Tour Duration: 13 nights / 14 days
Days of Operation: Private Tour
Hotel's Class: 5, 4, 3 Stars Hotel or Tourist Class
Season: All Year
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
3 nights Istanbul, 1 night Bursa, 1 night Ayvalik, 2 nights Izmir, 2 nights Kusadasi
1 night Pamukkale, 2 nights Cappadocia, 1 night Antakya
Day 1: Istanbul.
Arrive Istanbul. Meet and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon orientation tour in Istanbul, if times permits (according to the arrival time). Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul.
St. Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, St. Irene and St. Chora Museum. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: Istanbul - Bursa.
Drive to Iznik (Nicea), the site of the First and Seventh Ecumenical Councils. Drive to Bursa,visit the Gren Mosque and the Green Mausoleum. Overnight in Bursa.
Day 4: Bursa - Troy - Ayvalik.
Continue to Canakkale, visit Gallipoli, Troy, Alexandra Troas where St. Paul met Luke. Overnight in Ayvalik.
Day 5: Pergamum - Thyatira - Izmir.
Depart to Pergamum, visit to Asclepion, the ancient hospital, the Acropolis, the Church at the site of Serapium (7C) and the Red Court dedicated to St. John. Then visit Akhisar, the site of ancient Thyatira (7C). Overnight in Izmir.
Day 6: Sardes-Philadelphia-Izmir.
Visit Sardes, the capital city of the ancient Kingdom of Lydia, visit the Church built on the foundations of the Temple of Artemis (7C). Continue to Alasehir, ancient Philadelphia (7C). Return to Izmir, visit St.Policarp Church (7C). Overnight in Izmir.
Day 7: Ephesus - Kusadasi.
Drive to Ephesus where St. Paul stayed a while,visit ancient city,House of the Virgin Mary, the Basilica of St. John (7C), continue to Miletos where St. Paul gave a speech to spread Christianity. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 8: Pamukkale - Hierapolis-Laodicea.
Complete the tour of Hierapolis, see the wonderful formation of stalactites in Pamukkale (Cotton Castle), the Roman Bath which later became a church, then visit Laodicea, one of the Seven Churches of the Revelation, continue to Kusadasi for overnight.
Day 9: Kusadasi - Patmos (Greek Island) - Kusadasi.
Daily tour to the Greek Island of Patmos by private boat. Visit the cave of Revelation and St. Johns Monastery. Return to Kusadasi for overnight.
Day 10: Aphrodisias - Laodicea Pamukkale.
Visit Aphrodisias, Laodicea (7C) and Hierapolis, overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 11: Pisidian Antioch - Iconium - Cappadocia.
Visit Pisidian Antioch, Konya (Iconium), the Mevlana Mosque and Mouseleum, proceed to Cappadocia for overnight..
Day 12: Cappadocia.
Visit Goreme, Zelve Valley, Underground City. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 13: Cappadocia - Tarsus - Antioch.
Depart to Tarsus, the birthplace of St. Paul, continue to Antakya (Biblical city of Antioch) where St. Paul and St. Barnabas stayed. Overnight in Antakya.
Day 13: Istanbul.
Transfer to Istanbul airport for departure.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
Did you know that 60% of the places mentioned in Bible are located in Turkey?
Besides two third of the New Testament are written to or from the churches in Turkey. We offer various alternatives to visit that places..
St. John the Theologian is author of the Book of Revelation, which includes letters to the seven churches of Asia Minor. The Seven Churches tours include visiting 7 churches:
Ephesus, Pergamon, Laodicea, Sardis, Thyatira, Smyrna, Philadelphia and some other sights f.e. in Istanbul.
St. Paul was one of the great missionaries born in 10CE in Taurus.
You can follow the routes of St. Paul through his missionary journeys...