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Footsteps of St. Paul Tour (Short)

Tour Code : INC 01 Private

Canakkale (1) Izmir (1) Pamukkale (1) Istanbul (2) Nights

Day 1 – Istanbul / Canakkale (-,-D)
Arrive to Istanbul and direct drive to Canakkale. Dinner and overnight in Canakkale

Day 2 – Troy / Pergamum / Smyrna (Izmir) (B,-D)
Tour Troas (Troy), visited by Paul on his third journey, then on to Pergamum and its ancient medical center. Ascend the Acropolis to see the Altar of Zeus and temple of Athena then continue to Smyrna (Izmir), Homer’s Birthplace on the Aegean coast. Dinner and overnight in Izmir.

Day 3 – Sardis / Philadelphia / Loadicea / Hierapolis (Pamukkale) (B,-D)
Visit Sardis with its beautiful gymnasium and marble paved synagogue. Continue to Philadelphia, a favorite city of Paul and John. Drive to Pamukkale to see the white lime cascades of the Roman spa, Hierapolis. This was Philip the Evangelist’s home. Tour the extensive necropolis, churches and baths then stop at nearby Laodicea. Enjoy a spa in the warm mineral waters of your hotel’s pool. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.

Day 4 – Ephesus & St. Mary’s House / Izmir / Istanbul (B,-D)
Cross the fertile Menderes Valley to Ephesus and explore the expansive synthesis of Greco-Roman and Christian remains, home of Paul between 54 and 57 AD. Nearby visit the Virgin Mary’s house on a wooded hilltop. Drive to Istanbul. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.

Day 5 – Istanbul (B,-D)
Morning visit to Magnificent Topkapi Palace. Tour the romantic Harem, then walk across the Byzantine Hippodrome, scene of chariot races and visit the Sunken Palace, a huge sixth century Byzantine cistern. Visit Saint Sophia Basilica, historic seat of the Byzantine Church, whose mosaics, stained glass windows and decorated domes have been crafted to create an environment of breathtaking beauty. Walk through the gardens to the Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet 1 built in 1616 AD that is famous for its unequalled ceramic tiles. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.

Day 6 – Istanbul / Departure (B,-,-)
Transfer to airport for your flight to home