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 refers to the Christian community. Many in visits you are not able to see a standing church but we will talk about early Christianty and feelings about first Christians. We combined 7 churches of Revelation tour with Istanbul which was the first Christian capital of history! We will visit enchanting Hagia Sophia and St.Antonie Church.
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 our tour agency. Sacred places of Christianity located in Turkey, try package 7 Churches tour including Istanbul. Daily Istanbul Biblical tour will be provided with the visits of Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Highlights of the tour; Istanbul, Symrna, Pergamon, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Hierapolis, Laodicea, Ephesus.
Istanbul, Pergamon, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Smyrna
Day 1: Istanbul Classical Old City Tour
Visits for today; Topkapı Palace Museum, Hagia Sophia Mosque, Hipodrome, Blue Mosque.
Istanbul has been the capital city of three empires, Roman empire, Byzantium Empire, Ottoman Empire. As being capital and of course the richest city of three empires, Istanbul became the home of the most important buildings and sanctuaries.
First day in Istanbul will give you an idea about this cosmopolite city. First day in İstanbul will be classical city tour. You will visit Topkapi palace where was the center of the empire for 400 years and architecture is very different than European palaces. End of the visit in palace you can drink your coffee with the one of the best views in Istanbul in the cafeteria of the palace.
Another visit today will be one of the most special buildings in the world, Hagia Sophia. Justinianus the emperor ordered to build this magnificent church in the hearth of the city. For its time it is a very special building especially with its dome, a similar size dome could be built almost 1000 years later. For more than 1500 years it is standing in Istanbul.
After Hagia Sophia passing through The Hippodrome you will visit one of the most beautiful mosques, Blue Mosque. End of the tour drive back to hotel and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Biblical Istanbul Tour
Visits for today; Chora Church, St. Antoine Catolic Church, Beyoglu/ Istiklal District and Bosphorus Tour.
St. Antoine Catholic Church is the biggest church is Istanbul and has the largest community. It is built in 1724 for the Christian people who works for Ottoman Palace and traders, especially Italian and French community here in Istanbul. Istiklal Street where St. Antoine Church is standing is the center of Istanbul. Many monuments and historical buildings are standing here so you can feel the atmosphere.
After these beautiful visits you will take a regular Bosporus cruise and enjoy beauty of one of the most important canals of the world. End of the tour drive back to hotel and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: The Compromising Church and The Adulterous Church (Pergamon&Thyatira) (L)
Early in the morning after breakfast in the hotel you will drive to Bergama which will be 4 hours driving. By the lunch time you arrive there and visit Ancient 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 and Pergamon kings gave great importance to agriculture -this how they built great irrigation systems- and also education and philosophy, this is how second biggest library of the ancient world after Alexandria Library founded here. Also, in this city one of the most impressive temples dedicated to Zeus is built here -which is 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 you will visit ruins of Red Basilica and then you 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! And home town of many treatment methods that we widely use today such as aromatherapy, phytotherapy etc. After visits in Beautiful Bergama, we will drive 40 min. to Akhisar which is Thyatira in the book of revelation.
THYATİRA, 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 the tour transfer to Akhisar city center and overnight in Akhisar.
Day 4: The Dead Church, The Faithful Church (Sardis & Philadelphia & Laodicea) (L)
After breakfast in your hotel, you drive 50 min 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 you can see one of the most important synagogues in Anatolia and also ancient shops of those times. After here with 5 min. drive, you 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 lunch break here you will drive 1.5 hour to Leodicea.
Leodicea, 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 leads 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 Leodicea visit drive 15 min. to Pamukkale village and overnight here in a hotel overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 5: Hierapolis Ancient City and The Loveless Church Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary (L)
After breakfast in your hotel, you will drive to 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 and started with discovery of ancient people, they discovered curative properties of this hot spring water here. From 500 B.C. people visited Pamukkale to cure their diseases 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 you can see beautiful ancient theater of the city, great hammam building which is converted to a museum(entrance is extra), main street of the ancient city, necropolis(cemetery), Cleopatra Pool and spend time and relax in limestone terraces. After the tour you will visit a huge textile factory shop where you can see world famous Turkish cotton textile. End of the tour you will have a lunch great and then drive 2.5 hours to Ephesus area. By the time you arrive there you will visit Ephesus ancient city.
Ephesus Ancient City which is one of the most popular visits in western Turkey. 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.
Another visit during the tour will be The 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 transfer to Kusadasi and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 6: The Suffering Church Smyrna (L)
6th day after breakfast you will visit basilica of St. John. After crucification 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 Mary. 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 visit 1 hour drive to Izmir and we will visit Smyrna St. Polycarp church, which is mentioned as “The Suffering Church” and the home of great 2nd century Bishop Polycarp who was burned alive at the age of 85. and we will visit the last remaining building from old Smyrna city the Agora.
End of the tour you will be transferred to the airport, end of the 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?
6 days in total.
What’s the walking difficulty level?
3 out of 5, please wear comfy shoes for walking in ancient cities, sacred places.