Turkey: Seven Churches


8 Days / 6 Nights



Istanbul, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Laodicea, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Izmir




DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY
Day 1: DEPART USA
Depart for Turkey on your overnight flight.
Day 2: ISTANBUL
Upon arrival, meet with your Homeric Tour representative and transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight accommodations. (D)
Day 3: ISTANBUL / THYATIRA / PERGAMUM / IZMIR
After breakfast take the Fast Ferry across the Marmara Sea. Then drive to Thyatira, one of the Seven Churches (Rev. 1:11; 2:18-29) which St. Paul visited in his missionary journeys (Acts 19:10). Next stop is Pergamum (2:12-17) where you will explore the Acropolis with its theatre. Dinner and overnight in Izmir. (B,D)
Day 4: IZMIR / KUSADASI / IZMIR
After breakfast, depart for Ephesus, one of the Seven Churches in Revelation (Rev. 1:11). Visit the enormous Amphitheater, and see the gymnasiums, baths houses, the library of Celsus, and the Temple of Artemis. Afterwards, visit the house of the Virgin Mary. Drive to Smyrna and visit Mt. Pagus, once called the crown of Smyrna. Return to Izmir for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Day 5: IZMIR / SARDIS / PHILADELPHIA / PAMUKKALE
Visit Sardis mentioned in the Book of Revelations (Rev. 3:1-6). See the Temple of Artemis and Royal Road, the gymnasium and the synagogue. Next, visit Philadelphia (Rev. 3:7-13) referred to as the New Jerusalem and Pamukkale, where calcium rich waters created shallow white basins and twisted stalagmites. (B,D)
Day 6: PAMUKKALE / LAODICEA / ISTANBUL
After breakfast, visit Laodicea, one of the Seven Churches (Rev 3:14-22), which was chastised for being lukewarm in faith, "You are neither cold nor hot" (Rev. 3:14). Visit a factory where artisans make fine carpets, before driving to Izmir Airport for an evening flight to Istanbul. (B,D)
Day 7: ISTANBUL
Breakfast then visit Topkapi Palace once home to the Sultans. Here, visit what is claimed to be John the Baptist's arm given by the Romans as a token gift. Then visit the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and the magnificaent Basilica of St. Sophia, constructed in 326. Farewell dinner tonight. (B)
Day 8: DEPARTURE
After breakfast, transfer to Istanbul Airport for your flight home. (B)
The itinerary may be modified and tailored to the specific requirements and budget of your group

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Round-trip air: USA - Turkey
Domestic air: Izmir - Istanbul
Meet and assist upon arrival by your Homeric Tours representative
Private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach throughout
English-speaking Homeric Tour manager throughout
Choice of 3, 4 or 5 star hotels
6 Nights of Hotel accommodation
Breakfast and dinner daily
5 Days of sightseeing tours
All transfers
All entrance fees
Hotel taxes and service charges
Porterage of one suitcase per person
24-Hour “Emergency” Hotline
USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program

Turkey: Seven Churches   departs daily from USA. Airfares are based on departures from New York.