30 Days Biblical Tour of Turkey
Be a pilgrim, visit the holy places in the Bible, and visit all the important sites of Turkey
WHY SHOULD YOU SEE THIS TOUR?
1) Planning Your Biblical Tour of Turkey
A well-planned Biblical tour of Turkey allows you to immerse yourself in the rich heritage of early Christianity and explore the ancient sites that played a significant role in the development of the faith. Here are a few tips to consider when planning your journey:
1a) Choose an Experienced Tour Operator
Selecting a reputable tour operator with expertise in biblical tours is crucial to ensure a meaningful and informative experience. Look for operators who specialize in Christian heritage tours and have knowledgeable guides who can provide in-depth insights into the historical and religious significance of each site.
1b) Opt for a Customizable Itinerary
Consider choosing a tour package that allows for customization based on your specific interests and preferences. This way, you can prioritize the sites that resonate with you the most and have the flexibility to delve deeper into the biblical heritage of Turkey.
1c)Plan Sufficient Time at Each Site
To fully appreciate the historical and spiritual significance of each site, allocate sufficient time for exploration and reflection. Spending a few days at each location allows for a more immersive experience and the opportunity to engage with the local culture and community.
2)Embrace the Cultural Experience
While the focus of your tour may be on biblical sites, don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Turkey. Sample local cuisine, interact with the friendly locals, and explore the vibrant markets and bazaars to truly embrace the holistic experience of your journey.
Embarking on a biblical tour of Turkey is a transformative experience that allows you to connect with the roots of Christianity and gain a deeper understanding of the faith. As you explore the ancient Christian sites of Asia Minor, you will be transported back in time, tracing the footsteps of St. Paul and experiencing the enduring legacy of early Christianity. May your journey be filled with enlightenment, inspiration, and a profound sense of spiritual connection.
Thank you for choosing our tour package! Here is an overview and an itinerary for your trip of Biblical Tour
DAY1: Arrival to Istanbul / Meet and Pick up / Transfer to Hotel
Upon your arrival at Istanbul Airport, our team will meet and assist you before providing a private transfer to your hotel. Once you have checked in, you will have the rest of the day free to relax at the hotel or explore Istanbul at your leisure.
DAY2: Full Day Byzantine & Ottoman Relics Tour (Istanbul)
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, you will embark on a full day city tour. The tour will include the following highlights:
Hippodrome: A remarkable architectural masterpiece from Late Antiquity, the Hippodrome has witnessed numerous historic events throughout its long history.
Blue Mosque: One of Istanbul’s largest mosques, renowned for its stunning 17th-century architecture and exquisite blue tiles. It is also known for its impressive six minarets.
Topkapi Palace: Situated in one of Istanbul’s oldest historical districts, Topkapi Palace is an iconic structure that offers a glimpse into the city’s rich heritage.
St. Sophia: Hagia Sophia is a significant landmark considered a pivotal point in architectural history. It holds great spiritual and touristic importance for Christians.
Grand Bazaar: One of the world’s most visited touristic destinations, the Grand Bazaar is renowned for its authentic atmosphere and vibrant marketplace.
At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
DAY3: Bosphorus Cruise (Istanbul) tour
Following breakfast at the hotel, you will embark on a half-day city tour, which will include a visit to Dolmabahce Palace, the breathtaking Camlica hilltop, the historic village of Ortaköy, Rustem Pasha Mosque, and the famous Spice Bazaar. Accompanied by an expert guide, you will have the opportunity to explore and learn about structures and places dating back to the Byzantine and Ottoman periods.
Additionally, you will enjoy a scenic boat trip along the Bosphorus Strait, offering magnificent views of Istanbul from both sides.
At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
DAY4: Journey to Kars by flight
You will be taken from your hotel in İstanbul and take a flight to Kars.
Itinerary: Explore the heart of Kars, observing traditional bazaars, historical buildings, and the vibrancy of daily life. Visit the Cathedral of Kars, also known as the Holy Apostles Church. Check into your accommodation in Kars and cherish the unforgettable experiences of the day.
Overview: Explore the remarkable Ani Ruins, an ancient city known for its medieval churches and citadels. Visit Kars Castle and delve into the region’s history at Kars Museum. Don’t forget to admire the beautiful Kümbet Mosque and the Holy Apostles Church. In the evening, check in to your hotel in Kars for a comfortable overnight stay.
DAY5: Kars & Dogubeyazıt: Unveiling the Historical Richness
Our adventure begins in the captivating city of Kars, known for its rich historical and cultural heritage. After breakfast, we’ll start our day with a visit to Kars City Centre, where you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local atmosphere and savor the unique flavors of the region.
Our first stop will be the Fethiye Mosque, one of the most beautiful examples of Baltic architecture, built by the Russians as a Cathedral from the Russian occupation period, and historical buildings; Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, one of the Evliya Alperen’s who played a major role in the Turkification and Islamization of Anatolia, buried in Kars Castle (from a distance), Kumbet Mosque (Old Apostles Church) are among the places to see.
From there, we’ll journey to the ancient city of Ani, located near Dogubeyazıt, Ani Ruins, a significant settlement in the Middle Ages, will transport you back in time with its impressive Byzantine and Seljuk period artifacts. During our trip here, you will visit the City Walls, the Lion Gate, the Great Cathedral, the Church of St. Gregor, the Surp Kirkor Church, the Seljuk Palace, and the Menucehr Mosque.
After seeing the Ani Ruins, we moved to Dogubeyazit. Overnight in Dogubeyazit.
DAY6: Dogubeyazıt & Van: Tracing History and Enjoying Natural Beauty
Our destination after breakfast in Dogubeyazit is Mount Ararat, a legendary mountain surrounded by mythical stories. Our knowledgeable guide will provide fascinating insights into the mountain’s history and allure. From there, we’ll visit the magnificent Ishak Pasha Palace, a dazzling relic of the Ottoman era. Its elegant architecture and picturesque surroundings offer ample photo.
After lunch , we will continue our journey to city of Van over Lake Van (with a panoramic view of Lake), On the way we will stop by Muradiye Waterfall., After the exciting minutes, we will spend on the bridge, we turn our direction to the Ercis. Here, we will watch the migration of the Pearl Mullet, which lives only in this basin in the world and tries to reach the river beds to lay its eggs like salmon.
Next, we’ll visit Van Castle(Tuspa Castle), offering panoramic views of the city and fascinating stories of the past. The vastness and turquoise beauty of Lake Van, locally referred to as ‘the Sea,’ will leave you in awe.
Overnight and dinner at Van.
DAY7: Van & Tatvan: Tracing History and Enjoying Natural Beauty
Start your day with a delightful breakfast at our hotel in Van, setting the tone for an energetic day ahead. Our first stop is the Van Ancient City, where you’ll follow the traces of the past and witness the rich history that Van holds.
Afterwards,we go to the newly opened Van Archeology Museum(In the museum; Artifacts, coins and ethnographic works that shed light on Van folk culture from the Urartian, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, Akkoyunlu, Karakoyunlu and Ottoman periods await their visitors.) and crown our castle tour.
Then we go to the Cat House,where you’ll learn about the famous Van Cats known for their striking appearance and love for water. and where we can see the Van Cats one of the most important and cute creatures of the region. After the beautiful photos we will take with these cute friends, we’ll head to Akdamar Island, renowned for its breathtaking scenery and the Church of the Holy Cross.
This majestic church, dating back to the Middle Ages, will enchant you with its location atop the lake.
Our last stop is move to Nemrut Mountain, where Turkey’s largest crater lake is located. When you reach the summit of Mount Nemrut, the vast and magnificent view of Lake Van on the one hand and the fascinating view of Crater Lake on the other hand will impress you.
We’ll then drive to Tatvan and spend the night there, surrounded by the serene beauty of the region.
DAY8: Tatvan & Midyat: Unraveling Mysteries of the Past
After a delicious breakfast, we’ll begin our day with a visit Ahlat Seljuk Cemetery is the world’s largest Turkish-Islamic cemetery from the Middle Ages, located in the Ahlat district of Bitlis. The cemetery is today an open-air museum and has been included in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s Tentative List of World Heritage Sites.
Afterwards we will visit Emir Bayındır Tomb. From there, we’ll journey to the charming town of Midyat, renowned for its traditional craftsmanship and historical allure. Witness artisans practicing traditional crafts like silverwork and indulge in shopping for unique souvenirs. There we will also visit Midyat Historical Houses and Mor Gabriel Monastery.
It is the oldest surviving Syriac Orthodox monastery in the world. Among the places we will visit The House of Virgin Mary Church. It belongs to the Assyrian Catholic Community. The church, built by Antioch Patriarch Ignatios Antuhan Semheri in 1986, has arches, round stone columns and railings in the courtyard.
In Midyat’s city center, stroll through the narrow streets lined with traditional stone houses to immerse yourself in the rich local culture. Our guide will enlighten you about the city’s profound historical and archaeological importance, providing a deeper understanding of its captivating past.
These destinations offer a fascinating glimpse into the rich history, traditional crafts, and cultural heritage of southeastern Turkey. At the end of the day, we’ll overnight in Midyat, surrounded by the timeless beauty of the region.
DAY9: Mardin & Diyarbakır: A Journey through Time
Our adventure continues in Mardin, a city known for its unique stone houses, narrow winding streets, and rich historical ambiance. Continuing our tour, we’ll arrive at Dara Ancient City, a historical treasure trove adorned with remnants dating back to the Roman period, following Zerzevan castle.
Our next stop is Darülzafiran Aga Church, a true gem with its elegant architecture and historical significance. As you explore the church, our guide will provide fascinating insights into its history.
Next, we’ll proceed to the heart of Mardin City Centre. Visit Mardin Archeology Museum (A museum with archaeological and ethnographic collections. Archaeological artifacts from the period from 4000 BC to the 7th century BC are exhibited.)Stroll through the city center, savor local flavors, and explore regional crafts. Our journey continues with a visit to the Ulu Mosque, known for its grand architecture and historical importance.
While exploring the mosque, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about Islamic culture and Mardin’s history.
Spend the night in Diyarbakır and prepare for another day of exploration.
DAY10: Diyarbakır & Sanliurfa: Unveiling the Beauty of Sanliurfa
As we transition to Diyarbakır, we’ll marvel at the well-preserved Diyarbakır city walls(It is the longest city walls in the world after the Great Wall of China. The walls are 5.2 km long.), a true treasure of the region. Our guide will enlighten you about their history and significance. Hasan Pasha Han, a beautiful example of Ottoman-era architecture, will captivate you with its traditional handicraft shops.
