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Journey to Seven Churches of Revelation including Istanbul

 

Tour Category

RELIGIOUS & PILMGRIMAGES TOURS FOR FIT&GROUPS

Tour Name

JOURNEY TO SEVEN CHURCHES OF REVELATION with ISTANBUL

Duration

8 Days / 7 Nights (Private Guided)

Tour Highlights

Istanbul,
Izmir (Smyrna) – Pergamon,
Pamukkale & Hierapolis – Laodicea,
Philadelphia – Sardis – Thyatira,
Ephesus & House Of Virgin Mary

Description

Jesus sent a message to the angel of each of the seven churches. In Rev. 8:6 we are told: “and the seven angels had the seven trumpets, when he received his message from Jesus Christ, the duty of the angel of each church, was to deliver his message by blowing a trumpet. Each message was given to prepare the faithful of each period to endure the trials and circumstances that would be peculiar to their time and place. Spend 8 Days following the route walked by St Paul on his first missionary journey in Asia Minor. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOUR PROGRAM & MAP DIRECTION:

 

Day 1: ISTANBUL ARRIVAL

Arrive in Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Meet and greet at the Airport and transfer to your Hotel in Istanbul. A Welcome briefing will be given by our Tour Guide on the first day of the program giving an overview of the tour. Overnight in Istanbul (-)

Day 2: ISTANBUL OLD CITY TOUR

After breakfast meet your guide at the lobby for a full day tour of visiting St Sophia Museum, the pride of the Byzantine architecture. Continue to the Byzantine Hippodrome, where once chariot races were held; The Blue Mosque, famous for its blue Iznik tiles; and enjoy shopping in Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest covered bazaar with 4000 shops. Lunch will be served at Traditional Turkish Restaurant. After lunch visit Topkapi Palace, the famous residence of the Sultans (The Harem section is not included in the tour) and see the Treasury, royal gardens, Sultan’s kitchen and Sacred Relics. Overnight in Istanbul (B&L)

Day 3: ISTANBUL BOSPHORUS CRUISE TOUR
After breakfast, you will explore the wonderful religious sites of Istanbul the Kariye (Chora) Museum, which houses the most famous collection of Byzantine mosaics and frescoes in the world. After visit, stroll through the Spice Market also called Egyptian Bazaar, be filled with the atmosphere of the exotic East. Then we embark to a traditional boat for an unforgettable Bosphorus Cruise on the Bosphorus. Enjoy the magnificent shores of the Bosphorus, a narrow strait which separates Europe from Asia. Cruise along the Bosphorus by seeing Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Ottoman Summer palaces, Rumeli & Anadolu fortresses, forested hills, Bridges and shore villages with Ottoman architecture.Overnight at Hotel in Istanbul. (B&L)

Day 4: ISTANBUL – IZMIR (SMYRNA) BY FLIGHT
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your early flight from Istanbul to Izmir. Arrive and visit the site of ancient Symrna(1) (th second of the Seven Churches Revelation 2:8-11). and the St. Policarp Church, which symbolized the community of the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse. Drive to Pergamum(2) (the third of the Seven Churches Revelation 2:12-17).  and tour the Acropolis, Asclepion and the Red Basilica. Continue toward Akhisar to visit the remains of the Church of Thyatira(3) (the fourth of the Seven Churches Revelation 2:18-29). Return to Izmir. Dinner and Overnight at Hotel in Izmir. (B+L+D)

Day 5: IZMIR – PAMUKKALE (HIERAPOLIS)
After breakfast, we will drive to ancient Sardis(4) (the fifth of the Seven Churches - Revelation 3:1-6), King Croesus’ city, and tour the Temple of Cybele and Diana, which later became a church, as well as the 'golden'  River Pactalos, the synagogue and the Royal Road. Continue to Philadelphia(5) (the sixth of the Seven Churches - Revelation 3:7-13), which was referred to as the ‘New Jerusalem’ in the Book of the Revelation, to visit the remains of the Cathedral there. Then, drive to the combination of history and nature, Pamukkale. You will visit Hierapolis with the Apollo Temple. Overnight and Dinner at a Thermal Hotel in Pamukkale. (B+L+D)

Day 6: PAMUKKALE – KUSADASI 
After breakfast, drive to Laodicea(6) ( the seventh of the Seven Churches - Revelation 3:14-20), to visit the existing remains of the Cathedral. Then, continue to Aphrodisias, one of the largest archaeological sites in Turkey, to see the Temple of Aphrodite, the Odeon, the Theatre, Agora and Hadrian Bath. Drive to Kuşadası. Overnight and Dinner at Hotel in Kusadasi. (B+L+D)

Day 7: KUSADASI – EPHESUS
After breakfast we will be driven to the Ancient City of Ephesus (7) (the first of the Seven Churches - Revelation 2:1-7), the best preserved Greco-Roman City in the world and the cradle of early Christianity and one of the most important cities in the ancient world. Then visit the Basilica of St.John; it is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill. The Basilica was built by the Emperor Justinian over the tomb of St.John the Apostle (527 -565 AD). After lunch, visit the House of Virgin Mary, a pilgrimage site for many people of all denominations. The belief that the Virgin Mary had spent her last days in the vicinity of Ephesus and that  where she had lived to the end of her life.  At the end of your tour you will be transferred to your Hotel in Kusadasi for Dinner and Overnight. (B+L+D)

Day 8: IZMIR – ISTANBUL DEPARTURE HOME

After breakfast check-out from your hotel and transfer to Izmir Airport arrive in Istanbul and connect to your homebound flight. End of our Services.(B)

 

Including

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

Excluding

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

 

NOTE:

* Itinerary can be customized upon request to suit your specific interest.
* Itinerary can be combined with 4 or more Days with Gulet Cabin Charter upon request.
* Itinerary can be extended with Israel Holy Land Tour upon request.