Destination

Turkey

Duration

14 Days

Price

From $4,798 pp*

Journey in the footsteps of St. Paul and the early Christians, as you travel through a country that is rich in spirituality, history and culture. Delve into the profound essence of Christianity while visiting the mystical sites of four of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Step into the charming city of Antioch (Antakya), the birthplace of the term “Christian” and the location of the cave church where early Christians gathered for secret meetings with Peter the Apostle. Stroll through St. Paul’s hometown, the charming ancient city of Tarsus with its winding streets and Ottoman-style homes. Descend into the darkness of the subterranean city of Kaymakli, established in the 7th century by Christians fleeing persecution. Marvel at the ancient Odeon in Laodicea before heading off to the spectacular hot springs of Pamukkale. Explore the House of the Virgin Mary before entering Ephesus through its famous Magnesia Gate. Chills will engulf you while standing in the Grand Theater where Paul risked his life to preach the Gospel to large crowds. Experience the beauty of Pergamum, rivaled only by the church of Ephesus in its wealth and temples. Top off this Travelous tour with a visit to the legendary city of Troy, guarded by its famous Trojan horse! Note: Pricing based on a group of 4 travelers.

Days Activities Accommodations
Day 1
Istanbul
  • Airport Assistance & Transfer
Sirkeci Mansion - Superior
Bed and Breakfast
Day 2
Istanbul
  • Istanbul City Tour
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Sirkeci Mansion - Superior
Bed and Breakfast
Day 3
Istanbul - Antakya - Adana
  • Airport Transfer (Depart)
  • Flight: Istanbul - Antakya
  • Antakya - Airport Transfer (Arrival)
  • Antakya City Tour
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Adana Hilton - King Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 4
Adana - Cappadocia
  • Tarsus to Cappadocia
Yunak Evleri - Deluxe
Bed and Breakfast
Day 5
Cappadocia
  • Cappadocia Panoramic Tour (Lunch Included)
Yunak Evleri - Deluxe
Bed and Breakfast
Day 6
Cappadocia
  • Cappadocia Wonders Tour (Lunch Included)
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Yunak Evleri - Deluxe
Bed and Breakfast
Day 7
Antalya
  • Konya - Antalya
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Liberty Lara Antalya - Standard Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 8
Antalya
  • Aspendos & Perge
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Liberty Lara Antalya - Standard Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 9
Pamukkale
  • Colossae, Byzantine Wall, Laodicia, Pamukkale
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Ayapam Boutique Hotel - Superior Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 10
Kusadasi
  • Hierapolis - Sardis - Philadelphia, Kusadasi
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
LaVista Boutique Hotel - Deluxe Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 11
Kusadasi
  • Ephesus & Miletus
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
LaVista Boutique Hotel - Deluxe Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 12
Canakkale
  • From Pergamum to Canakkale
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Kolin Hotel - Standard Room
Half Board
Day 13
Istanbul
  • Istanbul via Troy
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
  • Istanbul by Night (Dinner Included)
Magnaura Palace - Deluxe Sea View
Bed and Breakfast
Day 14
Istanbul
  • Airport Transfer (Depart)

Day 1
Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul! Upon arrival, you will be greeted by one of our local Travelous, English-speaking representatives who will be holding a sign with your name printed on it. Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance to your hotel for check-in.

Istanbul, formerly known as Byzantium, is an unbelievably fascinating city where ancient history meets modernity at its best. As a result of its strategic location along the historic Silk Road and the only sea route between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, Istanbul is the place where East and West come together in a harmonious fusion of color, sight and sound. The still glorious city of Istanbul was once the capital of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Latin Empire and the Ottoman Empire. Today, it is in the top five most visited cities in the world because it offers an abundance of absolutely incredible and unique cultural, historic, architectural, gastronomic and natural wealth.

Enjoy an adventurous evening exploring the area or simply relaxing in your hotel.

Sirkeci Mansion - Superior Room

Day 2
Istanbul

After breakfast, get ready for your fun-filled and in-depth Istanbul tour. Your tour starts with a visit to the Hippodrome, which is the scene of Byzantine chariot races. Then visit the Blue Mosque, which was built between 1609-1616 and has more than 20,000 blue Iznik (Nicaea) tiles. Next, you will visit Topkapi Palace, the imperial residence of Ottoman sultans, housing 600 year-old souvenirs and exhibiting imperial treasure.

Once you've savored a delicious lunch, you will continue to the St. Sophia Museum, one of the greatest marvels of architecture. It was once a patriarchal basilica before it was converted into an Islamic mosque. Now, it is one of the most visited museums in the world. Finally, visit the famous Grand Covered Bazaar, which is the world"s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Go for a "shopping spree" in this labyrinth of more than 4000 shops. Choose leather, carpets, jewels or copper crafts, but be sure to bargain!

