Rev’d Keith Sandow – Turkey 2016

Feb 4, 2015   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on Rev’d Keith Sandow – Turkey 2016

Day 1 Wednesday 17th February: Istanbul. 

Arrive Istanbul. Meet and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon orientation tour in Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.


Day 2 Thursday 18th February: Istanbul.

Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, St. Irene and St. Chora Museum. Blue Mosque in the late afternoon when it is not busy.  Overnight in Istanbul.


Day 3 Friday 19th February: Istanbul – Nicea, Ayvalik

Drive to Iznik (Nicea), the site of the First and Seventh Ecumenical Council.   Drive to Troy Ayvalik. Overnight in Ayvalik.


Day 4 Saturday 20th February: Canakkale 

Canakkale, visit Gallipoli, Troy, Alexandra Troas where St.Paul met Luke.

Overnight in Ayvalik


Day 5 Sunday 21st February: Pergamum-Thyatira-Izmir.

Depart to Pergamum, visit to Asclepion,  the Church at the site of Serapium (7C) . Then visit Akhisar, the site of ancient Thyatira (7C). St Polycarp Church Over night in Izmir


Day 6 Monday 22nd February: Ephesus-Kusadasi.

Drive to Ephesus where St. Paul stayed a while, visit ancient city, House of the Virgin Mary, the Basilica of St. John (7C), continue to Miletos where St. Paul gave a speech to spread Christianity. On the way back stop at the cave of the Seven Sleepers. Overnight in Kusadasi.


Day 7 Tuesday 23rd February: Sardes

Visit Sardes, the capital city of the ancient Kingdom of Lydia, visit the Church built on the foundations of the Temple of Artemis. Visit Laodicea, one of the Seven Churches of the Revelation, Complete the tour of Hierapolis, see the wonderful formation of stalactites in Pamukkale (Cotton Castle), the Roman Bath which later became a church. Overnight in Pamukkale


Day 8 Wednesday 24th February : Pisidian -Iconium- Konya

Visit Pisidian  Konya (Iconium) proceed to Cappadocia for overnight.


Day 9 Thursday 25th February: Cappadocia.

Visit Goreme, Zelve Valley, Underground City. Overnight in Cappadocia.




Day 10 Friday 26th February: Cappadocia-Tarsus-Antioch.

Depart to Tarsus, the birthplace of St. Paul, continue to Antakya (Biblical city of Antioch) where St. Paul and St. Barnabas stayed. Overnight in Antakya.


Day 11 Saturday 27th February: Istanbul -UK

Transfer to Istanbul airport for departure.

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