TURKEY  BIBLICAL TOUR 11 NIGHT 12 DAYS

Day  1 : Pick up from Hatay Airport and transfer to hotel in Antiochia.
Meal : Not included
Overnight in Antakya

 

Day 2 : Antakya-Adana

Today we will explore Anthiochia which was the third biggest city in the world .We will see

Saint Peter Church :The first church of the christian world which was established in first century by Saint Petrus where the christianity was named.

Saint Paul and Saint Petrus Church : It  was called the Greek Ortodox church and it was center of the Arab ortodox for a few centuries

Antakya Archeological Museum :It  has one of the best mosaic collection in the world which was found in Antakya and it s neighborhood

Seleucia Perra Port :The port where saint paul sailed from Antiochia to Cyprus island

Titus Tunnel : Titus tunnel was constructed to protect Seleucia city from flood.

Besikli cave 's rock tombs
and after  th tour  depart to Adana .Arrival and check in hotel
Meal : Breakfast Lunch and dinner
Overnight  in Adana

Day 3 : Adana- Tarsus- Cappadocia

 Today we will visit  the biggest city of Cilicia Region ,Tarsus and depart to Cappadocia. First stop is Saint Paul 's House and Well .This the place where Saint Paul was born , Ancient city of Tarsus.

Tarsus has been inhabited by mankind for 5000 years.The roman road and some other builidings unearthed  from the Roman Era when Saint Paul lived

Saint Paul Church A church which was established around 5 th C AD and re-built in later centuries)

We pass the Cilician Gate and arrive to cappadocia.Upon arrvial we will visit :

Derinkuyu Undergroundcity ,The biggest underground city of Cappadocia which was a shelter for the christians in 7 th and 8 th Century AD and the church which is 40 meters underground
arrival to Cappadocia and check in hotel


Meal : Breakfast Lunch and dinner
Overnight  in Cappadocia

Day 4:  Fullday Cappadocia tour

* Goreme Panorama ( We view the magic landscape of Cappadocia from this panoramic view)
* Uchisar Cave Houses ( We enter to one of the cave houses which is still being used as a cafeteria and offer you an apple tea)
* Pigeon Valley Photo stop ( We view the valley which is full of dove-cote

   and if we are lucky some of the pigeons are there)
* Goreme Open Air Museum (rock-cut churches and monasteries & designed with  well preserved frescoes) listed by Unesco in the world heritage list.
* Pasabagi ( The fairy-chimneys valley ) The mushroom shaped natural rock formations of Cappadocia were named fairy chimneys.
* Avanos (Avanos has been a handcraft town since 19 C BC especially it is known pottery town of cappadocia)
* Rose  valley : viewing the sun set

 

Meal : Breakfast Lunch and dinner
Overnight  in Cappadocia

Day 5 : Cappadocia- Konya- Anthioc of Pisida -Egirdir

On the way we will stop to visit :
* Sultanhani Caravanserai ( A hotel of the silk road from 13 C AD

* Konya Mevalana Museum ( The Ruling Monastery of The Mevlevi religous Order which is used Museum today ).
* Ince Minareli Madrasah ( A University from 13 C AD Selcuk Era )

* Anthioc of Pisida : This is the city where Saint Paul and Saint Barnabas came in first missionary journey and preached  at the synagog. We will see ruins of teh city including saint paul church, teh tehather, the bath, the aquaduct and depart to Egirdir ,a little city located on shores of famous and beautiful Egirdir lake. Arrival and check in hotel

Meal : Breakfast Lunch and dinner
Overnight  in Egirdir

Day 6 : Egirdir- Collosae- Laodicea- Pamukkale

 Today after breakfast we will drive to collosae. Colosae is the city of Epaphras who was at the prison with Saint Paul according to a tradition. Saint Paul wrote a letter to  the city . The city has not been excavated yet. 

Later we drive to Laodicea . Laodicea is one of the seven churches refered by saint John. He wrote to  laodica people ' I know you are neither warm nor cold , you are lukwarm. I will spit you from my mouth' We will see  the ruins of teh city which is still being excavated.

We will see Pamukkale white travertines  and Hireapolis Antique city’s ruins including Saint Philip tomb and church.  Saint Philip was martyred here and recently Saint philip tomb was found here.

