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Seven Churches of Revelation Turkey Tour

Seven Churches of Revelation Turkey Tour – Explore the Turkey Biblical and holy lands in Turkey. Smyrna, Pamukkale, Pergamon, Ephesus by Package Tour Turkey.

 

Turkey Biblical Tour

Seven Churches of Revelation Turkey Tour Package
SMYRNA-IZMIR → PAMUKKALE → PERGAMON → EPHESUS

Day 1 – Istanbul/ Izmir
Arrive at Istanbul Airport. After the passport control and customs continue to Domestic Flights Terminal for the domestic flight to Izmir. Izmir, the third-largest city in Turkey. Arrive in Izmir, and you will be greeted by our Romos Travel representative at the airport. Private transfer to your hotel with VIP AC vehicle. You are free the rest of the day to explore on your own. Integrated with history, culture, and modernity, Izmir has a unique vibe that makes the city attract you to explore.

Note: Dinner at hotel. Overnight in Izmir.

Day 2 – Izmir/Pergamum, Thyatira, & Smyrna
Pergamum: Revelation 1.11; 2:12

Smyrna: Revelation 1:11; 2:8; Ignatius: Ephesians 21.1; Magnesians 15; Trallians 1.2; 12.1; 13.1; Romans 10.1; Philippians 11.2; Smyrnaeans Introduction; Martyrdom of Polycarp 12.2; 19.1; Fragments of Papias 1; 2

Thyatira: Acts 16:14; Revelation 1:11; 2:18, 24

After breakfast, meet your guide at your hotel and drive north of Izmir for the excursions to Pergamum, one of the most favored “7 Churches”. Venture to the ancient Greek city of Pergamon near the town named Bergama today. The Acropolis of Pergamon towers over the northern end of Bergama. It is divided into the upper and the middle cities with residential areas between them on slopes too steep for civic buildings. To visit the Acropolis, you take the cable car to reach the top of the hill. And you will see; Temple of Trajan, which the Roman Emperor Hadrian built in 2C AD. The steepest theater of the ancient world was constructed in 3C BC, rebuilt by Eumenes II again, and has 10,000 seats. The temple of Dionysus is located in the North of the theater. And some others such as; bath complex, agora, the temple of Demeter, the gate of Eumenes, the house of Attalus, etc. After Pergamon, we drive to Asklepion, a Greco-Roman city where the death shall not enter. There was a healing complex and hospital built in 4C BC on behalf of Asclepius. It was one of the most important cities with its healing methods and architecture. Asklepion is also a Roman city where they built theater with 3,500 capacity. Temples and sanctuaries. The cut stone with two serpent relief has become the symbol of medicine. After the tour in Asklepion, we drive to Thyatira, founded as a Lydian town near the shrine of the Lydian sun-god Tyrimnus. Seleucid I settled Macedonian soldiers at Thyatira to form a military colony because of its strategic location. Thyatira was the fourth of the Seven Churches (Revelation 1-3). The letter to Thyatira is central and longest of the seven letters. According to Epiphanius, the city was completely Christian but aligned with the Montanist movement in 200 AD. After Thyatira, we drive back to Izmir to visit the Church of Polycarp, served as bishop of Symrna for at least forty-five and maybe sixty years. The Romans executed him at the age of 86 for his refusal to renounce his faith and sacrifice to the emperor’s genius is recorded in the Martyrdom of Polycarp.

After the Pergamon, Asklepion, and Symrna sightseeing tour, drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Izmir.

Note: Breakfast and Dinner at hotel, Lunch at a local restaurant.

Day 3 – Sardis & Philadelphia
Sardis: Obadiah 20; Revelation 1:11; 3:1, 4

Philadelphia: 1:11; 3:7; Ignatius: Philadelphians Introduction; Martyrdom of Polycarp 19.1

After check-out and breakfast, we drive to Sardis, was the capital city of the Lydian civilization. The legendary king Croesus came from the Pactolus River’s gold (560-546 BC). Sardis was known as a textile center, producing wool to make the “himation,” the most common outer garment for men and women in ancient times. Alexander the Great captured the city from Persian rule in 334 BC, then Sardis served as the capital city of the Seleucid Empire until 190 BC. Under Roman rule, the population about 100,000 residents. Plutarch’s “How to Rule a City” was written to residents of Sardis. The city was the fifth of the Seven Churches addressed by John in Revelation 1-3. Melito was the bishop of Sardis. Today, you can see Sardis’ unearthed elements such as; Lydian House, the temple of Artemis, Byzantine Church, theater, Marble Court, bath and gymnasium complex, synagogue. After lunch, we drive to Philadelphia, founded by the Pergamene king Attalus II (159-138 BC), the newest of the Seven Churches’ cities. When the Romans attempted to turn Attalus against his brother Eumenes II, he remained loyal, thereby earning the nickname “Philadelphus” (Polybus 30:1-3; 31.1; 32.1). Philadelphia was the sixth of the Seven Churches mentioned in Revelation 1-3. Ammonia and Quadratus were Christian prophets who ministered in Philadelphia during the reign of Hadrian. After the tour, we drive to Denizli to stay overnight in Pamukkale.

