St. Paul Tour 12 Nights / 13 Days
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DAY 01 ISTANBUL
Transfer to hotel Centrum in old Istanbul. Your tour director will will greet/meet the tour members at 7pm in lobby .

 

DAY 02 ISTANBUL
Sight seeing will start with the classics of Istanbul: the Roman Hippodrome, Egyptian Obelisks, underground cistern adorned with columns, the magnificent HaghiaSophia, the Blue Mosque of blue Nicean tiles. After lunch, walk onto Topkapi Palace by St. Irene.Next is St. Chora Museum with the biblical frescoes and wall illustrations. Late afternoon is the time spared for the labyrinth tunnels of the Grand Bazaar with over 4, 000 shops. The tour will return to hotel but if you wish to linger on in the Bazaar, your hotel will be made easy to locate by your guide.

DAY 03 ISTANBUL-IZNIK (BLD)
After breakfast, we are going on boat on the Bosphorus. This legendary strait linking Europe to Asia on 2 suspension bridges flows to BlackSea along with castles, 19th century mansions, picturesque villages and the extravagant baroque palaces of the late Ottoman sultans. Our bus will meet us on Asia Istanbul to drive us to Iznik (Nicea) of two ecumenical councils held here: the First Ecumenical Council in 325 and the other,7thEcumenical Council in 787. Touch the remains of the St. Sophia Church where the 7th Ecumenical Council was held. The day will end at Bursa for dinner and overnight at hotel Kervansaray.

 

DAY 04 CANAKKALE–TROY-ALEXANDRA TROAS (BLD)
After breakfast and check-out, we are back on road for Canakkale, for the legendary city of Troy, immortalized in Homer's Iliad with Helen, Paris, Achilles.We will stop at Alexandra Troas where St.Paul met Luke, Dine and overnight at Altinoluk.

 

DAY 05 PERGAMON-THYATIRA-IZMIR (BLD)
After breakfast, we take off for Pergamon-was one of the most beautiful cities of the ancient world where most prominent architects and sculptors concentrated in Hellenistic era. The majestic acropolis is our first stop to visit the Temple of Trajan, Hellenistic barracks and tower, palaces, library, temple of Athena, theatre, temple of Dionysus, remains of altar of Zeus-. Asklepion-a popular shrine and therapeutic center in the ancient world- and the Red Court dedicated to St. John. Proceed to Thyatira, today Akhisar. Return to Izmir to dine and overnight at KayaPrestige or similar.

 

DAY 06 SARDIS-PHILADELPHIA (BLD)
After breakfast, depart for Sardis, the capital city of the ancient Kingdom of Lydia, visit the church built on the grounds of Temple of Artemis. Continue to Alasehir, ancient Philadelphia. Visit St. Policarp Church in Izmir on the way to hotel KayaPrestive for dinner and overnight.

 

DAY 07 EPHESUS-MILETOS (BLD)
Following breakfast, drive to Ephesus where St. Paul stayed a while. visit the house of Virgin Mary, declared pilgrimage site by the Pope, then Ephesus, with the Library of Celsius, Temple of Hadrian, agora and the impressive Greco-Roman theater. Basilica of St. John and remains of the Temple of Artemis, considered as one of Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Continue to greet Miletus. St.Paul and his companions traveled via Mytilene, Chios and Samos to Miletus, where St. Paul delivered his touching farewell addressed to the elders of Ephesus and predicted his own death. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi at hotel GrandOnder

 

DAY 08 APHRODISIAS-HIERAPOLIS-LAODICEA
After breakfast, we will depart hotel for our visits to Pamukkale. First stop is Aphrodisias, another ancient city but with world’s most adored architectural wonders, the Theaters is one of the largest in the world, the Odeon, Bishop s Palace, and the impressive-best preserved stadium from ancient times. Temple of Aphrodite and the Museum with the gorgeous reliefs and statues by the master sculptors of Aphrodisias. Drive onto Hierapolis, today Pamukkale, with the Temple of Apollo, the breathtaking theater, the fascinating Necropolis and the great baths of Hierapolis where St. Philip was martyred. We will also spare time for the calcium pools for which Pamukkale. After lunch, visit Laodicea, one of the Seven Churches of the Revelation. Dinner and overnight at Pamukkale Lycus River.

