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Itinerary 2

TURKEY 7 CHURCHES + CAPPADOCIA

Day 1 : Arrive Istanbul
City tour Istanbul to visit Blue Mosque, hippodrome of constantinople then visit underground Cistern which is one of the greatest architectural marvels of all times.

Day 2 : Istanbul - Canakkale
Proceed to Canakkale by coach & ferry. We will cross the second strategic waterway, the farfanelles and land in Asia and proceed to troy-famous trojan war or homer.

Day 3 : Canakkale - Bergama - Izmir - Kusadasi
In the morning, drive to troas visited by st Paul on his 3rd journey. We drive to pergamum visit the acropolis. continue to thyateira, a city of artisans guilds in st paul time. metropolis of Izmir (smyrna, revelation 2:8-11) homers birthplace on the aegean coast. Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 4 : Kusadasi/Izmir - Ephesus - Kusadasi
After breakfast drive to ephesus. Visit the last of virgin. continue to the ruins of ephesus, the virgin mary house. then St John Basilica where according to the legend, he was buried.

Day 5 : Kusadasi - Sardis - Philadelphia - Laodikeia - Pamukkale
Drive to Sardis, one of the most picturesque area of these seven cities. here St.John expressed his concern for pushing further with the progress of the city faith. Continue to Philadelphia, Laodikeia and Pamukkale to visit the antique city of Hierapolis and Cotton Castle. Overnight in Pamukkale where you can enjoy hot spring pool at the hotel.

Day 6 : Pamukkale - Antalya
Proceed to Antalya, we will visit perge whose history dates back to 1000bc. to see the theatre, roman stadium, Hellenistic gate, baths, Basicillica, and the Acropolis. Continue the trip to aspendos and the tour of the city will include the Gymnasium, the Ancient baths, the theater, the Acropolis, and the Agora. Driving south we will reach si-de which used to be a well knownslave market.

Day 7 : Antalya - Konya - Cappadocia
We will drive to an interesting landscape where peasants make their living. Konya was the center of Selcuk Empire as well as the city of Mevlana and his whirling dervishes. After visiting Mevlana Museum, we will see karatay medrese where was the Theology School of old times. Then we will continue to Cappadocia.

Day 8 : Cappadocia Region
Today we will visit goreme and the rock carved Churches hollowed our of Volcanic Ash. then we will proceed to Uchisar and Zelve valleys for memorable photo stop. Then visit kaymakli, the underground city where early Christians lived secretly in order to survive and keep their faith.

Day 9 : Cappadocia - Ankara
After breakfast, we will continue to hattusas and visit Lion's gate, underground fate citadel, Great Temple, the Sanctuary of Yazilikaya. After lunch continue to Ankara.

Day 10 : Ankara - Istanbul
First visit of this day will be the anatolian Civilizations museum and ataturk mausoleum. Afterwards, proceed to Istanbul. Overnigth in Istanbul.

Day 11 : Istanbul
Visit the famous Topkapi Palace Museum, Grand Bazaar - the largest and the oldest market in the world with more than 3500 shops. We than board our ferry boat for relaxing cruise along the shores of the legendary bosphorus, the natural gateway that divides Asia and Europe before transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for flight back home.

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