15 DAYS ST. PAULS BIBLICAL TOUR
Day 01 - Istanbul - Arrival Day Welcome to Turkey. Arrive in Istanbul airport, met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 02 - Istanbul Our journey begins in Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents. Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul - its three names span more than 2600 years, nearly 1600 of them as the capital of two of the greatest empires the world has known, Byzantine and Ottoman. We visit the Topkapi Palace including treasury section, The Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place and free time in Grand bazaar with its 3.500 shops. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 03 - Ankara A fter breakfast drive to Ankara. Arrive in Ankara (Capital of Turkey), sight - seeing of Ankara: see the Anatolian Civilization Museum, the Temple of Augustus and Ataturks Mausoleum. drive to our hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Ankara.
Day 04 - Ankara - Cappadocia After breakfast, Continue to Cappadocia with a lunch / rest stop in Aksaray before a short ride to Ihlara Valley, to see the impressive, Byzantine rock carvings and frescoes. Enjoy your dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia.
Day 05 - Cappadocia Full Day excursion of Cappadocia to see the surreal landscapes of volcanic ash, formed 3 million years ago: spectacular red rock cones, troglodyte churches and homes dating from 4000 BC Now visit UCHISAR, GOREME and ZELVE, then AVANOS, to visit one of its famous, pottery workshops. Later return to your hotel for overnight stay.
Day 06 - Tarsus - Adana Visit Kaymakli, a unique underground city. Then drive to Tarsus, birthplace of St. Paul. See St. Pauls Well, Cleopatras Gate and the ancient city. It was near here that a Great Fish "vomited out Jonas upon the dry land" Next to Adana for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 07 - Antakya - Antioch - Mersin Full Day excursion to Antakya (Antioch). Here Jesus followers were first called Christians (Acts 11:26) Peter, Paul and also Barnabas preached here. Visit St. Peters Grotto and the exquisite Mosaic Museum. View the old city of ISKENDERUN before beginning the return drive to Mersin for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 08 - Anamur - Alanya Depart westward along the Mediterranean shoreline, a famous coastal road. Take a lunch break in Anamur. See City of the Monophystie Archbishop of Seleucia. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 09 - Antalya Continue to the ancient city of SIDE, the old port where Paul, Barnabas and Mark landed during their missionary journeys. Later they sailed from here to Antioch. Than visit PERGE, where St. Paul preached when arriving from Cyprus (Acts 13 - 14), and to ASPENDOS with its magnificent theater. Next drive to Antalya for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 10 - Pamukkale Proceed to Laodicea which was condemned by St. John in Revelation Acts (4:15). Drive to Hierapolis, now called Pamukkale, St. Philip was martyred here in 1st AD. Walk the Necropolis and famous Avenue of Tombs. Overnight stay in Pamukkale.
Day 11 - Philadelphia - Sardes - Kusadasi Visit there one of the seven churches of the Apocalypse and the remains of the Cathedral. Continue to in ALASEHIR, the remains of a church. Visit, capital of the ancient LYDIA with temple of the CYBELE and DIANA, which became later a church, see the royal road. Continue to Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 12 - Ephesus - Kusadasi Drive to Selcuk. Visit the monastery of St. John and Ephesus, the best preserved city in the world. See the Library of Celsus, a Stadium where Paul Preached (Acts 19), and the Theatre. Return to Kusadasi. Then have dinner and overnight stay.
Day 13 - Izmir (Smyrna) - Pergamon This morning take a beautiful drive to Izmir (ancient Smyrna), After visiting the St. Policarp church in Izmir, continue to in Akhisar, ancient commercial place in connection with TROY and Sardes. and visit BERGAMA (Pergamon), the Acropolis, high above the plain. See the pagan Temples and Altar of Zeus. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 14 - Pergamon - Nicea - Istanbul After breakfast long drive to Istanbul through Iznik (Nicea) where the Nicean Creed was formed. Depart for Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 15 - Istanbul - End of Tour After breakfast check out from the hotel. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another TravelShop Turkey Tour. Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing TravelShop Turkey.
15 DAYS ST. PAULS BIBLICAL TOUR Photos
Arrival airport transfer from Ataturk airport3 nights hotel in Istanbul1 night hotel in Ankara2 nights hotels in Cappadocia1 night hotel in Adana1 night hotel in Mersin2 nights hotel in Antalya1 night hotel in Pamukkale3 nights hotel in Kusadasi14 open buffet breakfasts11 dinnersIstanbul city tourGuided Ankara tourGuided Cappadocia tourGuided Adana tourGuided Mersin / Antakya tourGuided Antalya tourGuided Pamukkale tourGuided kusadasi tourGuided Ephesus tourGuided pergaman tourAll entrance fees mentioned in the itineraryTransportation in a fully air - conditioned, non - smoking coachProfessional English - speaking tour guideReturn airport transfer
Tour Not Includes
International flightsInsurance: All typesTurkey entry visaItems of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundryAny others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
Istanbul Tour, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand bazaar, Ankara Tour, Anatolian Civilization Museum, Cappadocia Tour, Ihlara Valley, Uchisar, Zelve, Goreme, Avanos, Kaymakli, Adana / Mersin, St. Pauls Well, Christians, Peters Grotto, Mosaic Museum, Iskenderun, Antalya, Side, Perge, Aspendos, Monophystie Archbishop of Seleucia and St. John in Revelation, Pamukkale tour, Hierapolis and Necropolis, Izmir, Manisa and Kusadasi, Ephesus tour, St. John, Paul Preached, Alasehir Pergamon Tour, Acropolis, the steepest, Asklepieion, Altar of Zeus