Tour Dates
Oct 5 - 18, 2006 (14 Days)
Oct 19-23, 2006 ( 4 Days, Optional)




Day 01 Oct 5 ,2006 THURSDAY Istanbul
Arrival in Istanbul Ataturk Airport.
Transfer to Hotel Ayasofya. Please check arrival info for details.
Hotel Ayasofya is located in the Old City, where most houses remain as they were  200 years ago . The hotel is situated within walking distance of all the must-see places in Istanbul. Following check-in and a brief rest, tour will start at 5.00 pm. After a brief introduction, we will begin by visiting the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque).
Dinner will be served at the Blue House, also in the Old City. From the terrace,we can see a magnificent view of Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Asian coast of Istanbul. For dinner, we will have a typical sampling of Turkish food.

Day 02 Oct 6,2006 FRIDAY
In the morning, we will visit the Byzantine Cistern and the Turkish Islamic Art Museum.The visit to the Turkish Islamic Art Museum,especially the ethnographic section, makes a perfect introduction to what we will see in the countryside.  After lunch visit Hagia Sophia, the grandest standing monument from 1500 years before our time; the Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans from 1453-1856.

At 06:30 PM we will have a group meeting at the lobby of the hotel to go over the tour and to answer the possible questions of the tour members. Dinner will be served at Kumkapi, a very colorful quarter of Istanbul, where the ambiance is just as memorable as the food we will be served in this seafood restaurant. Overnight at Hotel Ayasofya ISTANBUL

Day 03  Oct 7, 2006 SATURDAY   ISTANBUL  
Today, we will begin by visiting the Church of St. Savior in Chora (Kariye Museum),
a beautiful 6th c. Byzantian Church, decorated with 11th c. wall paintings depicting  scenes from the Bible. Next, we will visit the hub of Istanbul’s trade activity for 5 centuries, the Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi). After lunch, we will see one of the masterpieces of the 16th c. chief architect, Mimar Sinan. The mosque he built for Sultan Suleyman the Magnificient, The Suleymaniye Mosque, is one of the landmarks of the Istanbul skyline with its four minarets and cascading domes.
Next, we will visit the See of Greek Orthodox Christianity, the Patriarchate in Fener on the shores of the Golden Horn. Lastly, we will take a walk under the 500-year old domes of the Spice Market (Misir Carsisi).
We will relax and enjoy the beautiful sky line of Istanbul in a private tour boat that will take us up and down the Bosphorus, on the shores of which we will see magnificent palaces, private kiosks, castles, etc. Dinner will be served  at a wonderful place where we will enjoy the moon light dancing on the waters of Bosphorus

Day 04   OCT 8, 2006 SUNDAY ANTAKYA                                                          

Antioch of Cilicia (Antakya) is where St. Stephan and Barnabas organized the first followers of Christ. This is also where St. Paul met Barnabas for the first time, after his epiphany on the road to Damascus, and his proselytizing work in Namibia and in Damascus. St. Peter also traveled here from Jerusalem to resolve the disputes between the Jerusalem fathers and the “Greek School” led by St. Stephan. This is also where the followers of Christ were called Christians for the first time.  We will visit the mosaic Museum of Antakya which reveals the wealth and grandeur of the Roman city at  St. Paul's time. OVERNIGHT  IN ANTAKYA at Antik Beyazit Hotel

Day 05  Oct 9,2006  MONDAY GUZELYURT
Drive to Tarsus, birthplace of St. Paul.Drive through the Cilician Gates, just like Paul and Barnabas did on their first journey into Galatia “to deliver unutterable expressions into a strange land” (II Cor 12:2-4). At Nigde, we will see the oldest known Madonna and the Child scene on a wall of a 1,100 year old church. We will continue to where St. Gregory was born and established the oldest monastery on earth. In the beauty of the Monastery Valley, one can imagine the monks contemplating to find the best way of passing the word of God to the fire worshippers of the region. OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL KARBALLA in GUZELYURT

Day 06  Oct 10,2006 TUESDAY CAPPADOCIA
From Guzelyurt, we will driv to Cappadocia, where we will visit the underground city of Kaymakli and the oldest Monastary of Turkey.The Christians of the first through
     fourth century had to hide away from the Romans who were persecuting Christians . The underground cities were excellent refuge for those who were determined not to convert. After christianity was accepted as a state religion, the same underground cities were used to hide from the Arab invaders. We will visit the locals in their natural homes, carved out of the peculiar land formations in the volcanic ash, called Fairy Chimneys.Overnight at MUSEUM HOTEL, in Uchisar   


In Cappadocia, Creator and man competed in creating the most unusual and the most beautiful. Enjoy the moon-like landscape with endless forms of work of art, natural and man-made. The colors of the frescoes of the twelve hundred year old churches are just as fresh as the colors of the carpets woven in the region. The rock formations are just as striking as the local pottery made of the clay obtained from the old river beds. St Paul visited the region, called Caesarea, on his 1st Missionary Journey. As one visits the colorful "churches" of Cappadocia and admires the surrounding forms of thrilling art buried in nature, it becomes easier to imagine how the ideas and teachings of St. Paul sprouted into life and affected the Cappadocians for two thousand years. We will visit the carpet cooperative to learn more about the Turkish carpets, which are inseparable part of the Turkish life. Dinner & Overnight at Museum Hotel. In the morning easy hike to Zelve to see the 10-11th century churches, monasteries and houses carved in the rocks. Visit villagers at their rock dwellings. We will visit the astonishing Goreme Open Air Museum, with its numerous monasteries and see how each monk had interpreted, in their wall paintings, the history of Christianity.  

