Early Christianity in Turkey Jewish Heritage Seven Churches of Revelation
     

Istanbul & Seven churches of revelation
(7 DAYS - 6 NIGHTS)

"During our tour , you' ll be able to pray in ancient and modern churches as well "

Day 1 - Welcome to the cradle of civilization. Upon arrival , we'll transfer  you to the hotel located in the city center. Please just relax and join the briefing  for the destinations and the tour. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2 - Today we'll visit the capital of empires. Historic peninsula, the Topkapi Place the house of Ottoman Sultans with its rich treasury section Hagia  Sophia one of the finest buildings of all times built by Emperor Justinian, striking gold based mosaics have been the focal point of Hagia Sophia. Hippodrome the scene of chariot races and civic center of Constantinapolis. Underground cistern of Justinian era with its 336 marble columns capable to cater 80.000 cubic meters of water at a time, featuring sound and light show.Blue Mosque famous with blue and white Iznik tiles was built between 1609-1616, having six minaret was departing point for pilgrims during Ottoman period. Next is charming Church of Chora, best mosaics of Byzantine period used to teach Bible to the people, transfer to Izmir which celebrated its 5th millennium on 2000 and very famous with the castle built by the Alexander the Great in 334 B.C. Evening flight to Izmir and overnight in Izmir.

Day 3 - Visit Pergamum, once was the treasury of Ephesus later dominated half of Asia Minor and found Attalia modern Antalya as its export harbor. They invented Carta Pergamen when Egyptians imposed papyrus embargo on them. The steepest theatre amazes the visitors the Emperor cult flourished during Roman Empire Period. The Asclepion was the most famous hospital of ancient times. In the book of revelation it was mentioned as the throne of satan. After lunch we'll proceed Thyatira, the church dedicated to St. John. It was blamed for believing  and tolerating the woman jezebel. Overnight in Izmir.

Day 4 - Today we'll visit largest ancient city of the world. Third Ecumenical Council was held in the Church of Mary (Double Church) which was the first church ever dedicated to Mary in the world. Ephesus was blamed by the God in the Book of Revelation for forgetting the first love. We'll also visit the last House of Virgin Mary in which she spent her last years peacefully. We also visit the Church of St. john whom the Book of Revelation was revealed when he was exile on the island Patmos. Departure for Pamukkale en route Laodicea church, the city was referred by the God as being lukewarm and God says " I spit you out of my mouth " . Overnight in Pamukkale the town is very famous with its therapeutic waters since ancient times. Many people rushed to Hierapolis to be cured.

Day 5 - Today we'll visit Colossae Church and we'll depart for Philadelphia Church given an open door by the God and nobody could shut. We'll visit the cute city center in Philadelphia. After lunch we'll pass to Sardis, once was the capital of the Lydian realm of Croesus, lying on the Pactolos River once the waters was very rich in gold. They are very famous for inventing the first coin in the world. We'll also visit the temple of Artemis the church and gymnasium and ancient synagogue. God blamed them for being distant from the church and said " I will come like a thief and you will never know ". Overnight in Izmir.

Day 6 - Ancient Symrna , has celebrated its 5th millennium in 2000.We'll visit ancient Smyrna, Agora (market place), Alexander's Castle, Ethnographical & Archaeological Museums, Time to explore the famous Grand Kemeralti Bazaar with many historical buildings such as mosques, synagogues and ancient shops at oriental district. Time to have a traditional Turkish coffee or your favorite apple tea in ancient Kizlaragasi Caravanserai in its historical atmosphere.

Day 7 - Here are some options for your last day in Izmir.
            1-Transferring you to Adnan Menderes Airport for your connection flight.

            2-Extending the
tour to Patmos Island featuring the Grotto of Apocalypse and the               
               Monastery of St.
John 
the Theologian.  

PACKAGE  INCLUDES:
Arrival and departure airport transfers
Accommodation in specified category
Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Museums and sites entry fees
Transportation in non-smoking a/c coach with professional English (other languages are possible)  speaking guide and professional driver.
Sightseeings as mentioned in tour plan.

NOT INCLUDED:

International or domestic flights, portage at airports, drinks, tips to guide and driver and items of a personal nature. Domestic flights with associated transfer are optional and extra if needed; overnight coach transportation price is included in the tour price.