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“I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, that you should be for salvation to ends of the earth” -Acts 13:47

The Missionary Journey of St. Paul

18th September 2018 to 27th September 2018


Meet at Mumbai Intl airport (Terminal 2) early in the morning on 18th Sep at 3 am. We start our Missionary Journey with 07 hours non-stop flight on Turkish Airlines DEP 6.45 am from Mumbai to Istanbul and onwards one hour flight to Izmir (Turkey). We arrive at 2pm on 18th Sep.

First Day

18th September

Turkey

Izmir-Pergamon

Arrive in Izmir former Smyrna, nowadays a modern Turkish city. The church that would suffer persecution” (Rev. 2:8-11) In ancient times it was in a powerful trading position on the Aegean Sea known for its harbors, commerce, and marketplaces. Depart for Pergamon, located on the plains and foothills along the Caicus River in Western Turkey. The city, described as having the throne of Satan, is “praised for its martyrdom and perseverance but those who hold false teachings are criticized” (Rev.2:12-17). Visit the Acropolis and Altar of Zeus. Continue to the healing center, Aesculapius.

 

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Pergamon

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First Day

18th September

Turkey

Izmir-Pergamon

Arrive in Izmir former Smyrna, nowadays a modern Turkish city. The church that would suffer persecution” (Rev. 2:8-11) In ancient times it was in a powerful trading position on the Aegean Sea known for its harbors, commerce, and marketplaces. Depart for Pergamon, located on the plains and foothills along the Caicus River in Western Turkey. The city, described as having the throne of Satan, is “praised for its martyrdom and perseverance but those who hold false teachings are criticized” (Rev.2:12-17). Visit the Acropolis and Altar of Zeus. Continue to the healing center, Aesculapius.

 

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Pergamon

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Second day

19th September

Turkey

Thyatira-Sardis-Philadelphia-Kusadasi

After breakfast we visit Thyatira, known for its textiles and dyeing trade. It is now known as the Turkish city of Akhisar. It is “praised for its increasing faith and service, but criticized for its tolerance of Jezebel an immoral women who calls herself a prophetess” (Rev. 2:18-29). Then onto Sardis, located on the banks of the Pactolus River in western Asia Minor. “The church of Sardis is described as dead, and it must wake up. However, there are some who have not “soiled their clothes.” (Rev.3:1-6). After lunch continue the day with a visit to ancient Philadelphia which was known for its variety of temples and worship centers. “The church of brotherly love that endures patiently”(Rev 3:7-13).  After the visits we arrive at our hotel in the city of Kusadasi.

 

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kusadasi.

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Second day

19th September

Turkey

Thyatira-Sardis-Philadelphia-Kusadasi

After breakfast we visit Thyatira, known for its textiles and dyeing trade. It is now known as the Turkish city of Akhisar. It is “praised for its increasing faith and service, but criticized for its tolerance of Jezebel an immoral women who calls herself a prophetess” (Rev. 2:18-29). Then onto Sardis, located on the banks of the Pactolus River in western Asia Minor. “The church of Sardis is described as dead, and it must wake up. However, there are some who have not “soiled their clothes.” (Rev.3:1-6). After lunch continue the day with a visit to ancient Philadelphia which was known for its variety of temples and worship centers. “The church of brotherly love that endures patiently”(Rev 3:7-13).  After the visits we arrive at our hotel in the city of Kusadasi.

 

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kusadasi.

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Third day

20th September

Turkey

House of Virgin Mary, Ephesus

After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the House of the Virgin Mary, a pilgrimage site for many people of all denominations. It has also been accepted by the Vatican as a pilgrimage destination. Then visit to Ephesus which was the most influential capital city of Asia Minor on Aegean Sea. “Ephesus receives praise for its perseverance, but criticism for forsaking its “first love” (Rev. 2:1-7). You will explore some of the best preserved theatres, fountains and buildings in the world. After lunch visit to the Basilica of St. John which stands over the believed burial site of St. John, who is identified as the apostle, evangelist (author of the Fourth Gospel) and prophet (author of Revelation).

