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  • Istanbul
  • 10 Days
  • Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Izmir
Day Route
1 USA - Istanbul
2 Istanbul - Arrival
3 Istanbul
4 Pergamum - Thyatira – Smyrna (Izmir)
5 Ephesus - St. Marys House - Izmir
6 Sardis - Philadelphia - Pamukkale
7 Hierapolis – Laodicea - Izmir
8 Izmir - Cappadocia
9 Cappadocia – Istanbul
10 Istanbul - Return
Departs daily - 8-night package combining locally operated services and visiting Istanbul, Pergamum, Thyatira, Izmir, Ephesus, Sardis, Philadelphia, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Laodicea and Cappadocia.

Includes

  • Transfers per itinerary
  • Hotels per itinerary or similar
  • Meals per itinerary; (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • Airport taxes
  • Travel funds escrow protection program
  • Domestic flights (air & land only)

Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips and gratuities

Day

1

USA - Istanbul

Enjoy a relaxing overnight flight to Istanbul.

Day

2

Istanbul - Arrival

You are greeted upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day

3

Istanbul

Your day begins with a guided tour exploring the highlights of this ancient city including the magnificent Topkapi Palace. Then walk across the Byzantine Hippodrome that was the scene of chariot races. In the afternoon we visit Saint Sophia Basilica, historic seat of the Byzantine church, built in 537 AD and now a museum whose mosaics, stained glass windows and decorated domes have been crafted to create an environment of breathtaking beauty. A short walk through gardens takes us to the Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I, built in 1616, that is famous for unequalled ceramic tiles. (B)

Day

4

Pergamum - Thyatira – Smyrna (Izmir)

Early morning flight to Izmir and visit of Pergamum (Rev. 2:12-17), and Aesculapiums, then continue to Thyatira (Rev. 2:18-29; Acts 16:14) a city of artisans guilds in St. Pauls time. In the evening we continue to Izmir (Smyrna, Rev 2:8-11) Homers birthplace on the Aegean Coast. (B)

Day

5

Ephesus - St. Marys House - Izmir

This morning we explore Ephesus with its expansive synthesis of Greco-Roman and Christian remains (Ephesians; Rev 1:11: 2:1-7: Acts 18:19-28: 19:1-4). It was the home of St. Paul between 54 and 57 AD. Nearby we visit the Virgin Marys House on a wooded hilltop where it was miraculously discovered. In the evening return to Izmir for overnight and dinner. (B)

Day

6

Sardis - Philadelphia - Pamukkale

After breakfast we visit Sardis with its beautiful gymnasium and marble paved synagogue. Then continue to Philadelphia (Rev 3:7-13), a favorite city of Paul and John. In the evening we continue on to Pamukkale, the white lime cascades of the Roman spa Hierapolis. Enjoy a leisurely bath in the warm mineral waters of your hotels pool. (B,D)

Day

7

Hierapolis – Laodicea - Izmir

Morning visit of Hierapolis. This was Philip the Evangelists home. We will tour the extensive necropolis, churches and baths, then stop at nearby Laodicea (Rev. 3:14-22: Col 2:1: 4:13-16). In the afternoon continue to Izmir for overnight and dinner. (B)

Day

8

Izmir - Cappadocia

In the morning take a short flight to Kayseri. Enjoy a full day touring the moon-like topography and unique landscape of Cappadocia. See Goreme with its Chapels carved by early Christians and decorated with frescoes dating from the 6th and 10th century is an unforgettable experience. Visit the underground city of Kaymakli where thousands of early Christians lived concealed from persecutors in eight story complexes of subterranean dwellings. (B,L,D)

Day

9

Cappadocia – Istanbul

This morning visit Rose Valley, one of the most beautiful trekking valleys in Cappadocia, and explore the famous rock-cut churches by hiking through the valley. Rest in Cavusin, an old Greek village, known for its Christian houses and churches. After having time for lunch visit Ortahisar Castle, similar to Uchisar Castle in style, where storage caves can also be observed. In the afternoon visit Kaymakli Underground City where early Christians lived in fear and faith. On the way back visit the panoramic Pigeon Valley where pigeons contributed to the lives of locals with their manure to fertilize the vineyards. You may also like to taste Cappadocia wine in a local winery. Then drive to Kayseri and take a short flight to Istanbul. (B,L)

Day

10

Istanbul - Return

Your will be transferred to the airport for the flight home. (B)

Departure Date
Land Only