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Biblical Turkey

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Istanbul · Pergamum · Thyatira · Smyrna (Izmir) · Ephesus (Mary's House) · Sardis · Philadelphia · Pamukkale · Hierapolis · Laodicea · Cappadocia

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Turkey City Group Pilgriamge
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Turkey City Group Pilgriamge

Turkey is a land replete with Biblical history. This incredible tour gives you unique opportunities to experience the scripture in the very places where they took place. Just outside of Selcuk, Turkey, near Ephesus, see the House of the Virgin Mary which is now a Catholic Shrine located on Mt. Koressos. The house was discovered in the 19th century after Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich experienced visions and detailed posthumously in a book by Clemens Brentano. Since then, Mary’s house, where she was brought by Saint John and lived until her Assumption or Dormition, has been a popular Pilgrimage site, even visited by several Popes. Also visit the home of Philip the Evangelist, and the Basilica of St John the apostle, prophet, and evangelist. Experience Turkish culture, food, and landscapes, tour Mosques and Palaces of ancient Sultans, and explore the vibrant city of Istanbul, on this unique pilgrimage through Turkey.

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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Centrally located first class hotels: (or similar)
         ~ 2 nights: Crowne Plaza, Istanbul
         ~ 2 nights: Swiss Hotel, Izmir
         ~ 1 night: Pam Thermal, Pamukkale
         ~ 1 night: Swiss Hotel, Izmir
         ~ 1 night: Titanic Port, Istanbul
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine with dinners
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide(s)
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Catholic Priest available for Spiritual Direction
  • Mass daily Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
Centrally located hotels or similar
hotel
Crowne Plaza
Istanbul

2 Nights

hotel
Swiss Hotel
Izmir

3 NightS

hotel
Pam Thermal
Pamukkale

1 Night

hotel
Titanic Port
Istanbul

3 Nights

Not included
  • Lunches, tips to your guide and driver, items of a personal nature.
Optional
Travel Insurance

Providing you coverage for both pre-existing conditions and those that may arise during your trip, including medical and dental emergencies, loss of luggage, trip delay, and so much more.

Supplemental Cancellation Protection

A Cancellation Waiver - allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime - up until 24 hours prior to departure. The “Waiver” expires once you are within 24 hours of departure.

Itinerary

Day1
Depart USA

Depart USA for your overnight flight to Istanbul. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board. Be sure to take some time to meditate about the life-changing journey upon which you are embarking.

Day2
Arrive Istanbul

Upon arrival in Istanbul Airport you will find your luggage and exit the baggage claim into the arrivals hall where you will be greeted by our tour escort and/or driver. You will be transferred to your hotel in Istanbul. Attend a welcome briefing. Dinner and a restful overnight.

Day3
Istanbul

Begin our day with a guided tour exploring the ancient city including the magnificent Topkapi Palace (main residences of Ottoman Sultans) and the Byzantine Hippodrome that was the scene of chariot races. In the afternoon, visit St. Sophia Basilica, historic seat of the Byzantine church, built in 537 AD and now a museum whose mosaics, stained glass windows and decorated domes have been crafted to create an environment of breathtaking beauty. Enjoy a short walk through gardens and proceed to the Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet 1 built in 1616, famous for its unparalleled ceramic tile work. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day4
Istanbul - Pergamum – Thyatira – Smyrna (Izmir)

Embark on an early morning flight to Izmir. Upon arrival we drive to Pergamum, located on the plains and foothills along the Caicus River in Western Turkey. The city, is “praised for its martyrdom and perseverance but those who hold false teachings are criticized” (Rev. 2:12-17). Here you will see the Acropolis famous for Greek & Roman Temples as well as the unique Greek theatre built into the steep hillside. Also visit the Asclepion, the ancient medical center for the Greeks. We continue on to Thyatira, known for its textiles and dyeing trade. It is now known as the Turkish city of Akhisar. It is “praised for its increasing faith and service” (Rev. 2:18-29). In the evening, continue to Smyrna, nowadays a modern Turkish city of Izmir. In ancient times it was in a powerful trading position on the Aegean Sea known for its harbors, commerce, and marketplaces. Our last visit is to St. Polycarp Church. Dinner and overnight in Izmir.

