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Tour the 7 Churches of Revelation of Asia Minor in 5 Days

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Duration: 5 days
Product code: 4833
Overview

The Seven Churches of Revelations or the Churches of Apocalypse that are in the book of John refer to seven major cities through Western Turkey: Thyatira-Sardis-Laodicea-Philadelphia-Hierapolis-Aphrodisias. All these places provided a relatively safe haven for the Early Christians. For those looking to make a spiritual journey, Turkey cannot be overlooked. For a more in-depth discovery of Biblical Turkey, join our tours where you can choose to do a small group tour or a private tour.

Explore Pergamum, actually called Bergama and is one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 2:12]. We explore the impressive Acropolis and is the steepest theatre in the world. Visit of the most picturesque areas of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 3:1-4], Sardis which was the capital of the ancient Lydian kingdom of the 6th century BC and portrayed as a dying church. 

Drive to the healing city of Hierapolis and Pamukkale, which is a white cotton fortress where hot mineral water bursts from the ground and cascades over cliffs forming pools, channels and stalactites. The healing waters were known to the founders of Hierapolis and Laodicea in 190 BC. In Hierapolis, we visit the Martyrium of the Apostle Philip where he was martyred during the persecutions ordered by Domitian. Proceed to Laodicea now known as Denizli, also a Church of the Asia Minor [Rev. 1:11; 3:14] where you will see the ancient theatre, the remains of a basilica and some ancient stone water pipes.

You will venture to the UNESCO-listed Ephesus where you will see one of the worlds best-preserved ancient site and see where Virgin Mary spent her final days at the House of the Virgin Mary. Get to experience Temple of Artemis one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Highlights
  • Explore the impressive Acropolis of Pergamon and enjoy a scenic ride of Smyrna which is the third largest city in Turkey
  • Visit Sardis the capital of the ancient Lydian kingdom and Philadelphia the only church that is not censured
  • Witness the white cliffs of Pamukkale and visit the ruins of Hierapolis
  • Explore the ancient city of Ephesus and Visit the House of the Virgin Mary where she spent her final days
Know Before You Book
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Private
  • Languages offered on activity/tour Languages offered on activity/tour: English, German, French, Italian
  • Duration Duration: 5 days
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Pick-up service Pick-up service
    Pick up from Izmir airport, Kusadasi Hotel and Port
  • Cancellation Cancellation
    There is no cancellation fee once Customers Cancel at least 7 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 50% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 3 and 6 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 100% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 2 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
  • On Request On Request
  • Cut-off TimeCut-off Time
    Available to be booked until 3 days before the tour starts. Please note we reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
Inclusions
  • Airport transfers where needed
  • Transportation by a comfortable AC non smoking Luxurious car/Van with professional driver
  • Professional and experienced licensed guide during the tours
  • All accommodation
  • Entry fees to the sites and museums
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Exclusions
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities (optional)
  • International flights
Itinerary
Days

Upon your arrival at Izmir airport or Kusadasi port, our professional guide will meet you with your name sign and help and transfer you to a hotel in Izmir.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Hotel in Izmir

After breakfast, we will drive to Pergamum, actually called Bergama and is one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 2:12]. We explore the impressive Acropolis and is the steepest theatre in the world. Then we will visit Asklepieion an important medical centre of classical times and see the Altar of Zeus, mentioned as the "Throne of Satan" in the book of Revelation.

See the marble columns of the Temple of Trajan and the Library which was a rival of the famous Library of Alexandria in Egypt where its wealth of volumes was estimated at over 200,000 which inspired an invention of the parchment.

We will also visit the Red Basilica (St. John’s Church) before continuing our visit to Thyatira, which is now called Akhisar and is another one of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 2:18-24; Acts 16:14] and was a city famous for purple dyes and Lydia, the trader of purple in Philippi, was from Thyatira. We then visit the remains of a basilica and architectural fragments from the Roman period.

Before we arrive at the hotel in Izmir, we will enjoy a scenic ride of Smyrna and is the third largest city in Turkey and is one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 2:12-17]. This city is scarred with a bloody history of trade and warfare. We then travel to Mount Pagus where you will see the Citadel of Lysimachos and the commander of Alexander the Great was erected in the 4th century BC.