 

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Pamukkale.

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Third day

20th September

Turkey

House of Virgin Mary, Ephesus

After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the House of the Virgin Mary, a pilgrimage site for many people of all denominations. It has also been accepted by the Vatican as a pilgrimage destination. Then visit to Ephesus which was the most influential capital city of Asia Minor on Aegean Sea. “Ephesus receives praise for its perseverance, but criticism for forsaking its “first love” (Rev. 2:1-7). You will explore some of the best preserved theatres, fountains and buildings in the world. After lunch visit to the Basilica of St. John which stands over the believed burial site of St. John, who is identified as the apostle, evangelist (author of the Fourth Gospel) and prophet (author of Revelation).

 

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Pamukkale.

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Fourth day

21st September

Turkey

Hierapolis-Laodicea-Denizli-Istanbul

After breakfast visit the ancient healing City of Hierapolis ,now a days known as Pamukkale, and world famous Travertens, the white cotton fortress where hot mineral water bursts from the earth and cascades over steep cliffs forming pools, channels and stalactites. The therapeutic waters were known to the founders of Hierapolis and of Laodicea in 190 BC. The travertens are natural formations of limestone with small ponds at multiple levels. Enjoy your time at these thermal water pools. In Hierapolis (Col. 4:13) we visit the Martyrium of the Apostle Philip where he was martyred during the persecutions ordered by Domitian. We visit the Gate of Domitian, the Arcadian Way, the 2nd century AD Theatre, the Nymphaion, the Temple of Apollo, the Plutonium and the Necropolis. After lunch drive to Laodicea located in the Lycus River Valley of western Asia Minor, a primary trade route between the cultures of the West and East. “The lukewarm church with a faith that’s neither hot nor cold” (Rev. 3:14-22). We see the ancient theatre, the remains of basilica and ancient stone water pipes. In the evening transfer to the nearby city of Denizli to take one hour flight to Istanbul. After our arrival in Istanbul we are transferred to hotel.

 

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Istanbul.

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Fourth day

21st September

Turkey

Hierapolis-Laodicea-Denizli-Istanbul

After breakfast visit the ancient healing City of Hierapolis ,now a days known as Pamukkale, and world famous Travertens, the white cotton fortress where hot mineral water bursts from the earth and cascades over steep cliffs forming pools, channels and stalactites. The therapeutic waters were known to the founders of Hierapolis and of Laodicea in 190 BC. The travertens are natural formations of limestone with small ponds at multiple levels. Enjoy your time at these thermal water pools. In Hierapolis (Col. 4:13) we visit the Martyrium of the Apostle Philip where he was martyred during the persecutions ordered by Domitian. We visit the Gate of Domitian, the Arcadian Way, the 2nd century AD Theatre, the Nymphaion, the Temple of Apollo, the Plutonium and the Necropolis. After lunch drive to Laodicea located in the Lycus River Valley of western Asia Minor, a primary trade route between the cultures of the West and East. “The lukewarm church with a faith that’s neither hot nor cold” (Rev. 3:14-22). We see the ancient theatre, the remains of basilica and ancient stone water pipes. In the evening transfer to the nearby city of Denizli to take one hour flight to Istanbul. After our arrival in Istanbul we are transferred to hotel.

 

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Istanbul.

