TOURS

TOURS

PILGRIMAGE 1 (for groups)

Day 1 : ISTANBUL

Meeting at the airport and departure to Istanbul , on arrival visit the Blue Mosque, Accommodation in hotel, dinner and overnight.

Day 2 : ISTANBUL - CANAKKALE

After breakfast , visit to the Hagia Sophia and the Byzantine church of St. Saviour in Chora which preserves precious mosaics . Lunch. Departure by bus , and evening arrival in Canakkale . Hotel Accommodations: dinner and overnight.

Day 3 : CANAKKALE - TROAS - PERGAMA - KUSADASI

Breakfast . Visit the ruins of Troy. Departure for Pergamon where you visit the excavations of the Hellenistic city with the Acropolis and Aesculapius . Lunch during the visits. In the evening arrival in Izmir or Kusadasi. Hotel Accommodations: dinner and overnight.

Day 4 : KUSADASI - EPHESUS - APHRODISIAS - PAMUKKALE

After breakfast departure to the hill of Nightingales at Ephesus where he venerates Mary's house , according to the Ephesian tradition . Visit the site of Ephesus, the Christian community which St. Paul addressed with bright colors . Among the impressive monuments of the ancient Roman city remains the Celsus Library , the Theatre, the place where the dispute culminated Paul with sellers of pagan objects , the Temple of Hadrian, the eponymous basilica Council proclaimed that Mary , the Mother of God , the Basilica of St. John at the tomb of the apostle. Lunch. Drive to Aphrodisias only for the greek ruins - Roman . Arrival in Pamukkale Visit the petrified waterfalls and the city Hierapolis. Hotel Accommodations: dinner and overnight.

Day 5 : PAMUKKALE - ANTIOCH IN PISIDIA - LYSTRA - KONYA

After breakfast departure to Antioch in Pisidia who received the Christian message from Paul and Barnabas during the 1st missionary journey : visit the site. Lunch. Continue to Lystra , where Paul and Barnabas took refuge fleeing from Ikonio . In the evening arrival in Konya . Hotel Accommodations: dinner and overnight.

Day 6: KONYA - CAPPADOCIA

After breakfast depart for a visit to the mausoleum of Mevlana , mystical figure of Muslim spirituality and stop in St. Paul's Church , the memory of Paul's preaching to the young Christian community Ikonio . Departure for Cappadocia, with a stop at the caravanserai of the Sultans , the thirteenth century . Visit the underground city of Kaymakli , well ventilated , built on ten floors to a length of 10 km. It comes with all the basic amenities : warehouses, kitchens , chapels, infirmary with an autonomy of several months in the case of Arab invasions . Hotel Accommodations: dinner and overnight.

Day 7: CAPPADOCIA

Day dedicated to this region , home of the Cappadocian  Fathers , post Anatolian plateau , one of the most fascinating parts of Turkey for its distinctive lunar landscape , the troglodyte villages and stone churches once inhabited by hermits that enriched with frescoes. Visit the open-air museum of Göreme Valley , Zelve with the forest of giant mushrooms rocky perforated cells and chapels called " fairy chimneys " of the troglodyte villages of Avcilar and Uchisar .

Day 8 : CAPPADOCIA -TARSUS -ANTIOCH ON THE ORONTES

After breakfast departure for Tarsus through the mountain pass of Doors Cilicee . Visit of Tarsus , the birthplace of Paul 's whose house remains a Roman well identified as the " Well of St. Paul," and stop the Arc Cleopatra. Lunch in a restaurant at the falls of the river Cydnus , where Frederick Barbarossa drowned . Continue to Antioch on the Orontes : dell'Antakya visit the museum which houses mosaics and Roman remains one of the most ' rich world . You reach the cave known as St. Peter's , where the first Christians gathered around Paul , Barnabas , Luke and Peter. From here Paul and Barnabas began their 1st missionary journey in 45 AD Hotel Accommodations: dinner and overnight.

Day 9 : ANTIOCH - ADANA - ISTANBUL

After breakfast transfer to the airport for departure to Istanbul and Adana . Lunch . Continuation of visits to Istanbul with Topkapi Palace , the residence of the Ottoman Sultans and the Grand Bazaar. Hotel Accommodations: dinner and overnight.

Day 10: ISTANBUL

Breakfast . Transfer to the airport for the return.

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