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Turkey Holy Lands

Tour Code: TRBIBLICAL167 | Package Tours | Duration: 9 days / 8 nights | Departure: Everyday

Highlights: Istanbul- Troy- Canakkale- Pergamon- Thyatira- Izmir- Sardis- Philadelphia- Hierapolis- Pamukkale- Laodicea- Aphrodisias- Kusadasi- Ephesus

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Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul
Upon your arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, you will be promptly transferred to your hotel. Enjoy an overnight stay in Istanbul.

Day 2: Full-Day Istanbul Classic City Tour (Breakfast)
Commence your exploration of Istanbul's historical treasures, once the capital of the Ottoman Empire until 1923. This full-day tour covers the iconic Hagia Sophia, a magnificent Byzantine church, and a unique sample of Byzantine architecture. Visit the Blue Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in Istanbul from the 17th century, famous for its blue tiles and six minarets. Explore the Ancient Hippodrome, where chariot races were once held, featuring the impressive Egyptian obelisk from 1,500 BC. The tour continues with a visit to Topkapi Palace, the former residence of Ottoman sultans and their harem. Conclude the day with a short drive to the exotic Grand Bazaar (Closed on Sundays and Feast days). Return to your hotel for an overnight stay in Istanbul.

Day 3: Half-Day Bosphorus Cruise (Breakfast)
Embark on a half-day Bosphorus cruise adventure. Begin with a visit to Rustem Pasa Mosque, then walk through the Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market), offering mystical smells of various spices. The Bosphorus cruise takes about 1.5 hours, connecting the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea. Witness landmarks such as Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Maiden's Tower, Bosphorus bridges, Rumeli and Anadolu fortresses, and Ottoman Residences. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 4: Troy / Canakkale (Breakfast)
After breakfast, depart for the legendary site of Troy, home to the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy. Explore Sacrificial Altars, 3500-year-old city walls, houses of Troy I (3,000 B.C - 2,500 B.C), the Bouleterium (Senate building), the Odeon (Concert Hall), and witness ongoing excavations. Following the tour, drive to Canakkale for a restful overnight stay.

Day 5: Pergamon / Thyatira / Izmir (Breakfast)
Embark on a journey to Pergamon to explore the city's Acropolis, a prominent center during the Hellenistic and Roman ages. Continue to the ancient city of Thyatira, a significant early center of Christianity. The apostle Paul visited the city on several occasions during his missionary travels (Acts 16:13-15). Lydia, the woman converted by St. Paul at Philippi, was from Thyatira. The church at Thyatira is notably listed among the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 2:18-29). Overnight in Izmir.

Day 6: Sardis / Philadelphia / Hierapolis / Pamukkale (Breakfast)
Delve into the historical richness of Sardis, once the capital of the Lydian realm of Croesus and the birthplace of the first minted coins. Continue to Philadelphia, the sixth of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 3:7-13). Afterward, explore Hierapolis, featuring the Necropolis with its vast ancient cemetery, Roman Bath, Domitian Gate, Main Street, and Byzantine Gate. Conclude the day with a stroll to the natural warm water terraces formed by calcium-laden springs. Enjoy a restful overnight stay in Pamukkale.

Day 7: Laodicea / Aphrodisias / Kusadasi (Breakfast)
Embark on a journey to Laodicea, home to a recently excavated theater and one of the Seven Churches addressed by name in the Book of Revelation (Rev. 3:14-22). Head to Aphrodisias, showcasing the best-preserved Hellenistic civilization in Turkey. Explore the ruins, including the Roman Stadium, Odeum, Temple of Aphrodite, Bishops Palace, Theatre, Roman Baths, and more. Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 8: Ephesus and Virgin Mary Tour (Breakfast)
Commence the day with a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary atop Bulbul Mountain, a revered pilgrimage site. Proceed to the Ancient City of Ephesus, where you'll explore well-preserved theaters, fountains, and buildings. After lunch, visit the Basilica of St. John and Ephesus Museum. Conclude the tour with a return to your hotel for an overnight stay in Kusadasi.

Day 9: Departure (Breakfast)
Transfer to Izmir airport for your flight to Istanbul (flight not included). This marks the end of our services.

 No extra hidden cost..!

What is included

What’s Included
8 nights accommodation according to your selection as 3, 4, or 5 stars.
All mentioned (Group) transfers in the program.
All mentioned (Group) tours in the program including 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.
Meals such as Lunches and Dinners.
Visa (if needed).
Travel insurance.
Personal expenses.

No extra hidden cost!

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