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In the footsteps of St. Paul tour will take you back in time to the age of early Christendom when Turkey was the sight of many Biblical events. Visit many of Turkey's most famous sights and monuments. Discover the sacred sites of the Seven Churches of the gospel and much more.
Itinerary:
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Day 1: Arrival Istanbul

Your guide will meet and assist you at Istanbul Airport. Then they will escort you to the hotel. Check into your room and enjoy an afternoon free to relax or explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2: Istanbul Old City

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up for a tour of the Old City of Istanbul. Visit the Topkapi Palace, including treasury section, the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. In the afternoon you will have free time in Grand Bazaar with its 3,500 shops.  Return to your hotel and overnight in Istanbul.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Ankara

After breakfast at your hotel, drive to the capital of Turkey, Ankara. Visit the Anatolian Civilization Museum, the Temple of Augustus and Ataturk's Mausoleum. Drive to your hotel for dinner and overnight in Ankara.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Ankara - Cappadocia

After breakfast at your hotel, continue to Cappadocia with a rest stop in Aksaray before a short continuing to Ihlara valley to see impressive Byzantine rock carvings and frescoes. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Cappadocia

Enjoy a full day excursion to Cappadocia to see the surreal landscapes that make these region famous, the spectacular red rock cones and troglodyte churches and homes dating from 4000 BC. Visit Uchisar, Goreme and Zelve, then Avanos to visit one of its famous pottery workshops. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Tarsus - Adana

After breakfast at your hotel, visit Kaymakli, an underground city carved into the rock. Then drive to Tarsus, the birthplace of St. Paul. See St. Paul's Well, Cleopatra's Gate and the ancient city. It was near here that a the great fish of the Bible was said to have spit Jonas upon dry land next to Adana. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight Adana.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Antakya (Antioch) - Mersin

After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a full day excursion to Antakya (Antioch). Jesus' followers were first called Christians here (in Acts 11:26). Peter, Paul and Barnabas preached here. Visit St. Peter's Grotto and the exquisite Mosaic Museum. View the old city of Iskenderun before returning to Mersin for dinner and an overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Anamur - Alanya

After breakfast, depart westward along the Mediterranean shoreline, a famous coastal road. Take a lunch break in Anamur. See the city of the Monophystie Archbishop of Seleucia. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight in Alanya
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Antalya

After breakfast, continue to the ancient city of Side, the old port where Paul, Barnabas and Mark landed during their missionary journeys. Later they sailed from here to Antioch. Then visit Perge where St. Paul preached when arriving from Cyprus (Acts 13-14) and to Aspendos with its magnificent theater. Next drive to Antalya for dinner and an overnight stay. 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Pamukkale

After breakfast, proceed to Laodicea which was condemned by St. John in Acts (4:15). Drive to Hierapolis, now called Pamukkale, where St. Philip was martyred in the 1st century AD. Walk to the Necropolis and famous Avenue of Tombs. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Philadelphia - Sardes - Kusadasi

After breakfast, visit one of the seven churches of the gospels and the remains of the Cathedral. Continue to Alashehir to visit the remains of a church. Visit the capital of the ancient Lydia with the Temple of the Cybele and Diana which became later a church. Continue to Kusadasi. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Ephesus - Kusadasi

After breakfast, drive to Selcuk. Visit the monastery of St. John and Ephesus, the best preserved ancient city in the Turkey. See the Library of Celsius, the stadium where Paul preached (Acts 19), and the theatre. Return to Kusadasi for dinner and an overnight stay. 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Izmir (Smyrna) - Pergamum

After breakfast, drive to Izmir (ancient Smyrna). Visit the St. Policarp church in Izmir then continue to Akhisar, an ancient trading post that connected Troy and Sardes. Visit Bergama (Pergamum) and its acropolis high above the plain. See the pagan temples and Altar of Zeus, which made the city famous. Drive to your hotel for dinner and stay vernight in Pergamum.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14: Pergamum - Nicea - Istanbul

After breakfast, there will be a long drive to Istanbul through Iznik (Nicea) where the Nicean Creed was formed. Check into your hotel and overnight in Istanbul.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15: Final Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for final departure.
Meals: Breakfast
What's Included:
  • Meet and greet service at the airport
  • All transfers by an air-conditioned coach
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Istanbul including breakfast
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Ankara based on half board
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Cappadocia based on half board
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Adana based on half board
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Mersin based on half board
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Alanya based on half board
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Antalya based on half board
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Pamukkale based on half board
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Kusadasi based on half board
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Pergamum based on half board
  • All sightseeing tours as mentioned aboveEntrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary
  • English-speaking tour guide during the tour
  • Meals as mentioned in the above itinerary
  • All service charges and taxes
What's Excluded:
  • International airfare
  • Turkey entry visa
  • Any optional tours
  • Personal spending
  • Tipping
Prices per Person
Accomodation Plan (4* hotel)
 Price Per Person
Double $ 8300
  • Please note that single room occupancy is applied for those coming with other and prefer single occupancy.
  • The price is valid all the year except during Christmas & New Year.
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Best Time to Visit Turkey
Spring and autumn are the ideal times to visit Istanbul and the inland regions. The Aegean and Mediterranean coasts are typically like the Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers. As you travel further east in Turkey the extremes in climate become more pronounced with very hot and dry summers reaching highs of 40°C and bitterly cold winters with heavy snowfall.
Flying to Turkey
Istanbul for comfort and quality – Turkish Airlines & Delta Airlines (Daily and Scheduled Airlines only)
Flying Time
09 hours 30 minutes direct from New York
10 hours direct from Washington
Time Difference
Standard Time = GMT+2 hours
Summer Time = GMT+3 hours
Visas
Required - obtainable an e-Visa online by your credit or debit card before you travel costs $20 or on arrival
Health Requirements
Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip includes measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot
Clothing
Most citizens of Turkey are Muslims, but Turkish society is secular and modern, so European dress styles prevail. For your holiday in Turkey, dress the same as you wear in your country
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