Tour Duration: 12 nights / 13 days
Days of Operation: Private Tour
Hotel's Class: 5, 4, 3 Stars Hotel or Tourist Class
Season: All Years 2021
Scheduled / Operates on: Jan 1st 2021 - Dec 31st 2021. All years Biblical Tours Turkey
Domestic Flight Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: Yes
2 nights Istanbul, 3 nights Cappadocia, 1 night Antalya, 1 night Pamukkale, 2 nights Kusadasi
2 nights Izmir, 1 night Bursa.
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. Including: Breakfast
Day 3: Cappadocia.
Flight to Cappadocia-Kayseri Airport and drive to Hotel. Leisure Day. Including: Breakfast / Dinner
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. Including: Breakfast / Dinner
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. Including: Breakfast / Dinner
Day 6: Cappadocia - Konya - Antalya.
Early departure to Konya. Visit the Mevlana Museum and the 13th century Whirling Dervish Monastery. After lunch, drive to Antalya. Including: Breakfast / Dinner
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 Christmas giving. Continue to Hierapolis, where we will visit the Martyrium of St. Philip amidst the sites extensive ruins. Overnight in Pamukkale. Including: Breakfast / Dinner
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. Including: Breakfast / Dinner
Day 9: Kusadasi.
Today we will visit Saint John Basilica, Virgin Mary House and Temple of Artemis. Return to Kusadasi for overnight. Including: Breakfast / Dinner
Day 10: Ephesus - Izmir.
Depart for Ephesus, cradle of the early Church.,ancient Ephesus, the Archaeological Museum, Dinner and overnight in Izmir. Including: Breakfast / Dinner
Day 11: Sardes - Philadelphia - Izmir.
After Mass at the Church of St. Polycarp, travel to Sardes, the capital city city of the ancient kingdom 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. Including: Breakfast / Dinner
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. Including: Breakfast / Dinner
Day 13: Bursa - Nicea - Iznik - Istanbul.
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. Including: Breakfast
- Travel Insurance.
- 12 Nights, 4 Star or 5 Star Hotel Accommodation including breakfast and Dinner.
- All sightseeing tours as described in the itinerary.
- 1 Domestic Flight Ticket from Istanbul to Kayseri Cappadocia.
- All Entrance Fees.
- All admission fees to the visited sites.
- Biblical expert English speaking professional tour guide.
- All meals as stated in the itinerary. Breakfast and Dinner.
- Transportation with New brand Mercedes Luxury Van.
- All Taxes and service fees.
- Any tips to guide.
- Driver or staff at hotels.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast) and medical services.
- Travel Insurance.