Sirkeci Mansion - Superior Room

Day 3
Istanbul - Antakya - Adana

Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance from your hotel to the airport for departure.

Flight from Istanbul to Antakya.

Welcome to Antakya (Antioch). Your Travelous representative will greet you at the airport upon arrival to begin to an unforgettable full day tour of this incredible area.

Antioch is a very significant place for Christians and the area in which the followers of Jesus Christ were explicitly first called "Christians." Your tour of this historically rich place starts with a visit to the St. Peter"s Grotto, the cave church that came to be known as the meeting place of the early Christians.

After a delicious lunch, continue to visit the Mosaic Museum, which houses a superb collection of mosaics from Antioch, Daphne and Seleucia Pieria. The museum's collection also includes items that reflect the art and culture of the region, from the Paleolithic Age through the present day. The fascinating objects are displayed in wall niches.

Adana Hilton - King Room

Day 4
Adana - Cappadocia

Get ready for an amazing adventure in Tarsus where Paul the Apostle was born and Antony met Cleopatra. Tarsus, with its Ottoman houses, winding streets and a cluster of ancient monuments is a truly intriguing town. Your tour in Tarsus will include theSt. Paul's well, from which it is believed that St. Paul would collect water. After a savory lunch, you will proceed to Cleopatra's Gate followed by theTarsus Museumwhich is housed in the Kubad Pasha Medrese, an old Ottoman bedestan (covered market) from the 16th Century. Transfer in late afternoon to Goreme for overnight.

Yunak Evleri - Deluxe Room

Day 5
Cappadocia

You'll be amazed by the utterly surreal landscapes where troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses have been hewn from the soft, porous, eerily eroded rock of Cappadocia. The crumbling legacy of persecuted Christians trying to escape the Muslim onslaught in 1st - 10th centuries AD by effectively heading underground is one of Turkey"s finest attractions.

Your guided tour of the region includes the World Heritage Listed Goreme Valley to see fascinating examples of rock-cut Byzantine churches and chapels. Stopping on the outskirts of Goreme Village, you will have the opportunity to visit Pigeon Valley where century"s old pigeon houses are carved into the surrounding cliffs. The pigeon droppings that litter the area have been used as fertilizer on crops for generations. Here you will also have be able to visit an Onyx shop, specializing in historic jewelry designs unique to Turkey (using local materials and craftsmen). For those not interested in shopping, spend a little time relaxing and savor a Turkish coffee at the local cafe.

Yunak Evleri - Deluxe Room

Day 6
Cappadocia

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a full day group exploring the wonders of Cappadocia.

Your first stop will be at the Ortahisar, a natural citadel carved in rocks. Then visit Subterranean City of Kaymakli or Derinkuyu, established in the 7th century by Christians fleeing persecution, in which a visitor is able to descend several floor levels. Drive to Cavusin Valley to see the troglodyte dwellings where people lived until mid-20th century.

After lunch, continue on to visit to Red Valley for some stunning views of the surrounding area. The tour will culminate with a visit to a Wine House where you"ll be able to taste delicious local wines. Cappadocia is famous for its fertile vineyards due to the mineral-laden volcanic soil of the area.

After the tour, you"ll be brought back to your hotel where you might choose to spend a leisurely evening enjoying the hotel facilities.

Yunak Evleri - Deluxe Room

Day 7
Antalya

Today, you will visit some of the wonderful Seljuk Turkish monuments that the Sufi mystic, Rumi, would have known and visited.

You will drive towards the north side of Alaettin Hill to visit the Seminary of the Slender Minaret (Ince Minare Medrese, 1264), a 13th-century theological college that has been beautifully restored. It now serves as Konya's Museum of Stone and Wooden Inscriptions, with works of art from the 1100s and later.

After a traditional Turkish meal, visit Konya's Archeological Museum to see the marble high-relief sarcophagus "The Trials of Hercules" and many items from Konya's ancient past (up to 7000 years ago).

After your tour, we transfer to Antalya for overnight.

Liberty Lara Antalya - Standard Room

Day 8
Antalya

Today, you"ll take part in a memorable tour of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Aspendos and the Anatolian city of Perge.

The first stop will be in Aspendos, famous for its best-preserved theater of antiquity built in the 2nd c. AD with a capacity of 15,000 people. Still used today for performances and festivals, the theater's galleries, stage decorations and acoustics all testify to its architect Xenon's success. Next to the stage there is a small room that is used as a museum where you can get a closer look at some of the masks and clay tickets of that day. Nearby stand the remains of a basilica, agora and one of the largest aqueducts in Anatolia. Here, you can also visit the acropolis of the city with a panoramic view of the river.