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Fifth day

22nd September

Turkey

Istanbul City Tour-Bosphorus Cruise

After breakfast we start our city tour. Istanbul is the only city in the world located on two continents, Europe and Asia. Enjoy a full day tour of the Sultanahmet district, the UNESCO recognized heart of old Istanbul. Firstly we visit the magnificent Hagia Sofia. Built in 537 AD, this was the first large domed building in the world and the religious focal point of the Eastern Orthodox Church for nearly 1000 years. We learn its history from our expert local guide and have a look at its golden mosaic decorations inside. Then we walk from here to the Blue Mosque, which owes its fame to the exquisite 17th Century Iznik Tiles which are adorning its interior. We then have a look at the Hippodrome, the horse chariots arena of the ancient Byzantine Empire where we see the Egyptian Obelisk from Karnak and the Snake Column from Ancient Greece which used to decorate here. A short walk from here brings us to the exciting Grand Bazaar. Following the introduction by our guide, we have some free time here, to browse its 1,200 kshops. After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit the amazing Topkapi Palace, which from 15th to the 19th Century was the principle residence of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. It’s the most historic site to be visited whilst in Istanbul. We have a look at its staggering collection of imperial treasury which includes golden thrones, emerald crowns, jeweled arms, hand embroidered kaftans etc…We finish our day with the memorable Bosphorus Cruise. Sailing along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will see the magnificent sights of the following attractions from the boat. See Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of its marble facade faces the shore. Dinner and traditional show with Belly Dancer.

 

Overnight stay at hotel in Istanbul.

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Fifth day

22nd September

Turkey

Istanbul City Tour-Bosphorus Cruise

After breakfast we start our city tour. Istanbul is the only city in the world located on two continents, Europe and Asia. Enjoy a full day tour of the Sultanahmet district, the UNESCO recognized heart of old Istanbul. Firstly we visit the magnificent Hagia Sofia. Built in 537 AD, this was the first large domed building in the world and the religious focal point of the Eastern Orthodox Church for nearly 1000 years. We learn its history from our expert local guide and have a look at its golden mosaic decorations inside. Then we walk from here to the Blue Mosque, which owes its fame to the exquisite 17th Century Iznik Tiles which are adorning its interior. We then have a look at the Hippodrome, the horse chariots arena of the ancient Byzantine Empire where we see the Egyptian Obelisk from Karnak and the Snake Column from Ancient Greece which used to decorate here. A short walk from here brings us to the exciting Grand Bazaar. Following the introduction by our guide, we have some free time here, to browse its 1,200 kshops. After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit the amazing Topkapi Palace, which from 15th to the 19th Century was the principle residence of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. It’s the most historic site to be visited whilst in Istanbul. We have a look at its staggering collection of imperial treasury which includes golden thrones, emerald crowns, jeweled arms, hand embroidered kaftans etc…We finish our day with the memorable Bosphorus Cruise. Sailing along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will see the magnificent sights of the following attractions from the boat. See Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of its marble facade faces the shore. Dinner and traditional show with Belly Dancer.

 

Overnight stay at hotel in Istanbul.

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Sixth day

23rd September

Greece

Thessaloniki-Amphipolis-Philippi-Kavala

Early morning we leave hotel for the airport for our one hour flight from Istanbul to Thessaloniki dep at 7.30am. We arrive Thessaloniki at 8.45 am. we drive to visit Philippi, with a short stop at Amphipolis (Acts 17:1) Visit the Lion statue of Amphipolis for photos. Sights to see here are the ruins of the Agora, a Macedonian Tomb and Water Cistern. After lunch we continue to Philippi where Paul worked to see the river, where Lydia is said to have been baptized (Acts 16:14-15), the ruins of a Prison where Paul and Sylas were kept (Acts 16:16-40), the Agora, the 5th and 6th century Basilicas and the Theater. After the visits, we continue to Kavala, the ancient port of Neapolis (Acts 16:11).Late in the evening we return to Thessaloniki.

 

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Thessaloniki.

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Sixth day

23rd September

Greece

Thessaloniki-Amphipolis-Philippi-Kavala

Early morning we leave hotel for the airport for our one hour flight from Istanbul to Thessaloniki dep at 7.30am. We arrive Thessaloniki at 8.45 am. we drive to visit Philippi, with a short stop at Amphipolis (Acts 17:1) Visit the Lion statue of Amphipolis for photos. Sights to see here are the ruins of the Agora, a Macedonian Tomb and Water Cistern. After lunch we continue to Philippi where Paul worked to see the river, where Lydia is said to have been baptized (Acts 16:14-15), the ruins of a Prison where Paul and Sylas were kept (Acts 16:16-40), the Agora, the 5th and 6th century Basilicas and the Theater. After the visits, we continue to Kavala, the ancient port of Neapolis (Acts 16:11).Late in the evening we return to Thessaloniki.

