Day 1 Arrival at Istanbul and
flight to Adana with Turkish Airlines. Transfer to the hotel for dinner and
Day 2 Full day excursion to Antakya (Biblical Antioch), the headquarters of
St. Pauls Missionary Journeys. Visits to St. Peters grotto and the famous mosaics
museum. Return to Adana for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3 Drive from Adana to Konya.
Visit to Tarsus, the birth place of
St.Paul, the Gate of Cleopatra and St. Pauls well. Arrival at Konya in the afternoon
and a short sightseeing tour of Konya including the Mausoleum of
Mevlana, the founder of the sect of the whirling dervishes, the Karatay
Medrese(theological college), the Alaaddin mosque, etc. Dinner and overnight
stay in Konya.
Day 4 Departure from the hotel in the morning.
Drive to Antalya via Yalvac (ancient Psidian
Antioch.) Arrival in Antalya in the afternoon.A short sightseeing tour including
the gate of Hadrian and the Archaeological Museum. Dinner and overnight
Day 5 Full day excursion to Perge, Aspendos and Side (three ancient towns of
Greco Roman civilizations). Return to Antalya for dinner and overnight
Day 6 Departure from the hotel in the morning
and noon time arrival at Pamukkale, the spa center
with its beautiful white travertines. Visit to ancient Hierapolis in
the afternoon which is in walking distance from your hotel. Dinner and overnight
stay at a nice hotel with a hot spring swimming pool.
Day 7 Departure from the hotel in the morning
to Kusadasi , a summer resort at the Aegean coast. Visits to Laodicea, one of the seven churches, and Aphrodisias,
another one of the Greco-Roman towns. Dinner and overnight stay in Kusadasi.
Day 8 Morning excursion to Priene, Miletus and Didyma. Priene and Miletus
are two cities of the Hellenistic era. At Didyma you will admire the
Apollo of the 2nd Century B.C.
In the afternoon, visits to the famous ruins of Ephesus with its marble streets,
temples, agoras, etc., the House of Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St. John.
Arrival at Izmir for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 9 Full day excursion to Sardes and
Philadelphia, two of the seven
churches of Revelation. In Sardes , you will see a Roman gymnasium with a
synagogue in its courtyard and the temple of Artemis. In Philadelphia, visit to the
city walls and frescoes on the arches of an early Christian church. You will
return to Izmir for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 10 Departure from the hotel after breakfast.
Visits to Thyatira and Pergamon where you will
cover two more of the seven churches. Especially in Pergamon, you will see
Acropolis, the ancient hospital, the Archaeological Museum and the Temple of Serapis.
Arrival at Ayvalik for dinner and overnight stay at a seaside hotel.
Day 11 Departure from the hotel in the morning.
Arrival at Canakkale , a town at the Dardanelles. Visits to Assos and Alexander Troas, the two places visited by St.Paul
and the famous ruins of Troy. Dinner and overnight stay in Canakkale.
Day 12 Departure from the hotel in the morning
and crossing of the Dardanelles by a ferry from Asia
to Europe. Lunch on the European side of the Dardanelles. Drive to Istanbul for
dinner and overnight stay.
Day 13 Bosphorus cruise in the morning
along the Rumelihisar fortress, fishing villages etc. Visits to the Topkapi
Palace with its Treasury, China Collection and the Harem section and also to
the Mosque of Suleymaniye (Soliman the
Magnificent) and the Grand Covered Bazaar. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 14 Transfer to the airport for the departure
flight in the morning. End of our