Continuing on to the Ancient city of Perge dating back to the Bronze Age; a port city settled by the Hittites around 1500 B. C. along the Kestros River. Perge also has its place on the map due to St. Paul when he visited Perge in 46 A.D. and preached a famous sermon here.

Liberty Lara Antalya - Standard Room

Day 9
Pamukkale

Enjoy your full day tour of three incredible places on the way to Pamukkale.

We start off at theancient city of Colossae. Although it is not one of the seven churches from the Book of Revelation, the city is mentioned in the book Colossians. Here, you"ll visit the Byzantine Wall and other ruins dating back thousands of years.

Continue on to Laodicea, one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Laodicea was founded in the 2nd century BC by the Seleucid king Antiochus II Theos who named it after his wife. Laodicea was known as Laodicea-ad-Lycum, since there were many other towns named Laodicea founded by Seleucid kings. Laodicea soon became a prosperous city after trading its fine quality purple-color wool. Here, you"ll visit the ancient Odeon, theatre and gymnasium.

Then drive to Pamukkale, which means "cotton castle." The city"s hot springs and sparkling white travertines, (terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water) are especially spectacular.

Ayapam Boutique Hotel - Superior Room

Day 10
Kusadasi

Your tour begins with a visit to Hierapolis, which means "holy city," to see the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the Main Street and Gates, the thermal baths, the devil"s hole, and the Masterpiece Theatre. The city's hot springs and travertines, (terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water) are especially spectacular. Enjoy a swim in one of these crystal clear natural baths!

After lunch, you will continue on to see the early church ruins in Sardis. Here, you will also visit Sardis Gymnasium, the Jewish Synagogue and the Temple of Artemis and Diana, which later became a church.

From Sardis, continue on to Philadelphia to visit the Church of St. John Basilica before transferring to Kusadasi for overnight.

LaVista Boutique Hotel - Deluxe Room

Day 11
Kusadasi

Drive through the Turkish countryside to the House of the Virgin Mary where the Blessed Virgin is reputed to have spent the last years of her life. The site was made famous by the visits of Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II. In November of 2006, Pope Benedict the 16th paid an official visit to the House of the Virgin Mary and celebrated mass there. Outside is the Fountain of Our Lady where you can taste or collect this blessed water.

As you enter Ephesus, you will pass through the Magnesia Gate and enter the administrative section of this ancient city. The guided walking tour will take you through one of the most magnificent excavations in the world. You"ll see the Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan, the steam baths of Scholastika, the Temple of Hadrian and one of the most famous structures, the Library of Celsus.

Next, you'll visit the Grand Theater where the Paul the Apostle preached to large audiences. It is one of the greatest theaters in antiquity with a capacity of 24,000 seats.

After lunch, you will drive to the ancient Greek city of Miletus that is mentioned in the Bible. In the Acts of the Apostles, Miletus is stated as the site where Paul the Apostle met with the elders of the church of Ephesus in AD 57. It is also believed that Paul stopped by the Great Harbour Monument and sat on its steps.

LaVista Boutique Hotel - Deluxe Room

Day 12
Canakkale

Today, you will embark on a tour of Pergamum. Your first stop is one of the Seven Churches of Revelation that was rivaled only by Ephesus in its wealth, temples, and beauty. Then, visit the ancient Acropolis, which dominates the view from all around. Step back in time to the Roman era as you visit the Library, the great Altar of Zeus, the Sanctuary of Athena, the Temple of Dionysus, the restored Temple of Trajan and the Theatre. South of the Acropolis is the Asclepion, one of the three most famous sanctuaries of Asclepios, the God of Healing. It was an ideal spot for pilgrims to enjoy the medicinal and spiritual benefits of the spa. Walk the Sacred Way to see the Sacred Well and the Serpent Altar - the symbol of modern day medicine.

Kolin Hotel - Standard Room

Day 13
Istanbul

Begin your day at the legendary city of Troy. Legend holds it that this is where the warrior Ulysses came up with the Wooden Horse strategy that ended the 10 year Trojan War. Here, nine ruined cities, one on top of the other, have been uncovered, going back some 5,000 years. Visit the walls of the Acropolis, which is identified as the site of the Trojan War. Stop by the Odeon, a site where singing exercises, musical shows and poetry competitions took place during this time. Transfer in late afternoon to Istanbul for overnight.

