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 Biblical Anatolia Tours

ANATOLIA DURING THE TIME OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
Approximately 60% of the names of the places mentioned in the Bible are in Turkey. According to the Old Testament, Noah's children, the animals he saved in the ark began the repopulation of the Earth from Mt. Ararat in the east of Turkey. Abraham's call to greatness came in Harran in southeast of Turkey. This city was called Ur of the Chaldeans. Archaeologists have found that the Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians, Assyrians, Cimmerians, Lydians and other civilizations  who were important to the Old Testament once lived in Turkey. King Tiglath - Pileser the third of Assyria conquered both Israel and Urartu. The people of the Bible left records of their activities in Anatolia that span the ages from Noah to St. Paul. Here in Anatolia rise the two rivers that bounded Eden. Lake Hazar south of Elazig in the Taurus mountain range is the source of the Tigris. The Euphrates fed by the snow and rain of the mountains in eastern Turkey.
 
The Seven Churches of the Revelation

Ephesus: Revelation 1:11, 2:1-7;
Acts 18, 19-28; 19:1-41 Ephesians
Smyrna (Izmir): Revelation 2:8-11
Pergamon: Revelation 2:12-17
Thyatira: Revelation 2:18-29; Acts16:14
Sardis: Revelation 3:1-6
Philadelphia: Revelation 3:7-13
Laodicea: Revelation 3:14-22; Colossians 2:1,4:13 -16
 
   
ANATOLIA DURING THE TIME OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
Up until the unification of the major part of Asia Minor under the Roman Empire, its history had been one of a succession of small states. Roman control began in 190 B.C. When the Seleucid ruler Antiochus the Great was defeated at Magnesia, and spread in 133 B.C when the first Roman province of Asia was organized in the region near Ephesus. Bithynia, Pontus and Cilicia came under Roman rule. Shortly before the Christian era, Galata and Cappadocia fell under Roman influence. It was in Antioch; today's Antakya in southern Turkey that the disciples were first called "Christians" ( Acts 11:26 ). The destruction and plunder of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. by the Romans under Titus was followed by a great emigrations, conducive to the spread of Christianity in all directions. The first Christian community came to encompass the Mediterranean area from Syria to Spain. Paul and his writings were very important in the spread of Christianity and the blending of Hebrew and Near Eastern thought. The period of the early development of Christianity was one of peace and stability but after the re - organization of the Roman Empire by the king Diocletian in 297 A.D.,the area was again split into small political units. Christianity provided a common language and religion.
 Tour Code LRT 151/A Istanbul Tour ( Daily)
After breakfast, visit Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia. After Lunch, visit the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern and The Grand Bazaar.
 
 Tour Code LRT 151/B Istanbul Tour ( Daily)
The famous Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise. Visit Chora Church after lunch.
 
 Tour Code LRT 151/C Cappadocial Tour ( Daily)
Visit Kaymakli underground city, home to early Christian refugees. Drive into the magical surreal lunarlandscape of Cappadocia. Visit rocky hills and valleys dominated by Erciyes Mountain (Mt. Argeus). Cappadocia was  settled by neolitic people then became the home of Hittites, Romans, Early Christians, Byzantines and Seljuks.
Visit Devrent valley, Pasabag rock churches, Goreme Church Valley, Zelve rock monasteries, Avanos town, Ortahisar and Uchisar rock castle.
 
 Tour Code LRT 151/D Cappadocia Tour ( Daily)
Visit Soganli village famous with its rock churches decorated with the frescos from 14 th.cent. Drive to visit Taskinpasa Mosque, Keşlik Monastery and Cemil village and its town church. Drive to Mustafapasa town, after local lunch in an old greek house visit The church of Helena and Constantine, St.Basil Church, Sinassos Church and the church of St.Stephanos.
 
 Tour Code LRT 152/E Ephesus Tour (Daily)
Start from your hotel or from the airport for the visit of  the world famous great Ionian city of Ephesus, the House of  Virgin Mary, where she spent her final days, Continue to visit the Basilica of St. John and The Ephesus Museum.
 
 Tour Code LRT 151/F Trip to Patmos (Daily)
LiritaTours arranges the  visit the Island of Patmos from Turkey only in the summer time beginning on May until the end of October. For individuals or groups, we would arrange a trip to Patmos via Samos island departing from Kusadasi with an overnight in Patmos due to ferry schedules in the summer. Or you may choose to go on to mainland Greece from there. For larger groups, we can arrange a same day visit from Kusadasi (port city near Ephesus) to Patmos and return.
 
 Tour Code LRT 151/G Seven Churches Tour  (4 Days/3 Nights)

1st. day:
Transfer to Istanbul airport for the flight to Izmir. Arrival Izmir and transfer to the hotel. Take a walking tour of Izmir (If Time Permits) to include a visit to St. Policarp's church, the oldest church in Izmir.
Overnight in Izmir.

