IN THE STEPS OF ST. PAUL
09 Nights / 10 Days Istanbul & Hatay & Cappadocia & Konya & Pamukkale & Kusadasi & Cannakkale program:
Day 01 – Arrive IST/SAW Airport, transfer from airport. Full Day Istanbul Old City & Bosphorus Cruise Tour. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 02 – After breakfast. Full Day Tarsus Tour. Overnight in Hatay.
Day 03 – After Breakfast, Full Day Cappadocia Underground City Tour. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 04 – After Breakfast, Full Day Cappadocia Classics Tour. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 05 – After Breakfast, Full DaySultanhan Caravansarai & Lystra Ruins Tour. Overnight in Konya.
Day 06 – After Breakfast, Full Day 7 Churches tour to Pamukkale Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 07 – After breakfast, Full Day 7 Churches tour to İzmir. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 08 – After Breakfast, Full Day7 Churches tour to Ephesus. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 09 – After Breakfast, transfer to Pergamon. Full DayPergamon & Troy Tour. Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 10 – After breakfast, Transfer to Istanbul. Half Day visit to Grand Bazaar. Transfer to airport for your return flight.
* Visited Sights: Hippodrome Square – Hagia Sophia – Topkapı Palace Bosphorus Cruise – Bosphorus Strait
Upon arrival in Istanbul, meet and greet local guide at the airport and proceed to Istanbul Old City. First we will visit Hippodrome Square which was the center of chariot races in Roman Era and also used as a public gathering center in Ottoman Era. After we enjoy history with beautiful remainings such as Egyptian Colomn, Serpentine Colomn , Constantine Colomn etc., we will continue our trip by visiting Hagia Sophia or St. Sophia which was built as an Orthodox Church by Emperor Justinian in 537 AD. It is now a museum where you can enjoy the harmony of two culture in the same building. After our time finishes at Hagia Sophia, we continue our trip visiting Topkapı Palace which was built by Sultan Mehmet the Second in 1475. After we visit and enjoy history in Topkapı Palace, we take a short cruise trip and enjoy the beautiful Bosphorus Strait with hundreds of houses by the strait and many beautiful palaces from Ottoman Era. Then proceed to hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
* Visited Sights: Tarsus the birth place of St. Paul – The Gate of Cleopatra – St. Paul’s – Ruins of Selecuian Port (ACTS 13:4)
On this day after breakfast at hotel we check out from hotel and proceed to Airport for domestic flight to Adana which is located at Southern Turkey by the Mediterranean Sea. We do sightseeing tour in Adana and then we continue our trip to Tarsus which is the birth place of St. Paul. In Tarsus we will visit The Gate of Cleopatra which was built in Roman Era and then we continue to visit St. Paul’s Well in his family’s house. After our visit to this holy place we continue to visit Ruins of Selecuian Port where St. Paul, St. Barnabas and St. Marcus started misionary trips for the first time (ACTS 13:4). At the end of the day we proceed to Antioch and check in out hotel. Overnight in Antioch (Hatay).
* Visited Sights: Kaymakli Underground City
“and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.” (ACTS 11:26)
On this morning, after breakfast at hotel, we check out from hotel and proceed to Cappadocia from Antioch where St. Paul left for misionary trip for the second time. When we arrive in Cappadocia, we are going to visit Kaymaklı Underground City where became an emergency home for the early Christians. After we felt what early Christians felt on these underground cities, we proceed to hotel and have our dinner. Overnight in Cappadocia.
* Visited Sights: Göreme Open Air Museum – Piegon’s Valley – Uchisar Castle – Imagination Valley. – Handcraft Centers
This morning we have the chance to try Hot Air Ballon tour which is Optional.
After we have our breakfast at hotel, we proceed to Göreme Open Air Museum which was a monastry that was built on 4th century by St. Basil who is bishop of Caesarea (modern Kayseri city). The complex is full of Chapels that was carved into rocks and ornated with Icons or Wall paintings. We are going to have some photo stops like Piegon’s Valley, Uchisar Castle, Imagination Valley. Also on this day we have some visits to Handcraft Centers like Carpet and Turquoise stone. At the end of the trip, we proceed to hotel and have our dinner at hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
* Visited Sights: Sultanhan Caravansarai – Lystra Ruins
After we have our breakfast at hotel, we check out from hotel and then proceed to Konya via Sultanhan Caravansarai which was used as an accomodation place for traders on Central Anatolia. After that we proceed to Lystra Ruins which was the first village where St. Paul did His first misionary speech (ACTS 14:6-19). Also Lystra is the place where Timothy joined St. Paul for second missionary trip (ACTS 16:1-3). Later on we proceed to Konya and check in our hotel. Overnight in Konya.
