Turkey + Greece (14 Days)
Your itinerary will include the following. A detailed itinerary will be posted approximately 30 days from departure.
DAY 1: Thessaloniki
Arrive in Thessaloniki, transfer to hotel. Dinner included. Get acquainted. Overnight in Thessaloniki.
DAY 2 Thessaloniki-Philippi-Kavala
Visit Thessaloniki and Philippi — After breakfast, pick up from hotel to start morning tour of Thessaloniki. Visit to the Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Thessaloniki. Enjoy the sites and the beautiful coastline. Afterwards, we will reach the town of Kavala (Ancient Neapolis) and then Philippi where Paul preached and baptized the ﬁrst Christians in Europe! Visit the ‘’Baptismal’’ site, where Lydia was baptized and the place where tradition says Paul was imprisoned. Finally, we visit the Acropolis of Philippi, the Ancient Market, Basilica and Theatre. Overnight in Kavala (Ancient Neapolis) Group Dinner in Hotel included.
DAY 3 Kavala to Meteora
Kavala to Meteora – We leave Kavala. We arrive at the beautiful town of Veria (Ancient Beroea) at Northwestern Greece. Visit the Jewish synagogue in the area Paul originally preached. We continue to the Ancient town of Vergina. Go to the Royal tombs of Alexander the Great’s father, Phillip of Macedon. We finally arrive at the picturesque town of Kalambaka and go to Meteora to see the breathtaking rock tower monasteries of the 11th Century! Overnight in Kalambaka (Meteora). Group Dinner in Hotel included.
DAY 4 Kalambaka to Athens
Kalambaka to Athens — Early in the morning, we drive a few hours along the mountainous region to Athens. Make short stops at Thermopylae, the statue of Leonidas and the wonderful Tempi valley. Follow the path of the Apostle to the nations by visiting the Areopagus or Mars Hill where he preached to the Athenians (Acts 17). Visit the Acropolis. Overnight in Athens. Group Dinner in Hotel included.
DAY 5 Corinth-Athens
Ancient Corinth to Athens – Visit the famous Canal of Corinth, the archaeological site and the museum at Acrocorinth. Visit the biblical site of Cenchreae. Stroll around the ancient citadel while your experienced tour guide relates to you the fascinating history of such monuments as the Temple of Athena Nike, the Theatre of Dionysus. Overnight in Athens. Group Dinner in Hotel included.
DAY 6 Athens
Visit the Greece Bethel Branch Ofﬁce in Athens. Visit Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Malakasa. Finally, enjoy the beautiful view from Lycabettus mountain and a ﬁnal Group dinner overlooking Athens. Overnight in Athens.
DAY 7 Athens
Breakfast at Hotel. Depart Athens. Flight towards Izmir
Day 8 Izmir Turkey
Breakfast at the hotel and continue to Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17) First visit Asclepion (medical center of the ancient world). Then visit the Acropolis, Temple of Athena, library, Royal Palace, Temple of Trajan, the steepest theater of the ancient world, Altar of Zeus. Continue to Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29) which was a commercial center, visit remains of a church and then return to Izmir. Group dinner included at hotel.
Day 9 Izmir Turkey
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit ancient Agora of Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11) Depart from Izmir to Ephesus, a cradle of early Christianity (Revelation 1:1; 2:1-7). Proceed to spectacular ruins from the period of Paul; see Odeon, Fountains, Temples; Library, Great theater and stadium. Temple of Artemis (one of the seventh wonders of the ancient world.) Group dinner included at hotel.
Day 10 Izmir Turkey/Pamukkale
Breakfast and check out of Izmir hotel. Visit Aphrodisias en route to Pamukkale (which was ancient Hierapolis mentioned at Colossians 4:13.) Visit the wonderful formations of stalactites and watch the Cataracts falling into the Basin at the bottom of the Mountain. Continue the tour with the ancient city of Hierapolis. Group dinner included, overnight in Pamukkale Hotel.
Day 11 Pamukkale/Izmir Turkey
Breakfast and check out of Pamukkale hotel. Early morning start with a visit to the ancient city of Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22). Continue to Philadelphia. (Revelation 3:7-13) Visit Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6) capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia. See the Temple of Diana, the Golden River (Pactalos) and the royal road. Then visit the reconstructed synagogue and continue to Izmir for Group dinner included, overnight in Izmir hotel.
