DAY 1: Istanbul - Adana - Antioch: "Welcome to Turkey" Istanbul Ataturk airport, upon arrival we take our domestic part flight to Adana way. Taking 1 hrs flight time, Arrive to Adana. Meet with your tour guide and bus transfer to (Antioch) Antakya. Upon arrival our hotel we have briefing at our hotel. Dinner and overnight. (D)
DAY 2: Antioch - Seleucia Peria - Adana:
After breakfast todays visits to, drive through the Biblical city of
Antioch. This city was the headquarters of St. Paul's Missionary
Journeys. It was the third largest city of the Roman Empire rivaled only
by Rome and Alexandria. St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Barnabas and St.
Timothy all preached here. The New Testament Book of Acts of the
Apostles specifically declares that Jesus' followers were first called
Christians here. Visit the cave church where St. Peter first celebrated
mass. South of the church, the Iron Gate was one of the actual entrances
of Biblical Antioch. Strolling through the old part of the city, you
cannot help recalling that all the saints walked these old streets, for
little has changed since that time. Antioch also has a world-famous
museum of Roman mosaics. After lunch, drive to Seleucia Peria which is
mentioned in the New Testament as the port from which St. Paul and St.
Barnabas set sail for Anatolia on their first missionary journey (45-46
AD). Visit the Temple of Zeus to look from the temple for a bird's eye
view through to the first missionary harbour and then visit the famous
Titus water tunnel. Return to Adana and overnight. (B,D)
DAY 3: Adana - Tarsus - Cappadocia: After breakfast done we drive and arrive in Tarsus. Visit the birthplace of St. Paul (10 AD).
Drink from the well of the blessed water. Follows we have taking road through the beautiful Taurus Mountains
Highway. Drive through the unique landscapes of Cappadocia, a landscape of unusual rock formations called "Fairy Chimneys". Beginning in primitive times, inhabitants carved out soft volcanic rock to create underground dwellings that eventually grew to become entire cities. The early Christians even carved elaborate churches out of the porous rock. Transfer to hotel and overnight. (B,D)
DAY 4: Cappadocia - Konya: Full day exploring Cappadocia, the land of saints and early Christians (Five churches in Goreme open air museum - Uchisar Castle, Avanos, Red Valley, Kaymakli Underground city, churches etc). Around 5pm we depart to Konya where we arrive our hotel and ON (B,D)
DAY 5: Konya - Yalvac (Old Pisidian) - Pamukkale: Konya is one of Turkey's oldest continuously inhabited cities, known as Iconium in Roman times. Home of the whirling dervishes in the 13th century. Visit the Mevlana Mausoleum and his museum, he was the founder of the whirling dervishes. Depart to visit Pisidian Antioch. It was here that St. Paul changed world history by opening Christianity to the pagan world. Visit the church of St. Paul, the Roman bath, Temple of Augustus and Museum. The final destination however, is still more spectacular - the shimmering towers and "Cotton Castle" of Pamukkale where cascading water and hot springs flow into limestone basins. Transfer to hotel to enjoy a leisurely bath in the warm mineral waters of your hotel's pool. (B,D)
DAY 6: Pamukkale Laodicea - Philadelphia - Sardes, Kusadasi: Early morning visit to Pamukkale once known as the ancient Roman thermal city of Hierapolis. The Martyrium of St. Philip the Apostle is here. Touring the beautiful snow-white "frozen waterfalls" see the Roman thermal baths, theater, main streets, gates and Necropolis. Drive to Laodicea, visit the Church of Laodicea and ruins. Next, visit to Philadelphia (Alasehir) on our way finally we visit to Sardes (well know very rich Lydian city). Drive to Kusadasi, transfer to hotel and ON. (B,D)
DAY 7: Ephesus (Plane) - Istanbul: Drive to the unforgettable remains of Ephesus. Visit Ephesus and the church of the Virgin Mary. Nearby, visit The Virgin Mary's House, on a wooded hilltop where it was miraculously discovered. Finally, visit to St. John's Basilica, where, according to legend, he is buried. We have evening flight to Istanbul. Arrive to Istanbul, transfer to hotel. Dinner and ON. (B,L,D)
DAY 8: Istanbul Tours, Evening flight back to Home way: A full day of sightseeing in Istanbul, first St. Sophia Museum, built by Constantine the Great and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century. It is one of the World's greatest architectural marvels of all time and a designated World Heritage site. Visit the Blue Mosque with its beautiful blue tiles ; the Roman Hippodrome; the fabled Topkapi Museum, the imperial residential palace of the Ottoman sultans between 16th and 19th centuries and the oldest and largest of the remaining palaces in the world. Its displays include priceless world-class collections of jewelry, porcelain and costumes of the sultans. Lunch at Konyali Restaurant in the grounds of Topkapi Palace. A boat Cruise on Bosphorus begins from Dolmabahce Palace pier take a leisurely boat tour crossing under the Continental Bosphorus bridges, viewing the mosques, palaces, old traditional wooden villas and the beauty of the Asian and European shorelines on either side. Return to Istanbul. Visit the historical Grand Covered Bazaar, the most crowded shopping center in the world, with its 4000 shops and stalls, selling mostly gold and silver jewelry, copper and brass items, leather coats, carpets and other beautiful Turkish crafts. Evening, transfer to the Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your flight home. (B,L)
Tour Duration: 8 days - 7 Nights.
Tour Starts/Places to visit: Tour will be start from Adana and follows - Cappadocia - Tarsus - Antioch - Konya - Pamukkale - Ephesus - Istanbul.
Tour Dates: Tour can be organise years around. Must be booked 45 days ago.