Malta and Turkey - Following St. Paul & St. John

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Malta and Turkey - Following St. Paul & St. John



Early Booking Discount:
$100 discount with deposit 9 months prior to departure date
OR $50 discount with deposit 6 months prior to departure date.
 
  • Tour Valletta; Malta's 16th Century capital city
  • The Malta Experience
  • The magnificent baroque St. John´s Cathedral
  • Stroll the narrow streets of historic Vittoriosa
  • Tour the famous harbor via a fregatina, a typical small Maltese boat (weather permitting)
  • Sightseeing of Rabat and the silent city of Mdina
  • Visit Marsaxlokk, a typical fishing village
  • See the Neolithic temples of Hagar Qim and Mnjadra, UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Sightseeing tour of Istanbul including the Church of St. Saviour, St. Sophia Church and the Grand Bazaar
  • Tour Izmir including the Ancient Greco-Roman city of Miletus
  • Visit Ephesus and the Basilica of St. John, the last House of the Virgin Mary and much more

     

Day 1 - NYC/Malta

Today we depart NYC area international airport for overnight flight to Malta. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.

Day 2 - Malta

We will be met at the Malta International Airport by our guide. If time permits, we will have a panoramic tour on the way to the hotel. Time to check in and rest before dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 3 - Valletta & the three Cities

After breakfast, we depart for a tour of Valletta, Malta's Sixteenth Century capital city. Visit to The Malta Experience provides a multi-vision presentation depicting 7,000 years of Maltese history. We continue to the Barraca Gardens, with their panoramic views of the Grand Harbor and the Three Cities. A highlight is our visit to the magnificent baroque St. John´s Cathedral whose precious works of art include Caravaggio's Beheading of Saint John the Baptist. We continue to Grand Masters Palace, today the residence of the President of Malta and the seat of Parliament. (Note: The state rooms can be visited if Parliament is not in session). After lunch on our own, we will drive to the Three Cities: Vittoriosa, Cospicua & Senglea. A walk through the narrow streets of Vittoriosa with its many historic buildings and churches, leads us to the church of St Lawrence. Next, we tour the famous harbor (weather permitting) in a typical small Maltese boat called fregatina. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 4 - Mdina/Rabat

After breakfast, we depart for Rabat, home for centuries of religious orders including Franciscans, Dominicans and Augustinians. We will attend Mass at the Church of St. Paul (1572) and visit St. Paul's Grotto beneath the church. According to tradition, St. Paul lived here during his stay in Malta, following his shipwreck in 60 AD (Acts 28). Rich in ancient and modern history, the nearby St. Paul's Catacombs will also be visited. Our next stop is the silent city of Mdina, whose quiet, narrow cobblestone streets are mostly free from vehicular traffic. After Rosary prayers at the Cathedral of Mdina, we will have free time for lunch and individual sightseeing. On our way back to the hotel, we admire the impressive views from the Dingli Cliffs. (B,D)

Day 5 - Marsaxlokk and Prehistoric Temples

After breakfast, we visit the typical fishing village of Marsaxlokk, and continue on to the Neolithic temples of Hagar Qim and Mnjadra, UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After lunch on our own, we will drive to the Shrine of the Redeemer in Senglea for Mass. We continue with a guided tour through the cave of Ghar Dalam before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 6 - Villages and Shrines/Istanbul

After breakfast, we will visit the Sanctuary of the Nativity of Our Lady of Mellieha for Mass. According to tradition, St Paul blessed this highly venerated sanctuary. The icon of our Lady, painted on the rock face, is said to be the work of St Luke the Evangelist. We drive around the coast of Mellieha and admire the sandy beaches and typical Maltese scenery, stopping at the beautiful Mosta Dome, the third largest church dome in Europe. We continue to the airport for our flight to Istanbul. We arrive in Istanbul and are transferred to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 7 - Istanbul/Izmir

Istanbul is the former capital of the Byzantine Empire, the stronghold of Early Christianity. After breakfast, we spend an unforgettable day of sightseeing, featuring the Church of St. Saviour, one of the earliest and most important Christian churches, famous for its mosaics; St. Sophia Church, Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman Sultans for 400 years, and the Grand Bazaar. In the early afternoon we transfer to the airport for our fight to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir and transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 8 - Izmir/Ephesus/Izmir

In the morning after breakfast, we visit Hierapolis, Christian center for the Eastern Roman Empire, with its well preserved marvels such as the Martyrium dedicated to the martyrdom of St. Philip, Necropolis, and Baths. We next drive to Ephesus. In Ephesus (Acts 19 and Rev. 2:1) visit the Basilica of St. John, the last House of the Virgin Mary, and the site of the Temple of Diana, along with other famous remains. We continue to Miletus, where St. Paul said farewell to the Ephesian elders on his Third Missionary Journey (Acts 20:16-38). Return to Izmir for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 9 - Izmir/Istanbul/NYC

After breakfast, we drive to airport for our flight to Istanbul and connecting flight to NYC area international airport. Arrive the same day.

* (B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Inclusions

Included in package:
• Round-trip Airfare from NYC area gateway (includes fuel surcharges and taxes)
• 7 nights in superior tourist class hotels
• 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners
• Sightseeing as per itinerary
• Airport-hotel transfers
• Hotel taxes & baggage handling
• Touring by Private Air Conditioned Motorcoach
• Services of a Professional Tour Escort
• Daily Mass

Not included:
• Optional Insurance (recommended)
• Single Supplement
• Tips
• Meals not mentioned

 


Hotels


9 Day Malta and Turkey - Following St. Paul & St. John
Istanbul Superior Tourist Class Hotel
Izmir Superior Tourist Class Hotel

2019 Dates & Prices

Dates Land Only Air & Land
$2798 $3798*
$2598 $3598*

2020 Dates & Prices

Dates Land Only Air & Land
$2598 $3598*
$2798 $3798*
$2798 $3798*
$2698 $3698*

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