TURKEY & GREECE
TURKEY & GREECE
Tour Route: TURKEY, GREECE 15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS
Arrival at Istanbul airport, reception by guide and transfer to hotel in Istanbul. Accommodation. Dinner.
Breakfast and departure to the Bosphorus Strait that separates the Asian part of Istanbul from the European part. In its extension you can enjoy cafes and restaurants, old Turkish wooden houses, mosques, palaces, the fortress of Hisar. Then visit the Topkapi Palace, the most visited museum in Turkey. Accommodation. Dinner.
Breakfast and departure to visit to the Roman Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the grandest mosque in Istanbul. Hagia Sophia, a masterpiece built in 573 AD by Emperor Justinian with the ambition that it would be the largest church in the world. In 1453, it became a mosque and in 1934 a museum. Free time in the famous Bazaar, a great maze of shops, where you can find everything. At night flight to Cappadocia. Arrival. Accommodation. Dinner.
Breakfast and departure to visit CAPADOCIA is like being on another planet: houses carved into the rocks guarantee a landscape that looks like a movie set. The mountains, the caves, the desert, everything will be very different from what you already know. The landscape is dominated by large red and conical rocks, known as “fairy chimneys”. There, for thousands of years, various civilizations excavated the mountain walls to build their homes. The result is fantastic. The impression you have is that of a prehistoric condominium, with all those holes. Visit the Goreme Valley with its rock churches, it is an incredible Byzantine monastic complex made up of churches carved into the rock (Zelve Valley). The city is one of the most important in the region and holds precious treasures. The highlight is the churches carved in the rocks. As many Christians took refuge there at the time of the Roman Empire, the caves hid several temples. Visit the Toglodite village of Uchisar and the Derbent Valley, Pasabag, and the Guvercinlik Valley. * On this day the possibility of an OPTIONAL BALLOON flight over the impressive landscape of Cappadocia. Accommodation. Dinner.
Breakfast and departure to Konya, which is the second most important city in this area after Ankara. It was the capital of the Seleucid Empire in the 12th and 13th centuries and during that period it was the center of culture throughout Turkey. This city also has its own legend, since it is said that it was the first to rise from the fallen waters during the Universal Flood. Visit to the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the main manuscript, in addition to ancient musical instruments, Dervish clothing, carpets, tapestries and different religious objects. You can also admire Rumi’s sarcophagus. Continue to Pamukkale, famous for the hot springs. Accommodation. Dinner.
Breakfast and departure to visit Hierapolis. It is a UNESCO world heritage site, classified both for its hot springs and for the ruins of the ancient capital Frigia, where the Apostle Philip is buried. Continuation to Ephesus, where we will visit the largest archaeological site in the world, an important city in the Bible at the time of the apostle Paul. Visit to the ruins of St. John’s Basilica, where the tomb of St. John is located. Accommodation. Dinner.
Breakfast and departure to Pèrgamo. Visit to the acropolis and Asclepius, the first sanctuary of Mental Medicine. Continue to the famous city of Troy. Visit its ruins. Continue to Çanakkale. Arrival. Accommodation. Dinner.
Breakfast and departure to towards the Turkish / Greek border. After the border procedures continue to Kavala. Accommodation. Dinner.
Possibility of accommodation in the sanctuary. Accommodation. Dinner.
Breakfast and departure to visit the port city of Kavala, the ancient Neapoli where St. Paul accompanied by Silas, Lucas and Timothy began to evangelize Europe. Visit to Philippi where St. Paul gave his first speech in Europe. Here Paul baptized Lydia. Visit to the Roman Forum where is the prison where Paul and Silas were detained. Accommodation. Dinner.
Breakfast and departure visit to Thessalonica, a former Greek colony known as Therma. He lost that name as determined by Cassander, who in 316 BC, named his wife Thessalonica. Paul and Silas preach in Thessalonica, see Thessalonians letters I and II. Visit the walls, the Arch of Galerius and the Via Egnatia. Accommodation. Dinner.
Breakfast and departure to Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great. Visit to Bereia, an ancient city mentioned in the book of Acts of the Apostles. It current name is Veria. It is a small town where Paul preached, and where people searched the scriptures to see if his preaching was true (Acts 17: 10-13). Paul, Silas and Timothy go to Berea (Acts 17: 10-15). Continue to Kalambaka. Arrival. Accommodation. Dinner.
Breakfast and departure to Meteora, the famous monasteries built on top of rugged mountains. The most important are: Agios Stefanos, Agia Tríade and the most spectacular: The Monastery of the Great Meteoron or the transfiguration. We will only be able to visit two of them since they are open on alternate days. Accommodation. Dinner.
Breakfast and departure towards the Corinth Canal and visit the ancient Corinth where St. Paulo makes one of his most exciting speeches. Return to Athens and visit the Acropoles and the Areopagus. Panoramic tour of Athens. Accommodation. Dinner.
Breakfast and departure to the Day Cruise at the Greek islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina. Return to Athens. Accommodation. Dinner.
After breakfast, transfer to Athens International Airport.