7 Churches Tours

7 Churches Tours

 

Explore Turkey's Seven Churches of Asia Minor, as mentioned in the New Testament Book of Revelation - Journey the route around the West Aegean and learn of the religious and social context of ancient biblical times. As well as visiting all major religious sites, the tour also includes those of cultural and tourist significance. From Istanbul to Izmir by return flight, explore the 7 churches at ancient Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamon, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia (Lydia), and Laodicea (Phrygia)...

          1st. day:
          Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. (D)

          2nd. day:
          Bosphorus Cruise, in the morning and  visit of Chora Church and the Spice Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul. (BLD)

          3rd. day:
          After breakfast, visit Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia. After Lunch, visit the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern and The Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul. (BLD)

          4th. day:
          Transfer to Istanbul airport for the flight to Kayseri, Cappadocia Region. Visit Soganli village and the rock churches,Taskinpasa mosque, Keslik monastery and Cemil village. After having lunch in a village house walk in Mustafapasa town and drive to visit Kaymakli underground city which is the largest of all others. Overnight in Cappadocia. (BLD)

          5th. day:
          We discover the Cappadocia. Visit The Fairy Chimneys, troglodyte dwellings,and valleys. Visit Dervent and Pasabag Valleys, Zelve and  Goreme Open air Museums famous with rockcut churches and monasteries decorated with the 11th cent. frescos. Visit Avanos town which is famous with pottery workshops, Sarihan Caravanserai and Uchisar rock castle. (BLD)

          6th. day:
          Transfer to Kayseri Airport for a flight to Izmir via Istanbul. Transfer to the hotel  in Izmir. If the time permits, a visit to St. Polycarp's Church, the oldest church building in Izmir. Overnight in Izmir. (BLD)

          7th. day:
          Visit The Agora of old Smyrna and drive to visit Pergamum (Acropolis and the Asclepion - the ancient medical center) Visit Thyatira and return to the hotel in Izmir. Overnight in Izmir. (BLD)

          8th. day:
          Drive to visit Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea and Hierapolis. Overnight in Pamukkale. (BLD)

          9th. day:
          Tour of Ephesus, the world famous great Ionian city and the most complete ancient city in the world is in Turkey. The Churh of Mother Mary where she spent her last days, St. John Basilica and Ephesus Museum. (B/L) Transfer to the airport for the return flight.