Starting from: EUROS$1479.00 p/person in double occupancy* Air fare not included
Duration: 8 days 6 nights
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6 Nights Hotel Accommodation including breakfast
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Taste of Istanbul
Istanbul is an enchanting blend of Eastern and Western culture, a vibrant, modern city with a past that spans 2000 years. Turkey builds on an old and rich history. It represents a cultural mixture, stretching across the Anatolian peninsula in Western Asia and Thrace in the Balkans. Anatolia is a melting pot where Sumerian, Babylonian and Assyrian cultures interacted with Hittites, Romans, Lycians and Phrygians. There are temples dedicated to ancient goods, churches of many denominations, synagogues and mosques. As civilizations succeeded each other for thousands of years, they left their religious legacy. After the monotheistic domination of Anatolia, Islam, Christianity, and Judaism co-existed in harmony.
Day 1 : İstanbul Arrival at İstanbul Atatürk Airport, meet with your guide and transfer to the hotel .
Day 2 : İstanbul In the morning depart from the hotel for the full day sightseeing. Visit the Hippodrome area, the remnant of an arena built in the reign of Septimus Severus. From here proceed to the 17th century Blue Mosque, so called due to its more than 20,000 blue İznik tiles that adorn the interior walls. Then to St. Sophia, which was Christendom’s greatest church built by the emperor Justinian, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. After visiting St.Sophia get ready to discover the Topkapı Palace, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans from 15th to 19th centuries. At the end of the tour visit the world famous Grand Bazaar area and then return to your hotel.
Day 3 : İstanbul In the morning depart from the hotel and visit the Spice Bazaar, near the Galata Bridge just by the entrance of Golden Horn. Then embark on a Private Boat for a memorable cruise along the straits of Bosphorus, see many fascinating pavilions, palaces and classical wooden Turkish houses by the water. Disembark at Sarıyer and then cross to Asiatic side of İstanbul and visit Beylerbeyi Palace, the summer residence of Ottoman sultans with its original furniture and magnificent gardens. Then drive up to Nakkaştepe Hill for a panoramic view of İstanbul and then return to your hotel.
Day 4 : İstanbul/Kayseri or İstanbul/Nevşehir Transfer to Domestic airport and take 1,5 hour flight to either of above airports. Arrive and transfer to Cappadocia for a full day tour of Cappadocia region which offers you wonderful scenery of unusual natural formations and man-made dwellings such as churches, chapels and underground cities from early Christian and Byzantine periods. Your visits will include Pigeon Valley (one of the most colourful points), Avcılar Valley, Uçhisar natural fortress (the point where you can see a great part of the region). Next stop is the Open Air Museum in Göreme and see the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 5 : Cappadocia In the morning drive to see the Red Valley where you will be impressed with the unusual volcanic formations. Then visit the Valley of Zelve, you will see the the rock dwellings that were still in use shortly before. After continue to Avanos, a beautiful small town which is well known for its pottery since the Hittites. Today visit also the Kaymaklı underground city where early Christians were hiding from the Byzantine persecution. After dinner tonight, you will be transferred to a 600 year old Seljukian Caravanseari where you will have a unique experience ; watching a unique ritual performance of Whirling Dervishes . Ovenight in Cappadocia.
Day 6 : Kayseri/İstanbul or Nevşehir/İstanbul Depart from the hotel after having an early breakfast transfer to the airport for return flight to İstanbul. Arrive in İstanbul, drive to the old city by following the Theodosius City Walls and arrive at Kariye. Visit the Chora Museum-Church of St.Saviour in Chora, see the well preserved frescoes and mosaics depicting scenes from the Bible. Then drive up to Galata district to visit Galata tower, view the Bosphorus and the historical peninsula over the tower. Return to your hotel after the tour.
Day 7 : İstanbul Full day free at leisure to explore the hidden beauties of the city
Day 8 : Transfer to the airport for your departure flight .SUGESTED TOUR – Seven Churches of Asia Minor Tour Pergamon – Thyatira – Smyrna – Sardis – Philadelphia – Laodicea – Ephesus Day 1 – Arrive Istanbul.
Day 2 – Istanbul Old City Tour.
Day 3 – Istanbul Bosphorus Tour.
Day 4 – Fly to Izmir. Churches of Ephesus & Laodicea.
Day 5 – Churches of Sardis, Philadelphia, Thyatira & Pamukkale.
Day 6 – Church of Pergamon, Smyrna & St. Polycarp. Fly to Istanbul.
Day 7 – Transfer to airport for depature. Bible References :
Smyrna Revelation: 2:8-11
Pergamon Revelation: 2:12-17
Thyatira Revelation: 2:18-29, Acts 16:14
Sardes Revelation: 3:1-6
Philadelphia Revelation: 3:7-13
Laodecia Revelation: 3:14-22
Ephesus Revelation: 1:11:2:1-7 Acts 18:19-28:19
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