Representative waits to greet you as you land in Istanbul. After transferring to your hotel, welcome briefing and Dinner.
Departure in the morning at 08:00 for a full day touring the "moon-like" topography and unique landscape of Cappadocia.Goreme with its Chapels carved by early Christians and decorated with frescoes dating from the 6th and 10th century is an unforgettable experience. Visit the underground city of Derinkuyu or Kaymakli where thousands of early Christians lived concealed from persecutors in eight story complexes of subterranean dwellings. Visit the pottery making village of Avanos and the Byzantine monastic complex of Zelvebefore returning to our hotel to enjoy the picturesque views of this ancient and historic land.Arrival in Kayseri at approx. 20:00.Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Departure at 08:00, this morning’s first drive to Miletus where he called the elderly Ephesians to the theatre to give one of his most influential sermons .Next drive crossing fertile valleys to Ephesus, home of St. Paul between 54 and 57 AD, to explore an unforgettable expanse of Greco-Roman and Christian remains Tour the nearby Virgin Mary's cottage on a wooded hilltop. Finally we stop at the restoration of St. John's Basilica, where he was first buried. For evening we continue to Bergama.Arrival at approx. 18:00.Dinner and overnight.
Departure at 08:00 we drive to Philippi where St. Paul delivered his first sermon in Europe, sowing the seeds of Christianity. Here St. Paul baptized a "certain woman named Lydia" the first Christian convert in Europe. The Roman forum, completely excavated, is from after St. Paul's time. Among the ruins, located on the rocky ledge above the town's main road is the prison where St. Paul and Silas were thrown. Continue into the modern port city of Kavala, ancient Neapolis, where St. Paul accompanied by Silas, Luke and Timothy, first set foot in Europe. Drive to AMPHIPOLIS. Visit the City Wall with Gate, 5th century B.C., Amphipolis lion and the Byzantine Basilica Mosaics. Continue to Thessaloniki. St. Paul preached in Thessalonica during the winters of 49-50 AD and wrote two epistles to the ancient Thessalonians. See the ramparts of the city, the triumphal Arch of Galerius starting the Via Egnatia, once a strategic artery of the Roman Empire. Arrival at approx. 18:00.Dinner and overnight in Thessalonica.
Departure at 08:00 for morning city sightseeing of ATHENS which will include a visit to the world renowned Acropolis, with the ruins of the Parthenon, Erechtheum and Propylea. Thereafter we will ascend Mars Hill, where Paul preached. Also, view the Agora (ancient market place, and former center of Athenian public life), the House of Parliament, Hadrian's Arch, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Palace, now called the Presidential palace. Proceed for a visit to Ancient CORINTH, seeing the Archaeological Museum the Bema, the Marketplace and Temples. Corinth was home to St. Paul for 18 months. From the Bema at Corinth, Paul spoke to the Corinthians about Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The vigorous and mostly Gentile Church he founded here in 50 AD caused him much grief and prompted him to write at least four letters to them. Visit the ruins of the ancient city where Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla. See the remains of first century shops, the agora where Paul's traial by Gallio took place, the Fountain of Peirence, Temple of Apollo. On the way to Athens, stop for a few minutes at the Corinth Canal, which separates Peloponnese from the Greek Mainland and connects the Ionian and Aegean Seas. Drive to ATHENS, arrival at approx. 19:00.Dinner and overnight.