In the Steps of St. Paul Christian Itinerary Turkey 2013

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and all the members of God’s family who are with me, To the churches of Galatia:
Galatians 1:2


15 Nights

Departure Day : Saturday Start City : Ankara End City : Istanbul

We skillfully customize itineraries based on your group’s size and interests Paul of Tarsus, an extremely active missionary in his day, spent most of his Christian life traveling. The majority of his journeys occurred in the Roman provinces of Asia Minor, Turkey.

Paul of Tarsus, an extremely active missionary in his day, spent most of his Christian life traveling. The majority of his journeys occurred in the Roman provinces of Asia Minor, the lands of present-day Turkey.

On this comprehensive tour, you follow in his footsteps and visit most of the places where he preached. You will better understand the Christian communities mentioned in St. John’s Book of Revelation as you investigate the Seven Churchs of Asia Minor: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.

Ankara - Cappadocia - Tarsus - Mersin - Antakya - Konya - Antalya - Side - Perge - Aspendos - Aphrodisias - Pamukkale - Sardis - Izmir - Ephesus - Bursa - Iznik - Istanbul

Included
o Arrival and departure transfers
o Transportation by air-conditioned vehicles
o Accommodation in shared twin rooms at specified or similar hotels.
o Admittance fees to the museums specified in the itinerary
o Daily breakfast, 14 lunches (mostly in small, quaint Turkish restaurants near the sites). 15 dinners at buffet style or set menus depending on restaurants.
o RATES Land only rates do not include international or domestic flights.

Not Included
o International airfare.
o Unmentioned services in above itinerary.
o Personal expenses and beverages.
o Visa fee.
o Gratuities for the guide and the driver.
o Travel insurance.

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In the Steps of St. Paul Christian Itinerary Turkey 2013

