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Seven Churches of Asia Minor Turkey Tour 2013


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Seven Churches of Asia Minor (8 nights)
Start city: Antalya End City: Istanbul

Explore the origins of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. Clearly visualize these Christian communities mentioned in St. John’s Book of Revelation.

Antalya - Side - Perge - Aspendos - Aphrodisias - Pamukkale -Hierapolis - Laodicea - Sardis - Philadelphia -Ephesus- Izmir - Thyatira - Pergamos - Bursa - Nicea - Iznik - Istanbul

Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamos, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea. 
Revelation 1:11

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Seven Churches of Asia Minor Turkey Tour 2013

  1. 1. With more than 32 years ofexperience in group travel,we skillfully customize itinerariesbased on your group’s size andinterests:• Religious Groups• Pilgrimage Groups• Family Reunions• Student Groups• Continuing Education Groups• Special Interest Groups(e.g., history, archeology)For more information, please call usat 855-335-69 00 or e-mail us / Thank you.SpecialInterestGroupsHouse of the Virgin Mary, EphesusDAY 1 FRI Board your overnight flightto Turkey from USA.DAY 2 SAT Arrival in AntalyaUpon arrival, transfer to the hotel.Dinner and overnight at hotel. • MEALS DDAY 3 SUN Antalya > Side > Perge >Aspendos > Antalya (94 mi)Drive to Aspendos, a treasure with theworld’s best-preserved Roman Theater(2nd c.). After lunch, explore Perge, aspectacular Greco-Roman city visitedby St. Paul on his first missionaryjourney. Tour the classical ruins ofSide. Return to Antalya to stroll thenarrow streets of the picturesque oldtown (Kaleici) with its wooden housesoverlooking the marina. Dinner andovernight at hotel. • MEALS BLDDAY 4 MON Antalya > Aphrodisias >Pamukkale (220 mi) Drive toAphrodisias, the ancient site dedicatedto the goddess of beauty, love, andSardis © Izzet KeribarExplore the origins of theSeven Churches of AsiaMinor: Ephesus, Smyrna,Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis,Philadelphia, and Laodicea.Clearly visualize theseChristian communitiesmentioned in St. John’s Bookof Revelation.Seven Churches of Asia Minor40 F O R M O R E U P - T O - D A T E I N F O R M A T I O N P L E A S E V I S I T W W W . T U R K E Y V I S I O N . C O Mfertility. Appreciate Anatolia’s best-preserved stadium. At this site which drewartisans to its school of sculpture, enjoy theTemple of Aphrodite, the Tetrapylon, andthe Theatre. After lunch, admire the unreallandscape at the "Cotton Castle” ofPamukkale with its white terraces oflimestone deposited by thermal watersthrough the ages. Visit the ancient city ofHierapolis, where Philip was martyred.Dinner and overnight at hotel. • MEALS BLDDAY 5 TUE Pamukkale > Sardis > Izmir(139 mi) Visualize four of Revelation’sSeven Churches today. In the morning,explore Laodicea, which formed a triad withthe neighboring cities of Hierapolis andColossae. Continue to Philadelphia to tourthe remains of the church named after St.John. Enjoy lunch in Sardis and explore theremains of the capital of ancient Lydia.Proceed to Izmir, ancient Smyrna, to visitthe Church of Polycarp. Dinner andovernight at hotel. • MEALS BLD
  2. 2. DAY 9 SAT IstanbulExplore the Blue Mosque, recognizableby its six minarets. Visit theHippodrome, where political, cultural,and athletic activities took place duringRoman, Byzantine, and Ottoman times.Tour the imposing Hagia Sophia, whichmarked the apogee of ByzantineEmperor Justinians reign. Marvel attreasure-filled Topkapi Palace (15th -19th c. residence of the Ottomansultans) with its terraces overlookingthe Marmara Sea, the Bosphorus, andthe Golden Horn. End the day at thehistoric Grand Bazaar. Enjoy a FarewellDinner. Overnight at hotel.• MEALS BLDDAY 10 SUN Departure Transfer toairport for your return flight. • MEALS BHOTELSAntalya: Dogan Hotel SC or similarPamukkale: Pam Hotel 4* or similarIzmir: Hotel Ontur 4* or similarBursa: Holidy inn 4* or similarIstanbul: Aziyade 4* or similarF O R M O R E U P - T O - D A T E I N F O R M A T I O N P L E A S E C A L L 8 5 5 - 3 3 5 - 6 9 0 0DAY 6 WED Izmir > Ephesus > Izmir(110 mi) After breakfast, discover one of theworld’s best places to visualize an ancientRoman city, Ephesus. View the remains of theTemple of Artemis, one of the SevenWonders of the Ancient World. Visit theHouse of the Virgin Mary, a place ofpilgrimage. Enjoy lunch in Sirince, acharming village. Return to Ephesus to tourthe Basilica of St. John with its tomb andmuseum. Dinner and overnight at hotel.• MEALS BLDDAY 7 THU Izmir > Pergamum > Bursa(260 mi) Envision two more of the SevenChurches today. Tour Thyatira, a center forthe indigo trade, where Paul allegedly visited.Drive to Pergamum to explore this ancientcity where parchment was invented. Ride acable car to the upper city to take in the ruinsof the Acropolis. In the lower city, explore theAsclepion, a sanctuary and healing centerdedicated to the god of healing, Asclepius.In the Red Courtyard, see the remains of achurch dedicated to St. John. Continue toBursa. Dinner and overnight at hotel.• MEALS BLDDAY 8 FRI Bursa > Iznik (Nicea) > Istanbul(171 mi) Explore Bursa, first capital of theOttomans (1326-1364). Visit the GreenMosque and the Green Mausoleum, as wellas the Tombs of the Sultans, the Silk Bazaar,and the Great Mosque (Ulu Cami) with its 20domes. After lunch, drive to Iznik, ancientNicaea, site of two ecumenical councils in theByzantine era. Continue to Istanbul. Dinnerand overnight at hotel. • MEALS BLDOrthodox Patriarchate, IstanbulPergamumEscorted tour 10 days SUGGESTED GROUP ITINERARYRATES Land only rates do not include international ordomestic flights. Air & Land rates are based on the TurkishAirlines tariff of October 2012 and are subject to change.Airport taxes are included in our Air & Land rates.NOT INCLUDED International airfare. Unmentioned services inabove itinerary. Personal expenses and beverages. Visa fee.Gratuities for the guide and the driver.Travel insurance.FLIGHTS Please call us for more information about flight rates,airport taxes, business class upgrade, add-on rates from mostU.S. cities and more.41YOUR ADVANTAGES• Attend prayer in Izmir,• Visit Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate,• Assistance to visit Christian premises inIstanbul.INCLUDED• Arrival and departure transfers• Accommodation in shared twin rooms atspecified or similar hotels• Transportation by air-conditioned vehicles• Fully escorted by a professional guidelecturer• Admittance fees to the museums specified inthe itinerary• Daily breakfast, 7 lunches (mostly in small,quaint Turkish restaurants near the sites).8 dinners at buffet style or set menusdepending on restaurants.$109Land only $870per nightfromPrice per person in double room, for minimum 20 passengersLand only fromHierapolis, Pamukkale