Siete Iglesias del Apocalipsis
Day 1: IZMIR ARRIVAL
Upon our arrival at Izmir airport or Kusadasi port, meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Izmir.
Day 2: PERGAMUM – THYATIRA - IZMIR
Drive to Pergamum, modern-day Bergama [Rev. 1:11; 2:12]. Explore the impressive Acropolis, the steepest theater in the world and the Asklepion. See the Altar of Zeus mentioned as the «Throne of Satan» in the book of Revelation. Continue to Thyatira (Akhisar) [Rev. 1:11; 2:18-24; Acts 16:14] and visit the remains of the Basilica. Enjoy a panoramic drive through Smyrna, the third largest city in Turkey and one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 2:12-17]. Dinner will be provided at the hotel in Izmir.
Day 3: IZMIR – SARDIS – PHILADELPHIA - LAODICEA – HIERAPOLIS
Early morning start and first visit is Sardis (presently Sart) [Rev. 1:11; 3:1-4], one of the most picturesque sites of the Seven Churches of Asia. We visit the great Temple of Artemis and the Temple of Cybele. In Philadelphia (Alasehir) [Rev. 1:11; 3:7] we will see the remains of the Byzantine Basilica and 11th century frescoes. Proceed to Laodicea (Denizli) [Rev. 1:11; 3:14; Col. 2:1; 4:13-16], where we see the ancient theater and visit the Gate of Domitian, and the Arcadian Way among other monuments. Today’s tour ends with a visit to Hierapolis (Pamukkale) [Col. 4:13] where ancient hot springs cascade over steep cliffs, forming stalactites and pools. Enjoy dinner at the hotel in Hierapolis.
Day 4: EPHESUS - KUSADASI
Drive to Ephesus and visit the ancient city and the Basilica of St. John. The Apostle Paul preached to the Ephesians and lived here for three years. We tour the spectacular ruins where excavations still continue in this once great and important city, which was founded in the 10th century BC. Visit The House of Virgin Mary before driving to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: IZMIR – HOME
Transfer to Izmir airport for your departure flight. We hope that your trip visiting the Churches found in Revelation has brought you a new understanding of the Bible to go along with fresh memories, souvenirs and a renewed interest in Turkey, the land of culture, faith and mystery.