Sailing with Paul in the Mediterranean 2021

June 08 - 20, 2021
- Dr. Mark Wilson

We are about to embark on a magnificent journey through lands of legend and sacred landscapes aboard a beautiful, private and fully appointed sailing vessel. We’ll follow in the footsteps of one of the Bible’s most influential figures, exploring some of the most beautiful sites and monuments visited by Paul the Apostle during his 1st-century journeys. Every day aboard the ship – which is known as a “gulet” in the region – will bring the opportunity to swim and explore the marine world of the crystal clear waters of secluded coves along the stunning Turkish coast, or simply relax aboard and soak in the majestic scenery that inspired some of the world’s most well-known myths and legends. Following the sea journey, the adventure continues on land as we explore some of the most important ancient sites of Turkey.


Jun 8 Tue Depart New York – Fly Istanbul

Jun 9 Wed Arrive Istanbul Airport
Your tour guide will meet you after the customs and baggage claim with a “BAS-TUTKU” sign. Meet and transfer to the hotel in Istanbul. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (D)

Jun 10 Thu Byzantium – Constantinople – Istanbul
Today we explore the wonders of Istanbul. Beginning with the stunning, subterranean Basilica Cistern, we move on to the Golden Mile of the Egnatian Way, Hippodrome Square, and the breathtaking Blue Mosque as well as the magnificent, 1700-year-old Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, we will make our way to Istanbul’s Archaeological Museum—one of the most celebrated collections in the world. Among its treasures are the Siloam inscription, the Gezer calendar, and the beautiful “Jerusalem mosaic” depicting Orpheus. (B,D)

June 11 Fri Istanbul Airport – Fly Antalya – Perga & Museum
Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Antalya. Our day begins with an exploration of Perga, where we’ll experience the Pamphylian city that Paul and Barnabas visited during their first journey (Acts 13:13-14). Then we will visit the award winning Antalya Archaeology Museum. We then return to Antalya for a walking tour of the old city of Kaleiçi, where we will see the harbor that Paul and Barnabas departed from in Acts 14:25, as well as Hadrian’s Gate – a beautifully preserved testament to Roman architecture. Dinner and overnight in Antalya. (B,D)

Jun 12 Sat Antalya – Myra – Andriake – Embark Gulet Boat
Our morning begins with a breathtaking drive along the Mediterranean coast, after which we will arrive at the harbor city of Phaselis (1 Maccabees 15:23). After a short visit, we will drive to Myra, with its Roman theater and Lycian tombs. Today Myra is best known as the city of St. Nicholas, where he served as bishop in the fourth century A.D. After visiting Myra we will continue to Andriake, where Paul changed ships on his way to Rome (Acts 27:5). There we will see the newly discovered synagogue. We’ll then embark our Gullet Boat at Fethiye. We will have dinner onboard. Overnight on the gulet. (B,D)

Jun 13 Sun GULET BOAT – Antiphelos – Kas
After breakfast on board, we will ride to Gemiler Island, which was on important stop along the way for pilgrims. The island has many church remains from Byzantine period. Dinner and overnight on board. (B,L,D)

Jun 14 Mon GULET BOAT – Kalkan
Enjoy swimming along the coast where there are many nice coves and bays. Dinner and overnight on board at Gemiler Island. (B,L,D)

Jun 15 Tue GULET BOAT – Xanthos – Patara – Kalkan
We will depart to the South Kalkan. It’s a couple of hours ride along the beautiful Mediterranean Coast. Kalkan is a nice little town with its unique character, lovely narrow streets and traditional houses. Dinner and overnight on board at Kalkan (B,L,D)

Jun 16 Wed GULET BOAT – Letoon
Today we will get on a bus to tour around. We will visit Patara, Xanthos and Letoon. Back to the boat for dinner and overnight stay. (B,D)

