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- All Inclusive Pricing
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Deluxe Hotels
- Entrance and Program Fees
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare
Day 1 Day 1 – Depart U.S.A
Enjoy the flight.
Day 2 Day 2 – Arrive in Istanbul
Get rested for tomorrow.
Day 3 Day 3 – Istanbul
Begin with the Church of St. Savior in Chora with 13th century frescoes and gold-gilded mosaics. Then visit the Hippodrome and the Blue Mosque, the 17th century Ottoman sanctuary adorned with six minarets and more than 20, 000 hand-painted lznik tiles. In the afternoon, we visit the domed masterpiece St. Sophia and Topkapi Palace, the former abode of Ottoman Sultans that still houses their legion of treasures, including an extensive collection of Chinese porcelain.
Day 4 Day 4 – Istanbul
We embark on a morning cruise on the Bosphorus, the winding strait that separates Europe and Asia and connects the Black Sea with the inland Sea of Marmara. This is our time to relish the views of the old wooden mansions, Ottoman palaces, and ancient fortresses that dot the river‘s coast. Then, for our last stop of the day, we will explore the streets of the Grand Bazaar, a massive covered market where you will have the opportunity to shop for jewelry, leather, carpets and other fine souvenirs to bring back home.
Day 5 Day 5 – Istanbul - Troy - Canakkale
Depart for the legendary city of Troy, epically portrayed in homer’s Iliad. We will visit the ruins, an archaeological layer cake created as cities built on top of each other, and we will see an enormous reconstruction of the famous Wooden Horse.
Day 6 Day 6 – Pergamum - Thyatira - Izmir
Today, we embark on our pilgrimage of the Seven Churches. We will drive south through the fertile olive orchards hugging the Aegean coast to Pergamum to visit the Acropolis, the Temple of Athena and the famous library, before viewing the ruins of Asclepion. We will visit the Red Basilica, the largest building of the Roman period and then continue to Thyatira. Then, we will visit the ruins of the Temple of Apollo and continue on to Izmir where we will spend the night.
Day 7 Day 7 – Izmir - Sardis - Philadelphia - Izmir
We head to Sardis, one of the most picturesque sites of the Seven Churches. Here, we will visit the temple, the Byzantine Church, the Roman- era Synagogue and the gymnasium. Afterwards, we will continue to Philadelphia (Alasehir) and visit the Byzantine Basilica, illuminated by its beautiful 11th century frescoes. Then, we will return to Izmir for the night.
Day 8 Day 8 – Izmir - Ephesus (Kusadasi) - Izmir
We begin our morning with a trip to the ancient agora of Izmir and visit the Church of Polycarp. Then, we continue to Ephesus, a site of immense biblical significance. We will visit the Arcadian way, the splendid facade of the Library of Celsus and see the amphitheater where St. Paul preached to the Ephesians. Then, we will continue to the Basilica of St. John and on to the House of the Virgin Mary that is spectacularly situated above the ruins. Many believe that this is where St. John brought the Virgin Mary, to live out her life. It is also the site where Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass. Afterwards, we return to Izmir for the night.
Day 9 Day 9 – Aphrodisias - Laodicea - Pamukkale
In the morning, we depart for Aphrodisias. Here, we will visit the beautifully excavated city of Aphrodite with its incredibly preserved stadium, theater, and temple. In the afternoon, we continue to Laodicea, which was the crossroads between Sardis and Perge. We will visit its ruins and continue to Pamukkale, “Cotton Castle”- an apt description for a city with a landscape of fantastic limestone terraces.
Day 10 Day 10 – Pamukkale - Konya - Cappadocia
Early morning drive to Konya (Iconium). St. Paul and St. Barnabas preached here in the synagogue that once stood on this site. Today, the city is famous for its Seljuk mosques, monuments, and the monastery of the great mystic Mevlana.
Day 11 Day 11 – Cappadocia
Embark on a full day tour of Cappadocia to scale the natural citadel of Uchisar to enjoy incredible panoramic views of the region. Make our way through Goreme Valley, an open air museum dotted with quaint churches carved-from-rock and chapels embellished with colorful frescoes. Then to the monastic Valley of Zelve, the Valley of Fairy Chimneys, and on to the caves of the ancient village of Avanos. End our day at Kaymakli, an underground city carved from volcanic rock by early Christians escaping Roman persecution.
Day 12 Day 12 – Cappadocia - Ankara
In the morning, we depart for Ankara, the capital of modern Turkey. In the afternoon, we tour the world-famous museum of Anatolian Civilizations, which houses exhibits of the prehistoric era and Hittite treasures. Then, we will visit the mausoleum of Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic.
Day 13 Day 13 – Ankara - Istanbul - USA
Enjoy the rest of your trip.