Seven Churches and St. Nicholas
Duration : 9 Nights
Day 1 ( Arriving Istanbul )
- Arrival at Istanbul International Airport, pick up and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 ( Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour )
- 08:15 am pick up from the hotel and depart for the tour. Visiting ; Haghia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace. The tour ends around 4:00 pm. Return back to the hotel and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 ( Ephesus )
- Early morning flight to Izmir and depart for Ephesus Tour. Visiting Ephesus, which was the most influential capital city of Asia Minor on the Aegean Sea. "Ephesus receives praise for its perseverance, but criticism for forsaking its "first love"" (Rev. 2:1-7). You will explore some of the best preserved theatres, fountains and buildings in the world. Next stop is House of Virgin Mary where it is believed that she arrived with Saint John 4-6 years after the death of Christ and spent her final days. Finally visit to the Basilica of St. John which stands over the believed burial site of St. John, who is identified as the apostle, evangelist (author of the Fourth Gospel) and prophet (author of Revelation). After the tour transfer back to the hotel and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 4 ( Pergamon )
- Depart to Pergamon, located on the plains and foothills along the Caicus River in Western Turkey. The city, described as having the throne of Satan, is "praised for its martyrdom and perseverance but those who hold false teachings are criticized" (Rev. 2:12-17). Here you will see the Acropolis famous for Greek & Roman Temples as well as the unique Greek theatre built into the steep hillside. Also visit the Asclepion, the ancient medical center for the Greeks. Stay overnight in Pergamum.
Day 5 ( Thyatira & Philadelphia & Sardis )
- After breakfast drive to Thyatira, known for its textiles and dyeing trade. It is now known as the Turkish city of Akhisar. It is "praised for its increasing faith and service, but criticized for its tolerance of Jezebel, an immoral women who calls herself a prophetess" (Rev. 2:18-29). Than to Sardis, located on the banks of the Pactolus River in western Asia Minor. "The church of Sardis is described as dead, and it must wake up. However, there are some who have not "soiled their clothes."" (Rev. 3:1-6). End the day with a visit to ancient Philadelphia which was known for its variety of temples and worship centers. "The church of brotherly love that endures patiently" (Revelation 3:7-13). Arrive in Pamukkale and stay overnight.
Day 6 ( Hierapolis & Laodicea & Antalya )
- After breakfast visit the ancient City of Hierapolis as well as the world famous travertens of Pamukkale. Lunch will be taken on the way. Then take an enjoyable drive to Laodicea located in the Lycus River Valley of western Asia Minor, a primary trade route between the cultures of the West and East. "The "lukewarm" church with a faith that's neither hot nor cold" (Rev. 3:14-22). After visits, depart to Antalya. Stay overnight in Antalya.
Day 7 ( Myria and St. Nicholas )
- Depart to Demre (Myria) after breakfast. Visiting Church of St. Nicholas. This ruined Byzantine church contains the tomb of Nicholas, Bishop of Myra who lived in the 5th century AD. This much-loved priest was famous for his powers of healing and the anonymous gifts he gave to those in need. He thus became the model for Santa Claus, whose English name comes from the German Sankt Niklaus. Also visiting the ruins of Myra and see the famous Lycian monuments. These include a superb collection of rock-cut tombs, some of which were once brightly painted. Retrn back to Antalya after the tour. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 8 ( Perge & Aspendos & Side )
- Depart in the morning and visit Perge, the place where most of the statues that are on display in Antalya Museum were unearthed. An important city of ancient Parmphylia, originally settled by the Hittites around 1500 BC. St. Paul visited Perge on his first missionary journey. Next proceed to Aspendos, commonly believed to have been settled by colonists from Argos, lies a few miles beyond Perge on the Antalya-Alanya highway. Theres not much left of the ancient city, but the one remaining monument, the Theatre of Aspendos, is enough to warrant a trip. Our ast stop is Side which is one of the best-known classical sites in Turkey. It was an ancient harbour whose name meant pomegranate. Return back to the hotel. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 9 ( Fly back to Istanbul )
- Pick up from your hotel 2 hours before your departure and transfer to the airport. Flight back to Istanbul (morning or afternoon). Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 10 ( Goodbye )
- Pick up 3 hours before your international flight and transfer to the airport. Have a safe journey back home !.