Biblical Turkey, the other Holy Land

The Devoted Turkey tours are on a private base: You determine the time, the number of participants, categories of hotels you would like to stay in as well as the number of days you would like to travel. We will customize your package. Church groups receive special prices.

Devoted has partnered with a reputable travel agency in Turkey, Global Travel Services, as well as with Turkish Airlines. This way we can ensure that you have a travel experience of a lifetime. We will visit Istanbul and we will “walk in the footsteps of apostles John and Paul”.

This is what you can expect on a typical Devoted tour for eight days (we advise that you put aside at least eight days to discover Biblical Turkey, but you can stay longer at your own costs):

  • DAY 1

Arrive in Istanbul

  • DAY 2

Istanbul Tour (including Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Saint Sophia, Hippodrome)

  • DAY 3

Bus drive to Cappadocia (10 hours, 700 km drive)

  • DAY 4

Cappadocia Kaymakli underground city, Avcilar valley and Avanos

  • DAY 5

Moring drive to Pamukkale (650 km, 9 hours bus drive)

  • DAY 6

Sardis, Philedelphia and Laodicea and Hirapolis overnight in Kusadasi 300 km

  • DAY 7

Visit Ephesus evening flight to Istanbul (750 km, flight to Istanbul)

  • DAY 8

Return transfer to Johannesburg

(Rev.1:9-11: Write in a book what you see, and send it to the Seven Churches).

Contact us for your tailor-made quote (10 people or more only):

Cell: 082 896 0955

Tunisia Christian Heritage

Christian Heritage; Roman Ruins, History, Culture, Mediterranean beaches and food

  • (Day 1) Arrival & Welcome

Welcome to Tunisia! The tiny country with more than 2500 years of history! We escort you in a luxury vehicle with A/C to your hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, we invite you for a fascinating tour through the 7th Century Tunis Medina (walled in city), a UNESCO World Heritage site. (D)

  • (Day 2) Bardo Museum/Tunis Medina/Carthage

After breakfast, you set off to Carthage, another UNESCO World Heritage site, founded by the Phoenicians 100s of years BC. Carthage was home to church fathers like Tertullian and St Cyprian and where St Augustine of Hippo had his pulpit. You explore Byrsa Hill, the Antonine Baths and the St Louis Cathedral. After lunch, you visit the world renowned Bardo Museum, the home of the most precious artefacts of Tunisia. (B,L,D)

  • (Day 3) Sousse/ El Jem/Kairouan

This morning you set off to Sousse, a charming coastal town where modern life blends easily with yesteryear. After a visit to the Sousse Catacombs and surrounds, you will go to El Jem with its imposing and very well preserved Roman coliseum. From El Jem you visit the holy city of Kairouan.. The Raiders of the Lost Ark was filmed here. It is said that 4 pilgrimages to Kairouan equals one to Mecca. Learn of Islam, its impact on North Africa and its spread. This afternoon we visit the old Medina that is at the heart of this influential city.

  • (Day 4) Kairouan/Sbeitla

After breakfast we visit North Africa’s oldest mosque with the world’s oldest minaret. After the visit to the Grand mosque we go to Sbeitla. Sufetula (in Sbeitla) was an important centre for Christianity during the 4th century. Ruins of numerous temples and churches testify of its importance during the Roman reign. There will be time to visit the very interesting museum that houses precious artefacts of Sbeitla and the surrounds. (B, L, D)

  • (Day 5) Chebika/Tamerza/Tozeur

After breakfast you turn south to the Sahara proper, through Chebika & Tamerza on your way to Tozeur. If operational, you ride the Red Lizard train through rocky Atlas Mountains, canyons and valleys not far from the border of Algeria. Coming to Tozeur, you find yourself in a lush oasis that is the home of the Tunisian Date Palm. (B, L, D)

  • (Day 6) Rest day Tozeur

Today we invite you to walk around the oasis, ride in a horse drawn carriage, ride camel or just relax beside the inviting swimming pool of your hotel. Please let your guide know if you have any special requests. (B, L, D)

  • (Day 7) Jughurta’s table/Le Kef

Today you visit Jughurta’s table at the altitude of 1271m. This was a fortress of the Numidian King Jughurta during his 7 year war against the Romans (112-105BC). This night you spend in the hills of Le Kef (500BC). The Jewish community has roots here as well as early Christianity. (B, L, D)

  • (Day 8) Dougga/Bulla Regia/Tabarka

Walking shoes are required to negotiate the Roman ruins of Dougga. The well-used theatre is on top of the hill to view several well preserved monuments and churches of the pre-Arab era. Going on to Bulla Regia, of which the Lonely Planet says, ‘the only example of classical subterranean city…’ Many extra ordinary sites to be seen including underground villas, the House of treasure and the Temple of Apollo! You spend the night in Tabarka only 22km from the border of Algeria. (B, L, D)

  • (Day 9) Tabarka/Bizerte/Tunis

This morning after breakfast, you leave for the most northern point of Africa, Bizerte, known as Cap Bizerte. This is a charming Mediterranean coastal town with lush greenery. Enjoy the view as you travel through roads well used during WWII on your way to Tunis. You might even spot carcasses of tanks and cannons used during WWII. Tonight you spend your last night in Tunis. (B, L, D)

  • (Day 10) Departure

To meet your flight, we return you safely to the airport for your departure.

Included: 3*, 4 & 5* hotel accommodation; Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner; Driver & English Speaking guide; Transport with A/C; Airport transfers & assistance; Entrance fees to sites;

Not Included: International flights; Personal spending; Drinks; Travel Insurance; Extras not included in the program; Tips and Gratuities; Camel rides; Visa fees.

Cost per person based on minimum 10 people travelling:

Email: Gerda Potgieter
Call: +27 82 896 0955