Ephesus Amphitheater
John the Revelator
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Thessaloniki, Ephesus, Istanbul, Athens

April 1 - 12, 2022

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April 12 - 16, 22
optional cruise extension*

Optional extension for 4 day cruise on Celestyal Olympia cruise ship to Mykonos, Patmos, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini.  Cruise includes 2 excursions and drink package.                                            $850 pp in standard double inside cabin.                                         $1000 pp Standard outside cabin.                                                     *Proof of vaccination required by Celestyal Cruise Lines.

Guided by Mckay Daines

Watch tour overview video presentation with Mckay on YouTube. 

headshot of guide McKay Daines

12 Day Tour Includes:

  • McKay Daines providing Apostle Paul insights
  • 10 Night 4 star hotel accommodations
  • 10 Breakfasts and dinners at hotels
  • 2 local flights 
  • Air conditioned motor-coach transportation
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • All entrance fees to sites we visit
  • Listening receivers
  • English speaking local guides
  • Local tour manager

Not Included:

  • Airfare to Istanbul And From Athens
  • Airline Baggage Fees
  • Tips For Coach Driver, Tour Manager and Portage
  • Meals Other Than Listed
  • Additional Trip Cancellation and Trip Interruption Insurance (est. $248)


Day 1

map of southeast Europe Greece and Turkey


Today we embark on our Journey to the lands of ancient treasures and Christian history with an overnight flight to Greece. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience. Get some rest on the flight…Tomorrow you will be walking where the apostles walked!

Day 2


We arrive in Istanbul, transfer from the airport and check into our hotel. This evening our group will enjoy the first of many delectable European style dinners.

Day 3


Today we will visit the city of Istanbul, anciently known a Byzantium, to see the old city including the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque Hippodrome and Basilica Cisterns. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4

stones, steps, partial colonnade and amphitheater of ancient Ephesus


We begin our day with a flight to Ismir, Turkey. Our first site will be the ancient city of Ephesus. It is here where Paul first came on his 2nd journey (Acts 18:19-21). Ephesus was one of the most beautiful cities of the ancient world and its former glory can still be appreciated today from its well- preserved streets, temples, fountains, public baths, terraced houses, and theatres. Paul returned to Ephesus on his 3rd journey, staying and preaching for a period of about two years, where “special miracles” were wrought (Acts 19:120, 20:20). 

Day 5


Today we journey to Miletus. Paul visited Miletus for a day or two as he waited for his messengers to return with the Ephesian elders (Acts 20:15). When they arrived, he gave them a message of warning, his only recorded sermon given exclusively to believers (vv. 18-38). Apparently, after his release from imprisonment in Rome, Paul visited Miletus, as he notes leaving Trophimus in the city (2 Tim 4:20). In the evening we return to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.

Day 6


Laodecia was one of Revelation’s seven churches who received a spiritual evaluation directly from Jesus Christ. God drew an analogy from everyday life in the city in order to make his point that the church had become spiritually lukewarm. Colossae was located 120 miles (193 km) east of Ephesus in the Lycus River Valley in ancient Phrygia, part of the Roman territory of Asia Minor. It was one of a triad of cities in the area (the other two being Laodicea and Hierapolis), resting at the foot of Mount Cadmus. Its biblical significance lies in the fact that the book of Colossians was addressed to the church here (Col 1:2) and that Philemon lived in this city. Pamukkale is one of the most spectacular sights to see in Turkey. Pamukkale has been known for its healing hot springs. These hot springs form petrified calcium waterfalls, terraces and pools where the hot spring water collects. These dazzling, snow-white terraces are called travertines and are some of the world’s most phenomenal natural wonders.

