Biblical Sites in Turkey Tours

Biblical Sites in Turkey Tours

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..

Seven Churches of Revelation Tours

Seven Churches of Revelation Tours

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.

Footsteps of St. Paul Tours

Footsteps of St. Paul Tours

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...

Biblical Sites in Turkey (12 Nights/13 Days)

Key Information
Tour Duration: 12 nights / 13 days Biblical Sites in Turkey
Days of Operation: Private Tour
Destination's: Turkey
Hotel's Class: 5, 4, 3 Stars Hotel or Tourist Class
Season: All Year
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes

*Overnight Place:
2 nights Istanbul, 3 nights Cappadocia, 1 night Antalya, 1 night Pamukkale, 2 nights Kusadasi
2 nights Izmir, 1 night Bursa.

Tour Itinerary:
Day 1: Istanbul.
Biblical Sites in Turkey - IstanbulArrive 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: Cappadocia.
Flight to Cappadocia-Kayseri Airport and drive to Hotel. Leisure Day.
Biblical Sites in Turkey - Cappadocia
Day 4: Cappadocia.
Full day exploring Cappadocia. Visit Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos, the pottery making town, the natural Citadel of Uchisar and the monastic Zelve Valley.

Day 5: Cappadocia.
Visit the Ihlara Valley including painted cave churches, Guzelyurt (Karballa), the birthplace of St. Gregory of Nazianzus and the underground city of Kaymakli. Return to hotel for overnight.

Day 6: Cappadocia - Konya - Antalya. Biblical Sites in Turkey - Antalya
Early departure to Konya. Visit the Mevlana Museum and the 13th century Whirling Dervish Monastery. After lunch, drive to Antalya.

Day 7: Demre - Hierapolis - Pamukkale.
Early departure to Demre, one of the six great cities of the Lycian civilization which was first settled in the 5th century B.C. The rock tombs, theater and Church of St. Nicholas commemorate the life and work of this Fourth Century Bishop. Saint Nicholas provided the dowries for three poor girls who would not have been able to marry otherwise, the beginning of our tradition of ChristmasBiblical Sites in Turkey - Pamukkale Hierapolis giving. Continue to Hierapolis, where we will visit the Martyrium of St. Philip amidst the sites extensive ruins. Overnight in Pamukkale.

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.
Today we will visit Saint John Basilica, Virgin Mary House and Temple of Artemis. Return to Biblical Sites in Turkey - EphesusKusadasi for overnight.

Day 10: Ephesus - Izmir.
Depart for Ephesus, cradle of the early Church.,ancient Ephesus, the Archaeological Museum, Dinner and overnight in Izmir.

Day 11: Sardes - Philadelphia - Izmir.
After Mass at the Church of St. Polycarp, travel to Sardes, the capital city city of the ancient Biblical Sites in Turkey - Sardeskingdom of Lydia, and the church which was built on the foundations of the Temple of Artemis. After traveling to Philadelphia, return to Izmir. Balance of the afternoon is free to explore the city and its ancient bazaar. Overnight in Izmir.

Day 12: Pergamum - Bursa.
Depart to Pergamum to see the Asclepion, the ancient hospital whose approach to medicine was remarkably modern, the Acropolis, the church at the site of ancient Serapium, and the Red Court dedicated to St. John. Continue to Bursa; visit the Green Mosque and the Green Mousoloum. Overnight in Bursa.

Day 13: Bursa - Nicea - Iznik - Istanbul. Biblical Sites in Turkey - Nicea
Drive to Iznik (ancient Nicaea) via the beautiful Iznik Lake road. Two ecumenical councils were held here: the First Ecumenical Council of 325 and the Seventh Ecumenical Council of 787. Visit the ruins of the St. Sophia Church where the Seventh Ecumenical Council was held. In the afternoon, drive to Istanbul, the only city in the world spanning two continents, transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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