22 Day Turkey Itinerary Tour

22-Day Turkey Itinerary Tour


Day 1 : Istanbul – Gallipoli – Canakkale
Arrive in Istanbul
Meet and transfer to the Gallipoli Peninsula. See Kabatepe Museum, ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly (Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels), The Nek, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial) and visit the poignant Lone Pine Cemetery, the Dardanelles. Then take the ferry crossings from Eceabat to Canakkale and check-in to the hotel. Rest of the day is free. Check-in to the hotel and rest of the day is free. Overnight Canakkale. (D)

Day 2 : Troy – Pergamum – Smyrna (Izmir)
After breakfast, visit Troy, Homer’s legendary Troy, to see the replica of the wooden horse. Then travel to Pergamon to visit the Acropolis, Temple of Athena, Serapis Temple, Heroon, Sanctuary of Athena, Library of Pergamon, Temple of Tragan, Theatre, Zeus Altar, Kizil Avlu. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Izmir. Overnight Izmir (B,D)

Day 3 : Izmir – Sardis – Alasehir (Philadelphia) – Akhisar (Thyatira)
Visit Sardis capital city of ancient Lydia. See the early church remaining in Sardis (Sardis Gymnasium, Jewish Synagogue, Diana {Artemis} Temple). Continue to Alasehir to visit the early church remaining in Philadelphia (St John Basilica). Then drive to Akhisar (Thyatira) for a short visit to the 4th century church. After lunch, visit the Roman Agora in Izmir. Overnight Izmir (B,D)

Day 4 : Izmir (Smyrna) – Selcuk – Kusadasi
Visit the 2nd century Polycarp Church in Izmir {check if this church’s renovation is completed} and then proceed to Ephesus to Virgin Mary’s House. Then descended to see the Cave of the Seven Sleepers and have lunch there. After that a visit to the Basilica of St John where the apostle of John was buried and view the Temple of Artemis. Kusadasi for dinner and overnight. Overnight Kusadasi (B,D)

Day 5 : Ephesus – Kusadasi
Visit Ephesus Museum. Then drive to visit the Virgin Mary House, descended down to see the Cave of the Seven Sleepers and visit Ephesus 1 – Baths of Scholastica, Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, the Theater, Temple of Artemis which was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Then visit the Paul’s Grotto in Ephesus {check to see if this is open to small group tour}. Then drive to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight. Overnight Kusadasi (B,D)

Day 6 : Patmos – Kusadasi
Day trip to Patmos Island. Depart from Kusadasi port at 06:30 am by private boat (maximum capacity 60 persons). Arrive Patmos island at 11:00 am. Meet with Greek guide and visit the Cave of Revelation {Cave of the Apocalypse}. This is followed by the visit to Monastery of St John (Agios Ioannis o Theologos {“St. John the Theologist”}), and the nearby museum. After lunch depart from Patmos at 2.30 pm. Arrive back to Kusadasi at 7:00 pm. Overnight Kusadasi (B,D)

Day 7 : Kusadasi – Priene – Miletus – Didyma– Bodrum
Travel to the Ionic cities of Priene, the well-designed Greco-Roman city and the best-preserved Hellenistic theater in Turkey to visit the newly excavated remains of a synagogue in the west residential district and the Alexander the Great’s home there. Then a visit to the great Ionian port of Miletus, where Paul farewelled the Ephesian elders (Acts 20:17-38) and the newly excavated remains of a synagogue. After lunch, a visit the Temple of Apollo at Didyma and then continue to Bodrum. Overnight Bodrum (B,D)

Day 8 : Bodrum – Aphrodisias– Hierapolis – Pamukkale
Visit Bodrum (Castle of St Peter & Halicarnassus Mousoleum). Then drive to visit Aphrodisias [Temple of Aphrodite] excavated by the New York University. Proceed to visit Hierapolis; the Gate of Domitian, the Arcadian Way, Necropolis and Philip’s tomb. Swimming is available at the hot spring water indoor pool of your hotel. Overnight Pammukale (B,D)

Day 9 : Pamukkale – Hierapolis– Laodicea – Colossae – Antalya
Drive to Hierapolis to visit the Gate of Domitian, the Arcadian Way, Necropolis and Philip’s tomb. After this, travel to Laodicia (Church of Laodicea 7) to visit the Christian Ruins, Statue of Emperor Augustus, Aqueduct, Stadium, Ephesian Gate. Then drive to the unexcavated city of Colossae (Honaz – Ancient metropolis of Phrygia, the recipient of Paul’s letter). Then drive south to Antalya city. Overnight Antalya (B,D)

Day 10 : Antalya
Then drive south to Antalya city to see Kaleici (old Antalya), Clock Tower, Old Harbour, Kesik Minare, Hadrianus Gate. Then visit Antalya Archaeological Museum. After lunch, a visit to the Kursunlu Waterfall to relax and behold God’s beautiful creation dating back to the Roman period. Dinner and overnight in Antalya. Overnight Antalya (B,D)

Day 11 : Antalya – Perge – Aspendos – Side – Antalya
Drive to see the Greco-Roman city of Perge where Paul gave his first speech on Christianity in the area. Then see the World’s best preserved Greco-Roman Amphitheater at Aspendos. Visit Side to see the ancient Theatre, great Gate and Temple of Apollo. Dinner and overnight in Antalya. Overnight Antalya (B,D)

