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Following the Food Steps of St. Paul Including Patmos Island

Duration 12 Days / 11 Nights (Private Guided)
Tour Highlights Istanbul,
Adana (Antioch) & Tarsus
Cappadocia (Fair Chimneys)
Antalya (Perge&Aspendos)
Pamukkale (Hierapolis) & Izmir (Smyrna)
Ephesus & House Of Virgin Mary
Patmos Island
Laodicea - Philadelphia – Sardis – Thyatira
Pergamon – Alexandria Troas
Canakkale – Troy
Description Jesus sent a message to the angel of each of the seven churches. In Rev. 8:6 we are told: “and the seven angels had the seven trumpets, when he received his message from Jesus Christ, the duty of the angel of each church, was to deliver his message by blowing a trumpet. Each message was given to prepare the faithful of each period to endure the trials and circumstances that would be peculiar to their time and place. Spend 8 Days following the route walked by St Paul on his first missionary journey in Asia Minor.

Day 1: ISTANBUL ARRIVAL

Arrive in Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Meet and greet at the Airport and transfer to your Hotel in Istanbul. A Welcome briefing will be given by our Tour Guide on the first day of your arrival, giving an overview of the tour. Overnight in Istanbul (-)

Day 2: ISTANBUL OLD CITY TOUR

After breakfast meet your guide at the lobby for a full day tour of visiting highlights of Istanbul. First visit, St Sophia Museum, the pride of the Byzantine architecture. Continue to the Byzantine Hippodrome, where once chariot races were held; The Blue Mosque, famous for its blue Iznik tiles; and enjoy shopping in Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest covered bazaar with 4000 shops. Lunch will be served at Traditional Turkish Restaurant. After lunch on the way to Topkapi Palace, you will view St.Irene Church which is important in Christian history as the setting of the metings of the Second Ecumenical Council in 381. Then visit the magnificent the Topkapi Palace, the famous residence of the Sultans (The Harem section is not included in the tour) and see the Treasury, royal gardens, Sultan’s kitchen and Sacred Relics. you will see the breathtaking displays, including the 7th largest diamond in the world, the “Spoonmaker’s Diamond”. Overnight in Istanbul. (B&L)

Day 3: ISTANBUL BOSPHORUS CRUISE TOUR

After breakfast, you will explore the wonderful religious sites of Istanbul the Kariye (Chora) Museum, which houses the most famous collection of Byzantine mosaics and frescoes in the world. After visit, stroll through the Spice Market also called Egyptian Bazaar, be filled with the atmosphere of the exotic East. Then we embark to a traditional boat for an unforgettable Bosphorus Cruise on the Bosphorus. Enjoy the magnificent shores of the Bosphorus, a narrow strait which separates Europe from Asia. Cruise along the Bosphorus by seeing Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Ottoman Summer palaces, Rumeli & Anadolu fortresses, forested hills, Bridges and shore villages with Ottoman architecture.Overnight at Hotel in Istanbul. (B&L)

Day 4: ISTANBUL – ADANA (ANTIOCH)

After an early breakfast, check out from your Hotel and transfer to the Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your flight to Adana. Arrive in Adana, and drive to Antakya, the Biblical city of Antioch on the Orontes. The word Christians was first used in Antioch. Visit the world famous Antakya Mosaic Museum which houses many mosaics, preserved in differing degrees of completeness. Then visit St. Peter’s Grotto which is the cave church came to be known as the meeting place of the early Christians. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. You will taste the best examples of Mediterranean cuisine. After your lunch, drive to the port of Samandag (Seleucia Peria) which is mentioned in the New Testament as the port from St.Paul and St. Barnabas set to sail for Anatolia on their first Missionary Journey. Visit Tunnel of Titus which is a tremendous canal, dug for the purpose of diverting waters of Orontes River. Then, visit Temple of Zeus. Overnight and Dinner in Antioch. (B/L/D)

Day 5: ANTIOCH – TARSUS - ADANA

After breakfast, we will drive to Tarsus the birthplace of St. Paul. Visit the Church of St. Paul & Paul’s Well, which is a church that was built by the Crusaders in the middle ages, and has long been a site of pilgrimage for Christian travelers. After the tour, drive to Adana for Dinner and Overnight. (B/L/D)

