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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