 

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Thessaloniki.

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Seventh day

24th September

Greece

Thessaloniki -Berea-Vergina-Kalambaka

After breakfast we start our tour of Thessaloniki with a drive to the upper part of the Old City Walls. Here we have excellent  views  of  the  City  and  the  opportunity  to  take  pictures. Continue on  foot  to  visit the nearby Vlatadon Monastery  and  a  sightseeing  drive  of  the city  viewing  the  White  Tower, the Triumphal Arch nof Galerius standing on the Egnatian Way and we see the Rotonda. We then drive to Berea (Acts 17:10) one of apostle  Paul’s  stops,  to  see  the  Byzantine  mosaic  in  the  monument  commemorating  his preaching. In Vergina which was known in ancient times as Agai, the first capital of Macedonia, we visit the most important Tomb of Philip II of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the great. We drive to our hotel in the city of Kalambaka.

 

Dinner and overnight stay in your hotel in Kalambaka.

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Seventh day

24th September

Greece

Thessaloniki -Berea-Vergina-Kalambaka

After breakfast we start our tour of Thessaloniki with a drive to the upper part of the Old City Walls. Here we have excellent  views  of  the  City  and  the  opportunity  to  take  pictures. Continue on  foot  to  visit the nearby Vlatadon Monastery  and  a  sightseeing  drive  of  the city  viewing  the  White  Tower, the Triumphal Arch nof Galerius standing on the Egnatian Way and we see the Rotonda. We then drive to Berea (Acts 17:10) one of apostle  Paul’s  stops,  to  see  the  Byzantine  mosaic  in  the  monument  commemorating  his preaching. In Vergina which was known in ancient times as Agai, the first capital of Macedonia, we visit the most important Tomb of Philip II of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the great. We drive to our hotel in the city of Kalambaka.

 

Dinner and overnight stay in your hotel in Kalambaka.

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Eigtht day

25th September

Greece

Meteora- Athens

After breakfast we drive to explore these beautiful and impressive are of Meteora. Visit Meteora Monasteries famous for their Byzantine museums perched precariously on huge finger-like rocks, exhibiting superb icons, old manuscripts and unique mosaics and frescoes. The monasteries of Meteora represent a unique architectural achievement. After a brief halt for lunch we have a long drive to Athens, (Acts 17:16) the capital city of Greece.

 

Dinner and overnight stay in your hotel in Athens.

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Eigtht day

25th September

Greece

Meteora- Athens

After breakfast we drive to explore these beautiful and impressive are of Meteora. Visit Meteora Monasteries famous for their Byzantine museums perched precariously on huge finger-like rocks, exhibiting superb icons, old manuscripts and unique mosaics and frescoes. The monasteries of Meteora represent a unique architectural achievement. After a brief halt for lunch we have a long drive to Athens, (Acts 17:16) the capital city of Greece.

 

Dinner and overnight stay in your hotel in Athens.

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Ninth day

26th September

Greece

Corinth-Athens

After breakfast depart Athens via the Saronic Gulf. We stop at the Corinthian Canal for photographs. Continue to ancient Corinth, (Acts. 18:1-8) where the apostle Paul lived and preached. Corinth was an important city in ancient Greece and it played a major role in the missionary work of the Apostle Paul. He wrote his first and second letters to the Corinthians here. Stop  en  route  to  Athens  to  visit  the two  famous  ancient  ports  of  Lechaion  and Cenchreae. After lunch we return to Athens for our afternoon visit including amazing sights such as the famous Acropolis with visits to the Parthenon and Erechtheion. We also visit the Mars Hill (Areopagus) (Acts 17:22-27) where the Apostle Paul delivered his well known sermon.