While in Diyarbakır, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Four-Legged Minaret, a unique symbol of the region. Capture photos and learn interesting facts about this distinctive structure. Our next destination is, Surp Giragos Armenian Church or St. Kyriakos Church is a historical Armenian Apostolic Church located in the Sur district of Diyarbakır in southeastern Turkey and was expropriated by the government in 2016.
Also we will visit Mar Petyun Keldani Katolik Church. The final stop of the day is the Ten-Eyed Bridge, known for its unique architecture and historical significance. Trace the footsteps of the past and gain further knowledge about its history.While we are going to Sanlıurfa we will see Hevsel Gardens Dicle River. Overnight in Sanliurfa
DAY11: Sanliurfa & Adıyaman: Exploring Ancient Wonders
You will have the opportunity to explore several interesting attractions and enjoy delicious local cuisine.
First, visit Balıklıgöl, also known as the Pool of Sacred Fish. This historic site is believed to be the birthplace of Prophet Abraham and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and archaeological remains.Next, explore Hz. Ibrahim Magarasi, or the Cave of Abraham, where it is believed that Prophet Abraham was born. This sacred cave is an important pilgrimage site.
Don’t miss the chance to visit Rizvaniye Mosque, an architectural gem with intricate Ottoman design and beautiful calligraphy.Another highlight of the day is Urfa Castle (Urfa Kalesi), a medieval fortress offering panoramic views of the city.
Explore the castle and learn about its storied history.For lunch, indulge in a delicious traditional Turkish meal known.Afterward, satisfy your sweet tooth with a serving of kunefe, a mouthwatering cheese pastry soaked in sweet syrup.
Continue your cultural journey at Urfa Archaeological Museum, where you can discover fascinating artifacts and exhibitions that showcase the region’s rich history.If you’re interested in ancient mosaics, make sure to visit Haleplibahçe Mosaic Museum.
Admire the intricate and well-preserved mosaics that date back to the Roman period.Lastly, visit Harran, an ancient city known for its beehive-shaped houses and its history dating back to biblical times. Explore the ruins and learn about Harran’s significance in ancient Mesopotamia.
After a day of exploration, return to Sanliurfa for an overnight stay and relax before continuing your journey.After a full day of exploration, you will spend the night in Sanliurfa
DAY12: Gobeklitepe & Adıyaman Exploring Mount Nemrut Ancient Wonders
Explore the Ancient Wonders of Göbeklitepe and Adıyaman, including Mount Nemrut
Embark on a remarkable journey to discover the ancient wonders of Göbeklitepe and Adıyaman in Turkey. Start your day by visiting Göbeklitepe(,the first temple built during the time of hunter and gatherer human communities, which were far from the concepts of settlement and agriculture, where life in the city was not disrupted, is seen as the “biggest archaeological failure” in recent years.
The temple, which is still unanswered as to how it was designed approximately 12 thousand years ago, attracts all attention with the fact that it was built approximately 7,500 years before the Egyptian Pyramids and Stonehenge in England.), an archaeological site that dates back to the Neolithic period. Here, you’ll be captivated by the remarkable megalithic structures and the significance of this site as one of the world’s oldest known temples.
Next, make your way to Cendere Bridge, an impressive Roman-era bridge that spans over the Cendere Stream. Marvel at the architectural brilliance of this ancient structure, which has withstood the test of time.
Continue your exploration to the nearby Karakus, an ancient site featuring unique rock reliefs and inscriptions. Dive into the rich history and symbolism depicted in these carvings.
Afterward, venture to Arsemeia Ancient City, an archaeological site that reveals the remains of a Hellenistic city. Explore the ruins and delve into the fascinating stories of its past inhabitants.
Finally, prepare yourself for the breathtaking beauty of Mount Nemrut(Nemrut was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987 as both a natural monument and a historical monument shaped by human hands.
The height of Mount Nemrut is 2150 meters. The Kingdom of Commagene, which ruled here around the 1st century BC, equipped Mount Nemrut with huge statues that still preserve their mysteries today) at sunset. Ascend to the summit and witness the grandeur of the ancient statues and tomb-sanctuary atop the mountain. As the sun sets behind the horizon, you’ll be mesmerized by the stunning view and the sense of grandeur that surrounds you.
Spend the night in Adıyaman, immersing yourself in the local culture and cuisine. Adıyaman offers a range of accommodations to suit every traveler’s needs.
DAY13: Adıyaman & Gaziantep: A Glimpse into History and Culture
After departing from Adıyaman in the morning, we’ll set out on a tour to Gaziantep. Our first destination is Gaziantep Castle, offering panoramic views of the city and inviting you to embark on a historical journey by tracing the footprints of the past.
Following that, we’ll visit the Copper Bazaar, also known as Bakırcılar Çarşısı. Explore this historical bazaar where handcrafted copper products and the works of artisans are displayed. Witness traditional crafts up close and shop for unique items. After lunch, you can taste amazing Turkish Baklava.
The next stop of our tour is the Gaziantep Mosaic Museum, renowned for its exceptional mosaic collections unearthed from the ancient city of Zeugma. Marvel at the intricate details of these magnificent artworks as you explore the museum.
