IN THE STEPS OF St PAUL (16 DAYS)

IN THE STEPS OF St PAUL 17 DAYS

 

DAY 1:ARRIVAL IN ANKARA (D)

Upon arrival in Ankara, you will be met by your Densel Tours guide and escorted to your hotel. There you will meet other passengers at the welcome dinner.

Hotel ANKARA BARCELO  or similar.

 

DAY 2:ANKARA & CAPPADOCIA (B,L,D)

Ankara has been the capital of Turkey since 1923, however its history dates back to the paleolithic age. You will spend the first morning, exploring Ankara’s ancient past in the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations. In the afternoon you will drive to Cappadocia’s seemingly desolate landscape.

Hotel DINLER  or similar.

 

DAY 3:CAPPADOCIA (B,L,D)

The stone of the region was not just sculpted into fantastic shapes by the elements, but also by the habitants, as well. Explore the Cave Churches of Goreme and Zelve, witch were decorated by early christians with colourful frescoes, depicting beliefs from the 7th through 13th centuries. It is said that once there was a church for every day of the year.

Hotel DINLER or similar.

 

DAY4 :CAPPADOCIA /ADANA (B,L,D)

When persecuted, the early Christians fled to Cappadocia and sought sanctuary underground, building complete cities where they could live for months at a time undetected. In th morning you will visit the underground city of Kaymakli or Derinkuyu which extends beneath the surface 8 stores. After lunch you will drive to Adana.

Hotel ADANA SÜRMELİ or similar.

 

DAY5 :ADANA /ANTİOCH/TARSUS / (B,L,D)

Begin your day with a visit to the cave where St Peter first celebrated the mass near the Antioch, a center of Christianity. Then you will visit the famous Mosaic Museum in Antioch Then come back to Tarsus St Paul’s birthplace.Cicero was a governor here in 51-50 BC and the romantic meeting between Cleopatra and Mark Anthony took place in Tarsus.Highlights will be St Paul’s well and Cleopatra’s gate.Drive back to Adana and overnight.

Hotel ADANA SÜRMELİ or similar.

 

DAY 6:ADANA/LYSTRA /KONYA (B,L,D)

Departure for Lystra, declared to be a holy city for Christian pilgrims by the Vatican. In St Paul’s day it was the cosmopolitan capital of the Roman province of Cilicia.İt’s mentioned five times in the New Testament and visited by The Apostle Paul along with Barnaba.Paul met there a young disciple Timoty. Explore the city wall and baths.The site is near the Old City Konya; ancient capital of Seldjuk Turcs and centre of Whirling Dervishes.The founder of the order Philosopher and poet Mevlana buried there.A panoramic tour of the city and a short visit of the tomb Mevlana.Overnight in Konya.

Hotel ÖZKAYMAK  or similar.

 

DAY 7:KONYA /ANTALYA (B,L,D)

A beautiful full day drive from the Anatolian Plateau to Antalya rising from the turquoise depths of the Mediterranean. Antalya is a lovely resort town, where St Paul was preached and Hadrian ruled.

Hotel KISLAHAN or similar.

 

DAY 8:PERGE /SIDE /ASPENDOS /ANTALYA (B,L,D)

A full day to visit the numerous nearby greco-roman cities of antiquity. You will begin with Perge where you walk on the same mosaic walkway St Paul must have strolled to reach to the theatre where he preached. Visit Aspendos and sit in once of the best preserved theatres on the world. After that you will visit Side where an ancient bath has been transformed into a museum, housing the many classical remains of the region.

Hotel KISLAHAN or similar.

 

DAY 9:LAODIKEA /HIERAPOLIS /PAMUKKALE (B,L,D)

Today you will explore the recently excavated theatres of Laodikea. Then you will visit the Hierapolis, the home of St Philip the Evangelist, to explore the necropolis, churches and baths. Then you will drive north to enjoy the view of Pamukkale travertines of white limestone.

Hotel RİCHMOND  or similar.

 

DAY 10:SARDIS /PHILADELPHIA /SMYRNA (B,L,D)

Today you will be able to visualize a trinity of Biblical references by visiting the cities of Sardis and Philadelphia, where St Paul preached. Then you will move on the Izmir (Smyrna) and visit the church of Polycarp.

Hotel IZMIR PRINCESS or similar.

 

DAY 11:EPHESUS, (B,L,D)

“There are no Gods made with hands” are the words of St Paul. Sit in the theater in Ephesus where St Paul preached these words. Stroll along the marble roads pass the libray of Celcus and Hadrian’s Temple. Visit the nearby Basilica of St John and the last earthly home of the Virgin Mary.

Hotel SÜRMELİ EPHESUS or similar.

 

DAY 12:THYATIRA/PERGAMUM /BURSA (B,L,D)

Visit Thyatir (Akhisar) known for its numerous artists in the time of St Paul. Then, onto Pergamum, home of the famous physician Galen. Explore the remain of Asclepion, the theater built into the steep hillside and the red court of Pergamum.

Hotel ALMIRA or similar.

 

DAY 13:NICEA /ISTANBUL (B,L,D)

Visit to Nicea, the Byzantine capital for 10 years following the occupation of Constantinople in the 13th century. Then you will move to the legendary Constantinople (Istanbul) and seat of the Holy Roman Empire.

Hotel ANTİK or similar.

 

DAY 14:ISTANBUL (B,L,D)

After breakfast you will see two masterpieces of Byzantine art-the St Sophia and the Kariye Museum. Savor the beauty of colorful biblical mosaics and frescoes which adorn the insides of both museums which now live side-by-side with Islamic calligraphy. St Sophia was the first Christian cathedral built on the world. Then enjoy the more valuable treasures of the Topkapi Palace. Then visit the beautiful Iznik tiled interior of the Blue Mosque.

Hotel ANTİK or similar.

 

DAY 15:ISTANBUL (B,L,D)

Farewell to Istanbul with a cruise on the Bosphorus. After lunch you can browse trough the colorfull labyrinth of tunnels of the Grand Bazaar and do your last shopping.

Hotel ANTİK or similar.

 

DAY 16:Departure (B)

Transfer to the airport.Departure (there is a possibility to extend your trip in Istanbul and to add an Istanbul package).

 

DEPARTURES:

PRİCE :   USD 2690     / İN DBL  PER PAX

The price including :
– Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles throughout as stated in the tours general features
- Escort by a professional guide-lecturer throughout
- Entrance fees to the museums stated in itinerary
- All meals mentioned in the program – Accommodation in shared twin rooms in stated or similar hotels
- Arrival and departure transfers from Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

Not Included
- Visits and services not mentioned in program.
- Domestic flights – Insurance
- Personal expenses and all beverages
- Gratuities to the guide and driver
- Visa fee

 

 

 

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