity to visit the Church of Peter, a cave church reputedly where early Christians met in secret, and the Antakya Archaeological Museum, home to one of the richest collections of mosaics in the world. After lunch, during which you will have the chance to try Antakya's famous dessert, künefe, you will go to Seleucia Pieria, the port town from which Paul and Barnabas departed and returned on their first journey (Acts 13:4). You will return to Adana for dinner and an overnight stay.

On the third day of the tour, you will set out from Adana and drive to Tarsus, the hometown of the Apostle Paul. You will visit the only Catholic church dedicated to Paul, as well as the ruins of his house and the well that bears his name. You will also stop at the door dedicated to Cleopatra and explore the Roman baths and the remains of the ancient bridge over the Cydnus River. After visiting Donuktaş, one of the largest temples of the ancient world, you will continue on to Cappadocia, where you will have lunch en route and spend the night. This day offers a unique opportunity to delve into the history and cultural significance of the region, all while following in the footsteps of Paul and exploring the places he called home.

On the fourth day of the tour, you will have the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the fascinating region of Cappadocia. You will visit the Goreme Valley and its troglodyte churches, explore the underground city of Derinkuyu, and see the striking rock cones that are a hallmark of the region. You will also visit Zelve and Avanos, home to red-coned monastic complexes, and Kaymakli, known for its underground cities and churches. You will have the chance to sample local cuisine for lunch as you explore, but will return to your hotel in the evening for dinner and an overnight stay. This day offers a unique opportunity to discover the rich history and cultural significance of Cappadocia.

After breakfast on the fifth day of the tour, you will begin your drive to Konya, a city with a rich history and cultural significance. Along the way, you will stop at Derbe and Lystra, two places that were visited several times by Paul as he preached and won converts. Upon your arrival in Konya, you will check into the hotel and enjoy dinner and an overnight stay. Konya is a city in Anatolia that has been known by its name for centuries. Legend has it that Perseus killed a dragon that had been causing havoc in the town, and the people erected a special monument to honor him. This monument, a stone obelisk with an icon of Perseus carved into it, gave the city its name: Ikonyon, Ikonyum, Iconium. During your visit to Konya, you will have the opportunity to explore this city and learn more about its rich history and cultural significance.

After breakfast on the sixth day of the tour, you will begin your sightseeing in Konya (ancient Iconium), a city that played an important role in the life and ministry of Paul and Barnabas. You will visit the museum complex of the Whirling Dervishes and the Mausoleum of Mevlana (Rumi). After lunch, you will drive to Antioch of Pisidia, a city where Paul preached his first recorded sermon and was later expelled. You will have the chance to explore the ruins and visit the remains of two basilicas. You will then continue driving west to Antalya (Attalia) for dinner and an overnight stay. This day offers a unique opportunity to discover the rich history and cultural significance of the region, all while following in the footsteps of Paul and exploring the places he visited.

On the seventh day of the tour, you will begin with a visit to Perga, a city visited by Paul and Barnabas on their first journey (Acts 13:13-14). There, you will see its well-preserved stadium and collonaded street divided by a water channel. You will then return to Antalya, where you will visit Hadrian's Gate and the Roman mausoleum of ancient Attalia. Later, you will continue on to Aspendos, home to a famous theater. After lunch, you will begin your drive back to Antalya city center and visit the Archaeological Museum. You will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in Antalya. This day offers a unique opportunity to discover the rich history and cultural significance of the region, all while following in the footsteps of Paul and exploring the places he visited.

On the eighth day of the tour, you will drive to Myra, a town visited by St. Paul, St. Luke, and St. Aristarchus. This city is particularly known as the seat of St. Nicholas, the bishop of the region during the 4th century. You will have the opportunity to see the many rock tombs that overlook the town's splendid theater. After lunch, you will return to Antalya for dinner and an overnight stay. This day offers a unique opportunity to discover the rich history and cultural significance of the region, all while following in the footsteps of Paul and exploring the places he visited.

On the ninth day of the tour, you will begin with a drive to Colossae, a city famous for its connections to Paul's letter to the Colossians. You will have the chance to see the Byzantine walls and other remaining ruins at the site. After lunch, you will drive inland over the Taurus Mountains to Laodicea, one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 3:14-22) and a place addressed by Paul (Col. 4:13-16). You will then visit the unexcavated site of Colossae on the foothills of Mount Honaz, where Paul wrote the letters to the Colossians and Philemon. You will have dinner and spend the night in Pamukkale. This day offers a unique opportunity to discover the rich history and cultural significance of the region, all while following in the footsteps of Paul and exploring the places he visited.

On the tenth day of the tour, you will visit Hierapolis, a city with a rich history and cultural significance. You will see the necropolis, baths, theater, and the site of the martyrdom of Philip. You will then continue to Philadelphia, a city founded during the reign of Attalus II and known as one of the Seven Churches. You will visit Thyatira, another one of the Seven Churches, and Sardis, the capital of ancient Lydia and a center of importance for various religious groups. You will have the opportunity to visit the temple of Cybele and Diana, the beautiful synagogue, and the gymnasium. You will then continue on to Kusadasi, where you will have dinner and spend the night. This day offers a unique opportunity to discover the rich history and cultural significance of the region, all while following in the footsteps of Paul and exploring the places he visited.