Day 12 Izmir/Istanbul Turkey
Breakfast and check out of Izmir hotel. Flight to Istanbul.
Visit Grand Bazaar & Egyptian Spice Market. Group dinner included, overnight in Istanbul Hotel.
Day 13: Istanbul
Breakfast in Istanbul hotel. Tour Branch Office of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Istanbul. Visit Hagia Sophia Museum. Enjoy Bosphorus Cruise. Group Dinner and overnight in Istanbul hotel.
Day 14: Istanbul
Note: For reasons beyond our control it may not be possible to visit everything listed above. However every effort will be made to include as much as reasonably possible.
Listed below are most of the locations we will be visiting on our Bible Lands Tour. We have included references to our Christian publications so that you can look up this information in advance. This reference list does not include everything we have published on the locations we will be visiting, but will help get you started on preparing:
- Ephesus: it-1 734 -735
- Smyrna: it-1 982
- Pergamum: it-2 607-608
- Thyatira: it-2 p. 1099
- Sardis: it-2 864
- Philadelphia: it-2 626
- Laodicea: it-2 204
- Athens: it-1 pp. 209-211
- Beroea (Veria): it-1 p. 291
- Corinth: it-1 pp. 508-509
- Cenchreae: it-1 pp. 424-425
- Neapolis (Kavala): it-2 pp. 478-479
- Philippi: it-2 pp. 629-630
- Thessalonica: it-2 p. 1092
Proposed Hotels Turkey:
3 or 4-star Hotels in Izmir, Pamukkale and Istanbul
Proposed Hotels Greece:
3 or 4-star Hotels In Thessaloniki, Kavala, Kalambaka and Athens
Included / Not Included
- Transportation each day for touring and sightseeing.
- Entrance fees for scheduled touring sites.
- Airfare between countries for those traveling to multiple countries.
- Breakfast and Dinner as noted on the day-by-day itinerary.
- Rooming in a 3 star or higher hotel.
- Prices include two tour guides: one Local guide to conduct our tour (which is required by the local laws) and one Jehovah’s Witness guides. The Witness guides will be Appointed Brothers. Your tour will be biblically accurate and of the greatest encouragement to you.
- Airport / Hotel shuttle service for those with full packages.
- Representatives to meet & greet at both airport & hotel.
- Tips for your local guides and bus drivers.
What’s Not Included
- Tips to the hotel staff
- Tips for your BCT guides.
- Lunch as noted on the day-by-day itinerary.
All prices quoted below are in USD. You will choose the price applicable to you when you book your tour.*
3 to a room: $4600
2 to a room: $4650
1 to a room: $5250
3 to a room: $3900
2 to a room: $3950
1 to a room: $4550
3 to a room: $5200
2 to a room: $5250
1 to a room: $5850
All prices herein are per person and are subject to change without notice. “Full Package” prices are especially subject to change due to the fluctuation in airfare. For Instance: Travelers can expect to pay additional airfare for summer tour dates if their tour includes New York. We will notify you three months, or less, before your departure of any additional fees. *Should the prices noted herein differ from that shown when booking your tour, the price you select on checkout will be the one that is validated.
Regarding Land Package Pricing:
Land Package prices signify that…
BCT will provide your transportation during the tour but you will be required to arrange your own transportation (be that airfare or train or car) at the beginning and after the tour.
Unless the arrival and departure hotels provides complimentary hotel/airport shuttle service Land Package travelers will need to arrange their own airport/hotel transportation. For Instance: On most NY trips the BCT provided arrival/departure hotel(s) may provide complimentary hotel/airport shuttle service. However on many of BCT’s international trips arrival and departure hotels may not.
BCT is not responsible for any cost associated with the cost of your transportation (be that airfare or train or car) at the beginning and after the tour. Including penalties, fees and/or rebooking cost when a trip is cancelled or moved.
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All itineraries are subject to adjustment as required. Confirmed, final and detailed itineraries (and additional important travel details) are posted on your Personal BCT Travel Desktop, approximately one month from departure.
A deposit of $250 per person is required at the time you make your reservation to ensure your space on the tour. Refunds are possible only to those who purchase travel insurance, provided cancellation conditions are met. Payment in full is due 90 days before the trip departure date for Full Package and 60 days before departure for Land Package tours. Learn more ». Hotel information will be provided 30 days from the trips departure date for those who’ve confirmed their reservation(s).