Day 08 Oct 12,2006 THURSDAY KONYA
We will begin our day with a visit to Avanos, on the banks of the Red River, to see how the potters perform the thousand-year old tradition of ceramics.  After lunch , we will continue to Konya (Iconium) on the old silk road. Following the foot steps ofSt.Paul we will appreciate the distances that St Paul had to cover on foot or on his donkey.En route, we will make a couple of stops at the Caravanserais, where Camels used to take a break on their long journey from China to the Mediterranean.
Dinner and overnight at hotel BAYKARA in Konya

Today, in Konya (Iconium), we will learn about one of the most
prominent mystic philosophers and poets of Islam,
Mewlana Celalettin-i Rumi. Sufism, as Islamic mysticism is known, will be the topic of our morning lecture. Celaleddin-i Rumi’s teachings are the essence of our cultural identity. Discovering Rumi will be the most pleasant experience of Christian / Moslem encounter.After lunch, crossing over the Taurus Mountains, we will head south to the Mediterranean and visit the Roman cities of Aspendos and Perge, through which St. Paul and St. Barnabas passed on their way to Antioch of Pisidia, during Paul’s first Journey. 

To give the tour members a break from the group feeling tonight's dinner at Antalya (Attalia) is NOT included in the price of the tour. Overnight at Antalya.  At this beautiful Mediterranean city we will stay at a 200 year old renovated house, Atelya Pansion.

Day 10 Oct 14,2006 SATURDAY ANTALYA
Today will be a vacation in a vacation. We will sail along the coast in a private boat and enjoy swimming in the warm waters of the Mediterranean. We will visit Olympos and Phaselis, both ruins of Greek civilization.  The delicious lunch served on board will add to the relaxation of the day. The joy of the evening will be the unforgettable experience in the Turkish Bath,as our bus will meet us at Phaselis to drive us back to Antalya..
Dinner tonight is NOT included in the price of the tour.  Overnight at Atelye Pansion

Day 11 Oct 15, 2006 SUNDAY PAMUKKALE
After breakfast, we will drive to Pamukkale (Hieropolis), the most unusual natural phenomenon of Turkey, formed of snow-white calcite deposits, cascading down hundreds of feet and washed by mineral-rich hot springs. On the road to Pamukkale, we will visit the nomads in their black goat hair tents. These Turcoman nomads have been leading a life which has not changed much since they had left Central Asia in the 10th Century. In their Islamic ways can be traced all the way back to the Shamanism of Central Asian steppes, from where Turks have originated more than two thousand years ago. It will be another experience to see how culture determines the way religions are practiced. We will visit the ancient site of Hierrapolis and swim in the natural pool which used to be a Roman spa. Enjoy feeling the Roman ruins under your feet while soaking in the bubbling waters of the pool, creating a feeling of being in a champagne bottle. Overnight Ricmond Spa hotel in Pamukkale

Day 12 Oct 16,2006 MONDAY KUSADASI
Visit Miletus  (Act 20:13-17), which was the major rival of Ephesus, until the silt carried by the River Meander slowly
filled the Ephesian harbor and pushed Miletus to prominence.  Visit Dydima Overnight at Kismet hotel in Kusadasi

Day 13  Oct  17,2006  TUESDAY KUSADASI
Today, we will visit the ancient site of Ephesus, the Ephesus Museum and the house of the Virgin Mary. Ephesus was the 4th largest city of the Roman Empire, after Rome, Alexandria and Antioch of Cilicia.  Today, Ephesus is the largest Roman excavation site in Turkey. The grand avenues and intact social buildings help one build the city in their imagination with not too much of an effort. As one walks in the theater, which had a seating capacity of 24,000, the sounds of the enraged Ephesians, led by Demitrius the silversmith, can almost be heard. According to Acts 19 St Paul, who visited Ephesus twice, was never given an opportunity to speak in this theater when the Ephesians were reminded that St Paul and his teachings were a threat to the way they made their living. So Paul wrote everything he had to say to the Ephesians in his letters. Thus Ephesus is mentioned not only in Acts but there is a whole big chapter in the Bible named the ''Epistle of Apostle Paul to the Ephesians.'' Overnight at Kismet hotel in Kusadasi

Day 14 Oct 18,2006 WEDNESDAY
Those who can stay will continue with the tour to Pergamum.

The Price
US$ 3,250.- per person in a double room
Single room supplement US$ 350

The price includes :

  • Boat ride in Istanbul

  • Boat ride in Antalya

  • 2  domestic flights

  • All the meals except 2 meals in Antalya

  • All the hotels

  • All the transportation

  • Gas

  • Guiding

  • Entrance fees

  • Tips at the hotels and restaurants

  • Driver’s expences

  • water with all the meals

The price does not include

  • International flight

  • Tip to the driver and the gide

  • The drinks

Payment and Cancellation

US$   250.-  Deposit  non refundable
US$ 1,500.-    15 June 2006 70% is refundable in case of cancellation
IS$  1,500.-    06 Aug 2006  if cancelled with in 60 days after this payment there will be no refund

We strongly recommend you to buy a trip cancellation insurance





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