After your adventurous boat tour, you will be taken on an Istanbul by night tour with dinner. This includes visiting floodlit mosques, savoring a mouthwatering traditional meal and then enjoying a fascinating bellydance show.

Magnaura Palace - Deluxe Sea View

 

Day 14
Istanbul

Unfortunately, we say goodbye to you today. Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance from your hotel to the airport for departure. Keep the memories alive and we hope to see you again in Turkey! Stay Travelous!

Turkey: The cradle of cultures and civilizations connecting Europe and Asia. Historically, the lands of Anatolia, well known as one the earliest settlements, has continued to flourish with the migration of various tribes, and accumulated a large cultural heritage through a line of succeeding empires and civilizations. Ranging from the Sumerians to the Hittites, the Lydians to the Byzantines and the Seljuks to the Ottomans; all have once thrived and expired within the borders of Turkey.

Sirkeci Mansion

Sirkeci Mansion is located on the historical peninsula, also known as "Old City" the ancient part of Istanbul and in a few minutes walking distance to major historical areas such as; Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Gulhane Park, Baslica Cistern, Topkapi Palace, Eminonu Port.You can take long walks away from urban noise and even go for jogging on the grounds in the fresh morning air. The hotel boasts 52 rooms, all with private bathroom bathroom, direct dial telephone, hair dryer and TV. Click for detailed information about the rooms. The hotel has one panoramic terrace restaurant, an indoor restaurant and two meeting rooms.

All superior rooms are equipped with Queen bedding, Jacuzzi, Air Conditioning, Electronic Door Locks, Room Safe, LCD TV with Satellite Channels, High Speed Wi-Fi Internet Access, 24 Hours Housekeeping, Mini Bar andTea/Coffee Making Facilities.

Adana Hilton

Experience the stylish Adana HiltonSA hotel located on the banks of the Seyhan River, offering bright, modern accommodations ten minutes from Adana Sakirpasa Airport. Experience unrivalled service from the friendly i-lingual staff at this delightful Adana hotel, and relax in the garden setting of the lobby with its dramatic high ceiling.

City or river view, large windows, sofa bed, work desk, and WiFi. Choose this air-conditioned king room and take in the city or river views from the large opening windows. Relax in the easy chair and watch a range of cable and pay-per-view TV channels. Utilize the ergonomic chair and catch up with work at the desk. This room features a roll-in shower and is accessible by request. Special touches include a plush bathrobe and welcome amenity.

Yunak Evleri

Yunak Evleri is a combination of 7 cave houses with a total of 40 private cave rooms dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries and crowned with a 19th century Greek Mansion. These exceptional cave houses are renovated and decorated with care and in their own distinct style while strictly respecting the local character. The decor is elegant and personalized with beautiful hand-crafted furnishings and antiques. All rooms have private patios overlooking the Turkish Mesa. With 40 rooms, Yunak Evleri is small enough to be intimate, yet large enough to offer you privacy.

Deluxe Rooms feature elegant decor is prominent wherever you lay your eyes. With marble floors, handcrafted lace curtains, antique chests and bedside tables, traditional bed covers, old brass bedsteads, old handcrafted writing desks, old kilim carpets and antique lighting have been chosen with care and with simplicity in mind.

Liberty Lara Antalya

Situated within close proximity to Antalya International airport, the Liberty Hotels Lara is one of the most desirable `Child friendly` all-inclusive hotels in the Antalya region. Located on the Mediterranean Sea, the Liberty hotels Lara boasts an impressive pool area set within delightfully landscaped tropical gardens with palm trees and water slides. The contemporary, linear rooms offer air conditioning, private bathroom, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, limited sea views and sea views.

Subtle yet seductively cosy, all standard rooms come with a contemporary, linear feel. Room Facilities: Safety Deposit Box, Air Conditioning, Desk, Heating, Shower, Bath, Hairdryer, complimentary toiletries, Toilet, Bathroom, Slippers, Smart LED TV, Telephone, Satellite TV, Minibar, Wake Up call service, Balcony

Ayapam Boutique Hotel

The Ayapam Boutique Hotel is a brand new hotel born in Pamukkale, and provides top of the line service to guests. As it is located at the bottom of travertines, you can see the marvelous view of one of the world heritage from everywhere in hotel. You can approach only with a short walk to Hierapolis. At the hotel, you will find a traditional Turkish bath, sauna, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, child"s pool, lift, and you can use Wi-Fi everywhere in hotel. AYAPAM makes your holiday both relaxing and unforgettable.

All Superior rooms come with the option of king or twin bedding, private balcony, bathroom with Jacuzzi, air conditioning, LCD TV with international channels, Mini bar, Hair dryer, telephones both in room and bathroom, 24 hour reception and room service.

