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7 Churches of Revelation from Izmir in 3 Days & 2 Nights

Duration 3 Days / 2 Nights (Private Guided)
Tour Highlights Izmir (Smyrna), Pergamon, Thyatira
Ephesus & House Of Virgin Mary
Hierapolis, Laodicea, Philadelphia, Sardis
Description Saint Paul who brought Christianity to the western world, and introduces a selection of hymns inspired by his example and enduring words, is undoubtedly one of the most important figures in the history of the western world. Visit the 7 churches of revelation; Ephesus, Pergamon, Smyrna, Thyatira, Philadelphia, Sardis & Laodicea in just 3 Days.

Day 1: ISTANBUL to IZMIR (SMYRNA) (By Flight)

Early Morning arrival in Izmir Airport or pick up from your Hotel in Kusadasi/Izmir. Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey and a long time center for Jews and Christians. In Paul's day, Izmir was known as Smyrna, is the second church of the Seven (Smyrna, Rev. 2:8-11). Here we will see the Polycarp's Church and the ancient agora, which is the oldest church in ancient Smyrna. Then, drive to Pergamon (Rev. 2:12-17), a center of education and the arts, which possessed one of the greatest libraries of antiquity. The church of Pergamon was praised for its forbearance. It was here that the first Christians were executed by Rome. Visit, Asclepion; one of the foremost medical centers of classical times. Then continue to Thyatira (Rev. 2:18-29; Acts 16:14), a city of artisans guilds during St.Paul’s time. At the end of the day return to Izmir. Overnight in Izmir. (L&D)

Day 2: EPHESUS, ST.JOHN BASILICA, HOUSE of VIRGIN MARY & PAMUKKALE

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your Hotel and depart for the House of Virgin Mary. The belief that the Virgin Mary had spend her last days in a house in the vicinity of Ephesus and that she had died there, focused attention on a nun named Anna Catherina Emmerich who had lived in the late 18th century. The efforts to find the house were greatly influenced by her detailed description of the Mary’s coming to Ephesus, her life and her last home there. After the visit, visit St.John’s Basilica, which stands over the believed burial site of St.John, who is identified as the apostle, evangelist (author of the Fourth Gospel) and prophet (author of revelation). Then, drive to Ephesus Antique Site, one of the best-preserved cities of antiquity, where St.Paul preached. A large and impor- tant city one the west coast of Asia Minor where Apostle Paul founded a church. The history of Christianity at Ephesus began probably about AD 50, perhaps as a result of the Priscilla and Aquila. During his stay in Ephesus, Paul encountered both great opportunities and great dangers. He baptized believers who apparently came to know the gospel through disciples of John the Baptist (Acts 19:1–5) and he countered the strong influence of magic in Ephesus (Acts 19:11–20).
Besides its importance in the Christian history, Ephesus is the best preserved of the Antique cities in Asia Minor. The Grand Theater with 24,000-seat capacity, where St. Paul preached, the Trajan Fountain, the Temple of Hadrian, famous Street of Curetes and Celsus Library are among antique beauties to be seen during the visit to Ephesus Antique site. Many traditions testify that the Apostle John lived in Ephesus toward the end of the first century. In his vision from the Island of Patmos off the coast of Asia Minor, John described the church of Ephesus as flourishing, although it was troubled with false and had lost its first love (Rev 2:1–7). In the 6th century AD the Roman Emperor Justinian raised a magnificent church to John’s memory in this city. Lunch will be served at a nice local restaurant in the area. The day will not be complete without a visit to a local Turkish Rug cooperative. Drive to Pamukkale for overnight. Overnight in Pamukkale. (B,L,D)

Day 3: HIERAPOLIS, LAODICEA, PHILADELPHIA & SARDIS

After breakfast check out from your Hotel and visit the ruins of 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 the likely the hot springs of Hierapolis in contrast to the cold mountain springs near Colossae that combined to bring application to the "luke warm" Laodiceans (Rev 3:14-22) Laodicea contains many acres of ruins to visit, including a stadium and remnants of a sophisticated water system. This connection between the cities lies behind Paul’s reference to Hierapolis and Laodicea in his epistle to the Colossians (Col 4:13). 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. You will enjoy touring the beautiful snow, white ‘frozen waterfalls’ baths, theatre, main streets, gates and Necropolis. In the afternoon visit, Philadelphia, was referred to as the "New Jerusalem" (Rev. 3:7-13) in the Book of Revelation, yet today, 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. Continue to Sardis,  (Rev. 3:1-6) We'll visit its beautiful gymnasium and marble paved synagogue. Transfer to the Airport or Hotel. End of our services. (B&L)

Including

  • Flight from Istanbul to Izmir
  • 4/5 Stars Hotels Accommodation on HB basis
  • Transfers from/to Hotel/Airport/Hotel
  • English Speaking Tour Guide throughout the itinerary
  • Transportation in A/C & non-smoking vehicle
  • Entrance fees to the sites and museums
  • Lunches
  • Local Taxes and Service Charge

Excluding

  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to the Guide and Driver
  • Beverages with meals
  • Portrages at the Airport/Hotels
  • International Flight

NOTE:
* Itinerary can be customized upon request to suit your specific interest.
* 3 Days Gulet Cabin Charter Cruise or Private Gulet Cruise can be added at the end/the begining of the tour.