TURKEY TOUR FOR MALKU TRAVEL 03.05.2018-08.05.2018

3 MAY 2018

Arrive in Istanbul at 06:05am on 3 May with the flight leaves from Johannesburg at 19:30pm on 2 May. You will take a connecting flight to Antioch at 07:25am. You will depart for Antioch Tour upon your arrival (at 09:10). Antioch was the headquarters journeys of St. Paul. It was the third largest city of the Roman Empire, rivalled only by Rome and Alexandria. St. Peter, St. Paul, Barnabas and Timoth all preached in this place where Jesus followers were first called Christians (Acts 11:26). St. Peter Church. Ancient Antioch was the center of Hellenistic civilization in the region and home to a massive temple and oracle complex dedicated to Apollo. The temple functioned until the visiting Emperor Justinian threw out the last remaining priest and ordered the place burned to the ground. Christian roots go deep into Antioch's soil. It was to Antioch that many Jerusalem Christians The Well of St. Paul fled after the death of Stephen (Acts 11: 19-21). St. Paul and St. Barnabas stayed in Antioch for a year and assembled with the church and taught many people (Acts 11:22-26). Later, the city became the center from which St. Paul performed his missionary labors (Acts 13: 1-5, 14-44; 14: 26-28; 15: 22-41; 18: 22-23). It was in Antioch that the disciples were first called "Christians", and it was here that the first non-Jews were accepted into the early church.You will visit the cave where they met in secret where St. Peter first celebrated Mass. South of the church, The Iron Gate was one of the actual entrances of Biblical Antioch; strolling through the old part of the city, you cannot help recalling the saints who walked these old streets, for little has changed since that time. St. Paul and Silas departed from here on the second missionary journey (Acts 15:35-36). Discover the impact of leaders such as Ignatius of Antioch and John Chrysostom. Continue to visit the archaeological remains of Seleucia, the port from which St. Paul, St. Barnabas, and John Mark departed from Antioch on the St. Paul's First Journey (Acts 13:4). Then you will visit an unbelievable Tunnel system carved through the mountains by the emperors Vespasian and Titus. Overnight in Antioch.

4 MAY 2018

After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to Tarsus which was the birthplace of St. Paul (Acts 22:3) and he visited on his second and third missionary journeys. Reaching back to the 14th century B.C., Tarsus is a city with a resplendent history. We will visit the St. Paul's well, the Gate of Cleopatra, and the latest excavations. Then depart for Iconium (Today's Konya), where St. Paul preached and encouraged believers during his first missionary journey (Acts 14:1-6). Depart to Iconium that was once the home of the sect of mystical Muslims called Swirling Dervishes. Overnight in Konya.

5 MAY 2018

Today you will depart for Pamukkale. Enjoy the "Cotton Castles" of brilliant white calcium rock formations and hot-water travertines, where hot mineral waters emerge from the earth and cascade over cliffs. As the water cools, the calcium precipitates and clings to the cliffs, forming snowy white travertines (waterfalls of white stone), which give credence to the name Pamukkale, which means "cotton castle", from the two words "pamuk" (cotton) and "kale" (castle). The travertines form shallow pools supported by colourful stalactites. This enchanting place is one of the natural wonders of Asia Minor. The churches here in Hierapolis, Colossae, and Laodicea once flourished under the ministry of Epaphras (Colossians 4:12-13). We will explore incredible excavations at Hierapolis, including a Byzantine church, the Great Laodicea Theatre, the Temple of Apollo, and the Plutonium, which pagan cults once called "the entrance to hell". Then continue to Laodicea one of the Seven Churches, (Rev. 3: 14-22) were chastised for being lukewarm, "You are neither cold nor hot" (Rev. 3: 15), and for being too comfortable incorporating pagan and Christian beliefs. In the famous scripture from Revelation (3: 20-21), Jesus says to the Laodicean church: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock...". Today, there are many acres of ruins to see, including the stadium and columned streets and a chance to witness the newest excavations in Laodicea. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.