At the end of the day, we’ll return to Gaziantep for accommodation. Indulge in flavors from Gaziantep’s rich cuisine and enjoy a pleasant time within the city’s cultural ambiance. As you gather energy for the next day, you’ll leave behind a day filled with the echoes and experiences of today’s tour.
Day 14: Gaziantep & Mersin: Tracing Ancient Pathways
After a delightful breakfast at our hotel in Gaziantep, we’ll embark on a journey of approximately 287 kilometers to reach Mersin. Our tour will take us through historical sites that carry the enchanting traces of ancient times, immersing you in a journey back to the past.
Our first stop is the Cleopatra Gate, an iconic historical gateway that carries the enchanting traces of ancient times, immersing you in a journey back to the past. Next, we proceed to the St. Paul Well, a sacred well renowned as Saint Paul’s water source. The surroundings exude an atmosphere steeped in historical and religious significance.
Our itinerary then takes us to the Tomb of Daniel, a site of great religious importance in Islamic, Christian, and Jewish beliefs. This significant spiritual destination invites residents and visitors alike on a profound journey of spirituality.
We’ll then visit the ancient city of Olba, where historical and archaeological wonders await. Ancient ruins and statues harmonize here to narrate the story of this ancient settlement, and our guide will lead you through its history.
Uzuncaburc is our next stop, offering historical traces and breathtaking views. Explore old remnants and immerse yourself in the region’s rich past while taking in the impressive scenery.
Our journey continues to Tarsus, a city believed to be the birthplace of Saint Paul. Tarsus’ streets are adorned with history and cultural heritage, captivating your senses. Finally, we pause for a photo break at the Maiden Tower.
This iconic tower provides a picturesque backdrop against the beauty of the Mediterranean, allowing you to capture unforgettable memories.
This tour caters to travelers who appreciate history, religion, and natural beauty, offering a captivating blend of ancient wonders and breathtaking landscapes. Overnight in Mersin and prepare for the next day’s adventure.
DAY15: Discovering the Beauty of Cappadocia on the Red Tour:
Itinerary: Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel in Mersin before embarking on the Red Tour, a journey to explore the unique beauty and history of the region.
Begin your tour at the Göreme Open-Air Museum, one of the most famous sites in Cappadocia. Marvel at the historical rock churches and monasteries nestled among the remarkable rock formations of Göreme.
Next, visit the Paşabağ Valley, renowned for its fascinating fairy chimneys and rock pillars. Don’t miss the chance to see the peculiar group of fairy chimneys known as the “Three Graces.”
Continue to the charming town of Avanos, famous for its ceramic production. Explore the numerous ceramic workshops and witness skilled artisans at work. You can even try your hand at crafting your own ceramic piece.
Enjoy lunch in Ürgüp, a town known for its historic houses, fairy chimneys, and wine-making facilities. It’s a delightful place to experience the essence of Cappadocia.
Visit Devrent Valley, also known as Imagination Valley, famous for its intriguing rock formations. Let your imagination run wild as you discover various shapes within the rocks.
Conclude the tour with a visit to Uçhisar Castle, perched atop the highest point in Cappadocia. Take in the breathtaking panoramic views and marvel at the unique geological features of the region.
Immerse yourself in the extraordinary beauty and rich cultural heritage of Cappadocia, creating unforgettable memories on this Red Tour.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Overview: Embark on the Cappadocia Red Tour, starting with a visit to the Göreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing remarkable rock-cut churches and frescoes.
Next, explore the unique rock formations in Pasabag Valley, also known as Three Beauties. Marvel at the surreal landscape and take memorable photos.
Continue to Devrent Valley, often referred to as Imagination Valley, due to its unusual rock formations resembling various shapes and figures.
Visit the pottery town of Avanos and witness the traditional art of pottery-making. Finally, explore the picturesque town of Uchisar and visit the Uchisar Castle, offering breathtaking panoramic views of Cappadocia.
Return to your hotel in Cappadocia for an overnight stay.
DAY16: Cappadocia Green Tour & Antalya
Itinerary: Embark on a journey to explore the natural wonders of Cappadocia on the Green Tour. Begin your adventure by visiting Ihlara Valley, a stunning valley with high rock walls, ancient churches, and monasteries. As you hike through the valley, you’ll be captivated by the breathtaking landscapes and rich historical heritage.
Next, delve into the depths of Derinkuyu Underground City, an impressive underground marvel that served as a hiding place and refuge in ancient times. Marvel at the historical and architectural details as you explore this fascinating underground city.
Afterwards, travel to Antalya, known for its picturesque beauty. Enjoy a scenic drive that takes approximately 6.20 hours, with two stops along the way. Explore Sultanhanı Caravanserai, a historic building from the 13th century that played a vital role in trade and accommodation during the Seljuk Empire.
Marvel at its architectural beauty and immerse yourself in the history of the region. The second stop is the Konya Mevlana Mausoleum, the resting place of the renowned Islamic scholar and poet, Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi. Experience the spiritual atmosphere of this sacred place and learn about Mevlana’s teachings and life.
Take in the picturesque views of the Toros Mountains in the surrounding villages of Sultanhanı, famous for their natural beauty and outdoor activities.
