BIBLICAL TOURS “SEVEN CHURCHES OF REVELATION” 6 Days – 5 Nights


BIBLICAL TOURS

  “SEVEN CHURCHES OF REVELATION”

 6 Days – 5 Nights
 

 

NM.17.BIB.CHU.702

PRICE PER PERSON IN US $:

Hotel   1 PAX         2/3 PAX       4/6 PAX    7/19 PAX     20/40 PAX          S.S. 

5*       1815.-           1205.-         900.-          805.-          715.-              240.-


Inclusions

Breakfast 
Lunch (All lunches with full day Tours) 
Professional English Speaking Guide 
Entrance fee/Museum charges 
Government Taxes/VAT/ Service Charges 
Transfers
Private transfers in VIP AC Car
Private airport-hotel transfers in Izmir
Private hotel-airport transfers in Kusadasi (Izmir)
Tour transfers- seat in coach , special AC Non-smoking tour buses
Private transport from Pamukkale to Kusadasi

Sightseeing / Tours / Excursions (as per itinerary)
1 Full day Tour of Pergamum, Thyatira, and Smyrna
1 Full day Tour of Sardis and Philadelphia
1 Full day Tour of Laodicea, Hierapolis, and Pamukkale

1 Full day Tour of Ephesus and House of St. Mary 

Other Inclusions
Accommodation at 5* hotels
Domestic Flights
Hotel pickup and drop-off during tours and excursions

 

Exclusions
International Flights
Visa
Lunches and dinners ( except the meals stated above)
Personal expenses, extra expenses at the hotels
Drinks with meals
Tips to the guide and driver

 

Day 1: ISTANBUL (Inbound flight to Istanbul) (Domestic Flight to Izmir) / IZMIR
     
Arrive Istanbul Airport. Following your passport control and customs continue to Domestic Flights Terminal for your flight to Izmir. Fly to Izmir, the third largest city of Turkey. Arrive Izmir and meet and greet by our representative at the airport. Private transfer to your hotel with VIP AC minivan. Free rest of the day to sightsee on your own.  Integrated history, culture and modernity, Izmir has a unique vibe that makes the city attract you to explore. Overnight at your hotel.
 
Day 2: IZMIR ( Full day Tour of Pergamum, Thyatira, and Smyrna) / IZMIR (B,L)
After breakfast meet your guide at your hotel and drive north of Izmir for the excursions to Pergamum, one of the most favored of  “7 Churches”.  Venture to the ancient Greek city of Pergamum near the town named Bergama today. Pergamum served as the center of Pergamum Kingdom, a prominent trading center, has been known for centuries for its monuments:. Most of the buildings and monuments in Pergamum date to the time of Eumenes II (197-159 BC), including the famed library, once held 200,000 volumes, the terrace of the spectacularly sited hillside theater, the main palace, the Altar of Zeus, and the propylaeum of the Temple of Athena. You will visit and learn more about the Temple of Athena, Temple of Trajan's ruins, The ancient city is composed of three main parts: the Acropolis,  the Lower City and the Asklepion, one of the earliest medical centers on record,  the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the god of healing. In the early Christian era it was here that the first Christians were executed by Rome.  Pergamum's church was a major center of Christianity and praised one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Peruse the temples, library, ruins and old political and cultural centers and continue to east to Thyatira (Akhisar of today), one of the “7 Churches” and see the ancient roadway and period columns.  Return to Izmir known as Smyrna in St. Paul’s time, one of “7 Churches”. Visit the church of Polycarp's and the ancient agora. Return to your hotel and overnight
 
