This tour package will give you opportunity to explore the locations of the Seven churches of Revelation. The modern country of Turkey is home to all seven of the churches mentioned in the opening chapters of Revelation. The Book of Revelation is the last book in the New Testament. While the rest of the New Testament is made of narratives and instructional letters, Revelation is an apocalyptic work. It consists of visions, predicts future dramatic events, and uses a great deal of symbolic language. Interpretation of the Book of Revelation is a task that has kept biblical scholars busy for centuries.
Day 1 Istanbul : Arrival in Istanbul, the city that bridges two continents, "Europe" and "Asia". You will be met at the airport, assistance and transfer to the hotel. There you will have a briefing and welcome cocktail. Overnight in Istanbul.
(B, L, D)
Day 2 Istanbul : Morning visit to the Museum of St. Sophia (the Church of Divine Wisdom, built by Justinian) a fantastic church. In the words of the historians of 6th century "Had not been since Adam and never would be again". Then visit to the Hippodrome, where chariot races and athletic events took place during the Roman period. Continue to the Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent. Lunch at Daruzziyafe, a formal medieval Islamic college or medrese. Then an afternoon visit to the Kariye Museum, the old church of St. Savior in Chora treasuring the marvelous mosaics and frescoes that represent scenes drawn from, the cycle of the life of the Virgin and of Christ that have been restored under the guidance of the Byzantine Institute of Boston. Grand Covered Bazaar Overnigh Stay in Istanbul (B, L, D)
Day 3 Pergamon - Thyatira : Early in the morning, take flight to Izmir than proceed to Pergamon. Pergamon (Bergama), the place where, wrote St. John to the church of Pergamon, "Satans throne is sited. Visit the Church of Pergamon, the red-court, Acropolis, after lunch; we drive to, visit Thyatira, and were the fourth of the seven Churches of Asia Minor to receive an epistle from the Apostle John (Rev. 2:18-29). Overnight stay in Izmir Kusadasi. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Smyrna Sardis - Philadelphia - Laodicea - Pamukkale (Hierapolis) : Departure to Sardis, to see the beautifully restored Synagogue/Church, which is one of unique of its kind. Next, continue to Philadelphia. Another of the Christian congregations, and a city built in 2 BC by King Eumenos. Continue to PAMUKKALE (Hierapolis). Visit Laodicea en-route. Watch the sunset over the petrified waterfalls. Overnight in Pamukkale. (B, D)
Day 5 Pamukkale Ephesus : After visiting Pamukkale, drive to Ephesus, home of St. Paul between 53 AD - 57 AD to visit the most impressive archaeological site of today. Before reaching Ephesus comes the most holy visit of the tour. Stop at the last home of the Virgin Mary that is visited by over a hundred thousand pilgrims each year. In 1967 Pope Paul VI and in 1979 Pope Paul II both celebrated mass here and also prayed in the double church in Ephesus. St. John brought the Virgin Mary to live here in peace in her final years. Continue to St. Johns basilica and his tomb. In the afternoon visit Ephesus, the city dedicated to Artemis, the best-preserved archaeological site in Asia Minor. Visit the Odeon, the marble street, where St. Paul walked and held daily discussions (act. 19:9), the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian and the theater Where St. Paul preached. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Priene Miletos Didyma : Overnight Stay in Kusadasi.departs for PRIENE, the first grid-system planned city of the Ancient World, built on a hillside. Visit the Theater, the Temple of Athena, the Bouleterium, the Agora, and the Altar of Zeus and Cybele. Proceed to MILETUS, the home of Thales and a principle Ionian city that was twice visited by St Paul. Visit the Delphinium, the Nymphanion, the Theater, and the Faustina Baths. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to DIDYMA to visit the Temple of Apollo, with its gigantic columns, and then return to your hotel in Kusadasi.
Day 7 Kusadasi Istanbul : Flight to Istanbul on arrival transfer to hotel and leisure
Day 8 Istanbul : Free Day in Istanbul And ready to take off
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
Arrival, departure airport transfers ground transportation,*One domestic flight from Istanbul to Adana
Accommodation in 4 and 5 star hotels in double per person Single supplement is surcharge
Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Entrance fee to the various sites. *
Transportation in non-smoking mini/midi bus.
Professional English speaking guide and experienced driver.
TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDES :
Drinks and Beverages ,
Tips to guide & driver; P
Personal expenses and optional tours.
PS. For group requirements other languages are available
The cost of the tour is 990 USD per person
We offer a 5% discount for cash payments.