Overnight in Antalya.
Overview: Start your day by visiting the Sultanhanı Caravanserai, an ancient resting place for traders along the Silk Road. Marvel at the impressive architecture and learn about its historical significance.
Next, explore the Derinkuyu Underground City, a fascinating underground complex that served as a refuge for early Christians.
Discover the intricate network of tunnels, rooms, and chapels as you delve into the depths of this unique historical site.
Afterwards, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Ihlara Valley. Take a leisurely hike along the canyon, marvel at the towering cliffs, and admire the lush greenery surrounding you. Don’t forget to visit the hidden cave churches that dot the valley, each housing beautiful frescoes.
Continue your journey to the Mevlana Mausoleum, the final resting place of the famous Sufi poet Rumi. Explore the serene atmosphere of the complex and learn about the life and teachings of this influential figure.
Finally, prepare to be captivated by the scenic beauty of the Toros Mountains as you make your way to Antalya. Admire the majestic peaks and breathtaking vistas as you drive towards the city.
Itinerary: Start your day with a delicious Turkish breakfast and embark on a historical journey in Antalya. Explore the well-preserved Aspendos Ancient Theater, dating back to the Roman Empire. This colossal theater was a hub of artistic performances during the Roman era. Walk through the ancient stage and imagine the grandeur of the past.
Continue your adventure to the ancient city of Perge, where you’ll discover magnificent ruins from the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Explore the ancient theater, agora, and temples as you trace the footsteps of history.
Next, visit Side, a beautiful coastal town famous for its ancient theater, the Temple of Apollo, and stunning beaches. Take a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean Sea and explore the ancient ruins. Conclude your tour at the Kurşunlu Waterfall, a serene natural attraction nestled in a forested area. Enjoy a walk, cool off under the waterfall, and bask in the beauty of nature.
Overnight in Antalya
Overview: Embark on a cultural journey as you explore the historical sites of Antalya. Begin with a visit to Aspendos, home to one of the best preserved ancient theaters in the world. Marvel at the grandeur of the theater and imagine the performances that once took place here.
Next, discover the ancient city of Perge, renowned for its well-preserved Roman ruins. Explore the ancient streets, temples, and agora as you immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this once-thriving city.
End your day in Side, a picturesque coastal town that showcases a blend of ancient ruins and stunning natural beauty.
Wander through the well-preserved Roman ruins, visit the famous Temple of Apollo, and relax on the beautiful sandy beaches.
Itinerary: Embark on a journey to Kekova – Sunken City, renowned for its fascinating underwater ruins. Explore the ancient streets, buildings, and artifacts hidden beneath the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Experience the unique blend of history and nature in this captivating destination.
In Myra, discover an ancient city rich in history, featuring remnants of a theater, temples, and ancient stone relics. Visit the Church of Saint Nicholas in Demre, the hometown of the iconic Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus). Admire the magnificent religious art inside the church and learn about the legacy of Saint Nicholas.
Conclude the day in Kas, a charming town waiting to be explored.
Overview: Embark on a journey to Kas, a charming coastal town nestled between the mountains and the sea. Along the way, explore the ancient city of Myra and marvel at its well-preserved Lycian rock-cut tombs.
Continue to Kekova Sunken City, where you can take a boat tour to witness the submerged ruins of an ancient city. Admire the crystal-clear waters and the fascinating remnants of a civilization lost to time.
Visit Demre, the birthplace of Saint Nicholas, also known as Santa Claus. Explore the Church of St. Nicholas and learn about the life and legacy of this beloved figure.
Take a refreshing detour to Kurşunlu Waterfall, a hidden gem surrounded by lush greenery. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere as you take in the cascading water and natural beauty of the area.
DAY19: Leisure Day:
Itinerary: Enjoy a leisure day in Kas
Overview: Spend a leisurely day in Kas and take advantage of the town’s idyllic coastal setting. Relax on the pristine beaches, go swimming or snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters, or simply unwind and soak up the sun.
Itinerary: Start the day with a delicious breakfast before embarking on a journey to explore the treasures of the region. Visit the ancient city of Patara, known for its historical riches such as Patara Beach and the Roman Theater. Continue to Letoon, an important religious center during the Lycian period, and be mesmerized by its historical and archaeological significance.
After exploring Xanthos and Letoon, return to Fethiye, known for its coastline, Ölüdeniz Beach, and historical sites. Enjoy a scenic drive of approximately 1.5 hours and discover the charms of Fethiye.
Overview: Embark on a journey to Fethiye, a picturesque town known for its stunning landscapes and fascinating historical sites.
Visit Xantos, the ancient capital of the Lycian League, and explore its impressive ruins.
Continue to Patara Ancient City, where you can wander through the remains of the ancient city and admire its well-preserved theater, necropolis, and other ancient structures.
Make a stop at Letoon Ancient City, a UNESCO World Heritage site that was once an important religious center in ancient Lycia. Explore the remains of temples dedicated to deities such as Leto, Artemis, and Apollo.
DAY21: Boat Trip from Fethiye Harbor to Dalyan:
Itinerary: Embark on a scenic boat trip starting from Fethiye Harbor in the early morning. Enjoy the crystal-clear turquoise waters of Ölüdeniz, where you can swim and snorkel in the picturesque bay. Continue the journey to Butterfly Valley, known for its abundance of butterflies and refreshing waterfall. Afterwards, return to Fethiye Harbor and take a one-hour drive to Dalyan, a charming town famous for its natural beauty.
