DURATION 11 Days – 10 Nights
STANDARDS Private – 3, 4 and 5 star hotels with breakfasts and fully guided
HIGHLIGHTS Turkey – Istanbul, Thyatira – Izmir, Smyrna , Sardis, Philadelphia, Pamukkale Laodicea , Ephesus – Kusadasi, Pergamum, Canakkale, Greece – Kavala, Philippi, Thessaloniki, Corinth, Athens
DEPARTURE Depends on the availability
INCLUDED 10 nights accommodations based on bed and breakfast
Professional licensed English speaking guide
All Dinners at the hotels
All airport transfers and Transportation with private AC vehicle
All entrance fees to the sites stated above the itinerary
Hotel porterage
Border crossing fee
NOT INCLUDED  Personal expenses
Any meals not mentioned in includes section and drinks
Visa fees
Lunches
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Day 1

ISTANBUL (Dinner)
Today we arrive to the bejeweled capital of Turkey, Istanbul. Our guide will meet us at the airport for the start of the city sightseeing. Dinner and overnight at our hotel
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Day 2

ISTANBUL (Breakfast, Dinner)
the bejeweled capital of Istanbul sits between two continents, and is home to 450 mosques. You’ll visit the famous Blue Mosque, with its six minarets and sparkling interior.  You’ll visit the Topkapi Palace, once home to royal Sultans.  Inside you’ll see the fabled jewels of the Treasury, delicate displays of Chinese porcelain in the Kitchen Quarters and the provocative Harem Quarters.  Walk through St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia) which, for 1000 years, was the largest church in Christendom.  Built by Justinian (532-537 AD), the church has 107 columns, fossil imbedded white marble floors and beautiful glass mosaics.  Today, it is the Museum of Byzantine Art. We will stop at the Hippodrome, early site of reckless chariot races and then to the Mosque of Sultan Ahmet, the “Blue Mosque” on our way to the covered bazaar. Catch a whiff of cinnamon, cloves, thyme and other exotic spices as you explore the Grand Bazaar.  Over 4000 shops sell everything from herbs to gold
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Day 3

ISTANBUL / THYATIRA – IZMIR (Breakfast, Dinner)
Drive to Izmir through Bursa. Visit Thyatira on the way one of the Seven Churches. See the remains of a Basilica and other ruins from the Roman Period. Overnight in Izmir (Smyrna).
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Day 4

SMYRNA – SARDIS – PHILADELPHIA – PAMUKKALE (Breakfast, Dinner)
After breakfast visit Smyrna, was the second one of the seven Christian churches in Asia Minor to which St. John the Divine wrote (Revelation l-11).depart for Sardis, another one of the Seven Churches mentioned by St. John. Continue to Philadelphia to, another one of the Christian congregations, and a city built in 2 BC by King Eumenes. Continue to PAMUKKALE (Hierapolis). Watch the sunset over the petrified waterfalls. Overnight in Pamukkale
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Day 5

LAODICEA – EPHESUS – KUSADASI (Breakfast, Dinner)
Visit HIERAPOLIS and then Laodicea before continuing to Ephesus. See the final abode of the Virgin Mary where she spent her last years. Tour through ancient Ephesus to see the old synagogue, the theatre where St. Paul preached (Acts 10), the Library of Celsus and other sights. Overnight in Kusadasi
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Day 6

KUSADASI – PERGAMUM – CANAKKALE (Breakfast, Dinner)
after breakfast we drive to Pergamum (Bergama). Visit the Acropolis with its pagan temples and Altar of Zeus. Continue to the healing center, Asklepion. Continue to Canakkale for dinner and overnight
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Day 7

CANAKKALE – KAVALA (Breakfast, Dinner)
after breakfast we will do a city tour of Canakkale. Then we proceed to the Turkey border and cross into Greece to Kavala. Kavala is on the site of ancient Neapolis where Paul, Timothy and Silas landed on the coast of Thrace. Dinner and overnight at our hotel
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Day 8

PHILIPPI – THESSALONIKI (Breakfast, Dinner)
After breakfast we will visit the city of Philippi which was a Roman garrison town and the chief city in the province of Macedonia.  It was here that Paul converted a woman named Lydia from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods. We visit the Baptistery of Lydia, the Market place, the Basilica and the theatre. Overnight in Thessaloniki, which was founded in 315 B.C. by one of Alexander the Great’s generals. St. Paul came to Thessaloniki with Silas, and following its usual custom, he went to the synagogue where he used the Jewish scriptures as the source of his preaching
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Day 9

THESSALONIKI – ATHENS (Breakfast, Dinner)
Today we finish in Thessaloniki and continue visiting sites south through Greece to Athens. Some time at leisure in Athens for rest and relaxation. Dinner and overnight at our hotel
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Day 10

ATHENS – CORINTH (Breakfast, Dinner)
Our sightseeing begins with the Stadium and Temple of Zeus, Theatre of Dionysus and the Hill of Muses for a panoramic view of Athens and the Acropolis.  See Mars Hill, where Paul addressed the citizens of Athens, and the monuments of the Acropolis – including the Parthenon, the Agora (marketplace) and Socrates’ Prison. This afternoon we will have a tour of Corinth. Visit the 11th century church, built in the golden age of Byzantine art, which contains a series of mosaics without parallel in the legacy of Byzantium.  Crossing the Corinthian Canal, which connects the Aegean and Ionian Seas, we see the isthmus where boats were once dragged from one sea to the other.  Visit modern Corinth and the ruins of the ancient city where Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla.  We will see the first century shops, Fountain of Peirene, the Temple of Apollo and the Bema Seat. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight
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Day 11

ATHENS – HOME (Breakfast)
Early morning departure from Athens back home
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