Day 6: ADANA – CAPPADOCIA HIGHLIGHTS

After breakfast check out from your Hotel and drive to Cappadocia, on the way visit the Monastery of Gumusler (Eski Gumus Monastery), a Byzantine monastery and church with massive columns and frescoes carved from the rock. These frescoes, which date from the 10th and the 11th centuries, are among the best preserved in the region. It’s the only monastery with a smiling Virgin Mary fresco. Arrive in Cappadocia. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. After lunch visit the ancient settlement of Zelve, an important settlement and religious area during the 9th and 13th centuries. The first seminaries to priests were given here and now old Zelve, is a ghost town and the erosion stil contiues. Then, see the village of Uchisar, full of towering rock houses typical of this area. Finally, visit the Goreme Open-Air Museum, which used to house a religious community. Overnight and Dinner at Cappadocia Hotel in Cappadocia. (B/L/D)

Day 6: CAPPADOCIA – ANTALYA (OPTIONAL HOT AIR BALLOON TOUR & KAYMAKLI UNDERGROUND CITY)

You will be picked up from your hotel just before sunrise and have some complimentary snacks before riding in the balloon.  Your flight time will be approximately an hour or more depending on your choice. Start having a wonderful time by viewing the amazing landscape, colorful valleys, vineyards and etc... that is the best way to picturize the region. 
After breakfast around 09:00 am you will be picked up and drive to Red (Rose) Valleys which is one of the most beautiful trekking valley in Cappadocia. Explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike through the valley. The next, visit Cavusin Village, one of the oldest settlements in the area. Christian missionaries and communities once lived in the old Cavusin Valley, now in ruins due to rockslides and erosion. Lunch in a local Restaurant. After lunch, visit Kaymakli Underground City almost 2,000 years ago, Christians carved their first churches into these rocks and ‘chimneys’ and earlier civilisations excavated huge underground cities, with ventilation systems, kitchens and housing for livestock as places of sanctuary against troubled times. Taste some Cappadocian wines in a local wine factory and drive to Ankara for your direct flight to Antalya. Arrive in Antalya and transfer to your Hotel. Dinner and Overnight in Antalya. (B/L/D)

Day 7: ANTALYA – PAMUKKALE (HIERAPOLIS)

After breakfast, drive to visit Perge which was the best example of a complete Roman City in the Pamphylian plain. It developed from a Hellenistic hilltop settlement to a proper Roman City. Then visit the Aspendos Theatre which is one of the largest ancient building in Anatolia. Lunch en route. After lunch, drive to Pamukkale. First, we will visit Laodicea, (Revelation 3:14-22) one of the seven churches of Asia Minor. The ruins are spread over a large area. Next, visit Hierápolis a cure center (founded around 190 BC by Eumenes II, king of Pergamum). Hierapolis is among the cities of the ancient world in which the grid-plan was applied. Overnight and Dinner at a Thermah Hotel in Pamukkale. (B/L/D)

Day 7: PAMUKKALE – IZMIR (SMYRNA)

After breakfast, drive to visit Philadelphia (One of the Seven Churches – Revelation 3:7-13), which was referred to as the ‘New Jerusalem’ in the Book of the Revelation, to visit the remains of the Cathedral there. Then visit Temple of Artemis a once magnificent building which was actually never completed. Today, only a few columns stand, but the temple’s plan is clearly visible and quite impressive. After lunch, drive to Sardis (another of the Seven Churches – Revelation 3:1-6). The ruins of Sardis are scattered throughout the valley, which lies beneath the striking ragged mountain range to the south. We will drive to Thyatira, (which is another of the Seven Churches Revelation -2:18-29). St Paul may have visited Thyatira in his missionary journey (Acts 19:10). Then, you will drive to Izmir. Visit the Church of St. Policarp the oldest church in ancient Smyrna (another of the Seven Churches - Revelation 2:8-11). Overnight and Dinner at Hotel in Izmir. (B/L/D)

