Day 1: March 22: Fly
Today we fly from our homes to Istanbul Turkey.
Day 2: March 23: Istanbul
This evening we will arrive into Istanbul, and transfer to your hotel where you will be staying for the next three nights.
Day 3: March 24: Istanbul
We will start the day with a boat ride on the Bosporus, the water that separates Asia from Europe. We will be using a private ship so we can sail it all the way to the Black Sea. Istanbul is both in Asia and Europe. We overnight Istanbul.
Day 4: March 25: Istanbul
Our tour today will include the magnificent Hagia Sofia, Hippodrome and the stadium of ancient Byzantium, where an Egyptian obelisk and bronze sculpture of the entwined serpents from Delphi still survive. We then continue on to the Blue Mosque which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. In the afternoon we will visit the amazing Topkapi Palace, which from the 15th to the 19th Century was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Overnight Istanbul.
Day 5: March 26: Istanbul – Cappadocia
Today we will finish the sites in Istanbul and then Fly to Cappadocia.
Day 6: March 27: Cappadocia
Today and tomorrow will be highlight days as we explore the amazing mystical landscapes around Cappadocia. We experience the ancient underground cities of Kaymakli, Guverclnlik and Devrent Valleys. We will also visit the natural rock castle at Uchisar, Avanos and Pasabaglari and the beautiful open-air museums at Zelve and Goreme. The remains of churches and Christian settlements date back thousands of years. This is a place where you simply let your mind wander and be amazed at the history and beauty of the region. We will overnight in a 5 star a luxury hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 7: March 28: Izmir – Ephesis
This morning we will fly from Cappadocia to Izmir near Ephesus. Today is another highlight day as we visit Ephesus and the surrounding area. We will start with the house of the Virgin Mary on top of Bulbul Mountain and then proceed to the ancient city of Ephesus where you will explore some of the best preserved theaters, fountains and buildings found anywhere in the world. We will overnight Kusadasi.
Day 8: March 29: Kusadasi – Isle of Patmos
This morning early we will take our private ship to Patmos in Greece, to visit and explore the Island of John the Revelator. Michael will talk to us on the book of Revelations found in the New Testament. We will return this evening back to our hotel in Kusadasi.
Day 9: March 30: Thessaloniki
This morning we will fly from Izmir to Thessaloniki. Upon arrival we will visit this ancient city. Paul came here on his second mission and preached in the synagogue. Thessaloniki had the main synagogue in this area at the time. We will over night in Thessaloniki.
Day 10: March 31: Thessaloniki – Meteora
Today we will finish visiting Thessaloniki. Later this afternoon we will drive around 3 hours to Meteora and overnight.
Day 11: April 1: Meteora
Today will be an amazing day visitng the monasteries of Meteora. These monasteries are perched on high cliffs and are accessible by staircases that are cut into the rock formations. They were created to serve monks and nuns in the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Day 12: April 2: Athens
Today will be a highlight day. We will drive around 4.5 hours to Athens. You visit the Acropolis and Mars Hill (where Paul taught). Overnight Athens.
Day 13: April 3: Athens – Corinth
This morning we will head to Corinth. Your tour will include a photo stop of the Corinth Canal, Corinth and educational time with Michael Wilcox.
Day 14: April 4: Fly Home
We will head to the airport this morning for our flight back to the US and home.