Jun 17 Thu GULET BOAT – Oludeniz (Dead Sea)
After breakfast, depart further south for Kaş, enjoying the coastline with its many coves. There will be swimming opportunities along the way. There will be time for exploring the lovely town of Kas, which was a Lycron city. There are remains of an ancient theater and rock tombs. Dinner and overnight on board at Kas. (B,L,D)

Jun 18 Fri GULET BOAT – Telmessos – Fethiye
Depart from Kas towards Fethiye. Stop along the way at Cennet Cove for swimming time and overnight stay. (B,L,D)

Jun 19 Sat Disembark – Didyma – Miletus – Kusadasi
Disembark in Fethiye. Drive to Didyma, not a city but religious site devoted to Apollo. The temple here built in his honor was most impressive, consisting of 122 columns six feet in diameter and reaching six stories high. Although only three full columns have survived, the remaining stunted columns demonstrate why this shrine was a notable rival to the famous temple of Apollo at Delphi with its renowned oracle. Drive Miletus which, due to its four harbors and strategic location on the Aegean coast of Asia Minor, became one of the great cities of commerce in the ancient world. Of the surviving buildings, the finest is the 15,000-seat theatre originally built in the Hellenistic period and expanded in Roman times. Other buildings include the council chamber built during the reign of the infamous Antiochus IV (175-164 BC), the Sacred Road leading to the Apollo Temple in nearby Didyma, the gymnasium and the well-preserved Baths of Faustina dating from AD 43. Paul stopped in Miletus on the return leg of his third missionary journey where he summoned the elders from Ephesus to meet with him and hear his poignant farewell speech (Acts 20:17-35). Continue to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Jun 20 Sun Izmir Airport – Fly back to USA
Today we conclude our wonderful adventure in the land of legend and hospitality as we transfer to the Izmir airport for our flight back to the U.S., arriving in USA the same day. (B)



Mark Wilson, D.Litt. et Phil.

Director, Asia Minor Research Center, Antalya, Turkey; Associate Professor Extraordinary of New Testament, Stellenbosch University [email protected]


  • Round-trip airfare between New York, Atlanta, Boston, Houston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Istanbul
  • Istanbul-Antalya domestic flight on June 11
  • Izmir – Istanbul domestic flight on June 20
  • 2 nights at Moevenpick Grand Halic Istanbul or similar
  • 1 night at Sky Kamer Hotel in Antalya or similar
  • 7 nights at GULET BOAT - a private sailing vessel
  • 1 night at Korumar Hotel in Kusadasi or similar
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All escorted transfers
  • Daily open buffet breakfasts at hotels and at Gulet Boat
  • 5 lunches on the Gulet Boat
  • 11 dinners
  • Transportation by private, air-conditioned bus
  • English-speaking. professional tour guide throughout the tour
  • All entry fees to the sites & museums
  • Tips for the hotel and restaurant staff
  • Tips for the tour guide and driver
  • Service charges & local taxes
  • Drinks and lunches
  • All personal expenses, such as alcohol and souvenirs, and any other items or services that are not listed above
  • Turkish visa fee - US and Canadian citizens can get the Turkish Visa online before arrival Citizens of ALL other countries are responsible for checking their own countries’ visa regulations
  • Tips to the Gulet Boat staff (Captain, Cook, Maid) one week total amount $50 per person
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE: Travel insurance is highly recommended. You are encouraged to apply within 21 days of our receipt of your deposit to obtain coverage from a Travel Insurance company. Best quality coverage occurs if applied for within 15 days of our receipt of deposit. We recommend, but you are not limited to, Visit them online or call them at 1-800-937-1387. Mention Code 32335.


  • 1st Deposit (due at time of registration, refundable until March 1, 2021): $200
  • 2nd Deposit (due by September 1, 2019, refundable until March 1, 2021): $300
  • Land/Air (based on double occupancy): $5,990
  • Single Room Supplement, Land/Air: $1,250
  • Balance due: March 1, 2021



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