St. Paul & Asia Minor

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Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrival Istanbul

    Arrival at Istanbul Airports (Ataturk or Sabiha Gokcen). In assistance of our local professional tour guide transfer by bus to the hotel. Welcome-Cocktail. Dinner and overnight. expand
  • Day 02 : Istanbul - Adana - Cappadocia

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to ADANA. Drive to TARSUS (Tars) to visit House of St. PAUL'S and CLEOPATRA & ANTONIUS Gate. expand
    Further drive to CAPPADOCIA and en route visit to Monastery ESKI GUMUS and one of the underground Cities of KAYMAKLI or DERINKUYU. Arrival Cappadocia for dinner and overnight.

  • Day 03 : C a p p a d o c i a

    Whole day in mystic Valley of Cappadocia with the visits to Natural Castle/Hill of UCHISAR to get the marvelous panoramic view. Continue visits by Real open-air Museum of GOREME, IHLARA VALLEY and it's FAIRY CHIMNEYS. A short pause in authentic Village URGUP, visit to AVANOS and Ceramics Ateliers. Return back to the hotel for dinner and overnight. expand
  • Day 04 : Cappadocia - Konya - Pamukkale

    Breakfast and departure for KONYA-The city of Whirling Dervishes, arrive and visit to MEVLANA Djalladini Rumi' Mosque, MAUSOLEUM and Theological School KARATAY. Further drive to PAMUKKALE for dinner and overnight. expand
  • Day 05 : Pamukkale - Kusadasi

    After breakfast, visit to PAMUKKALE-Cotton Fortress the magnificent cotton-white plateau formed by the travertine deposits of the calcium oxide and en route visit to HIERAPOLIS-One of the most famed of the ruins surviving from antiquity, (City Baths, Christian Basilica, Monumental fountain, Temple of Apollo, Theater, Martyrium of St. Philip, Necropolis-Containing tumuli, sarcophagi and house-shaped tombs, it represents one of the best preserved of the ancient cemeteries in Turkey.). expand
    Departure for KUSADASI and whole day excursion to EPHESUS, one of the most important and best preserved cities of the ancient world, with its huge theater, the Odeon, the Library, and Roman baths. On the way to EPHESUS, visit the Temple of ARTEMIS, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Drive to the Basilica of St. John, which was build here after the death of Apostle John. Visit to Isa BEY Mosque and drive to the chapel of the VIRGIN MARY and Saint JEAN Basilica. Arrival KUSADASI-The Bird Island for dinner and overnight.

  • Day 06 : Kusadasi - Bergama - Dikili

    Breakfast drive to IZMIR (ancient Smyrna) the third largest city in Turkey and visit to the Church of St. POLICARPE, Fortress of Alexander The Great Agora. Departure for BERGAMA for visits to PERGAMUM, the capital of ancient Asia Minor, perched high on a hill. expand
    Visit ASCLEPEION, the famous health center, the Parchment Library that once contained over 200.000 volumes, the Acropolis, and the monument of ZEUS ALTAR. Dinner and overnight in DIKILI or BERGAMA.

  • Day 07 : Bergama - Bursa - Istanbul

    Departure for ISTANBUL. Drive to the historical city of Bursa, once the capital of OTTOMANS, one of the famous thermal centers in Turkey and today well-known as Green BURSA. Visit to GREEN Mosque and TOMB, ULU-GRAND Mosque. expand
    Drive continue and en route visit to St. SOPHIA in IZNIK (NICAEA). Further drive north to Izmit Bay, crossing the Marmara Sea with a ferry, arrive in the Asian side of Istanbul. Climb to Camlica Hill for a panoramic view of the city. Crossing the Bosphorus Bridge, separating the two continents, arrival hotel for dinner and overnight.

  • Day 08 : Istanbul end of our services

    Breakfast and departure for full day sightseeing tour of the city including visits to famed TOPKAPI Palace, the great palace of OTTOMAN Sultans, ST. SOPHIA Museum, a fifth century basilica with its spectacular frescoes and immense central dome still considered as an architectural marvel; The BLUE Mosque, exquisitely decorated with blue tiles; the HIPPODROME of the old city, location of chariot races and the center of early Byzantine life.expand
    Transfer to airport for return flight home.



  • Accommodation at selected hotels, in Dbls with twc, on H/B basis.
  • All excursions and visits of the museums mentioned in the program.
  • Transportation by modern touristic class buses with air-conditioning system.
  • Guiding services of our local professional tour-guide during the whole stay in Turkey.
  • Highway, ferry and bridge crossing fees, tips and portages.
  • Valuable Tax and services charge.
  • Each 21st person is free of charge.