STEPS OF ST. PAUL TOUR & prıvate PATMOS cruıse FOR SEPTEMBER 2017 17 SePTEMBER 2017-23 SEPTEMBER 2017

The lands of Turkey are located at a point where the three continents making up the old world. Asia, Africa and Europe are closest to each other, and straddle the point where Europe and Asia meet. Because of its geographical location the mainland of Anatolia has always found favor throughout history, and is the birthplace of many great civilizations.Turkey is the second holy land. Follow in the steps of St. Paul's journeys in Turkey. It includes the religious sites and places such as Laodicea, Hierapolis, Ephesus, Patmos, Philadelphia, Thyatira, Alexandria Troas, Pergamum and Sardis. A must pilgrimage for all the Christians and true believers.

Day 1-17 September 2017- Izmir

Arrival to Izmir and transfer to your hotel. Spend the day for free. Izmir is a metropolitan city in the western extremity of Anatolia and the third most populous city in Turkey, after Istanbul and Ankara. In classical antiquity the city was known as Smyrna that was founded by the Greeks, taken over by the Romans and rebuilt by Alexander the Great before becoming part of the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century. İzmir has almost 4,000 years of recorded urban history and even longer as an advanced human settlement. Lying on an advantageous location at the head of a gulf running down in a deep indentation, midway on the western Anatolian coast, it has been one of the principal mercantile cities of the Mediterranean Sea for much of its history. Izmir hosted the Mediterranean Games in 1971 and the World University Games (Universiade) in 2005.

Day 2- 18 September 2017- Sardes, Philadelphia & Pamukkale

After breakfast you will visit the sites of the churches; Sardis and Philadelphia. Depart for the visit of Sardis, one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Jesus told Sardis, "I know thy works, that thou hast a name, that thou livest, and art dead"(Rev. 3: 1-6). Coins were minted and the dyeing of wool originated in Sardis. They will be impressed by the massive scale of the Temple of Artemis, by the white marble Royal Road, by the gymnasium, and by the synagogue. Then visit the site of Philadelphia also one of the Seven Churches of Revelation Rev. 3: 7-13). Christ told those who overcame that He would write upon them "the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem." (Rev.3: 12). Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.

Day 3-19 September 2017-Hierapolis, Laodicea & Kusadasi

After the breakfast at the hotel, depart for the visit of Hierapolis; an ancient city of pagan cults, Hierapolis or "holy city" was evangelized by Paul and Epaphras. The Apostle Philip lived and is said to be buried here. Pamukkale, or "cotton castle" is a spa and resort center with its hot springs and cascading limestone pools. Continue to Laodicea; The Christians of Laodicea, one of the Seven Churches, (Rev. 3: 14-22) were chastised for being lukewarm, "You are neither cold nor hot" (Rev. 3: 15), and for being too comfortable incorporating pagan and Christian beliefs. In the famous scripture from Revelation (3: 20-21), Jesus says to the Laodicean church: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock...". Today, there are many acres of ruins to see, including the stadium and columned streets. Drive to Kusadasi, dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 4- 20 September 2017- Patmos

Today you will be picked up from your hotel to be transferred to Kusadasi Port to take our private charter service to Patmos. You will depart for the tour upon your arrival. The Sacred Island of Patmos lies at the northwestern extremity of the Dodecanese between the islands of Ikaria and Leros. An and of rare beauty captivating the visitor at first glance, with its picturesque harbor dominated by the imposing Monastery of St. John standing on the hill above. Leaving Skala harbor,you take a drive to the impressive village of Chora. The Monastery of St. John is situated amongst gleaming white houses forming a startling contrast to its dark mass. The Blessed Christodoulos, Servant of Christ, built the Monastery in 1088.It has thick, high walls crowned all around with battles and a total of eight chapels. The courtyard is laid with pebbles and decorated with arches through which one can see the intricately designed frescoes adorning the chapel entrance. The museum houses a magnificent collection of jeweled alices, crowns and crosses. In addition, there are old writings dating back as far as 1073, icons and religious paintings including an original El Greco. Many exhibits from the library, which unfortunately is not open to the public, can also be viewed in the museum. The tour then continues with a visit to the Grotto of St. John taking the form of a 17th century Monastery built around the cave where St. John lived for two years (95-97AD) during his writings of the Apocalypse. Inside on can see the stone which he is said to have used as a pillow. After this memorable tour, you will embark the coach for the short ride back to the port. (Photos or video are not permitted within the churches and the Monastery Museum). You will take our private charter service to Kusadasi for overnight.

