5 Day MINI Group Seven Churches of Asia Minor Tour (Max. 10 Guests)

5 Day MINI Group Seven Churches of Asia Minor Tour (Max. 10 Guests)

Izmir departure Mini Group ( Max 10 pax ) 4 NIGHT & 5 DAYS. Watch ancient history take shape before you on this five-day tour, featuring historic churches that date back to Biblical times. Departing from Izmir, combine the early history of Christianity with pre-Christian heritage, including a visit to an Acropolis and Temple of Apollo. This tour takes you to a huge variety of distinct and antique sites. Avoid the hassle of planning a complex itinerary; on this tour, your itinerary is taken care of.
* Bible Oriented Tour Guide
* Selected centrally Located 4 star Hotels
* Small group ensures personal service
* Informative, friendly and professional guide
* Small-group tour by minibus
* Option with Private Tour for your family

Itinerary

Day 1: Izmir Arrival ( Dinner )

Stop At: Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport, Dokuz Eylül, 35410 Gaziemir/İzmir, Turkey
Upon our arrival at Izmir airport our guide will meet you with your name sign and assist and transfer to hotel. If you are staying in Izmir, we will pick you up after 2 p.m. and transfer to our hotel for Dinner and Overnight in Izmir.
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in a centrally located 4 star hotel in Izmir

Day 2: Smyrna - Pergamum – Thyatira – Izmir (Breakfast - Dinner)

Stop At: Ruins of Pergamum, 8 km (5 mi) from Bergama, Bergama Turkey
After breakfast we drive to Pergamum, actually called Bergama. It is one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 2:12]. Here we explore the impressive Acropolis, the steepest theatre in the world, the Asklepion, famous medical Centre of classical times, see the Altar of Zeus which is mentioned as the «Throne of Satan» in the book of Revelation, the marble columns of the Temple of Trajan and the Library which was foremost in the world and was long a rival of the equally famous Library of Alexandria in Egypt. Its wealth of volumes was estimated at over 200,000. It inspired the invention of parchment.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Tepe Mezari, Oren yeri, Akhisar Turkey
Then we continue our visit to Thyatira, now called Akhisar, another one of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 2:18-24; Acts 16:14]. It was a city famous for purple dyes. We visit the remains of a basilica and some architectural fragments from the Roman period. Lydia, the seller of purple in Philippi, was from Thyatira.
Drive to Izmir.
Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Izmir, Izmir, Izmir Province, Turkish Aegean Coast
Before we check in at the hotel in Izmir, we enjoy a panoramic ride of Smyrna, the third largest city in Turkey and one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 2:12-17]. Smyrna is a city scarred with a bloody history of trade and warfare. We will also see the Clock Tower. Check in at the hotel for dinner and overnight.

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in a centrally located 4 star hotel in Izmir

Day 3: Izmir – Sardis – Philadelphia – Laodicea – Hierapolis ( Breakfast - Dinner )

Stop At: Sardis (Sardes), Belediye Cd. No:124 Sart, Salihli 45300 Turkey
Today we depart early in the morning to one of the most picturesque areas of any of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 3:1-4], Sardis, presently Sart. This was the capital of the ancient Lydian kingdom of the 6th century BC, portrayed as a dying church. We visit the great Temple of Artemis and the restored gymnasium and reconstructed Synagogue. We also see the last several meters of the royal Persian Road from Susa to Sardis built by Cyrus the Great and the «golden» river Pactolus.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Philadelphia Siesean Kilisesi, Soguksu Mahallesi, Ismet Pasa Cd. No: 114, Alasehir Turkey
Then we continue our journey to Philadelphia, nowadays called Alasehir, another church of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 3:7], and the only church not censured. There we see the remains of a Byzantine basilica built of brick, with a bit of high arch and some 11th century frescoes.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Laodicea, Just off Denizli - Pamukkale, Denizli Turkey
Continue to visit to Laodicia. The city established in the C3 BCE by the Seleucid Antiochus II, the city was named after his wife Laodicea. Built on the Lycus Tributary of the Meander River, it was surnamed Laodicea on Lycus, to distinguish it from other similarly named cities. Laodicia is the last of the seven churches. As a crossroad of two important roads, this city had an important commercial and logistical position.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Hierapolis & Pamukkale, Pamukkale 20280 Turkey
We drive to the healing city of Hierapolis, actually Pamukkale, the white «cotton fortress» where hot mineral water bursts from the earth and cascades over steep cliffs forming pools, channels and stalactites. The therapeutic waters were known to the founders of Hierapolis and of Laodicea in 190 BC. In Hierapolis [Col. 4:13] Check in at hotel for dinner and overnight in a Thermal Hotel.
Duration: 2 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in a 5 star Thermal Hotel in Pamukkale

