Relations between Muslims and
Christians have become strained in the wake of various political crises in the
last 2 decades. Humeynis Iran, Saddams Irak and Usame Bin
Ladins Afganistan brought out aspects of Muslim resentment
against the West which had been smoldering beneath the surface, and also
strengthened negative views of Islam among many Christians.
out history Muslim Christian encounters have been beset by myths
and misperceptions, many of which endure to the present day.
Muslims and Christians need to have a more accurate knowledge, understanding
and a more positive appreciation of the other religion to have a fruitful
cooperation in the world.
On this tour, we attempt to
contribute to better understanding and in the long run to a better
world based on love and ecumenism ; we will meet theologians,
share information with the imams of the mosques, and interact with
the Moslem people of
Anatolia is the cradle of
civilizations. Numerous cultures have blended together to create new,
revolutionary ideas and thoughts. Being Anatolian, St. Paulís 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. Todayís
travelers may still feel something of Paulís time in the ruins, the
relics, and the living traditions.
April 12 2008 Saturday
-April 26, 2008 Saturday
Cost of this tour is :
20 pax group
per person in a double room US$ 3207.-
15 pax group per person in a double room US$
seats on any tour without obligation.
check the tour hand book for more details
The map of TOUR /
Hotel Chart /
Arrival Info /
Day 1 - - Istanbul
April 12 2008 Saturday
Transfer from the airport to the Hotel. We can arrange
individual transfers for every one even if you are
arriving not on the first day of the tour but earlier.
Please check the
information on arrival .
The tour starts with a short orientation
meeting at 04:30 PM in the lobby of Hotel Ayasofya
After visiting the Blue
Mosque dinner will be at a nearby restaurant located in the middle of the
two grand Christian and Moslem monuments, the Hagia Sophia of the 6th Century
and the Blue Mosque of the 17th Century. Overnight at Hotel Ayasofya, an
old Ottoman house recently renovated to an excellent condition located within
walking distance to all the must-see places in Istanbul.
Day 2 - Istanbul
April 13, 2008 Sunday
In the morning, visit the Byzantine
Cistern, and the Turkish Islamic Art Museum. The art style of the Muslim
displayed in this museum will give a foundation of the Islamic
dogma which will be one of the topics to be discussed later on this tour..
After lunch visit St Sophia, the grandest standing monument from 1500 years
before our time .
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
Dinner will be served at a very colorful quarter of Istanbul where
the ambiance is just as memorable as the food we will be served in this fish
Overnight at Hotel Ayasofya
Day 3 - Istanbul
April 14, 2008 Monday
Visit the Topkapi Palace
in the morning. :The White house of the Ottoman Empire for 400 year. In the
outer court yard of the palace there stands Aya Irini church
,though much smaller had never got lost in the shadow of her
church Aya Sophia. Now a days Aya Irini is being used as a concert hall.
Generally closed to public for visits, but we will try to get a chance of going
in. If on the day we visit the church, if there is an art exhibit this will be
very easy and meaningful visit. After lunch we will meet
with a faculty member from the School of Theology at the University of Istanbul. This gentleman who is an
authority on Islam will give us the introduction to the dogma of Islam, The
session will allow time for questions and answers. Dinner will be served at
Turkistan Restaurant near the hotel. Overnight at Hotel Ayasofya.
Day 4 - Istanbul
April 15, 2008 Tuesday
the Covered Bazaar (GRAND BAZAAR).
Visit Chora Church /Mosque to see the
Byzantine mosaics from the 11th-12th century. This site has the most exquisite
mosaics and frescoes of its era describing the theology of Orthodoxy.
lunch (on your own) spend some time at the 19th century quarter of Istanbul and
enjoy coffee at Pera Palas Hotel which was the terminating point of the famous
Orient Express. Agatha Christie wrote her book " Murder On The Orient Express"
in of the rooms of this hotel. Meet the members of the Turkish Orthodox
Church congregation and find more about what it is for the Christians to
be living among the Moslems.
Cruise on the Bosporus by our private
Dinner at Ortakoy.
Overnight in Hotel Ayasofya
Day 5 -Cappadocia
April 16, 2008
Fly to Kayseri and transfer to Cappadocia.
In Cappadocia the Creator and man competed in creating
the most unusual and the most beautiful. Enjoy the
moon-like terrain of Cappadocia with endless forms of
work of art. 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. 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. Dinner &
Overnight Museum Hotel in Uchisar
Day 6 - - Cappadocia
April 17, 2008 Thursday
into the depths of Cappadocia to understand how the
early Christians lived and worshiped in the land where
the seeds of
Christianity were planted by St. Paul. Visit the locals
in their houses. Visit the astonishing GOREME
monastery to see how each monk had interpreted in their
wall paintings the history of Christianity . St Paul had visited
the region, Caesarea, to preach the word of God in his
1st Missionary Journey. As one visits the colorful
"churches" of Cappadocia, he/she will have no doubt in
his/her mind that what is surrounding you in forms of
thrilling art form buried in nature is the ideas
and teachings of St. Paul that had sprout into the life
style of the Cappadocians for two thousand years.
Witness the local craft at potters wheel and at carpet
makers looms. Opportunity to buy the best Turkish
carpetswhich are inseparable part of the Turkish life.
