"Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings
like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." - Isaiah 40:31

Corinth temple of Apollo

Remaining columns of the Temple of Apollo in the agora/forum at Corinth

Ephesus Theater

View from the massive theater in Ephesus, the setting for Acts 19

Istanbul Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

Patmos view

View from the Monastery of St. John on the island of Patmos

Pergamum acropolis

Acropolis of Pergamum from the Aesclepium, the famed healing center

Sardis acropolis

Acropolis of Sardis from the temple of Artemis

Thessaloniki agora

Forum/agora, the gathering place/market, in Thessaloniki

Footsteps of St. Paul, Seven Cities of Revelation

Possible stops on this custom tour:

Turkey

  • Tarsus - Saul/Paul's hometown
  • Antakya (ancient Antioch) - Where the term "Christian" originated
  • Hierapolis - Famous for its hot springs
  • Colossea
  • Alexandria Troas - Where Paul sailed for Europe for the first time
  • Assos - city walls were constructed by the Greeks in the fourth century B.C. and are very well preserved.  On the last leg of his third missionary journey, Paul walked from Alexandria Troas to Assos
  • Istanbul - Founded by Constantine in the 4th century
  • Troy - Legendary scene of the Trojan War described in the Iliad, one of the epic poems attributed to Homer

Seven Churches of Revelation

  • Ephesus - Famed for the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Smyrna - located at a strategic point on the Aegean coast. Ancient city is located at two sites within modern Izmir, Turkey
  • Thyatira - Home to Lydia, a seller of purple goods, who Paul met in Philippi.
  • Pergamun - Acropolis was modeled after the acropolis in Athens. Many things to see for vistors: theater, temple of Trajan, Asclepion, Altar of Zeus, other temples
  • Sardis - Remains include the bath-gymnasium complex, synagogue. Artemis temple and Byzantine shops.
  • Laodicea - The lukewarm chruch that made John sick to his stomach. Ruins of two theaters and more
  • Philadelphia - Ancient located in modern Alasehir. Ancient remains include columns of a Byzantine church and sections of the Byzantine city walls

Greece

  • Athens - Paul told the city council that he knew their "unknown god"
  • Thessaloniki - Important trade-hub on the Via Egnatia which facilitated trade between Europe and Asia
  • Corinth - Stayed a year and a half; met Aquila and Priscilla, who had just come from Rome after Claudius banished the Jews. Wrote First Thessalonians while there and wrote four letters to the Corinth church
  • Kalambaka
  • Philippi - God opened the hearts of Lydia and the jailer

Greek Islands

  • Patmos - Where John received his revelation from God
  • Santorini - Essentially the remains of an enormous volcanic explosion that destroyed the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island; the capital, Fira, clings to the top of the cliff looking down on the lagoon
  • Mykonos - Has a vast number of bars and nightclubs; also known for its beaches
  • Crete - Home of the ancient Minoan culture; remains of the giant palace at Knossos
  • Rhodes - Like being transported back in time. The medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site

Italy

  • Ferry to Italy
  • Rome - Famed capital of the Roman Empire; important sites too numerous to list here; seat of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Pompeii - Destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius