Turkey is surrounded by three large bodies of water: The Black Sea, the Aegean, and the Mediterranean. For thousands of years, the peoples of this remarkable land who wished to reach other places had to go over the mountains, through high passes, and sail along the coast where mountains dip their feet into the blue waters of the sea.
We will trace the steps of the Roman emperors in the cities that they built in their names and see what they were after in the fertile lands of Anatolia where the Turkish villages now harvest the riches of the land. We will breath the air of Tarsus, Perge, Caesareia, Miletus, and Ephesus where St. Paul preached and lived.
We will swim in the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean where raging pirates could only be stopped by fortresses of stone. We will experience the beauty of Turkey and her people; a place you will not soon forget.
US citizens need a visa to travel in Turkey. You may obtain this visa upon your arrival at the Istanbul airport. The fee is $100 in US currency. The visa is valid for three months.
We can arrange individual transfers from the airport to the hotel. Please let us know your arrival information. Look for a MELITOUR sign at the departure from the customs area at the airport.
If you plan to arrive a few days before the tour to get over jetlag we can reserve a room at Hotel Ayasofya (Single US$50, Double US$70)
We can suggest itineraries for those who want to explore on their own or with a guide before or after the tour. Simply send us an e-mail with your request.
In case of unexpected delay or change of flight, should there be a problem in meeting the person who should be waiting for you at the airport please call Hotel Ayasofya at 0212-51694-46 or take a taxi to Hotel Ayasofya. Your taxi fare will be refunded.
Meet in the lobby of Hotel Ayasofya at 5:00 PM for a short
The tour starts at 8:30 AM at Hotel Ayasofya
Visit the Archaelogical museum which received the best Museum of
Visit the Spice Market where the precious goods of the Silk road
found clients from the other side of the Old world, Europe.
Breakfast on the train.
In Cappadocia the Creator and man has competed to create 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 1,200 year old
churches are just as fresh as the colors of the carpets woven in the region.
Visit villagers at their rock dwellings. Visit the astonishing
Goreme monastery to see how each monk interpreted, in their wall paintings, the
history of Christianity. St Paul visited the region, Ceaseria, to pass the word
of God in his first missionary journey. As you visit the colorful "churches" of
Cappadocia, you will have no doubt in your mind that what is surrounding you in
forms of thrilling art form buried in nature, are the ideas and teachings of
St. Paul that had sprouted into the lifestyle of the Cappadocians for two
thousand years. Visit the carpet cooperative to learn more about the Turkish
Carpets which are inseparable part of the Turkish life
Leave Cappadocia at 7:30 AM.
Drive over the beautiful Toros mountains The grandeur of the
mountans explains why they are called ''toro'' the bull traditional symbol of
power. The road will take you through the Cillician Gates mentioned in the
Bible into the city where St Paul was born. The strategic location of the city
caught in between the Toros Mountains and the Mediterranean stands as a living
witness to the number of civilizations that have passed through this rich town.
Alexander the Great, the Persians and the Romans all left their marks in the
city and the vicinity of the town. But certainly the most important memory of
the city lies in the fact that Saul or St Paul was born in Tarsus. Visit the
Pompei of Anatolia, Pompeipolis. In this city, the remains of the older Soloi
superimposed with the impressive Roman aquaducts, baths and temples will make
it easy to picture what the cities were like at the time of St. Paul.
Drive by the Mediterranean.
Today will be the longest bus ride. But driving through banana
orchards and the white sand beaches along the Mediterranean might make this six
hour drive tolarable.
Today we will have a later departure. This will give you enough time, either to swim or to go to the castle and take pictures there. On the way to Antalya. visit the ancient city of Side, one of the most important cities of Pamphylia region with its amphitheater, stadium, Temple of Apollo and the agora.
Continue driving to visit the best preserved theater of the ancient world at Aspendos. Visit the ancient site of Perge, where St.Paul preached during his 2nd missionary journey. We will try to picture how Paul and Barnabas were thought to be God and the messenger of God!
To give the tour members a break from the group feeling tonight
the dinner is NOT included in the price of the tour. On Day 8 and 9 the group
will split in half and will experience a Turkish bath.
Today will be a vacation from our vacation. We will sail and enjoy
swimming in the warm waters of the Mediterranean. The delicious lunch served on
board will add to the relaxation of the day. The joy of the evening will be to
experience a Turkish Bath
Drive to Pamukkale, the most unusual natural phenomena of Turkey.
Drive to Selcuk. Along the way visit the ancient sites of Didyma and Miletos, Didyma is an oracle center dedicated to Apollo and it was the third 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 taught the elders of Ephesus one of the best teachings of Christ "Giving is more blessed than taking."
Tonight Kusadasi offers a great variety of restaurants so we will
not include dinner in the tour. The dinner will be on your own.
Visit the ancient site of Ephesus, the Ephesus Museum and the
house of the Virgin Mother. Ephesus is the biggest Roman excavation in Turkey.
The grand avenues and intact social buildings help one build the city in their
imagination with not too much effort. When one walks in the theater which had a
seating capacity oif 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 had 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 the
Acts but there is a chapter in the Bible named the ''Epistle of Apostle Paul to
The tour is over after breakfast.
The tour price of $1,920 includes the following:
Not included in the price
The Hotel Chart
All rooms are double occupancy, all but one with private facilities.