  1. 1. DAY 1 FRI Board your overnight flight toTurkey from USA.DAY 2 SAT Arrival in Ankara Upon arrival, meetTurkeyVision representative and transfer toyour hotel. Enjoy the Welcome Dinner.Overnight at hotel • MEALS DDAY 3 SUN Ankara > Cappadocia (184 mi)Explore The Museum of Anatolian Civilizationswith its rich collection from the Hittite, Greek,Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, and Ottomanperiods. Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, thefather of modern Turkey. After lunch, drivealong the Salt Lake into the heart of centralAnatolia to the volcanic region of Cappadocia.Cappadocia © Izzet KeribarPaul of Tarsus, an extremely activemissionary in his day, spent most of hisChristian life traveling. The majority of hisjourneys occurred in the Roman provinces ofAsia Minor, the lands of present-day Turkey.On this comprehensive tour, you follow in hisfootsteps and visit most of the places wherehe preached. You will better understand theChristian communities mentioned in St.John’s Book of Revelation as you investigatethe Seven Churchs of Asia Minor: Ephesus,Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis,Philadelphia, and Laodicea.In the Steps of St. Paul42 F O R M O R E U P - T O - D A T E I N F O R M A T I O N P L E A S E V I S I T W W W . T U R K E Y V I S I O N . C O MEn route, stop at Agzikarahan (13th c.Seljuk caravanserai). Dinner and overnightat hotel. • MEALS BLDDAY 4 MON Cappadocia (50 mi) Take a fullday to discover Cappadocia. Visit theGoreme Valley, an open-air museum withrock-hewn churches (7th-13th c.) adornedwith biblical frescoes. At a handicraftcenter, learn about the arts of rural Turkeyand watch a demonstration on hand-maderugs. Marvel at the cave-dwellings and fairychimneys of the Avcilar Valley and theKiliçlar Valley. Dinner and overnight athotel. • MEALS BLDDAY 5 TUE Cappadocia > Tarsus > Mersin(173 mi) Tour an Underground City, a multi-level labyrinth for protection duringinvasions. Continue south to Tarsus,birthplace of the Jew named Saul. Tour St.Paul’s Church (site of the 1992-93Symposium and Ceremony) and sip holywater from the well. Admire the Ulu CamiMosque, as well as the Eski Cami Mosque.See Cleopatra’s Gate, where she enteredthe city, and note that her alliance withMark Anthony against Octavian occurred inTarsus. Continue to Mersin. Dinner andovernight at hotel. • MEALS BLDDAY 6 WED Mersin > Antakya >Mersin (340 mi) Drive through the Plain ofIssus (Dortyol) to Antakya (ancient Antioch).In this cradle of Christianity, see wherePeter allegedly first celebrated Mass, theGrotto of St. Peter, and revere this place ofpilgrimage. Admire the ancient treasures ofthe Mosaic Museum. Continue to Seleuciaof Pieria, Antioch’s ancient seaport, fromwhich Paul and Barnabas set sail on theirfirst journey. Dinner and overnight at hotel.• MEALS BLDDAY 7 THU Mersin > Konya (211 mi)In the morning, stop at Kanlidivane (ancientKanytelis). Near Silifke, visit Ayatekla(Meryemlik) to see the remains of a 5th c.church honoring the first female martyr, St.Tekla. Then discover the site of the AlahanMonastery. After lunch, drive to Manazan, aByzantine monastery carved into the rockyhillside. Continue to Lystra, another Vatican-designated place of pilgrimage. Proceed toKonya. Dinner and overnight at hotel.• MEALS BLDDAY 8 FRI Konya > Antalya (237 mi)In Konya (ancient Iconium), visit the Museumof Mevlana honoring the famous mystic poetand founder of the Sufi Order of the WhirlingDervishes. Tour the Medrese of Karatay andthe Mosque of Aladdin. Enjoy lunch besidelovely Lake Beysehir. In Yalvac, visit theArchaeological Museum, as well as the siteof Antioch of Pisidia. Drive to Antalya.Dinner and overnight at hotel. • MEALS BLDDAY 9 SAT Antalya > Demre > Antalya(180 mi) Drive to the ancient port city ofPhaselis, surrounded by a pine forest.Continue to Myra, where Paul sailed toRome, to admire Lycian rock-cut tombsoverlooking the Roman theatre. In the citywhere the legend of Santa Claus began,Demre, visit the Church of St. Nicholas builtover the tomb of the martyred bishop ofMyra. After lunch, ride a motorboat onKekova Bay to view the ruins of the SunkenCity through the crystal-clear water.At Simena, photograph Lycian sarcophagiemerging from the sea, symbol of thepicturesque village of Kalekoy. Dinner andovernight at hotel. • MEALS BLDDAY 10 SUN Antalya > Side > Perge >Aspendos > Antalya (94 mi) Drive toAspendos, a treasure with the world’s best-preserved Roman Theater (2nd c.). Afterlunch, explore Perge, a spectacular Greco-Roman city visited by St. Paul on his firstmissionary journey. Tour the classical ruinsof Side. Return to Antalya to stroll thenarrow streets of the picturesque old townChurch of St. Nicholas, Myra
