Day 01. Arrival in Istanbul
Upon arrival meet our staff at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy your dinner in your hotel. Turkish Spa treatments available. Overnight in Istanbul. (D)
Day 02. Istanbul
After breakfast explore Basilica of St. Sophia (The Church of the Holy Wisdom, known as Hagia Sophia, recently a mosque), which has inspired architects and religious leaders for over fifteen hundred years; Blue Mosque whose interior walls are covered with twenty thousand blue Iznik tiles, and magnificent Topkapi Palace. The Islamic world has a long tradition of honoring its famous dead, and many mosques have at their heart a mausoleum or tomb containing the relics of important Muslims, religious, political, literary or otherwise. What is not common in the Islamic world is the preservation of important religious objects, with at least one major exception: The Sacred Trusts, the world’s largest and most sacred collection of Muslim artifacts. This collection, which is kept in the Imperial Treasury at the Topkapi Palace, has a magnificent assortment of items that include several personal effects of the Prophet, as well as odds and ends which belonged to his early followers and other prominent Muslims of later periods. In the afternoon attend to the Cooking and Turkish Coffee class. Overnight in Istanbul. (B, D)
Day 03. Istanbul - Fly to Cappadocia
After breakfast we will have connecting flight to Cappadocia, which became known as the "Land of the Three Saints" because of three remarkable theologians who are still collectively known as The Cappadocians: St. Basil the Great, his brother St. Gregory of Nyssa, and St. Gregory of Nazianzus contributed a great deal to Christian doctrine in general and Eastern Orthodox thought in particular, in the 4th century. St. Basil was instrumental in developing Christian monasticism, of which these cave churches in his homeland are a product. In the afternoon explore one of the Underground Cities of Cappadocia. Around the sixth century the Christian inhabitants of this region began to tunnel into the soft volcanic rock of large hill. As deep as two hundred and seventy-five feet with eight different levels, several thousand people lived in this subterranean city. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B, D)
Day 04. Cappadocia
Early morning enjoy optional hot air ballooning, a dream to gently float over the countryside in complete harmony with the deep canyons and lush fertile valleys of Cappadocia. Gentle winds carry you over places that could never be reached except by balloon. Then we enjoy a visit to local municipality carpet cooperation, sort of a carpet farm where you will get the chance to explore the district from a cultural perspective. Our sightseeing continues with fascinating Goreme Open Air Museum (UNESCO World Heritage Site), a complex of medieval painted cave churches carved out by Orthodox monks. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B, D)
Day 05. Cappadocia – Konya
After breakfast explore Turkish village, Avanos to see the techniques of ceramic art dating from 12th B.C. to 3rd B.C. periods. Our journey continues to Konya, making a stop at World Heritage Site, Catalhoyuk, the taller eastern mound containing eighteen levels of Neolithic occupation between 7400 BC and 6200 BC and including wall paintings, reliefs, sculptures and other symbolic and artistic features. Catal Huyuk appears to have been a City of Shrines and may indeed have been the sacred center for other settlements on the surrounding Anatolian plain. We also see the Green Mausoleum or Green Dome, is the original lodge of the Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes, a mystical Sufi Muslim group. It contains the tomb and shrine of the Mevlana, or Rumi. In the evening we will have private Ceremony of Whirling Dervishes following with discussion. We’ll watch as they use music and dance to induce themselves into a mystical state. As the ceremonial music plays, they begin to whirl, and their long skirt billow giving the impression that they are floating on air. Overnight in Konya. (B, D)
Day 6. Konya – Pamukkale
Our tour continues to Hierapolis (UNESCO World Heritage Site), whose name means "sacred city," was believed by the ancients to have been founded by the god Apollo. It was famed for its sacred hot springs, whose vapours were associated with Pluto, god of the underworld. The city also had a significant Jewish community and was mentioned by Paul in his Letter to Colossians. Overnight in Pamukkale. (B, D)
Day 7. Pamukkale – Aphrodisias – Kusadasi
Our tour takes us to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Aphrodisias, has been sacred since as early as 5,800 BC, when Neolithic farmers came here to worship the Mother Goddess of fertility and crops. Dedicated to the ancient Mother Goddess and then the Greek goddess Aphrodite, it was the site of a magnificent Temple of Aphrodite and the home of a renowned school of marble sculpture. The Temple of Aphrodite later became a Christian basilica through an impressive swapping of columns. In the afternoon join to the group healing and meditation. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B, D)
Day 8. Kusadasi