On the eleventh day of the tour, you will visit the extensive ruins of Ephesus, one of the Seven Churches. You will see the theater where Paul preached to the Ephesians, the library, the Odeon, the Double Church where the Third Ecumenical Council was held in 431, and the Marble Road. You will also visit St. John's Basilica and the nearby House of Virgin Mary. After lunch, you will continue to Miletus, one of the principal Ionian cities and the home of Thales. This city was visited twice by Paul, and you will have the opportunity to see the very well-preserved theater, the Byzantine Fortress, the Delphinion, the Nymphanion, the Bouleterium, and the Faustina Baths. You will return to Kusadasi for dinner and an overnight stay. This day offers a unique opportunity to discover the rich history and cultural significance of the region, all while following in the footsteps of Paul and exploring the places he visited.

On the twelfth day of the tour, you will drive to Izmir (Smyrna), a city that was home to one of the oldest continually open churches of the revelation. You will have a short city tour and visit Mount Pagus, the site of the martyrdom of Polycarp. You will continue on to Pergamon to visit the Asklepion and the acropolis, the theater, the Temple of Athena, and the Altar of Zeus, which John denounced to the Pergamon church members as the "Throne of Satan." After lunch, you will visit the Asklepion, the medical center of the ancient world. You will then drive to Assos, where you will have dinner and spend the night. This day offers a unique opportunity to discover the rich history and cultural significance of the region, all while following in the footsteps of Paul and exploring the places he visited.

After breakfast, we embark on a tour of the iconic city of Troy. Following lunch, we head to Alexandria Troas, a city that holds significant historical and religious importance, having been visited by the apostle Paul on multiple occasions. During Paul's third journey, he is believed to have traveled by land from Alexandria Troas to Assos. In Troas, we will visit the theater, the Temple of Athena, and the agora. Later in the day, we will drive to Bursa for dinner and an overnight stay.

After a hearty breakfast, we will spend the day exploring the city of Bursa, including visits to the Grand Mosque, the Green Mausoleum, and the old silk market in the covered bazaar. After lunch, we will continue our journey to Nicea, a city with great significance in Christian history due to the two ecumenical councils held here in 325 and 787. While in Nicea, we will also visit the museum that was formerly the Church of Divine Wisdom. Later in the day, we will depart Nicea for Istanbul, where we will have dinner and spend the night.

After breakfast, we will embark on a guided tour of Istanbul, visiting some of the city's most iconic landmarks including the Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, Saint Sophia, and the Blue Mosque. These monuments represent the rich history of Istanbul, encompassing the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. After the tour of the old city, we will transfer to the Grand Bazaar, one of the world's largest and oldest covered markets. The Grand Bazaar is a popular tourist attraction, with over 250,000 to 400,000 visitors per day and a total area of 30,700 square meters, containing more than 4,000 stores. It is often considered one of the world's first shopping malls and attracts over 91 million annual tourists. We will have free time at the bazaar before transferring back to our hotel for the night.

After breakfast, we will check out of the hotel and transfer to Kayseri Airport to catch our flight to Istanbul and continue on to our next destination. The tour comes to a close, but the memories of our journey will remain with us forever.

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Customizable itineraries where you may choose transport, stay & sightseeing as per your taste & comfort. The tour program listed is representative and may completely change to suit your wishes. Feel free to say hello to us!

Hotels options are 4*, 4*+, 5*, and 5*+. Only hotels with a google score of 4.5+ / 5 are used in our tours, and your accommodation satisfaction is our priority. You can also book your own hotel. Feel free to say hello to us! Our operation team will create a personalized tour plan as you wish.

You can stay in any hotel you want. If you let us know the hotel you want, we can create a package with accommodation in that hotel. But also, we can provide you with the package only for airport transfers and tours. Feel free to say hello to us! Our operation team will create a personalized tour plan as you wish.

Private tours only include your group (up to 13 people), your guide and driver. We offer the most personalized and intimate experience for you and your friends/family! Regular SIC tours stand for Seat-in-Coach Basis Tours, which means you will share an air-conditioned coach or van with other tourists and you will have an English-speaking tour guide to take you to all the scenic spots listed in the itinerary that day. While the prices of private tours may vary according to the number of people, the prices of regular tours are fixed.

Tour start and end locations are stated above. If you want to transfer from a different place, feel free to say hello to us! Our operation team will create a personalized tour plan as you wish.

Our Regular SIC Tours are operated in English. Exceptional languages like Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese and other languages might be organized as a private guided tour with your personal guide. Feel free to say hello to us! Our operation team will create a personalized tour plan as you wish.

You can make your payments by cash, bank transfer or credit card.

You can directly contact us to make a booking for any tour listed on our website or for your personalized tour requests.

If you can't find the tour or activity you want, feel free to say hello to us! Our operation team will create a personalized tour plan as you wish.

Yes, we have been a fully licensed tour operator in Turkey since 2011 and giving service all over Turkey. Feel free to say hello to us! Our operation team will create a personalized tour plan as you wish.

Ours headquarter is in Istanbul, and we have branches in Cappadocia and Ephesus.

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Istanbul, Turkey

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This was an incredible experience! Our guide, Ali was extremely knowledgeable and taught us so much about the Turkish culture and the history. He patiently walked with us up and around and educated us along the way. Highlight of our time in biblical sites, for sure.
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