20 DAYS ST. PAULS MISSIONARY TOUR

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Ankara: Anatolian Civilization Museum, Cappadocia: Ihlara Valley, Uchisar, Goreme, Zelve, Avanos, Adana: St. Pauls Well, Kaymakli, Mersin: Mosaic Museum, Antalya: Side, Perge, Aspendos, Pamukkale: Hierapolis, Avenue of Tombs, Kusadasi: Alasehir, Cybele and Diana, Ephesus: St. John and Ephesus, Library of Celsus, Izmir: Ancient Smyrna Troy and Sardes, Pergamon: Altar of Zeus, Acropolis, Bergama, Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Bosphorus cruise, Kavala: Alexandroupolis, Strong Church, Thessaloniki: Byzantine mosaic, monument, Byzantine monasteries, Kalambaka: Delphi, Sanctuary of Apollo, Bronze Charioteer, Athlete Aghias, Athens: Saronic Gulf, Corinthian Canal, Arthenon Erechtheum
Arrive in Ankara (Capital of Turkey), Meet your guide who will transfer you to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Ankara.
After breakfast, sight - seeing of Ankara: see the Anatolian Civilization Museum, the temple of Augustus and Ataturks Mausoleum. Continue to Cappadocia with a lunch / rest stop in Aksaray before a short ride to Ihlara Valley, to see the impressive, Byzantine rock carvings and frescoes. Enjoy your dinner and overnight stay in 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 B.C. Now visit UCHISAR GOREME and ZELVE then AVANOS to visit one of its famous pottery workshops. Later return to your hotel for overnight stay.
Visit Kaymakli a unique underground city. Then 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" Next to Adana for dinner and overnight stay.
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. Peterss Grotto and the exquisite Mosaic Museum. View the old city of ISKENDERUN before beginning the return drive to Mersin for dinner and overnight stay.
Depart westward along the Mediterranean shoreline a famous coastal road. Take a lunch break in Anamur. See City of the Monophystie Archbishop of Seleucia. Overnight in Antalya
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.
Proceed to Laodicea which was condemned by St. John in Revelation 4:15. Drive to Hierapolis now called Pamukkale St. Philip was martyred here in 1st AD. Walk the Necropolis and famous Avenue of Tombs. Overnight stay in Pamukkale
Visit there one of the seven churches of the Apocalypse and the remains of the Cathedral. Continue to in ALASEHIR the remains of a church. Visit capital of the ancient LYDIA with temple of the CYBELE and DIANA which became later a church see the royal road. Continue to Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Drive to Selcuk. Visit the monastery of St. John and Ephesus the best preserved ancient city in the world. See the Library of Celsus a Stadium where Paul Preached (Acts 19) and the Theatre. Depart for Kusadasi a port near Ephesus. Then have dinner and overnight stay.
This morning take a beautiful drive to Izmir (ancient Smyrna) After visiting of the St. Policarp church in) Izmir. Continue to in Akhisar ancient commercial place in connection with TROY and Sardis. Overnight in Izmir.
Early departure to BERGAMA (Pergamon) to visit the Acropolis high above the plain. See the pagan Temples and Altar of Zeus. Proceed to BURSA first capital of the Ottoman Empire. Overnight in Izmir.
Drive to Iznik (Nicea) where the Nicean Creed was formed. Depart for Istanbul by ferry. Ancient Hippodrome Blue Mosque. Overnight in Istanbul.
Start for Istanbul city tour. Visit Hagia Sophia and then Topkapi Palace. Following the lunch we start cruising the Bosphorus. Return to the hotel for Overnight stay in Istanbul.
At noon we are meet by our Greek guide and we drive from the Greek/Turkish borders to Kavala passing by Alexandroupolis. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
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.
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.
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.
At 08:00 a.m. our excursion out of Athens takes us by the Saronic Gulf, where in 480 BC historys root was changed. We stop at the historic Corinthian Canal where we take pictures. 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 and overnight.
After breakfast check out from the hotel. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another TravelShop Turkey Tour. Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing TravelShop Turkey.

Tour Includes


Arrival airport transfer from Ankara airport
1 night hotel in Ankara
2 nights hotel in Cappadocia
1 night hotel in Adana
1 night hotel in Mersin
2 nights hotel in Antalya
1 night hotel in Pamukkale
4 nights hotel in Kusadasi
2 nights hotel in Istanbul
2 night hotel in Kavala
1 night hotel in Thessaloniki
1 night hotel in Kalambaka
1 night hotel in Athens
19 open buffet breakfasts
16 dinners
Guided Ankara tour
Guided Cappadocia tour
Guided Adana tour
Guided Antakya /Mersin tour
Guided Antalya tour
Guided Pamukkale tour
Guided Ephesus tour
Guided Izmir / Smyrna tour
Guided Pergamon tour
2 half day Istanbul City tour
Half day Istanbul Bosphorus 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 guide
Return airport transfer

Tour Does Not Include


International flights
Insurance: All types
Turkey entry visa
Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks cold drinks laundry
Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section

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