2nd. day: Tour of Smyrna including a visit to Kadifekale (Velvet Castle). Drive to visit the ruins of Pergamum; the Acropolis and Asclepion (ancient medical center). Then on to Thyatira and return to the hotel.
Overnight in Izmir.

3rd. day: Visit Sardis, Philedelphia, Laodicea and Hierapolis.
Overnight in Pamukkale.

4th. day: Tour of Ephesus, the world famous great Ionian city, The Churh of Mother Mary where she spent her final days, St. John Basilica and Ephesus Museum.
Transfer to the airport for the return flight. 
 
 Tour Code LRT 151/H Seven Churches Tour  (7 Days/6 Nights)

1st. day:
Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to the hotel .
Overnight in Istanbul.

2nd. day:  Bosphorus Cruise, in the morning and  visit of Chora Church and the Spice Bazaar.
Overnight in Istanbul.

3rd. day: After breakfast, visit Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia. After Lunch, visit the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern and The Grand Bazaar.
Overnight in Istanbul.

4th. day: Transfer to Istanbul airport for the flight to Izmir. Arrival Izmir and transfer to the hotel. Take a walking tour of Izmir (If Time Permits) to include a visit to St. Policarp's church, the oldest church in Izmir.
Overnight in Izmir.

5th. day: Tour of Smyrna including the visit of Kadifekale ( Velvet Castle). Visit the ruins of Pergamum; the Acropolis and
Asclepion (ancient medical center). Drive to Thyatira and
Return to the hotel
Overnight in Izmir.

6th. day: Drive to visit Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea and Hierapolis.
Overnight in Pamukkale.

7th. day: Tour of Ephesus, the world famous great Ionian city, The Churh of Mother Mary where she spent her final days, St. John Basilica and Ephesus Museum.
Transfer to the airport for the return flight.
 
 Tour Code LRT 151/I Istanbul + Cappadocia + Seven Churches Tour  (9 Days/8 Nights)

1st. day:
Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to the hotel .
Overnight in Istanbul.

2nd. day: Bosphorus Cruise, in the morning and  visit of Chora Church and the Spice Bazaar.
Overnight in Istanbul.

3rd. day: After breakfast, visit Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia. After Lunch, visit the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern and The Grand Bazaar.
Overnight in Istanbul.

4th. day: Transfer to Istanbul airport for the flight to Kayseri, Cappadocia Region. Visit Soganli village and the rock churches,Taskinpasa mosque,Keslik monastery and Cemil village . After having lunch in a village house walk in Mustafapasa town and drive tovisit Kaymakli underground city which is the largest of all others.
Overnight in Cappadocia.

5th. day: Discover the surreal landscape of Cappadocia. Visit The Fairy Chimneys, troglodyte dwellings,and valleys.
Visit Dervent and Pasabag Valleys, Zelve and  Goreme Open air Museums famous with rockcut churches and monasteries decorated with the 11th cent. frescos. Visit Avanos town which is famous with Tile and pottery workshops, Sarihan Caravanserai and Uchisar rock castle.

6th. day: Transfer to Kayseri Airport for a flight to Izmir via Istanbul. Transfer to the hotel  in Izmir take a walking tour of Izmir (If time permits) including a visit to St. Polycarp's Church, the oldest church building in Izmir.
Overnight in Izmir.

7th. day: Visit The Agora of old Smyrna and drive to visit Pergamum (Acropolis and the Asclepion – the ancient medical center.) Visit Thyatira and return to the hotel in Izmir. Overnight in Izmir.

8th. day: Drive to visit Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea and Hierapolis.
Overnight in Pamukkale.

9th. day: Tour of Ephesus, the world famous great Ionian city, The Churh of Mother Mary where she spent her final days, St. John Basilica and Ephesus Museum.
Transfer to the airport for the return flight.
 
 Tour Code LRT 151/K St. Paul's Journeys and Seven Churches  (10 Days / 9 Nights)

1st. day:
Arrive at Istanbul.Meet your guide and driver and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in İstanbul.

2nd.day: After breakfast, visit Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia.After Lunch, visit the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar.
Overnight in Istanbul.

3rd.day: Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Adana. Drive to ancient Antioch where we will visit St. Peter's Church, the Mosaic Museum and Seleucia, the port where Paul arrived.
Overnight in Adana.

4th. day: Drive to Tarsus, the birthplace of St. Paul - visits to Cleopatra's gate, St. Paul well then onto Karaman Museum on way to Konya. In Konya ( Iconium ) visit Mevlana Museum.
Overnight in Konya.

5th. day: Drive to visit Pisidian Antioch, Colassae and Hierapolis.
Overnight in Pamukkale.

