Turkey birth Christianity tour

Turkey birth Christianity tour Includes:
- Pick-up from the / Hotels or from your airport.
Start City : hotels, Airport
End City : hotels, Airport
Scheduled / Operates on : Jan 1st 2017 - Dec 31st 2017: Daily
Tour Highlights : 3 nights Istanbul, 1 night Antakya, 1 night Tarsus, 2 nights Cappadocia, 1 night Konya 2 nights Antalya, 2 nights Pamukkale, 1 night Bergama, 2 nights Kusadasi.

 

Turkey birth Christianity tour program

Turkey birth Christianity tour Itinerary

Day 1: Istanbul.
Arrive Istanbul. Meet and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2: Istanbul.
Visit Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrome, and the Blue Mosque. Dinner in Kumkapi, the city’s fish market, and overnight in Istanbul. (B/D)

Day 3: Antakya.
Morning flight to Adana and drive to Antakya (ancient Antioch). Located near the mouth of the Orontes River, the city was one of the earliest journeys between 47-55 A.D. Visit the Mosaic Museum and the Grotto of St. Peter, a cave church where St. Peter is believed to have preached and the new word, Christian, came into use. Dinner in town and overnight in Antakya. (B/D)

Day 4: Tarsus.
Visits to Titus Tunnel, Seleuceia ad Pierea, Antioch’s ancient port near Samandag, and the 6th century monastery of St. Simeon, Stylites the younger. Then on to Tarsus, the birth place of St. Paul. In Acts 21:39, Paul is proud of his city and says, “I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no ordinary city”. Dinner and overnight in Tarsus. (B/D)

Day 5: Cappadocia.
Drive to Nigde and visit Eskigumus Monastery, one of the best preserved monastery complexes with an intact fresco of Mary depicted smiling with her infant Jesus. Then on to Derinkuyu, the deepest underground city with eight layers. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. (B/D)

Day 6: Cappadocia.
Full-day tour of Cappadocia: Visits to the Goreme Open Air Museum, Zelve Valley, Avanos, and Uchisar. A land of eerie beauty, the region was a Roman province and the refuge of persecuted Christians during the early days of the Roman Empire. Cappadocia is well known for its rock churches that date to the period of the persecution and for its underground cities, amazingly intricate systems of tunnels cut into mountains of rock. Dinner in town and overnight in Cappadocia. (B/D)

Day 7: Lystra - Konya.
Visit Ihlara Valley where there were more than one hundred churches once upon a time. Then on to Sultanhan Caravanserai and Lystra, where Paul was stoned by the people during his first visit. Drive to Konya, ancient Iconium. Optional Whirling Dervish performance in the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Konya. (B/D)

Day 8: Pisidian Antioch - Antalya.
Visit the Mevlana Museum, which was the cloister of Mevlana, a great mystical philosopher of the 13th century, and Mevlevi, the Whirling Dervishes. Drive to Yalvac and visit Pisidian Antioch where St. Paul addressed the congregation in a synagogue on the Sabbath, the first recorded sermon. The Synagogue was later converted into a basilica dedicated to St. Paul. Dinner and overnight in Antalya. (B/D)

Day 9: Perge - Aspendos - Antalya.
Perge colonnaded street Visits to Perge and Aspendos. In Perge, the apostles Paul and Barnabas began their first missionary journey in Asia Minor. Its most notable remains include a theater, a stadium, two basilicas and an agora. It was renowned for its schools of sculpture during the Roman period. The ancient Pamphylian city of Aspendos is noted for its Roman ruins, including an aqueduct and a Roman theater, possibly the finest in the world, which is carved out of the northeast flank of a hill. Free time for strolling through the old harbor in Antalya in the afternoon. Dinner in town and overnight in Antalya. (B/D)

Day 10: Pamukkale.
Visit the Antalya Archaeological Museum, where a rich collection of artifacts from the vicinity, ranging from the upper Paleolithic period to Ottoman times, offers a glimpse of the area’s rich history. Drive to Pamukkale and visit Laodiceia, known for its “lukewarm” people, like the water of the city, and Colossae, mentioned by Paul in his letter. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale. (B/D)

Day 11: Hierapolis-Pamukkale.
Visit Hierapolis, modern Pamukkale, where the Martyrium of St. Philip the Apostle can be seen behind the Aphrodisias Tetrapylon theater. Its hot springs have been used since Roman times for their therapeutic powers. The build-up over thousands of years of mineral deposits has created fantastic formations of white stalactite, cataracts, and basins. Then on to Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite, and her temple which was converted into a basilica. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale. (B/D)

Day 12: Sardis - Pergamum (Pergamon).
Drive to Bergama visiting three of the Seven Churches - Thyatira, Sardis, and Philadelphia - from the Book of Revelation. Sardis, where the first coins were minted, was the capital of the Lydian Empire and the city of King Croesos. Dinner and overnight in Bergama. (B/D).

Day 13: Pergamum - Smyrna - Kusadasi.
Visit Ephesus and environs. Sites include the Museum, the Temple of Artemis, the Basilica of St. John, and the Church of the Virgin Mary. St. John preached and lived in Ephesus. It is believed that he brought the Virgin Mary to Ephesus after the crucifixion of Christ and that she spent her last days in the small house that was built for her on Mt. Koressos (Bulbuldagi). Dinner in town, overnight in Kusadasi. (B/D)

Day 14: Ephesus - Kusadasi.
Visit Ephesus and environs. Sites include the Museum, the Temple of Artemis, the Basilica of St. John, and the Church of the Virgin Mary. St. John preached and lived in Ephesus. It is believed that he brought the Virgin Mary to Ephesus after the crucifixion of Christ and that she spent her last days in the small house that was built for her on Mt. Koressos (Bulbuldagi). Dinner in town, overnight in Kusadasi. (B/D)

Day 15: Istanbul.
Chora Church Drive to Izmir for morning flight to Istanbul. Visit the Church of Holy Saviour (Chora), housing the best examples of mosaics and frescos in Byzantine Christian art. Free time at the Grand Bazaar. Dinner on your own, overnight in Istanbul. (B)

Day 16: Departure Day.
Transfer to airport for return flight.


Included in the package
- Hotel accommodation in superior tourist class hotels.
- Accommodation based on twin with private facilities.
- Continental breakast (B), Lunch (L) and course dinners (D) as per the itinaries.
- Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers.
- Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats.
- Welcome drink.
- Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges.

Not included in the package
- Travel insurance.
- Any item of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls etc.
- Passport & Visa Costs.
- Airport taxes.
- Any items not mentioned in above-mentioned itinerary

 

Take with you

  • Camera.
  • Hat.
  • Comfortable shoes.
  • Water.

Included in price
Professional English speaking guide (tour in other language is available).
Air conditioned vehicle with the driver
All entrance fees stated in the program.
All local taxes.
Lunch (optional)
No extra or hidden costs!

Excluded in price
Tipping and drinks.

 

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