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Footsteps of St.Paul in Turkey Tour

Footsteps of St.Paul in Turkey Tour Itinerary

Footsteps of St.Paul in Turkey Tour Package

      Please click to read the destinations that you are visiting;     
    • ISTANBUL CAPPADOCIA → KONYA ISPARTA ANTALYA •  

Day 1Arrive in Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul! Where the continents meet.

Meet at Istanbul Airport: Once you arrive at Istanbul Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport, after the luggage claim, you will be greeted by a Romos Travel Representative at the meeting area.

Transfer to the hotel: You will be taken to your Hotel and after check-in, you will have time for leisure and rest of the day is yours.

Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Day 2Istanbul Old City Tour

After breakfast, your pick up will be scheduled for 8:30am from the hotel to start the Istanbul Old City tour. Our professional tour guide will be introducing the ancient sights of Istanbul.

Today you will explore the following highlights of Istanbul.

Hippodrome: An ancient Roman and Ottoman square where the chariot races were held. Within the square are some Roman remains, Egyptian Obelisk, Serpent Column and Constantine Column.

The Blue Mosque: An Ottoman Imperial mosque which was built by the Sultan Ahmet I in 1609-1616 CE, famous for the blue Ottoman tiles.

Hagia Sophia: Once the largest cathedral of Christianity when it was built in 532-537 CE by the Roman Emperor Justinian; later converted into a mosque by the Ottomans.

Topkapi Palace: The palace was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II after the conquest of Constantinople. Topkapi Palace was the home of the royal family and the headquarters for the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire.

Grand Bazaar (Covered Market): The largest and the oldest functioning shopping center in the world. The Grand Bazaar was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II in the 15th century. The market consists of 5,000 stores, 66 streets, 24 gates and many more eye pleasing architecture. Within the bazaar are many Turkish handicraft stores such as: rugs, carpets, kilims and beautiful Turkish tiles. Upon your request ,our guide will be more than happy in assisting you to find your masterpiece of Turkish art.

After the Istanbul Old City sightseeing tour, you will be driven back to the hotel. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Note: Breakfast at hotel and lunch at local restaurant are included

Day 3Flight to Cappadocia

After breakfast, we pick you up from the hotel. Then, transfer to airport for the domestic flight to Cappadocia. After landing at Cappadocia (Kayseri) Airport , transfer to hotel with your professional guide and check-in the hotel, time in leisure. Rest of the day is yours. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Note: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel

Day 4Cappadocia Tour

Cappadocia: Acts 2:9; 1 Peter 1:1

After breakfast, we start to Cappadocia Day Tour. You are visiting the highlights of Cappadocia.

Goreme Open air Museum, dates back to the 2nd century where the ascetic monks who adopted seclusion lived. They had their own independent churches and monasteries where they created a community. Today, the museum houses St. Basil’s Church, Elmalı Church, Boys and Girls, St. Barbara Church, Serpent Church etc…

Fairy Chimneys: What makes Cappadocia so popular are those rock formations, called “ fairy chimneys” by the people. Those different rock formations are the results of millions of years of natural events, such as; rain, wind, erosion. The fairy chimneys had been dwellings, churches, shelters and natural fortresses for many years. Although, the locals are living in the town today, the fairy chimneys can be visited by travellers/tourists.

Red Valley; is a hiking trail and famous for its red-rose colour. The valley is located in the middle of Goreme town where they appreciate with sun-rise and sun-set. The Red Valley houses some abandoned churches; Uzumlu Church, Hacli Church and Direkli Church with murals and frescoes.

Cavusin Village: located on the way to Avanos. The rarest residents where still some people follow the ancient attitudes by using the old staff. You can see those villagers farming, making potteries and carving. Cavusin Village houses two churches; one dedicated to St. John the Baptist and the other Nicephorus Phocas. Until the 1920’s the Turks and The Greeks were living there together. After the exchange population, The Greeks left the village.

Kaymakli Underground City: rather than Derinkuyu and the other underground cities, Kaymakli Underground City is different as it has much lower and narrower passage ways. But it has more levels than the others. In recent years, four other floors have been unearthed and some chapels, wineries, kitchens stalls have been discovered also.

Pigeon Valley: one of the panoramic spots of Cappadocia which is located between Uchisar and Goreme. There has been feeding the pigeons here since the ancient times resulting in the carved soft tuff on the slopes to make dovecotes. You can also see Uchisar Castle from a different perspective and may feed the pigeons around you.

After the Cappadocia sightseeing tour, we drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Note: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 5Konya Tour

Iconium: Acts 13:51-14:6; 16:2

After breakfast and check-out, drive to Konya. Our first stop is Sultanhanı Karavansarai which was built by the Seljuks in 12C AD. The ancient travellers and the merhants used tos tay at those ancient hotels safely. After the break, we drive to Konya Mevlana/Rumi Museum, the Islamic philosopher, theolegian and poet Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi was born in 1207, in Khorassan. The meaning of Mevlana is “our master and president” and implies the love of people for him. Although he lived in Konya, also went to Damascus and Tebriz, he attended the lectures of different scholars. Mevlana is known as the founder of Mesnevi and the leaders of the Dervishes. After his death, they built a tomb in 1274 where the other derwishes are also buried. The Mausoleum consits of library, madrasah, kithen, graves and rooms of dervishes.

After the Konya sightseeing tour, drive back to hotel. Overnight in Konya.

