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Footsteps Of Abraham

Tour Code: TRBIBLICAL164 | Package Tours | Duration: 10 days / 9 nights | Departure: Everyday

Highlights: Istanbul-Sanliurfa-Izmir- Pergamum-Thyatira – Sardis-Philadelphia-Hierapolis-Pamukkale- Laodicea- Miletos-Ephesus-Kusadasi

itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul
Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport, guests will be warmly welcomed and seamlessly transferred to their carefully chosen hotel for check-in. As the city of Istanbul whispers tales of centuries gone by, guests can embrace the ambiance and settle in for an unforgettable journey. An overnight stay in this historical metropolis awaits.

Day 2: Full-Day Istanbul Classic City Tour (Breakfast)
Embark on a captivating exploration of Istanbul's rich history with a full-day tour that promises to unveil the city's timeless treasures. Marvel at the architectural marvels of Hagia Sophia, an ancient Byzantine masterpiece, and bask in the grandeur of the Blue Mosque, celebrated for its intricate blue tiles and towering minarets. Traverse the Ancient Hippodrome, resonating with echoes of chariot races from a bygone era, and step into the opulent world of Topkapi Palace, a testament to Ottoman opulence (closed on Tuesdays). The day culminates with a delightful visit to the Grand Bazaar, an iconic marketplace that beckons with its vibrant colors and artisanal wonders. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Day 3: Istanbul-Sanliurfa / Sanliurfa and Harran Tour (Breakfast)
After indulging in a delightful breakfast (or a breakfast box for those on the go), guests are whisked away to the airport for a flight to Sanliurfa. This ancient city, steeped in history, invites exploration. From the mystical Cave of Abraham to the grandeur of Ulu Cami and the profound exhibits of The Sanliurfa Museum, each site is a chapter in the city's compelling narrative. The sacred Pool of Abraham offers a tranquil retreat, enveloping visitors in an aura of spiritual reflection. An overnight stay in Sanliurfa ensures that guests can immerse themselves in the timeless allure of this city.

Day 4: Mount Nemrut (Breakfast)
Awaken to the promise of adventure as guests embark on a journey to Mount Nemrut. Here, colossal stone statues, crafted under the directive of King Antiochus, stand sentinel, depicting the gods of both Greek and Persian mythology. Uncover the mysteries of the alleged Tomb of Antiochus and soak in the breathtaking vistas that surround this ancient marvel. An evening of contemplation under the sky awaits, with an overnight stay in Sanliurfa.

Day 5: Sanliurfa / Izmir (Breakfast)
The day unfolds with a seamless transition to Izmir, as guests board a flight to this coastal city. Discover the exterior beauty of the Church of St. Polycarp (from outside), the oldest church in ancient Smyrna, and ascend to the commanding heights of Alexander the Great’s “Velvet Castle,” offering panoramic views of Izmir's picturesque bay. An overnight stay in Izmir invites relaxation amid the coastal allure of this vibrant city.

Day 6: Pergamon / Thyatira (Breakfast)
Embark on an early odyssey to Pergamon, a city boasting an illustrious past. Traverse the Acropolis, witness the remnants of a grand library that once housed an extraordinary collection, and explore the ancient medical wonders of the Asclepion. The journey continues to the ancient site of Thyatira in Akhisar, unfolding the layers of history within its archaeological embrace. An overnight stay in Izmir promises a chance to reflect on the day's discoveries.

Day 7: Sardis/Philadelphia / Hierapolis/Pamukkale (Breakfast)
Venture into the historical heart of Sardis, once the capital of the Lydian realm of Croesus, and unravel the tales of ancient Philadelphia, a city eternally enshrined in the Book of Revelation. The path then leads to Pamukkale, a surreal landscape adorned with the terraces of Hierapolis. As the day unfolds, guests are invited to traverse the Necropolis and bask in the natural splendor of this unique destination. An overnight stay in Pamukkale completes the day's journey.

Day 8: Laodicea / Miletos / Kusadasi (Breakfast)
Begin the day's voyage to Laodicea, a city now revealing its ancient theater to modern explorers. Continue the expedition to Miletos, where St. Paul's resonant speeches once echoed, leaving an indelible mark on the landscape. An overnight stay in Kusadasi awaits, promising a blend of historical immersion and contemporary comforts.

Day 9: Ephesus and Virgin Mary Tour (Breakfast)
Awaken to the allure of Ephesus, where history whispers through the ages. The Church of St. Polycarp, a symbol of Smyrna's ancient community, beckons exploration. Journey to the House of the Virgin Mary atop Bulbul Mountain, a sacred pilgrimage site, before delving into the meticulously preserved Ancient City of Ephesus. The day unfolds with a visit to the Basilica of St. John and the Ephesus Museum, each revealing facets of a rich tapestry. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay in Kusadasi.

Day 10: Departure (Breakfast)
Bid farewell to this extraordinary journey as guests are seamlessly transferred to Izmir airport for their departure flight to Istanbul. This marks the culmination of a captivating exploration of Turkey's historical tapestry, leaving indelible memories in its wake.

 No extra hidden cost..!

What is included

What’s Included
9 nights accommodation according to your selection as 3, 4, or 5 stars.
All mentioned transfers in the program. (Group transfers).
All mentioned group tours in the program include transportation with air-conditioned buses, guidance, and entrance fees.
English-speaking guide during the tours.
(You can ask for other language options for groups).
Breakfasts in the hotels.
All local taxes.

What’s Not Included
Tips (optional).
International flight tickets.
All domestic flight tickets are in the itinerary.
Meals such as Lunches and Dinners.
Visa (if needed).
Travel insurance.
Harem section in Topkapi Palace and Terrace Houses in Ephesus and Cleopatra swimming pool in Pamukkale.
Personal expenses.

No extra hidden cost!

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