After the Sardis and Philadelphia sightseeing tour, drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Pamukkale.

Note: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at a local restaurant.

Day 4 – Pamukkale- Hierapolis & Laodicea
Hierapolis: Colossians 4:13; Fragments of Papias 1; 2; 3.9; 5; 6; 7; 12; 13; 16; 17; 19; 21; 22; 23

Laodicea: Colossians 2:1, 4;13, 15-16; Revelation 1:11; 3:14; Fragments of Papias 18

After check-out and breakfast, we drive to Hierapolis ancient city. We are going to see the largest Necropolis of ancient times. The cemetery dates between 2C BC- 3C AD and has 1200 tombs. 300 epitaphs have been read and published. Roman Bath dates 2C AD, and the structure was converted into a church in 6C AD. The olive press is used for processing olive oil. Frontinus Street, with its Doric style façade extending 170 m to the Byzantine Gate, dates back to late 4C AD when the city grew; they needed a defensive Wall around it. The Great Cathedral dated 6C AD when the city was promoted to the metropolis Phyrigia. The cathedral has a narthex, three aisles, and an apse. Plutonium, newly discovered as the shrine of Pluto. Agora was built in 2C AD. It was one of the largest marketplaces in the ancient world. In the Martyrium of Philip, the Ephesian bishop Polycrates said that you could still see the tomb of apostle Philip and his two daughters in Hierapolis. The theater is one of the best well-preserved theatres of the ancient World and had 12,000 persons. The Antique Pool, also known as Cleopatra’s Pool, can swim among the ancient ruins in the water. After the archeological sightseeing, you have a free time of about 1 hour, then proceed to the Travertines where you can enjoy walking on the white terraces. The water has been coming underground and flowing down to the slopes for centuries. We are having lunch at a local restaurant then driving to Laodicea ( city of Zeus), entering from Syrian Street, which has been unearthed in recent years. The Agora was standing nearby the entrance. The Greeks built the theater with a 12,000 person capacity. The basilica, built-in 6C AD. Corinthian Temple, which has Roman-style columns. The remains of Ephesus’s gate, which was dedicated to the Roman Emperor Domitian at the end of 1C AD. The stadium, built by the Romans and is one of the biggest stadiums with an arena in Anatolia.

After the Pamukkale and Laodicea Tour sightseeing tour, drive to Kusadasi.

Note: Breakfast and Dinner at hotel, Lunch at a local restaurant.

Day 5 – Ephesus, St. John Basilica & Virgin Mary’s House
Ephesus: Acts 18:19-21, 24-26; 19:1-20:1; 20:16-17;1 Corinthians 15:32; 16:8; Ephesians 1:1; 1 Timothy 1:3; 2 Timothy 1:18; 4:12; Revelation 1:11; 2:1-7; Ignatius: Ephesians Introduction; 8.1 11.2; Magnesians 15; Trallians 13.1; Romans 10.1; Philippians 11.2; Smyrnaeans 12.1; Fragment of Papias 6

After breakfast, we start to Ephesus Tour. Our Professional tour guide will be introducing the ancient sites of Ephesus. We will drive to Virgin Mary’s House, upon the dream of German nun Anna Katherina Emerich, the Lazarist priests followed the descriptions and the signs then discovered the house 1891 CE. According to Catholic belief, Mary was taken here by St. John, and she spent the rest of her earthly life there. After the Virgin Mary’s House, we proceed to Ephesus Ancient City, the capital city of Asia Minor during the Roman era. According to myth, Ephesus was founded by Greek commander Androculos around 1,000 BCE. Moreover, Alexander the Great, Lysimachus, Coressus, Antiochus II either invaded or ruled in this city. While the excavations are still going on, you will see the ancient remains such as State Agora (a marketplace and meeting point), Odeon (Bouleuterion) concert house and council, Town Hall and Artemis Sanctuary, Domitian Square, a complex consisting of temple fountain and a bath, Curetes Street colonnaded and monumental Street in Ephesus, The Hadrian Temple dedicated to Emperor Hadrian dating to 200 BCE, Latrines the public toilets, Celsus Library proves us that how Ephesians were intellectual and dates back to 200 BCE with the library having had 12,000 scrolls, Forum a commercial center located by the port and finally The Great Theater the largest ancient theater with 25,000 capacity. After Ephesus ancient city, we drive to lunch, and we are visiting St. John Basilica; Emperor Justinian (527-565) built the basilica of St John on the site of the saint’s fourth-century church and tomb. With a cruciform plan and six domes extending 110m. long, it was his grandest creation outside Constantinople. It conforms to a splendid architectural type first developed under Constantine I in the church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople. Visit the Temple of Artemis, which was one of the seven ancient wonders of the World.

