SMALL GROUP SEVEN CHURCHES OF REVELATION TOUR

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2020

  • IZMIR (SMYRNA) - PERGAMON - THYATIRA
  • SARDES - PHILADELPHIA - LAODICEA - HIERAPOLIS
  • EPHESUS

    MAXIMUM 16 PASSENGERS - 4* & 5* HOTELS
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5 DAYS - 4 NTS - MONDAY DEPARTURES | ISTANBUL AND CAPPADOCIA EXTENSIONS MAY BE ADDED TO THIS TOUR!

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MAXIMUM 16 PASSENGERS

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DAY 1 (MON) ARRIVAL – IZMIR
Arrival in Izmir Airport (pick up also available from Kusadasi or Cesme Ports). You will be met with a sign and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Izmir. D.
DAY 2 (TUE) IZMIR – PERGAMON – THYATIRA – IZMIR
After breakfast drive to Pergamum (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 theater in the world, the Aesclepion, famous medical center of ancient 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. 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. We continue with a panoramic ride through Izmir (Smyrna) one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 2:12-17]. We ascend to Mount Pagus where we visit the Citadel of Lysimachos, commander of Alexander the Great, erected in the 4th century BC. We will also see the Clock Tower. Overnight in Izmir. B.D.
DAY 3 (WED) IZMIR – SARDIS – PHILADELPHIA – LAODICEA – HIERAPOLIS (PAMUKKALE)
Today we depart early in the morning to one of the most beautiful areas of any of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 3:1-4], Sardis, presently called Sart, was the capital of the ancient Lydian kingdom of the 6th century BC and was portrayed as a dying church. We visit the great Temple of Artemis. We will also visit some ancient Lydian houses, the 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 Pactolos. We continue to Philadelphia (Alasehir) another church of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor [Rev. 1:11; 3:7], and the only church not censured. We see the remains of a Byzantine basilica built of brick and some 11th century frescoes. Proceed to Laodicea. The city established by the Seleucid Antiochus II and 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. We drive to the healing city of Hierapolis, 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 and overnight in a thermal spa hotel. B.D.
DAY 4 (THU) PAMUKKALE – EPHESUS – KUSADASI
We depart after breakfast to the ancient city of Ephesus and visit also 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. This important city was founded in the 10th century BC. Stroll along marble streets lined with stately public buildings including the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the Theatre. View the Temple of Diana of the Ephesians, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. We will also see the important pilgrimage site of the House of Virgin Mary. Overnight in Kusadasi. B.D.
DAY 5 (FRI) IZMIR - ISTANBUL
Pick up from your hotel lobby and transfer to Izmir Airport. Tour services end. (B).



2020 MONDAY DEPARTURES *MAXIMUM 16 PASSENGERS

 PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE/TRIPLE ROOM    SINGLE SUPP.    
 4* HOTELS  559 USD        80 USD
 5* HOTELS  689 USD      180 USD  

**Domestic Flights not included - Prices are not valid during holiday or special events periods.
 

INCLUDED:

  • Accommodation in hotel category of your choice
  • Meals as mentioned only (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)
  • Main museum entry fees to the sites as mentioned. Entry to the Terrace Houses is not included. Ask your guide.
  • Transport in non-smoking air-conditioned vehicles with prof. English speaking Bible oriented guide when touring.
  • Izmir Airport transfers


NOT INCLUDED: International or domestic flights, Istanbul airport transfers, drinks, tips to guide and driver and items of a personal nature or anything not specifically mentioned.


OPTIONAL: Domestic flights, pre-post tours or accommodation in Istanbul.
 

4 STAR HOTELS: 
Izmir                : Kaya Prestige or Ramada Plaza or similar
Kusadasi         : Carina Hotel or Neopol Deluxe Hotel or Marina Hotel or similar
Pamukkale      : Colossae Thermal Hotel or similar

5 STAR HOTELS: 
Izmir                : Mövenpick Hotel or Rennaissance Hotel or similar
Kusadasi         : Charisma Deluxe Hotel or Korumar Hotel or similar
Pamukkale      : Colossae Thermal Hotel or similar

 

Seven Churches of Asia Minor Tour visits the sites of the communities mentioned in the Book of Revelation by Saint John of Patmos – Monday Departures – 5 Days/4 Nights - 4* & 5* hotels

 

2020 MONDAY DEPARTURES *MAXIMUM 16 PASSENGERS

 PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE/TRIPLE ROOM    SINGLE SUPP.    
 4* HOTELS  559 USD        80 USD
 5* HOTELS  689 USD      180 USD  

**Domestic Flights not included - Prices are not valid during holiday or special events periods.
 

INCLUDED:

  • Accommodation in hotel category of your choice
  • Meals as mentioned only (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)
  • Main museum entry fees to the sites as mentioned. Entry to the Terrace Houses is not included. Ask your guide.
  • Transport in non-smoking air-conditioned vehicles with prof. English speaking Bible oriented guide when touring.
  • Izmir Airport transfers


NOT INCLUDED: International or domestic flights, Istanbul airport transfers, drinks, tips to guide and driver and items of a personal nature or anything not specifically mentioned.


OPTIONAL: Domestic flights, pre-post tours or accommodation in Istanbul.
 

4 STAR HOTELS: 
Izmir                : Kaya Prestige or Ramada Plaza or similar
Kusadasi         : Carina Hotel or Neopol Deluxe Hotel or Marina Hotel or similar
Pamukkale      : Colossae Thermal Hotel or similar

5 STAR HOTELS: 
Izmir                : Mövenpick Hotel or Rennaissance Hotel or similar
Kusadasi         : Charisma Deluxe Hotel or Korumar Hotel or similar
Pamukkale      : Colossae Thermal Hotel or similar

ISTANBUL AND CAPPADOCIA EXTENSIONS MAY BE ADDED TO THIS TOUR!