Turkey: The 2nd Holy Land – Discovering the Bible & the Early Church

Turkey is OPEN to US citizens!! If Christianity was born in Israel, it grew up in Turkey

05 August 2021 to 16 August 2021

About the Pilgrimage

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Turkey is OPEN to US citizens!! Our group in Ephesus last week

Turkey is OPEN to US citizens!!

And every time we take pilgrims to Turkey there is a bit of unnecessary apprehension. BUT each time everyone expresses their pleasure at having visited this friendly, clean, modern and safe country.

If Christianity was born in Israel, it certainly grew up in Turkey!

This makes Turkey, which was once called Asia Minor, the 2nd Holy Land. St. John was bishop of Ephesus and lived here with Mary. St. Paul established churches here.

St. Paul spent much of his time in Turkey of today and sent 4 epistles there. Mary lived there and we have Mass at Mary’s House. St. John was bishop of Ephesus, wrote the Epistle of St. John from Ephesus and his tomb is there.

The first 8 Ecumenical Councils took place in Turkey, the Council of Nicea was there where Jesus was declared “God from God”, St. Nicholas was from Myrsa, the 7 churches of Revelation are there. Istanbul is one of the coolest cities in the world with the Hagia Sofia, cruise on the Bosphorus and the exotic Spice Market. Tarsus and Antioch where we were first called Christians (Acts 11:26), Apostolic Fathers Ignatius of Antioch and Polycarp of Smyrna, and on and on. And this is only the beginning…

Exotic Lunch in Turkey

Many people are afraid to travel to Turkey and visit Istanbul. Every time we return from a trip to Turkey and all our pilgrims are delighted with the friendliness, safety, cleanliness and beauty of the city. No one feels the least bit worried or afraid. Do not let an unfounded fear keep you from visiting this modern and sophisticated country which is very Western European. Plus, the food is out of this world delicious!

Join Steve & Janet Ray on a Pilgrimage to Turkey, the 2nd Holy Land, August 5-16, 2021. Visit exotic Istanbul seeing the Blue Mosque (many Catholics have never been inside a mosque) and the magnificent Hagia Sophia (which was the largest church in the world for a thousand years). Celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of St. Esprit Church where Pope John XXIII was a priest for ten years. Join in the celebration of Mass at St. Anthony Padua Church before sailing for a dinner cruise between two continents on the Bosporus Straits.

We will stop in Nicea, the home of the First and Seventh Ecumenical Councils, where we received the Nicene Creed. Steve will give an impassioned talk on the divinity of Christ and the struggle to maintain orthodoxy.

Cable cars up to biblical Pergamum

The journey continues as you hear Steve speak about Pergamum (one of the Seven Churches of Revelation) and visit the “throne of Satan” (Rev. 2:13). Izmir (Smyrna) is one of the seven churches mentioned in Revelation. Learn about Bishop St. Polycarp, visiting the site of St. Polycarp’s martyrdom and where he and St. Ignatius of Antioch once met; celebrate Mass at St. Polycarp Church and hopefully see the relics.

Mary’s House in Ephesus where we celebrate Mass

Drive to Ephesus, one of the Seven Churches of the Book of Revelation, and celebrate Mass at Mary’s House where Our Blessed Mother lived the later years of her life with St. John the Apostle. Enjoy an elegant outdoor lunch fit for royalty, followed by a demonstration of the famous art of Turkish carpet weaving at the Sultankoy Carpet Weaving Center. Then, time to venerate the tomb of the Beloved Apostle, St. John the Evangelist. We will also visit the tomb of St. John the apostle.

Mass and History of St. Nicholas in his city

Continue your pilgrimage by celebrating Mass in Sardis before stopping in Philadelphia, two of the Seven Churches mentioned in the Book of Revelation. See the tomb of St. Phillip, the Churches of Laodicea and Colossae, to which St. Paul wrote his letters of encouragement.

Stop in the town of Myrna, the town where St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) was bishop and see the Cathedral Church where he worked. Visit the town of Perge, where St. Paul preached upon arriving from Cyprus and where he was abandoned by St. Mark. Tour the Antalya Museum and see the St. Nicholas exhibit. This ends the main trip.

We hope you can join us for this exciting drive back through biblical and early Church history. For more info or to register, Contact our Reservations Team at 866-557-2364, or write them at FootprintsOfGod@ctscentral.net.  

$5969 Regular price, per person after April 15, 2021
-100 Early Booking Savings
-170 Discount for payment entirely by cash or check
*$5699 Early Booking / Cash Discount price per person (double occupancy)

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Contact our Reservations Team at 866.557.2364 or FootprintsOfGod@ctscentral.net