This tour is of the ancient city of Ephesus where both the Apostles Paul and John lived and preached. This tour usually begins and ends in Istanbul, but can be started and ended in other Turkish cities.
Fly from Istanbul to Izmir. You will be met at the airport by your guide and your driver who will take you to the ancient city of Ephesus. Once there, you will see the Ephesus outdoor museum which is one of the best preserved ancient cities in the world. You will see the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, the theater of Ephesus where Demetrius started the riot (Acts 19), and the Double Church (The Church of Mary) where the third ecumenical council convened in 431 AD. Next you will be taken to the Isa Bey Mosque (translated: Mr. Jesus Mosque). This is a building that was once a part of the complex which holds the Basilica of St. John. There is archeological and historical evidence that suggests this is the area where John the Apostle was buried. Next you will visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World). This is the location of the temple where Demetrius and the silversmiths worked (Acts 19). Last, you will see the House of the Virgin Mary venerated as the house where Mary, the mother of Jesus, lived out the remainder of her life while in the care of John the Apostle. Fly back to Istanbul in the evening.
What is included? Round trip airfare from Istanbul; all ground transfers; admissions to the museums; English speaking, biblically knowledgeable guide; lunch is included (but not beverages with lunch).