 

Day 09 PISIDIAN ANTIOCH-ICONIUM-CAPPADOCIA (BLD)
After breakfast, drive to Antioch of Pisidia where St. Paul preached his first recorded sermon and was expelled from the city. Visit the ruins of the two Basilicas. Continue our drive to Konya (Iconium),of Islamic mystic founder of Sufi order of the whirling dervishes. Visit his tomb and convent and learn more about the philosophy attract many believers world wide. The art of Seljuk era will feature at Karatay Medrese and the Ince Minare. Cappadocia is only 3 hours away. Dinner and overnight at hotel PeriTower.

 

DAY 10 CAPPADOCIA (BLD)
After the breakfast, we will start exploring this amazing mystical landscape, like from another planet. Visit the underground cities of Kaymakli, Guvercinlik and Devrent Valleys; the natural rock castle at Uchisar and Avanos of pottery art through the ages is still an economy for the region. Enter Pasabaglari and the beautiful open-air museum at Zelve and Goreme, where the remains of churches and Christian settlements date back thousands of years. Dine and overnight at hotel PeriTower. Optional event: Mysterious ritual of the Whirling Dervishes will touch your soul!

 

DAY 11 ANTAKYA (BLD)
After breakfast, drive to Antakya, the ancient Antioch where Christians were first freely named and where St. Paul began his missionary journeys. Visit the Cave of St. Peter and the Museum of Mosaics. Continue to Seleucia Pieria, today, Samandag where St. Paul and St. Barnabas set sail for Cyprus in their first missionary journey. Dinner and overnight in Antakya.

 

Day 12 TARSUS-ADANA-ISTANBUL (BL)
After breakfast, drive to Tarsus which was the birthplace of St. Paul. Walk the antique streets of Tarsus. Drive to Adana airport for flight to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel Centrum. Reunion for farewell toast is at 8pm.

 

Day 13 ISTANBUL (B)
Transfer to Istanbul airport for next destination/s if not have extended programme in Turkey.

 

 

DAY 12 AVANOS-URGUP-KAYMAKLI-CAPADOCCIA
After we have our breakfast at the hotel, we continue our tour as we travel east to Cappadocia "The Land of Beautiful Horses". It was home to the 4th Century “Cappadocian Fathers,” St. Basil, Gregory Nyssa and Gregory Nazianzus who spent their lives tirelessly combating the heresies plaguing the early church. Through their hard work and God’s grace, they influenced the Nicene Councils who eventually agreed that the father , son and holy spirit are three distinct persons of the same esence. we will depart hotel for guiding you through this amazing mystical landscape, will be like showing you around another planet. Here we will visit the ancient underground cities of Kaymakli, Guvercinlik and Devrent Valleys; the natural rock castle at Uchisar. Lying through the Kizilirmak River banks, Avanos is famous with its impressing local architecture and handicrafts. Dinner is at the hotel. Stay overnight in Cappadocia 4* Hotel. Included Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) Optional: Mysterious Ceremony of Turkish Whirling Dervishes that will touch your soul!

 

DAY 13 GÖREME-ANKARA
Departing in the morning from the hotel to visit the beautiful open-air museums at Goreme, where the remains of churches and Christian settlements date back thousands of years. A place where you simply let your mind wander and be amazed at this beautiful region. Drive to Ankara. Arrive the capital of Turkey, visit the remarkable Anatolian Civilizations Museum with its treasures of Neolithic frescoes, Bronze Age emblems, the remains of the fabled Phyrigian King Midas, and many Hittite antiquities. Stroll in the old Ankara citadel. Tour the Augustus Temple and the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk. Overnight in Ankara 4 * Hotel.
Included Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) (Optional evening flight to Istanbul from Ankara.)

 

Day 14 ISTANBUL
After breakfast you will be transferred to Ankara Airport to catch the flight to Istanbul. Arrive in Istanbul to connect with your international departure flight. End of our services.



_Tour Price

 

All prices subject to availability at time of booking.
Dates - 2010

April 21-May 3, June 12-24,

September 18 -30, November 6-18,

Person in Double / Twin Sharing

1452

Single Room Supplement 280
Ask About Special Rates for Christian Educators & Groups of All Sizes
Important Information:
The above given rates are in EURO, per person sharing twin, 18% VAT included. Any increase in taxes will be reflected to the prices.

Travel Insurance:
We highly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance before departure.

 

Tour Price Includes
Arrival, departure airport transfers and ground transportation by air-conditioned vehicles, Accommodation in mentioned category. Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) entrance fee to the various sites and museums


Not Included
International flights, drinks, personal expenses. Optional tours such as Turkish night and Turkish bath.


PS. For group requirements other languages are available