MINOR AND MELITOUR PRESENT
A JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLICAL SITES OF TURKEY
is the cradle of civilizations. Numerous cultures have blended
together to create new,
revolutionary ideas and thoughts. Being Anatolian, Paul’s teachings
bear a true reflection of this accumulated culture.
As St. Paul traveled around Anatolia on his three Missionary
Journeys, he stopped in many cities and instructed people about
Christian thought and faith. Today’s travelers may still feel
something of Paul’s time in the ruins, the relics, and the living
traditions. And like Paul some Anatolians still sit by their wooden
looms and weave black goat hair into nomadic tents.
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Blue line flight from Istanbul to Adana / From izmir - Istanbul
Red Line bus route Main tour and tour extension
Arrival in Istanbul Ataturk Airport.
Transfer to Hotel Ayasofya. Please
check arrival info for details.
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
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.
the morning, we will visit the Byzantine Cistern and the Turkish
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
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,
ambiance is just as memorable as the food we will be served in this
Overnight at Hotel Ayasofya ISTANBUL
Day 03 ISTANBUL
we will begin by visiting the Church of St. Savior in Chora (Kariye
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 ANTAKYA
MORNING FLIGHT TO ADANA 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 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 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
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,
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
We will spend whole day on our private yacht
and visit the ancient sites as emperor Hadrian did 1200 yesrs ago
is the best time of the year
to enjoy the
blue warm waters of
Turkish bath is a wonderful cultural
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
Day 12 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 Didyma Overnight at
Kismet hotel in Kusadasi
St Paul Writing his letter to the Ephesians
Didyma the temple of Apollo
The Elders of Ephesus(from Sinop museum)
Day 13 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
The last house of Virgin Mary
Virgin Mary - Nativity
Ephesus had the pleasure of having St Paul twice.But the riot at this
theater endangered his life.Twenty four thousand Ephesians cried ot, "Great
is Artemis of Ephesians" when they realized what sort of a threat Paul was
to their economy.
Theater in Ephesus
FLY TO ISTANBUL in TIME FOR PEOPLE TO CATCH THEIR FLIGHTS TO THE USA
Those who can stay will continue with the tour to Pergamum.
TOUR EXTENSION ITINERARY
Considering that some people might not
have enough time to be away for more than 2 weeks
we have decided to offer the next four days as an optional tour. If you have
time, you will love the wonderful experiences that we will have during
this short extension.
For the price of the
tour extension please click here
drive north along the Aegean Sea to Pergamum, which reached its zenith in
the second century B.C.E. and equals Ephesus in importance. Pergamum wasone
of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Here we visit the Acropolis; the
library that rivaled Alexandria; and the Asclepion, a great medical center
that peaked under the celebrated physician Galen, who was born here. We
continue our drive through a pine nut forest and mountain villages to
Ayvalik, Overnight at Ayvalik.
Day 2, YESILYURT
We drive all the way around the Bay of Edremit, enjoying the coastal
scenery, then visit the Temple of Athena, in Assos. (Act -20)We continue to
the nearby picturesque village of Yesilyurt. Here we stay overnight in the
most luxurious accommodations of the trip -- a
overlooking the mountains where mythology tells us that Hera and Zeus
Today our adventure takes us first to Troy. Several ancient cities have been
excavated here, but the site’s real romance comes from the decade-long
Trojan War, in the thirteenth century B.C.E. The face that launched a
thousand ships, the Achilles heel, the wooden horse -- all of it happened
here, in Homer’s telling of the war in the Iliad.
Our next stop will be Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. We
will enjoy the Early Ottoman architecture and how they have contributed to
the Islamic art with their calligraphy and tiles.
VISIT IZNIK FERRY TO ISTANBUL OVERNIGHT IN ISTANBUL
Day 5 SUNDAY
End of the tour fly to USA
THE BIBLICAL SITES OF TURKEY
IN THE BIBLE
NOAH: THE FLOOD -
HARRAN Genesis 11:31
CANAAN Genesis 12:7
NIMROD Genesis 10:8
UR Genesis 11:28,
ADAM AND EVE -GARDEN OF EDEN
URARTU ( Kingdom of
of Eden - fresco from Akdamar Church
EVENT OR PLACE
REFERENCES IN THE KING
JAMES VERSION OF THE BIBLE
Paul was born in
Acts 21:39; 22:3
Phrygia and Galatia
ANTIOCH AD ORONTOS
Antioch (in Pisidia)
Lystra and Derbe
Acts 16:8,11; 20:5,6; 2 Cor 2:12; 2 Tim
Acts 13:13,14; 14:25
Acts 20:15, 17
Acts 14: 25
Acts 18:19,21,24; 19:1,17,26,35;
20:16,17; 1 Cor 15:32; 16:8; Eph 1:1; 1 Tim 1:3; 2 Tim
1:18; 4:12; Rev 1:11; 2:1
THE BOOK OF REVELATION
2: 1 - 7
Smyrna 2: 8 - 11
Pergamum 2 : 12 -17
1-6 Phyledelphia 3: 7-13Laodecia 3: 14-22