7 Churches of Revelation

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  • 12 Days
  • Max Travelers : 14
  • Tour Style: Premium
  • Tour Type: Private or Group

Overview

Embark on a trans-formative journey with our 12-Days 7 Churches of Revelation. Immerse yourself in the biblical tapestry of Asia Minor, tracing the footsteps of St. John. Uncover the spiritual and historical significance of each church, blending ancient wonders with modern comfort for an unforgettable pilgrimage experience.

Price Includes

  • Arrival & Departure Transfers
  • Meals (9 Breakfast; 8 Lunch; 5 Dinner)
  • Professional licensed local tour guide
  • Air-conditioned private vehicle
  • 2 Domestic Flights
  • All airport transfers
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Drinks
  • Any activity mentioned as optional
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for the guide and driver

What to Expect

Embark on a spiritual pilgrimage through the ancient landscapes of Asia Minor  in the “7 Churches of Revelation” tour. This immersive experience promises a deep dive into biblical history, offering participants a unique opportunity to connect with the roots of Christianity. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Rich Historical Tapestry
  • Spiritual Reflection
  • Local Cultural Immersion
  • Fellowship and Camaraderie

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Istanbul

Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul.

Please advise your flight arrival details, including which airport, at least 14 days prior to your departure.

 

Overnight: Istanbul

Included Meals: None

Day 2 - Istanbul

Start your adventure in the historic Hippodrome, a former chariot-racing arena that witnessed countless events in its storied past. Here, you’ll discover the Obelisk of Theodosius and the Serpent Column, both cherished remnants of Byzantine history. Stand in awe of the stunning Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Its impressive domes, intricate tilework, and towering minarets create a truly mesmerizing sight that defines Istanbul’s skyline.

 

Savour the flavours of authentic Turkish cuisine at a carefully selected restaurant. Our lunch stop provides a delightful opportunity to sample regional dishes and recharge for the rest of your adventure.

 

Next, venture into the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia built in the 6th century, a masterpiece of architectural ingenuity and a symbol of Istanbul’s enduring legacy. Marvel at its intricate mosaics, soaring dome, and the palpable sense of history within its walls. Then, descend into the subterranean world of the Basilica Cistern, an ancient underground reservoir. Delve into the mysterious atmosphere as you stroll among the submerged columns and illuminated pathways, feeling as though you’ve stepped back in time.

 

Overnight: Istanbul

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 3 - Izmir

Today morning, transfer to airport for your flight to Izmir. Upon arrival in Izmir, visit St. Polycarp Church in Izmir, whose patron saint is Polycarp, a Christian bishop of Smyrna who died a martyr, one of the Seven Churches mentioned in Revelation. Explore the ancient city of Smyrna (modern-day Izmir) and Agora of Smyrna (Rev. 2:8-11), known for its rich history and impressive archaeological sites.

 

Overnight: Izmir

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 - Izmir

Visit the ancient Greek city of Pergamon (Rev. 2:12-17), which is one of the Seven Churches and is in the modern town of Bergama. Here, you can explore its remarkable Acropolis, the steeply seated theatre, and the well-preserved Asklepion. Visit the Red Basilica, also known as St. John’s Church.

Afterward, continue your journey to Thyatira (Rev. 2:18-29), now known as Akhisar, another significant site among the Seven Churches of Asia. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the remnants of a basilica and various architectural fragments dating back to the Roman era before returning to your hotel for some well-deserved relaxation.

 

Overnight: Izmir

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 5 - Pamukkale

Embark on an early morning journey to one of the most enchanting destinations among the Seven Churches of Asia, known as Sardeis (Rev. 1:11; 3:1-4), now recognized as Sart. This city, once the capital of the ancient Lydian kingdom during the 6th century BC, is depicted in Revelation as a church in decline. During our visit, we’ll explore the magnificent Temple of Artemis, tour the meticulously restored gymnasium, and witness the reconstructed Synagogue. Additionally, we’ll have the opportunity to view the final sections of the royal Persian Road, which stretches from Susa to Sardeis, a remarkable testament to the legacy of Cyrus the Great.

Continuing our pilgrimage, we’ll head to Philadelphia (Rev. 1:11; 3:7), now known as Alasehir, which stands as another of the Seven Churches of Asia. Notably, Philadelphia is the only church without criticism in the Book of Revelation. Our exploration here will lead us to the remnants of a Byzantine basilica constructed from brick, featuring impressive high arches and remarkable 11th-century frescoes.

