The Seven Churches tours include visiting the 7 churches of Revelation: Ephesus, Pergamon, Laodicea, Sardis, Thyatira, Smyrna, Philadelphia and other sites of religious interest especially in Istanbul.
Private tour basis
What is Included:
- Transfers & Tour transportation
- Domestic flight Istanbul – Izmir
- Meals mentionned in the itinerary
- Accommodation during the tours
- Mentioned tours
- Entrance fees
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours
Day 1: Istanbul
Arrival Day in Istanbul
Welcome to Istanbul! We meet you at airport and transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul City Tour ( B / L )
Today we will visit the spectacular Hagia Sophia. one the greatest masterpieces of Byzantine architecture, built as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Converted into a mosque in 1453 by Conqueror Mehmet, it is now one of the world’s greatest museums. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of Istanbul.
The Blue Mosque is one of the most prominent landmarks of the city. It takes its name from the exquisite blue Iznik tiles which decorate the interior, and it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets, built in honour of Sultan Ahmet. Our last visit of the day is to Topkapi Palace, the administrative center of Ottomans for many centuries. Now it houses a fabulous collection of crystal, silver, Chinese porcelain, jewels and costumes and showcases the imperial treasury as well as the sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed. The armory and royal Harem are particularly worth seeing. (Entry to the Harem is not included in the tour).
We will have lunch in historic old town of Istanbul and after the tour we will drive to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 : Istanbul – Izmir ( L )
Early morning, transfer to Istanbul Airport to catch your flight to Izmir (ancient Smyrna). Your transfer coach will be waiting for you at Izmir Airport. Visit of the town, visit to Kadifekale and Agora, built during the Hellenistic era at the base of Pagos Hill. It was the commercial, judicial and political nucleus of the ancient city. Afternoon is free for you to explore and relax at leisure. Overnight in Izmir.
Day 4 : Ancient Pergamon ( B / L )
Drive to Bergama (Pergamon) Visit of the Asclepion, one of the most advanced medical centres of the ancient world. After having lunch on the way, guided visit of Thyatira (Akhisar) where the old Hellenistic plays and forums were staged. Back to hotel in time for dinner. Overnight in Izmir.
Day 5: Pamukkale & Hierapolis ( B / L )
Early in the morning you will drive to Sardes, located in a fertile plain. After lunch we will drive on to Hierapolis via Philadelphia (Alasehir) another of the churches mentioned in the Revelation of John, now a working city like Izmir and Akhisar (Thyatira). You will visit the ruins of Hierapolis founded by Eumentes II in 190 B.C. and overnight at a charming hotel where you canrelax and take a swim in the thermal pools. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 6 : Aphrodisias-Laodicea-Kusadasi ( B / L )
(Breakfast, Lunch )
Drive to Kusadasi. On the way visit of Aphrodisias and Laodicea. The present day visitor to Laodicea finds a large area scattered with broken marble tops of the stone masonry walls. Aphrodisias is one of ancient towns which has been brought to light by archeological excavations. Overnight at a comfortable hotel in Kusadasi.
Day 7 : Kusadasi- Ephesus Tour ( B / L )
Full day excursion to Selcuk and Ephesus. Our tour begins with a visit to the little town of Selcuk, just outside of which lies the remains of Ephesus ancient city, one of the seven wonders of the world, the Temple of Artemis and St. John’s Basilica and Isa Bey Mosque. At the top of the hill on which the mosque lies is the citadel. Three kilometers from Selcuk the road branches off to Ephesus, set at the foot of mount Pion, visit of Double Church of Virgin and House of Virgin Mary. Some four to six years after the death of Christ, St. John is said to have accompanied the Virgin Mary to Ephesus, where St. John brought the Virgin Mother to a house on the slopes of Bulbul Mountain. It was officially accepted to be the house of the Virgin in 1892 with the celebration of high mass there by Timoni, Archbishop of Izmir, and this belief has recently been confirmed by Pope Paul VI in 1967 and Pope John Paul II in 1979 with the celebration of high mass at Ephesus. After your stroll through Biblical site of Ephesus .
End of the day flight to Istanbul, arrival and transfer to your hotel, overnight in Istanbul.
Day 8 : Istanbul
Transfer to Istanbul Airport , it is end of our service.