Note: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 6Pisidian Antioch

Acts 13:14-51; 14:19, 21-23

After check-out and breakfast, we drive to Pisidia where located in Yalvaç district of Isparta province. Pisidia was founded by the Seleucid king Antiochus I in 3C BC. The city was part of Phrygia region in the ancient times. Via Sebaste was built from Perge to Pisidia by the preator Cornutus to secure  the region politically and economically. Paul and Barnabas arrived in Pisidia on this road around 46 AD. In the book of Acts Paul’s first and longest recorded sermon (13:16-41) was delivered at the synagogue in Pisidia. In the same book, he also visited Pisidia on his two other journeys (16:6; 19:1). Pisidia has only been excavated %10 so far. In the city, you can see the temple of Augustus, a monumental triple-arched gate, a Greco-Roman theater. After the tour, we drive to Isparta city center to stay overnight.

After the Pisidian Antioch sightseeing tour, drive to hotel. Overnight in Isparta.

Note: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 7Antalya Tour

After check-out and breakfast, we drive to Antalya and start the Antalya Old City Tour.

Antalya was founded by the Pergamon King Attalos and it is beleived that the name of the city derives from Attalos. We’ll be walking among the ancient streets and the first spot is The Hadrian Gate, built by the Romans on behalf of the Emperor Hadrian upon his visit to Antalya in 130 CE. The gate has three arches and Corinthian style Hıdırlık Tower, built in 2nd Century CE by the Romans and it is located on the southwest of the Old Town, by the dominating spot of the cliffs. The tower has a small room in the first floor and in the upper gallery, there is an observation spot where they could follow the ships or any reaching invasion to the city. The Clock Tower, once Antalya, is surrounded with a defense wall but a small part of this exists today. They renovated the last part of the defense wall and added a clock in the honor of Sultan Abdulhamid to celebrate his 25th anniversary of his ascent to the throne. While walking down to the water, near the ancient port we will stop for a while and take a rest whilst following the ships and breathing the fresh Mediterranen air.

After the Antalya Old City tour, drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Antalya.

Note: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 8Aspendos, Perge, Side Tour

Side: 1 Maccabees 15:23; Fragments of Papias 5

Perge: Acts 13:13-14; 14:25

After breakfast, we shall drive to Aspendos Theatre, built by the Emperor Aurelius and designed with U-shaped style and leaning slopes. It has 5 gates and it still protects its acoustic ability and with 20,000 persons capacity, the theatre is still used today to host concerts. Perge was founded as a colony of Pergamum Kingdom around 300 BCE. During Alexander’s invasion in Anatolia, the residents of Perge served him as his guides. The mathematician Apollonius was born in Perge around 200 BCE. The city passed under Roman control in 188 BCE after Romans inherited Pergamum Kingdom. Side, the city of the navals was founded by the Anatolian indigenus people who spoke a local dialect that was different then Greek. Side was never passed under the control of Pergamum Kingdom. The city’s name means pomegranate which locals are still growing today. Side is situated by the Mediterranean Sea and most of the remains date back to 1-4C CE.

After the Aspendos, Perge, Side tour, drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Antalya.

Note: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 9Demre-Myra, Kekova-Simena

After breakfast, we drive to Myra, founded during the Hellenistic period as the part of Lycian Union and since it was one of the 6 biggest cities, it was eligible to give 3 votes. Myra is also where St. Nicholas had been lived and died, who also known as “Santa Claus”. Saint Nicholas was born in 300 AD in Patara then moved to Myra where he was a bishop. There is church on behalf of his name where hi is buried. Saint Nicholas is known as the protector of the kids and the sailor. Saint Nicholas died on 6 December 365 AD when he was 65.

Visit to Simena was first mentioned by Pilinius in 1C AD, it dates back to 4C BC where we learn from Lycian inscriptions and silver coins. Simena was part of the Lycian Union and was represented the city Aperlai. After Anatolia became part of the Roman Empire, Simena sustained its independence. When aproaching to the shore, a Roman bath comes first which was built in 79 BC. Lycian cities are famous for the rock tombs and sarcophaguses which you can see in Simena. The Lycians built a theater which has 300 persons capacity and a temple which was converted into a church later a mosque. Most of the sarcophaguses are in the water.

After the Demre-Myra, Kekova-Simena sightseeing tour, drive back to the hotel.

Overnight in Antalya

Note: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 10Transfer to Airport

Breakfast at hotel, Pick up from hotel and transfer to Antalya Airport for flight back to Istanbul for your International flight.

After completed amazing 10 Days Foot Steps of Saint Paul Turkey Tour, Romos Travel wishes all guests very healty and wonderful life ahead…

Footsteps of St.Paul in Turkey Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

  • Istanbul Airport & Sabiha Gokcen Airport – Can be supplied depends on your International flight details.

Price Includes

  • 9 Nights hotel accommodation at 4 star Hotel
  • Special cave hotel in Cappadocia
  • Flight tickets from Istanbul to Cappadocia
  • Flight tickets from Antalya to Istanbul
  • Entrance fees, mentioned in itinerary
  • Professional tour guide at tours
  • Air-conditioned vehicle for tours and transfers
  • 9 Breakfast at hotel
  • 8 Lunch at tour
  • 7 Dinner at hotel

Price Excludes

  • Gratuities to guide and driver
  • Personal expenses
  • Extras at hotel & additional meals
  • Visa & International flight tickets
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