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7 Churches of Revelation & Istanbul

Tour Description
Itinerary
Map

Day 01 Istanbul Day 02 Istanbul Day 03 Istanbul - Troy - Alexander Troas Day 04 Pergamon - Smyrna Day 05 Sardis - Philadelphia - Pamukkale Day 06 Laodicea - Colossae - Aphrodisias - Kusadasi Day 07 Kusadası - Ephesus

Highlights

Blue Mosque Hippodrome Square Haghia Sophia Museum Topkapi Palace Troy Alexander Troas Acropolis Aesclepion Smyrna Sardis Philadelphia Laodicea Colossae Aphrodisias Ephesus

Included

  • Personalized private touring with expert guides and drivers
  • 7 nights at selected Class hotels in Turkey
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All escorted transfers
  • Daily breakfast and 7 dinners (B: breakfast, D: dinner)
  • Transportation by private A/C bus with driver throughout the tour
  • Car ferry cost, tolls, parking fees, gasoline
  • Bible Oriented English speaking professional tour guide throughout the tour
  • Entry fees to the sites & museums
  • Service charges & local taxes

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Beverages
  • Meals not listed
  • Gratuities to the guides & drivers

Please Note

Summer : Light comfortable clothing and shoes. Sunglasses, suncream, hat and camera. Winter : Warm casual, comfortables shoes, sunglasses, hat and camera.

Itinerary

Day 01 Istanbul
Our Representative will meet you at the Istanbul Atatürk Airport, after the customs and baggage claim, holding a sign reading your name, for your transfer service to your hotel. After check-in and some relaxation, you will have an afternoon Boat Tour along the Bosphorus visiting both Asian and European shores of Istanbul. At the end of the tour, you will be escorted to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)

Day 02 Istanbul
Your full-day Istanbul tour will begin with a visit to the Roman Hippodrome Square, followed by a visit to the Blue Mosque famous with its beautiful blue tiles. Next visit will be to the "Church of the Holly Wisdom" - Hagia Sophia, built by Constantine the Great and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, one of the world's greatest architectural marvels and a designated World Heritage site. You will then visit the Topkapi Palace, the Imperial Residential Palace of the Ottoman sultans between the 16th and 19th centuries and the oldest and largest of the remaining palaces in the world. Its displays include priceless world-class collections of jewelry, porcelains and costumes of the sultans. Last visit of the day wil be to the Istanbul Archaeology Museum. At the end of the tour you will be escorted back to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 03 Istanbul - Troy - Alexander Troas (Acts 16:8-11; 20:5, 6, II Tim. 4:13 II Cor. 2:12) - Assos;
Drive to Çanakkale. Cross the Dardanelles Strait by car ferry. Proceed to Troy to see the legendary city and the replica of the Wooden Horse. Then drive to Alexandria Troas founded by Alexander the Great. Paul visited here at least twice. Then drive to Assos, this Hellenistic city where Paul rejoined his companions. Dinner and overnight in Assos. (B,D)

Day 04 Pergamon (Rev. 1:11; 2:12) - Thyatira (Acts 16:14, Rev. 1:11; 2:18-24) - Smyrna(Rev. 1:11; 2:8)
Leave for Pergamon. Visit the Acropolis with the steepest theater of the ancient world and the Temple of Trajan. Then visit the Red Basilica which was an Egyptian Temple, later converted to a church in the 1st century. It is also considered as one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Continue to Izmir for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 05 Sardis (Rev. 1:11; 3:1-4) - Philadelphia(Rev. 1:11; 3:7) - Pamukkale
Drive to Sardis capital of the ancient Lydia where first coin of the world is invented. See the ruins of the 1st century. Continue to Alasehir to see the 1st century Philadelphia Church which is another one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Dinner and overnight at Colossae Hotel in Pamukkale. (B,D)

Day 06 Laodicea (Col 2:1; 4:13-16, Rev. 1:11; 3:14)-Colossae(Col. 1:2) - Aphrodisias - Kusadasi
Morning tour of Pamukkale, noted ancient spa, where pure white travertine's forms frozen waterfalls. Drive to Aphrodisias, the city of the Goddess of Love, see the well preserved stadium, the Odeon, the theater and the agora. Continue to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 07 Kusadası - EPHESUS (Acts 18:19-24; 19:1-35; 20:16-17; 21:29, 1 Cor. 15:32; 16:8, I Tim. 1:3 II Tim. 1:18; 4:12, Rev. 1:11, 2:1) - Kusadasi
Visit the famous Ancient City of Ephesus, the Ephesus Archaeological Museum and the Basilica of St. John. The visit of the House of Virgin Mary is optional. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)

Day 08 Kusadası - Izmir
Early transfer to the Izmir Airport for departure. (B)

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