Day 1: Istanbul. Arrive Istanbul. Meet and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon orientation tour in Istanbul, if time permits (according to the arrival time). Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul. St. Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, St. Irene and St. Chora Museum. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: Istanbul - Bursa. rive to Iznik (Nicea), the site of the First and Seventh Ecumenical Councils. Drive to Bursa, visit the Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum. Overnight in Bursa.
Day 4: Bursa - Troy - Ayvalik. Continue to Canakkale, visit Gallipoli, Troy, Alexandra Troas where St.Paul met Luke. Overnight in Ayvalik.
Day 5: Pergamon - Thyatira - Izmir. Depart to Pergamon, visit the Asclepion, the ancient hospital, the Acropolis, the Church at the site of ancient Serapium and the Red Court dedicated to St. John. Then visit Akhisar, the site of ancient Thyatira. Overnight in Izmir.
Day 6: Sardis - Philadelphia - Izmir. Visit Sardis, the capital city of the ancient Kingdom of Lydia, visit the Church built on the foundations of the Temple of Artemis. Continue to Alasehir, ancient Philadelphia. Return to Izmir, visit St. Policarp Church. Overnight in Izmir.
Day 7: Ephesus - Kusadasi. Drive to Ephesus where St. Paul stayed a while, visit the ancient city, House of the Virgin Mary, the Basilica of St. John, continue to Miletos where St. Paul gave a speech to spread Christianity. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 8: Kusadasi - Patmos - (Greek Island) - Kusadasi. Daily tour to the Greek Island of Patmos by private boat. Visit the Cave of Revelation and St. John’s Monastery. Return to Kusadasi for overnight.
Day 9: Aphrodisias - Laodicea Pamukkale. Visit Aphrodisias, Laodicea and Hierapolis, overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 10: Pisidian Antioch - Iconium - Cappadocia. Visit Pisidian Antioch, Konya (Iconium), the Mevlana Mosque and Mausoleum, proceed to Cappadocia for overnight.
Day 11: Cappadocia. Visit Goreme, Zelve Valley, Underground City. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 12: Cappadocia - Tarsus - Antioch. Depart to Tarsus, the birthplace of St. Paul, continue to Antakya (Biblical city of Antioch) where St. Paul and St. Barnabas stayed. Overnight in Antakya.
Day 13: Antioch - Fly Istanbul. Visit the Museum of Antioch with its famous mosaics and St. Peter’s Grotto, the Cave Church where early Christians met in secret. Drive to Adana airport for late afternoon flight to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel, overnight in Istanbul.
Day 14: Istanbul. Transfer to Istanbul airport for departure.
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