After the Ephesus sightseeing tour, drive back to the hotel.

Note: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Day 6 – Transfer to Airport
Breakfast at hotel, Pick up from the hotel, and transfer to Izmir Airport for the flight back to Istanbul for your International flight.

After completing the amazing Seven Churches of Revelations Turkey Tour, Package Tour Turkey wishes all guests a very healthy and wonderful life ahead…

Seven Churches of Revelation Turkey Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

 

Istanbul or Izmir

 

Price Include

 

Flight tickets from Istanbul to Izmir
Flight tickets from Izmir to Istanbul
Entrance fees, mentioned in itinerary
Professional tour guide at tours
Air-conditioned vehicle for tours and transfers
4 Lunch at tour

 

Price Exclude

 

Gratuities to guide and driver
Personal expenses
Visa & International flight tickets
Hotel Accommodations
Dinners
Breakfasts

 

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    Seven Churches of Revelation Turkey Tour: Explore Biblical Turkey

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    Seven Churches of Revelation

    What are the Seven Churches of Revelation?

    In the Book of Revelation, there are references to seven historic Christian congregations. The Apostle John spoke to these churches, which were in present-day Turkey, through many prophecies.

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    Ephesus

    Historical significance

    One of the Seven Churches of Revelation, Ephesus was a significant early Christian center and a significant ancient metropolis. The apostle Paul established a powerful Christian community and preached there for a significant amount of time.

    Key attractions

    The Great Theatre, the Library of Celsus, and the Temple of Artemis, three of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, are some of Ephesus’ must-see attractions.

    Smyrna

    Historical significance

    Smyrna, which is now Izmir, was a key Christian hub as well. In the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John wrote to the church at Smyrna and commended them for their steadfastness in the face of adversity.

    Key attractions

    The historic Agora, Roman theater, and Basilica of St. Polycarp are all open to visitors in Smyrna.

    Pergamum

    Historical significance

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    Key attractions

    The Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus, and the Asclepion, an old hospital, are some of Pergamum’s most notable landmarks. Many relics from the location are kept in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany, including the magnificent Pergamon Altar.

    Thyatira

    Historical significance

    Ancient Thyatira, today known as Akhisar, was a vibrant economic hub. Love, faith, and tenacity were highlighted in the message to the church in Thyatira, but false teachings were also cautioned against.

    Key attractions

    The Basilica of Thyatira, several inscriptions, and a Roman road are among the ancient city’s relics.

    Sardis

    Historical significance

    The Christian community in Sardis, once the seat of the Lydian Kingdom, was prosperous and powerful. The church in Sardis received a message urging them to uphold their vigilance and deepen their faith.

    Key attractions

    The synagogue, the Roman-era gymnasium, and the Temple of Artemis are some of Sardis’s most notable attractions.

    Philadelphia

    Historical significance

    Asia Minor had significant Christian growth in Philadelphia, now known as Alasehir. The Apostle John delivered a message of inspiration and adoration to the church in Philadelphia.

    Key attractions

    Philadelphia’s ruins include a Byzantine-era basilica, many churches, and a portion of the old city wall.

    Laodicea

    Historical significance

    A significant city in the Roman province of Asia was Laodicea, which is now located close to Denizli. The letter addressed to the Laodicean church warned against spiritual laziness and urged revival.

    Key attractions

    The Hierapolis Archaeology Museum, the Temple of Apollo, and the Ancient Theater are some of Laodicea’s notable landmarks.

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    Best time to visit

    A biblical Turkey tour is best taken in the spring or fall when the weather is pleasant and there are fewer tourists around.

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    Bring cozy clothes, supportive walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat. Bring a good camera so you can record the breathtaking sights!

    Essential travel tips

    Make sure your passport and, if necessary, your visa are up-to-date. Respect regional traditions and customs by learning a few simple Turkish phrases.

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