Day 3: IZMIR (Full day Tour of Sardis and Philadelphia) / PAMUKKALE (B,L)
After breakfast, checkout hotel and drive to east. Today’s excursions will begin with Sardis, near a village named Sart of today, one of the “7 Churches”, famous with its well-preserved Gymnasium, Bath, Synagogue, Byzantine shops and King Road. Sardis was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia, one of the important cities of the Persian Empire, and the metropolis of the province later Roman and Byzantine times. Sardis was the center of trade and manufactures. The most important was the manufacture and dyeing of delicate woolen stuffs and carpets. Metallurgists of Sardis discovered the secret of separating gold from silver, thereby producing both metals of a purity never known before well ended with produce of gold and silver coins. Then continue to another church of Revelation in Alasehir, Philadelphia, listed among the seven churches by John in the Book of Revelation. a highly important center in the Early Christian and Byzantine periods. It remained a strong center of Christianity until the early 20th century. After visiting the ancient wall and the remains of a Byzantine basilica you will continue to Denizli. And then arrival to Denizli then to Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) where thermal spring waters laden with calcareous salts running off the plateau edge have formed dazzling white travertine cliffs. After a tiring day you will have the chance to relax in the spa of your hotel. Overnight.
 
Day 4: PAMUKKALE ( Full day Tour of Laodicea and Hierapolis) / KUSADASI (B,L)
Breakfast will be followed by the excursions to the three important ancient cities of the area where Paul the Apostle. In his Epistle to the Colossians, refers to these Phrygian cities of Colossae, Laodicea and Hierapolis.
Excursions will start with Laodicea, an ancient city built on the river Lycus, originally called Diospolis, "City of Zeus", and afterwards Rhodas Laodicea. Following the spread of Christianity in Anatolia, Laodicea became at a very early period a seat of Christianity and a bishopric. Laodicea is also one of the seven churches of Asia mentioned in the Book of Revelation. The ruins of Laodicea, near Denizli, are well preserved and are being continuously renovated. The ancient city has many buildings and you will visit Zeus Temple, Theater, Church, Monumental Fountain, Odeon, Imperial Cult, Bouleuterion (Senate House), Caracalla Fountain, Syria Avenue, Gymnasium and Stadium, and on the eastern side, the line of the ancient wall may be distinctly traced, with the remains of the Ephesus gate; there are streets traversing the town, remains of an aqueduct starting from several kilometers away spring source in Denizli. Colossae, a nearby city known as the receiver of St. Paul's letter, today, has no remains to visit... No excavations have yet taken place but surveys of the site reveal remains on the acropolis including a defensive wall and a pit lined with stones, a theater and a necropolis which will be brought to surface in near future. Next you will visit the Red Water in Karahayit. The rock formations here have a reddish hue due to the components included in the spring water. This thermal water spring is considered to have healing properties. Lunch at a local restaurant near Pamukkale.
After lunch, excursions will be followed by another important city of ancient times, Hierapolis. Continue to where the Romans founded a therapy center. The thermal resort founded by a Pergamene king in 190 B.C and greatly enlarged and embellished by the Romans. Highlights include the Necropolis, Roman Baths, the Temple of Apollo, Domitian Gate, Latrina, Oil Factory, Frontinious Street, Agora, Byzantium Gate, Triton Fountain (the Nymphaeum), Cathedral, Apollon Temple, Plutonium, well-preserved Amphitheatre, and Antique Pool . Following the tour and excursions drive through the countryside to the port city and well known resort town of Kusadasi on the Aegean coast of Turkey. Transfer to your hotel and overnight


Day 5: KUSADASI / SELCUK (Full day Tour of Ephesus and House of St. Mary) / KUSADASI (B,L)
After breakfast depart for Selcuk for a full Day excursions to the town of Selcuk and ancient city of Ephesus, one of the “7 Churches”;  which was a prosperous port city of antiquity with 250.000 inhabitants. First visit the Basilica of St. John, who came here with the Virgin Mary and wrote his Gospel. Basilica was constructed by Justinian I in the 6th century. It stands over the believed burial site of John the Apostle. It was regarded as one of the holiest churches of its time and was held in great honor. The basilica is on the slopes of a hill with excellent overview of the Ephesus harbor. To the southwest of the Basilica stands the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven-wonders of the world. Ephesus was undoubtedly one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world and later the Christianity. Impressive structures you will see include the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, Theatre and Odeon. You will be amazed with the enormous area of ancient ruins and continuing excavations and restorations. You will also visit the Museum of Selcuk. Close by is the House of the Virgin Mary, located on Mt. Koressos (Bulbuldagı, "Mount of Nightingale") in the vicinity of Ephesus, where she is believed to have spent her last years. Pilgrims visit the house based on the belief that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived there.  On August 18th, 1961 Pope John XXII proclaimed the House of Virgin Mary at Ephesus (called as Meryem Ana Evi, "Mother Mary's House" in Turkish)  to be sacred. The shrine has merited several papal Apostolic Blessings and visits from several popes, the earliest pilgrimage coming from Pope Leo XIII in 1896, and the most recent in 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI. After the visits you will have a chance to take some of Holy Water from the Sacred Spring. Following the excursions transfer to your hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight


