Seven Churches and Istanbul Tour • 7 Days
DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL
Meet and greet upon arrival at Istanbul airport . Transfer assisted by our staff , to give briefing about details of the program. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 2 ISTANBUL
The sightseeing tour of Istanbul will feature Hippodrome where public gatherings, chariot races were held in Byzantium, Blue Mosque of Ottoman era ,famous for its blue Iznik tiles covering the interior , St. Sophia of Byzance and Topkapi Palace, the residence of Ottoman Sultans -the imperial treasury, silverware and Chinese porcelains are stunning-. After a light lunch, proceed to the city walls of Constantinople along the GoldenHorn the natural harbour of Byzantium, to St. Savior in Chora with the best preserved mosaics and frescoes. Spice Bazaar with the oriental colours and aroma are in agenda today befor returning to hotel.
DAY 3 ISTANBUL
Proceed to the Grand Bazaar for a leisurely morning visit, then continue to the water front for boat ride on Bosphorus. Between the the contienents of Asia and Europe. Following light lunch of Turkish culinary, stop at Pera where the non-muslems lived through the Ottoman era with numerous churches of Christian beliefs. The Italian church highly favoured by all believers will welcome you for a candle. Return to hotel (Feel free to stay longer in the area and return on own to hotel)
DAY 4 ISTANBUL / IZMIR-KUSADASI
06:30 Transfer to the airport for 8am flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, transfer to Pergamum ( Revelation 2:12-17) to visit Acropolis, Temple of Athena, library, Royal Palace, Temple of Trajan, the steepest theater of the ancient world, Altar of Zeus. Then visit the Red Basilica, the Archeological Museum and Asclepion (medical center of the ancient world).Continue to Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29) which was a commercial center on the highway between Troy and Sardis. Visit remains of a church, transfer to hotel Izmir or Kusadasi.
DAY 5 IZMIR / PAMUKKALE
Early morning visit of unweiling ancient Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11), the Agora and Alexander the Grate's Castle on Mount Pagus overlooking Izmir. Leave Izmir for Ephesus, early Christianity (Revelation 1:1 ; 2:1-7), Odeon, Fountains, Temples, Library, Great theater, Double Church and stadium are stil in great shape. St. John's Basilica and his tomb by Temple of Artemis of pagan era are neighbours, then climb to the shrine of Virgin Mary beieved to have spent her last days. Continue to Pamukkale (3 hours) for dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 6 PAMUKKALE / IZMIR
Start the day with
stalactites of Pamukkale -the
ancient city of Hierapolis with
and the best
time to swim in the
natural hot springs.
The ancient city of Laodicea, home
of Zenon and city of
rich people is also
nearby, one of the
seven churches of
)and the remains of
the Cathedral are in
Continue to Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13)
for the acropolis
and the remains of
the Cathedral. Next
is Sardes (Revelation 3:1-6 ),
capital of the
ancient Lydia. The
Temple of Cybele and
Diana, later became
a church, the Golden
River, Pactalos and
the royal road are
still there. Last
call is at the
before moving to
hotel Izmir or Kusadasi.
(option to stay overnight in Izmir and fly out next day or fly out same day)
All prices subject to availability at time of booking.
Person in Double / Twin Sharing
Single Room Supplement
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The above given rates are in EURO, per person sharing twin, 18% VAT included. Any increase in taxes will be reflected to the prices.
We highly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance before departure.
Tour Price Includes
Arrival, departure airport transfers and ground transportation by air-conditioned vehicles, Accommodation in mentioned category. Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) entrance fee to the various sites and museums
International flights, drinks, personal expenses. Optional tours such as Turkish night and Turkish bath.
For group requirements other languages are available