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Following Paul's Steps in Asia Minor(sm) (13 days)

Turkey At Its Best - Private Tours by Newport International

Ankara, Turkey To Istanbul, Turkey

Valid for Departures Now Through: 12 Jul 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Ankara, Turkey
TBD Dinner

Arrival in Ankara, Turkey. You will be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2
Cappadocia, Turkey
Ankara, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After visiting The Museum of Ancient Anatolian Civilizations, drive or fly to the Cappadocia Region for overnight stay.

Day 3
Cappadocia, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Full-day sightseeing around this unusual landscape to explore the underground cities, where early Christians hid from their persecutors, and the “cave” churches that are decorated with frescoes.

Day 4
Adana, Turkey
Cappadocia, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive to Tarsus, Paul’s birthplace. Then, continue to Adana for the overnight stay.

Day 5
Adana, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Full-day sightseeing to visit Antioch, the starting place of Paul’s Missionary Journeys. Visit Peter’s Grotto, the site of the very first church and the world-famous Mosaic Museum. Drive to Seleucia Peieria, from where Paul and Barnabas set sail for Cyprus on their first Missionary Journey. Return to Adana for overnight stay.

Day 6
Konya, Turkey
Adana, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning, drive to Konya, biblical Iconium. Visit the Museum of Mevlana, founder of the sect that became famous for its Whirling Dervishes as well. Overnight stay is in Konya.

Day 7
Pamukkale, Turkey
Konya, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive to Pisidian Antioch, were Paul first opened Christianity to Gentiles. Visit the remains of the Church of St. Paul and the Roman Baths. Then, continue your journey to the white cliffs of Pamukkale, a true natural wonder to behold. Overnight stay is in Pamukkale.

Day 8
Kusadasi, Turkey
Pamukkale, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit the ancient cities of Hierapolis and Laodecia, one of the Seven Churches. Then, continue on to Kusadasi for overnight stay.

Day 9
Kusadasi, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Full-day sightseeing in Ephesus, which ranks among the greatest of the ancient cities: Tour the famous ruins, including the Grand Theater that is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles, , as well as other well-preserved remnants of ancient Ephesus, proceed to the Basilica and the grave site of John, and the House of The Virgin Mary. Overnight stay is in Kusadasi.

Day 10
Çanakkale, Turkey
Kusadasi, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive through Izmir (Smyrna), and then visit Bergama (Pergamum), two of the Seven Churches. On the way, stop at a quaint village as guest of a Turkish Family in their restored 150-year old restored stone house. Afterwards, continue with the drive north to Assos, for overnight stay.

Day 11
Istanbul, Turkey
Çanakkale, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch

Sightseeing in Assos, from where Paul had sailed to Mytilene on his Third Missionary Journey. Then, visit Troy, the city immortalized by Homer. Afterwards, take the ferry across the Straits of Dardanelles to the European part of Turkey, and drive to Istanbul for overnight stay.

Day 12
Istanbul, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch

Full-day sightseeing to discover some of the famous sights of this magnificent city that straddles two continents: Visit the Blue Mosque, St. Sophia, the Underground Cistern, Topkapi Palace and the Covered Bazaar.

Day 13
Istanbul, Turkey
TBD Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

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Following Paul's Steps in Asia Minor


Paul, also known as “Saul of Tarsus”, had spent most of his life in Asia Minor, a part of present day Turkey, taking his missionary journeys throughout that land as he was opening Christianity to the Gentiles. The first church was built in Antioch, present day Antakya. All Seven Ecumenical Councils were held in Turkey; and, all Seven Churches of the Revelation are also located in Turkey. In this tour program, you will have the opportunity to visit Tarsus, the birthplace of Paul, as well as many of the ancient cities and regions mentioned in The Bible.


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By: Charlie1


Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2013

Abdullah, our private guide was phenomenal. He tailored the daily excursions to our needs and made every detail fascinating. We loved having lunch with him every day eating at local places; one place was better than the next. He was perfect!
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

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By: SHuff


Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2014

Newport International set up an amazing and memorable tour. The guides were full of important cultural and historic information. They all spoke wonderful English. Great selection of places to see in Turkey. Both interesting and beautiful.
Travel Advisor:  Marsha Dolbow
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