 

Overnight: Pamukkale

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6: Kusadasi

Today, start the day exploring Hierapolis, whose name translates to “Sacred City,” originally served as a hub for pagan cults before undergoing a transformation into a Christian centre during the first century. Tradition holds that the Apostle Philip resided in and was eventually martyred in Hierapolis. It is believed that the hot springs of Hierapolis, in contrast to the cold mountain springs near Colossae, played a role in addressing the spiritual condition of the “lukewarm” Laodiceans (Rev. 3:14-22). This historical connection between the cities is what underlies Paul’s mention of Hierapolis and Laodicea in his letter to the Colossians (Colossians 4:13).

Laodicea (Rev. 3:14-22) boasts extensive ruins to explore, including a well-preserved stadium and remnants of an advanced water system. Nearby Colossae is renowned in Christian circles as the recipient of Paul’s epistle to the Colossians. Unfortunately, Colossae has faded into historical obscurity, leaving nothing to be seen today.

As we conclude our exploration of these ancient sites, we embark on a scenic journey through the Turkish countryside, eventually arriving at the port city of Kusadasi.

 

Overnight: Kusadasi

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Kusadasi

We journey to the nearby town of Selcuk to explore the historic marvel that is ancient Ephesus. Ephesus (Rev. 2:1–7), once a bustling port city with a population of 250,000, still reveals the grandeur of its past through impressive excavations. Our tour of this ancient city includes the iconic Library, the bustling Agora, the magnificent theatre, and the vibrant mosaics within the aristocratic Terrace Houses. Additionally, we’ll savour a panoramic view of the surrounding ancient port area, offering valuable insights into the city’s rich history and culture.

Following our exploration of Ephesus, we proceed to visit the Basilica Church of St. John. This church is renowned for housing an immersion baptismal and is traditionally believed to be the resting place of John the Apostle. Stop at the site of the Temple of Artemis, an iconic structure listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. To conclude our day, we pay a visit to the House of Mother Mary, adding a spiritual dimension to our exploration of this historically significant region.

 

Overnight: Kusadasi

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Cappadocia

Today, take a domestic flight from Izmir to Kayseri and transfer to hotel. Upon arrival, marvel at the fascinating rock formations of Pasabag, also known as Monk’s Valley. These whimsical fairy chimneys and unusual geological wonders create an otherworldly atmosphere that’s perfect for exploration and photography. Traverse the captivating Dervent Valley, often referred to as “Imagination Valley” for its bizarre rock formations that resemble animals and other whimsical shapes. Let your imagination run wild as you wander through this natural wonderland.

After lunch, gaze upon the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia, a surreal mosaic of fairy chimneys, cave dwellings, and rolling hills. Delve into the rich history of Cappadocia at the Goreme Open Air Museum. Explore the ancient cave churches adorned with intricate frescoes, providing a glimpse into the spiritual life of early Christian communities.

 

Overnight: Cappadocia

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Cappadocia

Today morning, embark on a subterranean adventure as you descend into the depths of the Kaymakli Underground City. This remarkable archaeological wonder was once a refuge for ancient civilizations, featuring a labyrinthine network of tunnels, chambers, and passageways. Discover the ingenuity of these underground communities and gain insight into their history.

Immerse yourself in the artistry of Avanos, a town known for its pottery craftsmanship. Visit a local pottery workshop and witness skilled artisans at work, creating exquisite ceramics using techniques passed down through generations. Marvel at the “Three Beauties,” a trio of prominent fairy chimneys that have become an iconic symbol of Cappadocia’s natural wonders.

 

Overnight: Cappadocia

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Cappadocia

There are no activities planned for today. You may opt for some optional activities.

 

Overnight:  Cappadocia 

Included Meals: None

Day 11: Istanbul

Today morning, take a domestic flight back to Istanbul where the journey started. Upon arrival, set sail on the legendary Bosphorus Strait, a waterway that has shaped Istanbul’s identity for centuries. As you glide between two continents, Europe and Asia, immerse yourself in the captivating scenery of iconic palaces, historic fortresses, and quaint fishing villages. End your adventure today at the Egyptian Bazaar. The scents of exotic spices and the vibrant colours of local delicacies beckon you to the Spice Market. Immerse yourself in the bustling bazaar atmosphere, where you can sample and purchase an array of aromatic spices, teas, and delectable treats.

 

Overnight: Istanbul

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Departure

There are no activities planned for today. You’ll be transferred to airport for your return flight.

Please advise your flight departure details, including which airport, at least 14 days prior to your departure.

 

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