In the steps of Saint Paul

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14 Nights 15 Days
20 September - 05 October 2020
Istanbul
Istanbul
Tour Quota : 30
Age Quota : 85
Details

A fifteen-day tour of pilgrimage. Following the route of a native Anatolian, St.Paul of Tarsus, we try to find out the cultural background which nourished the rise of the Cross as well as the others.

SAINT PAUL
TARSUS – Birthplace [Acts 21:39]
GALATIA, EPHESUS, COLOSSAE – Letters to churches, preaching in Ephesus [Acts 19]
ANTIOCH – Starting place for the 3 missionary journeys [Acts 13, Acts 15, Acts 18]
ANTIOCH IN PISIDIA – Preaching in the synagogue [Acts 13:13-16]

Included Services

  • 14 nights accommodation in tourist class hotels
  • Through local expert-lecturer guide
  • All buffet breakfasts
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • All entrance fees to the museums and sites as per the itinerary
  • Private van or coach
  • parking fees
  • domestic flights

Excluded Costs

  • International flights
  • any meal not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages during meals
  • Gratuity to the local guides and drivers

Suggestions

  • Casual clothing
  • Walking shoes
  • Sun glasses and hat
Tour Program

1. Day Arrival Istanbul

Upon arrival at Istanbul airport, meet your local lecturer-guide and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul

2. Day Istanbul

Morning start sightseeing of major highlights in Istanbul which was the capital city of three Empires. Tour includes visits to the Roman Hippodrome, Blue Mosque famous for interior Blue colored Iznik tiles, St Sofia Church- Museum which was once the biggest Roman Cathedral of the world, the Underground Cistern. Lunch will be served in the historical restaurant at the Topkapi Palace overlooking the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. After lunch continue,  visiting the major sections of Topkapi Palace which was the royal seat of Ottoman Sultans for more than 400 years. Late afternoon enjoy, exploring the streets and alleys of the Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul

3. Day Istanbul-Çanakkale

Morning departure for Troy. A scenic coach drive will go along the northern shores of the Sea of Marmara and then crossing Dardanelles by a ferry. Afternoon visit the ruins of Homeric Troy where St.Paul made a visit during his second campaign to Asia Minor and Macedonia. Dinner and overnight in the hotel 

4. Day Çanakkale-Selçuk

Departure for Ephesus at Selcuk. En-route, visit the ruins of Hellenistic city Pergamum where one of the seven churches of Apocalypse was located. Then stroll through the colorful traditionally preserved streets of modern Bergama. Continue driving towards the southern Aegean region bypassing Izmir, so-called, the pearl of the Aegean Se,  arrive at the town of Selcuk. Dinner & overnight in Selcuk.

5. Day Epehesus-Selçuk

Day to explore Ephesus, one of the most well-preserved Greco-Roman cities of the ancient world. Tour starts with a visit to Mother Mary's House which was announced as to be a pilgrimage place for Roman Catholics by Pope Paul VI. Then visit the spectacular remains and edifices of the city of Ephesus including the State Agora, Odeon, Curetes Street, Marble Road. Temples of Hadrian and Trajan. Then onto Celcius Library and finally the famous Amphitheatre where St.Paul preached to Ephesians. Lunch will be served at one of the local restaurants in Selcuk. Afternoon, continue visiting St.John's Basilica and the local museum where the major findings from Ephesus on display. Dinner at Sirince village located 7 Km. from Selcuk on a mountain and famous for house wines.

6. Day Selçuk-Pamukkale

Drive to Pamukkale. En route visit the ruins of Aphrodisias, a Roman city dedicated to Aphrodite the goddess of Love and beauty. The city houses a rich-variety of Roman sculpture. After lunch in a local restaurant continue driving to Pamukkale. Before reaching Hierapolis, visit the ruins of Laodecia of which people were addressed by St Paul in one of his letters written from Patmos Island. Late afternoon, arrival at Pamukkale, 'The Cotton-Castle', world-famous geological formation with eye-taking white travertine caused by the calcareous hot spring waters. Enjoy your time walking in the thermal waters and white slopes before checking in  the hotel. Dinner and accommodation in Pamukkale.

7. Day Pamukkale- Konya

Morning sightseeing of Hierapolis, visits include Necropolis, the Amphitheatre, The Temple and Baths of Trajan. Then continue driving to Konya. En-route visit Yalvac, Antioch ad Psidia and after lunch by the Egridir Lake, continue driving to Konya, Upon arrival Konya, Icononium, visit the Tomb of Mevlana, the founder of Mevlevi Sect, the Whirling Dervishes, Karatay Medrese and Yivli Minaret the early Seljuk Empire edifices. Dinner and overnight in Konya.

8. Day Konya- Tarsus

After departure for Tarsus, visit the ruins of 1001 churches en route. Then drive along Konya Plateau and cross the Taurus Mountains arriving at Tarsus, the home town of St.Paul. Upon arrival enjoy your lunch in a typical Kebab-House. Afternoon, explore the ancient remains of Tarsus which was once a rich harbor city enjoying a rich cultural and political life. It was the place where Antonius Caesar and Kleopatra first met each other and fell in love. Sightseeing includes the St.Paul's Church, the ruins of his house and the well, ancient road, Kleopatra Gate, The Grand Mosque, The Kubad Pasha Medrese and the Bedesten (Bazaar). Dinner and accommodation in Tarsus.

9. Day Tarsus-Antakya

Drive to Antakya via Adana and Issos where Alexander the Great defeated the Persians Afternoon arrive at Antakya, Antioch ad Orontes. Afternoon visit St.Peter's grotto and church, Mosaic Museum, Seleucia of Prieria and Titus Tunnel. Dinner at Daphne, accommodation in Antakya.

10. Day Antakya-Cappadocia

Morning departure for Kayseri and onto Cappadocia. Upon arrival Kayseri, Caesarea a busy trade colony since the Assyrian and Hittite periods. St.Paul made many missionary visits to this city. After lunch in a local restaurant enjoy short sightseeing in the town. Then continue driving to Cappadocia via Soganli Churches. Dinner and accommodation in Cappadocia

11. Day Cappadocia

Full day sightseeing of Cappadocia including visits to Göreme Rock-hewn churches, Uchisar, Zelve Valley, Avanos, the pottery town, continue to visit a hand-made carpet workshop. Lunch in a local restaurant, dinner in the hotel.

12. Day Cappadocia

Morning visit to Kaymakli and Derinkuyu underground cities where the early Christians once sheltered from non-Christian tribes. Afternoon free at leisure Dinner in the hotel.

13. Day Cappadocia-Istanbul

Morning flight from Nevsehir to Istanbul. Upon arrival. Visit Chora Church and Sergius & Bachus Churches. Then check in hotel and overnight in Istanbul.

14. Day Istanbul

Morning enjoy Bosphorus Cruise and a short excursion to the Asian side. Afternoon free for last-minute shopping at the Grand Bazaar. Farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

15. Day Departure from Istanbul

 Transfer to the airport for departure.

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Property Location
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Rooms
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Iris Hotel

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Hilton Hotel

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