Day 1: Istanbul
Arrival at Istanbul airport. Meet and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul
Full day city tour of Istanbul. There visits to ancient Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, The Underground Cistern, St. Sophia Church, Topkapi Palace, Then drive to Chora, a medieval church with all the Christian mosaics and frescoes. World famous Grand Bazaar covers more than 4000 shops. Overnight in Istanbul. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Istanbul - Troy - Canakkale
In the morning depart for Canakkale. We will drive along the northern coasts of Marmara Sea. Lunch at Tekirdag. Taking the ferry to cross Dardanelles. Visit to legendary town of Troy. Dinner and overnight in Canakkale. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Canakkale - Troas - Assos - Pergamum - Izmir
In the morning we drive to Troas visited by St. Paul on his 3rd Journey, (Acts 16:8-11;20:5-12; II Corinthians 2:12-13; Timothy 4:13), then continue to Assos (Acts 20:13-14) where St. Paul joined by St. Luke. After we finish our visit in Assos, we drive to Pergamum (2:12-17) visit the Acropolis and Asclepion, the Medical center of thermal cure. For evening, we continue to metropolis of Izmir (Smyrna, Revelation 2: 8-11), Homer's birthplace on the Aegean Coast. Overnight in Izmir. Includes: (B).
Day 5: Izmir - Thyatira - Izmir
Today begin with Thyatira (Akhisar) (Revelation 2: 18-29 , Acts 16:14), a city of artisans' guilds in St. Paul's time. In the afternoon city tour of Izmir. Inclides: (B).
Day 6: Sardis - Philadelphia - Laodecia - Pamukkale
Today visit three of Seven Churches. Drive to Sardis, one of the most picturesque areas of these seven cities. It is here St. John expressed his concern for pushing further with the progress of the city's faith (Revelation 3: 1-5). Move to Philadelphia (Alasehir), a favorite city of Paul and John. Leodicia (Revelation 3: 14-22; Colossians 2: 1; 4: 13-16), was another prosperous city in the chain, where Christianity first spread. Later, proceed across valley to the neighboring city of Hierapolis along with the spectacular thermal pools of Pamukkale. Overnight in Pamukkale. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 7: Pamukkale - Ephesus - Kusadasi
Today is truly special! Drive to Ephesus (Ephesians; Revelation 1: 11, 2: 1-7; Acts 18: 19-28; 19: 1-4). It was the home of St. Paul between 54 and 57 A.D. Nearby we visit the Virgin Mary's House on a wooded hilltop where it was miraculously discovered. Finally we stop at the restoration of St. John's Basilica where, according to legend, he was buried. A short drive to Kusadasi which is very popular holiday destination nearby Ephesus. Overnight in Kusadasi. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Kusadasi - Izmir
Transfer to Izmir airport for your flight to Istanbul or home. Includes: (B).
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