Departure Location: Istanbul
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul
Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Full Day Old City Tour
Breakfast at hotel and begin full day sightseeing tour of Istanbul. We’ll visit Topkapi Palace (harem section is optional), ancient Roman Hippodrome (center of the chariot races) and proceed to the Hagia Sophia, the Byzantine church which was converted to a mosque in 15th century. We will continue our Sultanahmet tour with the Blue Mosque and finally we will stop at Grand Covered Bazaar and will have free time to discover 4000 tiny shops in the passageways of the world’s largest covered bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul. (B, L)
Day 3: Half Day Morning Bosphorus Cruise
You will be picked-up from your hotel to visit the Spice Bazaar (or Egyptian Bazaar). Filled with spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, lokum (Turkish delight) and other edibles, Spice Bazaar has a smell of the fragrance of the exotic East. Then join a boat excursion on the Bosphorus on a shared tour. Enjoy viewing Ottoman palaces, Bosphorus Bridge, citadels, centuries-old mansions and the European and Asian shorelines at the same time. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel at approximately 1:00 pm. overnight in Istanbul. (B)
Day 4: Ephesus and Laodicea & Pamukkale
Early morning transfer to Istanbul airport for your flight to Izmir. Meet with your guide and drive to Ephesus, one of the “Seven Churches of Revelation”. Visit to St. John Basilica and the, Last abode of Virgin Mary at Mount Solmissos. Visit to the old Greco-Roman city of Ephesus, most important of the “Seven Churches of Asia Minor”, where St. John brought Mary in fulfillment of his pledge to Jesus to protect her, she is believed to have taken into heaven. After lunch, continue to Laodicea a Crossroads of the ancient world. Overnight stay in Pamukkale. (L, D)
Day 5: Pamukkale, Sardis and Philadelphia and İzmir
In the morning, we visit the ancient city of Hierapolis home of Philip the Evangelist. Have a break at the calcium terraces of Pamukkale later on proceed to Philadelphia. Philadelphia (Alasehir), the youngest of the “Seven Churches of Revelation”, visiting the still standing remains of an early church and the city walls Lunch on the way. In the afternoon visit, ancient city and ruins of the famous church of Sardis the ancient Lydian capital. Later on than drive to İzmir where we overnight stay. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Pergamon &Thyatira
Departure after breakfast Visiting to St.Polycarp Church (İzmir),recipient a letter from St Paul praising the early believers for their faithfulness.After visiting St.Polycarp Church,then depart for Pergamon (Bergama), the place where, wrote St. John to the church of Pergamon, “Satan’s throne is sited. Visit the Church of Pergamon, the red-court, Acropolis, after lunch; we drive to Akhisar where the remains of church of Thyatira.With the 7 th church visit then drive back to İzmir for overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 7: İzmir – Istanbul
After breakfast in the hotel,depart for short tour of city Smyrna (İzmir),Agora where was the center of ancient city Smyrna.Arceological Museum and then Kemeraltı for shopping.Then transfer to İzmir airport take afternoon flight to Istanbul arrival and transfer to hotel Overnight in Istanbul. (B)
Day 8: Istanbul
Free time till transfer to airport for the flight back to home or you can add on one our tour packages for extension. Seven Churches tour Istanbul
Biblical References: Acts 6:5; 11:19-30 13:1-3 15:1-2, 22-35
Antakya (Antioch): Acts 13:4
Seleucia Pieria: Acts 9:11,30,11:25.21-39,22:3,25-29
Tarsus: Acts 14: 6,20-21,16:1,20:4
Derbe: Acts 14: 6,20-21,16:1,20:4
Lystra: Acts 14: 6-23 16 :1-4 II Timothy 3:11
Konya (Iconium): Acts 13:51;14:1-6, 19; 16:2, II Timothy 3:11
Antioch of Pisidia: Acts 13:14-52, II Timothy 3:11
Antalya (Attalia): Acts 14-25
Perge(Perga): Acts 13:13-14;14:25
Myra: Acts 27:5-6
Patara: Acts 21:1-2
Miletus: Acts 20:15-38 II Timothy 4:20
Hierapolis: Colossians 4:13
Assos: Acts 20:13-14
Alexandria Troas: Acts 16:8-11, 20:5-12, II Corinthians 2:12-13, II Timothy 4:13
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TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
Arrival, departure airport transfers and ground transportation.
Transportation in non-smoking mini/midi bu sor bus with professional English speaking guide and experienced driver.
All accommodation at 3 & 4 star hotels
All of the excursions mentioned in the schedule
All of the meal mentioned in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch & D-dinner)
Entrance to the various sites Domestic flight tickets
Services charges and local taxes
TOUR PRICE EXCLUDES:
Tips to staff, items of a personal nature.
Drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast).
International flight tickets.
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