Day 6: KUSADASI / IZMIR (Domestic Flight to Istanbul) / ISTANBUL (Homebound International Flight) (B)
After breakfast, meet the transferman for your flight to Istanbul. Private transfer to Izmir Airport. Fly to Istanbul. Arrive Istanbul Airport and proceed to International Flights Terminal for your homebound flight. Fly back to home with unforgettable and life changing memories… Thank you for your preference of N&M Tourism and Travel services.

 


Hotel Details

Night 1,2  Hilton Izmir 5*, Izmir, Booking.com Rating:
Very centrally located close to the historic Old Town, within walking distance of Izmir Bay, featuring an array of shops, cafes and restaurants. Only two minutes from the bay promenade (Kordon), the perfect spot to enjoy the sunshine, with both tourists and locals creating a bustling atmosphere. Great comfortable air-coditioned rooms with a lot of space. Just 18 kilometers from Adnan Menderes Airport of Izmir. Amazing views of castle, sea or the bay from each guest room. Picturesque views over Izmir Bay from the award-winning restaurant on the 31st floor. Free Wi-Fi, a range of recreational facilities to enjoy, the fitness center featuring cardio and weight equipment, the heated indoor pool, squash and tennis courts, a walking track and table tennis facilities completes the luxury of the hotel.
Web site: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/turkey/hilton-izmir-IZMHITW/index.html

Night 3, Colossae Thermal and Spa Hotel 5*, Pamukkale, Deluxe, Booking.com Rating: 8.0 Very Good
One of our top picks in Pamukkale. This thermal and spa hotel is situated in Karahayit in Pamukkale. Featuring thermal pools, an outdoor swimming pool and a spa centre, this eco-friendly hotel offers comfortable accommodation just 4 km from the ancient city of Hierapolis. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the hotel. There is also a heliport on site.The air-conditioned rooms of Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal are tastefully decorated with colourful beddings and carpets. They all feature balconies. Some rooms also offer a private sauna and a hot tub.
Web site: http://www.colossaehotel.com/

Night 4,5  Charisma De Luxe Hotel 5*, Kusadasi, Deluxe,Booking.com Rating: 8.2 Very Good
One of our top picks in Kusadası. Featuring a 60 m private beach, the 5-star Charisma offers an infinity pool with sweeping views of the Aegean Sea. It is a 15-minute walk from Kusadası's shopping and entertainment area, located 20 km from Ephesus and 45 km from Miletus and Priene. All air-conditioned rooms have a sea-view and spa bath. LCD TV with satellite channels, and a minibar is standard for each room type. Free Wi-Fi is available in the hotel’s public areas. Relaxation options at the Charisma De Luxe Hotel include a heated indoor pool with a Turkish bath, sauna and a beauty centre. Water sports and a diving centre are available at the hotel’s beach.
Web site: https://www.charismahotel.com/

Flight Details

International Flights (Flight Tickets: not included in the price)

Domestic Flights ( included in the price) 
Istanbul / Izmir 
Izmir(Kusadasi) / Istanbul

Cab Details

Private transfers in VIP AC Car 
Private airport-hotel transfers in Izmir
Private hotel-airport transfers in Kusadasi (Izmir) 
Tour transfers- seat in coach , special AC Non-smoking tour buses 
Private transport from Pamukkale to Kusadasi


Terms & Conditions

Payment:
30% Advance Payment is required with booking ( non-refundable)
70% Payment 30 days prior to Tour starting date

Cancellations ( For refundable part)
100 % refund prior to last 20 days to tour starting date
50 % refund prior to last 15 days to tour starting date
Non refundable during 15 days to tour starting date