In honour of the Pauline Year, a diocesan pilgrimage to Turkey has been organised for late April 2009. Bookings still open.

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Fr Sean Maher gives details about both the pilgrimage and a talk on St Paul by Bishop NT Wright


Diocesan Pilgrimage to Turkey 28 April – 7 May 2009

The pilgrimage runs from Tuesday 28 April – Thursday 7 May 2009

The itinerary (see below) includes a visit to Pauls birthplace of Tarsus, also remembered as the place where Cleopatra met Marc Antony.

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Cost and Bookings

We are still taking bookings from all parishes, however we ask that people to act promptly to secure a place as our carrier – Map Travel – want to confirm numbers by the end of October.

The estimated cost of the trip is 1249 per person sharing. You can opt for a single room with a supplement of 160 per person.

What is included:

Return flights from Dublin to Istanbul
Internal flights from Istanbul to Adana and from Antalya to Istanbul
English-speaking guide from arrival to departure – Dr. Mebrure Uckun
Full coaching in luxury air-conditioned coach as per itinerary
9 nights dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in 4 star hotels (3 star in Antakya), based on twin rooms sharing
Lunch each day at a suitable restaurant
All entrance fees for the visits listed on the itinerary
Services of the Ground Handler in Turkey for the duration of the trip

You can contact Map Travel directly or you are welcome to contact our organiser Fr Sean Maher – 059 6481123

Map Travel
36 Upper OConnell Street, Dublin 1. (Entrance on Parnell Street)
Tel: 01-8783116 Fax: 01-8783117
E-mail: [email protected]


Earliest footsteps of St Paul
From Antioch (Antakya) to Attaleia (Antalya)
Tuesday 28 April Thursday 7 May 2009

Tuesday 28 April 2009
Depart Dublin via Istanbul to Adana to arrive at midnight. On arrival meet and greet at the airport and transfer to hotel in Adana.

Wednesday 29 April
Drive by coach to Antakya: visit to include Daphne, Seleucia, St Simeons Monastery
and Titus tunnel. Dinner and overnight in Antakya.

Thursday 30 April
Continue Antakya visit, beginning with Mass in the Cave of St Peter; Archaeological Museum.
Drive westward to Adana, noting Iskenderun (another Alexandria) and the Syrian Gates en
route. Dinner and overnight in Adana.

Friday 1 May
Visit Tarsus, birthplace of Paul (and where Cleopatra met Marc Antony). Continue the journey
toward Silifk (another Seleucia), via Mersin and St Theclas Church. Explore Olba, the ancient
Greco-Roman and Byzantine site of Diocaesarea in Cilicia. Dinner and overnight in Silifle.

Saturday 2 May
Drive to Konya, via Karaman. Possibly visit Alahan (Byzantine Monastery with a C5 Church
and a C6 Church). Visit Derbe. Dinner and overnight in Konya.

Sunday 3 May
Mass at St Pauls Church. Visit Mevlana complex. Visit Catal Huyuk, currently the oldest
Neolithic site worldwide (c. 6500 BCE), attesting to the earliest forms of civilization. Drive
onward to Antalya, visiting Lystra en route. Dinner and overnight in Manavgat (or Side).

Monday 4 May
Visit the Greco-Roman complexes of Perge, Aspendos and Side. Following in the footsteps of
St Paul in this coastal section of the Pamphylia district. Dinner and overnight in Antalya (1).

Tuesday 5 May
Tour of Antalyas old city: Hadrians Arch; Fifth-century Byzantine Church; Fluted Minaret
(Yivli Minare 1230 AD); Crusader remains; Archaeological Museum (one of the top five
museums in Turkey). Dinner and overnight in Antalya (2).

Wednesday 6 May
Visit Termessos and the wonderful Greco-Roman Mediterranean sites of Phaelis and Olympos.
Enjoy some leisure time by the Mediterranean coast. Dinner and overnight in Antalya (3)

Thursday 7 May

Depart from Antalya Airport via Istanbul to Dublin