Journey of the Apostles with Rome Temple with Tim Taggart

Dates March 23-April 2, 2020
Destination Istanbul Izmir Ephesus, Turkey; Athens, Greece; Mycenae Rome, Italy;
Duration 11 days 10 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 new testament, such as ancient Smyrna, Constantinople, Izmir and Ephesus.  

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 and be a part of the 1st year celebration of the newly dedicated LDS Temple.

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

Tour ID - 9220C23

Days 1 and 2:Mon-Tue, March 23/24, 2020

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:Wednesday, March 24, 2020


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 Sprice Market. Here you can browse and shop at the hundreds of stalls for souvenirs, spices and Turkish delights.  

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4:Thursday, March 26, 2020


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:Friday, March 27, 2020


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: Saturday, March 28, 2020


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 new Acropolis Museum.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7:Sunday, March 29, 2020


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 as well as a stop in Eleusis.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8:Monday, March 30, 2020

Athens to Rome

Early in the morning we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Rome. Upon arrival in Rome we hit the group running we a visit to the amazing Roman Colosseum (one the 7 Wonders on the World) was once the site of the Roman Gladiators and where the early Christians were executed. We continue on to the Forum streets to wonder at the history that is still be uncovered even today.  Included in the visit will the the Mamertine Prison which is believed to be the actual site where both Peter and Paul where held.   Afterwards we are transferred to our hotel in the city to rest before our included dinner. 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 9: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

LDS  Rome Temple and Free Afternoon

Today we will transfer to LDS Temple in Rome and attend a session for those who'd like as well as visit the lovely gardens surrounding the temple. Dinner and overnight in Rome.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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:Thursday, April 2, 2020

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


  • 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 through out
  • 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 - $1335.00
  • 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 
  • Final Payments December 11, 2019