Biblical turkey - Into the Lost Land of Bible!

Author: Srikanth Krishna on Jan 16,2019

This itinerary has been so customized to enable you to travel through some of the most famous biblical cities of Turkey. This is an 8-Days itinerary taking you through Biblical Turkey! You will be taken to some of the most biblical cities of turkey with this trip. There are numerous Christian sites that also includes the cave churches of Cappadocia, the Seven Churches of Revelations and the house of Virgin Mary.


Trip at a Glance

Day 1: Istanbul

Day 2: Istanbul

Day 3: Istanbul to Cappadocia

Day 4: Cappadocia

Day 5: Cappadocia to Kusadasi via Izmir

Day 6: Thyatira Philadelphia via Sardis

Day 7: Ephesus

Day 8: Hierapolis - Laodicea


Trip Highlights

  • Istanbul - Enjoy some leisure time; Explore the cities tourist spots.

  • In Cappadocia, you will be taking on a hot air balloon ride in the early morning.

  • Cappadocia - Explore the sites Pasabag (Monks Valley), Avanos town, The Goreme Open Air Museum, and Uchisar castle

  • Drive towards Thyatira

  • You will be visiting the ancient Philadelphia.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Istanbul

This is the first day of your tour of biblical turkey! You will be landing at the Istambul airport where you will be meeting your private guide. He will be taking you to your luxurious hotel room in the heart of Istambul.

Today is a leisure day for you and there aren’t any specific plan. You can do whatever you want. You will get time to explore the area around your hotel. You will also get to experience a traditional Turkish bath on the first day of your Biblical Turkey tour.


Day 2: Istanbul

Ahhh! The second day of the Biblical Turkey itinerary and you will be venturing out for sightseeing around this holy city. Here are the tourist attractions in Istanbul you will be visiting on the second day.

St Sophia Museum: Now a Museum, formerly a mosque & Church

Built in the year 537 AD, Sophia Museum used to be Christian patriarchal cathedral. And, it got converted to a museum in Istanbul. This edifice is particularly famous for its massive dome.

Hippodrome: Byzantine Empire, the sporting stadium remains

Hippodrome is the ancient Grecian stadium that was built for chariot racing and horse racing. The word has been derived from dromos and hippos.

Blue Mosque: This is the biggest mosque in Turkey

This one is a popular site for tourists! The blue mosque also known as Sultan Ahmed Mosque is located in Istanbul. Today also it is open to people and people kneel here to pray.

Grand Bazaar: The biggest bazaar in Istanbul with 4000 shops.

Grand Bazaar is one of the most famous markets around the world. It covers around 61 streets and 4000 shops. And, around 250,000 to 400,000 people come to visit this place every day.

Topkapi Palace: It is also known as the Seraglio and the Museum is the largest of all in the world. It used to be the main administrative headquarters and residence of the Ottoman sultans. Places you would be seeing here are Sacred Relics,  Imperial Treasury, Sultan’s kitchen, and gardens.


Day 3: Istanbul to Cappadocia

You will get some time in the morning to explore the city of Istanbul! And, after spending some leisure time in the morning, you will be taking your flight for Cappadocia in the afternoon. It takes around an hour to travel from Istanbul to Cappadocia by air. After arriving here in the biblical city of Turkey, you will be transferred to your hotel room. At the end of the day, you will be enjoying a delicious dinner.


Day 4: Cappadocia

The first and the most important thing to experience when you are in Cappadocia is taking on a hot air balloon ride in the early morning. That way, you would be able to enjoy the spectacular view of the valley. And, after this, you many famous spots to visit in Cappadocia are….

Pasabag (Monks Valley): In Cappadocia, the Monk valley is located on the Zelve road spanning from the Avanos or Goreme. You will be seeing here highly remarkable Earth pillars that stand around the vineyard.

Avanos town: Avanos town is most famous for its red pottery work.

This is located in the Nevsehir Province district in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey. And, the place is located in and around the tourist and historic regions of Cappadocia.

The Goreme Open Air Museum: This Museum has a swarm of refectory monasteries that are located one after the other. It looks more like a vast monastic complex. You will be seeing here the finest of the rock-cut churches whose charm and the color is still intact.

Uchisar castle: This is a tall edifice of the biblical Turkey land and one can get to see it even from a large distance away. The numerous tunnels here were used by the village dwellers to hide whenever there was an attack from the enemy.


Day 5: Cappadocia to Kusadasi via Izmir

Today you will be taking your flight from Cappadocia to Izmir, one of the biblical cities in Turkey. On arriving at the airport, you will be taken to your luxurious hotel. After catching up with some rest, you will be starting off with your tour of the city.

  • You will be beginning your tour of the city from Smyrna that now falls under modern Turkey.

  • Visit the Saint Polycarp church and then move towards the way to see the ruins of Pergamon.

  • You will then be seeing the Greek & Roman Temples, the Acropolis, and the ancient theatre built into the steep hillside.

  • After this, you will be transferred to Kusadasi for an overnight stay.


Day 6: Thyatira Philadelphia via Sardis

After breakfast, you will be driving towards Thyatira! This place has often been known for faith. After wandering around exploring this place, you will be moving towards Sardis.

Sardis is located on River Pactolus’s bank in the western Asia Minor. You will be ending the sixth day of your biblical Turkey tour you will be visiting the ancient Philadelphia. This place is mainly known for the many worship centers and temples. You will be staying overnight in Kusadasi.


Day 7: Ephesus

This is the seventh day of your Turkey tour! You will be joining the Mass in the House of the Virgin Mary. then you will be visiting Ephesus. This used to be the most influential capital of Asia Minor, located on the Aegean Sea.

Here, you will then be exploring some of the most popular fountains, theatres, and buildings.  Then, at the end of the day, you will be moving on to visit the Basilica of St John. You are going to stay overnight in Kusadasi.


Day 8: Hierapolis - Laodicea

  • After you are done with breakfast and everything you will be moving on to visit the ancient City of Hierapolis.

  • Proceed further taking an exhilarating drive towards Laodicea which is located around the Lycus River Valley of Western Asia Minor.

After this, it's time to take your flight back to Istanbul. Or, if you have more time, you can continue your journey through the biblical places in Turkey.


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