20-Day St.Paul Missionary Tour

You will not just be visiting the major attractions in Turkey on the path to Saint Paul’s Missionary but will be crossing borders to neighboring country of Greece that is full of legends and myths to explore further from one capital to another.

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$7,909

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Duration

20 days

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  • What's included :
    • 19x Breakfast
    • 17x Dinner
    • Accommodation included: 19 nights
    • Arrival airport transfer from Ankara
    • 1 night hotel accommodation in Ankara
    • 2 nights hotel accomodation in Cappadocia
    • 1 night hotel accommodation in Adana
    • 1 night hotel accommodation in Mersin
    • 2 nights hotel accomodation in Antalya
    • 1 night hotel accommodation in Pamukkale
    • 2 nights hotel accomodation in Kusadasi
    • 2 nights hotel accomodation in Izmir
    • 2 nights hotel accomodation in Istanbul
    • 1 night hotel accommodation in Kavala
    • 1 night hotel accommodation in Thessaloniki
    • 1 night hotel accommodation in Kalambaka
    • 2 nights hotel accomodation in Athens
    • Guided Ankara Tour
    • Guided Cappadocia Tour
    • Guided Adana Tour
    • Guided Antakya / Mersin Tour
    • Guided Antalya City Tour
    • Guided Pamukkale Tour
    • Guided Philadelphia - Sardes – Kusadasi tour
    • Guided Ephesus tour
    • Guided Izmir / Smyrna tour
    • Guided Pergamon tour
    • Guided Istanbul City and Bosphorus Cruise Tour
    • Guided Kavala tour
    • Guided Thessaloniki
    • Guided Kalambaka tour
    • Guided Athens tour
    • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
    • Transportation in a fully air - conditioned, non - smoking coach
    • Professional English - speaking tour guides
    • Return transfer to Athens airport
    • Hotel Room Taxes
    What's excluded :
    • International flights
    • Insurance: All types
    • City tax
    • Turkey entry visa
    • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
    • Tipping
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
    • Domestic flight to Ankara

  • Day 1: Ankara - Arrival Day

    Pass By: Ankara, Ankara
    Arrive in Ankara (Capital of Turkey), Meet your guide who will transfer you to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Ankara.

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Radisson Blue Hotel

    Day 2: Ankara - Cappadocia

    Stop At: Cappadocia, Cappadocia
    After breakfast, sight - seeing of Ankara: see the Anatolian Civilization Museum, the Temple of Augustus and Ataturk’s Mausoleum. Continue to Cappadocia with a lunch / rest stop in Aksaray before a short ride to Ihlara Valley, where early Christians carved some 3, 500 cave churches from the tufa rock. The beauty and quaintness of these chapels, with numerous wall paintings and Christian symbols, is astonishing. Persecuted Christians - tens of thousands of them - escaping into the earth to flee Arab invaders in the tenth century, tunneled out more than twenty underground cities of refuge here in Cappadocia. Such cities, with carved rooms for kitchens, sleeping quarters, stables, and chapels for worship, descend five to ten stories into the earth. Enjoy your dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia.
    Duration: 9 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Antique Cave House Hotel or 5 Star Suhan Hotel

    Day 3: Cappadocia City Tour

    Stop At: Cappadocia, Cappadocia
    Full Day excursion of Cappadocia to see the surreal landscapes of volcanic ash, formed 3 million years ago: spectacular red rock cones, troglodyte churches and homes dating from 4000 BC Now visit UCHISAR, GOREME and ZELVE, then AVANOS, to visit one of its famous, pottery workshops. Later return to your hotel for overnight stay.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Antique Cave House Hotel or 5 Star Suhan Hotel

    Day 4: Tarsus - Adana

    Stop At: Tarsus, Tarsus, Mersin (Icel), Turkish Mediterranean Coast
    After breakfast visit Ozkonak Underground City, one of the best preserved of these cities, you will enjoy your own guided tour into this amazing region. Then drive to drive to Tarsus, birthplace of St. Paul. See St. Pauls Well, Cleopatras Gate and the Ancient City. It was near here that a Great Fish "vomited out Jonas upon the dry land". Later return to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Adana.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Ramada Adana Hotel

    Day 5: Antakya - Antioch - Mersin

    Stop At: Mersin, Akdeniz/Mersin, Turkey
    Full Day excursion to Antakya (Antioch). Here Jesus followers were first called Christians (Acts 11:26) Peter, Paul and also Barnabas preached here. Visit St. Peters Grotto and the exquisite Mosaic Museum. View the old city of Iskenderun before beginning the return, driving to Mersin for dinner and overnight stay.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Ramada Mersin Hotel

