Tour Type : Religious Tours
Istanbul – Iznik – Bursa – Canakkale/Assos – Bergama – Thyatira – Izmir - Sardes – Philadelphia – Laodicea –Colossia - Pamukkale - Ephesus – Kusadasi - ferry to Patmos - Piraeus – Athens - Meteora – Kalambaka - Bema – Thessaloniki
Assemble JFK International Airport @ 400 PM. Turkish Airlines 2 departs JFK @ 705PM
Arrive at Ataturk Airport @ 1155AM
Meet local guide and transfer to the hotel and check in. Hotel Check-in only begins after 200 PM
Dinner at an Indian restaurant
Breakfast at the hotel.
City tour at Istanbul, visit Hagia Sophia Church (entry) Depart for Iznik (Nicaea). Lunch at Iznik.
Intercontinental Bosphorus suspension bridge crossing to the Asian side of Istanbul.
During the 3 hour journey we will ride a ferry across the Sea of Marmara.
On arrival visit the St Sophia Church site of the 1st Ecumenical Council in AD 325.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
Depart for Bursa.
Continue to Canakkale or Assos.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure for Bergama.
On the way up to the Acropolis of Pergamon we first visit the Red Courtyard, ancient temple of Serapis and eventually the Church of St John. At the Acropolis which is reached with a cable-car ride, the breathtaking amphitheater, the temples of Trajan and Athena, the foundations of the Altar of Zeus (Satan's seat?) are visited.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Continue to Akhisar where we visit the ruins of Thyatira.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Izmir.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Visit Izmir (Smyrna) Start with a visit to the St Polycarp Church in central Izmir and have a panoramic city tour including the Kordon promenade
Continue to Salihli. Visit the ruins of Sardes founded by the Lydian King Croesus and where the first coins were minted.
The ancient synagogue, the Gymnasium, the temple of Artemis and the remains of the St John church will be visited.
Lunch at a local restaurant. Visit Colossia.
After a short drive we reach Alasehir where the ruins of Philadelphia will be visited.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Pamukkale.
Breakfast at the hotel.
After checking out from the hotel in Pamukkale we visit the natural miracle of the Pamukkale and the ruins of the Hierapolis with its Roman baths converted to early Christian churches, the amphitheater, the Martyrium of St Philip and the extensive necropolis featuring the various architectural styles of ancient Asia Minor.
Continue to Kusadasi.
Before arrival at Ephesus, visit the remains of the Artemision, one of the ancient world’s Seven Wonders.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Visit the ancient city of Ephesus. Highlights will be the Odeon, Celsus Library, Hadrian’s Temple, Trajan’s Fountain, the Agora, the Scholasticia Baths, the Marble Street, the Amphitheater with its 25.000 seating capacity and the Arcadian Way leading down to the port which is now silted up.
On Mount Nightingale, the House of Mary (Meryemana), a pilgrimage site where Mary is believed to have spent her last days, will be visited.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Kusadasi.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Arrive on Patmos by charter ferry from Kusadasi around noon. Tour of Patmos with the Grotto and Monastery of St John with official English speaking guide. Around midnight, embark to the boat and sail to Piraeus & Athens. Lunch during tour and dinner before embarkation included.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Early morning, disembarkation and traditional Greek breakfast will be arranged for the group with traditional bougatsa, spinash & cheese pie etc. After breakfast proceed with the Athens city tour. Panoramic tour through Athens, and then proceed to Acropolis & the new Acropolis museum. After tour lunch to Plaka. Free time to wander around. Transfer to the hotel, dinner at the hotel overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out from Athens hotel and head to Kalampaka & Meteora. En route short stop for lunch. Arrive to Meteora & Kalambaka, guided tour to 2of the monasteries hanging off the cliffs. Short stop for fotos and then proceed to the hotel. Dinner at the hotel, overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Head to Veroia and the Vema of St Paul located to the central square of the town. After tour head to Kavala. Upon arrival mass at the St Paul Catholic church in Kavala (optional) and then lunch. Guided tour to Philippi & the Vema of Lydia and head to Thessaloniki. Upon arrival check in to the hotel, dinner & overnight.
Breakfast will be arranged (subject to restaurant being open at checkout time). Checkout of Hotel @ 530AM.
Check-in for your International flight begins @ 630AM. Turkish flight departs Thessaloniki airport @ 935AM with a connection in Istanbul arrives New York JFK @ 525PM
Arrive back home with wonderful memories!!! Looking forward to seeing you in our other World Class Tours!!!
12 Sept - 22 Sept 2019
$ 3,199 (per person based on double occupancy)
A non-refundable deposit of $750.00 per person has to be paid in 2 weeks. Balance amount should be paid 60 days prior to departure. The passengers are fully responsible for any illness and injuries occurred during the travel. Taking a travel insurance policy before the tour is highly recommended. Photographs used are for illustration only.
Please read the Terms and conditions of travel and agree in the Booking form before submission, as your booking is subject to the terms listed below. A contract is entered into once your travel agent or Faith Holidays receives your signed booking form and deposit, and we accept and confirm the booking. Please note that travel arrangements are not confirmed until stated so in writing by Faith Holidays
A deposit of $750 per person is required to secure reservations, which will be applied to the price of the tour. Additional deposits may be required. The balance of the cost must be paid 90 days before you travel. Payments must be paid to the order of ‘Faith Holidays Inc.” If the final balance is not received on time Faith Holidays reserves the right to treat the booking as cancelled by you and cancellation charges may be applied. If you book your travel within 90 days of departure, the full amount must be paid at booking.
All prices quoted include a 4 % discount for payment by cash, check and Money order.
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Our tours are planned in advance and changes may be unavoidable due to circumstances amounting to “Force Majeure” or similar reasons beyond our control, such as delays in departures on travel booking or closure of a hotel, strikes, riots, natural occurrences, decisions by State Government or Tourist Organizations altering the itinerary, the duration of time spend in a city or even omitting a city or part of the itinerary due to a local situation. In such cases we will offer comparable alternative arrangements. If any of the circumstances listed above occur during the course of the tour, we reserve the right to alter the schedule itinerary accordingly and no compensation will be paid.
We will make every reasonable effort to provide you with the booked tour arrangements but minor changes may occur. If they are significant we shall, if possible inform you or your travel agent before departure. In the event of such amendment being made, you will be liable for any cancellation/retention charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred by Faith Holidays and their agents in attempting to secure any revised arrangements. Please note that Faith Holidays will not be liable to reimburse additional expenses undertaken by the client in preparation for the tour. These include and are not limited to international tickets, used mileage awards and fees, cost of visas, immunization etc.
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If you wish to cancel your travel arrangements, you must notify Faith Holidays in writing by letter, fax or email to Faith Holidays. Please note deposits are non-refundable. Please state the reason for cancellation as your reason for cancellation may be covered by insurance policy under their covered reasons. If notification of cancellation is received more than 90 days before departure you will only lose your deposit. For notification received within 90 days of departure, cancellation charges are as follows:
|Cancellation charges per person.|
|No of days of departure||Charges|
|91+ days before departure||Deposit Non- refundable|
|90-31 days before departure||Penalty 50 %|
|30- Day of Departure||Penalty 100%|
(Airline and Cruise Penalties not part of the above percentages. There is no exception to cancellation fees)
Cancellations received Fridays for tour departures that Weekend (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) will be treated as day of departure cancellation. We cannot give any allowance for meals, rooms, excursions, etc. not taken, when these are included in the price of the program.