Seven Churches Tour 3 Days / 2 Nights

Brief Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrive Izmir. Churches of Ephesus & Laodicea.
Day 2
- Churches of Sardis, Philadelphia, Thyatira & Pamukkale.
Day 3
- Church of Pergamon, Smyrna & St. Polycarp. Depart Izmir.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 - Izmir-Pamukkale (B, L, D)
Seven Churches at Ephesus & Laodicea:
Transfer from the hotel to Istanbul airport. Fly to Izmir. Visit the city of Ancient Ephesus, the most important of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor. See the great Library of Celsus, Agora, Odeon, Trajan Fountain, Domitianus Temple, Roman Latrines, Theater and Stadium in which St. Paul preached the gospel. Also visit the House of Virgin Mary, where she is said to have spent her final years and St. John's Basilica, a Byzantine church marking his burial place. After lunch, drive to Eskihisar, site of the Church of Laodicea, to which St. John addressed his letter concerning the city’s waning faith. Overnight stay in Pamukkale.

Day 2 - Pamukkale-Bergama (B, L, D)
Seven Churches at Sardis, Philadelphia, Thyatira & Pamukkale:
Pick up to visit the ancient city ruins of Hierapolis, where St. Philip was martyred in 1AD. See the Necropolis, Avenue of Tombs and Thermal Baths. Enjoy a break at Pamukkale with snow-white terraced cliff pools. Then we proceed to the ancient Philadelphia Church at Alasehir, the youngest of the Seven Churches of Revelation,visiting the remains of an early church and the city walls. After lunch, visit the site of Sardis - the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia. Walk the Royal Avenue and see the site of the Church of Sardis built on the foundations of the Temple of Artemis. Finally at Akhisar we visit the Church of ancient Thyatira, another one of the 7 churches, set in an ancient commercial town with strong ties to Troy and Sardis. Drop off to hotel. Overnight in Bergama.

Day 3 - Bergama-Istanbul (B, L)
Pergamon - Smyrna - St. Polycarp:
Drive to Pergamon, site of one of the Seven Churches, where St. John wrote of Satan's throne being sited. Visit the Church of Pergamon, the famous Red-Court and the Acropolis. After lunch, proceed to Smyrna (Izmir), whose early faithful were praised in a letter from St Paul. Finally visit the Church of St. Policarp and enjoy a short tour of Izmir city. Transfer to Izmir Airport. Transfer to Izmir Airport to depart.



Schedule:
Departure dates guaranteed every day all year around for this tour.

Package Prices:
Please ask for your best prices

Prices based on double/twin-room occupancy at selected properties.
Subject to selected dates, availability at time of booking and advance booking.
If travelling with any children under 12 years, please email us
with their date of birth to determine their age at time of travel.


What's Included:
*  All nights B&B at a choice of selected 3/4/5 star or boutique hotels.
* All sightseeing tours of the places mentioned in the program.
* All tours with professional licensed English-speaking guidance.
*  All transport with new air-conditioned deluxe vehicles.
*  All meals where shown in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner).
* All airport transfers throughout the trip.
*  All parking fees, ferry, tolls and petrol.
*All entrance fees.
*  All taxes


Not Included:
*  International airfare to Turkey.
*  Domestic flight tickets (will be quoted separately). Domestic flights are operated by Turkish Air, Atlasjet, SunExpress, OnurAir, PegasusAir, AnadoluJet and SkyAirlines.

*Drinks, travel insurance, visas, personal expenses, porters, optional tips.