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Tour Itinerary: Days 18-21

July 11: The Way of the Cross

Today we experience that fateful day that led to the crucifixion of Jesus two thousand years ago. We begin at the Mount of Olives as we work our way to the Garden Tomb. Along the way we will visit the  Tomb of the Prophets, the House of Annas, where Jesus was first interrogated, then to the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu (the location where Jesus was tried by Caiaphas), and finally to the Ecco Homo Convent (the location where Jesus was tried by Pilate). We will then walk on the Via Dolorosa, the way of suffering as Jesus carried his cross to Golgotha, where he was crucified and then buried nearby. We will briefly stop at the The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the place were Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected, before heading to the Kidron Valley to reflect on the resurrection.

Dinner and Overnight at the Leonardo in Jerusalem.

July 12: Turkey and Cappadocia

This morning we head to  Tel Aviv to catch an early morning flight to Istanbul, Turkey. After a short layover in the Istanbul airport, we will catch a connecting flight to Cappadocia.

 Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.

July 13: Cappadocia

Located in Central Anatolia, Cappadocia was part of the "land bridge" connecting Europe and Asia--making it the place where a dozen empires have risen and fallen as they marched through this region. Today Cappadocia is most famous for some of the most amazing photogenic landscapes in the world--a wonderful reminder on Sabbath that God is our Creator.

During our visit we will explore the rock formations in the Valley of the Fairy Chimneys, the Citadel of Uchisar, and Goreme's breathtaking cave churches illuminated with resplendent Christian paintings and symbols. In addition to the 3,500 cave churches in this region, Christians also built underground cities to escape from persecution and invading armies. These underground cities, which descend ten to twenty stories into the earth, feature carved rooms for kitchens, sleeping quarters, stables, and chapels for worship. We will visit the underground city of Kaymakli.

Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.

July 14: Perge and Pamukkale

According to Acts, after leaving Cyprus Paul travelled to Perga in Pamphylia with Barnabas entered the synagogue in Pisidian Antioch on two Sabbaths and preached Christ (Acts 13:14). In response to Paul's preaching, some local Jews stirred up a riot and had Paul driven from the city. Paul went on to travel to Iconium and Lystra. Unlike the former to cities, much remains of ancient Pisidian Antioch. We will visit the ancient theater, marketplace, a temple dedicated to Augustus, the Roman bath, as well as several other remains.

After Perga, we travel to Hierapolis. According to the earliest Christian tradition, Hierapolis was the home of Philip the Evangelist. The city was well known in antiquity for its hot springs that were believed to have medicinal properties. The high mineral content of the hot springs have also resulted in spectacular white-colored calcified cliffs that have the appearance of snow from a distance.

Dinner and lodging in Pammukale. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale at the Richmond Thermal Hotel.

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