Day 7

ruins of ancient city of Philippi Greece


We begin the day by following the massive battlement Byzantine wall to the citadel for a panoramic view of the city. Next, we will visit Philippi and Kavala. Kavala is Greece’s prettiest mainland port with a most elegant harbor. Paul landed here with his disciples, Timothy and Silas. Luke, the Evangelist, also came here from Troas. This ancient city of Neapolis was later renamed Christopoulos because it was the first European city to accept Christianity. Imagine walking on the same sod as these men of the Bible! We will see the Roman Aqueduct and the ruins of the Acropolis in this beautifully located city, known since the 5th century as Kavala. Continue on to Philippi where Paul preached his first evangelical sermon and baptized the first Christians on European soil. We will view the baptismal site where Lydia surrendered her life to Christ and visit a crypt dating from the Roman period that is thought to have served as a prison for Paul. See the famous Acropolis, the Market Place, Basilica, and the Theatre. We return to Thessalonica and visit St. Demetrius Basilica, dedicated to a distinguished member of the Roman army and a martyred Christian convert, before returning to the hotel for our overnight.

Day 8

arch from ancient thessolonika


Before we leave Thessaloniki, we drive through town we see remnants of the original Roman road that spanned the nation during Paul’s time. En route we will view the old city ramparts; the newly excavated Forum, St. George Church, an ancient Roman monument which was transformed into a church and the Galerius Arch which rises over the famous Via Egnatia. Then we continue to Berea to view the ancient synagogue where Paul spoke and the Bema surrounded by mosaics of Paul and the plaque of scripture regarding the “more noble” church. We spend the night in Kalambaka.

Day 9

monasteries built precariously on rock out croppings


Following Breakfast this morning we begin with our tour of the Meteora Monasteries. Here we see the world-famous Byzantine monasteries that are perched precariously on summits of gray rock pinnacles of varied and beautiful shapes. Their history goes back to the 14th century when the monks sought refuge in the cliff side caves then fled higher to build the original wooden shelters, later transformed into monasteries. From there our tour travels southward past Thermopylae where we learn of the famous Spartan battle of 300. Our lodging tonight is in Athens.

Day 10

Aerial shot of the Acropolis with entrance and Parthenon


We disembark the cruise this morning and travel into Athens, the foundation of democracy. Morning visit the new Acropolis Museum and Ancient Agora. We will have free time in Plaka district for lunch and we will continue to Acropolis of Athens and Mars Hill. We will have some free time in Monastraki district for shopping and will return to our hotel. Dinner and overnight in Athens.

Day 11

close up of Lions gate entrance to ancient city of Mycenae


Morning departure from hotel. Sightseeing of Athens and drive to Corinth. Visit Corinth Canal, the ancient site. Corinth is well known to readers of the Bible because of its importance in the missionary activity of the apostle Paul: he visited Corinth at least three times, founded Christian assemblies there, and wrote at least four letters to Christians in Corinth Drive to Mycenae and visit the ancient site. ancient city located on a small hill between two larger hills on the
fertile Argolid Plain in Peloponnese, Greece. The Bronze-age acropolis, or citadel built on a hill, is one of the great cities of the Mycenaean civilization that played a vital role in classical Greek culture. 
Drive back to Athens. Dinner and overnight in Athens.

Day 12

plain brown suitcase white background


We say goodbye to Greece and the land of the early Christian church today as we transfer to Athens International Airport for our flight back home.

Optional 5 day extension itinerary

ext. Day 12

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Guests interested in continuing the journey in Greece will transfer this morning to port of  Lavrion to embark a 4 day cruise with Celestyal Cruises. Celestyal Cruises is requiring guests to show proof of vaccination against Sars-Cov2 in order to board the ship. The ship will arrive in Mykonos in the afternoon and will be here until late evening.

ext. Day 13

excavated ancient Roman theater at Ephesus


Today we are docked in Kusadasi Turkey and head for our excursion towards ancient Ephesus. We will sail in the afternoon for a short journey to the island of Patmos. In Patmos, we will have Cave of John and Patmos Monastery.

ext. Day 14

ancient colonnade of Lindos with Aegean sea in background


Today we are docked on the island of Rhodes. We disembark and head towards the ancient site of Lindos. In Lindos, we will see the ancient ruins of the Acropolis of Lindos and the port of St. Paul. It is here that the Apostle Paul stopped during his last journey to Jerusalem from Miletus.

ext. Day 15

view of Santorini from cable car with blue Mediterranean


Morning, arrival in Heraklion (Crete). Here, we will have the option to discover the city on our own or spend our time in beautiful Costal beach. In the afternoon, we will sail to Santorini where will take a transfer to Oia to have the best sunset view in The World

ext. Day 16

Cruise shipped docked with house dotting the hillside of the island of Mykonos

Depart Athens

We say goodbye to Greece and the land of the early Christian church today as we transfer to Athens International Airport for our flight back home.