6th. day: Visit Laodicea and drive to Miletus.
Overnight in Kusadasi.

7th. day: Drive to visit Ephesus, the world famous great Ionian city, The church of Mother Mary where she spent her final days, St. John Basilica and Ephesus Museum .
Return to the same hotel for overnight.

8th. day: Visit Pergamum and Assos.
Overnight in Behramkale.

9th. day: Visit Alexander Troas and Troy.
Overnight in Istanbul.

10th. day: Transfer to Istanbul airport for the return flight. 
 
 Tour Code LRT 151/L Istanbul + Antalya + 7 Churches + Patmos + St. Paul Sites  (10 Days / 9 Nights)

1st. day:
Arrive at Istanbul.Meet your guide and driver and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Istanbul.

2nd. day: Visit Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia. After Lunch, visit the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar.
Overnight in Istanbul.

3rd. day: Transfer to the airport for flight to Antalya (Attalia). Visit the ruins of Perge and Aspendos. Overnight in Antalya.

4th. day: Drive to visit the ruins of Pisidian Antioch, Colossae, Laodicea.
Overnight in Pamukkale.

5th.day: In the morning visit the ruins of Hierapolis (Pamukkale) and drive to visit Didyma, Miletus and Priene.
Overnight in Kusadasi

6th. day: Daily excursion to the Greek Island of Patmos.
Overnight in Kusadasi.

7th. day:
Drive to visit Ephesus, the world famous great Ionian city, the church of Mother Mary where she spent her final days, St. John Basilica and Ephesus Museum .
Overnight in Kusadasi.

8th. day: Visit the ruins of Sardis, Philadelphia and Smyrna. Drive to the hotel in Izmir.
Overnight in Izmir.

9th. day: Drive to visit the ruins of  Pergamum, Asklepios and Acropolis and Thyatira.
Overnight in Izmir

10th. day: Transfer to the airport for the return flight.
 
 Tour Code LRT 151/M Istanbul + Adana + 7 Churches + Patmos + St. Paul Sites  (10 Days / 9 Nights)
1st. day: Arrive at Istanbul. Meet your guide and driver and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in İstanbul.

2nd. day: Visit Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia. After Lunch, visit the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar.
Overnight in Istanbul.

3rd. day: Transfer to the airport for flight to Adana. Visit ancient Antioch and  St. Peters Church, the famous Mosaic Museum and Selucia.
Overnight in Adana.

4th. day: Visit Tarsus and see Cleopatra's Gate, The Roman Street and St. Paul' s Well. Drive to Konya, visit the Karaman Museum which has artifacts from Derbe and Lystra on the way. In Konya City(Iconium), visit the Archeologiçal Museum and Mevlana Museum.
Overnight in Konya.

5th. day: Visit the ruins of Pisidian Antioch, Colossae, and Hierapolis.
 Overnight in Pamukkale.

6th. day: Visit the sites Laodicea, Philadelphia and Sardis.
Overnight in Izmir.

7th. day: Drive to visit the ruins of Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira.
Overnight in Izmir.

8th. day: Visit Ephesus, the world famous great Ionian city, the church of Mother Mary where she spent her final days, St. John Basilica and Ephesus Museum .
Overnight in Kusadasi.

9th. day: Daily excursion to the Greek Island of Patmos.
Overnight in Kusadasi.

10th. day: Transfer to the Izmir airport for return flight.  
 
 Tour Code LRT 151/N Istanbul + Troy + 7 Churches + Patmos +  selected St. Paul Sites  (10 Days  / 9 Nights)


1st. day: Arrive at Istanbul. Meet your guide and driver and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Istanbul.

2nd. day: Start the day with the visit of Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia. After Lunch, visit the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar.
Overnight in Istanbul.

3rd. day: Drive to Canakkale to visit the ruins of Troia.Transfer to hotel In Assos
Overnight in Assos.

4th. day: Drive to Izmir .Visit the ruins of Assos, Pergamum, Thyatira on the way.
Overnight in Izmir.

5th. day: Visit the ruins of Smynra, Sardis, Philadelphia and Hierapolis. Transfer to hotel Overnight in Pamukkale.

6th. day: After visiting Pisidian Antioch drive to Colassae, Laodicea.
Overnight in Pamukkale.

7th. day: First in the morning visit Didyma, Miletus and drive to Priene on the way to Kusadasi. Transfer to hotel in Kusadasi.
Overnight in Kusadasi.

8th. day: Daily excursion to the Greek Island of Patmos.
Overnight in Kusadasi.

9th. day: Visit Ephesus, the world famous great Ionian city, the church of Mother Mary where she spent her final days, St. John Basilica and Ephesus Museum .
Overnight in Kusadasi .

10th. day: Transfer to the airport for the return.
 


 
 
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