    Day 6: Anamur - Antalya

    Stop At: Antalya, Antalya, Turkish Mediterranean Coast
    Depart westward along the Mediterranean shoreline, a famous coastal road. Take a lunch break in Anamur. See City of the Monophystie Archbishop of Seleucia. Dinner and overnight in Antalya.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Best Western Khan Hotel

    Day 7: Antalya Side/Perge and Aspendos Ancient City

    Stop At: Antalya, Antalya, Turkish Mediterranean Coast
    Continue to the ancient city of SIDE, the old port where Paul, Barnabas and Mark landed during their missionary journeys. Later they sailed from here to Antioch. Than visit PERGE, where St. Paul preached when arriving from Cyprus (Acts 13 - 14), and to ASPENDOS with its magnificent theater. Next, drive to Antalya for dinner and overnight stay.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Best Western Khan Hotel

    Day 8: Pamukkale City Tour

    Stop At: Pamukkale, Pamukkale
    After breakfast drive to Laodicea then drive to Hierapolis (Pamukkale) and explore incredible excavations; including a Byzantine church, the Great Theatre, the Temple of Apollo, and the Plutonium, which pagan cults once called “the entrance to hell.” Examine the intriguing sites of the Churches of Revelation. At Hierapolis (Pamukkale), enjoy the “Cotton Castles” of brilliant white calcium rock formations and hot - water travertines, where hot mineral waters emerge from the earth and cascade over cliffs. As the water-cools, the calcium precipitates and clings to the cliffs, forming snowy white travertines, which give credence to the name Pamukkale, meaning “cotton castle”. This enchanting place is one of the natural wonders of Asia Minor. The churches here in Hierapolis, Colossae, and Laodicea once flourished under the ministry of Epaphras.Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Pam Thermal Hotel

    Day 9: Philadelphia - Sardes - Kusadasi

    Stop At: Kusadasi, Kusadasi, Turkish Aegean Coast
    After breakfast drive to Philadelphia. Philadelphia was rebuilt with help from Emperor Tiberius. At Sardis (Rev. 3:1 - 5), your thoughts will turn to the Old Testament period following the 586 B.C. destruction of Jerusalem. The fabled Royal Road connected Sardis with the Persian cities to the east. Sardis was the hardest hit of the twelve cities destroyed in the earthquake of A.D. 17. Emperor Tiberius, according to the Annals of the historian Tacitus, gave much relief towards its rebuilding. Your visit to Sardis will include the imperial court and the ancient Jewish synagogue. You will rest in the shade of the Temple of Artemis, while studying in the light of prophetic Scripture. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Comfort Ada Class Hotel

    Day 10: Ephesus - Kusadasi

    Stop At: Kusadasi, Kusadasi, Turkish Aegean Coast
    After breakfast drive to Ephesus (Rev. 2:1 - 7), major port city on the Aegean, was the commercial, political, and religious center of all of Asia Minor. Walk the marble - paved street with grooves made by chariot wheels. See the Fountain of Trojan, the Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre. Visit the Chapel of the Virgin Mary (Double Church), where the Third Ancient Council convened. We visit The House of Virgin Mary where she spent her latest years. Enjoy St. Johns Basilica (built on the site of the Apostle John’s tomb) and ponder the remains of the Temple of Diana. Overnight in Kusadasi.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Comfort Ada Class Hotel

    Day 11: Izmir (Smyrna)

    Stop At: Izmir, Izmir, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean Coast
    This morning take a beautiful drive to Izmir (ancient Smyrna), After visiting the St. Policarp church in Izmir. Continue to in Akhisar, ancient commercial place in connection with TROY and Sardes. Dinner and overnight in Izmir.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Karaca Hotel

    Day 12: Pergamon

    Stop At: Izmir, Izmir, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean Coast
    After breakfast early departure to Pergamum, with its Acropolis and Great Theatre, the steepest of the ancient world. Revelation 2:12 - 16 describes the city as “where Satan’s seat is,” a reference to the altar of Zeus, where we pause for reflection on the fulfillment of Scripture. Nearby, visit the Red Basilica; once a pagan temple, it later converted into a Christian church. Finally, walk through the Pergamum Asclepion, the famous medical center of antiquity. Dinner and Overnight in Izmir.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Karaca Hotel

