About Biblical Tours

Every year we get more and more inquiries for Biblical tours in Turkey as a lot of people have recently discovered the important role these lands played in the history of Christianity. Therefore, for Bible land tours we carefully choose guides who have good knowledge of Bible and Christian history.

During our Bible tours, our guests can visit many magnificent churches, some nearly as old as Christianity itself, and can retrace the footsteps of Saint Peter and Paul from the Biblical city of Antioch to the underground churches of Cappadocia.

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Many of the Most Important Events in Christian History Occurred in Turkey

  • Born in Tarsus, the Apostle Paul spread the word of Jesus Christ across Anatolia.
  • On Turkey’s Eastern Mediterranean coast is Antakya, known in biblical times as Antioch. This ancient city was home to the first important Christian community, founded in 42 AD by St. Paul. Jesus’ followers were first called “Christians” in Antioch and from here Christianity spread to the world.
  • St. Paul departed from Antioch on his three missionary journeys. The city holds the Church of St. Peter, a cave-church where the apostles Peter and Paul are believed to have preached. In 1963, the Vatican designated the site a place of pilgrimage and recognized it as the world’s first cathedral.
  • The Seven Churches of Revelation, a series of communities located near the Aegean coast, is where St. Paul preached and built the early church.
  • Ephesus, perhaps the most prominent of the Seven Churches, is where St. Paul wrote his letters to the Ephesians, and where St. John the Evangelist brought Virgin Mary to spend her last years. The Vatican recognizes the Virgin Mary’s house, located in the hills near Ephesus, as a shrine.
  • Just outside Ephesus, in Selcuk, is the Basilica of St. John where he preached and is believed to be buried.
  • St. Nicholas was born in Patara and lived in Demre (Myra) on the Mediterranean coast. A church dedicated to the original Santa Claus still stands.
  • Visitors to the biblical area of Cappadocia can explore more than 200 carved rock churches beautifully decorated with frescoes, and a seven-story underground city where Christians took refuge from their persecutors.
  • The stunning Monastery of the Virgin Mary located near the Black Sea in Trabzon is a dating to the 4th century. Built on the edge of a 1200 foot cliff and accessible only by foot, it housed some of the Orthodox Church’s greatest thinkers.
  • Istanbul became the center of Christianity in 330 AD and it was here that the largest church in Christendom at the time, Haghia Sophia or the Church of the Divine Wisdom, was dedicated by Emperor Justinian in 536 AD.
  • The Kariye (Chora) Museum, a Greek Orthodox Church from, is famous for its incomparable Byzantine frescoes and mosaics.

Depending on your available time we can suggest various custom Bible tours.

Biblical Tours

Among Bible land tours, this is a perfect tour program for our Christian guests. As Ephesus has important place in Bible, for this tour we carefully choose guides who have good knowledge about Bible and Christian history.

Following the Footsteps of St. Paul in Turkey and Greece, a customized Biblical tour for our Christian guests.

15 days Tour of Christian Sacred Sites in Turkey

Turkey is very rich in archeological sights, and has many Biblical places and great importance in Christian history. This is a very comprehensive tour that starts in Istanbul. Travelling along the Aegean and the Mediterranean cost you would visit all the most important archeological sights. You would also enjoy Cappadocia, and the last place to visit would be Ankara, the capital of Turkey.

St Paul was born in Tarsus, the Roman city in the Mediterranean region of modern Turkey. During this 18 day trip you can see not only the places Paul visited during his missionary journeys in Asia Minor, but also some other important Christian sights in Turkey.

Following St. John’s letters to the Christian communities in Asia Minor

All the landmarks and beyond – the most comprehensive option among our Biblical tours.

THE MOST POPULAR BIBLE TOURS

Biblical Ephesus Tour

Biblical Ephesus tour is a perfect program for our Christian guests. As Ephesus has important place in Bible, for our Biblical Ephesus tour we carefully choose guides who have good knowledge of Bible and Christian history.

Footsteps of Paul Tour

Turkey has great importance in the history of Christianity. A comprehensive 18 days tour that follows Paul’s life and journeys in Anatolia.

7 Churches of Revelation Tour

Following St. John’s letters to the Christian communities in Asia Minor.

WHAT DID THEY SAID ABOUT OUR BIBLE LAND TOURS?

Some Questions

Where are the seven churches of Asia Minor?

The Seven Churches of Revelation in Turkey are Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamon, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea, and it takes 3-4 days to visit them.

Where did St Paul go on his missionary journeys?

The first journey took Paul from Antioch to Cyprus, then into southern Anatolia and finally returning to Antioch. He started his second journey from Antioch, continued to central and western Anatolia, from there to Thessaloniki, Corinth, Ephesus, Jerusalem and back to Antioch. The third journey took Paul from Antioch again to Ephesus, Macedonia, back to southern Anatolia and finally to Jerusalem. His final, fourth journey was from Caesarea to Rome.

Why is Antioch important?

Antioch has great importance for Christianity, because that is the place where the members of then new faith were called “Christians”. The missionary journeys of St. Paul started from Antioch.

Where is Laodicea located?

Laodicea is located in Denizli province in Turkey, very close to Pamukkale and Hierapolis.

What is Ephesus famous for?

This ancient city was in the past famous for its Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world; it was one of the biggest cities of Romans and one of the Seven Churches of Revelation.

  • The Basilica of St. John

    John wrote his Gospel in Ephesus and died in the church named after him on Ayasuluk Hill. During this tour we will visit the Basilica of St. John and see his burial place.
  • Hagia Sophia

    Hagia Sophia, also known as The Holy Wisdom, was built by Justinianus 1400 years ago.
  • Pergamon

    İn Pergamon you can see the Acropolis, Temple of Athena, Serapis Temple, Heroon, Sanctuary of Athena, Library of Pergamon, Temple of Trajan, Theatre, Zeus Altar, Red Coart. Pergamon is the third of the ‘Seven Churches of Asia’

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