Seven Churches In The Foot Steps Of St Paul and St. Johnnew!!
DAY 1 - DEPART USA
Arrive in Istanbul the next day before noon and then proceed to check into our hotel.
Day 2, 3 - ISTANBUL
Istanbul is Turkey's most populous city, and its cultural and financial center. The city covers 25 districts of the Istanbul province. It is located on the Bosphorus Strait, and encompasses the natural harbor known as the Golden Horn, in the northwest of the country. It extends both on the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) side of the Bosphorus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world which is situated on two continents.
In its long history, Istanbul served as the capital city of the Roman Empire (330-395), the Byzantine Empire (395-1204 and 1261- 1453), the Latin Empire (1204- 1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453-1922). The city was chosen as joint European Capital of Culture for 2010. The historic areas of Istanbul were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985.
Some of the sites that we will visit in Istanbul: Saint Sophia (Haghia Sofia) which was built by the emperor Justinian in the 6Fr century A.D. We continue to the Blue Mosque, which was built in the early 17Fr century and is the only imperial mosque with 6 minarets. We continue to the Hippodrome. Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum originally built as the Palace of Ibrahim Pasha in 1524 with fine examples of Islamic Calligraphy, tiles and carpets. Then we will explore the Topkapi Palace. It was the home of the Ottoman sultans from the 15Fr century to 19Fr century. Grand Bazaar, with more than 4500 stores is almost like a little town. Spice Market and the Bosphorus Cruize are also on our itinerary.
Day 4 – CANAKKALE
Early in the morning you will drive to Canakkale. After visiting WW1 battle sites, we will then visit the legendary city of Troy which is the center of the Trojan War, as described in the Epic Cycle, and especially in the Iliad, one of the two epic poems attributed to Homer. Trojan refers to the inhabitants and culture of TroAncient Greek historians placed the Trojan War variously in the 12Fr, 13Fr or 14Fr century BC: Eratosthenes to 1184 BC, Herodotus to 1250 BC, Douris to 1334 BC. Here, you will have the opportunity to see a replica of the Trojan Horse. To date nine different Troy's have been discovered, all built one on top of the other. Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 5 - IZMIR
Early in the morning you will depart for visiting the Pergamon Acropolis. The acropolis is situated high above the plain and has a unique panoramic view. The very narrow and steep theater on the hillside could seat up to 10,000 people. Parchment paper was first produced in Pergamon. We will visit the remains of the Great Library, which rivaled the one in Alexandria in Egypt, the palaces of the kings, and temple of Trajan. We will visit the Red Basilica (from outside), once a temple of Serapis. Asklepion (one of the earliest mental hospitals of the antiquity) will be visited on the way to Izmir. Dinner and overnight will be in Izmir.
Day 6 – PAMUKKALE
Today we will drive to Pamukkale. On our way, we will visit some more of the Churches of the Revelation. We will visit Izmir (Smyrna) We will continue to Thyatira (Akhisar), with remains of a temple, colonnaded street and a large church, then to the ancient site of Sardes with its Gymnasium and ancient Synagogue. It was once the wealthy capital of the ancient Lydian Empire, and was the first place in history that coins were minted. We will also visit Philadelphia, which was a very important place for the spread of the Christian faith. Then overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 7 - KUSADASI
Today we will start our day by visiting another Greco-Roman city "Hierapolis". It has an incredible necropolis (city of the dead) and you will see many sarcophagi (burial monuments). You will visit the snow-like travertine of calcium for which Pamukkale is famous with. Pamukkale is one of the natural wonders of the world with strikingly beautiful mineral springs clinging to the hillsides that will amaze you. Laodicea and Aphrodisias are the sites we will visit on our way to Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi
Day 8 - IZMIR
The next day you will see the incredible city of Ephesus and its colossal Greco-Roman Theatre where St. Paul preached. This particular theatre is still used for performances today. The Marble Road, the Celsus Library, and the Temple of Diana are just a few of the sites you will visit. We will also visit the house where St. Mary lived her final days and St. John's Basilica. Then we will drive to Izmir. Overnight and dinner in Izmir.
DAY 9 - DEPART FOR USA
Early in the morning, you will be taken to the airport for your return flight to the United States, arriving the same day.
Tour Route & Program
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SEVEN CHURCHES IN THE FOOT STEPS OF ST PAUL AND ST. JOHN
|Tour Code||TEO SC / 1||TEO SC / 2||TEO SC / 3|
|Land Only||$ 2100||$ 2100||$ 2100|
|Single Supplement||$ 350||$ 350||$ 350|
|JFK(Fly)/Istanbul||Apr 22 Wed||Aug 18 Tue||Oct 29 Thu|
|Istanbul||Apr 23 Thu||Aug 19 Wed||Oct 30 Fri|
|Istanbul||Apr 24 Fri||Aug 20 Thu||Oct 31 Sat|
|Çanakkale||Apr 25 Sat||Aug 21 Fri||Nov 01 Sun|
|Izmir||Apr 26 Sun||Aug 22 Sat||Nov 02 Mon|
|Pamukkale||Apr 27 Mon||Aug 23 Sun||Nov 03 Tue|
|Kuşadası||Apr 28 Tue||Aug 24 Mon||Nov 04 Wed|
|Izmir||Apr 29 Wed||Aug 25 Tue||Nov 05 Thu|
|JFK(Fly)||Apr 30 Thu||Aug 26 Wed||Nov 06 Fri|