The Beaten Path Of St. Paul


 

THE BEATEN PATH OF ST. PAUL
ANKARA(1)- CAPPADOCCIA (2)- ADANA (2)-KONYA (1)-HIERAPOLIS (1)- IZMIR (2)-EPHESUS-BURSA (1)-IZNIK-ISTANBUL (3)

14 DAYS-13 NIGHTS

This is a tentative program and will be customized and quoted acording your groups requirements..


Day 1 /ANKARA
Pick up from Ankara Esenboğa Airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Ankara.
      
Day 2 / ANKARA - CAPPADOCCIA
Visit the Museum of Ancient Civilisations of Anatolia. The most beautiful museum in Turkey. Often referred as the 'Hitite' museum. Drive to Cappadocia. Lunch enroute, visit Kaymaklı
Underground city. Overnight in Cappadoccia. (B,L,D)
      
Day 3  / CAPPADOCCIA
Full day trip of Cappadocia and shopping. Trip containing Uchisar. Goreme oper-air museum which is full of 10-11th.century monasteries carved into the volcanic ashes with frescoes on the walls of the scenes from the Bible. Later visit Avanos. The pottery centre of Turkey for thousands of years. Overnight in Cappadoccia (B,L,D)
      
Day 4  / CAPPADOCCIA - ADANA
Drive to Tarsus. Over Taurus mountain range which spans E/W direction along the Mediterranian coast of Turkey. Scenic drive. Arrive in Tarsus and see 'The Well of Blessed Water' where St.Paul was born (10th.century). Drive to Adana. Overnight in Adana . (B,L,D)
      
Day 5 / ADANA - ANCIENT ANTIOCH
Drive through the Biblical Antioch. St.Paul held the city as the beginning point of his journey. St.Peter, St. Paul, St. Barnabas and St. Timothy have preached in this city. Follewers of Jesus were first called 'Christians' in this city. St.Peters cave-church where he first celebrated mass will be visited. One of the enterences to Biblical Antioch to the South of the church will be seen. The largest Mosaic Museum in Turkey. Drive to Seleucia Peria. The city Hosted the beginning of both St. Paul, St.Barnabas's missionary journey for Anatolia (45-46 A.D) See the also new testament mentioned port where they sailed off. Visit the temple of Zeus. Visit famous Titus Tunell. Return to Adana and overnight. (B,L,D)
      
Day 6  /ADANA - KONYA
Visit Mevlana Museum. Center for the Whirling dervishes. See the beaitiful Turkish Islamic Art of the Former capital of the Selcuk (Seljuch) Turkish Empire. The first state Turks established in Asia minor.
Overnight in Konya (B,L,D)
      
Day 7 / KONYA - PAMUKKALE
Drive to Psidian Antioch visit the site. See the church of St.Paul, Roman Bath, Temple and museum.
Drive to Pamukkale. Overnight in Pamukkale (B,L,D)
      
Day 8  / PAMUKKALE - İZMİR
Visit Hierapolis. Roman city, thermal baths, Pamukkale. Referred as the 'Cotton Castle', the
Cascades. Martydrom of St.Philip the apostle. Laodicea and Philedelpia (7 church ) .
Drive to İzmir. Overnight in İzmir.
      
Day 9 /  İZMİR - EPHESUS - İZMİR
Visit the church of St.Policarp of İzmir. Drive to Ephesus and visit Mary's house.Ephesus, which happens to be one of the seven churches of Revelations. St.John's Basilica,Local museum. Shopping for local art. Drive to İzmir. Overnight in İzmir. (B,L,D)
      
Day 10 / İZMİR - BURSA

Drive to Akhisar, anicent Thyatira, one of the seven churches of Revelations. Visit and drive to Bursa. Visit the slik cacoon market establihed 15th. century. Overnight in Bursa (B,L,D)
      
Day 11 / BURSA-İZNİK-İSTANBUL
Visit green mosque, green tomb which are early example of Turkish Islamic architecture. Drive to Ancient Nicea. Where the first Ecumenical Counsil (787AD) was held and visit the St.Sophia church that the seventh ecumenical counsil took place. Drive to İstanbul. Overnight in İstanbul (B,L,D)
      
Day 12 / İSTANBUL
Full day visit of İstanbul. Inculiding St.Sophia Museum, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque. Covered Bazaar.
      
Day 13  / İSTANBUL

Optional tours available upon request.
      
Day 14  : Transfer to the airport

TOUR PRICE: RATES WILL BE GIVEN UPON REQUEST