Cultural Round Trips -- Biblisch Rundreise II

Early Christian Sites --  from/to AYT

Day 1: Antalya

Flight to Antalya. Airport pick-up by our travel guide and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Antalya – Konya approx. 310 km
The tour begins taking visitors through the tectonic lakes area via the Taurus Mountains and the Anatolian plateau and continues on to Konya. Along the way, a visit to the ancient city of Antioch in Pisidia is on the programme. The remains of the Great Basilica of Saint Paul are in this ancient city. Afterwards, the trip continues to Konya. Dinner and accommodation in Konya.

Day 3: Konya - Cappadocia/Ürgüp approx. 210 km
In the morning, you will visit Kaymaklı Underground City. Christians found refuge from their enemies in these underground cities. Then the tour heads to the church of John the Baptist and continues on to 'Çavuşin'. Accommodation in Cappadocia.

Day 4: Cappadocia/Ürgüp approx. 150 km
The day will be spent in the fascinating, moon-like landscape of Cappadocia, which was created by centuries of erosion from the now extinct volcanoes, Mount Erciyes and Mount Hasan. The peculiarity of this tuff landscape lead the people of early Christian times to build their homes and churches as caves. This is why the region features thousands of cave churches and houses, as well as underground cities. Visit the rock-hewn churches of Göreme, with the most beautiful frescoes in the region. Then visit the Zelve valley, where people still lived in caves up until the 1960s. There will be several stops at the various valleys of Cappadocia. The last stop is a visit to a carpet-making workshop. Dinner and accommodation in Cappadocia.

Day 5: Cappadocia – Konya – Antalya approx. 550 km
The tour now heads along the former silk route to Konya. This was formerly a Byzantine city called Iconium. This city was also the capital of the Great Seljuq Empire. Visit Mevlana Mosque and the adjoining museum, the most significant Islamic site in Turkey, as well as the famous dervish orders of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi from the 13th century. The dervishes were monks who used a special dance (Sema dance) to put themselves under a trance in order to meditate. This mystic order introduced a new interpretation to the Islamic religion with its philosophy of life as absolute, pure love. Dinner and accommodation in Antalya.

Day 6: Perga – Aspendos approx. 160 km
On this day, we will head east. First on the programme is the ancient city of Perga. We will visit this important ancient city where Saint Paul evangelised during his first missionary journey. Then we will continue to the interesting ancient theatre of Aspendos. The last stop of the day is at a jewellery centre and a leather fashion show. Dinner and accommodation are in Antalya.

Day 7: Demre – Myra approx. 400 km

First on this day’s programme is a visit to Patara, the city where Saint Nicholas was born. Saint Peter also came through this area during his missionary journey. We will visit the ruins and continue on to Demre. Saint Nicholas was a bishop here before he became famous. We will visit the church of St. Nicholas and the rock-hewn tombs of Myra. Then we will head to the hotel in Antalya.

Day 8: Flight back or trip extension

Transfer to the airport in İzmir for return flight or trip extension.

Included services:
•    Transfer airport – hotel – airport
•    Info session upon arrival at the hotel (with non-alcoholic cocktail)
•    English-speaking travel guide accompaniment during the entire week
•    7 nights' accommodation in mid-range hotels during the tour
•    Half board in the hotels
•    Modern, air-conditioned travel buses
•    English-speaking tour guide at the excavation sites
•    Tour according to description without lunch with entry fees
•    Small bottle of water upon arrival

Minimum number of participants: 12 people