Day 1 – Arrive Arrive in Istanbul. Transfer to hotel. Enjoy welcome Dinner. Day 2 – ISTANBUL – air – CAPPADOCIA Drive along the old city walls and under the ancient Roman aqueduct on the way to view the best of Istanbul’s stunning architecture and attractions. The impressive Hippodrome is your first stop. Then visit the Blue Mosque named for the vivid Iznik tiles which line its interior. Browse the amazing Topkapi Palace-official residence of the Ottoman Sultans-with courts, pavilions, mosques, fountains and a treasury. Finally, you will stop at the jewel in Turkey’s Byzantine crown-the Museum of St Sophia. This splendid Church of Divine Wisdom was originally built in the 4th century AD and was lovingly restored in the 1900s, reflecting the true history of the glorious city of Istanbul. Enjoy some time at the Grand Bazaar for some shopping. Continue drive to the airport for your flight to Cappadocia. (TK0264 18,35). Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. Day 3 : CAPPADOCIA Start out early for a full day’s excursion into the magical lunarscape of Cappadocia’s rocky hills & valleys. Dominated by Erciyes Dagi, Mt. Argaeus, the region was first settled by ancient people then home to Romans, early Christians, Byzantines and Seljuks. Visit Goreme Church Valley, Zelve, Avanos, Ortahisar and Uchisar, and see some of the many churches carved into the rocks. Return to the hotel for night. Day 4: CAPPADOCIA – ICONIUM (Konya) Visit Kaymakli underground city in the morning. Kaymakli with some floors down the underground was home to early Christian refugees. On the way south visit the Sultanhani Caravanserai. Drive to Karaman, Derbe where St. Paul preached, then visit Lystra, where St. Paul stopped on his journey. Arrive Konya , Iconium for the night. Day 5: ICONIUM (Konya) – HIERAPOLIS Morning sightseeing of Konya, visit the Mevlana Mouseleum and Museum, the founder of the whirling dervishes in the Islamic sect. Proceed to Yalvac, Pisidian Antioch where St. paul said, “We now turn to the gentiles” and opened Christianity to the world. Passing by Egridir Lake arrive at Pamukkale, Hierapolis and overnight. Day 6 : HIERAPOLIS – IZMIR (Smyrna) After a visit to Hierapolis ruins and St. Philips martyrdom, drive to Loadicea. The church at Laodicea was an extension church of the church at Ephesus, as were the churches of Hierapolis and Colosea. Continue on to Alasehir, Philadelphia the church of "brotherly love" of the apocalpsel. Proceed to Sardes another of the Seven Churches. Dinner and overnight in Izmir. Day 7 : IZMIR (Smyrna) Morning departure to Ephesus. St. Paul stayed in Ephesus for two years. The still standing amphitheatre is the witness of the riots against St. Paul. The very first church dedicated to Virgin Mary was built in Ephesus after visiting Hadrian Temple, Celcus Library, St. Johns Basilica, House of Virgin Mary and Temple of Diana, proceed to Miletos, with one of the largest amphitheatres in Asia Minor. It was in Miletos that Paul stopped at the end of his third journey and predicted his imprisonment. Later in the day visit Apollo Temple at Didyma and return to Izmir. Day 8: IZMIR (Smyrna) – CANAKKALE Morning drive to Akhisar, Thyatira to see the remains of Basilica church. Proceed to Pergamum to visit the Acropolis of Helenistic Pergamum. Among its buildings are the Altar of Zeus and the temples of Trajan & Dionysus. After visiting the Asclepion, the earliest health center of Asia Minor. After lunch drive to Assos, where St. Paul rejoined his companions and visit Troas where St. Paul set sail to Greece. Dinner and overnight in Canakkale. Day 9: CANAKKALE – Border – KAVALA Morning cross the Dardanelles. Drive to the Turkish Greek border. Cross the border noon time. Lunch in Alexandoupolis. Drive to Kavala for dinner and overnight. Day 10: KAVALA – Philippi – THESSALONIKI After breakfast visit Phılıppi. Lunch in Kavala and then drive to Thessaloniki for overnight. Day 11: THESSALONIKI – Veria – KALAMBAKA Breakfast and continue to see highlights of Thessaloniki (possibly of visiting 2 Byzantine churches). Continue drive to Veria (Beroia) and visit the Berna of St. Paul. Lunch in Veria. Continue the drive to Kalambaka for Dinner and overnight. Day 12: KALAMBAKA – Meteora – ATHENS After breakfast, visit two monastries in Meteora. Lunch in Kalambaka and then continue the drive to Athens for dinner and overnight. Day 13: ATHENS – Corinth- ATHENS Breakfast at hotel and drive to Corinth. Visit ancient Corinth. After lunch return to Athens for a sightseeing tour and a visit to the Acrapolis and Mars hill. Dinner and overnight in Athens. Day 14: Departure After breakfast drive to the airport for your departure flight. Remember the Windows XP operating system? You can work with it online at and trick your friends.