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McKay Daines

Tour guide, movie producer, teacher headshot

McKay Daines is a DGA award-winning director, writer, and producer. His resume and expertise in film-making span over two decades and include feature films, documentaries, advertising campaigns, and television shows.

He is currently in pre-production on Faith Hope & Charity a World War II big-budget feature film set in Malta that he wrote the script for and is producing and directing.  It is based on true events at the start of the war. 

In 2019, his film Shadow Wolves, that he wrote, produced and directed, was released internationally, and on its DVD release in the US in July became the number one action film in all Walmart stores and on all other release platforms.  It is also the pilot for a new international television series starring Thomas Gibson of Criminal Minds, Cody Walker of The Fast and the Furious, and the only Native American Academy Award nominee in history, Graham Greene. The series is currently in development at a major US network and the series production being announced worldwide in Summer of 2020.

In 2017 he was the writer, director, Executive Producer of the new pilot for the Michael Vey TV series based on the international bestselling books by Richard Paul Evans and staring John Shea and Louise Lombard. Also, in 2017 he was the director and producer of the award-winning documentary True Iran, which premiered at the U.S. Capitol, and has been downloaded for viewing by millions of people in the US, Middle East and Europe.

Among his most notable past accomplishments include the hit SyFy original movie Age of the Dragons (2011), the feature films Heber Holiday(2007), and The Dance (2006) and the award-winning documentary The Abolitionists (2016).

During his career the films that Daines has written, produced or directed have been awarded the Best of Fest and Best Feature Film Audience Awards at the 2007 Temecula Valley International Film Festival (Shooting Star); the opening night Gala Premiere film and winner of the Best Narrative Film Award at the 2008 Foursome Film Festival (Heber Holiday); the Storyteller Award at the 2006 Redemptive Film Festival (The Dance); and the Best Documentary winner of both the American Film Renaissance Film Festival and the Liberty Film Festival (In the Face of Evil). Daines also produced the feature film Friends for Life which garnered 30 independent film nominations and awards.

McKay attended The American University in Washington DC for filmmaking and has given lectures and seminars across the US including: Brigham Young University J. Rueben Clark School of Law (“Legal Work involved Filmmaking”), Utah Film Commission (“Making Films in Utah”), The National Retail Federation (“New Communication Techniques for Retailers”), The Dr. Johnson Literary Society (“Dr. Johnson and his Club”), Warner Brothers Executive Committee (“The Making and History behind Gods and Generals”),  Knights of Columbus (“Scriptwriting for Films”) Salt Lake Film Society (“Making a documentary on Ronald Reagan”), Brigham Young University Film Department (“Adapting Carol Lynn Pearson’s play The Dance into a Feature Film”), Documentary Film Group Premieres (“The Making of True Iran: History of Jihad)”, Richard Paul Evan’s Writing Seminars (“Making Michael Vey into a TV series”).

McKay is on the Advisory Board and faculty of Mount Liberty College; he has been a gospel instructor for more than 20 years in both Utah and Virginia. He is married with 3 children.

Payment Terms

$300 pp deposit at time of booking
Final payment due 90 days before departure

**This tour is based on a minimum of 20 passengers and max of 45 passengers.
*Rate of Exchange and City Taxes

Legacy Tours are priced to ensure our clients get the most economical price for the tour. In doing so we base our tour price on the value of the US dollar to the Euro when final payment is made. The published price and rate of exchange for the dollar when published is the marker. If the dollar has decreased when the final payment is due, the cost for the tour may be more than the published price. However if the dollar increases in value when your final payment is due, then you will pay less than the price that is published for the tour.

A number of European cities are likely to increase or impose a new tourism tax in the near future. These taxes may be added without warning. These extra taxes may end up being added to the final cost of the tour or it’s possible you will be asked to pay locally on the spot. Barcelona just recently added a city tax that was between 1-3 EU per night.  This is just to let you know of this possibility.  In any advent you will want to bring some extra Euros to have on hand in case that happens on our tour.

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