IN THE FOOTSEPS OF ST. PAUL

Adana – Cappadocia – Konya – Antalya – Pamukkale – Izmir – Bursa – Istanbul
(14 Nights / 15 Days)

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Day 1: Departure from USA

Day 2: Arrive in Adana and transfer to the hotel. Freshen up before meeting your guide for an orientation about following in St. Paul’s footsteps and break bread together at a welcome dinner. Overnight in Adana (D)

Day 3: What better place to truly begin to walk in the Steps of St. Paul than in his birthplace of Tarsus. We will visit St. Paul’s Well and the possible site of his house. Than continue to Antioch where St. Peter spent seven years establishing the earliest Christian Church and where believers were called ‘Christians’ for the first time. We will also visit the Mosaic Museum, home to one of the finest collections in the world. (B, L, D)

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Day 4: Drive to Cappadocia, visiting Eskigumusler Monastery and its great frescoes. We will also visit the lost underground city of Derinkuyu. So far twenty levels have been discovered with chapels, schools, stables and tombs beneath the ground. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Start exploring the craggy surface of Cappadocia with a walk in the breathtaking Red and Monk’s Valleys. In the Goreme Open Air Museum, see colorful frescoes painted by early Christians. We will visit the Avcilar Valley and the Natural Castle of Uchisar. (B, L, D)

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Day 6: In the morning we will drive on the ancient “Silk Road” and visit the 13th century Sultanhan caravanserai (Caravan Inn) built by the Seljuk Turks. In Konya we will visit the Museum and Mausoleum of Mevlana (Rumi), the founder of the mystic cult of Whirling Dervishes. In the afternoon we will explore Lystra, during the time of St. Paul the cosmopolitan capital of a Roman Province. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Driving via Antioch of Pisidia, continue to Antalya over the Taurus Mountains. (B, L, D)

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Day 8: Walk on the mosaic floors of the Roman city of Perge, where Paul gave his first sermon during his first journey with Barnabas. Continue to Aspendos, one of the best preserved Roman theaters of the world and in the afternoon take a relaxing walk in the Old City of Antalya. Overnight in Antalya. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Drive to Pamukkale visiting Laodicea en route. Also explore the Roman city of Hierapolis, where the Apostle Philip was martyred and see the world famous calcium carbonated terraces of Pamukkale and the sacred pool. Overnight in Pamukkale. (B, L, D)

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Day 10: Today we will witness the Trinity of the Churches when we visit Philadelphia, Sardis and Smyrna, 3 of the 7 Churches of Revelations. (B, L, D)

Day 11: “There are no gods made with hands” said St. Paul in Ephesus. Today, we will visit the most complete ancient city of the Roman world, stroll along the marble streets of the city and also visit the Basilica and the tomb of St. John the Evangelist. Overnight in Izmir or Kusadasi. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Drive to Bursa visiting Pergamum and Thyatira en route. In Pergamon, we will visit the Red Basilica. Overnight in Bursa. (B, L, D)

Day 13: We will start the day by visiting the Great Mosque of Bursa, the Silk City and also the Cocoon Bazaar and the Green Mosque. During our drive to Istanbul we will visit Nicaea where the first Ecumenical Council was held under the supervision of Constantine the Great. This city also served for a time as the capital of the East Roman Empire and was the center of the Ottoman Empire’s finest tile production. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Today is a day of masterpieces. Two great Empires, Byzantine and Ottoman created their greatest buildings in the city of Constantinople/Istanbul. We will visit the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, St. Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar. (B, L, D)

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Day 15: Begin the day with a pleasant cruise along Bosphorus between the two continents of Asia and Europe. Then we will walk through the aromatic Spice Bazaar and visit a master work of Byzantine Renaissance, the Chora Church. (B, L, D)

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Day 16: Transfer to the airport for the flight to USA.

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