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Istanbul And 7 Churches Of The Revelation

Tour Code: TRBIBLICAL169 | Package Tours | Duration: 7 days / 6 nights | Departure: Everyday

Highlights: Istanbul, Izmir, Pergamum, Smyrna, Thyatira, Sardis, Philedephia, Hierapolis, Pamukkale, Laodicea, Ephesus, The House of the Virgin Mary

itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul
Upon your arrival at Istanbul Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay in Istanbul.

Day 2: Full-Day Istanbul Classic City Tour (Breakfast)
After breakfast, embark on a full-day tour to explore the key attractions of Istanbul, the former capital of the Ottoman Empire. The tour includes visits to Hagia Sophia, a magnificent Byzantine church transformed into the Grand Mosque of Istanbul; the Blue Mosque, renowned for its blue tiles and six minarets; The Ancient Hippodrome, where chariot races once took place; and the impressive Egyptian obelisk, brought to Constantinople in 390 AD. The tour continues with a visit to Topkapi Palace (closed on Tuesdays), the former residence of Ottoman sultans and their harem. Conclude the day with a short drive to the exotic Grand Bazaar (closed on Sundays and feast days), the world's oldest and largest marketplace with a unique collection of handmade carpets, jewelry, leather goods, and souvenirs. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay in Istanbul.

Day 3: Half-Day Bosphorus Cruise / Istanbul-Izmir (Breakfast)
Begin your day with a visit to Rustem Pasa Mosque and a stroll through the Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market). Experience the mystical scents of various spices and explore shops selling vegetables, fruits, fish, and flowers. Next, embark on a 1.5-hour Bosphorus cruise, where you'll witness the beauty of Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Maidens Tower, Bosphorus bridges, Rumeli and Anadolu fortresses, and Ottoman Residences. After the tour, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Izmir. Upon arrival in Izmir, transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 4: Pergamum / Smyrna (Breakfast)
Early departure to Pergamum, where you'll visit the Asclepieion, a significant healing center in antiquity, and the Acropolis with monumental buildings and herons donated by the kings of Pergamum. Explore the Temple of Serapis and the Red Courtyard dedicated to St. John. After lunch, return to Izmir and visit St. Polycarp Church at Izmir (Smyrna) (Revelation 2:8-11). Stay overnight in Izmir.

Day 5: Thyatira / Sardis / Philadelphia (Breakfast)
Depart early for Thyatira, known for its unique remains, including a temple and a large church. Explore the city, which became an early center of Christianity, visited by the apostle Paul. Continue to Sardis, the wealthy capital of the ancient Lydian Empire, and then visit Philadelphia with its famous Church of Philadelphia, an important place for the spread of the Christian faith (Revelation 3:7-13). Afterward, drive to Pamukkale and check in to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 6: Hierapolis and Pamukkale / Laodicea (Breakfast)
Begin your day with a visit to Hierapolis, exploring the Necropolis, the Roman Bath, the Domitian Gate, the Main Street, and the Byzantian Gate. Walk to the natural warm water terraces formed by running calcium-rich water. After lunch, continue your visit to Laodicea, mentioned in Revelations by St. John (Revelation 3:14-22) and known as "The City of Compromise" in ancient times. Drive to Kusadasi and stay overnight.

Day 7: Ephesus and Virgin Mary Tour (Breakfast)
Explore the spectacular city of Ephesus and its surroundings. Visit the House of the Virgin Mary on top of Bulbul Mountain, a pilgrimage site for people of all denominations. Proceed to the Ancient City of Ephesus to discover well-preserved theaters, fountains, and buildings. After lunch, visit the Basilica of St. John and the Ephesus Museum. The tour concludes with a transfer to Izmir airport.

 No extra hidden cost..!

What is included

What’s Included
6 nights accommodation according to your selection as 3, 4, or 5 stars.
All mentioned transfers in the program.
All mentioned tours in the program include transportation with air-conditioned buses, guidance, and entrance fees.
English-speaking guide.
(You can ask for other language options).
All meals as described in the itinerary.
All local taxes.

What’s Not Included
Tips (optional).
Domestic flights
International flights.
Visa (if needed).
Travel insurance.
Personal expenses.

No extra hidden cost!

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