4 day, 3 Night Tour
This is a 4 day, 3 night tour of the seven cities which received a letter from Jesus Christ through John the Apostle as recorded in the book of Revelation.
Depart for the acropolis of the ancient city of Pergamum. In Pergamum you will see Greek and Roman temples and what was once the largest open air amphitheater of the ancient world. Find out why the letter to Pergamum says that the city is where Satan has his throne. Then you will be taken down to Izmir where you will see The Agora (open air market) of Smyrna. Overnight in the third largest city in Turkey, Izmir.
Day 2- Head east to Sardis (Sart), Philadelphia (Alaşehir), then enjoy the hot springs of Pammukkale
Day two will begin with breakfast at your hotel and an adventure east to visit the ancient city of Sardis which was the capital city of the ancient Kingdom of Lydia. There you will see ruins of the Temple of Artemis next to the Church of Sardis. You will also visit the gymnasium and the ancient synagogue of Sardis. In the afternoon you will travel further east and visit the ancient city of Philadelphia. Visible still today are some of the original frescos of the church of Philadelphia known to be active at least until 600 A.D. In the evening you will see the indescribable Cotton Castle of Pamukkale. There you can enjoy the thermal, mineral-rich waters that were used for healing many different ailments in the ancient world. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 3- See “Lukewarm” Laodicea (Laodikeia), Ephesus (Selçuk), and relax beachfront on the Aegean Sea (Kuşadası)
In the morning you will have breakfast at your hotel and head to see the ruins of Laodicea where Jesus told the church that they were neither hot nor cold. Let the text of the bible come alive as you find out if the “lukewarm” that is mentioned in the letter is a metaphor for how the people of the ancient church were living and/or if it refers to the physical location of the city as it is centered between the hot springs of Hierapolis and the cool, drinking water of Colossae. Next, travel southwest to the city of Ephesus. Here you will see the Ephesus Indoor Museum, the ruins of the Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), and the Basilica Church where it is believed that the Apostle John is buried. Overnight in beachfront Kusadasi, where you can watch the sun drown into the Aegean Sea.
Day 4- Full Ephesus tour and the Church of Thyatira (Akhisar)
On your final tour day, you will have breakfast at the hotel and begin by seeing the Ephesus outdoor museum. The city of Ephesus is one of the best preserved ancient cities in the world and may be the highlight of your trip. You will see the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, the theater of Ephesus (Acts 19), and the Double Church (The Church of Mary) where the third ecumenical council convened in 431 AD. After lunch you will see the last of the churches, Thyatira. Return to either Istanbul or Izmir*.
*Please note that once you arrive in Turkey, your tour can begin in either Izmir or Istanbul. As well as end in either Istanbul or Izmir. If you are interested in an additional tour of Istanbul, that can also be arranged.