Journey of the Apostles with Rome Temple

Dates Spring 2019
Destination Istanbul Izmir Laodicea kusadasi Athens, Greece; Mycenae Rome, Italy;
Duration 14 days 13 nights
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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.


Days 1 and 2:

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.  We will enjoy a city tour of parts of Istanbul—including the Hagia Sophia, an architectural marvel built by Emperor Justinian in AD 527; the Blue Mosque, an exquisite example of Islamic architecture built by Almet I; and the Hippodrome, containing an Egyptian obelisk brought to Constantinople in AD 390 from Egypt. We will also visit the Basilican Cistern which supplied the royal palaces. We will check in to our hotel for two nights.  (D)

Meals : Dinner
Day 3:


Our day will begin with a visit to the city of Kadikoy, where in the fifth century 600 bishops met in the great Council of Chalcedon, which eventually led to separation of the east and west churches in AD 1054. We will then make our way to Iznik where Constantine convened the First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea in AD 325. Today the city has a large porcelain industry.  We will then make our way to the Topkapi Seraglio Palace, the opulent former sanctum of the sultans, after which we will visit the Grand Bazaar for some shopping.  Next, we will go on a ferry ride down the Bosporus Straits, viewing Istanbul and several beautiful homes, government buildings, and parks. (B/D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4:

Izmir-Bergama • Thyatira

We will take an early flight to Izmir and visit the site of ancient Smyrna, one of the seven cities having members of the Christian faith addressed by John the Apostle in the book of Revelation.  Our day begins as we learn more about the ancient city of Smyrna (Rev. 2:8–11) and its significance in the book of Revelations.  We will then drive to Bergama (Rev. 2:12–17), which was ancient Pergamum, where we will discuss why John addressed the Saints.  We will see the very impressive acropolis, as well as the Asclepieum and the Red Basilica.  Afterward we will visit another of the seven cities at Thyatira (Rev. 2:18–29). We will overnight in Izmir. (B/D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5:

Philadelphia • Sardis • Laodicea • Colossae

Today we drive to the sites of three other cities noted in Revelation─Sardis (Rev. 3:1–6), Philadelphia (Rev. 3:7–13), and Laodicea (Rev. 3:14–22) as we discuss the rise and fall of the early Christian church. Finally, we will visit Colossae and learn more about what the Apostle Paul taught the Colossian Saints. We will travel to Kusadasi and stay two nights, after a wonderful day visiting cities of the Christian faithful from the first century AD.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6:

Miletus • Kusadasi (Ephesus)

After a restful night’s sleep, we will drive to the port city of Miletus, where Paul taught and tearfully exhorted the Saints to remain faithful.  We will next make our way to the most impressive Roman ruins in the world, those of the ancient city of Ephesus. This famous city was the capital of the Asia Province and the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the great Temple of Artemis (called Diana by the Romans).  Paul spent more than three years in Ephesus on his third missionary journey, and John spent many years here at a later time.  You will walk through the marble streets of this city, seeing the ruined library, baths, latrines, marketplace, temples, and the huge theater mentioned in Acts 19

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7:

Kusadasi (Ephesus) • Patmos • Athens

Today we will set sail for the Isle of Patmos to learn about John the Revelator who was imprisoned here.  In the afternoon we will fly from Izmir to Athens, Greece and spend the next three nights.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8:


Today we will visit the famous Acropolis, including Mars Hill, and the Parthenon. We will also stroll through the ancient Agora, where such men as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle taught, as well as the Apostle Paul. Our lives still bear the deep imprint of Greece. After time for shopping and if time permits, we will visit the National Archaeological Museum.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9:

Athens • Eleusis • Corinth • Mycenae

Our first stop is Eleusis, the center of the sacred mysteries of Greek and Roman times.  These mysteries inspired and edified those who participated with hope of life after death if they lived lives of virtue and goodness. At Eleusis for hundreds of years, a Greek endowment comforted and blessed thousands. 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. Our last stop will be Mycenae, where great treasures of golden objects from the days of Homer’s Greece were discovered.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10:

Athens • Rome, Italy

Following breakfast, we will transfer to the Athens Airport for our flights to Rome Italy.  Upon arrival we will visit the famous sites of Ancient Rome.  As we arrive at the Coliseums, walk underneath the Constantine Arch then enter the huge arena dating from 79AD.  Next stop is the Roman Forum, where the ancient market place seems to jump to life as we stroll through the ruins.  Back on the coach, we’ll drive past Circus Maximus and the Baths of Caracella on our way to the Pantheon, which was built over 2,000 years ago to honor Caesar Augustus and later converted to a Christian church.  Stop at Piazza Navona, one of Rome's most beautiful and popular squares with its three fountains.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11:

LDS Temple Tour

Transfer by private coach from the Rome airport to your hotel. After you’ve had a chance to freshen up, join your guide for your tour of the new LDS Temple at the Open House. Return transfer to our hotel by private coach

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12:

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 13:

Rome on your own

Today you are free to explore on your own. Maybe go back to see the majestic LDS Temple; spend time viewing important art in the Villa Borghese (appointment required); navigate one of the many Catacombs beneath the city; or sit on the famous Spanish Steps.  Save yourself for a farewell dinner at Tanagra Caffe where you’ll enjoy a Concerto of opera and piano while dining on a 4-course meal.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14:

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.”

Meals : Breakfast


  • Deluxe/Air Conditioned motor coach transportation
  • Local Licensed guides & an experienced LDS Tour Directors
  • 11 nights Hotel accommodations in Rome in a deluxe-tourist class hotels
  • Sightseeing tours as outlined on the itinerary
  • Flight from Athens to Rome
  • Group Visa for Turkey
  • Breakfast daily and other meals as outlined
  • Entrance fees to all noted locations and museums
  • Transportation to either the Open House or sessions at the LDS Rome Temple (dates pending)
  • Vox Audio system headsets throughout tour
  • Document package

Not Included:

  • Airfare from your home city to Athens and home from Rome (Air based on availability call for pricing)
  • Any private sightseeing not included on the itinerary
  • Tour gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. phone calls, room service, internet, etc.)
  • Travel insurance (plans start at $35)
  • Meals not included in tour outline

Optional Pricing:

  • Single Supplement/Private room
  • ** Ask about our Single/Share Program **

Payment Terms:

  • $200.00 REFUNDABLE down payment NOW confirms a spot on one of our tours
  • $500.00 pp deposit will be due at time of booking after dates are announced
  • Final Payments are due 90 days before travel