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Your representative waits to greet you as you land in Istanbul. After transferring to your hotel, welcome briefing.
Your day begins with a guided tour exploring the ancient city with highlights to include: the magnificent Topkapi Palace (main residences of Ottoman Sultans), then walk across the Byzantine Hippodrome that was the scene of chariot races. In the afternoon we visit Saint Sophia Basilica,
historic seat of the Byzantine church, built in 537 AD and now a museum whose mosaics, stained glass windows and decorated domes have been crafted to create an environment of breath taking beauty. A short walk through gardens takes us to the Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet 1 built in 1616 that is famous for unequalled ceramic tiles. Overnight in Istanbul. Breakfast included.
Early morning flight to Izmir and visit Pergamum (Rev.2:12–17), and Aesculapiums, then continue to Thyatira (Rev. 2:18–29; Acts 16:14) a city of artisans’ guilds in St. Paul time. For evening we continue to Izmir (Smyrna,
Rev 2:8–11) Homer’s birthplace on the Aegean Coast. Breakfast and Dinner included.
This morning we explore Ephesus with its expansive synthesis of Greco-Roman and Christian remains (Ephesians; Rev 1:11: 2:1–7: Acts 18:19–28: 19:1–4), including the Church of Mary (The Council Church). It was the home of St. Paul between 54 & 57 AD. Nearby we visit Virgin Mary’s house on a wooded hilltop where it was miraculously discovered. In the evening, return to Izmir for overnight and dinner. Breakfast and Dinner included.
After breakfast we visit Sardis with its beautiful gymnasium and marble paved synagogue and the Temple of Arte- mis including ancient Christian Chapel of the 4th Century. Then continue to Philadelphia (Rev 3:7–13), a
favorite city of Paul and John. In the evening, we continue on to Pamukkale, the Cotton Fortress, with white lime cascades formed by hot mineral springs. Visit ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis and
enjoy a leisurely bath in the warm mineral waters of your hotel’s thermal pool. Breakfast and Dinner included.
Morning visit Hierapolis. This was Philip the Evangelist’s home. We will tour the extensive necropolis, churches and baths then stop at nearby Laodicea (Rev. 3:14–22: Col 2:1: 4:13–16), afternoon continue to Izmir for Overnight and farewell dinner. Breakfast and Dinner included.
Your escort will transfer you to the airport for the flight home. Breakfast included.
6 nights hotel accommodation
Accommodation at 4 or 5 star hotels
Sightseeing with English speaking expert tour guides
All entrance fees.
B breakfast, L lunch, D dinner
Local taxes and service charges
Porterage and tips at your hotels
Transportation with air-conditioned vehicles
Domestic flights (apprx.)
Istanbul to Izmir $110
Customary tips to your guides and drivers
* Private return transfers & private touring supplement:
English, Portuguese or Chinese speaking guides.
Private tours available on request.