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BIRTH OF CHRISTIANITY
 
 
BIRTH OF CHRISTIANITY , Departing from İstanbul
Main Category Biblical Tours
Duration : 16 Day
Note : Please contact us for the price of groups up to 5 and over 30 persons and the dates you prefer
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Included:

- 4 and 5 star and equivalent special category hotel accommodations.

- Sightseeing as per the itinerary

- All escorted transfers

- Tolls, parking fees, gasoline

- Daily breakfast and 12 Lunches and 14 Dinners  (B: breakfast, L: lunch,  D: dinner)

- Bible Oriented English speaking professional tour guide throughout the tour

- Transportation by private A/C bus with driver throughout the tour

- Entry fees to the sites & museums

- Service charges & local taxes

Pay Locally

 

Excluded:

- Lunches which is not mentioned and all drinks

- Dinners in restaurants specializing in local cuisine.

- Guide and driver tips.

- International flights.

- Istanbul-Antakya Domestic Flight

- Izmir – Istanbul Domestic Flight

- Turkish Visa Fee (to be paid at Istanbul airport upon arrival)

- Any other service which is not mentioned above

Tour Itinerary

 

“BIRTH OF CHRISTIANITY” 

Day 01 Istanbul.

Arrive Istanbul. Meet and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.(D)

Day 02 Istanbul.

Visit Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrome, and the Blue Mosque. Dinner in Kumkapi, the city’s fish market, and overnight in Istanbul. (B,D)

Day 03 Antakya

Morning flight to Antakya (ancient Antioch- Acts 11:19-27; 13:1; 14:26, 15:22-35, Gal. 2:11, II Tim. 3:11). Located near the mouth of the Orontes River, the city was one of the earliest centers of Christianity, serving as the headquarters of St. Paul for his missionary journeys between 47-55 A.D. Visit the Mosaic Museum and the Grotto of St. Peter, a cave church where St. Peter is believed to have preached and the new word, Christian, came into use. Dinner in town and overnight in Antakya. (B,L,D)

 Day 04 Tarsus

Visits to Titus Tunnel, Seleuceia ad Pierea, Antioch’s ancient port near Samandag, and the 6th century monastery of St. Simeon, Stylites the younger. Then on to Tarsus (Acts 9:11; 9:30; 11:25; 21:39; 22:3), the birth place of St. Paul. In Acts 21:39, Paul is proud of his city and says, “I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no ordinary city”. Dinner and overnight in Antakya. (B,L,D)

Day 05 Nigde - Cappadocia

Drive to Nigde and visit Eskigumus Monastery, one of the best preserved monastery complexes with an intact fresco of Mary depicted smiling with her infant Jesus. Then on to Derinkuyu, the deepest underground city with eight layers. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. (B,L,D)

Day 06 Cappadocia.

Full-day tour of Cappadocia (Acts 2:9, I Pet 1:1): Visits to the Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos, and Uchisar. A land of eerie beauty, the region was a Roman province and the refuge of persecuted Christians during the early days of the Roman Empire. Cappadocia is well known for its rock churches that date to the period of the persecution and for its underground cities, amazingly intricate systems of tunnels cut into mountains of rock. Dinner in town and overnight in Cappadocia. (B,L,D)

Day 07 Cappadocia-Konya.

Visit Ihlara Valley where there were more than one hundred churches once upon a time. Drive to Konya, ancient Iconium (Acts 13:51; 14:1-21; 16:2, II Tim. 3:11). Dinner and overnight in Konya. (B,L,D)

Day 08 Pisidian Antioch-Antalya.

Visit the Mevlana Museum, which was the cloister of Mevlana, a great mystical philosopher of the 13th century, and Mevlevi, the Whirling Dervishes. Drive to Yalvac and visit Pisidian Antioch (Acts 13:14; 14:19-21, I Tim. 3:11) where St. Paul addressed the congregation in a synagogue on the Sabbath, the first recorded sermon. The Synagogue was later converted into a basilica dedicated to St. Paul. Dinner and overnight in Antalya. (B,L,D)

Day 09 Perge-Aspendos-Antalya.

Perge colonnaded street Visits to Perge (Acts 13:13-14; 14:25) and Aspendos. In Perge, the apostles Paul and Barnabas began their first missionary journey in Asia Minor. Its most notable remains include a theater, a stadium, two basilicas and an agora. It was renowned for its schools of sculpture during the Roman period. The ancient Pamphylian city of Aspendos is noted for its Roman ruins, including an aqueduct and a Roman theater, possibly the finest in the world, which is carved out of the northeast flank of a hill. Free time for strolling through the old harbor in Antalya in the afternoon. Dinner in town and overnight in Antalya. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Pamukkale.

Visit the Antalya Archaeological Museum, where a rich collection of artifacts from the vicinity, ranging from the upper Paleolithic period to Ottoman times, offers a glimpse of the area’s rich history. Drive to Pamukkale and visit Laodiceia, known for its “lukewarm” people, like the water of the city, and Colossae, mentioned by Paul in his letter. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale. (B,L,D)

Day 11 Hierapolis-Pamukkale.

 Visit Hierapolis (Col 4:13), modern Pamukkale, where the Martyrium of St. Philip the Apostle can be seen behind the Aphrodisias Tetrapylon theater. Its hot springs have been used since Roman times for their therapeutic powers. The build-up over thousands of years of mineral deposits has created fantastic formations of white stalactite, cataracts, and basins. Then on to Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite, and her temple which was converted into a basilica. Dinner and overnight  in Pamukkale. (B,L,D)

 Day 12 Sardis - Pergamum(Pergamon)

Drive to Bergama (Pargamum Rev. 1:11; 2:12) visiting three of the Seven Churches - Thyatira, Sardis (Rev. 1:11; 3:1-4), and Philadelphia - from the Book of Revelation. Sardis, where the first coins were minted, was the capital of the Lydian Empire and the city of King Croesos. Dinner and overnight in Izmir. (B,L,D)

Day 13 Pergamum-Smyrna(Rev. 1:11; 2:8)-Kusadasi.

Leave for Pergamon. Visit the Acropolis with the steepest theater of the ancient world and the Temple of Trajan.. It is also considered as one of the Seven Churches of the Revelation. Continue to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 14 Ephesus-Kusadasi.

Visit Ephesus (Acts 18:19-24; 19:1-35; 20:16-17; 21:29, 1 Cor. 15:32; 16:8, I Tim. 1:3 II Tim. 1:18; 4:12, Rev. 1:11, 2:1) and environs. Sites include the Museum, the Temple of Artemis, the Basilica of St. John, and the Church of the Virgin Mary. St. John preached and lived in Ephesus. It is believed that he brought the Virgin Mary to Ephesus after the crucifixion of Christ and that she spent her last days in the small house that was built for her on Mt. Koressos (Bulbuldagi). Dinner in town, overnight in Kusadasi. (B,L,D)

Day 15 Istanbul

Drive to Izmir for morning flight to Istanbul. Visit the Church of Holy Saviour (Chora), housing the best examples of mosaics and frescos in Byzantine Christian art. Free time at the Grand Bazaar. Dinner on your own, overnight in Istanbul. (B)

Day 16 Departure Day.

Transfer to airport for return flight

 

 
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