BIBLICAL ANATOLIA TOURS
Main destinations for
Cappadocia Biblical Tours are Cave churches, Cappadocia
Cave Monasteries, byzantine churches, Greek orthodox
cave churches,Goreme churches, anatolian churches, early
christian church, byzantine cave monastery.
ANATOLIA DURING THE TIME OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
Approximately 60% of the names of the places
mentioned in the Bible are in Turkey. According to the
Old Testament, Noah's children, the animals he saved in
the ark began the repopulation of the Earth from Mt.
Ararat in the east of Turkey. Abraham's call to
greatness came in Harran in southeast of Turkey. This
city was called Ur of the Chaldeans. Archaeologists have
found that the Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians, Assyrians,
Cimmerians, Lydians and other civilizations who
were important to the Old Testament once lived in Turkey.
King Tiglath - Pileser the third of Assyria conquered
both Israel and Urartu. The people of the Bible left
records of their activities in Anatolia that span the
ages from Noah to St. Paul. Here in Anatolia rise the
two rivers that bounded Eden. Lake
Hazar south of Elazig in the Taurus mountain
range is the source of the Tigris. The Euphrates fed by
the snow and rain of the mountains in eastern Turkey.
The Seven Churches of
the Revelation are in Turkey
Ephesus: Revelation 1:11, 2:1-7;
Acts 18, 19-28; 19:1-41 Ephesians
Smyrna (Izmir): Revelation 2:8-11
Pergamon: Revelation 2:12-17
Thyatira: Revelation 2:18-29; Acts16:14
Sardis: Revelation 3:1-6
Philadelphia: Revelation 3:7-13
Laodicea: Revelation 3:14-22; Colossians 2:1,4:13
ANATOLIA DURING THE TIME OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
Up until the unification of the major part of Asia Minor
under the Roman Empire, its history had been one of a
succession of small states. Roman control began in 190
B.C. When the Seleucid ruler Antiochus the Great was
defeated at Magnesia, and spread in 133 B.C when the
first Roman province of Asia was organized in the region
near Ephesus. Bithynia, Pontus and Cilicia came under
Roman rule. Shortly before the Christian era, Galata and
Cappadocia fell under Roman influence. It was in Antioch;
today's Antakya in southern Turkey that the disciples
were first called "Christians" ( Acts 11:26 ). The
destruction and plunder of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. by the
Romans under Titus was followed by a great emigrations,
conducive to the spread of Christianity in all
directions. The first Christian community came to
encompass the Mediterranean area from Syria to Spain.
Paul and his writings were very important in the spread
of Christianity and the blending of Hebrew and Near
Eastern thought. The period of the early development of
Christianity was one of peace and stability but after
the re - organization of the Roman Empire by the king
Diocletian in 297 A.D.,the area was again split into
small political units. Christianity provided a common
language and religion.
Code LRT 152/C
Cappadocial Tour ( Daily)
Visit Kaymakli underground
city, home to early Christian refugees. Drive into the
magical surreal lunarlandscape of Cappadocia. Visit
rocky hills and valleys dominated by Erciyes Mountain (Mt.
Argeus). Cappadocia was settled by neolitic people then
became the home of Hittites, Romans, Early Christians,
Byzantines and Seljuks.
Visit Devrent valley, Pasabag rock churches, Goreme
Church Valley, Zelve rock monasteries, Avanos town,
Ortahisar and Uchisar rock castle.
Code LRT 152/D
Cappadocia Tour ( Daily)
Visit Soganli village
famous with its rock churches decorated with the frescos
from 14 th.cent. Drive to visit Taskinpasa Mosque,
Keşlik Monastery and Cemil village and its town church.
Drive to Mustafapasa town, after local lunch in an old
greek house visit The church of Helena and Constantine,
St.Basil Church, Sinassos Church and the church of St.Stephanos.
Code LRT 152/I
Istanbul + Cappadocia + Seven Churches Tour
(9 Days/8 Nights)
1st. day: Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to the
Overnight in Istanbul.
2nd. day: Bosphorus Cruise, in the morning and
visit of Chora Church and the Spice Bazaar.
Overnight in Istanbul.
3rd. day: After breakfast, visit Topkapi Palace
and Hagia Sophia. After Lunch, visit the Blue Mosque,
Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern and The Grand Bazaar.
Overnight in Istanbul.
4th. day: Transfer to Istanbul airport for the
flight to Kayseri, Cappadocia Region. Visit Soganli
village and the rock churches,Taskinpasa mosque,Keslik
monastery and Cemil village . After having lunch in a
village house walk in Mustafapasa town and drive tovisit
Kaymakli underground city which is the largest of all
Overnight in Cappadocia.
5th. day: Discover the surreal landscape of
Cappadocia. Visit The Fairy Chimneys, troglodyte
Visit Dervent and Pasabag Valleys, Zelve and Goreme
Open air Museums famous with rockcut churches and
monasteries decorated with the 11th cent. frescos. Visit
Avanos town which is famous with Tile and pottery
workshops, Sarihan Caravanserai and Uchisar rock castle.
6th. day: Transfer to Kayseri Airport for a
flight to Izmir via Istanbul. Transfer to the hotel in
Izmir take a walking tour of Izmir (If time permits)
including a visit to St. Polycarp's Church, the oldest
church building in Izmir.
Overnight in Izmir.
7th. day: Visit The Agora of old Smyrna and drive
to visit Pergamum (Acropolis and the Asclepion – the
ancient medical center.) Visit Thyatira and return to
the hotel in Izmir. Overnight in Izmir.
8th. day: Drive to visit Sardis, Philadelphia,
Laodicea and Hierapolis.
Overnight in Pamukkale.
9th. day: Tour of Ephesus, the world famous great
Ionian city, The Churh of Mother Mary where she spent
her final days, St. John Basilica and Ephesus Museum.
Transfer to the airport for the return flight.