Day 8: KUSADASI - EPHESUS & HOUSE of VIRGIN MARY

After breakfast, drive to Ephesus. First of all, visit the House of Virgin Mary, The House was discovered by Paul who based his search on a vision of a disabled German nun who described the house in detail to a German writer although she had never been to Ephesus. This site was officially declared a shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in 1896. Pope Paul VI visited the shrine in 1967. Then, visit the Ancient City of Ephesus, famous throughout the ancient world for its Temple of Artemis. You will see The Great Theatre, Celsus Library, Hadrian Temple and Terrace Houses (Villas) which are newly excavated and will be open for private viewing only. Lunch will be served at Artemis Restaurant which is an old school, located in a small Greek Village called Sirince.

After lunch, visit the Basilica of St.John, John and the Virgin Mary went to Ephesus between 42 and 48 AD and lived there. Then you will drive to Miletus. St.Paul’s visit to Miletus came at the end of his third journey. Overnight and Dinner at Kusadasi Hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 9: KUSADASI & PATMOS ISLAND

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the port for embarkation on your boat. You will sail from Kusadasi to Patmos, (approx 2 hrs) we will enjoy the blue waters of the Aegean. Lunch will be served on- board or in Patmos Island. Arrive in Patmos, the island known as the Apocalyptic Revelation of St John the Divine, written here during his exile from the Roman Empire. The cave where he lived is near the site of the Monastery of the Apocalypse. The Monastery of St John, built on one of the island’s highest points, houses priceless icons and manuscripts in its treasury. And the end of the tour, you will sail back to Kusadasi. Overnight and Dinner at Kusadasi Hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 10: PERGAMON – CANAKKALE

After breakfast check out from your hotel and drive Pergamon (one of the Seven Churches – Revelation 2:12-17). Here, you will visit Bergama Acropolis and the remains of Asclepion that belongs to Roman Empire times. Then, visit the Red Basilica which was built in the 2nd century A.D. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will visit Assos which is a beautiful coast town. St. Paul passed through Assos on his way between Alexandria Troas and Miletus at the end of his third missionary journey. From Assos he sent a message back to Carpus in Alexandira Troas asking him to forward his cloak and notebooks. His friends had taken a boat from Troas while St. Paul had traveled overland. He met them in Assos from where they sailed together across the ten kilometers to Mytilene. Visit Alexandria Troas. On St. Paul’s second journey he had wanted to go north into Bithynia, but instead he and his companion Timothy were deflected to the Aegean Coast. In the night a Macedonian appeared to Paul calling him you cross the Aegean to Neapolis and Philippi. This is noted as the inspiration and beginning of the spread of Christianity into Europe. Continue to visit Troy, the legendary city of Homeros. Overnight and Dinner at Hotel in Canakkale. (B/L/D)

Day 11: CANAKKALE - ISTANBUL

After breakfast, drive to Istanbul, arrive and have some free time at Grand Bazaar, afternoon at leisure. Farewell Dinner will be served at local fish restaurant in Taksim. Overnight at Hotel in Istanbul. (B/ D)

Day 12: ISTANBUL - DEPARTURE

After breakfast check out from your Hotel, and transfer to Istanbul Ataturk International Airport for your flight home. (B)
End of our services.

Including

 

Flight from Istanbul/Adana – Ankara/Antalya  
4/5 Stars Hotels Accommodation on HB basis
All arrival and departure Transfers from/to Hotel/Airport/Hotel
English Speaking Tour Guide throughout the itinerary
Transportation in A/C & non-smoking vehicle, bottled water provided
Entrance fees to the sites and museums and parks
Lunches
Boat fees to Patmos Island
Local Taxes and Service Charge

Excluding

Personal expenses
Tips to the Driver and Guide
Optional balloon tour in Cappadocia
Beverages with meals
Portrages at the Airport/Hotels
International Flight

NOTE:
* Itinerary can be customized upon request to suit your specific interest.
* Itinerary can be combined with 3 Days Gulet Cabin Charter Cruise