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ST. PAUL’S HOLY TRAIL FROM IZMIR
 
 
ST. PAUL’S HOLY TRAIL FROM IZMIR , Departing from İzmir
Main Category Biblical Tours
Duration : 14 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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Inclusive

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 10 Lunches and 13 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 & Domestic flights.

- Turkish Visa Fee (to be paid upon arrival)

- Any other service which is not mentioned above

Tour Itinerary

“ST. PAUL’S HOLY TRAIL FROM IZMIR”

Day 01 Arrive Izmir Airport – Smyrna (Ancient Agora )

Arrive Izmir. Meet and transfer to the hotel. Check in rooms and visit to Roman Agora, which was used as a square shaped market place during the Roman rule of the city. Overnight in Izmir. (D)

Day 02 Pergamum(Pergamon) – Sardis - Kusadasi

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 Kusadasi. (B,L,D)

Day 03 Ephesus – Kusadasi

Drive to 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) where St. Paul stayed a while, visit the ancient city, House of the Virgin Mary, the Basilica of St. John. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.(B,L,D)

Day 04 Kusadasi - Pamukkale (Hierapolis )

Drive to Pamukkale to see Hierapolis (Col 4:13),modern Pamukkale, where the martyrium of St. Philip the Apostle can be seen behind the Aphrodisias Tetrapylon theatre.Its hot springs have been used since used 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.Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.(B,L,D)

 Day 05 Pamukkale (Hierapolis ) – Antalya

Continue to Antalya and sightseeing in the city (Free time for strolling through the old harbor in Antalya in the afternoon), Turkey's principal holiday resort, is an attractive city with shady, palm-lined boulevards and a prize winning marina. Since its founding in the 2nd.C.BC by Attatos II, a king of Pergamon, who named the city Attaleia after himself. It was the chief port of Pamphylia, from which Paul and Barnabas sailed at the end of the first journey (Acts 14:26). Dinner and overnight in Antalya.(B,L,D)

Day 06 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 07 Antalya - Pisidian Antioch

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. Continue to Konya see the Mevlana Museum, which was the cloister of Mevlana, a great mystical philosopher of the 13th century, and Mevlevi, the Whirling Dervishes. Dinner and overnight in Konya. (B,L,D)

Day 08 Konya - Cappadocia

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 Cappadocia. (B,L,D)

 Day 09 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 10 Nigde – Tarsus – Antakya

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. Continue to Tasus (Acts 9:11; 9:30; 11:25; 21:39; 22:3) , the birthplace of St. Paul. Visit the new St. Paul Church and Paul’s Well. Dinner and overnight in Antakya. (B,L,D)

Day 11 Antioch

Full Day Tour to Antioch (Acts 11:19-27; 13:1; 14:26, 15:22-35, Gal. 2:11, II Tim. 3:11) . Visit St. Peter’s Church and the Mosaic Museum. Dinner and overnight in Antioch (Antakya). (B,L,D)

Day 12 Antakya(Antioch) Airport -  Fly to Istanbul Airport

Fly to İstanbul Airport. Meet and transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.(B,D)

 Day 13 Istanbul         

Full day Istanbul tour; the Roman Hippodrome Square, Blue Mosque with its beautiful blue tiles, St. Sophia Church, built by Constantine the Great and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, one of the worlds greatest architectural marvels and a designated World Heritage site, Topkapi Palace, the Imperial Residential Palace of the Ottoman sultans between the 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. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 14 Departure Day.

Transfer to Istanbul Airport for departure.End of our services.(B)

 
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