CATHOLIC TOUR & FEAST OF ASSUMPTION

7 Days / 6 Nights

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Mr. Ali Cakar

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Tour Rates

FIRST CLASS HOTELS

Type

In Double Room

Single Suppl.

Price

 330 USD

50 USD

DELUXE HOTELS

Type

In Double Room

Single Suppl.

Price

 450 USD

90 USD

 

This tour is only available with at least 16 participants.

Tour and Tour Information are subject to change. 

We celebrate the Feast of Assumption (August 15th)at the holy house of the blessed Virgin nr. Ephesus.

Day 1 - Izmir (B)

Arrival to Izmir and transfer to hotel.

Day 2 - Ephesus (B)(D)

(14th Aug ) Breakfast. Travel and visit Ephesus . This is probably the most impressive archaeological site in Turkey. A guided sightseeing tour of Ephesus - the distinguished antique city in the Christian history, and to where St. John came at the end of his life with the Blessed Virgin Mary and where he wrote parts of the Gospel. Visit the Basilica of St. John . After Ephesus we visit the village of Sirince for lunch and a taste of the local wine. Sirince is a small 'once Greek' mountain village where the wine is home made and famous throughout Turkey. For hundreds of years up until the 1920's (population movement) there was a community of Greek Orthodox Christians living in these mountains ' who knew of the shrine as 'PANAGHIA-CAPOULI' (The door of the holiest ) . Sirince which is famous for its tasty wine & gozleme cooked in wooden stove in a traditional atmosphere. In order to discover the golden heart of the Anatolian people and the traditional hospitality just stroll Sirince's narrow street and try to communicate with the peasantry. After Sirince we go back to our hotel. Rest and then dinner is served (open buffet style).

Day 3 - Ephesus (B)(D)

( 15th Aug )Today is the Feast of Assumption ) Early breakfast and then we go to the 'holy house of the blessed Virgin' . We take part in the holy Feast of Assumption services at this holy shrine and You’ll get the chance to drink the holy water from the sacred spring there. For lunch we take a short trip to Selcuk. Selcuk has been reputed well for its closeness to the ancient Ephesus, Virgin Mary’s House and Seljukian works of art. After our lunch we will visit The Selcuk Archeological Museum, housing some very important artifacts from around the region, Archeological Museum offers a glimpse of the areas rich history. The two statues of Artemis, a tableau of Odysseus blinding the Cyclops, erotic statues from Ephesus brothels and exquisite statue of a boy riding a dolphin are the most admired pieces in the Selcuk Archeological Museum.Our next trip today is 'The Temple af Artemis'. It is one of the highlights of ancient sites in Turkey, that is once considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. The main part of the temple is displaying in the British Museum of London today, but only the foundation part and some columns are enough to prove its former magnificence.Finally, we take a visit to The Cave of the Seven Sleepers'. Located on the northern slopes of Mount Pion, near Ephesus, The Grotto of Seven Sleepers has been discovered by both Christians and Moslems with a growing interest. According to the Christian legend seven young men were walled in during the reign of Decius (250) and yet were seen alive in the streets of Ephesus during the reign of Theodosius II some years after the Council of Ephesus (431). Return back to our hotel to refresh and dinner at the hotel.

Day 4 - Pergamum (B)(D)

( 16th Aug) Breakfast.Today we’ll depart for one of the greatest ancient sites in Pergamum , an ancient Kingdom dated back 323 B.C. This Hellenistic city was the center of culture, commerce and medical with its philosophers, scientists and artists like Galen (131-210 AD). Acropolis, remains of celebrated library, an impressive Hellenistic style 10000 spectator capacity theater, marble columned temples of Trajan and the Temple of Dionysus, the Temple of Athena, library of Pergamum once catered 200.000 volumes, (It’s not hard to guess the first parchment paper was invented here) the sanctuary of Demeter, Zeus Altar one of the grandest monuments; Satan’s Throne caused the Christian church criticised by St. John and great medical treatment center, Asclepion where the symbol of modern medicine came from. After ancient city we’ll pop-in the Archaeological Museum in order to explore the remains and statues from the ancient city. Lunch at a local restaurant and then return to our hotel. Dinner is served at the hotel.

Day 5 - Kusadasi (B)(D)

( 17th Aug) Early Breakfast 10.00am Sunday Mass at the 'Holy House' - then free day - Visit Kusadasi for shopping / sight seeing or relax at our beach resort hotel (free transfer to Kusadsi is arranged) Kusadasi, is reputed for one of the most attractive city of the Aegean, as it is close to the important historical sites including Ephesus. Numerous powdery sandy beaches with warm&clear waters, providing a peaceful atmosphere, allow a great variety of water and beach facilities. Windsurfing, water skiing, sailing and beach volley are only a few choice for the lovers of active life. After sunbathing restfully during the day, the city awaits the superb sunset. As the sun sets, the attractive cafes and restaurants through the palm-lined boulevard, get busier. It is a great delight to watch the comings and goings of the yachts and ships with accompanience of the panoramic view of the sunset, on a pre-drink before the dinner. The restaurants, serving a variety of fresh seafood &fish and Aegean specialties, offer a delicious meal in Kusadasi.

Day 6 - Kusadasi (B)(D)

 (18th Aug).Breakfast. Free day - Visit Kusadasi for shopping / sight seeing or relax at our beach resort hotel.

Day 7 - Transfer (B)(D)

( 19th Aug ) Tuesday Ends after breakfast. Rooms vacated by lunch time. Group transfer to Izmir airport / assistance with check in.

What is Included:  

What is not Included:

  • 6 nights accomodation in hotels.

  • All domestic flight/s mentioned on the itinerary.

  • All meals mentioned on the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) .

  • All transfers mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Professional guidance on each activity.

  • Comprehensive sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.

  • Local taxes & service charges.

  • Luggage and Port rage tips.

  • Entry fees to sites and museums.

  • Tips to restaurants and hotels.

  • Travel documents kit.

  • International flights.

  • Tips to bus driver & tour guide.

  • Expenses of personal nature such as beverages, laundry, phone calls at the hotels.

  • All services which are not specifically mentioned.

  • Airport taxes or visa fees.

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