Day 5- 21 September 2017- Ephesus Tour

Today you will depart for full day tour of Ephesus; Ephesus is one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 1: 11). In ancient days, Ephesus was a bustling port town of 250,000, graced with wide, colonnade bordered streets. The St. Paul's first visit to Ephesus was brief -during his second missionary tour (Acts 18:19-21). His second visit lasted about three years -during his third Ephesus missionary tour (Acts 19:1 to 20:31). Luke's account of the worship of Diana appears in Acts 19:34-35. The Great Theatre (stadium) mentioned in Acts 19:29-31 could seat 25,000 people. Walk the marble-paved street with grooves made by chariot wheels. See the Fountain of Trajan, the Library of Celsus, and the Great Theatre. Visit the Chapel of the Virgin Mary (Double Church), where the Third Ancient Council convened. Then continue to The House of Virgin Mary where she spent her last days. They will visit the Basilica of St. John; early tradition associated John,the disciple of Jesus, the author of the Gospel of John and the Book of Revelation with the city of Ephesus. As early as the 4th or 5th century a Christian church was built over a simple grave, supposedly the grave of St. John. In the 6th centuryEmperor Justinian had an impressive domed basilica built to replace the earlier church. The church, known as the Church of St. John the Theologian, is located on Ayasuluk Hill, which can be reached by a street leading up from the center of the town called Selcuk. Dinner and overnight in Izmir.

Day 6-22 September 2017-Thyatira, Pergamum & Alexandria Troas

Depart for the visit of Thyatira; was once a busy trading center and famous in dyeing of purple clothes. Thyatira is one of the Seven Churches mentioned in Revelations tolerated the false prophetess, Jezebel (Rev. 1: 11; 2: 18-29). Continue to Pergamum ; a most memorable experience will be Pergamum, with its acropolis and Great Theatre, the steepest of Pergamum the ancient world. Revelation 2:12-16 describes the city as "where Satan's seat is", a reference to the altar of Zeus, where we pause for reflection on the fulfillment of Scripture. Nearby, visit the Red Basilica; once a pagan temple, it later converted into a Christian church. Finally, walk through the Asclepion, the famous medical center of antiquity. Continue your tour with the visit of Alexandria Troas, here, on his second missionary journey, Paul had a vision in which he was called to Macedonia (Acts 16: 8-13). Later, during his third journey, Paul spent a week in Troas preaching. On one occasion he also resurrected Eutychus who fell to his death from a window while sleeping (Acts 20:6-12).Continue to Canakkale for dinner and overnight.

Day 7- 23 September 2017-Home

After breakfast you will depart to Istanbul to take your flight home.

Accommodation

Blanca Hotel in Izmir -www.blancahotel.com/index-en.php

(17.09.2017- 18.09.2017 & 21.09.2017-22.09.2017)

Colossae Hotel in Pamukkale-www.colossaehotel.com/colossae/lang/2/en/english.aspx

(18.09.2017- 19.09.2017)

Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel in Kusadasi-www.ilaydaavantgarde.com/

(19.09.2017-21.09.2017)

Akol Hotel in Canakkale- www.hotelakol.com.tr/index.php/en/

(22.09.2017-23.09.2017)

Rates

  • $548 per person in a double room-$504 per person in a triple room for 40 pax
  • $570 per person in a double room-$526 per person in a triple room for 35 pax
  • $601per person in a double room-$557 per person in a triple room for 30 pax
  • $647 per person in a double room-$603 per person in a triple room for 25 pax
  • $637 per person in a double room-$593 per person in a triple room for 20 pax
  • $755 per person in a double room-$711 per person in a triple room for 15 pax
  • $892 per person in a double room-$848 per person in a triple room for 10 pax

* Single supplement will be $ 90.

Inclusions

  • Professional licensed English speaking tour guide for the entire tour
  • All entrance fees to the ancient/historical sites per listed in the itinerary
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • Private Charter Service to Patmos from Kusadasi & return
  • Port tax for Patmos Trip
  • Accommodation HB basis at all of the hotels
  • Lunch at Patmos
  • Portage

Credits:

Created with images by nikolabelopitov - "archeology history ancient" • Ken and Nyetta - "Izmir's Clock Tower" • LoggaWiggler - "pamukkale lime sinter terrace calcium" • 762090 - "ephesus turkey greece" • Chris Ruggles - "156DSC_0019Pergamum"

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