Following in the footsteps of Saint Paul
and of the Tradition of the Church
The lands of the first evangelization, where Saint Paul taught the churches; the sites of the first Church Councils that define the faith of the Church. In Cappadocia we will admire the rocky panoramas and the rock-cut churches.
day by day
Departing flight from Rome to Istanbul. Arrival and check-in to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Visit Topkapi palace, the residence of the Ottoman sultans. In the late afternoon, transfer to the airport in private coach and departing flight for İzmir. Check-in to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Departure for Ephesus and guided tour of the ancient city where among other things we will see the Church of Mary where the Council of Ephesus took place in 431 A.D., in the southern stoa of the Olympieion. The Council of Ephesus defined the title of "Mary, Mother of God". Visit Meryemana where, according to an ancient tradition, the Virgin Mary lived with Saint John the Evangelist. Visit the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist where his tomb can be found. Return to İzmir. Dinner and overnight.
Departure for Pergamon, the ancient city referred to in the Apocalypse as one of the seven churches of Asia Minor: visit to the acropolis. Continue to the sites of Thyatira and Hierapolis. Arrive in Pamukkale with its famous calcium pools. Check-in to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Departure for Konya. Visit the Mevlana Museum which was the mausoleum of the Persian sufi mystic and founder of the Whirling Dervishes. Visit the church of Saint Paul. Continue to Cappadocia, a region where many christian communities flourished between the 2nd and 3rd centuries. Check-in to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Full day dedicated to visiting a number of beautiful sites: the Goreme valley which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Zelve, Kaymakli, Uçhisar, and the rock-cut churches in Aynali. Dinner and overnight.
Transfer in private coach to the airport of Kayseri and departing flight for Rome (via Istanbul).
INITIAL DEPOSIT€ 400
single room € 300
OUR TOTAL TRIP FEE FROM ITALY INCLUDES
- sign-up fee of € 30
- flight Rome/Istanbul - Istanbul/Izmir - Kayseri/Istanbul/Rome ( scheduled flight )
- fuel tax and airport taxes
- visits and entrances as per the itinerary
- local guide in Turkey
- accomodation in 4 star hotels (two-bed room with private bathroom)
- full board from the dinner of the 1st day to the breakfast of the 8th day (drinks not included)
- transportation in private coach for the entirety of the pilgrimage
- document holder
- spiritual and technical assistance throughout the pilgrimage
- airport assistance in Rome from our staff
- insurance: assistance, medical expenses, luggage
OUR FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE
- drinks at meals
- Extras in general
- City taxes (to be paid directly to the hotel where required)
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: signed and valid passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the departure date for the pilgrimage
WHO CAN SIGN UP
For non-Italian speaking pilgrims we can only take group requests, and we can organize a personalized experience with the group leader. Please contact our offices in order to receive information and pricing.
Palazzo del Vicariato Vecchio
Via della Pigna, 13/a - 00186 Rome ITALY
Monday to Friday
9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 5:30 PM (CEST)
Office at St. John Lateran Diocesan Offices
Piazza di Porta S. Giovanni, 6 - 00184 Rome ITALY
Monday to Friday
9 AM to 1 PM
Offices at St. Peter's
Piazza Pio XII, 9 (Saint Peter Square) - 00193 Rome ITALY
Monday to Saturday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM