Turkey Seven Churches Tour

This 8-day, bible-oriented journey through Asia Minor is truly of biblical proportion. All the guests are taken on an epic tour encompassing stunning sights and several sites of historic and religious significance. With all accommodation at least four-star rated, guests can explore the ancient wonders of Istanbul, Troy, Pergamum, Sardis, Ephesus, and more, with all the comforts and conveniences of modernity. With breakfasts and dinners included, guests can enjoy lunch at their convenience. Door-to-door airport and hotel transfers in air-conditioned vehicle are included. Bible-oriented professional guides provide commentary on seven churches of significance. Explore beautiful Istanbul, Troy, Izmir, Pergamum, Laodicea, Hierapolis, Ephesus, and more.

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$3,128

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Duration

8 days

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  • What's included :
    • 7x Breakfast
    • 4x Dinner
    • Accommodation included: 6 nights
    • Accommodation x 7 nights
    • Professional licensed Bible-oriented Tour Guide
    • Private airport transfers
    • Domestic flight ticket: Izmir - Istanbul
    • All entrance fees to the sites stated on the itinerary
    • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia
    • Entry/Admission - Hippodrome
    • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern
    • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait
    • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
    • Entry/Admission - Troy (Truva)
    • Entry/Admission - Ruins of Pergamum
    • Entry/Admission - Old Smyrna
    • Entry/Admission - Sardis (Sardes)
    • Entry/Admission - The Temple of Artemis
    • Entry/Admission - St. Jean Kilisesi
    • Entry/Admission - Laodikeia Antik Kenti
    • Entry/Admission - Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi
    • Entry/Admission - The Basilica of Saint John
    • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus
    • Entry/Admission - Bibliotheque de Celsus
    • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
    • Entry/Admission - Temple of Hadrian
    • Entry/Admission - Baths of Varius
    What's excluded :
    • Personal expenses
    • Drinks during meals (except the included drinks at brakfasts)
    • Gratuities

  • Day 1: Arrival to Istanbul

    Pass By: Travel Tips Turkey, Binbirdirek, Klodfarer Cd. 3/D, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
    Upon our arrival at Istanbul International Airport. Meet, assist and transfer to hotel. Its original name is Byzantium then Constantinople.

    It is a most fascinating city, which actually crosses two continents Europe and Asia.

    You'll spend the night in Istanbul.

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Istanbul

    Day 2: Istanbul

    Stop At: Hagia Sophia, Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122 Turkey
    Discover the Byzantine and Ottoman treasures of Istanbul. We visit St. Sofia, the (church of the sacred wisdom), converted to a mosque from a Christian basilica after the fall of Constantinople in 1453.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Hippodrome, Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet ParkI No:2, Istanbul Turkey
    We see the Hippodrome and the Obelisk brought from Egypt.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7, Istanbul 34122 Turkey
    Then our next visit is the Blue Mosque with its six minarets.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Basilica Cistern, Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410 Turkey
    Before lunch we will visit the Underground Cistern.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Grand Bazaar, Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
    Continue with the Grand Bazaar.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Istanbul

    Day 3: Istanbul

    Stop At: Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul 34122 Turkey
    Morning Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Misir Carsisi (Spice Market), Rustem Pasa Mahallesi, Erzak Ambari Sok. No:92 Eminonu - Fatih, Istanbul 34116 Turkey
    After free time in Spice Market lunch near Spice Market.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey
    Afternoon we will visit the Topkapi Palace which was the residence of the Ottoman sultans, with its fabulous treasure chambers.

    You'll spend the night in Istanbul.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Istanbul

    Day 4: Troy

    Stop At: Troy (Truva), Tevfikiye Koyu, Intepe, Canakkale Turkey
    After breakfast, we will depart for Gallipoli, through the European lands of Turkey. We'll cross the Dardanelles Strait by ferry-boat. Lunch en route.
    Visit ancient Troy, see the legendary walls and the replica of the wooden horse.
    Drive to Canakkale, that lends its name to the Straits of the Dardanelles (in antiquity it was called Hellespont). This narrow passage connects the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the Aegean Sea, the Sea of Marmara, and further north opens into the Black Sea, on the southern shores of the former USSR. Check in at the hotel followed by dinner and overnight.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Canakkale