Today’s included sacred site is Ephesus (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the largest ancient city ever uncovered. We will be delighted with the Prytaneion, one of the most significant public buildings of Ephesus and dedicated to the goddess Hestia; the Temple of Hadrian, having a beautiful arch on the front facade and interesting reliefs of Medusa and the Great Theater, traditionally where St. Paul preached. Our next sacred sites are Temple of Artemis, the ancient temple, built around 650 BC to the cult of Artemis, was constructed on a site already sacred to the Anatolian Mother Goddess, Cybele and considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and also House of Virgin Mary, believed to be the last residence of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, and under which the spring that runs is believed to have healing properties. In the afternoon join to the group healing and meditation. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B, D)
Day 9. Kusadasi – Pergamum – Izmir – Fly to Istanbul
Today we will drive north to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pergamum where we will visit Asclepion (god of healing and medicine). The site was founded in the 4th Century BC around a sacred spring that still flows. Over the next centuries it became one of the best-known healing centers of the ancient world, second in importance only to Epidaurus in Greece. The influential physician Galen was born in Pergamum and practiced here in the 2nd Century AD, having first made his medical reputation treating warriors in the gladiatorial games of the city. On the drive back to Izmir, we will see Red Basilica (Temple of Serapis), the massive structure was built in the early 2nd century (under Hadrian) as a temple to the popular Egyptian god Serapis. It was later (4th-5th centuries) converted into a Byzantine church. Then transfer to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport to have a direct flight to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. (B, D)
Day 10. Istanbul Departure
After breakfast transfer to Istanbul Airport for flight home (B) or JOIN OUR 3 DAY EXCURSION TO GOBEKLI TEPE!!!! Details Below
Main Tour Cost: $3820 USD – per person / double occupancy
Single Supplement: $600. USD
A non-refundable deposit of $700 required to hold your space –
Registration details in separate
unique small tour / limited space
• 9 Nights Hotel Accommodation as below,
• Transportation by Modern A/C Vehicle
• Baggage Handling at the hotels
• 9x Breakfast and 9x Dinner
• English speaking Professional Tour Guide (knowledge of spiritual aspects of the sites)
• Talks/Lectures, 1-1 Energy Healing/Clearings, Meditations, Intuitive Guidance
• Cooking Class & Turkish Coffee Class & special event guest tba
• All entrances Fees
• All applicable Taxes
• Tips at the hotels
• Private Whirling Dervishes Ceremony and Discussion in Konya
• 2x Domestic Flights (Istanbul Airport – Cappadocia) and (Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport to Istanbul)
· Flight to Istanbul, Turkey – transfer to/from airport to hotel
· Extension Tour Gobekli Tepe – details below
· Hot Air Ballooning (Estimated price $130 usd)
· Water, Soft or Alcoholic Beverages
· Tips for guide ($7-10 USD suggested PP Daily) and driver ($3-5 USD PP Daily)
· Daily Luncheon
· Entry Visa (approximately $15 - can be purchased online)
Note: There is an option to arrive a couple days before the tour begins to experience more time in amazing Istanbul please let me know! For more information/questions:
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Tour: January 23-26, 2023
Pilgrimage to Sacred Göbekli Tepe!
GÖBEKLİTEPE (10,000 BC)
Mainstream Archeologists posit that Göbekli Tepe existed 6,000 years before the Sumerians, 7,000 years before the Biblical flood of Noah and Stonehenge, 7,500 years before the Egyptian Pyramids, and 10,000 years before Rome!
During the excavations in Göbekli tepe, what was discovered would forever upset and alter the existing information about the REAL TIMELINE of Humanity. This is truly a rare and exclusive opportunity…NOT TO BE MISSED.
Day 10. Istanbul – Free Day to explore the incredible beauty of Istanbul!
After breakfast goodbyes to those not on extension tour, we will enjoy the day exploring the Grand Bazzar, Spice Market, local artisans and experience all the charm of the Old City! With optional visit to Hurrem Sultana Hammam - Ancient Turkish Spa dating back to 1500’s and Dinner Cruise on the Bosphorous to enjoy the amazing iconic views of Istanbul, Asia & Europe from the sea! (B)
Day 11. Istanbul/Izmir – Fly to Sanliurfa
Early morning flight arriving in Sanliurfa, we explore Gobeklitepe, a sanctuary of profound significance. A mysterious site of unbelievable artistry and intricate detail, Gobekli Tepe has challenged common theories on the origin, development of humans. We will be immersed in the powerful energy of this sacred site and amplify it with healing prayers and meditation on the land near the temple. Later, we explore Karahantepe, home to more than 250 Neolithic-era T-shaped obelisks similar to the ones at Gobeklitepe. Overnight in Sanliurfa. (B, D)
Day 12. Sanliurfa – Ancient Harran, Sumurtar, and Fly to Istanbul!
Todays included excursions are archaeological remains of ancient Harran, a major commercial, cultural, and religious center first inhabited in the Early Bronze Age III (3rd millennium BCE) period and Sumurtar, another large mound that covers the Moon God, Sin, Temple. Sumurtar has writing on its walls and reliefs of human figures representing the planets. Similar writing and reliefs representing the gods can be seen on the rocks. In the afternoon explore Sanliurfa Archaeology Museum, home of the findings from the surrounding area, Gobekli Tepe, Harran etc. Then transfer to airport to have an evening flight (20:00 – 22:00) to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)
Day 13. Istanbul Departure
After breakfast transfer to Istanbul Airport for flight home. (B)
Tour Cost: $1469 USD per person / double occupancy
(Single Room Supplement: $350 USD)
What’s Not Included
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