- All Inclusive Pricing
- First Class Hotels
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Entrance and Program Fees
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare from NY
- Overseas Transfers
Day 1 April 26 - Depart USA
Depart USA for Turkey
Day 2 April 27 - Arrive
Arrive and enjoy your overnight stay in Istanbul.
Day 3 April 28 - Istanbul
The bejeweled capital of Istanbul sits between two continents and is home to 450 mosques. You will visit the famous Blue Mosque with its six minarets and sparkling interior and the Topkapi Palace, once home to royal Sultans. Inside, you will see the fabled jewels of the Treasury, delicate displays of Chinese porcelain in the Kitchen Quarters, and the provocative Harem Quarters. Walk through St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia), which was the largest church in Christendom for 1000 years, built by Justinian (532-537 A.D.). The church has 107 columns, fossil imbedded white marble floors, and beautiful glass mosaics. Continue your time in Istanbul with a visit to Chora Church, originally built right outside the city walls of ancient Constantinople. It is one of the most remarkable remnants of the Byzantine Empire with exquisite mosaics depicting the life of Christ and much more. Enjoy the aroma of cinnamon, cloves, thyme, and other exotic spices as you explore the Grand Bazaar. Over 4000 shops sell everything from herbs to gold.
Day 4 April 29 - Istanbul
Enjoy a relaxing two-hour Bosphorus Cruise, a fantastic way to see much of Istanbul’s beauty while basking in luxury. Stop at the Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian Bazaar. You’ll be showered with exotic aromas as you explore its eighty-five shops. You’ll find Turkish Delight, souvenirs, a myriad of spices and herbs, dried fruits and nuts, fresh tea, and more! This place will certainly satisfy all your senses! Then transfer to Cappadocia for your overnight stay.
Day 5 April 30 - Cappadocia
Explore Cappadocia and discover that, even today, people make their homes in the cliffs and rock cones of Cappadocia. It is estimated that over 3000 rock churches exist in the region. You will visit the Rock Chapels of Goreme, the Cave Village of Avcilar, and the Monastic Complex of Zelve. You also have the option of a sunrise hot-air balloon ride (for an additional charge) over the rocky wonderland.
Day 6 May 1 - Lycaonia
Lycaonia is a level plain, waterless and treeless. Enjoy learning about and exploring the Silk Road, which was a network of trade routes connecting China and the Far East with the Middle East and Europe. This was where the apostle Paul proclaimed the Gospel in Acts 13-14, and a fervent Christian community was born. St. Paul’s Konya Church was erected in honor of his ministry and a marvel to behold considering the large number of churches in the region that were demolished or turned into mosques. You then have the opportunity to enjoy an evening full of local cultural importance. The Whirling Dervishes in Caravanserai display a religious act of meditative dance meant to enlighten and inspire (optional, additional charge).
Day 7 May 2 - Psidian Antioch, explore Pamukkale and overnight in Pamukkale
Ancient Antioch was the center of Hellenistic civilization in the region and home to a massive temple and oracle complex dedicated to the pagan god Apollo. The temple functioned until the visiting Emperor Justinian threw out the last remaining priest and ordered the place burned to the ground. Christian roots go deep into Antioch’s soil. It was to Antioch that many Jerusalem Christians fled after the death of Stephen (Acts 11). Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch for a year and assembled with the church and taught many people. Later, the city became the center from which Paul performed his missionary labors (Acts 13: 1-5, 14-44; 14: 26-28; 15: 22-41; 18: 22-23). It was in Antioch that the disciples were first called "Christians", and it was here that the first non-Jews were accepted into the early church. Then enjoy exploring the area known as Pamukkale, meaning "Cotton Castle," inspired by the ivory web of cascading limestone-laden thermal pools.
Day 8 May 3 - Laodicea, Aphrodisias, Colossae. Overnight in Pamukkale
The Christians of Laodicea, one of the Seven Churches (Rev. 3: 14-22), were chastised for being lukewarm, "You are neither cold nor hot" (Rev. 3: 15), and for being too comfortable incorporating pagan and Christian beliefs. In the famous scripture from Revelation (3: 20-21), Jesus says to the Laodicean church: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock . . . ". There are many acres of ruins to see, including the stadium and columned streets. Continue to Aphrodisias, built around the Temple of Aphrodite. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, founded as a city-state in the early 2nd century BC, portrays its cosmopolitan social structure with inscriptions from various languages and cultures, such as Greek, Roman, Jewish, and Christian cultures. Famous as the receiver of Paul’s Letter to the Colossians, the town of Colossae has fallen into obscurity. While you can still see traces of the theatre, the Necropolis and the Church, the ancient city is mostly indistinguishable ruins.
Day 9 May 4 - Drive to Ephesus. Visit Ephesus and Museum of Ephesus. Overnight in Kusadasi or Izmir.
Ephesus is one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 1: 11). In ancient days, Ephesus was a bustling port town of 250,000, graced with wide, colonnade-bordered streets. Today, you will be impressed with the spectacular excavations of the major streets of ancient Ephesus. You will view the Library and the huge Agora. The Temple of Artemis was declared one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Today, only a single column remains to mark the site. You will visit the Basilica of St. John, traditional site of his grave. From the basilica, enjoy a commanding view of the area. You will visit the Museum of Ephesus for an up-close look at artifacts from the ancient city. You will have time to explore this powerful city on your own and recreate some of the footsteps of Paul.
Day 10 May 5 - Return to USA
Return home with life-changing memories!
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