ISTANBUL, ANKARA & Seven Churches Tour for SEPTEMBER 2017 25.09.2017-02.10.2017

Day 1 - 25 September 2017- Istanbul

You will be picked up from Istanbul Ataturk Airport & depart for the hotel. Spend the day for free & overnight at the hotel.

Day 2- 26 September 2017- Istanbul

Today you will depart for Hagia Sophia. Built by the Emperor Justinian when Istanbul was Constantinople, this magnificent example of Byzantine architecture boasts a massive dome, a lengthy nave, and an interior decorated with marble, precious stones, and pillars from Ephesus. Continue to Blue Mosque. Six graceful minarets adorn the elegant mosque, one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. More than 20,000 blue Iznik tiles highlight the superb interior. You will visit Hippoddrome.The large, open square was once the site of a Roman circus that rivaled the Colosseum and could seat a quarter of a million spectators. Monuments on the site include the Snake Column from Delphi and an Egyptian obelisk taken from the Temple of Karnak at Luxor. Later on you will be browisng Grand Bazaar.The largest and the oldest covered market place in the world with more than 4,000 shops in the labyrinth of streets. Enjoy the colorful array of shops that offer an endless selection of goods that includes jewelry, fabrics, spices and local handicrafts. After the tour you will be dropped off to your hotel for overnight.

Day 3- 27 September 2017-Ankara

In the morning you will be transferred to Istanbul Airport to take your flight to Ankara. You will visit the world famous Anatolian Civilizations Museum; established in 1921, the collections include Hittite, Greek, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Period artifacts from the 1st millennium, made of gold, silver, glass, marble, bronze and coins represent exceptional cultural assets. Ancient jewellery is exhibited in the museum. Continue to the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the founder of the Turkish Republic. After the tour you will be transferred to your hotel in Ankara for overnight.

Day 4- 28 September 2017- Smyrna & Pergamum

Today you will be transferred to Ankara Airport to take your flight to Izmir. Upon arrival to Izmir, depart for the visit of ancient Smyrna; poor and persecuted, the church at Smyrna suffered amidst prosperity for its refusal worship the Roman Emperor. This proved to be the last stronghold of Christianity in Asia Minor. Home of the great second century Bishop Polycarp Pergamum who was burned alive at the age of eighty-six. Continue to Pergamum; a most memorable experience will be Pergamum, with its acropolis and Great Theatre, the steepest of 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 Basilica;once a pagan temple, it later converted into a Christian church. Finally, walk through the Asclepion, the famous medical center of antiquity. Overnight at your hotel in Izmir.

Day 5- 29 September 2017- Thyatira, Sardis &Philadelphia

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). Travel to Sardis, another 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. You 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. 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) Today, not much is left to mark the spot. You will see an ancient wall and the remains of a Byzantine basilica. Overnight in Pamukkale.

Day 6- 30 September 2017- Hierapolis & Laodicea

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 "cottoncastle" is a spa and resort center with its hot springs and cascading limestone pools. Col. 4:12-13. Hierapolis 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 and a chance to witness the newest axcavations in Laodicea. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 7- 1 October 2017- Ephesus

Today you will depart for Ephesus that 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 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 with a capacity of 24.000 spectators. Visit the Chapel of the Virgin Mary (Double Church), where the Third Ancient Council convened. Continue to 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 century Emperor 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. Visit the Museum of Ephesus for an up-close look at artifacts from the ancient city. After the tour you will be transferred to your hotel in Kusadasi for overnight.

Day 8- 2 October 2017- Home

Today you will be transferred to Izmir Airport to take your flight home via Istanbul.

Accommodation

Grand Halic Hotel in Istanbul -http://www.grandhalic.com/en/

(25.09.2017-27.09.2017)

Neva Palas Hotel in Ankara-http://www.nevapalas.com.tr/?lang=eng

(27.09.2017-28.09.2017)

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

(28.09.2017- 29.09.2017)

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

(29.09.2017-30.09.2017)

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

(30.09.2017-02.10.2017)

Rates:

  • $606 per person in a double room for 15 pax
  • $696 per person in a double room for 10 pax

* Single Supplement will be $80.

Inclusions

  • Professional licensed English speaking tour guide for the tours
  • All entrance fees to the ancient/historical sites per listed in the itinerary
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • Accommodation on BB basis at the hotel in Istanbul & HB basis at all of the hotels listed above
  • Portage
  • Flight ticket from Istanbul to Ankara & Ankara to Izmir

Credits:

Created with images by 762090 - "ephesus turkey greece" • briansuda - "Hagia Sophia" • nikolabelopitov - "archeology history ancient"

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