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Hotel in Izmir

Today we will depart in the early morning and visit of the most picturesque areas of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 3:1-4], Sardis which was the capital of the ancient Lydian kingdom of the 6th century BC and portrayed as a dying church.

We visit the magnificent Temple of Artemis and the Temple of Cybele, which became a Byzantine Church before visiting some ancient Lydian houses, and the restored gymnasium and reconstructed Synagogue.

Then see several meters of the royal Persian Road from Susa to Sardis constructed by Cyrus the Great and also see the golden river Pactolus.

Then we continue our travels to Philadelphia, now called Alasehir, another of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 3:7], and is the only church that is not censured. Here we see the remains of a Byzantine basilica built of brick, with a high arch and some 11th-century frescoes.

Drive to the healing city of Hierapolis and Pamukkale, which is a white cotton fortress where hot mineral water bursts from the ground and cascades over cliffs forming pools, channels and stalactites. The healing waters were known to the founders of Hierapolis and Laodicea in 190 BC. In Hierapolis, we visit the Martyrium of the Apostle Philip where he was martyred during the persecutions ordered by Domitian.

Proceed to Laodicea now known as Denizli, also a Church of the Asia Minor [Rev. 1:11; 3:14] where you will see the ancient theatre, the remains of a basilica and some ancient stone water pipes.

We will also visit the Gate of Domitian, the 2nd century AD Theatre, the Arcadian Way, the Nymphaion, the Plutonium, the Temple of Apollo and the Necropolis.

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Hotel in Pamukkale

Drive to Ephesus where you will visit the ancient city of Ephesus, including the Basilica of St. John and the Ephesus archaeological museum.

The Apostle Paul preached to the Ephesians here and lived there for three years, and the church also received an epistle from him.

We tour the splendid ruins where excavations continue in this once great and important city, which was founded in the 10th century BC.

Walk through the long history along the marble streets lined with magnificent public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the Theatre.

The Temple of Diana of the Ephesians, another of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was built in this city.

Visit The House of Virgin Mary, which is claimed she spent her last days before a drive to Kusadasi for an overnight stay.

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Hotel in Kusadasi

Pick up from hotel and transfer to Izmir airport for flight back home

  • Breakfast
Meeting Point
Pick up from Izmir airport, Kusadasi port or Cesme Port. Times will be depending on your arrival flight

Additional Info
  • Calculation is based on promotional class and rates are Flights are subject to change until ticketed. You will receive references to flight tickets after booking
  • This itinerary is subject to change and may be reversed without prior notice according to weather, museum closing days, daily events or other unforeseen circumstances
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Reviewed by Dominique F FR   May 01, 2019
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My husband and I had a great time in Turkey. The tour guides and transport transfers and accommodations were excellent. There is so much more to explore in Turkey and we hope to visit again soon. We will definitely book again.
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Yvonne GB   May 02, 2019

Hello Dominique.Thank you for review.So nice to hear you had a great time in Turkey. Indeed there is more to visit and explore in this beautiful country. Please do not hesitate to contact me for any other bookings or question, I will be very happy to assist you. With kind regards, Yvonne.

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Reviewed by Jeffery S PH   April 20, 2019
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This was an amazing experience, my private tour guide helped me to understand the historical, geographical and Biblical context of these important places. This was the most worry-free trip I’ve had. I felt safe walking around at all times as the people were friendly. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone from any country.
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Amy US   April 21, 2019

Thank you Jeffery S for taking the time to write a review. Also for sharing that you found this tour worry-free. Thank you for the recommendation.Kind regards, Amy.

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Reviewed by S Crib US   March 25, 2019
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We had an amazing time in Turkey and our guide was incredibly knowledgeable. We were able to see so much in the short time we and we enjoy each place without feeling rushed. Loved all the history of these places.
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Mary US   March 26, 2019

Thank you for your review and sharing that the tour was amazing. I will pass your words on to the guide that you thought he was very knowledgeable on this tour. He will be very pleased to hear this. Thanks again, Mary.

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Reviewed by Benny M BE   March 01, 2019
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We had a wonderful time journeying back in time. Thanks to the very descriptive explanation by our host.
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Jackie GB   March 02, 2019

Hello Benny.Thank you for sharing you had a wonderful time. Your review is very appreciated. With regards, Jackie.

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