Mountains: In the Marmara region the most important peak is the Uludağ (2543 m) at the same time it is a major winter sports and tourist centre. In the Aegean region, the mountains fall perpendicularly to the sea. In the Mediterranean region, located in the south of Turkey, the western and central Taurus Mountains suddenly rise up behind the coastline. The Central Anatolia Region is exactly in the middle of Turkey and gives the appearance of being less mountainous compared with other regions. The main peaks of the region are Karadağ, Karacadağ, Hasandağ, and Erciyes (3917 m). The Eastern Anatolia region is Turkey's largest and highest region. About three-fourths is at an altitude of 1500 - 2000 metres. There are numerous inactive volcanoes in the region, including Nemrut, Suphan, Tendurek and Turkey's highest peak where Noah's Ark was landed, Mount Ağrı (Ararat) is 5165 metres high
St Paul Tour-Journey in Greece (8 Days - 7 Nights)
Tour Route: Athens Mars Hill - Corinth Meteora - Berea - Thessalonica Kavala (Neapolis)
DAY1: Upon arrival at Athens Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" meet the local guide who will assist with your transfer to hotel. During transfer will be offered a Orientation panoramic tour of the city of Athens before check-in at the hotel. ON in Athens.
DAY 2 Athens City Tour Mars Hill: Follows breakfast, we climb up to the marble capped Acropolis Hill and visit the famous Parthenon and Erechtheion Temples. We then walk to nearby Mars' Hill (Areopagus) (Acts 17:22) where Paul delivered his soul-stirring sermon to the giants of philosophy, logic and learning and spoke about the inscription: to an unknown god. We continue our tour with a panoramic sightseeing to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Parliament House, Panathenian Stadium, Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Academy, the University and the National Library. Afternoon at leisure in Plaka. ON in Athens. (B)
DAY 3 Ancient Corinth Tour: We have breakfast at our hotel then,todays tour continue to out of Athens to ancient Corinth. On the way stop at Corinthian Canal. It was Corinth (Acts 18:1-18) where Paul lived and worked, established a thriving church, subsequently sending two of his epistles now part of the New Testament. Here, we see all of the sites associated with his ministry: the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, the Roman Odeon, the Bema and Gallios Seat. The small local archaeological museum here is an absolute must! In Romans 16:23 Paul mentions his friend Erastus and we will see an inscription to him at the site. After the tour return to Athens. Afternoon at leisure. ON in Athens. (B)
DAY 4 Athens - Delphi - Kalambaka: Follows breakfast we C/out from hotel and depart from Athens towards the Northern Greece. Arrive in Delphi considered to be the center of the ancient world, whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic world. We visit the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and the archaeological museum containing such masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. Continue our journey to Kalambaka for ON at our booked hotel. (B)
DAY 5 - Meteora - Berea - Thessalonica: Breakfast and continue to our visit to the spectacular Meteora Monasteries built on the top of huge gray boulders. They are veritable Byzantine museums exhibiting superb icons and manuscripts from the 14ths century. After the visit continue on to Thessalonica. On our way we stop at Berea, where Paul arrived and according to his custom went to the synagogue where, to his pleasant surprise, he discovered that these Jews were more noble than those he had encountered in Thessalonica. We see the Byzantine mosaic in the monument commemorating his preaching (Acts 17:10-11). We arrive in Thessalonica in late afternoon. Free time and ON. (B)
DAY 6 Philippi Kavala Thessealonica: After our breakfasta t our hotel, On our way to Philippi, we drive by the Lion statute of Amphipolis (Photobreak point). Then visit Philippi, the site where Paul establishied a strong church. To this congregation, later he sent his Philippian letter (Acts 16:9-33). We see the river where Lydia is has been baptized, the ruins of a prison where Paul and Sylas had been kept, the Agora, 5th and 6th century Basilica and the Theatre. After the visit, we continue to Kavala, the ancient port of Neapolis (Acts 16:11) where we enjoy a panoramic tour before returning back to Thessalonica for ON. (B)
DAY 7 Thessalonica - Athens: Before departure we enjoy the city tour of Thessalonica (Acts 17:1) where Paul went immediately to the synagogue and for three Saturdays he explained the prophecies of the Old Testament to Jews and Greeks. According to the Book of the Acts many Greeks believed and even many «Greek chief women» (Acts 17:1-4). We go to the upper Old City Walls then drive along the Egnatian Way to see the Triumphal Arch of Galerius and the Rotunda. After the visit journey back to Athens where we arrive in the evening for ON at hotel. (B)
DAY 8 Athens & Departure: After final breakfast at our hotel,C/ out and transfer from hotel to Athens International Airport for departure flight back home . End ou our tour and services (B)
Guided tours - Minibus or Coaches with climate - Entrance Fees - Transfers from airport and to the Hotels.
Self Expences - Tips to Guide or driver - Meal plan - Drinks on meals
Herewith I would like to emphasize again the excellent experience we had last week with our guide Yildirim on the climbing of the Ararat. He was taking care of us with a lot of attention and we could really trust on him. Also after the climbing he was escorting us very kindly and all appointments were taken accurately. It was really a great pleasure for us.
We should also congratulate Celam who prepared nice meals, always with enthousiasm, and we will remind him as our good cook forever.
As soon as we have the opportunity, we will send you some pictures about this expedition.
Be assured we are happy about the way it was organised.
Pierre Kockerols / Brussel