  2. 2. (Kaleici) with its wooden housesoverlooking the marina. Dinner andovernight at hotel. • MEALS BLDDAY 11 MON Antalya > Aphrodisias >Pamukkale (220 mi) Drive to Aphrodisias,the ancient site dedicated to the goddess ofbeauty, love, and fertility. AppreciateAnatolia’s best-preserved stadium. At thissite which drew artisans to its school ofsculpture, enjoy the Temple of Aphrodite,the Tetrapylon, and the Theatre. Afterlunch, admire the unreal landscape at the"Cotton Castle” of Pamukkale with its whiteterraces of limestone deposited by thermalwaters through the ages. Visit the ancientcity of Hierapolis, where Philip wasmartyred. Dinner and overnight at hotel.• MEALS BLDDAY 12 TUE Pamukkale > Laodicea >Philadelphia > Sardis > Izmir (139 mi)Visualize four of Revelation’s SevenChurches today. In the morning, exploreLaodicea, which formed a triad with theneighboring cities of Hierapolis andColossae. Continue to Philadelphia to tourthe remains of the church named after St.John. Enjoy lunch in Sardis and explore theremains of the capital of ancient Lydia.Proceed to Izmir, ancient Smyrna, to visitthe Church of Polycarp. Stroll along thewaterfront and enjoy dinner there.Overnight at hotel. • MEALS BLDDAY 13 WED Izmir > Ephesus > Izmir(110 mi) Discover one of the world’s bestplaces to visualize an ancient Roman city,Ephesus, site of another of the apocalypticchurches. View the remains of the Templeof Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of theAncient World. Visit the House of the VirginMary, a place of pilgrimage. Enjoy lunch inSirince, a charming village. Return toEphesus to tour the Basilica of St. John withits tomb and museum. Dinner and overnightat hotel. • MEALS BLDDAY 14 THU Izmir > Thyatira >Pergamum > Bursa (260 mi) Envision twomore of the Seven Churches today. TourThyatira, a center for the indigo trade,where Paul allegedly visited. Drive toPergamum to explore this ancient citywhere parchment was invented. Ride acable car to the upper city to take in theruins of the Acropolis. In the lower city,explore the Asclepion, a sanctuary andhealing center dedicated to the god ofhealing, Asclepius. In the Red Courtyard,see the remains of a church dedicated to St.John. Drive to Bursa. Dinner and overnightat hotel. • MEALS BLDDAY 15 FRI Bursa > Iznik > Istanbul(171 mi) Explore Bursa, first capital of theOttomans (1326-1364). Visit the GreenMosque and the Green Mausoleum, as wellas the Tombs of the Sultans, the SilkBazaar, and the Great Mosque (Ulu Cami)with its 20 domes. After lunch, drive toIznik, ancient Nicaea, site of twoecumenical councils in the Byzantine era.Continue to Istanbul. Dinner and overnightat hotel. • MEALS BLDDAY 16 SAT Istanbul Explore the BlueMosque, recognizable by its six minarets.Visit the Hippodrome, where political,cultural, and athletic activities took placeduring Roman, Byzantine, and Ottomantimes. Tour the imposing Hagia Sophia,which marked the apogee of ByzantineEmperor Justinians reign. Marvel attreasure-filled Topkapi Palace (15th -19thc. residence of the Ottoman sultans) with itsterraces overlooking the Marmara Sea, theBosphorus, and the Golden Horn. End theday at the historic Grand Bazaar. Enjoy aFarewell Dinner. Overnight at hotel.• MEALS BLDDAY 17 SUN Departure Transfer to airportfor your return flight. • MEALS BSunken City Simena, Antalya © Izzet KeribarF O R M O R E U P - T O - D A T E I N F O R M A T I O N P L E A S E C A L L 8 5 5 - 3 3 5 - 6 9 0 0Temple of Artemis, Isa Bey Mosque and Basilica of St. John, SelcukEscorted tour 17 days SUGGESTED GROUP ITINERARY43YOUR ADVANTAGES• Meet clergy in Antakya, • Attend rituals,• Pray with locals. • Fully escorted by a professionalguide-lecturerINCLUDED• Arrival and departure transfers• Transportation by air-conditioned vehicles• Accommodation in shared twin rooms at specifiedor similar hotels • Admittance fees to the museumsspecified in the itinerary • Daily breakfast, 14 lunches(mostly in small, quaint Turkish restaurants near thesites). 15 dinners at buffet style or set menusdepending on restaurants.HOTELSAnkara: Radisson Blu 4* or similarCappadocia: Mustafa 4* or similarMersin: Hilton 5* or similarKonya: Ozkaymak 4* or similarAntalya: Khan Best Western 4* or similarPamukkale: Pam Hotel 4* or similarIzmir: Hotel Ontur 4* or similarBursa: Holidy inn 4* or similarIstanbul: Aziyade 4* or similarRATES Land only rates do not include international ordomestic flights. NOT INCLUDED International airfare.Unmentioned services in above itinerary. Personalexpenses and beverages. Visa fee. Gratuities forthe guide and the driver.Travel insurance.FLIGHTS Please call us for more informationabout flight rates, airport taxes, business classupgrade, add-on rates from most U.S. citiesand more.$109Land only $1,635per nightPrice per person in double room, for minimum 20 passengersLand only fromfrom

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