READY MADE GUIDED GROUP TOURS
Seven Churches of Revelation Tour
Dates on request
Combination of 4 and 5 star hotels
We can read about the Seven Churches in the Apocalyptic book of Revelation (chapters 2 and 3). On this tour we visit the sites where each of the famous churches were located. This tour is very Bible-based and recommended for Christians.
We arrive in Istanbul airport where we will be met and transferred to Istanbul. We check into our hotel where we have the rest of the afternoon free. Overnight in Istanbul at Sirkeci Mansion Hotel.
We enjoy a delicious Turkish breakfast, and then depart from our hotel to start our tour of Istanbul. First, we visit the beautiful Rustem Pasha Mosque, which was designed by Mimar Sinan, the prolific Ottoman imperial architect. Then we stroll by Eminönü’s Spice Bazaar, the large covered 17th century market that has remained the Istanbul’s centre for spice trade. Next we make our way to the hill where ancient Byzantium was founded and enjoy a walk through Hippodrome Square. In Roman times, this was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, where chariot races were held. Afterwards we visit Hagia Sophia, soaking up its fascinating history. The next stop is Topkapi Palace, the former residence of Ottoman Sultans. It is still home to their multitude of treasures, including an extensive collection of royal jewels. We end the day with an evening of shopping at the Grand Bazaar, the huge covered labyrinth-like market that sells jewellery, artisan products and a large variety of handcrafted souvenirs. Be sure to leave plenty of room in your suitcase for all the treasures you’ll want to take home. Overnight in Istanbul at Sirkeci Mansion Hotel.
After an early breakfast early we make our way to the pier to embark our speed ferry departing at 07:00. Upon arrival at the Port of Bandirma, we proceed to the town of Akhisar to visit ancient Thyatira, the fourth of the Seven Churches. Thyatira was praised for its growing faith, but warned about having a false prophetess (Revelation 2:20). Then we continue to Sardis, the fifth of the Seven Churches. It was once a wealthy and powerful city. Despite this and its reputation for being alive, God proclaimed that it had fallen asleep (Rev. 3:1-6). We explore the famous synagogue, the white marble royal way, the massive Temple of Artemis, and the large gymnasium. Archaeological digs have revealed over 80 Greek and seven Hebrew inscriptions, plus many mosaic floors revealing the synagogue as one of the most significant ones of its time. Or next stop is the modern town of Alasehir where we visit the site of ancient Philadelphia, the sixth of the Seven Churches. God highly commended the Philadelphians as the church that had endured patiently (Rev. 3:7-13). Here we see the remains of a Byzantine church decorated with 11th century artwork. Overnight in Pamukkale at Colossae Thermal Hotel.
Today’s touring starts at Pamukkale, Turkish for “Cotton Castle”. We dip our toes in the mineral-rich thermal waters flowing down the spectacular hilltop’s terraces. When we reach the summit, we see the archeological remains of Hierapolis, mentioned in Colossians 4:13. Hierapolis sits at the top of the travertine terraces of Pamukkale (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and because of its thermal waters, it became a well known healing centre for treating a variety of ailments. We will stroll among important well preserved Roman ruins such as the Temple of Apollo and the amphitheatre. Then we continue on to Laodicea, the seventh of the Seven Churches. Jesus described Laodicea as the church with the lukewarm faith (Rev. 3:14-22). We’ll see the site’s well-preserved theatres, stadium and gymnasium. From here, we drive to Kusadasi, a beautiful town sitting on the Aegean coast. Overnight in Kusadasi at Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel.
Today, we explore Ephesus, the first of the Seven Churches. Jesus described Ephesus as the church that had forsaken its first love. Ancient Ephesus is located in the modern town of Selcuk, and is one of the best preserved archaeological sites in Turkey. It was built in the 10th century B.C., as a Greek Ionic city Ephesus on a hill now known as the Ayasuluk Hill. As the largest metropolis and capital of the Roman province of Asia Minor, its political influence plus the city’s growing Jewish population intrigued the apostles, including Paul. He spent two years and led the Ephesian Church before being exiled to Patmos. We will walk along the Marble Road passing many historical sites including the Temple of Hadrian, the Temple of Artemis (Diana), and the fountain of Trajan. We will also see the famous and photogenic Library of Celsus in the site’s impressive square, and sit in the largest (capable of holding up to 25,000 spectators) surviving Roman amphitheatre. This amphitheatre was the scene of an uprising against Paul (Acts 19:23). Finally we stop at the ruins of St. John’s Basilica, constructed in the 6th century. It’s believed that this basilica stands over the burial site of the Apostle John. Overnight in Kusadasi at Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel.
After breakfast, we set off to the vibrant city of Izmir and visit the ruins of ancient Smyrna, the second of the Seven Churches. Jesus said Smyrna was the church that would suffer persecution (Rev 2:10). We see the remains of the Agora, the market place built in the 4th century BC. Next we continue to Pergamum, the third of the Seven Churches and a powerful, wealthy city in the ancient world. Pergamum was described by Jesus as the church that needed to repent (Rev 2:13-16). We tour the Acropolis, which sits on top of a 1000 foot mountain, providing a marvellous view of the neighbouring towns, the cerulean blue waters of the Aegean, not to mention the ruins of Pergamum trailing down from the ancient city centre. We explore the remains of the Altar of Zeus, Temple of Athena and the Temple of Trajan. We’ll also see the Great Theatre which could hold up to 10,000 spectators. Close by are the remains of the famous Library of Pergamum, which once housed 200,000 scrolls. Overnight in Canakkale at Troia Tusan Hotel.
We start the day with a drive to the village of Tevfikiye to see the remains of the legendary city of Troy. Established around 3,000 BC, Troy became famous by Homer’s Iliad, the account of the Trojan War. Later we board a ferry to cross the Dardanelles and make our way to Istanbul for the night. Overnight in Istanbul at Sirkeci Mansion Hotel.
We bid farewell to Turkey and return to the Ataturk International Airport for our flight back home.
This tour includes transfers on arrival and departure.
It is possible that on occasion your group may be joined by members of other tours, therefore please be aware that the group size may change at any time.
This tour requires a minimum of 4 passengers to operate.
Prices will vary depending on dates, flights, and room types chosen.
The itinerary is subject to change depending on local prevailing conditions, although every effort will be made to adhere to the itinerary.