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 Ephesus and Laodicea : Transfer to airport to take early morning flight to ýzmir. We will meet you and visit Ephesus, one of the "Seven Churches of Revelation". Visit to St. John Basilica and the, Last abode of Virgin Mary at Mount Solmissos. Visit to the old Greco-Roman city of Ephesus, most important of the "Seven Churches of Asia Minor", where St. John brought Mary in fulfillment of his pledge to Jesus to protect her, she is believed to have taken into heaven. After lunch, continue to Laodicea a Crossroads of the ancient world .Overnight stay in Pamukkale. (L, D)
Day 4 Pamukkale, Sardis and Philadelphia and Thyatira : In the morning, we visit the ancient city of Hierapolis home of Philip the Evangelist. Have a break at the calcium terraces of Pamukkale later on proceed to Philadelphia. Philadelphia (Alasehir), the youngest of the "Seven Churches of Revelation", visiting the still standing remains of an early church and the city walls Lunch on the way. In the afternoon visit, ancient city and ruins of the famous church of Sardis the ancient Lydian capital. Later on the remains of the church of Thyatira than drive to Pergamon where we overnight stay. (B/L/D)
Day 5 Pergamon : Departure after breakfast for Pergamon (Bergama), the place where, wrote St. John to the church of Pergamon, "Satan´s throne is sited. Visit the Church of Pergamon, the red-court, Acropolis, after lunch; we drive to Smyrna (Izmir), recipient of a letter from St Paul praising the early believers for their faithfulness. Visiting to St. Polycarp Church and a short tour of the city at the end of the tour, Kusadasi overnight stay. (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. (B/L/D).
Day 7 Kusadasi Istanbul : Flight to Istanbul on arrival transfer to hotel and leisure (B)
Day 8 Istanbul : Free Day in Istanbul And ready to take off
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
Arrival, departure airport transfers ground transportation
Accommodation in 3 and 4 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.
Round Trip flight tickets
Professional English speaking guide and experienced driver.
TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDES :
Drinks and Beverages ,
Personal expenses and optional tours.