Day5
Excursion to Ephesus & St. Mary’s House

After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for Ephesus, which was the most influential capital city of Asia Minor on the Aegean Sea. "Ephesus receives praise for its perseverance" (Rev. 2:1-7). You will explore some of the best preserved theatres, fountains and buildings in the world. We then visit the House of the Virgin Mary which was miraculously discovered hidden on a wooded hilltop. A pilgrimage site for many which has also been accepted by the Vatican. Finally visit the Basilica of St. John which stands over the believed burial site of St. John, who is identified as the apostle, evangelist (author of the Fourth Gospel) and prophet (author of Revelation). We return to Izmir for dinner.

Day6
Izmir - Sardis - Philadelphia - Pamukkale

After breakfast we visit Sardis, located on the banks of the Pactolus River in western Asia Minor. “The church of Sardis is described as dead, and it must wake up. End the day with a visit to ancient Philadelphia which was known for its variety of temples and worship centers. “The church of brotherly love that endures patiently” (Revelation 3:7-13). We continue to Pamukkale, the white Cotton Castle formed by lime cascades. Enjoy a leisurely bath in the warm mineral waters of your hotel’s thermal pools before dinner and a restful night sleep.

Day7
Hierapolis - Laodicea - Izmir

After breakfast visit the ancient City of Hierapolis, Philip the Evangelist’s home. Tour the extensive necropolis, churches and baths. We continue with a scenic drive to Laodicea located in the Lycus River Valley of western Asia Minor, a primary trade route between the cultures of the West and East. "The "lukewarm" church with a faith that's neither hot nor cold" (Rev. 3:14-22). We arrive in Izmir in time for dinner and overnight.

Day8
Cappadocia

This morning we will take a short flight to Kayseri and visit the “moon-like” topography and unique landscape of Cappadocia. Goreme with it’s chapels carved by early Christians and decorated with frescoes dating from the 6th and 10th centuries is an unforgettable experience. Visit the underground city of Kaymakli where thousands of early Christians lived concealed from persecutors in eight story complexes of subterranean dwellings. We will enjoy the picturesque views of this ancient and historic land as we make our way to our hotel. We enjoy dinner and a restful overnight in Cappadocia.

Day9
Cappadocia - Istanbul

This morning we visit a pottery making village of Avanos and the Byzantine monastic complex of Zelve. After free time for lunch we drive to Kayseri where we will board our short flight to Istanbul. We enjoy our final dinner together before retiring for our early morning flights tomorrow.

Day10
Istanbul - USA

After breakfast your escort will transfer you to the airport for your return flight home to the USA.

The benefit of buying airfare with 206 Tours?

  • Your transfers are always secured, even if your flights are delayed - round trip transfers to/from the hotel and airport are included no matter what!
  • If you purchase your airline ticket on your own, you have to pay in full at the time of booking, and most of the time it is non-refundable. If you book with 206 Tours, full payment is due 60 days prior.
  • In the very rare event that a tour is cancelled, you would get all your money back, which would most likely not be the case if you purchased it directly from the airline.
  • Your flight arrangement will be followed up on and reconfirmed by 206 Tours.
  • 206 Tours can arrange for you to travel before the tour, make a stop-over, or stay later!

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*All pricing is per person

Without Airfare (Land Only) Starting at $3,161.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) Upon Request

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) Upon Request

Special Clergy Discount

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earlier or stay later?

Let us know at the time of registration if you would like to arrive earlier, or stay later, than the scheduled tour dates, and pending availability, we will book your airline reservations accordingly, at no additional cost. Pre- and/or post-stays at the hotel will cost an additional fee. These options should be available to you when registering online, or simply contact us at: 800-206-TOUR (8687) or sales@206tours.com

Options and upgrades

Options & Upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Without Airfare (Land Only) Starting at $3,161.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) Upon Request

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) Upon Request

Special Clergy Discount

A Clergy Discount is available to all members of “Clergy” within the Catholic Church. This includes Seminarians, Deacons, Brothers and Sisters, Priests, Monsignors, Bishops, Cardinals, and His Holiness.

Click Here to learn more!
Earn a Free Trip

For groups of 20 or more, you may choose your own departure and earn FREE trips.

contact us
Would you like to arrive
earlier or stay later?

Let us know at the time of registration if you would like to arrive earlier, or stay later, than the scheduled tour dates, and pending availability, we will book your airline reservations accordingly, at no additional cost. Pre- and/or post-stays at the hotel will cost an additional fee. These options should be available to you when registering online, or simply contact us at: 800-206-TOUR (8687) or sales@206tours.com

About your trip

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  • Thessaloniki
  • Phillippi
  • Kavala
  • Delphi
  • Athens
  • Kusadasi
  • Ephesus (Mary's House)
  • Patmos
  • Santorini
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