St. Paul Tour • 10 Days
DAY 01 IZMIR (D)
Transfer to hotel from Izmir airport.. Day at leisure until dinner at hotel. Overnight in Izmir at hotel.
DAY 02 PERGAMON-THYATIRA-IZMIR (BLD)
After breakfast, departure 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 hotel.
DAY 03 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 for dinner and overnight.
DAY 04 EPHESUS-MILETOS (BLD)
After breakfast we drive to Ephesus where St. Paul stayed a while First visit is to the house of Virgin Mary, declared a pilgrimage site, by Pope. Next is Ephesus, with the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, agora and fantastic Greco-Roman theater, the Basilica of St. John and remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of Seven Wonders of the ancient world. After lunch we continue to Miletus where St. Paul paid a missionary visit and speech. Return to Izmir for dinner and overnight.
DAY 05 APHRODISIAS-HIERAPOLIS-LAODICEA (BLD)
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 06 PISIDIAN ANTIOCH-ICONIUM-CAPADOCIA (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), visit the the mausoleum of the Islamic mystic, founder of Sufi belief and stop at Seljuk era monuments to discover this art of architecture. In 3 hours driver, arrive at Cappadocia for dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 07 CAPPADOCIA (BLD)
After the breakfast and lecture by our guide over this amazing unique landscape, we will visit the underground cities of Kaymakli, Guvercinlik and Devrent Valleys; the natural rock castle at Uchisar, Goreme open air museum,where the remains of churches and Christian settlements date back thousands of years. To follow, Zelve Valley, Avanos with pottery art through ages and Pasabaglari. Dinner and overnight at hotel. Optional event, mysterious ritual of the Whirling Dervishes will touch your soul!
DAY 08 ANTAKYA (BLD)
After breakfast, drive to South 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 Mosaics Museum. Continue to Seleucia Pieria, today, Samandag, where St. Paul and St. Barnabas set sail for Cyprus in their first missionary journey. Dinner and overnight at Antakya.
Day 09 TARSUS-ADANA-ISTANBUL (BL)
After breakfast, we check-out and drive to Tarsus -the birthplace of St. Paul. Walk on the ancient streets of Tarsus . Adana airport will await us for our flight to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel Centrum in old town. 8pm reunion is in lobby for farewell toast.
Day 10 ISTANBUL (B)
Transfer to Istanbul airport for next destination/s.
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The above given rates are in EURO, per person sharing twin, 18% VAT included. Any increase in taxes will be reflected to the prices.
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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
International flights, drinks, personal expenses. Optional tours such as Turkish night and Turkish bath.
For group requirements other languages are available