ALONG WITH ST.PAUL



Day 1: İstanbul - Adana

Arrival in Adana directly or via Istanbul. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Adana. (D)

Day 2: Adana - Antakya

Departure for Antakya, Biblical "Antioch on the Orontes"(Acts 6: 5; 11: 19-30; 15: 22-35) where the followers of Jesus Christ were first named Christians, also associated with the names like Peter, Ignatius,- St John Chrysostom, St. Jerome and Simeon Stylite. Visiting St.Peter's Grotto and the Mosaic Museum. Departure for Samandag (Selucia of Pieria) from which St.Paul and Barnabas set sail for Cyprus on their first missionary journey (Acts 13:4). Overnight in Antakya. (B, D)

Day 3: Antakya - Mersin

Departure for Adana passing by Iskenderun (Alexandretta), Toprakkale, Misis and Yılanlıkale. Visiting St. Paul's s Well in Tarsus (Acts 9:11, 11:25, 21:39; 22:3; 25-29), the birthplace of St. Paul and the place of convention of three church councils. Departure for Silifke (Selucia of Isauria). On the way visiting the ancient Kanytelis and the Church of St. Thecla Overnight in Silifke. (B, D)

Day 4: Silifke - Konya

Departure for Konya, the ancient Iconium (Acts 13:51; 14:1-6; 19; 16:2; Timothy 3:11). On the way visiting the sites of Derbe (Acts 14:6; 20-21; 16:1; 20:4) and Lystra (Acts 14:6-23; 16:1-4), and the church in Sille. Overnight in Konya. (B, D)

Day 5: Konya - Antalya

After visiting the Museum of Mevlana, the founder of the mystic sect of Whirling Dervishes, departure for Yalvaç (Antioch of Psidia) (Acts 13:14-52), where St. Paul opened Christianity to the rest of world. Overnight in Antalya, the Biblical Attalia (Acts 14:25). (B, D)

Day 6: Antalya

Visiting Side, Aspendos and Perge which St. Paul and Barnabas passed through on their way to and from Antioch on their first journey (Acts 13: 13-14; 14:25), and the Museum of Antalya where some holy relics are also exhibited. Overnight in Antalya (B, D)

Day 7: Antalya - Kaş

In the morning visiting the lovely ancient city of Phaselis. Afterwards, departure for Demre, ancient Myra, visited by St. Paul, Luke and Aristarchus (Acts 27:5-6). Visiting the theatre, the famous rock tombs and the Church of St. Nicholas in Myra. Overnight in Kaş, the ancient harbor of Antiphellos. (B, D)

Day 8: Kaş - Marmaris

Departure for Marmaris. On the way visiting Patara, where St. Paul and Luke stopped on their third journey (Acts 21: 1-2) and Xanthos, the capital of Lycian Federation. Overnight in Marmaris. (B, D)

Day 9: Marmaris - Kuşadası

Departure for Kuşadası; On the way visiting the Temple of Apollo in Didyma, Miletos, where St. Paul visited at the end of his third journey (Acts 20:15-38) and the ancient city of Priene. Overnight in Kuşadası. (B, D)

Day 10: Kuşadası

Visiting Ephesus, where St. Paul preached (Acts 18:19-28; 19:1-41) with its Church of the Virgin Mary or the Double Church where the Third Ecumenical council was held in 431, and the Grotto of Seven Sleepers; the House of Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St. John. Overnight in Kuşadası. (B, D)

Day 11: Kuşadası - Ayvalık

Departure for Ayvalik. On the way visiting the ruins of Church of St. John in Akhisar (ancient Thyatira) (Acts 16:14, Revalation 2:18-l9) and Pergamum (the Acropolis, the Asclepieum and the St. John Church at the site of Serapium). Overnight in Ayvalık. (B, D)

Day 12: Ayvalık - Çanakkale

Departure for Çanakkale. On the way visiting Assos (Behramkale, where St. Paul rejoined his companions and went across to Lesbos) (Acts 20:13-14) and Alexandria Troas which St.Paul visited at least twice (Acts 16:8-11; 20:5-12). Overnight in Çanakkale. (B, D)

Day 13: Çanakkale - İstanbul

After visiting the legendary Troy, departure for Istanbul, crossing Dardanelles. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)

Day 14: İstanbul

Visiting the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the basilica of St. Sophia, the Museum of Karlye (the Church of St Saviour in Chora, famous for its well preserved mosaics and frescoes) and other churches: Overnight in Istanbul. (B)

Day 15: İstanbul - Home

Transfer to the airport for return flight. (B)

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