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Seven Churches of Asia Minor
9 Days

ITINERARY

9 Days: Istanbul, Gallipoli, Canakkale, Troy, Pergamum, Smirne, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Sirince, Thyateria Pamakkale, Hierapolis – Laodicea, Philadelphia, Sarsis

Tour overview:
Arrive in Istanbul, Turkey’s bustling metropolis located on the crossroads of Asian and European cultures. Take a guided tour of its world renowned attractions such as Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar. Drive to Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove, Nek and Conk Bair. Visit Troy, the battleground of the legendary Trojan War before departing to the Acropolis. Discover the rich history behind local Turkish handicrafts after visiting Ephesus and Sirince. Travel to the modern town of Akhisor, where Christianity spread rapidly and was one of the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse. From exploring the ancient city of Hierapolis to Sardis – the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia, this 9-day tour is the equivalent of a master class in the region’s history of religion.

Day 1 – Arrive Istanbul

Upon your arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.


Day 2 – Istanbul – City Sightseeing

After breakfast at the hotel, a guided tour to Topkapi Palace, St. Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Spice Bazaar will commence. Optional dinner with a Turkish show is available tonight. (B)


Day 3 – Istanbul / Gallipoli / Canakkale

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove, Nek, Conk Bair, Lone Pine and 57th Regiment Memorial, cross the Dardanelles. Overnight stay in Canakkale.(BD)


Day 4 – Canakkale / Troy / Pergamum / Smirne / Kusadasi

After breakfast at the hotel drive to legendary Troy; the site where the Trojan War took place. Crossing the Mountain Ida, arrival to Pergamum (Rev 2: 12-17). Visit Acropolis, drive through Smirne before check in to your hotel in Kusadasi. (BD)


Day 5 – Kusadasi – Ephesus & Sirince

After breakfast a short drive to visit Ephesus and Sirince, we will have the opportunity to discover and understand the rich history behind local handicrafts like hand-made carpets, tiles. Return to Kusadasi for the evening. (BD)


Day 6 – Kusadasi – Thyateria

In the morning, drive to the modern town of Akhisor, on the site of the old Lydian city of Thyateira. This was one of the towns where Christianity spread rapidly and it was one of the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse. Return to Kusadasi for overnight. (BD)


Day 7 – Kusadasi / Hierapolis / Laodicea / Pamukkale

Morning drive to Pamukkale through the fertile plain of Meander and visit the ancient city of Hierapolis as well as travertine afternoon visit to Laodicea, situated seven kilometres from Pamukkale. Overnight in Pamukkale. (BD)


Day 8 – Pamukkale / Philadelphia / Sardis / Izmir / Istanbul

Morning drive to Philadelphia (Rev 3: 7-13) then continue to Sardis In the New Testament (Rev 2: 18-29) In our visit to Sardis, the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Lydia, we will see a Roman era Synagogue, a well preserved gymnasium and other ruins(Rev 3: – 6 ). Afternoon transfer to Izmir Airport for your scheduled domestic flight to Istanbul. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)


Day 9 – Depart Istanbul

Transfer to the airport for your flight. (B)


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2021
Arrive Return PP Dbl PP Sngl
Apr 3 Apr 11 $1,895 $2,495
Apr 24 May 2 $1,895 $2,495
May 1 May 9 $1,895 $2,495
May 8 May 16 $1,895 $2,495
May 15 May 23 $1,895 $2,495
May 29 Jun 6 $1,895 $2,495
Jun 5 Jun 13 $1,895 $2,495
Jun 12 Jun 20 $1,895 $2,495
Jun 19 Jun 27 $1,895 $2,495
Jun 26 Jul 4 $1,895 $2,495
Jul 3 Jul 11 $1,895 $2,495
Jul 10 Jul 18 $1,895 $2,495
Jul 17 Jul 25 $1,895 $2,495
Jul 24 Aug 1 $1,895 $2,495
Jul 31 Aug 8 $1,895 $2,495
Aug 7 Aug 15 $1,895 $2,495
Aug 14 Aug 22 $1,895 $2,495
Aug 28 Sep 5 $1,895 $2,495
Sep 4 Sep 12 $1,895 $2,495
Sep 11 Sep 19 $1,895 $2,495
Sep 18 Sep 26 $1,895 $2,495
Sep 25 Oct 3 $1,895 $2,495
Oct 2 Oct 10 $1,895 $2,495
Oct 9 Oct 17 $1,895 $2,495
Oct 16 Oct 24 $1,895 $2,495
Oct 23 Oct 31 $1,895 $2,495
HOTELS:
Istanbul Point Hotel Taksim
Canakkale Kolin Hotel
Kusadasi Charisma Deluxe Hotel
Pamukkale Doga Thermal Hotel

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions & Highlights

  • Accommodations in first class hotels
  • 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guides
  • Spice Market
  • Historical sights
  • Join-in tour

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