    Day 5: Pergamon – Thyatira – Izmir

    Stop At: Ruins of Pergamum, 8 km (5 mi) from Bergama, Bergama Turkey
    After breakfast at our hotel in Canakkale, we drive to Pergamum, actually called Bergama. It is one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 2:12]. Here we explore the impressive Acropolis, the steepest theatre in the world, the Asklepion, famous medical center of classical times, see the Altar of Zeus which is mentioned as the «Throne of Satan» in the book of Revelation, the marble columns of the Temple of Trajan and the Library which was foremost in the world and was long a rival of the equally famous Library of Alexandria in Egypt. Its wealth of volumes was estimated at over 200,000. It inspired the invention of parchment.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Akhisar, Akhisar, Manisa Province
    Buffet lunch is provided at a local restaurant. Then we continue our visit to Thyatira, now called Akhisar, another one of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 2:18-24; Acts 16:14]. It was a city famous for purple dyes. We visit the remains of a basilica and some architectural fragments from the Roman period. Lydia, the seller of purple in Philippi, was from Thyatira.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Old Smyrna, Ord. Prof. Dr. Ekrem Akurgal Cad. No: 95, Izmir Turkey
    Before we check in at the hotel in Izmir, we enjoy a panoramic ride of Smyrna, the third largest city in Turkey and one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 2:12-17]. Smyrna is a city scarred with a bloody history of trade and warfare. We ascend to Mount Pagus where we visit the Citadel of Lysimachus, commander of Alexander the Great, erected in the 4th century BC. We will also see the Clock Tower. Check in at the hotel for dinner and overnight.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Izmir

    Day 6: Izmir – Sardis – Philadelphia – Laodicea – Hierapolis

    Stop At: Sardis (Sardes), Belediye Cd. No:124 Sart, Salihli 45300 Turkey
    Today we depart early in the morning to one of the most picturesque areas of any of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 3:1-4], Sardis, presently Sart. This was the capital of the ancient Lydian kingdom of the 6th century BC, portrayed as a dying church.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: The Temple of Artemis, Ataturk, Park Ici Yolu No:12, Selcuk Turkey
    We visit the great Temple of Artemis and restored gymnasium and reconstructed Synagogue. We also see the last several meters of the royal Persian Road from Susa to Sardis built by Cyrus the Great and the «golden» river Pactolus.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: St. Jean Kilisesi, Alasehir Turkey
    Then we continue our journey to Philadelphia, nowadays called Alasehir, another church of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 3:7], and the only church not censured. There we see the remains of a Byzantine basilica built of brick, with a bit of high arch and some 11th century frescoes.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Laodikeia Antik Kenti, Pamukkale Bulvari, Oren Caddesi Goncali Mahallesi, Denizli Turkey
    Continue to visit to Laodicia. The city established in the C3 BCE by the Seleucid Antiochus II, the city was named after his wife Laodicea. Built on the Lycus Tributary of the Meander River, it was surnamed Laodicea on Lycus, to distinguish it from other similarly named cities. Laodicia is the last of the seven churches. As a crossroad of two important roads, this city had an important commercial and logistical position.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, Orenyeri Kasabasi Pamukkale, Denizli Merkez, Denizli Turkey
    We drive to the healing city of Hierapolis, actually Pamukkale, the white «cotton fortress» where hot mineral water bursts from the earth and cascades over steep cliffs forming pools, channels and stalactites. The therapeutic waters were known to the founders of Hierapolis and of Laodicea in 190 BC. In Hierapolis [Col. 4:13] we visit the Martyrium of the Apostle Philip where he was martyred during the persecutions ordered by Domitian. Check in at hotel for dinner and overnight in a Thermal Hotel.
    Duration: 2 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Pamukkale

    Day 7: Ephesus – Kusadasi

    Stop At: The Basilica of Saint John, Isa Bey Mahallesi, 2013. Sk. No:1, Selcuk 35920 Turkey
    Drive to Ephesus visit to the ancient city of Ephesus including the Basilica of St. John. The Apostle Paul preached to the Ephesians and lived here for three years. This church also received an epistle from him.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk 35920 Turkey
    We tour the spectacular ruins where excavations still continue in this once great and important city, which was founded in the 10th century BC.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Bibliotheque de Celsus, Efes Selcuk Merkez, Selcuk, Selcuk Turkey
    Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the Theatre.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Selcuk 35100 Turkey
    Visit to The House of Virgin Mary.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Temple of Hadrian, Curetes St., Selcuk Turkey
    Visit to Temple of Hadrian.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Baths of Varius, Selcuk Turkey
    Visit to Baths of Scholastica.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: The Temple of Artemis, Ataturk, Park Ici Yolu No:12, Selcuk Turkey
    Visit to The Temple of Diana (Artemis) of the Ephesians, another of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was built in this city.

    We will drive to Kusadasi in the end.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 8: Izmir – Istanbul

    Pass By: Izmir, Izmir, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean Coast
    Pick up from hotel and transfer to Izmir Airport for a flight to Istanbul.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We welcome all the travellers from the airport when they arrive Istanbul.Airports
    • Istanbul Airport, TayakadIn Terminal Street No. 1, Istanbul 34283 Turkey
    • Istanbul International Airport, Istanbul Turkey
    • Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, Sanayi, 34906 Pendik/İstanbul, Turkey
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Travel Tips Turkey

Activity ID: V-86377P44

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