Day 4: Ephesus – Kusadasi (Breakfast - Dinner)

Stop At: Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk 35920 Turkey
Drive to Ephesus visit to the ancient city of Ephesus including the Basilica of St. John. The Apostle Paul preached to the Ephesians and lived here for three years. This church also received an epistle from him. We tour the spectacular ruins where excavations still continue in this once great and important city, which was founded in the 10th century BC.
Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the Theatre. The Temple of Diana of the Ephesians, another of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was built in this city.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Sultaniye Mahallesi, Selcuk 35100 Turkey
The House of Virgin Mary is located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles away from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council on 431 AD in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared there as a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed there.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: The Basilica of Saint John, Isa Bey Mahallesi, 2013. Sk. No:1, Selcuk 35920 Turkey
Drive to St. John’s Basilica, it is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill.
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: The Temple of Artemis, Ataturk, Park Ici Yolu No:12, Selcuk Turkey
We will stop at Artemission Temple where used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world as our last stop before drive back to your hotel in Kusadasi
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Kusadasi, Kusadasi, Turkish Aegean Coast
Sightseing tour of this beautiful resort town called Kusadasi. Pass through Marina, Port of Kusadasi, Ceravanserail, Grand Bazaar. . Dinner and overnight.
Duration: 20 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Kusadasi in a 4 star hotel

Day 5: Izmir – Home ( Breakfast )

Stop At: Dokuz Eylül, Adnan Menderes Havaalanı, Gaziemir/İzmir, Turkey
After breakfast and transfer to Izmir airport . the end of our services.
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
"Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required"
"Arrival and departure details are requested"
"Visit to holy places of worship such as churches, monasteries, mosques, synagogues bare shoulders are not permitted, nor shoes in mosques."
"A dress code is required to enter places of worship such as churches, monasteries, mosques synagogues and selected museums. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. Shoes are not allowed. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements"
"Accommodations can be upgraded to 5 star hotels with extra $135 per person in double room"
"A minimum of 2 people per booking is required"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Infant seats available"
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers"
"Face masks provided for travelers"
"Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff"
"Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas"
"Gear/equipment sanitized between use"
"Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized"
"Guides required to regularly wash hands"
"Regular temperature checks for staff"
"Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms"
"In our tour, We stay in Covid19 Safety certificated hotels"



Start Time: Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. Private Tour for your family 3/27/2021 - 6/3/2023
Monday - Sunday:07:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Mini group Tour Max. 10 Guests 1/1/2017 - 6/3/2023
Monday:08:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Duration: 5 Days
Start location: Traveler pickup is offered
Our representative will have your name sign at the airport on arrival day

Airports

  • Adnan Menderes Airport, Izmir Turkey



Cancellations and refunds: If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Included

  • Accommodation included: 4 nights
  • 4 nights accommodation in 4 star Centrally Located hotels
  • Professional Bible-Oriented Licenced Tour guide
  • 4 Dinners and 4 Breakfasts
  • Transport by air-conditioned Minivan/Minibus
  • Entrance Fees ( Our guide will have pre-paid tickets to skip the line )
  • Hotels in Izmir : Kaya Prestige Hotel or Hilton Garden Inn Bayrakli or similar
  • Hotels in Pamukkale: Colossae Thermal or Pam Thermal Hotel or similar
  • Hotels in Kusadasi : Carina Hotel or Marina Suits or similar
  • Entry/Admission - Ruins of Pergamum
  • Entry/Admission - Tepe Mezari
  • Entry/Admission - Sardis (Sardes)
  • Entry/Admission - Philadelphia Siesean Kilisesi
  • Entry/Admission - Laodicea
  • Entry/Admission - Hierapolis & Pamukkale
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient City of Ephesus
  • Entry/Admission - Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
  • Entry/Admission - The Basilica of Saint John

Not Included

  • Drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Flight tickets

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