Overview: Embark on a boat trip from Fethiye and prepare to be enchanted by the natural beauty of Ölüdeniz. Cruise along the mesmerizing turquoise waters, marvel at the pristine beaches, and soak in the breathtaking views.
Continue to Butterfly Valley, a hidden paradise nestled between towering cliffs. Enjoy some time on the beach, go hiking along one of the many trails, or simply relax and enjoy the tranquility of this magical place.
DAY22: Dalyan & Datca Tour:
Itinerary: Explore the attractions of Dalyan, starting with a visit to the ancient city of Kaunos, where you can discover well-preserved ruins and tombs from the Lycian period. Experience the therapeutic mud baths in Dalyan, known for their healing properties and unique experience. Relax and soak up the sun at İztuzu Beach, renowned for its natural beauty.
Afterward, travel to Datca and explore the historic Old Town, filled with traditional stone houses and local shops. Visit the ancient city of Knidos, known for its ruins and the famous Aphrodite Statue. Conclude the day in Marmaris.
Overview: Explore the town of Dalyan and its surrounding attractions. Begin with a visit to Kaunos, an ancient city that dates back to the 9th century BC. Explore the ruins of the city, including the well-preserved theater, the agora, and the Roman baths.
Indulge in the famous mud baths of Dalyan, known for their therapeutic properties. Cover yourself in natural mud and let it rejuvenate your skin, leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalized.
Visit Iztuzu Beach, a stunning stretch of coastline renowned for its natural beauty and nesting grounds for loggerhead sea turtles. Relax on the pristine sandy beach or take a dip in the crystal-clear waters.
Explore the old town of Datca, known for its charming atmosphere, traditional architecture, and narrow cobblestone streets. Visit the Aphrodite Statue, a symbol of beauty and love.
Itinerary: Start the day with a delicious breakfast and set off on a journey to Pamukkale, a natural wonder known for its travertine terraces. Walk on the white terraces or dip your feet in the refreshing waters. Explore the ancient city of Hierapolis, filled with well-preserved ruins from the Roman period such as the ancient theater, Roman baths, and agora.
Take a dip in the Cleopatra Ancient Pool, rich in history and culture. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Overview: Embark on a journey to Pamukkale, a unique natural wonder that boasts terraces of white mineral-rich travertine pools. Explore the ancient city of Hierapolis and marvel at its well-preserved ruins, including the impressive theater, necropolis, and the Temple of Apollo.
Don’t miss the opportunity to take a dip in Cleopatra’s Pool, said to have been visited by the legendary queen herself. Enjoy the warm and mineral-rich waters as you soak in the historical ambiance.
DAY24: Alasehir (Philadelphia) & Laodicea & Salihli (Sardes):
Itinerary: Travel to the ancient city of Laodicea and explore its impressive remnants from the Roman era, including an ancient theater, temples, and city walls. Continue to Philadelphia, an ancient Lydian city with historical ruins and an agora. Conclude the day in Sardes, the capital of the Lydia Kingdom, and immerse yourself in its rich archaeological sites. Overnight in Sardes.
Overview: Immerse yourself in the history of the region as you visit Alasehir, an ancient city once known as Philadelphia. Discover the ruins of this once-thriving city, including the remains of a theater, a marketplace, and a stadium.
Continue to Laodicea, an important ancient city that once stood as one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Explore the well-preserved ruins, including the grand theater, the stadium, and the ancient baths.
End your day in Salihli, the site of the ancient city of Sardis. Explore the archaeological remains, including the impressive Roman gymnasium, the reconstructed synagogue, and the Temple of Artemis.
DAY25: Ephesus (Selcuk) Tour:
Itinerary: Visit the magnificent Ephesus Ancient City, home to the famous Celsus Library and the Great Theater. Explore the Agora, an ancient marketplace that used to be a hub of trade and culture. Visit the House of Virgin Mary, a sacred site believed to be the final residence of the Virgin Mary. Immerse yourself in the historical, religious, and natural beauty of Ephesus. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Overview: Embark on a tour of Ephesus, one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the world. Explore the magnificent ruins, including the iconic Celsus Library, the Ancient Theatre, the Marble Street, and the Temple of Hadrian.
Visit the Agora, the heart of Ephesus, where ancient Greeks gathered for commerce, politics, and social activities. Immerse yourself in the rich history and vibrant atmosphere of this once-thriving city.
End your day with a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary, a sacred site believed to be the final resting place of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Experience the spiritual ambiance and pay homage to this revered figure.
DAY26: Full Day Priene, Miletus, and Didyma Tour:
Itinerary: Start your day with a delicious Turkish breakfast at your hotel before embarking on a historical and cultural journey. Your first stop will be the ancient city of Priene, known as an important Greek city from the ancient period. Explore the magnificent ruins and don’t miss the Temple of Dionysus, a main attraction that rises against a stunning backdrop, allowing you to trace the footsteps of ancient religious rituals.
Next, visit Miletus, a major port city in ancient times. One of the highlights here is the Great Theater, with a capacity of approximately 15,000 people, where you can experience the atmosphere of an ancient amphitheater.
