Overview

One of our most popular tours

Dates: The trip will depart regularly throughout the year.

This private group tour will feature some of the high spots of Turkey’s Christian history including the 7 Churches of Revelations.  The group will visit the main historic sites and major attractions of Turkey.  You’ll first discover Istanbul, a city of business frenzy, entertainment, and a wealth of rich culture. Absorb it’s ancient structures, from its mosques to the Roman influenced architecture.

The next leg of your journey will take you along the major classical sites of western Turkey where the 7 Churches of Revelation are found, including: Laodiciea and  Pamukkale with its thermal pools, Philadelphia, Sardis, Thyatira, Pergamum, Smyrna, and Ephesus. The route will generally follow the text of Revelations 1-3.

This is a trip designed to explore some of the most featured regions of Turkey, while giving time and attention to the devotional journey awaiting you at the 7 Church sites of Revelations.

Revelation 1-3 (New Living Translation)

7 Nights 8 Days 11 Aug, 12 Aug, 13 Aug, and more Ephesus
Itinerary

Day 1 – Istanbul

  • You will be transferred privately from the new Istanbul Airport to your hotel in the heart of Istanbul – Sultanahmet. Your private guide and driver will welcome you and transfer to hotel. You’ll have free time this evening to explore Sultanahmet on your own.
  • Doubletree by Hilton Sirkeci Hotel (Standard room)

Day 2

  • With your guide you will visit Emperor Justinian’s masterpiece the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and its monuments. Following lunch, you will continue your tour by visiting the Basilica Cistern and a visit to the Grand Bazaar.
  • Doubletree by Hilton Sirkeci Hotel (Standard room)

Optional Programs in Istanbul

  • Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and show : $75/person
  • Whirling Dervish Ceremony : $65/person
  • Turkish Bath: $95/person

Day 3

  • Your private guide will be ready in your hotel to take you to your Bosphorus boat tour. Along the shores of the Bosphorus, you will view the Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Maiden’s Tower, Bosphorus bridges, Rumeli and Anadolu fortresses, and Ottoman Residences. After lunch you will visit Topkapi Palace and Spice Market.
  • You will be transferred directly to Istanbul airport for your flight 1 hour flight to Izmir.
  • In Izmir you will be welcomed by your private guide and transferred to your hotel in downtown Izmir on the coast. 
  • Doubletree by Hilton Alsancak Hotel (Standard Room) 

Day 4 – Izmir – Smyrna & Ephesus

  • Today starts your unforgettable journey to the 7 Churches of Revelations (Rev. Ch. 2 & 3)
  • Your guide will start with a visit to the martyr Polycarp’s Church in Izmir and a brief tour of Smyrna’s ancient city. (Rev 2:8-11) Followed by lunch you will continue to the majestic ancient port city of Ephesus (Rev 2:1-7) where you walk on the colonnaded street where Paul and John walked and visit the great theater where Paul caused an uproar.
  • You’ll see amazing statues at the Ephesus Museum and learn some bizarre origins of Mary’s veneration upon visiting the remnants of the great Artemis temple. You’ll see how Romans lived in the Slope homes and visit an Ancient pilgrimage site- the St. John’s Basilica before returning back to your hotel in Izmir.
  • Doubletree by Hilton Alsancak Hotel (Standard Room) 

Day 5 – Pergamum & Thyatira

  • You will drive to the 3rd Church -Pergamum (Rev 2:12-17) see the breathtaking Acropolis where the Temple of Zeus (some claim Satan’s Seat in the Roman Empire) is located.  Learn of the medical history at the Asklepion and see a pagan temple converted to a church at the Red Basilicia. After lunch you will visit the trade town of Thyatira (Rev 2:18-29), where Lydia seller of purple cloth was from before transferring to your thermal hotel in Sardis. You’ll enjoy time in the evening in the thermal baths at the hotel.
  • Lidya Thermal Hotel (Standard room)

Day 6 – Sardis & Philadelphia

  • Sardis (Rev 3:1-6) is a magnificent site you’ll visit today, known for the golden fleece, dyeing of wool and the huge temple of Artemis – There is a wonderful restored Synagogue here founded in the 600 BC captivity and likely where Paul preached. You’ll see the ruins at Philadelphia (Rev. 3:7-13) after lunch and then drive to Pamukkale and visit the Hierapolis ancient city. (Ref in Colossians) You’ll be able to visit the ruins into the evening and enjoy a thermal swim at your hotel.
  • Doğa Thermal Hotel (Standard room)

Day 7 – Antalya

  • You will visit the last church of Laodicea (Rev 3:14-22) a wonderful site actively being excavated –and learn the meaning of being “lukewarm” from Revelations. Lunch and a visit to the rarely seen sculpture/statute city of Aphrodisias on you way to Antalya through the Toros Mountains, where Paul traversed before arriving to your hotel.
  • Ramada Plaza Hotel (Standard Room)

Day 8 – Departure

  • Today you will be transferred to Antalya airport by your private driver for your back flight to Istanbul, or continue with an EXTENSION TOUR!

Optional Programs:

  • Evening Tour to Karsiyaka: $65 / person
  • Cleopatra Pool in Pamukkale: $25 / person
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride: 60 Minutes: $200 / person

EXTENTION TOURS

Blue Cruise – Sail the Med. / Antalya / Cappadocia 

Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Accommodation in Istanbul (2 nights), Izmir (2 nights) , 1 night each in, Pamukkale and Antalya
  • Breakfast daily, Lunch on Full Day tours
  • Licensed professional English speaking guides with extensive 7 Churches knowledge.
  • Domestic flights (Istanbul – Izmir / Antalya – Istanbul)
  • Airport Transfers
  • Admission tickets to sites and museums
  • Private VIP transportation per tour itinerary
  • Parking, portage, toll roads
  • Coordination and attentive customer service throughout the tour by Sojourn staff

  • Required Association of – Turkish Travel Agencies Foreign Visitors Insurance (a vey basic mandatory policy and not an adequate replacement for purchasing your own travel insurance.)

What is not included in the tour

  • International flight tickets
  • Optional gratuities to guides, drivers, etc.
  • Most dinners
  • Entry Visas
  • Additional drinks at lunch and dinner
  • Optional programs listed in the itinerary
Price
$1970 per person for groups of 8 or more passengers $379 Single Supplement For smaller groups just click the "Ask a Question" button and let us quote you a price.
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Ephesus - One of the seven churches View on Map