Meal : Breakfast Lunch and dinner
Overnight  in Pamukkale at Spa Hotel

 

 

 Day 7: Pamukkale-Ephesus-Izmir

After breakfast we drive to Ephesus . Upon arrival we visit Virgin Mary House. Virign Mary  and Saint John escpaed from Jaruselam and they came to Ephesus.  İt is belived that Virgin mary stayed at this house

• Ephesus Ancient City  The biggest Roman City of Anatolia. And also one of the seven churches  refered by Saint John. Saint Paul visited the city 2 times.  Two Church Councils were held in Ephesus in the 5 C Ad. we will see The streests of Ephesus  the ruins and Virgin MAry church.

• Artemis Temple which was one of the seven wonders of teh ancient world

• Saint John BAsilica and tomb. Saint John lived in a Ephesus later he was exciled  to PAtmas ISland  and later he came back to Ephesus and died here. After we  visit  Ephesus  we drive to IZmir ( Symrna ) and check in hotel

Meal : Breakfast Lunch and dinner
Overnight  in Izmir

Day 8 :  Symrna-Sardes- Philedelphia- Thyteira- Pergamum

Today we will be visiting the biblical site of Asia Minor. We will start with Symrna .

Symrna is home town of Polycarp student of Saint john who was martyred by the Romans in mount Pegas. We will see Kadife castle  the place where the saint was martyred, the Agora of the Ancient city and drive to Sardes.

Sardes was capital of the lydian kingdom where the first coin was minted. Saint  John says in his ltter to church of Sardes' wake up otherwise I will come like a thief to your city  and wake you up'

We drive further to east and visit Philedelphia another church of teh seven churches and visit saint John Church form 6 AD . Before we arrive to Bergama we stop at the ancient site of Thyteira  another Asia Minor church adressed by Saint John

in the end of teh day we drive to Pergamum and check in hotel

Meal : Breakfast Lunch and dinner
Overnight  in Pergamum

Day 9: Pergamum- Asos- Alexandria of Troas - Troy- Canakkale

 Today we start with Pergamum . Saint John defines it as the place of throne of the satan because Zeus Altar was here. We will visit  Acropolis including zeus altar, theather, Trajan Temple and other ruins. Later we decend to Asclepion and see the healing center of Pergamum and the other ruins. Later we will see The Red Church which was a pagan temple and converted to church by christians and depart to Asos. Asos was visited by Saint Paul  he sailed to Lesbos ISlands from here  . We drive to Alexandria of Troas . The city has not been excavated  yet. But this the place where saint Paul decided to go to Mecedonia.

After we visit Troy the legendry city of Homeros we drive to Canakkale and check in hotel

Meal : Breakfast Lunch and dinner
Overnight in Canakkale

Day 10: Canakkale- Nicea- Istanbul

 Today we will visit Nicea where the first and second ecumenical councils were held . Here we see the ruins of the old city , Hagia Sophia Church and drive to Istanbul. Arrival and  check in Hotel

Meal : Breakfast Lunch and dinner
Overnight in Istanbul

Day 11: Fullday Istanbul tour

• Hipodrome The horse cart's race place during Roman Era, its Obelisk, Orme Pillar,

  entwined snake pillar are still visible today.

• The Blue Mosque 17 C AD Mosque , masterpiece of Turkish Islam Architecture. listed by Unesco in the world heritage list.

• Hagia Sophia built in 6 th C as a church and converted into Mosque by the Turks in 15 C Ad

   today it serves as a museum to its admirers.. listed by Unesco in the world heritage list.

• Topkapi Palace The residential of Ottoman Sultans which is housing a lot of Sultan's Customes,Thrones, treausures, holy relics, porcelains and tiles with a great view of the Bosphorus. ( listed by Unesco in the world heritage list.)

• The Grand Bazaar The biggest Covered Bazaar in the world which has about 4000 shops

Meal : Breakfast Lunch and dinner
Overnight in Istanbul

Day 12: Istanbul City tour

 Today we will see Chora Church ( Byzantion Era Church which has  beautiful frescoes and mosaics  and  we join the Bosphorus Cruise from Eminonu quay till the Bosphorus bridge and back to the same place ( 1hour and 45 minbutes)

 and transfer to airport

Meal : Breakfast  and lunch

Inclusions

* Hotel accomodation as written above

* Meals as written in itinerary

* All transfers from to airport

* Hotel tip

* A Private van  ( from 1 to 2 SUV, 3-4 Mercdes Vito with 8 reclying seats from 5 till 10 Mercdes Sprinter with 14 reclying seats )

* A certifed English guide

Exclusions

* Drinks

* Hot air balloon tour in cappadocia

* Driver and guide tip ( Not compulsory but customery)

* Personal Expenses

* Visa Fee upon arrival to Turkey

* Domestic flight ticket ( We can arrange with extra fee )

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