. Dinner & Overnight at Museum Hotel in Uchisar
Day 7- - Guzelyurt, the birth place of St
April 18, 2008 Friday
Leave Cappadocia at 07.30 Drive
over the beautiful Toros mountains The grandeur of
the mountains explains why they are called ''toro''
the bull traditional symbol of power. Visit the underground
city in Kaymakli. The giant ant hole like
underground refuge of the Christians explains
clearly how difficult it must have been to be a
Christian hiding away from the 2nd Century Roman
One best way of having a feel for people's values
is to be able to interact with them. We will take
this opportunity of visiting a village and we will
make home visits and have one to one contact with
the villagers at their homes.
dinner at a 18th Century Monastery. Home stay can
be arranged for those who might be willing to stay
with Turkish Families.
Day 8 - Tarsus
April 19, 2008
will all have breakfast at the house of a village
family. We will discuss more about the dogma of Islam.
Visit the nearby mosque and meet the imam to have his point of view on various subjects.
We will visit the oldest monastery in Anatolia
and enjoy the grandeur of the earliest Cathedral in Anatolia. After lunch
continue to the Cillician Gate and overnight at
Tarsus, the birth place of St Paul.
9 - Antioch April 20, 2008 Sunday
to Antakya (Antioch on the Orentes) This is where
the followers of Jesus were first called
Christians (Acts 11:26) It was from the Church in
Antioch that Paul and Barnabas started their first
journey and to which Paul returned from both his
first and second journeys. Visit St. Peter's
church and the fabulous Mosaic Museum which
clearly displays the glamour of Antioch of St.
Overnight at Antakya, HOTEL Antik Beyazit
Day 10 Tasucu April 21, 2008 Monday
Following the foot steps of St Paul we will return
to the Mediterranean coast and drive through the
ancient sites which were once the most important
monasteries of the Christian world. We will visit
Aya Tekla's Basilica a location which is accepted
sacred by the Moslem locals as well. We will have
a chance to visit with more Turkish families
and we can have a nice opportunity to understand
how religion affects the lives of the Turkish
people. The spring in the Mediterranean will be
beautiful. We will have a chance to walk around
the hill side following the foot steps of the
early Christians who used to do pilgramages to the
mountain baptismal fonts.
Overnight at the southern most shore of Turkey on
11 Konya April 22, 2008 Tuesday
Konya (Iconium) - The Bible does not say much
about what had happened to Paul and Barnabas in
Iconium except that their work was sufficiently
effective to antogonize the people there. They had
to flee. Though not much of the city from Paul's
time is left, Konya is still spiritually important
as the center of the Whirling Dervishes who preach
friendship, tolerance, and divine love. We will learn about the father of
Sufism in Konya . Rumi and his philosophy will be the topic of our morning
lecture. The teachings of Rumi are the essence of our cultural
Discovering Rumi will be the most pleasant experience of
Christian / Moslem encounter.
Overnight in Konya, at Hotel Baykara
12 Pamukkale April 23, 2008 Wednesday
via Antich of Pisidia where Paul had visited
twice. He was getting treatment for his lung
problem in Antioch. Continue to Pamukkale,
Biblical Hierrapolis. Visit the ancient site of
Hierrapolis and swim in the natural pool which was
a Roman spa. Enjoy feeling the roman ruins under
your feet while soaking in the bubbling waters of
the pool giving you a feeling of being in a
Overnight at Pamukkale,
13 Dydima Miletos Kusadasi April 24, 2008
Drive to Selcuk.
Along the way visit the ancient sites of Didyma and Miletos. Didyma is an
oracle center dedicated to Apollo. It was the 3rd largest temple of its time.
This 3rd Century BC monument is the best standing building of its age. Miletos
as mentioned in Acts 20 is where St. Paul left his homeland Anatolia in his
sail boat Teckla. St. Paul had taught the elders of Ephesus one of the best
teachings of Christ "Giving is more blessed than taking."
overnight at Selcuk
14 Ephesus April 25, 2008 Friday
Visit the ancient site of Ephesus, the
Ephesus Museum and the house of the Virgin Mother. Ephesus is the largest Roman
excavation in Turkey. The grand avenues and intact social buildings help one
build the city in their imagination with not too much of an effort. When one
walks in the theater which had a seating capacity of 24,000 people, the sounds
of the mad 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.''
At Virgin /mary's house we will witness the best
examople of Christian/Moslem encounter. For
hundreds of years faithful of both religions have
been worshiping together side by side.
15 April 26, 2008 Saturday
Tour is over after breakfast
Transfer to the airport in Izmir
20 pax group
per person in a double room US$ 3207.-
15 pax group per person in a double room US$
Single Room Supl. US$ 370.-
- 14 nights hotel, double occupancy
Plane/Bus/boats in Istanbul
- Transfers from the airport in Istanbul
and in Izmir
All the meals
except one lunch in Istanbul
Tips at the
hotels and the Restaurants
Water with all the
2 flights (
Istanbul - Cappadocia) - ( Izmir - Istanbul)
The price does not include
- The tip
to the driver
drinks and/or alcoholic drinks
lunch in Istanbul per itinerary above
The Biblical Sites
that we will visit on this tour
Reference in King James Version of the Bible
Paul was born in Taraus
Acts 21:39; 22:3
Phrygia and Galatia
ANTIOCH AD ORONTOS
Antioch (in Pisidia)
Acts 20:15, 17
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