Turkey Biblical Tour 1, from Istanbul to Antalya in One Week



God & man, nature & art all together created a place in earth that worth seeing. The capital of all empires. The guide will meet you at the airport, arrive at hotel, Welcome to Istanbul, get acquaintance to this big big city, check-in and just relax. Welcome cocktail & brief information about Turkish culture and some dos & don’ts for entire tour will be your first activities. Dinner will be served at the hotel. Rest of the night is your perfunctory exploration around the hotel located in the heart of city.   [D] 


Get your breakfast strong since the most important landmarks await our exploration. Today's first visit the Blue Mosque which is famous for blue and white Iznik tiles was built between 1609-1616. We’ll proceed for the ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races and the center of Byzantine civic life, stands in the open space next is Hagia Sophia, one of the finest buildings of all time built by Emperor Justinian now Fatih Sultan Mehmet’s Mosque. Exploring the majestic serenity and the fine Byzantine mosaics of the building in here. Time to proceed Canakkale and overnight in here. [B] [L] [D] 





Today's first visit is the ruins of Troy dated back to 3rd century B.C., The Trojan War took place between Greek & Trojan people for the honor of Helen, Just pay attention to the story of Wooden Horse in here. You’ll love this. After Troy we’ll reach Pergamum (2:12-17) one of the Seven Churches of Revelation, first an ancient Kingdom dated back 323 B.C. This Hellenistic city was the center of culture, commerce and medical with its philosophers, scientists and artists like Galen (131-210 AD). Acropolis, remains of celebrated library, an impressive Hellenistic style 10000 spectator capacity theater, marble columned temples of Trajan and the Temple of Dionysus, the Temple of Athena, library of Pergamum once catered 200.000 volumes, (It’s not hard to guess the first parchment paper was invented here) the sanctuary of Demeter, Zeus Altar one of the grandest monuments; Satan’s Throne caused the Christian church criticized by St. John and great medical treatment center Asclepion where the symbol of modern medicine came from. After all we'll reach Izmir. Dinner will be served at the hotel. 


This morning our tour will start from Bayrakli, Smyrna, (2:8-11) which was originally established in the 3rd millenium BC. then we’ll proceed for Ephesus, one of the greatest archaeological sites as well as Seven Churches in the Book of Revelation. Ephesus where St. Paul Preached is an ancient city that you’ll never get bored to discover with its marble paved streets. The Third Ecumenical Council was held in Ephesus. The east Gymnasium, the state Agora, the remain of the Temple of Isis (Goddess of Egypt), the Heracletes Gate, Curates Street named for the college of priests located here, Scholastic Baths, well preserved two storey Celcus Library, Marble Road, great theater that is still hosting the concerts and festivals, Arcadian way, (Harbor Street) once lined up with shops towards the harbor and the Basilica of St. John are the main places for our informative tour in Ephesus. Time to visit Ephesus museum with its treasure. Later we’ll wind up Virgin Mary’s House that was visited by Popes and is considered as a pilgrimage site for Catholics as well. You’ll get the chance to drink holy water from the sacred spring there. Just before passing Kusadasi, we'll pop-in art school supported by the Ministry of Culture displaying the traditional Turkish carpet weaving art, here you'll be informed by the demonstrations during the lecture.. We'll turn back to Izmir after lecture o/n in Izmir.

 DAY 5 - SARDIS (3:1-6) TO PAMUKKALE en route PHILADELPHIA (3:7-13)

In the morning we’ll depart for Sardis, capital of the Lydian realm of Croesus, lying on the Sart Cayi (Pactole River). Here you’ll face the inventions of mankind. The first coins were minted in Sardis, did you know that?We’ll enter from the marble way passing by the old Byzantine shops. Another must to see is old Synagogue(3rdA.D.)with its dazzling decoration and style. Next to that there is a gymnasium restored for the visitors. Further down The Temple of Artemis meets you with a few columns however it’s still impressive, next you’ll see the Altar that was restored by Alexander the Great and Romans.Odun köfte (wood-flame grilled meat balls) is a special dish in Salihli. Join us to have this delicious lunch. After lunch we’ll proceed for Philadelphia (3:7-13)  (not only in Pennsylvania State but also in Turkey) We’ll walk thru the streets of Philadelphia in Alasehir, then we’ll arrive at Pamukkale, a magical and spectacular natural site, unique in the world, that was declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Here is a fairyland of dazzling white, petrified castles. Thermal spring waters with calcareous salts running off the plateau's edge have created thisfantastic formation of stalactites, cataracts and basins. The hot springs have been used since Roman times for their therapeutic powers. You’ll certainly need this in order recharge your body as ancient people did[B][L][D] 


In the morning we’ll start with Hierapolis with its best preserved baths. From East to the West there was a street having shops that lined up as every ancient city. The Basilica (dated back 6th Century AD), The temple of Apollo, the well preserved theater that can cater 14.000 spectator at a time and the carved figures on the interior door must be seen in Hiearapolis as well as its museum. Next we’ll see the church was devoted to St. Philip and the Domitian Arch. Necropolis where over 1200 cemeteries were excavated is another important site of Hierapolis. The second stop is Laodicea (Eskihisar) the lukewarm country. It was a commercial city situated in the trade routes. The two theaters, the stadium and the other ruins await for your visit here. The city was established 3rd century BC and the King of Syria Antiochus the Second Theos gave the name of his wife to the city. Roman water arches are still visible. Laodicea unfortunately displays very limited history however it’s important to see as it’s in the Book of Revelation.  Arrival in Antalya.   [B] [L] [D]  






Our first visit we'll start with the ancient city Side dated back 7th century B.C. We'll enter here passing by the city walls. Columned street, the basilica, the museum and the 15000 spectator capacity stunning theater and the temple of Dionysus await us. When we'll reach the harbor we'll see temples of Athena & Apollo.  After Side we'll stop over Aspendos that is the best preserved amphi-theater in Turkey. Now it is still being used for the festivals and concerts with its 30000 spectator capacity. The basilica on the Acropolis and the best preserved Roman aqueduct are still glamour. Time to move towards to Perge which is another important ancient city dated back 12-13th century B.C. This Pamphilian city is considered as the greatest and the most glorius. The 15000 spectator capacity theater is still under construction then we'll visit well preserved and the impressive stadium. The Roman baths, the church, agora, the street having shops and the acropol are places for our visit.   [B] [L] [D]


After breakfast, depart for your hometown to say home sweet home. Transfer to Antalya Airport via special bus service. Time to have your present in order to make this trip memorial. It’ll be pleasure to host you in Turkey again as there are so many things to see. Thanks for choosing the right agency and have a safe journey home.   [B]


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