    Day 13: Pergamon - Nicea – Istanbul Half Day City Tour

    Stop At: Istanbul, Istanbul
    After breakfast long drive to Nicea through Bursa. At Nicea, you will see remains of Constantine’s palace, now covered by the water at the shore of Lake Iznik. It was here in this palace chapel that the First Ancient Church Council convened in A.D. 325 to produce the Nicene Creed. Enjoy Nicea’s St. Sophia Church, where the Seventh Church Council convened in 787. Continue to Istanbul. We visit Hippodrome and the Obelisk brought from Egypt. Then our next visit is the Blue Mosque with its six minarets. Overnight in Istanbul
    Duration: 9 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Pullman Hotel or Ramada Hotel Golden Horn

    Day 14: Istanbul Half Day City Tour/Bosphorus Cruise

    Stop At: Istanbul, Istanbul
    Our journey begins in Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents. Today we wdiscover the Byzantine and Ottoman treasures of Istanbul. We visit St. Sofia, the (church of the sacred wisdom), converted to a mosque from a Christian basilica after the fall of Constantinople in 1453. We will visit the Topkapi Palace, which was the residence of the Ottoman sultans, with its fabulous treasure chambers. Lunch break at 13:00 pm. After the lunch, Murtis Tour will take you to the Grand Spice Bazaar which is a unique atmosphere with reasonable prices for your shopping. Here you will find; Exotic Spices and Herbs, Turkish Baklava, Turkish Delights, Turkish Coffee, nuts and fruits, small souvenirs such as Ceramic Handicrafts, Evil Eyes totems, all naturel olive oil, soaps and many other goods in Souvenir Shops and stores. BOSPHORUS BY BOAT; a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. Return to the hotel for overnight.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Pullman Hotel or Ramada Hotel Golden Horn

    Day 15: Istanbul to Kavala - Border Crossing

    Pass By: Kavala, Kavala, Kavala Region, East Macedonia and Thrace
    After breakfast we will start our journey to border of Greece. At noon we are meet by our Greek guide as we drive from the Greek/Turkish borders to Kavala passing by Alexandroupolis. Dinner and overnight at Hotel in Kavala.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Egnantia Hotel

    Day 16: Kavala - Philippi - Thessaloniki

    Stop At: Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Region, Central Macedonia
    After breakfast at hotel, we drive to Philippi, the site where the apostle Paul came and worked, establishing a strong church. We see the river where Lydia is thought to have been baptized, the ruins of a Prison where Paul and Sylas had been kept, the Agora, 5th and 6th century Basilica and the Theater. Late that afternoon we arrive at Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Capsis Hotel

    Day 17: Thessaloniki - Veria - Meteora - Kalambaka

    Stop At: Kalambaka, Kalambaka, Trikala Region, Thessaly
    In the morning, after a short city tour of Thessaloniki, we drive to Berea. We see the Byzantine mosaic in the monument commemorating his preaching. Lunch on your own. Then we proceed our drive to Meteora where we visit in the afternoon the fantastic and breathtaking Byzantine monasteries. Monks seeking isolation and spiritual salvation first built those monasteries in the 14th century. Dinner and overnight at Kalambaka.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Amalia Hotel

    Day 18: Kalambaka - Delphi - Athens

    Stop At: Athens, Athens, Attica
    After breakfast at Hotel drive to Delphi, we visit the archaeological site of Delphi: the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians, and the Museum containing such masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. Lunch on your own. Drive to Athens for dinner and overnight at hotel.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Titania Hotel

    Day 19: Athens - Corinth

    Stop At: Athens, Athens, Attica
    Our excursion out of Athens takes us by the Saronic Gulf, where in 480 BC history root was changed.We arrive at ancient Corinth. Here, we see all of the sites associated with his ministry: the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, the Roman Odeon, the Bema and Gallios Seat. We see the ruins of early Christian 5th century basilica in Cenchreae before returning to Athens. In the afternoon we enjoy our half - Day sightseeing tour of Athens. We climb up to the marble - capped Acropolis and visit among the other buildings the famous Parthenon and the Erechtheum. We now have become time travelers! Then, we go to nearby Mars Hill (Areopagus) (Acts 17:22) where the Apostle Paul delivered his soul - stirring sermon to the giants of philosophy, logic and learning. Our tour continues with the highlights of modern Athens. In the evening optional dinner in Greek traditional restaurant with music and dance. Return to hotel late at night for dinner and overnight.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Titania Hotel

    Day 20: Athens - End of Tour

    Pass By: Istanbul, Istanbul
    After breakfast, we check out from the hotel. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing us.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Ankara, Turkey
    Departure Time :
    9:30 AM
    Return Detail :
    Athens, Greece
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by TravelShop Turkey

Activity ID: V-9878P238

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