22
October
8:00 AM — 5:00 PM
Caglayan Mahallesi
2071 Sakak - No. 2 Daire 1

Antalya, 07230 Turkey
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Duration of Tour: 8 Days

Duration of trek: 5 Days

Walking Grade: A / B

Best Season: March, April, May, September, October, November

Group Size: Minimum 4, – maximum 12 Persons

Pension & Guest Houses  :  7 Nights


Paul the Apostle, also called the Apostle Paul, Paul of Tarsus, and Saint Paul, (c. 5 – c. 67) was a Jew who referred to himself as the “Apostle to the Gentiles”. According to the Acts of the Apostles, his conversion to faith in Jesus took place in a profound life-changing experience on the road to Damascus. Together with Simon Peter and James the Just, he is considered among the most notable of early Christian leaders. He was also a Roman citizen—a fact that afforded him a privileged legal status with respect to laws, property, and governance.

Thirteen epistles, or letters, in the New Testament are attributed to Paul. Within these epistles other letters are referenced that do not appear in the Bible, such as a Laodicean epistle. His authorship of six of the thirteen is questioned by some scholars, three of which are widely thought not to be his work. Paul’s influence on Christian thinking arguably has been more significant than any other New Testament author. Augustine of Hippo developed Paul’s idea that salvation is based on faith and not works. Martin Luther’s interpretation of Paul’s writings heavily influenced Luther’s doctrine of sola fide.

Paul’s conversion dramatically changed the course of his life. Through his activity and writings, his beliefs eventually changed religious belief and philosophy throughout the Mediterranean basin. His leadership, influence and legacy led to the formation of communities dominated by gentile groups that adhered to the Judaic “moral code” but relaxed or abandoned the “ritual” obligations of the Mosaic law on the basis of the life and works of Jesus Christ and the New Covenant. These communities eventually formed Christianity, in the split of early Christianity and Judaism.

Day Summary 

(B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)

Detail
Day 1:

Antalya 

It is uncertain when the site of the current city was first inhabited. Attalos II, king of Pergamon, was believed to have founded the city around 150 BC, naming it Attalia and selecting it as a naval base for his powerful fleet. However, excavations in 2008 in the Doğu Garajı district of Antalya have uncovered remains dating to the 3rd century BC, suggesting that the city was founded earlier than previously supposed. Antalya became part of the Roman Republic in 133 BC when King Attalos III of Pergamum willed his kingdom to Rome at his death. The city grew and prospered during the Ancient Roman period. The city includes sites with traces of Lycian, Pamphylian, and Hellenistic -but mainly Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman- architecture and cultures. Meet with our Team at the airport and drive to the Hotel in the city Centre.    (-/-/-)

1 Night in Antalya 

Transfer time: 20 min.; Transfer Distance: 13 km (airport – Hotel)
Day 2:

Antalya –

Aspendos –

Beskonak 

After breakfast we leave Antalya and drive to Aspendos, which was an ancient city in Pamphylia, Asia Minor. According to later tradition, the (originally non-Greek) city was founded around 1000 B.C. by Greeks who may have come from Argos. The wide range of its coinage throughout the ancient world indicates that, in the 5th century B.C., Aspendos had become the most important city in Pamphylia. In 333 B.C. Aspendos paid Alexander the Great a levy to avoid being garrisoned, but it ignored its agreements with him and later was occupied. In 190 B.C. the city surrendered to the Romans, who later pillaged it of its artistic treasures. Toward the end of the Roman period the city began a decline that continued throughout Byzantine times. Aspendos is known for having the best-preserved theatre of antiquity. With a diametre of 96 metres (315 ft), the theatre provided seating for 7,000. Nearby stand the remains of a basilica, agora, nymphaeum and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) of a Roman aqueduct. We will see all this on our extensive visit to the site, 2,5 km hike 1:30 h. After lunch we visit the Roman Eurymedon Bridge, reconstructed in the 13th century, which is also in the vicinity. Afterwards we continue to the village of Beskonak for overnight. (B/L/D)