* Visited Sights: Psidian Antioch (ACTS 13:14-52) – Ruins of Basilica of St. Paul – Laodiceia (Revelation 3:14-22). Cotton Castle Travertines / Hierapolis – St. Philip’s graveyard
After we have our breakfast at our hotel, we check out from hotel and proceed to Psidian Antioch where is believed when St. Paul speeched about mission, almost all of the city population joined to hear Him (ACTS 13:14-52). Among the ruins of ancient Psidian Antioch, we are going to visit ruins of Basilica of St. Paul. After our visit there, we proceed to Laodiceia which is one of the Seven Churches of Minor Asia (Revelation 3:14-22). Afterwards we proceed to Cotton Castle Travertines / Hierapolis to enjoy the beautiful White Travertines. Hierapolis also known as the place where St. Philip’s graveyard is located. After we visit His grave, we proceed to hotel and have our dinner there. Overnight in Pamukkale.
* Visited Sights: Ruins of St. John’s Church in Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13) – Ruins of the Church in Sardis (Revelation 3:1-5) – Thyateira and its church (Revelation 2:18) – Smyrna/Izmir (Revelation 2:8-11) – St. Polycarp Church
After we have our breakfast at hotel, we check out from hotel and proceed to Ruins of St. John’s Church in Philadelphia which is one of the Seven Churches in Minor Asia (Revelation 3:7-13). Later on we proceed to Ruins of the Church in Sardis (Revelation 3:1-5). Also Sardis was the city where the largest Jewish community lived during Roman Era. Afterwards we continue our trip to Thyateira and its church (Revelation 2:18). Thyateira is now known as Akhisar and still located on one of the busiest trade roads as in Roman Era. After our visit to this city we proceed to Smyrna/Izmir also one of the Seven Churches in Minor Asia (Revelation 2:8-11). Izmir is the third largest populated city in Modern Turkey, and also home of many churches, among these churches we are going to visit St. Polycarp Church which is still active Catholic Church in Izmir. After our visit to this church, we proceed to Kuşadası and check in hotel. Overnight in Kuşadası.
* Visited Sights: Ephesus ( Revelation 1:11, 2:1-7) – Celsus Library, Trojan Fountain, Great Theater – Mary’s Church – Virgin Mary’s House – Tomb and Basilica of St. John the Bible
On this morning after we have our breakfast at hotel, we start our trip first visiting Leather Factory Outlet which is famous nationwide and the whole Europe. After our shopping time, we proceed to Ephesus which was the Roman Empire Capital for Asian states and also was one of the Seven Churches in Minor Asia ( Revelation 1:11, 2:1-7). In the famous Ephesus, we can still see the ruins of Celsus Library, Trojan Fountain, Great Theater where St Paul speeched twice and also was captured and was sent to Grotto for a couple of months. Also we will have chance to visit Mary’s Church where is the place for 4th Ephesian Council which resulted in divison of Catholics and Orthodoxes. On the same day, also we make a visit for Virgin Mary’s House which is believed to be one of the house used by Virgin Mary and also was visited a couple of times by Pope. Before we end our trip for today, we visit Tomb and Basilica of St. John the Bible. St. John has lived and died in Ephesus and spread Christianity for a while there. On our way to hotel, we stop by Olive Oil Shop and then we proceed to hotel and have our dinner at hotel. Overnight in Kuşadası.
* Visited Sights: Pergamon Acropolis – Greek and Roman Theater and Trajan’s Temple -Ruins of Red Hall Basilica of Pergamon (Revelation 2:12-17) – Mount Ida – ruins of Troy
After we have our breakfast at hotel, we check out from hotel and proceed to Çanakkale via Pergamon and Mount Ida. Our first stop will be at Pergamon Acropolis which was the royal center for Pergamon Kingdom. There we have the chance to see beautfiul Greek and Roman Theater and Trajan’s Temple with its beautiful marble ornaments. After our visit there, we are going to visit the Ruins of Red Hall Basilica of Pergamon which was also one of the Seven Churches in Minor Asia (Revelation 2:12-17). By visiting Pergamon, we already visited all of the Seven Churches in Minor Asia and then we proceed to Çanakkale via Mount Ida. We are going to visit ancient ruins of Troy where is believed the legendary Troian war happened. At the end of the day we proceed to hotel, check in and dinner. Overnight in Çanakkale.
* Visited Sights: Gallipoli Strait – Grand Bazaar
After our breakfast at hotel, we check out and proceed to Istanbul with a morning drive via Gallipoli Strait. When we arrive in Istanbul we have our free time in Grand Bazaar for local souveniers and after dinner we proceed to Airport for flight going back home.Till we meet again for another trip in Turkey.
*This tour can only be operated as private tour on request.