 

Dinner and overnight stay in your hotel in Athens.

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Ninth day

26th September

Greece

Corinth-Athens

After breakfast depart Athens via the Saronic Gulf. We stop at the Corinthian Canal for photographs. Continue to ancient Corinth, (Acts. 18:1-8) where the apostle Paul lived and preached. Corinth was an important city in ancient Greece and it played a major role in the missionary work of the Apostle Paul. He wrote his first and second letters to the Corinthians here. Stop  en  route  to  Athens  to  visit  the two  famous  ancient  ports  of  Lechaion  and Cenchreae. After lunch we return to Athens for our afternoon visit including amazing sights such as the famous Acropolis with visits to the Parthenon and Erechtheion. We also visit the Mars Hill (Areopagus) (Acts 17:22-27) where the Apostle Paul delivered his well known sermon.

 

Dinner and overnight stay in your hotel in Athens.

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Tenth day

27th September

Greece

Athens city tour- fly to Mumbai via Istanbul

After breakfast we visit the highlights of modern Athens passing by the Syntagma Square, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Parliament House, Presidential Palace, Panathenian Stadium, Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch, the Academy, the University and the National Library. Later we are transferred to the airport at 12pm for our 1.30 hours flight to Istanbul and onwards 6 hours flight to Mumbai. We arrive Mumbai at 4.45am on 28 Sep.

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Tenth day

27th September

Greece

Athens city tour- fly to Mumbai via Istanbul

After breakfast we visit the highlights of modern Athens passing by the Syntagma Square, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Parliament House, Presidential Palace, Panathenian Stadium, Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch, the Academy, the University and the National Library. Later we are transferred to the airport at 12pm for our 1.30 hours flight to Istanbul and onwards 6 hours flight to Mumbai. We arrive Mumbai at 4.45am on 28 Sep.

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Cost Includes :

  • Economy class Air ticket on Turkish Airlines:
    • Mumbai-Istanbul
    • Istanbul-Thessaloniki
    • Athens-Mumbai (via Istanbul)
  • Economy class Domestic Air ticket within Turkey.
    • Istanbul-Izmir
    • Denizli-Istanbul
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in 3 / 4 star hotels.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Sightseeing and transfers in comfortable AC coach.(as per itinerary)
  • Visa fees & Airport taxes.
  • Services of English speaking Licensed Tour guides.
  • Services of Tour Escort of Shalom Holy Land Tours.
  • Entrance fees to all sites and Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul.
  • Overseas Medical Insurance charges (age below 70 yrs)
  • Complimentary Shalom Holy Land Tours Hand Bag, Cap and Pouch.
  • Tips to Drivers, Guides and Portage charges at hotel
  • GST

 

Cost Excludes :

  • Travel to and from Mumbai International Airport till your local city.
  • Travel expenses to nearest visa office if called for an interview for Visa.
  • Any other expenses not mentioned above
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Cost Includes :

  • Economy class Air ticket on Turkish Airlines:
    • Mumbai-Istanbul
    • Istanbul-Thessaloniki
    • Athens-Mumbai (via Istanbul)
  • Economy class Domestic Air ticket within Turkey.
    • Istanbul-Izmir
    • Denizli-Istanbul
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in 3 / 4 star hotels.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Sightseeing and transfers in comfortable AC coach.(as per itinerary)
  • Visa fees & Airport taxes.
  • Services of English speaking Licensed Tour guides.
  • Services of Tour Escort of Shalom Holy Land Tours.
  • Entrance fees to all sites and Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul.
  • Overseas Medical Insurance charges (age below 70 yrs)
  • Complimentary Shalom Holy Land Tours Hand Bag, Cap and Pouch.
  • Tips to Drivers, Guides and Portage charges at hotel
  • GST

 

Cost Excludes :

  • Travel to and from Mumbai International Airport till your local city.
  • Travel expenses to nearest visa office if called for an interview for Visa.
  • Any other expenses not mentioned above
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