DAY 1: Arrival to Istanbul & Transfer to Hotel
After your arrival to Istanbul (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW), pick up at the exit of first gate by driver. Then you will be transferred to your Istanbul hotel. There is no schedule on your programme today. Get some rest – relaxing – refreshment to being your tours. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 2: Full day Istanbul Old City Tour (Breakfast and Lunch included)
* Visited Sights : Hagia Sophia – Blue Mosque – Topkapi Palace – Hippodrome – German Fountain of Wilhelm II – Column of Constantine – Obelisk of Theodosius – Serpentine Column and Grand Bazaar
Our first destination is Hagia Sophia, the world’s one of the greatest and unique religious structure used as a mosque,a church and also as a museum. Hagia Sophia is housing two completely different cultures inside it, East and West.
When you take a step into the structure you can feel the dance of two opposite civilizations and come across the eye-popping blend of Islamic and Christian influences with extraordinary interior mosaics and an effective history.For more visual description you must witness it with your own eyes, surely you will admire it.
Then our duty is to reconnoitre the other masterpiece, Blue Mosque, built in early 1600s for Sultan Ahmet, and for this reason known as Sultanahmet Mosque in Turkey. Words are inadequate to explain its magnificence and beauty.
With its sequental domes and sin slender minarets, Blue Mosque dominates the skyline of Istanbul. The blue shade of the 27.000 pieces of Iznik quart tiles, giving the mosque its famous name, are very much worth to see.
Hippodrome & Monuments
We are going on exploring the ancient remains of Constantinople. Our next station is the Hippodrome with its 4 monuments – the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine.
Because of Byzantine emperors’ passion for chariot races in thre afternoons, the Hippodrome was the changeless center of sportive and political activities in Constantinople for 1000 years.
Are you ready to be astonished at Topkapi Palace (CLOSE ON TUESDAY), because it has many bewildering sides different from most of the world’s museums. Topkapı Palace was the administrative, educational and art center of the Ottoman Empire for 400 years.
It is a great sample of oriental architecture and includes a variety of activities such as exhibitions of art, books, jewels, plates, costumes, the treasury, and the Holy Relics. More than just an Imperial Residence of the Ottoman Sultans, it was the seat of the Supreme Executive and Judiciary Council for almost 400 years.
Our last station is the Grand Bazaar (CLOSE ON SUNDAY), Turkey’s the largest covered market at the heart of the Old City, offering excellent shopping.
It has lots of shops in it, and you can find almost whatever you want, such as beautiful Turkish carpets, pottery, tiles, cotton, wool and leather products and so on.At the end of this priceless day, you will be transferred to your Istanbul hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 3: Smyrna – Pergamon – Thyatira Tour (Breakfast and Lunch included)
This morning take a beautiful Izmir (ancient Smyrna), After visiting the St. Policarp St. Paul Tour – Izmir Smyrna church in Izmir , continue to in Akhisar , ancient commercial place in connection with Troy & Sardes. Depart to Pergamum, visit to Asclepion, the ancient hospital, the Acropolis, the Church at the site of Serapium (7C) and the Red Court dedicated to St. John. Then visit Akhisar, the site of ancient Thyatira (7C). Overnight in Izmir.
DAY 4: Alasehir (Philadelphia) – Sardes – Leodecia – Pamukkale Tour (Breakfast and Lunch included)
In the very early morning we will drive to Sardes and visit there one of the seven churches of the Apocalypse and the remains of the Cathedral.. Visit , capital of the ancient Lydia with temple of the Cybele & Diana, which became later a church, see the royal road and continue to in Alasehir, visit the remains of St. John church.
Then continue to Laodicea, the smallest among all Seven Churches of Asia Minor.
Laodicea, modern Eskihisar (means “Old Castle) was on the crossroads between the important Ionian cities of that time. This helped the city to claim a big wealth due to the existing high volume commercial activity in the region. There was a rich and influential Jewish community long before the Christian era. But, most of the locals were respecting Zeus more than any other god.
Ride to Pamukkale
Drive to Pamukkale, ancient Hierapolis – which name means sacred city, was believed by the ancients to have been founded by the god Apollo. It was famed for its sacred hot springs, whose vapors were associated with Pluto, god of the underworld. The city also had a significant Jewish community.
In the first century it was part of the tri-city area of Laodicea, Colossae, and Hierapolis. This connection between the cities lies behind Paul’s reference to Hierapolis and Laodicea in his epistle to the Colossians (Col 4:13). Before 70 A.D. Phillip (either the apostle or the evangelist) moved to Hierapolis, where he was believed to have been martyred.
Then we will drive to your Kusadasi hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 5: Ephesus Tour & Flight to Cappadocia (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Drive to Ephesus where St. Paul stayed a while, visit the ancient city, House of the Virgin Mary, the Basilica of St. John, and continue to Miletos where St. Paul gave a speech to spread Christianity. Then you will be transferred to Izir airport for your Cappadocia flight. When you land at Cappadocia, you will be transferred to your Cappadocia hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 6: Full day Cappadocia – Goreme Tour (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Cappadocia, with its centre in Caesarea (Kayseri), was once the heart of the Hittite Kingdom of the Old Testament. This vast area is one of the most photogenic landscapes in the world. Extraordinary rock formations have become symbolic of this region, where you will enjoy the Valley of the Fairy Chimneys and Goremes breathtaking Open Air Museum.
Watch the potters at their craft, in the famous pottery producing town of Avanos. Finally, savor the natural wonders of the Citadel of Uchisar Valley. Overnight in a Cappadocia.
DAY 7: Underground City Tour & Depart to Adana (Breakfast and Lunch included)
After having breakfast at the hotel, we will visit one of the widest underground city of Cappadocia region; it was carved out underneath a rock hill. The first three floors were probably carved out by Hittites about 2000 B.C. There were those underground cities where the first Christians hid excaping the persecution of the Roman authorities. In war time about 5000 people found refuge in. Then we will drive to Adana, when we arrive you will be transferred to your Adana hotel. Overnight in Adana.
DAY 8: Depart to Antakya & St. Pierre & Museum Tour (Breakfast and Lunch included)
With the first lights of the day, you will be picked from your hotel and depart to Antakya (Antioch). Here Jesus’ followers were first called Christians (Acts 11:26) Peter, Paul and also Barnabas preached here. Visit St. Peter’s Grotto and the exquisite Mosaic Museum
After this stunning and priceless experience, we will transfer to your Adana hotel. Overnight in Adana.
DAY 9: Flight to Istanbul (Breakfast included)
After having breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken to the Adana Airport for your Istanbul flight. After your arrival to airport, you will be welcomed by our representative at the first exit door. Then you will be transferred to your Istanbul hotel. End of services.