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The Seven Churches of the Revelation


Title

The Seven Churches of the Revelation

Features

·Izmir

·Pergamon

·Thyatira

·Sardes

·Philadelphia

·Selcuk

·Ephesus

·Pamukkale

·Hierapolis

·Laodicea

·Denizli

·Istanbul

Duration

4 Days

Description

Day 1 – Izmir – Pergamon – Thyatira

Arrive in Kusadasi or Izmir airport. We are met by our guide and drive to Smyrna, the ancient Izmir and visit the St. Polycarp church. Continue our tour with Pergamon where we will see the ancient healing center Asklepion, the  Acropolis, Red Courtyard, the temple of Athena and the altar of Zeus. After visiting Thyatira, we return to our Izmir hotel for overnight.

Day 2 – Sardes – Philadelphia – Selcuk

Our first visit will be to Sardes, the capital of ancient Lydia. We will see the temple of Cybele and Diana, the synagogue and the gymnasium. From Sardes, we continue our tour with a visit to  Philadelphia known for its variety of temples and worship centers. We drive to Selcuk for our overnight stay.

Meal(s) Breakfast

Day 3 – Ephesus – Pamukkale

We start with a visit to the House of Virgin Mary bypassing the scenic views of the Byzantine fortress and stopping by Temple of Artemis until the Shrine of St. Mary, where it is believed to be the final resting place of the Virgin Mary. Our tour continues to ancient Ephesus, sites include magnificently preserved Temple of Hadrian, the beautiful Trajan Fountain, the Odeon Theater, the Celsus Library as well as the Great Theater which is still used today. Our last stop will be the Basilica of St. John. Although much of it could not be very well preserved until today, this basilica is still a spectular site to visit. We drive to Pamukkale for dinner and overnight. 

Meal(s) Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 – Hierapolis – Laodicea – Denizli – Istanbul

The ancient city of Hierapolis (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is perched on top of the white cliff, and offers spectacular views over the Denizli plain below. Continue your guided tour of the city's other sites, including a Theatre, Necropolis (City of the Dead), and the Temple of Apollo. We continue on to Laodicea where we will visit its theatre, gymnasium and the odeon. After the tour, transfer to Denizli airport for your flight to Istanbul. End of our services.

 


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