General

Explore Turkey’s Seven Churches of asia minor, as mentioned in the New Testament Book of Revelation Journey the route around the west aegean and learn of the religious and social context of ancient biblical times.
As well as visiting all major religious sites, the tour also includes those of cultural and tourist significance.


ITINERARY

DAY-1 ISTANBUL-IZMIR
07:00 Pick up  from your hotel ,transfer to the airport.
09: 10 You will take a flight to Izmır.Transfer to your Hotel.
Overnight in Izmır (Smart Hotel Izmır )

Day 2: PERGAMON & SMYRNA
We begin our tour with a transfer northward to the mountaintop acropolis of Pergamum. Once a busy trading center and famous as a "seller of purple," the most favored of the Seven Churches, the church of Pergamum was praised for its forbearance . It was here that the first Christians were executed by Rome. We'll visit the fabled Acropolis, pass through the Royal Gates, view the foundations of the Temple of Zeus and visit the ruins of the library, which once held 200,000 volumes. We continue south to Izmir the third largest city in Turkey and a long time center for Jews and Christians. In Paul's day, Izmir was known as Smyrna and was another of the Seven Churches.Here we'll see the church of Polycarp's and the ancient agora. Our accommodation this evening will be in Izmir.
Overnight in Izmır (Smart Hotel Izmır )

Day 3: THYATIRA, SARDIS, PHILADELPHIA, PAMUKKALE
A stop will be made in Thyatira to view the ancient roadway and period columns en-route to Sardis. Sardis was berated by John for its facade of strength when in reality, it was weak. Here coins were minted and the dyeing of wool originated. We'll visit the gymnasium and synagogue. Our next stop is nearby Philadelphia from where we are challenged to “hold fast” and look forward to the coming of the "new Jerusalem" in the Book of Revelation. Not much is left of the city except for the ancient wall and the remains of a Byzantine basilica in the modern city of Alasehir. Our lodging this evening will be in a lovely spa hotel in Pamukkale.

Overnight in -Colossae Thermal Hotel

Day 4: HIERAPOLIS, LAODICEA & COLOSSAE
Hierapolis, meaning "Sacred City," was an ancient center for pagan cults until it was transformed into a Christian center in the first century. According to tradition, the Apostle Philip lived and was martyred in Hierapolis. It was likely the hot springs of Hierapolis in contrast to the cold mountain springs near Colossae that combined to bring application to the "lukewarm" Laodiceans . This connection between the cities lies behind Paul’s reference to Hierapolis and Laodicea in his epistle to the Colossians. Laodicea contains many acres of ruins to visit including a stadium and remnants of a sophisticated water system. Nearby Colossae is well-known throughout Christian circles as the receiver of Paul's letter to the Colossians. Today, the town has fallen into obscurity and nothing remains. We spend the remainder of the day traveling through the Turkish countryside arriving in the port city of Kusadasi where we spend two nights. The day will not be complete without a visit to a local Turkish Rug cooperative.

Overnight in Kusadasi (İlayda Avantarde Hotel)

Day 5: EPHESUS
We travel to the nearby town of Selcuk for a visit to the Basilica of St. John, housing an immersion baptismal and believed to be resting place of John. From here we have an excellent overview of the Ephesus harbor, the Mosque of Jesus and the Temple of Artemis, completed in its most famous phase around 550 BC and listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. We spend the remainder of our day in Ephesus, the city of the Bible and one of the largest restorations still in progress with miles of ancient treasures. Ephesus was once a thriving port town of 250,000 people. Today you can still see the spectacular excavations of the major streets in this ancient city where we view the Library, Agora, theatre, colorful mosaics in the aristocratic Terrace Houses, a panoramic view of the surrounding ancient port area including a wealth of church history and cultural insight.

Overnight in Kusadasi (İlayda Avantgarde Hotel)

Day 6: IZMIR-ISTANBUL
This morning we transfer to the Izmir airport for our flight back to the Istanbul.
Good Bye

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THE  PRICE: 1.328 1.199 USD Per Person /For children under the age of 12 500 USD

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS

  • 5 Night Accommodations

-  2 Nights in Izmır
-1 Night Pamukkale  Colossae Thermal Hotel
-2 Nights Kusadasi Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel

  • Round-trip Tickets (Istanbul-Izmır / Izmır-Istanbul Flight  )
  • All Tour and Transfers (Pergamon -Smyrna-Thyatira-Sardıs-Philadelphia-Pamukkale-Hierapolis-Laodicea-Colossae-Ephesus)
  • Entrances Fees,Lunch,Proffesional English Speaking Guide

EXCLUSIONS

  • Dinner
  • Beverages
  • Personel Expenses

Available departures

This tour is repeated every week on a Sunday.

Tour review scores and score breakdown

10 / 10

Based on 5 reviews

Guest reviews are written by our customers after their tour of Churches of Revelation 7 Day First Class Tour.

Overall
8   
Transport
9   
Meals
9   
Guide
9   
Value for money
8   
Program accuracy
8   

Guest reviews

  • Vanessa M. Hyland
    2016-09-21

    Our trip was exactly as we had planned it. Every tour scheduled was exactly as described by our travel agent.

    Splendid

  • Marisol D. Schenk
    2016-09-21

    This travel agency planned a wonderful trip for us and set the bar high for any future adventures in Turkey.

    Great

  • Sandra L. Speicher
    2016-09-21

    Outstanding!! Outstanding!! Outstanding!!

    Fantastic

  • Al White
    2016-09-21

    I was very impressed by this travel company's personal service and follow through.

    Awesome

  • Ryan J. Glover
    2016-09-21

    In a word, both the trip and and our travel agent were superb.

    Perfect