|Day 1||DEPARTURE MANILA|
Depart Manila; enjoy the meals and entertainment on board. Arrive Istanbul, meet and transfer to hotel for overnight.
|Day 2||FULL DAY ISTANBUL: (BL/D)|
Breaksfast at the hotel and proceed to “Old City” for full day tour including the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles and unique with its six minarets built in the name of Sultan Ahmet I. Next we will have a look at the Hippodrome of Constantinople where horse and chariot races used to take place. Then visit the Haghia Sophia museum which is one of the greatest religious and architectural marvels of all times. Finally the famous Topkapi Palace museum will be visited which was built as the home of the Ottoman sultans. The world famous Treasury will be visited. Last stop will be Grand Bazaar. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
ISTANBUL, CANAKKALE: (B/L/D)
Visit Topkapi Palace, the home of the Sultans for many years, where you will find the biggest diamond in the world! Enjoy some shopping opportunities at Grand Bazaar. Cross the Dardanelles by ferry. Dinner and overnight in Canakkale.
CANAKKALE, KUSADASI: (B/L/D)
Depart for Troya in the morning. Visit the ancient site and continue for Pergamon. Visit the Acropol and the ancient hospital Asclepieon. Lunch in Bergama. Drive to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.
KUSADASI, MERYEM ANA, EPHESUS, SIRINCE, KUSADASI: (B/L/D)
KUSADASI, PAMUKKALE, ISPARTA: (B/L/D)
ISPARTA, KONYA, CAPPADOCIA: (B/L/D)
Leave for Psidian Antioch where St. Paul addressed the congregation in the synagogue on the Sabbath with his first recorded sermon. Drive to Konya (ancient Iconium), capital of the Selcuk Empire. Visit the Museum of Mevlana, founder of the sect of Whirling Dervishes and Karatay. Leave for Cappadocia. Enroute pass by Seljuk Caravansarai Sultanhani. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
CAPPADOCIA, ISTANBUL, ROME: (B/D)
After breakfast, take the domestic flight from Kayseri to Istanbul then connecting flight to Rome, Italy. Arrival Rome, transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Attend the Papal Audience. Enjoy a half-day guided tour to the major basilicas: St. John in the Lateran, Scala Santa, Saint Mary Majors, St Paul Outside the Walls, St. Peter Basilica in the Vatican (Pray for
miracles before the tomb of our beloved Blessed Pope John Paul II). Don’t forget to throw three coins in the Trevi Fountain so that you can come back to the Eternal City of Rome! Dinner at local restaurant and stay at hotel in Rome.
ROME, LANCIANO, SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO: (B/D)
En-route to San Giovanni Rotondo. Visit Lanciano, site of the first Eucharistic Miracle. Pass by Mont Sant Angelo where you find the grotto which houses the Sanctuary of Saint Michael the Archangel where he appeared in the 5th century. Dinner and overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo.
SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO, ROME: (B/D)
Visit the Shrine of St. Padre Pio at the Convent of Santa Maria della Grazie in San Giovanni Rotondo. See his cell, museum and former tomb in the original church, and his new crypt in the underground church. Return to Rome for dinner and stay at hotel.
ROME, ASSISI, ROME: (B/D)
Enjoy a half-day guided tour to mystical Assisi: St. Mary of the Angels with its Porciuncula and Rose Garden, Basilica of St. Francis and Basilica of St. Claire. Dinner and stay at hotel in Rome.
DEPARTURE ROME: (B)
After breakfast, spend time at St. Peter’s Square on your own before departure transfer to airport for flight back to Manila.
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