Christianity is 2000 years old religion and this tour gives you chance to empathize with early Christians. How was the environment they lived? how much they sacrified? how much they suffered? So this is a tour for the ones who has these questions in their minds. Also we should clearly understand that when we say church you should not expect to see church buildings because Ephesus mentioned in Bible or Symrna church it reffers to the Christian community. Many in visits you are not able to see a standing church but will talk about early christianty and feelings about first christians. Tour is available from Izmir/Kusadasi/Selcuk.
Biblical tour packages – 7 Churches of revelation written in Bible. Visit 7 Churches of Revelation located in Turkey with the tour packages of biblical tour section of Novaportum Travel. Sacred places of Christianity located in Turkey, try package 7 Churches tour.
Symrna, Pergamon, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Hierapolis, Laodicea, Ephesus
Chiristianity is 2000 years old religion and to be able to be a good believer it is a must to understand first Chiristians, how was the environment they lived, how much they sacrified, how much they suffered. So this a tour for the ones who has these questions in their minds. Also we should clearly understand that when we say church you should not expect to see church buildings because in the book of revelation when it is mentioned about Ephesus Church, Symrna Church it reffers to the Christian community, so in many visits you are not able to see a standing church but will talk and feel about first Christians.
Day 1: The Suffering Church and The Compromising Church (Smyrna & Pergamon)
After meeting in Izmir city hotels or at the airport, you will have chance to meet with your guide who experienced in biblical tours. We will have a short transfer to Izmir city center where you will visit the ruins of Agora of Ancient Smyrna. After that, we will visit the old bazaar; Kemeralti (a very authentic old trade center) where you will also have lunch. After lunch you will have a shorth journey to St. Polycarp church which is dedicated to St. Polycarp. Bishop Polycarp is the one who was martyred at the age of 85 in 2nd century.
After the visit of this beautiful church, we will have a journey for 2 hours to Bergama/Pergamon. Pergamon Ancient City was founded by Greek colonists after the great Greek colonization started 800 B.C. This city became the only kingdom between these colonized cities. Pergamon kings gave great importance to agriculture. This how they built great irrigation systems. They also gave importance to education and philosophy. This is how the second biggest library of the ancient world after Alexandria Library was built here. One of the most impressive temples dedicated to Zeus was built here -which was moved to Berlin Museum today. That’s why this in the book of revelation this church-Christian community- mentions as compromising and where the seat of Satan is. Here we will visit ruins of Red Basilica and then we will visit one of the first healing center of ancient world. Asklepion been one of the first healing center of the ancient world where dead was not allowed to enter! Asklepion is hometown of many treatment methods that we widely use today such as aromatherapy, phytotherapy etc. We will also visit Red Basilica which was the church of the city in Christianity period.
End of the tour drive to hotel and overnight in Bergama.
Day 2: The Adulterous Church, The Dead Church, The Faithful Church
(Thyatira & Sardis & Philadelphia & Hierapolis)
After breakfast in the hotel, we will leave Bergama and after 45 min. first stop will be in Thyatira, which became a trade center where there was a strong Jewish community. Today there is not much left to visit from the ancient city but the message that is given by the letter is important. After Thyatira we will have 1.5-hour journey to Sardis. Except it is importance as a one of the seven churches of revelation, the ruins of the Ancient Sardis are magnificent. First of all, you will visit Sardis Gymnasium, which is a monumental building and one of the best places that you can take photos to remember you visit in Turkey. Next to this place we can see one of the most important synagogues in Anatolia and also ancient shops of those times. After here with 5 min. drive, we will arrive to Artemis Temple and next to the temple ancient church that is mentions as Dead Church in the book of revelation. After lunch break in a local restaurant here in Sardis, 40 min. drive to arrive to Philadelphia, The Faithful Church. It is only a very small ruins left here which will give you time to understand the letter of revelation. After the visit 1.5-hour drive to Pamukkale. Pamukkale, which is “Cotton Castle” in Turkish is a very special place where history meets with natural beauty.
Naturally area has permeable soil and underground hot spring water runs close to the surface. Only in Pamukkale Museum part there are 17 points where water comes to the surface. Today Pamukkale Museum is one of the most popular museums but actually this tourism movement runs here for many centuries. Tourism started here with discovery of curative properties of this hot spring water. From 500 B.C. people visited Pamukkale to cure their disease, and from 300 B.C. they founded a city that they called Holly City ‘Hierapolis’. And also ancient city is the house of the monumental tomb of St.Flippe, one of the apostle of Jesus. Today ruins of the ancient city lies by the limestone terraces formed by the action of the hot springs. During your visit we can see beautiful ancient theater of the city, great hammam building which is converted to a museum, main street of the ancient city, necropolis(cemetery), Cleopatra Pool(entrance is extra) and spend time and relax in limestone terraces after a busy program today. End of the day you will be transferred to your hotel overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 3: Laodicea Church and Ephesus & Church of St. John
Today we will start visits with Leodicea which is 15 min. drive from your hotel area. After breakfast in your hotel, you will meet with your guide and driver and drive to ancient city Leodicea.
