Tour Style : Special Interest Tour
Duration : 7 Days / 6 Nights
Day 1 – Istanbul
Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 – Istanbul City Tour
Our journey begins in Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents. We visit the Topkapi Palace including the Harem, Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque and HIPPODROME, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Overnight Istanbul.
Day 3 – Smyrna – Basilica Tour – Pergamon
Transfer from hotel to Istanbul airport for flight to Izmir. Arrival in Izmir. Drive to ancient Smyrna, was the second one of the seven Christian churches in Asia Minor to which St. John the Divine wrote (Revelation l-11). In the afternoon proceed to Thyatira, another one of the Seven Churches. See the remains of a Basilica and other ruins from the Roman Period. Drive to Pergamon for overnight.
Day 4 – Pergamon Tour
Visit the Acropolis with its pagan temples and Altar of Zeus. Continue to the healing center, Aesculapius. Overnight in Pergamon.
Day 5 – Sardis, Philadelphia and Pamukkale Tour
After breakfast depart for Sardes , another one of the Seven Churches mentioned by St. John. Continue to Philadelphia to, another one of the Christian congregations, and a city built in 2 BC by King Eumenos. Continue to Pamukkale (Hierapolis). Watch the sunset over the petrified waterfalls. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 6 – Leodicea and Ephesus Tour
Visit Hierapolis and then Laodicea before continuing to Ephesus. See the final abode of the Virgin Mary where she spent her last years. Tour through ancient Ephesus to see the old synagogue, the theatre where St. Paul preached (Acts 10), the Library of Celsus and other sights. Overnight in Kusadasi .
Day 7 – Kusadasi and Istanbul
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Istanbul and back to home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again.