Don’t forget to explore the Miletus Museum, where numerous artifacts from the ancient era are displayed.
Conclude the tour in Didim, where you will visit the ancient city of Didyma, an important religious center in ancient times. The Temple of Apollo is the most striking structure in Didyma, known for its magnificent columns and captivating atmosphere. As you wander through the temple area, you can immerse yourself in the mystical ambiance of the ancient era.
This special tour not only encompasses historical and cultural riches but also includes impressive ancient structures and natural beauty. Visiting Priene, Miletus, and Didim will allow you to discover the significant historical and touristic treasures of Turkey, creating unforgettable memories along the way.
Overview: Explore the ancient cities of Priene, Milet, and Didim, which showcase the rich history and architectural grandeur of the region.
Discover the well-preserved remains of Priene, a Hellenistic city with impressive temples, an ancient theater, and an agora. Marvel at the stunning views overlooking the Meander River.
Continue to Milet, an ancient city known for its great philosophers and scholars. Explore the extensive ruins, including the grand theater, the Temple of Apollo, and the Delphinion.
End your day in Didim, where you can visit the Temple of Apollo, one of the largest and most impressive ancient Greek temples. Admire the majestic columns and imagine the grandeur of this once-sacred site.
DAY27: Izmir(Smyrna)-Akhisar (Thytria)-Pergamon(Bergama):
Itinerary: Embarking on our journey from Kuşadası, we are heading to the Izmir(Smyrna) and Akhisar(Thytria).Afterwards we will take you to ancient city of Pergamon, also known as Bergama. With a distance of around 160 kilometers, this adventure promises to be filled with historical and cultural richness.
Our first stop in Pergamon is the famous historical theater, renowned for its breathtaking views of the stage and surroundings. As we explore this architectural wonder, we will be transported back in time, imagining the grand performances that once took place here. Next, we will delve into the terraced city and library of Pergamon, unraveling the secrets hidden within its ancient corridors.
Continuing on our tour, we will make our way to Asclepion, a sacred site dedicated to the god Asklepios. As we wander through the remains of this healing center, we will discover temples and treatment areas that date back to the Roman period. It’s an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the ancient practices of medicine and spirituality.
Our final destination for the day is the Red Basilica, also known as Kızıl Avlu. This impressive structure, constructed using distinctive red bricks, served as a temple in ancient times. By exploring the Red Basilica, we will gain deeper insights into its historical significance and unravel the mysteries it hol
Overview: Embark on a journey to Akhisar, an ancient city known as Thytria in ancient times. Explore the ruins of the Acropolis, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Continue to Assos, a charming seaside village that was once an important center of culture and philosophy. Visit the ancient city of Assos and discover its well-preserved ruins, including the impressive Temple of Athena and the ancient theater.
Explore the Asclepion, an ancient healing center dedicated to the god Asclepius. Discover the well-preserved ruins, including the Roman theater, the library, and the healing sanctuary.
DAY28: Exploring Alexandra Troas and Immersing in Çanakkale’s History:
Itinerary: Leaving Assos behind, we embark on a journey to Alexandra Troas, an ancient city known for its Hellenistic and Roman ruins. As we traverse the 50 kilometers from Assos, we will encounter ancient walls, temples, and a theater, taking in the remarkable remnants of the past.
Moving forward, our course leads us to Çanakkale, a historic city with great strategic importance. Honoring the memory of the Gallipoli Campaign during World War I, we visit landmarks such as the Çanakkale Martyrs’ Memorial and the Gallipoli Peninsula National Historic Park. These sites serve as poignant reminders of the sacrifices made, allowing us to reflect on this historical event.
To conclude our tour, we make our way to the famous ancient city of Troy. Revered as the setting for the legendary Trojan War, depicted in Homer’s Iliad, Troy offers a captivating journey through history and mythology. The iconic Wooden Horse, symbolizing the Trojan War, awaits our exploration, offering a glimpse into the heroic tales of ancient times.
With each step of this adventure, we delve deeper into the riches of history, culture, and mythology. Pergamon, Asclepion, Alexandra Troas, Çanakkale, and Troy hold within them stories waiting to be unraveled, and we are fortunate to be a part of this extraordinary journey.
Overview: On Day 25, you will have the opportunity to explore the historical city of Canakkale. Here are some of the highlights of your visit:
- Troy: Immerse yourself in the ancient history of Troy, a city that dates back to the Bronze Age. Explore the archaeological site and marvel at the remains of this legendary city.
- Wooden Horse: Don’t miss the iconic Wooden Horse, which is a replica of the ancient Trojan horse mentioned in the Greek mythology. It is a must-see attraction and provides a fascinating insight into the Trojan War.
- Alexandria Troas: Pay a visit to Alexandria Troas, an ancient city founded by Alexander the Great. This historical site offers a glimpse into the past, with well-preserved ruins and impressive architectural structures.
After a day filled with exploration, you will head back to your hotel in Canakkale for an overnight stay.
DAY29: Experience the Rich Heritage of Bursa on a Captivating City Tour:
Itinerary: Embark on a delightful journey from Canakkale to Bursa, covering approximately 150 kilometers of scenic beauty. As you arrive in Bursa, prepare yourself to be enchanted by the city’s captivating charm and rich history.