6 MAY 2018

Depart for Ephesus (Rev. 2:1-7), major port city on the Aegean, was the commercial, political, and religious center of all of Asia Minor. After a lunatic completely burned the Temple of Diana (Artemis) on the night that Alexander the Great was born in 356 B.C., the Ephesians worked for 120 years to complete a magnificent reconstructed temple, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Ephesus The city became part of the Roman Empire in the second century B.C. As a Roman capital of Asia Minor, Ephesus boasted a population approaching 250,000 people. The St. Paul's first visit to Ephesus was brief - during his second missionary tour (Acts 18:19-21). His second visit lasted about three years - during his third missionary tour (Acts 19:1 to 20:31). Luke's account of the worship of Diana appears in Acts 19:34-35. The Great Theatre (stadium) mentioned in Acts 19:29-31 could seat 25,000 people. Walk the marble-paved street with grooves made by chariot wheels. See the Fountain of Trajan, the Library of Celsus, and the Great Theatre. Visit the Chapel of the Virgin Mary (Double Church), where the Third Ancient Council convened. Enjoy St. John's Basilica (built on the site of the St. John's tomb), and ponder the remains of the Temple of Diana. Finally, enjoy a visit to the Ephesus Museum. Drive to Miletos, home of ancient philosopher Thales (640-546 B.C.), one of the fathers of Greek geometry, astronomy, and philosophy. It was here, in the first Christian century, that the St. Paul, on his third missionary journey, called for the Ephesian elders and preached a powerful message to them (Acts 20:15-38). It was also here that St. Paul left his friend Miletos Trophimus, who was too ill to continue (II Timothy 4:20). As a port at the mouth of the Meander River, Miletos was a natural outlet for Phrygian trade. Like the one at Ephesus, however, Miletos's sea harbor eventually filled with silt, and commerce dwindled. The city's remote quietness makes it special to devout students of Scripture. Its ancient ruins include the marvelous 15,000-seat theatre. Overnight in Kusadasi.

7 MAY 2018

Travel to Sardis, another of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Jesus told Sardis, "I know thy works, that thou hast a name, that thou livest, and art dead"(Rev. 3: 1-6). Coins were minted and the dyeing of wool originated in Sardis. You will be impressed by the massive scale of the Temple of Artemis, by the white marble Royal Road, by the gymnasium, and by the synagogue. Visit the site of Philadelphia also one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 3: 7-13). Christ told those who overcame that He would write upon them "the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem." (Rev.3: 12) Today, not much is left to mark the spot. You will see an ancient wall and the Sardis remains of a Byzantine basilica. Continue to Smyrna; poor and persecuted, the church at Smyrna suffered amidst prosperity for its refusal to worship the Roman Emperor. This proved to be the last stronghold of Christianity in Asia Minor. Home of the great second century Bishop Polycarp who was burned alive at the age of eighty-six. Overnight in Izmir.

8 MAY 2018

Today, we will visit our final two of the Seven Churches of Book of Revelation. At Thyatira (Rev. 2: 18-28), you will see the ruins of an ancient commercial center, located in the fertile valley where the trade route passed. One of the town's cloth and dye merchants was a woman named Lydia, who conducted Pergamum business as far away as Philippi, where she became the first European convert to Christianity, during St. Paul's second missionary journey (Acts 16:11-15). A most memorable experience will be Pergamum, with its acropolis and Great Theatre, the steepest of the ancient world. Revelation 2:12-16 describes the city as "where Satan's seat is", a reference to the altar of Zeus, where we pause for reflection on the fulfillment of Scripture. Nearby, visit the Red Basilica; once a pagan temple, it later converted into a Christian church. Finally, walk thru the Pergamum Asclepion, the famous medical center of antiquity. Later transfer to Izmir Airport for your connecting flight departs at 22:30pm from Izmir. You will arrive to Istanbul at 23:40pm and depart for Johannesburg at 02:25am from Istanbul.

Rate: NET USD 451 per person in double room for 25 pax

*Single supplement will be NET USD 90

Hotels

Anemon Hotel in Antakya-(03.05.2018- 04.05.2018)

http://www.anemonhotels.com/en/default.aspx

Dundar Hotel in Konya- (04.05.2018-05.05.2018)

http://dundarotel.com/en/

Tripolis Hotel in Pamukkale- (05.05.2018-06.05.2018)

http://www.tripolishotel.com/?mn=1&lng=eng

Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel in Kusadasi- (06.05.2018-07.05.2018)

http://www.ilaydaavantgarde.com/

Blanca Hotel in Izmir- (07.05.2018-08.05.2018)

http://www.blancahotel.com/index-en.php

Inclusions

  • Accommodation on HB basis at the hotel mentioned above
  • Professional licensed English speaking tour guide for the tours
  • All entrance fees to the ancient/historical sites.
  • Private air-conditioned transportation per listed in the itinerary
  • Portage at the hotels

* The rate of the flights are not included in the price.

Credits:

Created with images by Ken and Nyetta - "Theater of Ephesus" • heystarcade - "Class 23" • zolakoma - "DSC_9580.jpg" • Alaskan Dude - "Facade of the Temple of Trajan, Pergamum, Turkey"

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