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In the footsteps of St. Paul 11 days

The travels of St. Paul in Asia. An itinerary that traces the stages of the three itinerant missionary journeys made by St. Paul starting from 45 AD thanks to which Saint Paul was defined as the first missionary and apostle of the people. The first stop could only be Antioch (Hatay), his starting point in the three journeys. We continue with the birthplace of the saint, Tarsus and we will stop in Cappadocia, the cradle of the first Christian civilizations to continue towards the ancient Iconium, Konya today, where we will visit the church dedicated to him. The stops of Lystra, Antioch of Psidia and the spectacular salt falls of Pamukkale, UNESCO heritage, enrich the itinerary. A fundamental step in the footsteps of St. Paul is also the site of Perge and Demre. The journey finally ends with a visit to one of the churches of the Apocalypse: Ephesus.

1° giorno

Italy - Istanbul - Antioch (B / L / D)

Departure from Italy with scheduled flights. Aircraft change in Istanbul. Arrival in Hatay (Antioch on the Orontes) and handling of customs formalities and baggage collection. Meeting with our local representative. Hotel accommodation: dinner and overnight.

2° giorno

Antioch - Tarsus - Cappadocia (B / L / D) (460 km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Start of the visits from the archaeological museum of Antioch (Hatay in Turkish) which houses one of the best collections in the world of Roman and Byzantine mosaics, as well as some artifacts found in the area including the splendid Sarcophagus of Antakya. We continue with a visit to the cave of San Pietro, an early Christian church carved into the rock at the foot of Mount Staurin, where the first Christians presumably gathered around Paul, Barnabas, Luke and Peter. Departure for Tarsus through the mountain pass of the Cilicee Doors. Lunch in a restaurant near the waterfalls of the Cidno river, where Frederick Barbarossa drowned. After lunch, visit of Tarsus, the hometown of Paul whose house remains a Roman well identified as the "well of St. Paul", and stop at the Arch of Cleopatra. Continuation to Cappadocia. Hotel accommodation: dinner and overnight.

3° giorno

Cappadocia (B / L / D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Day dedicated to this region located on the Anatolian plateau, one of the most fascinating environments in Turkey for its characteristic lunar landscape, troglodyte villages and rock churches once inhabited by anchorites who enriched them with frescoes. Visit of the open-air museum of Göreme and Zelve with the forest of gigantic rocky mushrooms pierced by cells and chapels called "fairy chimneys"; of the troglodyte villages of Avcilar and Uchisar. Lunch in a local restaurant and dinner at the hotel.

4° giorno

Cappadocia - Konya (B / L / D) (235 km)

Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Konya. Along the way stop at the underground city of Kaymakli, well ventilated, structured on ten floors for a length of 10 km. The next stop will be the caravanserai of Sultani, from the 13th century. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, continuation to Konya and visit to the mausoleum of Mevlana, a mystical figure of Muslim spirituality, founder of the sect of the dervishes. Continue to the church of St. Paul, the memorial of Paul's preaching to the young Christian community of Ikonio. In the evening, accommodation in the hotel for dinner and overnight.

5° giorno

Konya - Listra - Antiochia di Pisidia (Yalvac) - Pamukkale (B / L / D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Lystra, where Paul and Barnabas took refuge by fleeing from Ikonio. Continuation to Antioch of Pisidia which received the Christian message from Paul and Barnabas during the 1st missionary journey: visit of the site. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, continue to Pamukkale and visit the "petrified waterfalls" and the remains of the church of San Filippo, martyr in the Roman Hierapolis in 87 AD. In the evening, accommodation in the hotel for dinner and overnight.

6° giorno

Antalya - Perge - Demre - Antalya (B / L / D)

After breakfast departure for the visit of Perge. The city of Perge is the place that St. Paul visited twice on his first pilgrimage. In this city, after having preached and converted many people to Christianity. Departure for Demre. Lunch in a restaurant on the way. Arrival and visit of Demre and the ruins of Myra, whose bishop was St. Nicholas, entered the Western collective imagination as St. Claus. St. Paul stopped in Myra in 60 AD to change boats on his way to Rome.
At the end, return to Antalya. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

7° giorno

Antalya - Pamukkale (B / L / D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Pamukkale. Lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon, arrival in Pamukkale and visit of the "petrified waterfalls", the ruins of Hierapolis (Hierapolis) and the remains of the church of San Filippo, martyr in Roman Hierapolis in 87 AD. In the evening, hotel accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.

