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ARISTOTLE TRAVEL

6, Lazaraki Str. 166 75
Glyfada - Athens, GREECE
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SEVEN CHURCHES IN TURKEY, CRUISE & PAUL’S JOURNEY IN GREECE – 13 days

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SEVEN CHURCHES IN TURKEY, CRUISE & PAUL’S JOURNEY IN GREECE – 13 days

Istanbul – Izmir – Ephesus – Kusadasi – Aphrodisias – Laodicea – Pamukkale – Philadelphia Sardis – Pergamum – Thyatira – Patmos – Crete – Santorini – Athens – Corinth – Meteora  Berea – Thessaloniki – Philippi – Kavala (Neapolis)
 
DAY 1 – SUNDAY – ARRIVE IN ISTANBUL
Transfer to your Hotel.
DAY 2 – MONDAY - ISTANBUL
Today we shall see Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Aghia Sophia finishing our day with a trip to the covered Grand Bazaar.
DAY 3 – TUESDAY - IZMIR – EPHESUS - KUSADASI
After flying to Izmir we will spend the remainder of the day at Ephesus where Paul lived for 3 years and to where he sent his letter to the Ephesians.
DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY - APHRODISIAS – LAODICEA – HIERAPOLIS (PAMUKKALE)
Our first stop is Aphrodisias where we see the 30,000 capacity ancient stadium. It is the best preserved stadium ever excavated.  Then on to Laodicea, before reaching Hierapolis where ancient hot springs cascade over steep cliffs, forming stalactites and pools.
DAY 5 – THURSDAY - PHILADELPHIA – SARDIS - IZMIR
In Philadelphia we will see the remains of a Byzantine Basilica and 11th century frescoes.  After we will visit Sardis, one of the most picturesque sites of the Seven Churches of Asia.
DAY 6 – FRIDAY - PERGAMUM – THYATIRA - KUSADASI
Our whole day shall be spent at Pergamum with its impressive sites including the Altar of Zeus referred to as the “Throne of Satan” in the book of Revelation.  We continue on to Thyatira, famous for its purple dyes before driving on to Kusadasi for overnight.
DAY 7 – SATURDAY - EMBARK CRUISE SHIP - PATMOS
Board our cruise ship at the port of Kusadasi and at noon set sail for Patmos.  Our afternoon is spent on the serene island of Patmos.  Here we shall see the cave, the Apostle John made his home in, when he had been exiled here.  The cave was also the location where John wrote the book of Revelations.
DAY 8 – SUNDAY – CRETE – SANTORINI
From the port of Heraklion in Crete we will make our way to Knossos the centre of the ancient Minioan civilization and legendary home of the Minotaur.  In the afternoon be inspired by the unique beauty of the island Santorini.  We can stroll freely through the cliff hanging villages and admire the breathtaking views.
DAY 9 – MONDAY - ANCIENT CORINTH – CENCHREAE - ATHENS
After disembarkation, we commence our enchanting drive along the Saronic Gulf where our first stop will be at the Corinth Canal.  Then, on to the site of Ancient Corinth, home to the Apostle Paul for 1½ years.  Visit the ancient port of Cenchreae before returning to Athens. In the afternoon we shall see the highlights of Athens including visits to the Acropolis and Mars Hill, where the Apostle Paul preached to the Athenians.
DAY 10 – TUESDAY - ATHENS – METEORA - KALAMBAKA
After our morning drive through the beautiful Greek countryside we reach the spectacular Byzantine monasteries at Meteora, perched precariously on huge finger-like rocks.  Visit two monasteries and view the superb icons, old manuscripts, unique mosaics and frescoes. We will stay overnight in the nearby village of Kalambaka.
DAY 11 – KALAMBAKA – BEREA - THESSALONIKI
We continue north to Berea and see the Byzantine mosaic commemorating Paul’s preaching there.  In the afternoon we reach Thessaloniki, where we shall drive to the upper part of the old city walls that offer excellent views of the city followed by a sightseeing tour of the City.
DAY 12 – AMPHIPOLIS – PHILIPPI – KAVALA (NEAPOLIS) - THESSALONIKI
After a brief stop at Amphipolis we make our way to Philippi.  Here we will see the Agora and the prison where Paul and Sylas were kept.  After worship at the baptismal site of Lydia we shall continue to Kavala the ancient port of Neapolis. 
DAY 13 – DEPART THESSALONIKI
Transfer to Thessaloniki for our flight home.
 
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