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Biblical Tours Turkey Greece

Biblical Jewels of Turkey and Greece Tour – 15 Days 14 Nights

Tour Code: CS-BT04
Highlights: Istanbul Seven Churches Patmos Crete Santorini Athens Meteora Delphi – Cruise in Greek Islands
Duration: 15 Days/14 Nights
Departures:  Please check departure dates below
Tour Price: From $2965 per person, Double Occupancy Seat in Coach Tour(Deadline one month prior of each departure)

Quick Overview

These unique Christian Tour packages combine the footsteps of St. Paul with cruising in Greece and Turkey. Participants have the opportunity to thoroughly explore a vast part of continental Greece, as well as get a glimpse of some characteristic Greek islands while on our 3-day cruise.

Itinerary

DAY 01 Saturday- Arrival in Istanbul

Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 02 Sunday – Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour

After breakfast begin full day sightseeing tour of Istanbul. Visit Topkapi Palace (harem section is optional), ancient Roman Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia. Continue Sultanahmet tour with the Blue Mosque and stop at Grand Covered Bazaar and will have free time to discover 4000 tiny shops in the passageways of the world largest covered bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul. (B, L)

Day 03 Monday- Half Day Morning Bosphorus Cruise

Visit the Spice Bazaar (or Egyptian Bazaar). Then join a boat excursion on the Bosporus on a shared tour. Enjoy viewing Ottoman palaces, Bosporus Bridge, citadels, centuries-old mansions and the European and Asian shorelines at the same time. Free afternoon. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)

Day 04 Tuesday- Ephesus and Laodicea

Ephesus, one of the “Seven Churches of Revelation”. Visit to St. John Basilica and the last abode of Virgin Mary at Mount Solmissos. After lunch, continue to Laodicea a Crossroads of the ancient world .Overnight stay in Pamukkale. (B, L, D)

Day 05 Wednesday- Pamukkale, Sardis Philadelphia and Thyatira

In the morning, we visit the ancient city of Hierapolis home of Philip the Evangelist. Have a break at the calcium terraces of Pamukkale later on precede to Philadelphia. The youngest of the “Seven Churches of Revelation”, visit the still standing remains of an early church and the city walls Lunch on the way. In the afternoon visit, ancient city and ruins of the famous church of Sardis the ancient Lydian capital. Later on the remains of the church of Thyatira then drive to Pergamon where we overnight stay. (B, L, D)

Day 06 Thursday– Pergamon, Smyrna

Depart for Pergamon (Bergama). Visit the Church of Pergamon, the red-court, Acropolis, after lunch; we drive to Smyrna (Izmir), recipient of a letter from St Paul praising the early believers for their faithfulness. Visit St. Polycarp Church and a short tour of the city Overnight stay in Kusadasi (B, L)

Day 07 Friday- Kusadasi – Priene Miletus Didyma

Proceed to Miletus which was a great Ionian Port with two lions guarding its entrance and the theater, reconstructed in the Roman period, is an impressive structure built against the slope of a hill. Lunch will be served in the town of “Didyma” at a local restaurant, overhanging the ruins of the Temple of Didyma where you can taste the Turkish cuisine. Didyma welcomes people who admire the magnificent Temple of Apollo, a great monument of antiquity. Overnight stay in Kusadasi (B, L, D)

Day 08 Saturday – Kusadasi -Patmos Crete – Greek Island Cruise

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the Kusadasi port to embark on your Greek Island Cruise. The first port of call is Patmos, the tiny, rocky island where the exiled St. John the Divine received the Revelation upon which the last book of the New Testament is based. (An optional tour of the 11th century monastery of St. John is available.) Dinner and overnight onboard, while you sail to Crete.(B, L, D)

Day 09 Sunday- Crete and Santorini (Cruise)

This morning you arrive at Heraklion, the capital of ancient Crete, and you will join the tour to home of the Palace of Knossos, once the center of the Minoan civilization, and one of the world’s most acclaimed archaeological sites. At noon, your cruise continues to the Santorini, the most spectacular of the Greek Islands, whose town of Thira is perched on a cliff created by volcanic eruption. You will  visit to the monastery of Prophet Ilias, for a breath-taking view, deep inhalations of clean, pure, Cycladic air and memorial photos, so as to be the envy of all who didn’t come along. The tour continues its passage towards the north. To the east, in the background, you will have settlements like Kamari and Monolithos, while you will pass through Fira, the small traditional villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli with delicate architecture and beauties, to eventually arrive at the settlement of Oia. During the entire route, to the west you will have before your eyes the lace-like caldera, the little islands of Thirasia, Palea and Nea Kameni and an unsurpassable panoramic view. In Oia you will have plenty of time to stroll through the marble-paved alleys, to gaze at the adorably cute shops, to take pictures, to become acquainted with the characteristic buildings, carved into the rocks and the unusual captains’ manors, the settlement Ammoudi at the foot of the caldera… After your curiosity has been sated of the area which is characterized as being of “exceptional natural beauty”, your return begins … (B, L, D)

Day 10 Monday- Piraeus, Athens

After breakfast, you disembark your cruise ship at Piraeus port, transfer to your hotel in Athens. Free afternoon. (B)

Day 11 Thuesday- Athens- Delphi

Drive to Delphi. Pass by Levadia and Arachova .Then continues on to Delphi; visit the archaeological site and the museum. The rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Delphi.(B, D)

Day 12 Wednesday- Delphi – Kalambaka

Morning at leisure. Drive by the Central Greece towns of Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala to arrive in Kalambaka. Dinner and overnight.(B, D)

Day 13 Thursday – Meteora – Athens

In the morning visit Meteora. They are veritable Byzantine museums exhibiting superb icons, old manuscripts and unique mosaics and frescoes. Visit the Byzantine monasteries, Thermopylae and Kammena Vourla. Overnight in Athens.(B)

Day 14 Friday- Half day Athens tour

Drive by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square, the Pan Athenian Stadium and see the Presidential, government buildings and elegant homes. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue, Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, National Library and Omonia Square. In contrast, we visit the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus and the crowning beauty and glory that were Athens, the Acropolis with its many monuments atop its rocky base. We also visit the Acropolis Museum. Return to hotel at noon. Overnight in Athens.(B)

Day 15 Saturday- Athens Departure

Transfer to Athens International Airport for departure flight back home. (B)

P.S: For group requirements, other languages are available on demand.

Prices & Departure Dates 2017

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WHAT THE PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodations at 4-Star Hotels*
  • Domestic flight ticket from Istanbul to Izmir
  • 3-day/2-nights Greek Island cruise in standard IB cabin**
  • Shore excursions in Kusadasi, Heraklion and Santorini islands (seat in coach)
  • Meals as specified in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Services of a professional English-speaking escort/guide
  • Transportation by non-smoking, air-conditioned mini/midi bus
  • Sightseeing tours (including entrance fees) per itinerary
  • Hotel taxes and services charges
  • Cruise Port taxes ($ 141 per person)

*Upgrade to 5-Star or Boutique Hotels available (rates on request)
** Cabin upgrade available (rates on request)

NOT INCLUDED

  • Gratuities to tour and cruise staffs and guides
  • All items of a personal nature (laundry, taxis, travel insurance, etc.)
  • Beverages (except for those served with breakfast).
  • International Flight Ticket


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