SEVEN CHURCHES TOUR

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   SMYRNA (REVELATION 2:8-11) For three centuries Smyrna had been one of the most important cities in Asia Minor. Jesus’ message to Smyrna highlights contrasts: the one “who is the First and the Last,” who was dead but came to life, speaks to those who are impoverished yet rich, persecuted by those who claim to...
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 SMYRNA (REVELATION 2:8-11)

For three centuries Smyrna had been one of the most important cities in Asia Minor. Jesus’ message to Smyrna highlights contrasts: the one “who is the First and the Last,” who was dead but came to life, speaks to those who are impoverished yet rich, persecuted by those who claim to be Jews but are not, and will, like Jesus, find life in death.

 

 

Seven Churches Tour

 

DAY 1: ARRIVE İSTANBUL
Our guests will arrive in Istanbul. Welcome to Turkey! Your  guide will be waiting to meet you at the İstanbul  airport. After the baggage’s are placed in the bus by the help of staff, our guests will be transferred to the hotel by an orientation tour of the city. Dinner will be served at the hotel. 
Overnight at hotel.

DAY 2: İSTANBUL – ÇANAKKALE   
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Çanakkale via the East Coast road of the 
Marmara sea The road offers nice scenery and different types of agriculture. 
Sunflowers planting are very famous in the area. Cross the Dardanelles with the 
ferryboat to reach the Anatolian side. On arrival to Çanakkale lunch will be 
served at a local restaurant. Visit Troy, which is home to excavations that 
revealed nine principal levels of occupation dating from 3000 BC to 400 AD. 
Here, one can see the ruins of the city and the famous wooden horse of Troy. 
This is the place the mythological war of Troy took place, which Homer 
immortalized in his Iliad. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.   
Continue to Assos. Assos is even more interesting for its situation than its 
ancient remains .It is in the northwest of Asia Minor, opposite Lesbos on the 
South coast of the Troad and at the entrance to the Gulf of Edremit on a steeply 
terraced tracheae cone (767 ft) Dinner and overnight will be in Hotel.
 
DAY 3: ÇANAKKALE – İZMİR  
After breakfast at the hotel departure to Bergama via Thyatira. Visit Thyatira, 
which is one of the seven churches, mentioned in the bible. Visit Bergama. 
Towering 1000 feet above the city, the ruins at Pergamon command an 
extraordinary view in nearly all directions. One can understand how Pergamon 
dominated the entire region and cast its shadow over the realm. This great 
Hellenistic City was a great center of culture. Pergamon was the rival of 
Ephesus in the field of commerce and of Alexandria and Antioch in that of 
letters and the arts. Visit the Asclepion, the sanctuary that was dedicated to 
the God of Medicine and which was the first complete health spa in history. 
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Visit Acropolis where the ruins of a 
library and sanctuary Athena are located, as well as an impressive theatre of 80 
rows, allowing seating of nearly 10,000. Continue to İzmir for dinner and 
overnight. 

DAY 4: İZMİR – PAMUKKALE   
After breakfast at the hotel departure to visit Izmir (Smyrna), the third 
biggest city in Turkey and one of the seven churches mentioned in the bible. 
Visit Sardes, that was the capital of the Lydian empire .One of the cultural 
achievements of the Lydians was the invention of coins .The coins were first 
made of electrum, an alloy of silver and gold, during the reign of Croesus, and 
after this there were gold and silver coins. The city offers good preserved 
ruins and a wonderful smell of history. Lunch will be served at a local 
restaurant. Visit Philadelphia, which is one of the seven churches, mentioned in 
the Bible. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.
 
