CHURCHES OF REVELATIONS TOUR
Day 1: ARRIVE Istanbul
Arrival in Istanbul
and transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (D)
Day 2: Istanbul
After breakfast, a full day visit of
the city, including the Hagia Sophia church, glory of the Byzantine
Empire; the Blue Mosque famous for its interior tiles from Nicea;
Byzantine Hippodrome where once horse and chariot races took place; the
Church of St. Savior in Chora, representing best examples of the
Byzantine mosaic art with scenes from the life of Blessed Virgin; Topkapi
Palace with its magnificent exhibitions of the treasury, silverware,
costumes etc. Lunch during visits and dinner in the hotel. (B-L-D)
Day 3: Istanbul / Bursa
After breakfast depart for Nicea (Iznik)
taking the Intercontinental Suspension
Bridge over the
Bosphorus and a short ferry ride in the Sea
of Marmara. Home of two
Ecumenical Councils, Nicea has several Byzantine and Ottoman relics in the
heart of ancient Bytinia. Here you’ll see Hagia Sophia church and
the City Walls. Lunch in the restaurant and proceed to Bursa,
first capital of the Ottoman Empire. Visit the Grand Mosque, Green Mosque and Mausoleum.
Dinner and stay in the hotel. (B-L-D)
Day 4: Bursa / Pamukkale
Breakfast in the hotel and drive to Sardis,
ancient capital of Lydia and one of the Seven Churches. There is a beautiful
archaeological site where you’ll see a church, restored Roman Baths,
Synagogue and shops. After lunch proceed to Alasehir and visit another Church
of the Apocalypse, Philadelphia, where you’ll see the Church
of St John with some frescoes. Then continue to Pamukkale visiting Laodicea and its barely
excavated site. Dinner in the hotel. (B-L-D)
Pamukkale / Izmir
After breakfast visit Hierapolis where St. Philip was
martyred and proceed to Ephesus, ancient Roman capital of Asia Minor.
Here you’ll see the Library of Celsus, largest theater in Anatolia
where St. Paul faced the Ephesians supporting their goddess Artemis, Temple
of Hadrian, Roman Baths, Agoras etc. After Lunch visit the House of
Virgin Mary on Panaghia Kapulu Mountain where it is believed that she spent last years of her life.
Then visit the Basilica of St. John where he was buried after returning
from exile in Patmos and Justinian built a cathedral over his tomb in the sixth
century. Drive to Smyrna, modern day Izmir, for dinner and overnight. (B-L-D)
Day 6: Izmir / Assos
Breakfast in the hotel and depart for Assos.
Along the way visit Tyatira (Akhisar) where you’ll see foundations
of a Christian church and Roman road. Then proceed to Pergamon to visit
the church of St.
John at the Red Court, and the Acropolis for its Hellenistic and Roman
relics. After lunch drive to Assos where St. Paul
visited after Alexandria Troas on his third journey. Dinner and stay in the hotel.
Day 7: Assos / Istanbul
After breakfast depart for Troy,
place of the famous Trojan War, the city is dating back to 3,000 BC with 9
different layers of settlers. You can also see a replica of the Trojan Horse.
Take a ferry across Dardanelles strait and then a
pleasant drive to Istanbul. Lunch en route. Dinner and Stay in the hotel. (B-L-D)
Day 8: DEPART Istanbul
Breakfast and transfer to Istanbul
airport for your flight. End of Services. (B)
PLEASE NOTE: This tour is run in Group basis only,
with minimum 25 participants. Cost of the tour depends on the size of your
group. Please contact
us for pricing if you have a group.
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