In The Footsteps Of St. Paul, Seven Churches and Patmos

Number of days: 14

Departs from: Istanbul

Tour departures: All year round

Tour ends: Istanbul

only for groups

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1: Istanbul

    Arrive Istanbul. Meet and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon orientation tour in Istanbul, if time permits (according to the arrival time). Overnight in Istanbul.

    Hotel : Germir Palas Hotel Special Class

    Hotel : Eresin Crown Hotel starstarstarstarstar

  • Day 2: Istanbul

    St. Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, St. Irene and St. Chora Museum. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)

    Hotel : Germir Palas Hotel Special Class

    Hotel : Eresin Crown Hotel starstarstarstarstar

    B 
  • Day 3: Istanbul - Bursa

    Drive to Iznik (Nicea), the site of the First and Seventh Ecumenical Councils. Drive to Bursa, visit the Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum. Overnight in Bursa. (B,L,D)

    Hotel : Kervansaray Bursa City Hotel starstarstarstar

    Hotel : Kervansaray Thermal Hotel starstarstarstarstar

    B L D

  • Day 4: Bursa - Troy - Ayvalik

    Continue to Canakkale, visit Gallipoli, Troy, Alexandra Troas where St.Paul met Luke. Overnight in Ayvalik. (B,L,D)

    Hotel : Grand Temizel Hotel starstarstarstarstar

    B L D

  • Day 5: Pergamon - Thyatira - Izmir

    Depart to Pergamon, visit the Asclepion, the ancient hospital, the Acropolis, the Church at the site of ancient Serapium and the Red Court dedicated to St. John. Then visit Akhisar, the site of ancient Thyatira. Overnight in Izmir. (B,L)

    Hotel : Double Tree by Hilton Alsancak starstarstarstar

    Hotel : Wyndham Hotel Izmir starstarstarstarstar

    B L 
  • Day 6: Sardis - Philadelphia - Izmir

    Visit Sardis, the capital city of the ancient Kingdom of Lydia, visit the Church built on the foundations of the Temple of Artemis. Continue to Alasehir, ancient Philadelphia. Return to Izmir, visit St. Policarp Church. Overnight in Izmir. (B,L)

    Hotel : Double Tree by Hilton Alsancak starstarstarstar

    Hotel : Wyndham Hotel Izmir starstarstarstarstar

    B L 
  • Day 7: Ephesus - Kusadasi

    Drive to Ephesus where St. Paul stayed a while, visit the ancient city, House of the Virgin Mary, the Basilica of St. John, continue to Miletos where St. Paul gave a speech to spread Christianity. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B,L,D)

    Hotel : Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel starstarstarstar

    Hotel : Korumar Hotel starstarstarstarstar

    B L D

  • Day 8: Kusadasi - Patmos (Greek Island) - Kusadasi

    Daily tour to the Greek Island of Patmos by private boat. Visit the Cave of Revelation and St. John’s Monastery. Return to Kusadasi for overnight. (B,D)

    Hotel : Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel starstarstarstar

    Hotel : Korumar Hotel starstarstarstarstar

    B D

  • Day 9: Aphrodisias - Laodicea - Pamukkale

    Visit Aphrodisias, Laodicea and Hierapolis, overnight in Pamukkale. (B,L,D)

    Hotel : Richmond Pamukkale Thermal Hotel starstarstarstar

    Hotel : Colossae Thermal Hotel starstarstarstarstar

    B L D

  • Day 10: Pisidian Antioch - Iconium - Cappadocia

    Visit Pisidian Antioch, Konya (Iconium), the Mevlana Mosque and Mausoleum, proceed to Cappadocia for overnight. (B,L,D)

    Hotel : Peri Tower Hotel starstarstarstar

    Hotel : Dinler Hotel starstarstarstarstar

    B L D

  • Day 11: Cappadocia

    Visit Goreme, Zelve Valley, Underground City. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B,L,D)

    Optional: Balloon Tour
    Pick up from the hotel roughly one hour before the sunrise (App. 05:00 o’clock) and transfer to the base. After serving tea, coffee and cookies while waiting for the other participants proceed to the take-off field designated for that day. After a safety briefing delivered by the pilot, climb in to the baskets and take off. Rise to the altitudes of several hundred meters to have a good view of the area and drift through the valleys and canyons for some 60 minutes. On landing, have a traditional celebration party with champagne and cakes. Thereafter transfer back to the hotel.

    Per Person Group Rate : 120.-Euro

    Hotel : Peri Tower Hotel starstarstarstar

    Hotel : Dinler Hotel starstarstarstarstar

    B L D

  • Day 12: Cappadocia - Tarsus - Antioch

    Depart to Tarsus, the birthplace of St. Paul, continue to Antakya (Biblical city of Antioch) where St. Paul and St. Barnabas stayed. Overnight in Antakya. (B,L,D)

    Hotel : Buyuk Antakya Hotel starstarstarstar

    B L D

  • Day 13: Antioch - Fly Istanbul

    Visit the Museum of Antioch with its famous mosaics and St. Peter’s Grotto, the Cave Church where early Christians met in secret. Drive to Adana airport for late afternoon flight to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel, overnight in Istanbul. (B,L)

    Hotel : Germir Palas Hotel Special Class

    Hotel : Eresin Crown Hotel starstarstarstarstar

    B L 
  • Day 14: Istanbul

    Transfer to Istanbul airport for departure. (B)

    B