Tour: 8 Days Seven Churches of Revelation Tour
Tour Code : TALL-633
Tour Style : Private Tour
Duration : 8 Days – 7 Nights
Departures : 14 April 2011 / 05 May 2011 / 19 May 2011 / 07 July 2011 / 11 Agust 2011 / 01 Sep 2011 / 22 Sep 2011 / 06 Oct 2011
Highlights : Istanbul Pergamon Smyrna Ephesus Laodicea Philadelphia Sardis Thyatira Miletos
Day 01 – 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 02 – 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 03 – Pergamon – Thyatira
Early in the morning, take flight to Izmir than proceed to Pergamon. 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, visit Thyatira, and were the fourth of the seven Churches of Asia Minor to receive an epistle from the Apostle John (Rev. 2:18-29). Overnight stay in Izmir Kusadasi. (B, L D)
Day 04 – Smyrna Sardis – Philadelphia – Laodicea – Pamukkale (Hierapolis)
Departure to Sardis, to see the beautifully restored Synagogue/Church, which is one of unique of its kind. Next, continue to Philadelphia. Another of the Christian congregations, and a city built in 2 BC by King Eumenos. Continue to PAMUKKALE (Hierapolis). Visit Laodicea en-route. Watch the sunset over the petrified waterfalls. Overnight in Pamukkale. (B, D)
Day 05 – Pamukkale Ephesus
After visiting Pamukkale, drive to Ephesus, home of St. Paul between 53 AD – 57 AD to visit the most impressive archaeological site of today. Before reaching Ephesus comes the most holy visit of the tour. Stop at the last home of the Virgin Mary that is visited by over a hundred thousand pilgrims each year. In 1967 Pope Paul VI and in 1979 Pope Paul II both celebrated mass here and also prayed in the double church in Ephesus. St. John brought the Virgin Mary to live here in peace in her final years. Continue to St. John’s basilica and his tomb. In the afternoon visit Ephesus, the city dedicated to Artemis, the best-preserved archaeological site in Asia Minor. Visit the Odeon, the marble street, where St. Paul walked and held daily discussions (act. 19:9), the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian and the theater Where St. Paul preached. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. (B, L D)
Day 06 – 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.
Day 07 – Kusadasi Istanbul
Flight to Istanbul on arrival transfer to hotel and leisure
Day 08 – Istanbul
After breakfast check out from hotel (before 12:00), transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport regarding your flight details. End of tour and services. (If you would like, you can extend your trip by adding extra nights in Istanbul, please advise.
• Arrival, departure airport transfers and ground transportation.
• Domestic flight ticket - (Istanbul to Izmir to Istanbul)
• 3 night 4 Star Hotel accommodation in Istanbul with Breakfast.
• 3 night 4 Star Hotel accommodation in Kusadasi with Breakfast.
• 1 night 4 Star Hotel accommodation in Pamukkale with Breakfast.
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• Entrance fee to the various sites.
• Transportation in non-smoking mini/midi bus.
• Professional English speaking guide and experienced driver.
NOT INCLUDED :
• International flights.
• Drinks and Beverages.
• Tips to guide & driver.
• Personal expenses and optional tours.
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