8° giorno

Pamukkale - Miletus - Ephesus - Izmir (B / L / D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Miletus, the birthplace of famous architects and philosophers of the ancient world. Paul disembarks there during the 3rd missionary journey and the last. In Miletus Paul summons the elders of the church of Ephesus to entrust them with his spiritual testament. At the end, continuation to Ephesus and lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon, climb to the hill of the Nightingales near Ephesus where the house of the Virgin Mary (Meryem Ana) is venerated, according to the Ephesian tradition. Visit to the site of Ephesus, to whose Christian community St. Paul addressed himself in lively tones. Among the impressive monuments of the ancient Roman city are the Celsus library; theater; the temple of Hadrian, the basilica of the homonymous council which proclaimed the divine maternity of Mary, the basilica of San Giovanni on the tomb of the apostle. In the evening, arrival in Izmir (Izmir), hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight.

9° giorno

Izmir - Pergamum - Troy - Canakkale (B / L / D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Panoramic tour of Izmir, the third largest city in the country by population and the most progressive. Departure for Pergamum where we visit the excavations of the Hellenistic city with the Acropolis and the Esculapius, and the basilica of the Red Court. Lunch at a local restaurant during the excursion. In the afternoon departure for the visit of the ruins of Troy.
Arrival in Canakkale, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

10° giorno

Canakkale- Dardanelli –Gallipoli -Tekirdag - Istanbul. (B / L / D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Istanbul crossing the Dardanelles by ferry and by land Gallipoli-Tekirdag. Lunch in a restaurant on the way.
In the afternoon, arrival in Istanbul and visit of the Topkapi palace which was the residence of the Ottoman sultans and visit of the Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

11° giorno

Istanbul - Italy (B / L / -)

Breakfast at the hotel. Day dedicated to visiting the city: the Byzantine church of San Salvatore in Chora which preserves precious mosaics depicting the life of the Virgin Mary, the Museum of Santa Sofia, the Cistern-Basilica (Yerebatan Sarayi), a splendid underground cistern with hundreds of columns and where all 'now the water flows. Lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch visit the Grand Bazaar. In the late afternoon, transfer to the airport for the return flight.

Quote per persona, a partire da:

PartenzaHotel 4*Hotel 5*
DoppiaSupplemento singolaDoppiaSupplemento singola
Dal 1 November 2019 al 31 October 2020€ 1,100€ 270€ 1,160€ 350

Note

(B / L / D): B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = Dinner

PROPOSED 4 * HOTEL:

  • Antioch (Hatay): Hotel Grand Bogazici
  • Cappadocia: Hotel Perissia
  • Konya: Hotel Ozkaymak
  • Pamukkale: Hotel Richmond Thermal
  • Antalya: Hotel BV Khan
  • Izmir: Hotel Anemon Izmir
  • Canakkale: Hotel Akol
  • Istanbul: Hotel Ramada Grand Bazar

PROPOSED 5 * HOTEL:

  • Antioch (Hatay): Hotel Gungor Ottoman Palace
  • Cappadocia: Hotel Dedeman
  • Konya: Hotel Dedeman
  • Pamukkale: Hotel Colossae Thermal
  • Antalya: Hotel Ozkaymak Falez Antalya
  • Izmir: Hotel Movenpick Izmir
  • Canakkale: Hotel Kolin
  • Istanbul: Hotel Surmeli

The check in in the hotels is usually at 14.00 and check out at 12.00. Tips are not mandatory but are recommended for drivers. The order of visits may vary.

ENTRY VISA: An entry visa is not required to participate in this trip. For entry into the country a passport is allowed with a minimum validity of six months and at least one free page for affixing entry / exit stamps or an identity card valid for expatriation in conditions of perfect integrity and with a minimum validity of 5 months.


La quota comprende

  • Overnight in the indicated hotels or similar in a standard double room
  • Airport / hotel transfers a / r
  • Treatment as per program (full board from dinner on the first day to lunch on the last day
  • Professional local Italian speaking guide throughout the trip (except dinners in Istanbul)
  • Entrance fees to the sites and museums mentioned as per program
  • Transportation by air-conditioned GT coach throughout the tour, of variable capacity based on the number of participants
  • A double free ticket upon reaching 16 paying guests
  • Tips for restaurants and hotels, porterage in hotels
  • Insurance for medical assistance, medical repatriation and damage to luggage
  • Gadgets, luggage tags and various illustrative documentation

La quota non comprende

  • International and domestic flights and related airport taxes
  • Meals not mentioned, drinks with meals, personal extras, excess baggage
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Optional excursions and anything not highlighted in the “the fee includes”
  • Travel Cancellation Insurance
  • Registration fee € 95

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