2 Nights in Beskonak

Transfer time: 1 h; Transfer Distance: 95 km (Antalya – Aspendos)

Transfer time: 1 h; Transfer Distance: 50 km (Aspendos – Beskonak)

Day 3:

Beskonak –

Selge –

Beskonak 

We leave the Beskonak village and climb on small pathes up to the ancient City of Selge. The town was believed to be a Greek colony, for Strabo states that it was founded by Spartans, but adds the somewhat unintelligible remark that previously it had been founded by Calchas. The acropolis of Selge bore the name of Kesbedion. The district in which the town was situated was extremely fertile, producing abundance of oil and wine, but the town itself was difficult of access, being surrounded by precipices and beds of torrents flowing towards the Eurymedon and Cestrus (today Aksu), and requiring bridges to make them passable. In consequence of its excellent laws and political constitution, Selge rose to the rank of the most powerful and populous city of Pisidia, and at one time was able to send an army of 20,000 men into the field. Owing to these circumstances, and the valour of its inhabitants, for which they were regarded as worthy kinsmen of the Spartans, the Selgians were never subject to any foreign power, but remained in the enjoyment of their own freedom and independence. When Alexander the Great passed through Pisidia (333 BC), Selge sent an embassy to him and gained his favour and friendship. At that time they were at war with Termessos. The remains of the city consist mainly of parts of the encircling wall and of the acropolis. A few traces have survived of the gymnasium, the stoa, the stadium and the basilica. There are also the outlines of two temples, but the best conserved monument is the theater, restored in the 3rd century AD. Halfway on the road to Selge from the Pamphylian coastal plain, a well-preserved Roman Bridge crosses the deep Eurymedon valley. Afterwards drive back to Beskonak. (B/L/D) Transfer time: 45 min.;

Walking time: 5/6 h; Walking Distance: 10 km; Ascent: 742m; Descent: 66m

Day 4:

Beskonak –

Caltepe 

Today after breakfast we drive back up to Selge, where 5 minutes later we come to the start of today’s trek, which follow a mixture of tracks, dirt roads and old roman roads. The Area is today part of the Köprülü Nationalpark and famous for his mature forests. We pass the small villages Ören, Delisarnic and Kestanelik (Kestane means chestnuts). The last part of the Way we walk on small shepherds pathes. It is only during the Summertime possible to meet some shepherds grazing their animals. We will reach the village of Caltepe in the late afternoon and will spend the Night in a small Guest House. (B/L/D)

1 Night in Caltepe village

Transfer time: 45 min.;

Walking time: 7/8 h; Walking Distance: 13 km; Ascent: 215m; Descent: 675m

Day 5:

Caltepe –

Kesme –

Kasimlar 

Today we have a short transfer with our vehicle to our starting Point in Kesme village. We drive through the beautifull Köprülü Nationalpark with beautiful views to the Köprülü River, used for Wild Water Rafting through the Summer, and the Köprülü Canyon. The canyon stretches for 14 km along the Köprü River and is 400 metres deep in some places. After arriving in Kesme we start our walk and follow over fields and tracktor roads until we reach a small pass at Belsarnic. From the pass we walk down in zigzags down to Kasimlar village. In Kasimlar we spend the Night in a Family House.

1 Night in Kasimlar village (B/L/D)

Transfer time: 1/2  h; Transfer Distance: 27 km (Caltepe – Kesme)

Walking time: 6 h; Walking Distance: 11 km; Ascent: 253m; Descent: 582m

Day 6:

Kasimlar –

Tota Yaylasi –

Yenikoy –

Adada –

Egirdir

After a 15 min. transfer we start our walk and follow a tracktor way into the Tota Yaylasi Forrest Park. The Route continues around the end of the Sarp Dagi to a spring on a large Yayla (Plateau). From there we follow a stabilized old village Road and sheep tracks to Yenikoy. From Yenikoy we drive to the Ruins of Adada. The Local people call Adada also Baulo or Karabaolu and belief that the Name comes from St. Paul. The main attractions are the acropolis, the Hellenistic towers, the Basilica and the Theatre. We can have the picnic either just before Yenikoy or in Adada. From Adada we follow a dry riverbed and later a spectacular bit of old roman road, a great way to finish of the hiking part of the holiday. Just below the village of Sagrak we meet the road and by bus we drive to Egirdir town near the Egirdir Lake. We will spend here the Night in a small Pension. (B/L/D)

1 Night in Egirdir 

Transfer time: 30 min.; Transfer Distance: 10 km (Kasimlar – Tota Yaylasi)

Transfer time: 10 min. (Yenikoy – Adada)

Transfer time: 1 h; Transfer Distance: 45 km (Adada – Egirdir)

Walking time: 8 h; Walking Distance: 15 km; Ascent: 104m; Descent: 374m

Day 7:

Egirdir –

Sagalassos –

Antalya (late afternoon time for free enjoy)

We leave Egirdir and drive to Antalya. On the way we will visit the ancient City of Sagalssos. Sagalassos is an archaeological site in the Western Taurus mountain range, at an altitude of 1450-1700 metres. In Roman Imperial times, the town was known as the ‘first city of Pisidia’. Already during the Hellenistic period, it had been one of the major Pisidian towns. The urban site was laid out on various terraces at an altitude between 1400 and 1600 m. After having suffered from a major earthquake in the early sixth century CE, the town still managed to recover, but a cocktail of epidemics, water shortages, a general lack of security and stability, a failing economy and finally another devastating earthquake around the middle of the seventh century forced the inhabitants to abandon their town and resettle in the valley. Large-scale excavations started in 1990 under the direction of Marc Waelkens of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. A large number of buildings, monuments and other archaeological remains have been exposed, documenting the monumental aspect of the Hellenistic, Roman and early Byzantine history of this town.

After visiting Sagalassos we drive to Antalya. After check in in the Hotel you will have the late afternoon to Explore Antalya for your own. (B/L/-)

1 Night in Antalya 

Transfer time: 3/4 h; Transfer Distance: 186 km (Egiridir – Antalya via Sagalassos)
Day 8:

Antalya –

Home

Transfer to the Antalya airport and fly homewards. (B/-/-) Transfer time: 20 min.; Transfer Distance: 13 km (Hotel – airport)

Important

– In Guest & Family Houses is a Single room reservation not possible.

Accomodations are on multi share base.

– Necessary: Participants have to bring their own sleeping bags

Prices 2016
4 – 12 participants 670 € per person 
Single supplement 70 € (valid for accommodations in Antalya & Egirdir only)

Price Includes 

  • All transfers and transportations with private A/C vehicle to the places mentioned above

One (one way) arrival/departure Group Transfer Days 1 & 8

  • English speaking Guide
  • Accommodations at Hotel, Pension & Guest/Family Houses, rooms on twin share & multi share base,

Bed Breakfast (BB) & Half Board (HB) service (Important: HB Dinner Service available until 21:00h)

  • 7 x Breakfast , 6 x Lunches (Lunch Packages and Restaurants where available), 5 x Dinners

Price Excludes

  • International and Domestic Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra transfers and transports other than stated in the itinerary
  • All kind of entrance fees for historical and natural sites
  • All kind of Soft and Alcoholic drinks, Bottled Waters, Tea & Coffee
  • All kind of personal expenses
  • All kind of optional activities
  • Meals other than stated in the Itinerary
  • Extra Nights
  • Personal & necessary Equipments
  • Tips

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Start:
October 22, 2016 @ 8:00 AM
End:
October 29, 2016 @ 5:00 PM
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Organizers:
Demavend Travel
Organizer:
Demavend Travel
Phone:
(+90) 388 233 73 68
Email:
info@demavendtravel.com
Organizer Website:
www.adventuresturkey.com