ON THE FOOT STEPS OF ST.PAUL

15 Days / 14 Nights 

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Mr. Ali Cakar

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Tour Rates

FIRST CLASS HOTELS

Type

In Double Room

Single Suppl.

Price

 990 USD

160 USD

DELUXE HOTELS

Type

In Double Room

Single Suppl.

Price

 1420 USD

270 USD

 

This tour is only available with at least 8 participants.

                                                     Tour and Tour Information are subject to change.

Day 1 - Istanbul (B)

Arrive at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport. Clear through customs. Meeting, assistance and transfer to your hotel. This evening, there will be a short briefing about the tour program and then welcome dinner. 

Day 2 - Istanbul (B)(L)

Full day tour of the city’s highlights. Visit the fourteenth-century Church of the Holy Savior in Chora, which has some of the finest Byzantine mosaics. Our next stop is Sultan Ahmet Mosque, built by Sultan Ahmet I in 1616, and popularly known as the Blue Mosque because of its interior blue tile decorations; walking through the ancient Hippodrome where the chariot races took place in antiquity. Visit the world famous Hagia Sophia Church, which is now, a museum, dating back to the 6th century. For almost a thousand years it remained as the largest cathedral of the world. Dinner and .Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3 - Istanbul (B)(L)

We will start the day with a visit to the Spice Market followed by a cruise along the Bosphorus, which separates Asia from Europe. Then visit the magnificent Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans for 400 years. Enjoy the exquisite collection of Chinese porcelain, the stunning Imperial Treasury including the “Spoonmaker’s Diamond” and the “Topkapi Dagger” Next visit is the Basilica Cistern, a wonderfully eerie underground chambers of 336 columns built by Justinian in AD 532.

Day 4 - Istanbul - Adana - Antakya (B)(D)

Transfer to the airport for your early morning flight to Adana  Early departure through the Biblical city of Antioch, which was the headquarter of St. Paul's Missionary Journeys. It was the third largest city of the Roman Empire rivaled only by Rome and Alexandria. St. Peter, St. Barnabas, St. Paul and St. Timothy all preached here. The New Testament Book of Acts of the Apostles specifically declares that Jesus' followers were first called Christians here. Visit the cave church where St. Peter first celebrated mass. South of the church, the Iron Gate was one of the actual entrances of Biblical Antioch. Strolling through the old part of the city you can not help recalling that all the Saints walked these old streets, for little has changed since that time. Antiochs also has a world famous museum of Roman mosaics. After lunch drive to Seleucia Peria which is mentioned in the New Testament as the port from which St. Paul and St. Barnabas set sail for Anatolia on their first Missionary Journey. Visit the Temple of Zeus to look from the Temple for a bird's eye view through to the first missionary harbour and then visit the famous Titus water tunnel. Return to Adana and overnight.

Day 5 - Adana - Cappadocia  (B )(D )

In the morning drive to Tarsus, the birthplace of St. Paul (Acts 9:11-30; 11:25; 21:39; 22:3; 25-27). Drive through the Taurus Mountains and the Cilician Gates and arrive in the surrealistic region of the Biblical Cappadocia famous for its extraordinary landscape. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 6 - Cappadocia (B )(D )

Full day tour of Cappadocia, a center of medieval Christianity, where St. Basil and St. Gregory taught. Visit the troglodyte dwellings in rock caves and fairy chimneys of volcanic tuff merged harmoniously into the landscape. Visit the natural citadel of Uchisar, Goreme, an open air museum with its early Christian chapels carved in rocks and decorated with frescoes by early Christian artists, mostly between the 9th and 13th centuries. Then visit the Underground city of Derinkuyu or Kaymaklý, where thousands of early Christians lived concealed from persecutors in eight story complexes of subterranean dwellings. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 7 - Konya - Antalya (B)(D )

Morning drive to Konya, the capital of the Seljuk Turks in the 12th and 13th centuries, now famous as the home of the great 13th century mystic known as Mevlana Jelaleddin Rumi, founder of the whirling dervishes. He was a poet philosopher preaching of God's love to all creation. He was revered by Muslims, Christians and Jews for his ecumenical spirit. St. Paul visited Iconium, using its synagogue as his forum. Later, continue to Antioch in Pisidia, (Yalvac) on his first missionary journey, St. Paul preached his first recorded serman (Acts 13:16) "Almost the whole city gathered to hear the words of God" (Acts 13:44). Dinner and overnight in Antalya.

