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SEVEN CHURCHES TOUR ISTANBUL

Overview:

Tour Code: CS-BT03
Highlights: Istanbul, Ephesus, Laodicea, Sardis, Philadelphia, Thyatira, Pergamum, Izmir (Smyrna)
Departure Location: Istanbul
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Departure Dates: Saturday (PLEASE CHECK DEPARTURE DATES)

Tour Price:US$ 1450 Per Person in double occupancy ( Deadline One month prior of Departure)

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Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul

Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

 

Day 2: Full Day Old City Tour

Breakfast at hotel and begin full day sightseeing tour of Istanbul. We’ll visit Topkapi Palace (harem section is optional), ancient Roman Hippodrome (center of the chariot races) and proceed to the Hagia Sophia, the Byzantine church which was converted to a mosque in 15th century. We will continue our Sultanahmet tour with the Blue Mosque and finally we will stop at Grand Covered Bazaar and will have free time to discover 4000 tiny shops in the passageways of the world’s largest covered bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul. (B, L)

Day 3: Half Day Morning Bosphorus Cruise

You will be picked-up from your hotel to visit the Spice Bazaar (or Egyptian Bazaar). Filled with spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, lokum (Turkish delight) and other edibles, Spice Bazaar has a smell of the fragrance of the exotic East. Then join a boat excursion on the Bosphorus on a shared tour. Enjoy viewing Ottoman palaces, Bosphorus Bridge, citadels, centuries-old mansions and the European and Asian shorelines at the same time. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel at approximately 1:00 pm. overnight in Istanbul. (B)

 

Day 4: Ephesus and Laodicea

Early morning transfer to Istanbul Ataurk airport for your flight to Izmir. Meet with your guide and drive to Ephesus, one of the “Seven Churches of Revelation”. Visit to St. John Basilica and the, Last abode of Virgin Mary at Mount Solmissos. Visit to the old Greco-Roman city of Ephesus, most important of the “Seven Churches of Asia Minor”, where St. John brought Mary in fulfillment of his pledge to Jesus to protect her, she is believed to have taken into heaven. After lunch, continue to Laodicea a Crossroads of the ancient world. Overnight stay in Pamukkale. (L, D)

 

Day 5: Pamukkale, Sardis and Philadelphia and Thyatira

In the morning, we visit the ancient city of Hierapolis home of Philip the Evangelist. Have a break at the calcium terraces of Pamukkale later on proceed to Philadelphia. Philadelphia (Alasehir), the youngest of the “Seven Churches of Revelation”, visiting the still standing remains of an early church and the city walls Lunch on the way. In the afternoon visit, ancient city and ruins of the famous church of Sardis the ancient Lydian capital. Later on the remains of the church of Thyatira than drive to Pergamon where we overnight stay. (B, L, D)

 

Day 6: Pergamon

Departure after breakfast for Pergamon (Bergama), the place where, wrote St. John to the church of Pergamon, “Satan’s throne is sited. Visit the Church of Pergamon, the red-court, Acropolis, after lunch; we drive to Smyrna (Izmir), recipient of a letter from St Paul praising the early believers for their faithfulness. Visiting to St. Polycarp Church and a short tour of the city at the end of the tour. Transfer to Kusadasi for overnight. (B, L, D)

 

Day 7: Kusadasi- Istanbul

Free time and leisure in Kusadasi take afternoon flight to Istanbul on arrival transfer to hotel (B)

 

Day 8: Istanbul

Free time till transfer to airport for the flight back to home or you can add on one our tour packages for extension. Seven Churches tour Istanbul

 

Biblical References: Acts 6:5; 11:19-30 13:1-3 15:1-2, 22-35
Antakya (Antioch): Acts 13:4
Seleucia Pieria: Acts 9:11,30,11:25.21-39,22:3,25-29
Tarsus: Acts 14: 6,20-21,16:1,20:4
Derbe: Acts 14: 6,20-21,16:1,20:4
Lystra: Acts 14: 6-23 16 :1-4 II Timothy 3:11
Konya (Iconium): Acts 13:51;14:1-6, 19; 16:2, II Timothy 3:11
Antioch of Pisidia: Acts 13:14-52, II Timothy 3:11
Antalya (Attalia): Acts 14-25
Perge(Perga): Acts 13:13-14;14:25
Myra: Acts 27:5-6
Patara: Acts 21:1-2
Miletus: Acts 20:15-38 II Timothy 4:20
Colossae: Colossians
Hierapolis: Colossians 4:13
Assos: Acts 20:13-14
Alexandria Troas: Acts 16:8-11, 20:5-12, II Corinthians 2:12-13, II Timothy 4:13

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:

 

  • Arrival, departure airport transfers and ground transportation.
  • Transportation in non-smoking mini/midi bus with professional English speaking guide and experienced driver.
  • All accommodation at  3 & 4 star hotels
  • All of the excursions mentioned in the schedule
  • All of the meal mentioned in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch & D-dinner)
  • Entrance to the various sites
  • Services charges and local taxes

TOUR PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Tips to staff, items of a personal nature.
  • Drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast).
  • Domestic and International flight tickets.

Prices & Departure Dates 

(MINIMUM 2 PARTIPANTS)

DEPARTURE DATES PER PERSON IN DBL  PER PERSON IN TRIPLE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
8 APRIL USD 1450 USD 1399 USD 450
20 MAY USD 1450 USD 1399 USD 450
17 JUNE USD 1450 USD 1399 USD 450
15 JULY USD 1450 USD 1399 USD 450
19 AUGUST USD 1450 USD 1399 USD 450
16 SEPTEMBER USD 1450 USD 1399 USD 450
14 OCTOBER USD 1450 USD 1399 USD 450

 

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