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The Path of St Paul (10 Nights / 11 Days)

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Path of St Paul includes the main locations of Turkey where various types of destinations can be seen.

Thanks to its location, Turkey has been home to many grand civilizations throughout history and through excavations traces of many early settling are still being found. Very well preserved ancient cities, mosques, churches and palaces and thousands of museums can be visited throughout the country.

Turkey is a sight to visit for many religions as a pilgrimage. All 3 major religions have been widely practised here for many years. Many sites in Turkey are mentioned in the holy books. Even though 90% of the population is Muslim, Turkey is a secular republic and there is a great tolerance for every practise.

 

Do & Don't in Cappadocia

  • +Taste the quality Cappadocian wines
  • +Watch the rituels of whirling dervishes
  • +Make your own pottery in Avanos
  • -don't reject food and drinks offered by locals
  • -don't walk alone after dark
  • -don't be shy with locals

Tour Days

 Day 1 : ISTANBUL

 Arrival at Istanbul. Transfer to hotel. Dinner & overnight.

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 Day 2 : ISTANBUL

 After breakfast full day city tour including visits to the most important historical centres: St.Sophia, “the glory of the Byzantium Empire", Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome Square, the church of San Salvador in Chora, well-known for its mosaics symbolising Virgin Mary’s life and finally Topkapi Palace. Lunch at a typical Turkish restaurant. Dinner in hotel and overnight.

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 Day 3: ISTANBUL/BURSA

 After breakfast departure to the antique Nicea (Iznik), a city with an important past preserving numerous Ottoman and Byzantine monuments. Nicea is famous as the 1st Ecumenical Council met there; visit of St. Sophia church. Lunch in a restaurant and proceed to Bursa - the first capital of the Ottoman Empire - where the Grand Mosque & the Green Mosque will be visited. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

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 Day 4: BURSA/PERGAMON/KUSADASI

 Breakfast and departure to Pergamum. Arrival, lunch and visit of the Temple of Athens, Altar of Zeus, Temple of Dionysus, Odeon, Library of Asklepion, etc... Continuation to Kusadasi, dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.

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 Day 5: KUŞADASI

 After breakfast departure to the ancient city of Ephesus and its wonderful monuments: the Library of Celsius, the Roman Theatre, the Odeon, Adrian’s Temple, the Roman Bath, Council’s Basilica, etc. Lunch on the way in Selcuk and continuation of the visit to St. John’s Basilica and a pray break at the Sanctuary of Virgin Mary with the celebration of Saint Mass. Return to hotel, dinner and overnight.

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 Day 6: KUŞADASI/APHRODISIAS/PAMUKKALE

 After breakfast departure to Aphrodisias; named in honour of the Goddess Aphrodite; this place was famous in the whole Asia Minor as a centre of medicine and philosophy, but overall for the sculpture & art of the city. Visit of its ruins, lunch in the region. Continuation to Pamukkale, visit of the ruins of the antique city of Hierapolis whose name means sacred city due to the presence of various Christian basilicas. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Pamukkale.

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 Day 7: PAMUKKALE/KONYA/CAPPADOCIA

 Breakfast and early departure to Konya. This city was the capital of the Selcuk Empire between 1071 & 1308. An important religious centre visited by St. Paul several times. Visit of the Mausoleum of Mevlana; an Islamic mystic whose tolerance and forgiveness have always been thought to be a means of uniting the people. Lunch in Konya and continuation to Cappadocia. Arrival and a panoramic visit of the region. Dinner & overnight.

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 Day 8: CAPPADOCIA

 Breakfast and visit of the region; the valleys of Goreme and Zelve with its rupestrian
Churches, the underground city of Derinkuyu or of Kaymakli, the villages of Avanos, Paşabag, Uchisar, the craft centres with shopping possibilities. Dinner and overnight.

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 Day 9: CAPPADOCIA/TARSUS/ADANA

 Breakfast and early departure for Tarsus, which is the birthplace of St. Paul. Arrival and visit of the St. Paul’s well which exists today as it did during his period passing through the Cilician Gate. Lunch in Tarsus & continuation to Adana. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Adana.

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 Day 10: ADANA

 Breakfast and departure for Antakya (Antioquia); where St. Peter, St. Barnabas & St. Paul set out to spread out the teachings of Christ. Visit of the cave of St. Peter, Museum of Mosaics of Antakya (the most impressive one of this art in Near East and possibly in the world.) Return to Adana, dinner & overnight at hotel.

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Day 11: DEPARTURE

 Breakfast and transfer to Adana airport to take the return flight to Istanbul. End of services. (B)

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Prices

This is a private tour program and will be priced according to request.

Testimonials

  • The tour leaders and our guide on this trip knew where to go and what to do to make this Turkish adventure a true gem.  Their insights  and knowledge enriched our trip immensely.
    We give this trip our highest recommendation.
    Jackie and Matt
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    We could not have been more pleased with our Gems of Turkey trip in 2013.  The trip was very well organized and offered a rich variety of experiences.  We were exposed to amazing food, ancient historical sights, beautiful coastal towns, super friendly people, bustling cities, quaint villages and comfortable accommodations.  The size of the group was perfect and made for really getting to know our fellow travelers. The guide, our driver and John and Julie made this an extremely interesting adventure.  We would highly recommend this trip.

    Dave and Diane Milczarek

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    The transportation was great....from the bus (amazing driver) to the walking tours, boat tours and walking tours. Our last night in Istanbul using public transportation was a good experience. Julie, John and Rustem were all wonderful guides. And, it was great to meet and eat with Burcu too!

    Monica Lane

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    Excellent Tour and we loved Turkey. What a beautiful country and so many amazing places to see. The food in Turkey was fantastic and the people were friendly and easy to talk to. Lots of laughter! We want to go back soon.

    Gloria Auler

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    Excellent!

    Jackie Garcia

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    I really enjoyed visiting Turkey and came home with a nice sense of the the country, its history and its people. Thank you for being so welcoming to us all.

    Sue Priest

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    "We had an incredible tour of Western and Central Turkey and visited amazing archaeological sites from Neolithic to Roman.  Our small group tour was able to visit sites during times when the tour buses were gone, and we often had the place to ourselves, just wandering through beautiful ancient places.  Our very knowledgeable Turkish guide enriched our experience of these diverse early cultures.  Julie and John were so much fun to travel with, and gave us their unique perspectives and experience of Turkey.  It is an incredible country for anyone interested in archaeology, and the food and the people are wonderful too!  We highly recommend this tour."
    Ron and Glo Auler, Flagstaff, AZ

  • We had a great time with a lovely teacher who taught us a lot about belly dancing! We really enjoyed ourselves today!
    Thank you very much for a memorable day!
    Regards
    Asja, Ina, Randi and Jannicke

  • Our last day in Turkey!  The trip has been fabulous. Thank you for everything you did to help make it wonderful! Take good care. Amy & Erika

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