Laodicea, thanks to its great location on the meeting point of important trade routes became a very rich and important ancient city. With the last excavations and restoration an amazing city raised. From the entrance of the city spectacular Syrian Street welcomes you which leads you to Ephesus Street. Two sides of the street amazing buildings with beautiful details lead you the theater of the city. And the church building is a must! This city mentioned in The Book of Revelation as one of the seven churches of first Christians. Leodicea was a prosperous city, famous for its black wool, banking services, and medical achievements so you can obviously see this abundance from the church of the city. After visiting the site, you will drive to Ephesus are which is 2.5-hour drive. You stop on the way for coffee break and then continue to Basilica of St. John. In Selcuk city which is a Turkish town next Ephesus Ancient City, you will see Basilica of St. John. After crucifixion of Jesus, John had to do his visits for his mission. And very logical decision he did, he came to Ephesus which was one of the most populated cities of the time, a port city and the center of Pagan pilgrims. So, John came here with Mother Marry. As he was not allowed to live in Ephesus city center all his life, he lived on the hill which is Basilica of St. John sits today. After visiting ruins of basilica, you will drive to hotel and overnight in Kusadasi.
After visiting these important and beautiful places depending on your time and program you will visit some shops and art centers which are recomended by your guide. These visits will give you ideas about Turkish handcrafts. Shopping options in this tour; leather shop, Turkish delight, tea and natural products shop, art ceramic center..
Day 4: The Loveless Church, House of Virgin Mary and Ephesus
After breakfast in your hotel, you will drive to Ephesus and full day visit here. Ephesus Ancient City is one of the most popular visits in western Turkey. What makes Ephesus so popular and special? Ephesus had been a trade center of the ancient world, because Ephesus is in that location where trade roads end by land and from the harbor of the city continuous to Europa by sea. Other reason is Ephesus always been an important cult center of Mothergoddes, Kybele or Artemis in Greek period and later all these female figures converted in to Mother Mary. And also, Ephesus is considered to one of the most well-preserved ancient cities from Greko-Roman period where you can imagine easily how people lived 2000 years ago. Other visit during the tour will be House of Virgin Mary. As it is believed when Jesus crucified, he left his mother to the guard of St. John the Evangelist and because of his mission St John travelled to Ephesus with Mother Mary where Virgin Mary passed her recently time and died. The Vatican has recognized this small house as the final resting place of the Virgin Mary. As before the Christianity period Ephesus was the major center of Artemis worship one of the most spectacular temple of all the times built for Artemis here in Ephesus where we call Artemision or Temple of Artemis. Artemis Temple had been a pilgrim center for Pagans of those times and been the very first example of banking in history as merchants left their valuable things to the mercy of Artemis. Today only one column left from the temple but the view from the temple is spectacular. End of the tour we transfer you to Izmir airport and end of our service.
Child Rate Policy :
2-8 %50 of adult rates
ABOVE 8 years FULL Price
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- All above rates are in US DOLLAR currency
- Topkapı Palace is closed every Tuesday
- Grand Bazaar is closed every Sunday
- Hot Air Balloon ride is forbidden for children under 6 y/o and for pregnant woman due to safety.
*Please note that %30 of the payment required on booking, the rest will be received as cash at airport.
PAYMENT ON CREDIT CARD : %3 Transaction fee and %18 V.A.T will be added in total amount on CC will be paid by your side.
MONEY TRANSFERS VIA BANKS : 10 $ International Money Transfer Fee and %18 V.A.T will be added in total amount on bank transfer. International Money Transfer Fee will be paid by your side.
%18 V.A.T will be charged even in case of refund.
When the trip is canceled by the client 60 or more days prior to the start of the trip, he/she shall be able to request and receive a full refund. When cancellation happens between 59 and 30 days prior to the start of the trip, the client will be able to obtain a refund of 50% of the trip price. When cancellation is requested less than 29 days prior to the start of the trip, he/she will not be able to obtain any refund whatsoever.
Is there any shopping opportunity during the tour?
Yes, you’ll hear the opportunities from your tour guide.
What’s the Duration of the tour?
9 days in total.
What’s the walking difficulty level?
3 out of 5, please wear comfy shoes for walking in ancient cities, sacred places.