Day 12 : Antalya – Psidian Antioch – Konya
Drive to Yalvac to visit Pisidian Antioch. Then continue to Konya via Beysehir Lake for dinner and overnight at the hotel. Overnight Konya (B,D)

Day 13 : Konya – Cappadocia
Visit Konya, ancient Iconium, see the Mevlana Monastery of the Dervishes (museum), Mausoleum (Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi), the founder chief of whirling Dervishes, Karatay Medrese and Ince Minaret. Visit the walled 13-century Sultanhan Caravansarai en route to Cappadocia for dinner and overnight. Overnight Cappadocia (B,D)

Day 14 : Cappadocia
Visit Goreme Open Air Museum to see Byzantine Frescoes, Tokah Kilise, Basil Kilise, Elmali Kilise, Azize Barbara Kilisesi, Yilanli Kilise, Karanlik Kilise, St Catherine Chapel, Carikli Kilise, Nunnery, the Troglodyte Village of Avcilar, Ortahisar, and Avanos Village and see the fairy chimneys and St Simeon church at Pasabag (Monk) Valley. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Cappadocia. Overnight Cappadocia (B,D)

Day 15 : Cappadocia – Ankara
Optional Balloon Ride in early morning (06:00-08:00) which is subject to availability due to weather conditions in the winter. Full day tour in Cappodocia.
Visit Cappadocia Derinkuyu Underground city, Uchisar Castle to see the panoramic points to see the cone of Uchisar & Guvercinlik Valley, and Ihlara Valley, which itself alone needs almost a half day to complete (not suitable for elder people). Then drive to Ankara, capital city of Turkey. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Cappadocia. Overnight Ankara (B,D)

Day 16 : Ankara
Full day tour in Ankara. Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilization, Ulus, Mausoleum of Ataturk, Temple of Augustus, Roman Bath, Column of Julian and the Ankara Citadel. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Ankara. Overnight Ankara (B,D)

Day 17 : Ankara – Gordion – Bursa
Visit Yassıhöyük (Gordion) [King Midan’s Earth Tumulus, Phrygian Valley, Midas Şehri] and Yazılıkaya with many monument writing-rocks and underground passages from the Phrygian age in there. Drive to visit Sivrihhisar Castle & Ballihisar. Then follow by visiting Kybele Temple in Pessinus. Then drive to Bursa for dinner and overnight at hotel in Bursa. Overnight Bursa (B,D)

Day 18 : Bursa – Nicea – Yalova – Istanbul
Visit Bursa city center, Green Mosque, Green Mausoleum and Nicea where the Council of Nicea was held. Take the fast ferry to Istanbul and leisure afternoon. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Istanbul. Overnight Istanbul (B,D)

Day 19 : Istanbul
Full day tour in Istanbul. Visit Hippodrom of Istanbul, Blue Mosque (The Sultan Ahmed Mosque – Sultanahmet Camii), Topkapi Palace (Sarayi) including Harem and Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) and visit Cemberlitas Hamam in Sultanahmet. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Istanbul. Overnight Istanbul (B,D)

Day 20 : Istanbul
Full day city tour of Istanbul Visit Kariye Museum (Church of St Savior at Chora), Süleymaniye Mosque, St Sophia building (Hagai Sofia aka Aya Sofya) & Underground Byzantine Cistern (Yerebatan). Dinner and overnight at hotel in Istanbul. Overnight Istanbul (B,D)

Day 21 : Istanbul
Morning visit of Old Spice Bazaar, Bosphorus cruise by ferry to see the Anadolu Hisari, Rumeli Hisari (No interior visits to medieval forts), old mansions, waterfrount wood houses, imperial palaces, hunting lodges, kiosks, modern villas on both the European and Asians shores of the strait while cruising. Drive by the Golden Horn to see the Old city walls and visit the Süleymaniye Mosque. Visit the Dolmabahce Palace. Dinner at a local seafood restaurant in Kumkapi district. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Istanbul. Overnight Istanbul (B,D)

Day 22 : Istanbul
Have a relaxing morning and a visit the Istanbul Archaeological Museum and getting ready to return back to your home.
 

INCLUDING

  • 22 day total land tour
  • 21 nights at 4 star & 5 star hotels in Turkey
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All escorted transfers
  • Daily breakfast and 22 dinners (B: breakfast x21, D: dinner x22)
  • Transportation by private A/C bus with driver throughout the tour
  • Private roundtrip ferry between Kusadasi-Patmos
  • Guided Shore Excursion in Patmos & all entrances.
  • Car ferry cost, tolls, parking fees, gasoline
  • Fast ferry to Istanbul
  • Bible Oriented English speaking professional tour guide throughout the tour
  • Entry fees to the sites & museums
  • Service charges & local taxes
  • Airport meet and assist upon arrival and departure on the specific dates of the tour commencement and completion.

 

EXCLUDING

  • Lunches and all drinks
  • Turkish Visa fee (US$60)
  • Balloon ride
  • Personal expenses
  • Any other service which is not mentioned above

 

Where and When

Meet up location: Istanbul Airport
End location: Istanbul hotel
Duration: 22 days

 

Our tours are tailor-made to your interest. Prices depend on the group size and the tour program. Contact us for details.

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