Journey of the Apostles with Rome Temple Open House

Dates February 4-14, 2019
Destination Istanbul Izmir Ephesus, Turkey; Athens, Greece; Mycenae Rome, Italy;
Duration 10 days 9 nights
Price From 2,399
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Come join Tim Taggart as he takes you on a journey following the footsteps of the Apostles Paul, Peter and John the Revelator.  You'll travel to Turkey, Greece and Rome to view the many areas mentioned in the book of Revelations such as ancient Smyrna, Pergamum, Sardis and Ephesus. Then, sail to the tiny island of Patmos where John the Revelator was imprisoned.

In Greece, visit Athens and Corinth where we learn of the Apostle Paul’s teachings in the area. In Rome, you will continue to learn of the apostle’s visits and then enjoy the many wonders of the city, including the preserved Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and one of the wonders of the World – the Ancient Coliseum. Be a part of history with a visit to the LDS Rome Temple Open House.

This tour is a feast for the eyes that combines dramatic ruins with breathtaking views of these countries.

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Days 1 and 2:Mon-Tue, Feb 4-5th, 2019

U.S.A. • Transatlantic Flight • Istanbul, Turkey

We will take a morning flight from our various U.S.A. homes, change planes at JFK airport in New York, and arrive the following morning at the airport in Istanbul, Turkey.  Like Rome, Istanbul is built on seven hills.  Settled by the Greeks in the eighth century BC, the city was known as Byzantium.  In AD 330 the Roman emperor Constantine made it his capital and called it Constantinople.  After the western part of the Roman Empire fell, Constantinople was the capital of the Byzantine Empire for a thousand years until 1453, when it was taken by the Ottoman Turks and renamed Istanbul.  

Meals : Dinner
Day 3:Wed, Feb 6th, 2019

Istanbul

We will enjoy a city tour of Istanbul. The Hagia Sophia was an architectural marvel built by Emperor Justinian in AD 527. The Blue Mosque is an exquisite example of Islamic architecture built by Almet I, We will see the Hippodrome, containing an Egyptian obelisk brought to Constantinople in AD 390 from Egypt. Next, we will also visit the the Topkopi Palace and finally the unique Basilican Cistern.  If time allows, you may enjoy a fun stop at the world famous Grand Bazaar. Here you can browse and shop at the hundreds of stalls for souvenirs, spices and Turkish delights. We will check in to our hotel for two nights.  (D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4:Thur, Feb 7th, 2019

Izmir

This morning we will visit Smyrna. Founded in the 11 century B.C it was once a Greek City on the Aegean coastline. We will see the ruins of the ancient Angora (public meeting place). We will next travel to Kusadasi (near Ephesus) where we will spend the evening,.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5:Fri, Feb 8th, 2019

Ephesus

This morning we will visit Ephesus - one a Greek city on the Ionian Sea coast.  The impressive ruins date back to the 10th century B.C. The Apostles Paul spent much time in the area teaching to the Ephesians. We will visit the house of the Virgin Mary.  Many have thought that this was where she had lived and died in Ephesus. After lunch we will visit the ruins of the Basilica of John.  Overnight in Kusadasi.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Sat, Feb 9th, 2019

Athens

Today we fly to Athens and visit the famous Acropolis and the Parthenon. We will also stroll through the ancient Agora - said to be one of the world's largest and best preserved ancient meeting place. It was here that such men as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle taught. The Apostle Paul taught the Athenians while staying in Athens on Mars Hill. Our lives still bare the deep imprint of Greece. After time for shopping and if time permits, we will visit the National Archaeological Museum.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7:Sun, Feb 10th, 2019

Corinth

This morning we will travel west by bus around the Saronic Gulf, which separates Attica from the Peloponnese (the southern peninsula of Greece), crossing the famous Corinth Canal (a 4.2-mile-long channel cut between the Gulf of Corinth and the Saronic Gulf).   Then we will go on to Corinth to discuss the work of Paul, who lived here for one and a half years, and his two epistles directed to the Corinthian Saints.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8:Mon, Feb 11, 2019

Athens to Rome

Early in the morning we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Rome. Upon arrival in Rome, we will see a few sites today.  We will visit the Roman Colliseum (one the 7 Wonders on the World) was once the site of the Roman Gladiators and where the early Christians were executed. we will be transferred to our hotel in the city and the rest of the day will be yours to enjoy. Dinner and overnight in Rome. 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 9: Tue, Feb 12th, 2019

LDS  Rome Temple Open House

Today we will transfer to LDS Temple in Rome and attend the Open House and visit the lovely gardens surrounding the temple. Dinner and overnight in Rome. Note: The open house visit date is subject to change and final confirmation). 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Wed, Feb 13, 2019

Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Tour

This morning tour the Vatican, the world's smallest, yet wealthiest independent state. Your guide will start with an overview of the history of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. See the Hall of Tapestries and the Maps Gallery.  The highlight of the tour will be the Sistine Chapel, where the ceiling is covered with Michelangelo's famous paintings of the 'Creation' and 'Last Judgment.'  Then we explore St. Peter's Square, with Bernini's 284 columns, before entering St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in Christendom. See the many treasures including the golden mosaics of the apse, Bernini's bronze baldachin and the famed 'Pieta' by Michelangelo.  This afternoon you are free to enjoy the city of Rome.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11:Thur, Feb 14th, 2019

Rome to U.S.A.

Today you will depart Italy for our flights back to our homes in the U.S.A.  After clearing customs, we will transfer to the domestic flights going to our local airports, arriving home tired but filled with memories of special and sacred places and all we have seen and heard―a true “trip of a lifetime.”

(itinerary is subject to change)

Meals : Breakfast

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour
  • LDS Tour Director on for the whole trip along
  • Local guides for in-depth location detail and history
  • Advance timed entry tickets to attractions included = less time waiting in lines

Included:

  • Local Licensed English speaking guides & Historians
  • Experienced LDS Tour Director
  • Hotel accommodations in 4 star deluxe hotels
  • Sightseeing tours as outlined on the itinerary
  • Flights within tour (in Turkey to Greece to Rome)
  • Meals as outlined 
  • Entrance fees to all noted locations and museums
  • Gratuties
  • Deluxe/Air Conditioned motor coach transportation
  • Audio system headsets throughout tour
  • Document package

Not Included:

  • Airfare from your home city to Istanbul and home from Rome - $1375 (lower fares may become availabie)
  • Any private sightseeing not included on the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. phone calls, room service, internet, etc.)
  • Travel insurance (plans start at $35)
  • Electronic Turkish Visa (estimated at $25)
  • Meals not included in tour outline

Optional Pricing:

  • Single Supplement/Private room - $3100 (for those with their own room)
  • ** Ask about our Single/Share Program **
  • Cash discount - $60 each

Payment Terms:

      • $500.00 pp deposit will be due at time of booking after dates are announced
      • Final Payments is Deb. Nov.11, 2018