DAY 1: Ankara: "Welcome to Turkey", The capital city of Modern Turkey. Meet at the airport after clearing passport control, transfer to your hotel. Before dinner, a mini "Welcome Briefing". (D)
DAY 2: Ankara Cappadocia: leave from hotel at 09:00am in the morning, a city tour of Ankara. First, visit the Temple of Augustus, built by the Galatian King Pylamenes in 10 AD. The Galatians were a Celtic race who were the first to make Ankara their capital (3rd century BC). It was then known as Ancyra, meaning "Anchor", which is one of the oldest words in the language of the sea-loving Celts. "Monument Ancyranum" is the sole surviving political testament of Augustus, detailing his achievements, which are inscribed on its walls. In the fifth century, the temple was converted to a church by the Byzantines. Visit the museum of Anatolian Civilizations with its display of Hittite treasures, lastly, visit the impressive Mausoleum of Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey. 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 3: Cappadocia: 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). (B,D)
DAY 4: Cappadocia - Tarsus - Adana: Leave from Cappadocia, drive to Tarsus, on the way visit Eski Gumus Monastery, one of the finest in Cappadocia. Drive through the beautiful Taurus Mountains Highway. Arrive in Tarsus. Visit the birthplace of St. Paul (10 AD). Drink from the well of the blessed water. Drive to Adana, transfer to hotel and overnight. (B,D)
DAY 5: Adana - Antakya - 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 6: Adana Konya: In the morning drive to Konya via Karapinar. On the way, visit the most scenic natural monument Meke Crater Lake. Arrive in Konya, transfer to hotel. 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. Then visit the Karatay tile museum and monumental Ince Minareli Medrese Gate. Return to hotel and overnight. (B,D)
DAY 7: Konya - Pisidian Antioch - Pamukkale: In the morning, drive to 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 8: Pamukkale Izmir: 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 Mount Honaz National Park and the Biblical site of Colossae. After lunch, drive to Izmir, transfer to hotel and ON. (B,L)
DAY 9: Izmir - Ephesus Izmir Izmir also known, the "Pearl of the Aegean". Visit the church of St. Policarp, the oldest church in ancient Smyrna, it symbolized the community of the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse. Next visit Alexander the Great's "Velvet Castle" overlooking the Bay of Izmir. 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. Return to Izmir and ON. (B,L)
DAY 10: Izmir - Akhisar Bursa: Drive to Akhisar via Manisa, ancient Thyatira. Visit the church of Thyatira then drive to Bursa, first capital of the Ottoman Empire. Arrive in Bursa, transfer to hotel. You might like to spend the remainder of the day shopping at Bursa's colorful covered silk bazaar. In the evening you have an opportunity to take a "Turkish Bath" at your hotel's hot spring baths. (B,D)
DAY 11: Bursa - Iznik Istanbul: Visit the lovely Green Ottoman complex and the Grand Mosque then drive to Iznik (Ancient Nicaea) via the beautiful Iznik lake road. The importance of Nicaea in Christian history is in the two ecumenical councils 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, arrive in Istanbul, the only city in the world spanning two continents, transfer to hotel and ON. (B,D)
DAY 12: Istanbul: 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. Overnight in Istanbul. For a taste of Turkish night life, why not join an optional dinner and enjoy an evening of Turkish folk dancing and entertainment. (B,L)
DAY 13: Istanbul: In the morning, first visit the impressive Dolmabahce palace on the Bosphorus. Witness the grandeur of the centuries old palace where Ataturk, the founder of Modern Turkey, died. From Dolmabahce 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. Return to hotel. This evening we gather for a farewell dinner. (B,D)
DAY 14: Istanbul - End of Tour: After breakfast, transfer to the Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your flight home. (B)
Tour Duration: 14 days - 13 Nights.
Tour Starts/Places to visit: Tour will be start from Ankara and follows - Cappadocia - Tarsus - Antioch - Konya - Pamukkale - Ephesus - Bursa - Iznik and will be end in istanbul.
Tour Dates: Tour can be organise years around. Must be booked 45 days ago.