GPS is available for all countries from Spain to Jerusalem!
For details, see the ROUTE menu
The route through TURKEY / ASIA MINOR is about 2.100 km and is the longest stretch of any country on the way to Jerusalem! At the same time, Turkey is one of the most beautiful and hospitable countries on the entire JERUSALEM WAY!
WELCOME TO TURKEY / HOSGELDINIZ
GREECE / TURKEY border crossing info (border Kipoi / Ipsala): You have to drive across the border in a vehicle. The easiest way is to order a taxi in the coffee house. The cafe is a few meters before the Greek border control point, then continue with the taxi to the Turkish border control, that's all! ;-) Several pilgrims have done it this way without any problems. See here for example
The route leads from the border crossing at Kipoi / Ipsala across Turkey to Antakya, the ancient Antioch on the Orontes! This ancient and very special city is just before Syria is the end of the JERUSALEM WAY in Turkey.
A further journey to Syria is currently not possible, the borders are closed. Unfortunately, Syria still has to be left out! We recommend flying from Antakya to Amman, Jordan, and then taking a bus north to Ar-Ramtha. This city is the starting point of the JERUSALEM WAY in Jordan. See Jordan for more information.
The people in Turkey are generally helpful, the hospitality is very high and it is a very diverse, beautiful country in terms of landscape and culture! A highlight on the entire way to Jerusalem!
Accommodations: We have a list of accommodation tips for many stages in Turkey. That is a big help! In addition, our representative, Murat Kulansi, has made a translation detailing the peaceful intent of the pilgrimage to Jerusalem. This text has already helped many pilgrims, for example when talking to people in the café / tea house / residents in the village, in the event of a police check, when looking for accommodation and so on. A pilgrim woman from Switzerland told us it had opened doors for her.
On request we will send this translation and the accommodation list to all those who have ordered GPS.
Winter in Turkey
In the months of December to February there is sometimes a lot of snow in the mountains! Hence the section of Aksehir to Karaman Not recommended in these months, the highest pass on the route is at about 2.000 meters (Taurus Mountains area). If you still want to make a pilgrimage there in winter, you have to dodge the road when it snows. See details at: Cooperation Jerusalem Way & Sufi Trail
Contact and information
Do you have specific questions about the route in Turkey or do you need help? Please contact Murat Kulansi (Representative JERUSALEM WAY Turkey). He speaks Turkish, English and German! Murat helps in the best possible way and he also has his own travel agency. His company Aura tour specializes in hiking and pilgrimage all over Turkey!
JERUSALEM WAY Team Turkey
Telephone and WhatsApp: +90 533 330 77 31
GPS app with POI and tips for accommodation Turkey is available in the web shop, there are more details about the GPS and how to use the app. Below is a sample GPS stage from TURKEY.