Day 8 - Antalya (B)(D )

Morning visit to the Pamphilian city of Perge, where St. Paul preached on his first missionary journey (Acts. 13:13; 14:25) and visit the outstanding Greco-Roman ruins. See the Roman baths, Hellenistic Gate complex, stadium and the Agora. Drive to Aspendos to see best preserved Roman theatre of Turkey from antiquity. A shopping opportunity at jewelry center on the way to Antalya. In Antalya visit the Archeological museum which was rewarded as the best museum of Europe in 1995.

Day 9 - Antalya - Pamukkale (B )(D )

Morning drive on Taurus Mountain Range to north to see Aphrodisias the city of Aphrodite with its magnificent Temple and Stadium. Continue to Laodicea, the city's origin go back to around the 3rd Century B.C. and was located at the crossroads of north-south traffic from the Euphrates to Ephesus. Its reputation was for money transactions and the good quality raven black wool. Possibly the "lukewarm" springs the Hierapolis (Pamukkale) that flowed through the city were used as a backdrop in the Book of Revelations reference to this community. Continue to Pamukkale, the Cotton-castle so called because of the calcium deposits. Visit Hierapolis the ancient Greco-Roman city near by the hot springs. Hierapolis which is traditionally associated with St. Philip where his Martyrium has been found and was listed by St. Paul as the center of Epaphras's work. Papias, a Discipline of St. John and author of the book "The saying of Jesus" lived here (St. Paul's Epistle to the Colossians refers).

Day 10 - Pamukkale - Philadelphia - Sardis - Thyatira - Izmir (B )(D )

After breakfast drive to Philedelphia (City of Brotherly Love ), which was the last distinguished of the cities of the Seven Churches. (The Book of Revelation Chapter 3 vs. 7-13 refers). Proceed to Sardis which is one of the most picturesque areas of the Seven Churches. (The Book of Revelation Chapter 3 vs. 1-6 refers). Then countinue to Thyatira which was founded by Lydians and famous with its coppersmith, slave dealers and leather workers. Also mentioned in the book of revelation by St.John, see the ruins of the early Christian Basilica, a colonnaded road and a large Church. Dinner and overnight in izmir.

Day 11 - Izmir - Ephesus - Izmir (B )(D )

Izmir, ancient Smyrna where Homer was born. After an orientation tour of Izmir which is one of the Seven Churches of revelation drive to Ephesus the Roman capital of Asia minor where the 4th Ecumenical Council met. Visit the extensive ruins of Ephesus including the Celcus Library and Great Theatre where St. Paul preached. Continue to the Basilica of St. John which was build by Justinian in 6th Century. In the afternoon drive to house of Virgin Mary where she is believed to have spent her last days. Return to Izmir for dinner and overnight.

Day 12 - Izmir - Pergamon - Troy - Canakkale (B )(D )

After breakfast drive to Pergamon, one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. St. John speaks of Pergamon as " the place where Satan has his Throne " (Revelation 2:13) visit the Hellenistic Acropolis with the ruins of famous library and the Roman Temple of Trajan. Continue to Asklepion nearby the lower city which was the great medical center and school of medicine where Galen was taught. Proceed to Homer's legendary Troy, the city of beautiful Helen and the Wooden Horse. Dinner and overnight in Canakkale.

Day 13 - Canakkale - Bursa (B )(D )

Morning drive to Bursa the first capital of Ottomans. Upon arrival visit the Green Mosque and Green Mausoleum of Sultan Mehmet I. Both represent the features of early Ottoman Architecture. Then continue to Silk Bazaar (Koza Han)in Bursa. Dinner and overnight.

Day 14 - Bursa - Iznik - Istanbul (B )(D )

After breakfast drive to Iznik, ancient Nicea where the first and the last ecumenical councils were held. Visit the ruins of Hagia Sophia from 6th Century in the afternoon. Visit the Grand Covered Bazaar with its 4000 tiny shops.

Day 15 - Transfer (B )

Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

What is Included:  

What is not Included:

  • 14 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.

City Deluxe Hotel
Istanbul
Adana
Cappadocia
Antalya
Pamukkale
Izmir
Canakkale
Bursa