Day 1: Istanbul. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel. Free day.
Day 2: Istanbul. After breakfast full day visit to Istanbul. Visits to the outstanding monuments of Ottoman and Byzantine Empires, the Roman Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia (closed on Mondays), Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Suleiman the Magnificent Mosque and Grand Bazaar with over 4000 stores. Lunch at local restaurant and back to the hotel at dusk.
Day 3: Istanbul - Ankara. Early departure by bus to Ankara. We will pass through a very fertile and historically rich, ancient capital Bithynia and Nicomedia. A short break in the Roman city of Ad Hippium Prussia, which was the summer capital of the Kingdom of Bithynia. Lunch. Arrival in Ankara. Accommodation and dinner.
Day 4: Ankara - Cappadocia. After breakfast visit to the Turkish capital and the Mausoleum of Ataturk (founder of modern Turkey) and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, which has a rich collection of finds from Asia Minor, primarily Hittites. Following the trip to Cappadocia through Salt Lake. Lunch. Arrival in Cappadocia. Overnight at the hotel and dinner provided.
Day 5: Cappadocia. Breakfast and visit the spectacular Cappadocia region which is unique for its fascinating and unique landscape, formed by the lava thrown out by volcanoes Erciyes and Hasan, 3 million years ago. Visit the many monasteries and chapels in Göreme, dug into the rocks and decorated with frescoes of the tenth century (some of them very well preserved).
Pass by the strength of Uçhisar and Avcilar Valley. Lunch and afternoon visit to the village of Avanos, famous for its handicrafts and valleys and Güvercinlik Pasabagi. Visit the underground city of Serhatli Kaymakli, one of 36 underground cities of Cappadocia who served as a refuge for Christians. Return to hotel and dinner.
Day 6: Cappadocia - Konya - Pamukkale. Early departure to Konya, the capital of the Seljuk sultans in the eleventh century. Visit Caravansarai of Sultanhan, where formerly stood the camel caravans on the Silk Road. Visit the Mevlana Mausoleum, poet and philosopher who founded the sect's religious mysticism and Whirling Dervishes. Lunch in the city and continue the journey to Pamukkale. Accommodation and dinner.
Day 7: Pammukale - Ephesus - Kusadasi. In the morning, we enjoy Pamukkale, one spectacular place in the world for its dazzling white waterfalls and natural pools. En route to Kusadasi, we know the ancient Hierapolis, the Necropolis which contains more than 150,000 graves. Lunch. Continue to Ephesus. Greco-Roman city, ancient capital of Asia Minor and one of the best preserved of the old times, home to the Temple of Hadrian, Temple of Trajan, the theater, the Celsus Library etc. Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where she spent the last years of her life. Accommodation and dinner.
Day 8: Kusadasi - Pergamum - Troy - Çanakkale. Breakfast and trip to Pergamum, rival city of Alexandria in the domain of arts and letters. Visit the ancient Roman city, in which we see, the Theater, the Temple of Trajan, the Altar of Zeus, etc. Lunch at Troy, a legendary city that his fame comes from the "Iliad" of Homer and the Trojan War. Accommodation and dinner at the hotel in Canakkale.
Day 9: Çanakkale - Bursa - Istanbul. After breakfast Drive to Bursa, first capital of the Ottoman Empire, visiting the Grand Mosque, Mausoleum and Green Mosque. Lunch and free time. We will follow our trip and will arrive in Istanbul late in the afternoon.
Day 10: Istanbul. Airport Ben Gurion, Tel Aviv. At the time indicated, will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Tel-Aviv Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. Assistance and transfer to hotel in TelAviv. Accommodation.
Day 11: Tel Aviv - Caesarea - Haifa - Acre - Glilee. Panoramic city tour of Tel Aviv and Jaffa, including the artists' quarter and the Church of St. Peter in Jaffa. Continue to Caesarea, to visit the ancient Roman theater and Haifa on Mount Caramel. View of the Bahai Temple, the Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery where we will admire the view from the hill, continue on to Saint John de Acre. Kibbutz hotel accommodation in the Galilee or Tiberias.
Day 12: Tiberias - Nazareth - Galillee. Drive to the Mount of the Beatitudes. Then to Tabgha which led the Multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Skirt the lake of Galilee to Capernaum, visit the ancient synagogue and the new Franciscan church. Visit Nazareth, including the Basilica of the Annunciation, the Fountain of Mary and St. Joseph's Carpentry. Returning visit to Cana of Galilee which commemorates the Miracle of the Wedding at Cana kibbutz hotel accommodation in the Galilee or Tiberias.
Day 13: Galilee - Jerusalem. Drive to the Jordan River. Continue to the ancient Philistine city of Beth Shean, one of the ten cities of the Decapolis. Visit the excavations. In the afternoon, through the Judean Desert arrival in Jerusalem, in the hotel.
Day 14: Jerusalem - Bethlehem New City. In the morning, tour the City of Jerusalem, including the Knesset and the Menorah. Visit the Holocaust Museum and the Museum of Israel. We will also visit Ein Karem, birthplace of St. John the Baptist. Afternoon visit to Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity and the Church of Santa Catalina. Return to hotel.
Day 15: Jerusalem (Old City). Early morning, visit the Wailing Wall. View of the Temple Mount. We will go through the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. On mount Zion visit the Basilica of the Dormition and the Upper Room where the Last Supper took place. Departure to the Mount of Olives from which you can see the old Jerusalem. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive trees and the Church of All Nations. Return to hotel.
Day 16: Jerusalem. Free Day in Jerusalem. Optional excursion to the Dead Sea and Massada.
Day 17: Jerusalem - Ben Gurion Airport. When transfer to the airport for your flight.
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