The Seven Churches of Asia Minor

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The Seven Churches of Asia Minor



Highlights

...I was caught up in spirit on the Lord's day and heard behind me a voice as loud as a trumpet, 'Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.  (Rv 1:10-11)

Highlights Include:
  • Istanbul sightseeing including The Church of St. Savior, St. Sophia, The Blue Mosque
  • The Byzantine Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar
  • Visit the famous city of Troy and see its remains dating back to the 3rd millennium B.C. 
  • Visit Pergamum to see the majestic Acropolis, Temples, Palaces and the Theater
  • In Ephesus visit the Basilica of John, House of the Virgin Mary, Temple of Diana

Itinerary

Day 1 New York, NY

Evening departure from New York' International Airport on board our jet for our journey to Istanbul. Dinner and breakfast will be served on flight.

Day 2 Istanbul

Arrive in Istanbul where we will be met by our hospitality host and transferred to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Istanbul is the former Byzantium - the powerful capital of the Byzantine Empire, the stronghold of Early Christianity.

Day 3 Istanbul

Spend an unforgettable day of sightseeing, featuring the Church of St. Saviour, one of the earliest and most important Christian churches, famous for its mosaics; the Byzantine Hippodrome, St. Sophia Church, the impressive Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace home of the Ottoman Sultans for 400 years and the Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 4 Canakkale

Drive from Istanbul to Canakkale via the Dardanelles. Visit Troy, the famous city of Homer's 'Iliad" among the remains of nine levels dating from the 3rd millennium B.C. to the Roman period.After lunch, drive to Canakkale for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 Izmir

Drive to Alexandria Troas, whence Paul, inspired by a dream, set sail to Neapolis in Macedonia on his Second missionary Journey (Act of the Apostles: 16.9). Continue to Assos, where Paul rejoined his companions after a 20 mile walk (Acts: 20-13). Then on to Pergamum (one of the Seven Churches of Asia) to see the majestic Acropolis with the Altar of Zeus (Throne of Satan), the Theater, Temples, Palaces, the Gymnasium, and the Aesclupium (the ancient medieval center). Drive to Izmir via Thyatira, another of the Seven Churches with remains of a Basilica. Drive to Izmir for overnight.

Day 6 Pamukkale

After a short sightseeing tour of Izmir (ancient Smyrna and one of the Seven Churches (Rev: 2-8), drive to Sardes (Rev: 3-1). Visit of the Temple of Artemis, the recently reconstructed gymnasium and the largest synagogue discovered in Asia Minor. On to Philadelphia (Rev: 3-7) and then to Laodecia (Rev. 3-14) to see the last of the Seven Churches. Drive to Pamukkale, famous for its unique stalactite formations and the beautiful natural pools of warm water. Dinner and overnight in Hierapolis (Pamukkale).

Day 7 Izmir

In the morning visit Hierapolis, with its marvels such as the Necropolis, Baths, Theater and St. Philippe Martyrium. Drive to Ephesus. In Ephesus (Acts: 17 and Rev. 2-1) visit the Basilica of John, the last House of the Virgin Mary, and the site of the Temple of Diana, along with other famous remains. Continue to Miletus, where Paul said farewell to the Ephesian elders on his Third Missionary Journey (Rev. 20-17). Return to Izmir.

Day 8 New York, NY

Today our journey ends with good memories as we bid farewell to our new Turkish friends. We are transferred to the airport for our flight home. Arrival the same day.


Inclusions

Included in price:

  • Round trip airfare from a New York Area gateway
  • Accommodations in Superior Tourist Class Hotels
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Airport-hotel transfers
  • Hotel taxes and baggage handling
  • Touring by Private Air Conditioned Motorcoach
  • Services of a Professional English Speaking Tour Escort
Not Included:
  • Gratuities
  • Optional Travel Insurance (recommended)
  • Single Supplement
  • Any items not mentioned on the itinerary

Hotels


2021 Dates & Prices

Dates Land Only Air & Land
$1898 $2998*

2022 Dates & Prices

Dates Land Only Air & Land
$1898 $2998*
$1898 $3198*
$1898 $3598*
$1898 $3298*
$1898 $3098*

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