LaVista Boutique Hotel

Letting time stand still, escaping to be pampered in a place where the blue of the Aegean and the cobalt sky merge seamlessly into infinity, that's a luxury not everyone gets to experience. At LaVista Boutique Hotel & Spa, get a 280 degree uncut view of the Aegean sea, where you can watch the sun falling into the horizon slowly while you are sipping your gin & tonic, lose yourself in daydreams on the infinity pool, or discover 3,000 years of history of Ephesus. Don't ask why, just ask when. Be pampered at LaVista cause time dont wait for no one unless you make the time for it.

Deluxe rooms are 30 sqm in size, furnished in all light colors and a romantic Provence style, sure to take you away to a different time and place... All rooms have a large balcony and LCD sreens, satellite tv, wifi, hair dryer, minibar, split air conditioning and many more luxuries awaiting you.

Kolin Hotel

The Kolin Hotel offers impeccable Customer Service as well as grdens overlooking the Strait, bicycle and trekking courses, soccer, volleyball, basketball and tennis courts, outdoor and indoor (heated) pools, sauna, Turkish bath, Finnish bath, Jacuzzi, fitness center, spa, billiard, dart, table tennis, table soccer, air hockey, live music at the bars, night club over the weekend and fun times.

Every standard room is designed carefully to meet your needs. Ammenities include air conditioning, satellite tv, card locking system, safe, fire detector, minibar, bathtub, bathroom phone, hair dryer, internet connection, and direct phone lines.

Magnaura Palace

Perched above the ruins of the Byzantine era Magnaura Palace lays the modern day Magnaura Palace Hotel. Each room was expertly designed with the comfort and opulence of its guests in mind. Adorned in sleek contemporary Turkish decor, regal mahogany furniture, and rejuvenating toiletries along with a breathtaking view of the Marmara Sea to cater to your senses for the ultimate escape in the middle of bustling Sultanahmet district. Let the outstanding staff of Magnaura Palace Hotel cater to you while you explore the treasure that is Istanbul.

Deluxe Rooms enjoy stunning views of the Marmara Sea and Istanbul"s metropolitan Asian half. All rooms feature: Secure Electronic Safe, Central Air Conditioning/Heating, Wardrobe and Closet Space, Vanity/Desk Space, Plush Linens and Traditional Turkish Silk Accents, Flat Screen Television with Satellite Channels, High Speed Wireless Internet, Turkish Cotton Bathrobes and Slippers,Complimentary Toiletries, Electric Tea Kettle and Complimentary Tea and Coffee, Stocked Minibar, Telephone and Hairdryer.

Terms and Conditions

 What's Included:

  • Accommodation, Activities, Transfers, Meals, and Fees as indicated on your itinerary. Local and international traveler assistance during your tour. Specialised and personalised services.

What's not Included:

  • Airfare to/from the Tour start point, including domestic or inter-country connecting flights, unless otherwise stated in itinerary.
  • tips and gratuities
  • items of a personal nature such as incidentals, excess baggage charges
  • airport taxes/entrance fees, port charges, foreign government departure taxes
  • Visas (unless otherwise indicated), Inspection, Customs, Immigration and Naturalization fees Additional fuel surcharges on cruises
  • Travel Insurance including Medical, Lost Baggage and Trip cancellation
  • Optional activities (golf, watersports, etc.)
  • any other activities or items not explicitly advertised as included in the price of a Tour

 

Reservations/Booking and Deposits:  To book a Tour, each Traveler (or leader of a Group of Travelers) must submit:

 

A.     A completed booking form signed electronically by the main Traveler. By submitting the booking form on the payments page, the traveler accepts our full Terms and Conditions.  

B.     A deposit of 30% of the Tour price (minimum $250 per person), is due immediately upon booking.

C.     The full balance of the trip cost is due ninety days (90) before the trip departure date.

D.      If you book your trip with us ninety days (90 days) or less before the departure date, the full cost of the trip is due at that time.

E.       In the instance payment is made by certified check or wire transfer, reservations will only commence once the check is cleared.

F.       Availability of Services and Accommodations cannot be guaranteed until a Tour is booked.  We will exercise our best efforts to book the Services and Accommodations described in the Tour Itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of Tour date, we may be forced to offer substitutes.  In this instance we will notify you as soon as possible and try to substitute comparable Services and Accommodations based on availability.

G.      Ticketing & credit card processing for international transport and other select domestic airfare pertaining to a specific country is done by a 3rd party and not included in your total land package price unless otherwise stated.

H.      Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $250 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.

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