Our tour begins with a visit to the Bursa Grand Mosque, a magnificent example of Ottoman architecture. Marvel at its elegant design and intricate details, which serve as a testament to the foundation of the Ottoman Empire. Prepare to be in awe as you explore the mosque’s exquisite interior.
Next, we will stop at the Green Tomb (Yeşil Türbe), the final resting place of Osman Gazi, the founder of the Ottoman Empire, and his family. The tomb’s green ceramic tiles and interior decorations showcase the opulence and cultural heritage of the Ottoman era.
Immerse yourself in Bursa’s history as we venture into the historic Inner Castle District. Lose yourself in its narrow streets, traditional shops, and historic houses, all of which contribute to the district’s charming ambiance. A gastronomic delight awaits you for lunch as you savor the famous İskender kebab, a local specialty that will tantalize your taste buds with its flavors and aromas.
Afterward, you can choose to further explore Bursa by visiting the Bursa Castle or taking a cable car ride to Mount Uludağ. Experience the natural beauty of Uludağ and, if weather permits, engage in winter sports activities that will leave you exhilarated.
Throughout the day, you will be immersed in Bursa’s rich historical and cultural heritage, creating unforgettable memories. At the end of the tour, we will drive you back to your hotel, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing conclusion to your Bursa adventure.
Overview: It is dedicated to discovering the wonders of Bursa, a city known for its rich history and cultural heritage. Here are the highlights of your Bursa tour:
- Bursa Grand Mosque: Marvel at the magnificent architecture of the Bursa Grand Mosque, also known as the Ulu Cami. This impressive mosque features intricate tile work and is a significant religious site in Bursa.
- Green Tomb: Visit the Green Tomb, the mausoleum of Sultan Mehmed I. Admire the stunning green tiles that adorn the interior walls and learn about the history and significance of this beautiful structure.
- Bursa’s Inner Castle District: Explore the Inner Castle District of Bursa, a charming area with narrow streets and traditional Ottoman houses. Stroll through the lively marketplaces, sample local delicacies, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere.
- Uludag: If time permits, take a cable car ride to Uludag, a popular ski resort and a paradise for nature lovers. Enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding landscape and breathe in the fresh mountain air.
At the end of the day, you will return to your hotel in Bursa for an overnight stay.
DAY30: Discover the Cultural Treasures of Iznik and Return to Istanbul:
Itinerary: Begin your day with a delightful breakfast at your hotel in Bursa before embarking on a city tour to the enchanting town of Iznik.Located around 70 kilometers away from Bursa, the comfortable and scenic drive will offer beautiful views along the way.
Upon arriving in Iznik, formerly known as Nicaea, you will be greeted with a captivating city tour. Iznik is renowned for its rich historical and cultural heritage. Explore the well-preserved city walls that once protected this ancient city, and visit the impressive Hagia Sophia Museum, which boasts stunning architecture and intriguing artifacts.
Take a leisurely stroll through the charming streets of Iznik, adorned with awe-inspiring Ottoman-era buildings. Marvel at the unique architecture and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of this picturesque town.
One of the highlights of your Iznik tour will be the famous Iznik tiles and ceramics.
These exquisite artworks are celebrated worldwide for their intricate designs and vibrant colors. Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this ancient art form as you learn about the techniques and symbolism behind these beautiful creations.
After a day of exploration and cultural enrichment in Iznik, it’s time to head back to Istanbul. The return journey will cover approximately the same distance as the route from Iznik to Bursa. Reflect on the unforgettable memories you have made throughout the day as you make your way back to Istanbul.
Relish in the experience of discovering the hidden gems of Iznik and returning to Istanbul, enriched with knowledge and appreciation for Turkey’s fascinating history and culture.
Overview: On Day 27, you will embark on a tour to Iznik, a town with a rich historical heritage. Here’s what to expect:
1. Iznik: Explore the town of Iznik, which was once one of the major centers of the Byzantine Empire. Visit the famous Iznik Tile Museum, where you can admire exquisite ceramic tiles and get insight into the artistry of the region.
After your Iznik tour, you will drive back to Istanbul, which is approximately a 2-hour journey. This will conclude your beautiful tour of Canakkale, Bursa, and Iznik.
We hope you have a memorable experience exploring the rich cultural heritage, historical sites, and natural beauty of Biblical Tour.
- Please note that the program is subject to changes based on flight schedules, availability, and local conditions.
- This all-inclusive, private guided tour includes a professional English-speaking tour guide, comfortable transportation in a fully air-conditioned vehicle, and comprehensive entrance fees. Let the expert guide take care of the logistics while you explore the history, beauty, and authenticity of This tour.
- Since hotel selection will vary depending on the 5, 4, 3 or boutique hotels in the current settlement, we will choose it together with you.
What is included:
- Domestic flights
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary
- All escorted transfers
- Hotel accommodation at the above-mentioned hotels
- English speaking government licensed professional tour guide
- All entry fees to sites and museums
- Meals as per indicated in the itinerary
- Transportation by A/C non-smoking and sanitized vehicle
- Local taxes and VAT
What is not included:
- Internatıonal flights
- All meals and beverages not indicated in the itinerary
- All personal expenditures
- Gratuity to guide and driver (Minimum 7 USD for guide + 3 USD for driver suggested)