DAY 01 - Arrival:
Arrival to Istanbul Airport and meet for transfer on to the hotel. Rest of the day is then at leisure (as per your flight arrival time). Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 02 - Historical Sights in Sultanahmet:
Breakfast at hotel then meet to join on regular group tour (private guided available on request) to explore some of the most important sights in the historical area. Visit the Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Hippodrome and Obelisk, the Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace (excluding optional extra entrance to Harem room). After the tour, return to hotel with evening at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul **Additional days & tours in Istanbul can be added.
DAY 03 - Izmir & Pergamum (private basis):
Breakfast at hotel, check out and transfer to Istanbul Airport for the morning flight to Izmir. On arrival meet with thetour guide to begin your 7 Churches of Revelations Tour. Drive to Izmir and visit St Polycarp Church and Kadifekale (translated meaning Velvet Castle) for panoramic views over the bay and city. Then depart to Bergama and ruins of Pergamum, previously a renowned cultural and political center used by the Romans as an administrative center for the province of Asia. Here visit the ruins of the Acropol and the Asclepion with its theatre. Overnight in Bergama.
Smyrna Biblical Reference - Revelation: 2:8-11
Pergamon Biblical Reference - Revelation: 2:12-17
DAY 04 - Thyatira, Philadelphi, Sardes & Pamukkale (private basis):
After breakfast and check out, time to depart on to visit the ruins of Thyatira which was founded by the Lydians. Then to magnificent Sardes which was the wealthy capital of the Lydian Empire. Enroute to Pamukkale also stop to visit the church in Philadelphia which was important for the spreading of thought patterns and activities of the Hellenistic civilisation and Christian faith. Our day will end on arrival to Pamukkale with a visit to the natural formation of the travertens (Cotton Cliffs) and the ruins of Hierapolis. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Thyatira Biblical Reference - Revelation: 2:18-29
Philadelphi Biblical Reference - Revelation: 3:7-13
Sardes Biblical Reference - Revelation: 3:1-6
DAY 05 - Laodicea, Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary (private basis):
Breakfast, check out and depart to visit the ruins of Laodicea which is mentioned in Revelations as the "City of Compromise". Next then drive to Selcuk and visit the Ancient City of Ephesus which represents many different facets of Ancient Greek and Roman culture. Last by not least, visit the House of Virgin Mary where she is said to have spent the last of her days. ***Choose your own ending: stay another night in Kusadasi, travel on to Greece, travel back to Istanbul or continue on to other areas of Turkey. Choice is yours - just let us know your preferences in the enquiry form.
Ephesus Biblical Reference - Revelation: 1:11:2:1-7 and Acts 18:19-28:19
Laodicea Biblical Reference - Revelation: 3:14-22
Hotel accomodation (BB and/or HB basis)
All noted sightseeing tours on regular group (or private guided basis)
Main entrance fees to sights visited and lunches on full day tours
Domestic land/air transport in each area including airport transfers
Taxes and handling servicesNOTES:
This package is available year round, January to December
Extra days / nights and additional tours can be added
Suitable for individuals and groupsAverage Package Rates:
(for reference only - depends on season, number of persons, hotels, etc)
2* starting from : Euro per person sharing in double/twin (low season)
3* starting from : Euro per person sharing in double/twin (low season)
4* starting from : Euro per person sharing in double/twin (low season)
5* starting from : Euro per person sharing in double/twin (low season)
Please use the Booking / Enquiry Form for any questions you may have regarding this travel package and/or to receive a quote based on your preference of accommodation (2*/3*/4*/5*) and dates/month of travel.