IN THE STEPS OF SAINT PAUL 12 DAYS Day 1.ISTANBUL-ANKARA Arrive to Istanbul and take a short connecting flight to Ankara, the capital of modern Turkey. Transfer to Sheraton Hotel by the private motorcoach Day 2: ANKARA-CAPPADOCIA Morning visit the highlights of Ankara: The Museum of Anatolian Civilisation, old city and Mausoleum of Kemal Atat rk, the founder of modern Turkey. After lunch continue to Cappadocia by travelling along the shores of great Salt Lake. Dinner and overnight in NevIehir. DAY 3: CAPPADOCIA ull day excursion into the magical lunarscape of Cappadocia s rock hills and valleys. Dominated by Mt. Argeus, Cappadocia, inhabited by Hittites, Asyrian Colonist, Persians, Greeks and Romans, offers the most amazing rock formations and magnificent rock churches and monasteries dating to Byzantine Period. Visit G reme Open air museum, Zelve rock cut city. Dinner and overnight at Dedeman Hotel in NevIehir. DAY 4 CAPPADOCIA-KONYA isit the Underground city of Kaymakl and drive to Konya . Upon arrival the sightseeing tour of Konya, the city of Mevlana and Whirling Dervishes. Visit the Mausoleum and Museum of Mevlana, the founder of the order of Whirling Dervishes. Dinner and overnight in Konya. DAY 5 KONYA -PISIDIAN ANTIOCH-PAMUKKALE roceed to Yalva , Pisidian Antioch where Paul desides to turn to Gentiles. Passing by Egridir Lake and arrive to Pamukkale, one of the natural wonders of Turkey. Enjoy the pools and thermal water. Dinner and overnight in Colossea Hotel. DAY 6.HIEROPOLIS-LAODICIA MILETOS-KUSADASI isit the ancient city of Hieropolis where Saint Philip was martyred. After enjoying attractive formations and travertine pools created by the thermal water, continue to Laodicia, one of the Seven churches. After lunch visit Miletos where Paul was during his third missionary trip and the Temple of Apollo, one of the famous oracle temples of the antiquity. Dinner and Overnight in Korumar Hotel at Kusadasi . DAY 7. EPHESUS-IZMIR Ephesus, where Paul stayed nearly 3 years, is the most preserved archaeological site in Turkey. Addressed by John as one of the seven churches, Ephesus was the site of the Artemis Temple which was considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Full day tour of Ephesus including Temple of Artemis, Basilica of Saint John and Sel uk Museum at Sel uk. Dinner and overnight in Izmir Hilton. DAY 8. AKHISAR-SARDIS- PHILEDELPHIA-IZMIR Departure for Thyatira, one of the Seven Churches, hometown of Lydia Paul met in Phillipi. Proceed to Sardis. the capital city of Lydian Kingdom and famous King Croisus. Excavated by American archaeologist, Sardis houses Artemis Temple, one of the greatest temples of Antiquity and Gymnasium and Synagogue complex. Then visit Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. Return to Izmir. Dinner and overnight in Izmir Hilton. DAY 9. IZMIR-PERGAMON-ISTANBUL Visiting ancient Agora of Symyna. Drive to Pergamon, the capital city of Pergamon Kingdom which ruled over Anatolia after Alexander the Great. Addressed by Saint John, Pergamon was site of famous Pergamon library and great healing centre to Asclepios. Drive toIzmir and late afternoon flight to Istanbul. Dinner and overnight in Hilton Hotel. DAY 10. City tour of Istanbul. Archaeological Museum of Istanbul, Visit the historical marvels of Istanbul: Saint Sophia, Blue Mosques, Topkap Palace Dinner and overnight in the Hilton Hotel. Day 11. Cruse the Bosphorous with a private boat and lunch at a typical fish restaurant . Enjoy the Grand Baazar in the afternoon. AY 12. Return flight to USA.