DAY 5: PAMUKKALE 
After buffet breakfast, visit Pamukkale(Hierapolis) which is a 
shimmering white cascade formed by limestone-laden hotsprings, which have formed 
stalactites, potholes and magical fairy-tables. Bathing in this warm water that 
has bubbles is an exhilarating experience. Incidentally, the water is reputed to 
be beneficial to eyes, skin, rheumatism, etc. Visit the Hierapolis. In this 
ancient city, the ruins spread over a mile from the city founded by Eumenes II 
of Pergamon. It was leveled by an earthquake in AD 17 but was rapidly rebuilt 
and enjoyed prosperity between the second and third centuries. Visit Leodicea 
Antic City, which houses one of the seven churches according to the bible. 
Departure to Ku?adas?. Lunch will be served on the way .The wonderful site 
Aphrodisias will be visited. Aphrodisias named after the Goddess Aphrodite, 
whose cult- like status became synonymous with the celebration of sensual love 
and exquisite femininity, the ancient city of Aphrodisias itself became renowned 
throughout Asia Minor as a center of medicine and philosophy but above all, of 
sculpture and the arts. Aphrodisias has undergone a series of earthquakes in the 
late antiquity and was abandoned by the survivors after the attacks of the 
Arabs. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel in Kuşadası
DAY 6: KUŞADASI  
After buffet breakfast at the hotel drive to Selçuk. The guests will be visiting 
the largest archaeological site in the world; Ephesus. Unmatched by any 
archaeological site anywhere in terms of sheer magnitude, Ephesus appeals to 
every visitor, whether serious or casual. The roots of this impressive site goes 
back to the 13th century B.C. The surviving ruins of Ephesus belong to the Roman 
Imperial Period. There is an impressive amphitheater big enough to hold 25,000 
people and a well preserved and restored bibliotheque called the Library of 
Celsius. Ephesus is known with one of the seven churches mentioned in the Bible. 
 See the ruins of the Artemis temple which is one of the seven wonders of the 
world and find the possibility to take a photograph of it with on the back side 
a wonderful view of the Isabey mosque, the Basilica of St.John, a ruin of an 
Ottoman bath and the Citadel of the city. Lunch will be served in Selçuk. Visit 
the Basilica of St.John near Selcuk. It is believed that St.John lived in that 
area during the last years of his life and is buried under the Basilica. Lunch 
will be served at a local restaurant. Visit the House of Virgin Mary, the small 
house where Mary lived from AD 37 to 48, which has been visited by two popes and 
millions of pilgrims. Continue to Izmir airport for the flight to İstanbul.  
Transfer to the hotel in İstanbul. Dinner and overnight in İstanbul.
DAY 7: İSTANBUL
After breakfast at the hotel, departure to visit the Orthodox Pathricate. 
Continue to the old city part. Visit Chora Museum; which dates back from 11th 
century, and is famous for its fascinating mosaics and frescoes, most of which 
date back to 13th and 14th centuries, and are by far the most important works of 
Byzantine pictorial art known today. Lunch will be served in then area. After 
lunch continue to The Hippodrome Square; where the four-horsed chariots raced 
around beneath the gaze of the Byzantine emperors and a quarter-million 
spectators. The Hippodrome dating back to 203 BC. Under the Roman Rule, this was 
the largest track in the ancient times. The monuments of spinal (central line) 
which survived until our days are the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column 
and Constantine;s Column. Visit St.Sophia Museum; originally a church, converted 
into a mosque and now a museum, this superb building wins admiration for the 
splendor of its Byzantine artwork. It was built by the Emperor Constantine, then 
re-built by Emperor Justinianeus in the 6th century; this magnificent example of 
architecture rises with dignity in the Old City. Besides the dome, which wins 
admiration by its height and size, the mosaics and frescoes decorating the walls 
are unique examples of Byzantine art. Visit Blue Mosque; which is the only 
mosque in the world with 6 minarets, was constructed between the dates 1609-1617 
by the order of Sultan Ahmed. Inside the mosque, everything seems to float in 
the azure light reflected from the 21,043 blue ceramic tiles from Iznik. 
Continue to the Grand Bazaar, which was built by the order of Sultan Mehmet the 
Conqueror, after the conquest of Istanbul in 1460’s with its 4400 shops. 
Transfer back to the hotel .The last evening in Istanbul will be made 
unforgettable with a dinner that will be served at a superior restaurant near 
the Bosphorus. Overnight at the hotel. 
[The St Sophia is closed on Mondays, The Chora Church is closed on Tuesdays, and 
The Grand bazaar is closed on Sundays]

DAY 8: DEPARTURE FROM İSTANBUL  
After breakfast at the hotel our guests will be transferred to the airport by 
their guide. After baggage handling at the airport end of 
service.  

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