1. Day – Istanbul
After breakfast, we enjoy our full day visiting historic Istanbul. Visit the Hagia Sophia (built in the 6th century), the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue Iznik tiles, the Hippodrome Square where ancient chariot races were held, and the aromas of the Egyptian Spice Market, followed by a boat tour on the Bosphorus, viewing the picturesque beauty of the European and Asian shorelines on either side Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
2. Day – Tours Turkey – Sardis, Philadelphia, Pamukkale
Today, our journey continues with a short flight from Istanbul to Izmir. Upon arrival at Izmir we shall journey along ancient trade routes as we visit the following Churches of the Book of Revelation.
Sardis – the church that had fallen asleep (Rev. 3:1-6).
Philadelphia – the church that had endured patiently (Rev. 3:7-13).
Our day ends with a visit to the natural salt flats of Pamukkale, a truly spectacular sight indeed!
Dinner and overnight stay will be at The Lycus River Hotel.
3. Day – Free morning and spa day
Today, we enjoy a free morning at Pamukkale to enjoy the natural hot spring pools of the hotel and maybe take advantage of the Turkish baths and spa facilities!
After a thoroughly enjoyable day we depart towards the Aegean coast and overnight in the picturesque port city of Kusadasi. En-route we shall visit one of the Seven Churches of the Book of Revelation.
Laodicea- The “luke warm” church that is neither hot nor cold. (Rev. 3:14-22)
Dinner will be at our hotel in the picturesque seaside port of Kusadasi, this evening.
4. Day – Tours Turkey – Ephesus
Today, we have a full day visit to the unforgettable ruins of Ephesus:- The ‘desirable church’ that left its first love! (Rev. 2:1-7.)
In the ancient world, Ephesus was a center of travel and commerce. Situated on the Aegean Sea at the mouth of the Cayster River, the city was one of the greatest seaports of the ancient world. It was here that Paul visited, whilst on his return to Israel, but was forced to leave the city, vowing to return.
He never returned to Ephesus but, instead, held council from Melitus during his Third journey. Our day also includes a visit to the church of Apostle John.
Dinner is back at our hotel, The Marina Hotel, Kusadasi.
5. Day – Tours Turkey – Smyrna, Pergamon and Troy
After breakfast we depart for a day visiting some more sights of t,he Seven Churches of Revelation.
Smyrna- The persecuted church that suffered poverty and martyrdom! (Rev. 2:8-11.)
Pergamum- The worldly church that mixed doctrines and needed to repent! (Rev. 2:12-17.)
Towards the end of the day we shall arrive at the site of the ancient city of Troy.
A truly memorable day we arrive at the city of Canakkale for dinner and overnight stay.
6. Day Canakkale to Istanbul
This morning, we will depart for Istanbul. We cross the Dardanelle Straights, location (of one of the bloodiest battles during WWI) and drive Istanbul.
In Istanbul we will visit the oldest and biggest shopping mall of the world; Grand Bazaar.
Overnight in the hotel.
Transfer to airport for flight back to home