5 DAYS BIBLICAL TOUR IZMIR ITINERARY:
Day 1 - Izmir - Arrival Day
Upon our arrival at Izmir airport or Kusadasi port or Cesme Port, our guide will
meet you with your name sign and assist and transfer to hotel. You will be given
your room key and the rest of the day is yours to Explore Izmir. Overnight in
Day 2 - Pergamon - Thyatira - Izmir
(Breakfast and dinner included)
After breakfast we drive to Pergamum, actually called Bergama. It is one of the
sites of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 2:12]. Here we explore the
impressive Acropolis, the steepest theatre in the world, the Asklepion, famous
medical centre of classical times, see the Altar of Zeus which is mentioned as
the «Throne of Satan» in the book of Revelation, the marble columns of the
Temple of Trajan and the Library which was foremost in the world and was long a
rival of the equally famous Library of Alexandria in Egypt. Its wealth of
volumes was estimated at over 200, 000. It inspired the invention of parchment.
We also visit the Red Basilica (St. Johns Church). Then we continue our visit to
Thyatira, now called Akhisar, another one of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev.
1:11; 2:18 - 24; Acts 16:14]. It was a city famous for purple dyes. We visit the
remains of a basilica and some architectural fragments from the Roman period.
Lydia, the seller of purple in Philippi, was from Thyatira.
We enjoy a panoramic ride of Smyrna, the third largest city in Turkey and one of
the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 2:12 - 17]. Smyrnas is a city
scarred with a bloody history of trade and warfare. We ascend to Mount Pagus
where we visit the Citadel of Lysimachos, commander of Alexander the Great,
erected in the 4th century BC. We will also see the Clock Tower. Check in at the
hotel for dinner and overnight in Izmir.
Day 3 - Izmir - Sardis - Philadelphia - Laodicea - Hierapolis
(Breakfast and dinner included)
Today we depart early in the morning to one of the most picturesque areas of any
of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 3:1 - 4], Sardis, presently Sart. This
was the capital of the ancient Lydian kingdom of the 6th century BC, portrayed
as a dying church. We visit the great Temple of Artemis and the Temple of Cybele,
which became a Byzantine Church. We will also visit the restored gymnasium and
reconstructed Synagogue. We also see the last several meters of the royal
Persian Road from Susa to Sardis built by Cyrus the Great and the «golden» river
Pactolos. Lunch en route.
Then we continue our journey to Philadelphia, nowadays called Alasehir, another
church of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 3:7], and the only church not
censured. There we see the remains of a Byzantine basilica built of brick, with
a bit of high arch and some 11th century frescoes. We drive to the healing city
of Hierapolis, actually Pamukkale, the white «cotton fortress» where hot mineral
water bursts from the earth and cascades over steep cliffs forming pools,
channels and stalactites.
The therapeutic waters were known to the founders of Hierapolis and of Laodicea
in 190 BC. In Hierapolis [Col. 4:13] we visit the Martyrium of the Apostle
Philip where he was martyred during the persecutions ordered by Domitian.
Proceed to Laodicea (present name Denizli) yet another of the Seven Churches of
Asia Minor [Rev. 1:11; 3:14; Col. 2:1; 4:13 - 16]. We see the ancient theatre,
the remains of basilica and ancient stone water pipes.
We visit the Gate of Domitian, the Arcadian Way, the 2nd century AD Theatre, the
Nymphaion, the Temple of Apollo, the Plutonium and the Necropolis. Check in at
hotel for dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 4 - Ephesus - Kusadasi
(Breakfast and dinner included)
Drive to Ephesus visit to the ancient city of Ephesus including the Basilica of
St. John. The Apostle Paul preached to the Ephesians and lived here for three
years. This church also received an epistle from him. We tour the spectacular
ruins where excavations still continue in this once great and important city,
which was founded in the 10th century BC. Temple of Artemis, Ephesus ancient
sites and Virgin Mary.
Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings,
among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of
Hadrian and the Theatre. The Temple of Diana of the Ephesians, another of the
seven wonders of the ancient world, was built in this city. We visit the
Basilica of St. John. Visit The House of Virgin Mary. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5 - Kusadasi - Izmir - End of Tour
After breakfast you will have free time shopping till your transfer to Izmir airport.
On arrival Izmir Airport your service will be finished.
We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future
in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing
5 DAYS BIBLICAL TOUR IZMIR INCLUDES:
TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Arrival airport transfer from Izmir airport
- 2 nights hotel in Izmir
- 1 night hotel in Pamukkale
- 1 night hotel in Kusadasi
- 4 open buffet breakfasts
- 4 dinners at hotels
- Guided Thyatira Pergamum tour
- Guided Philadelphia, Sardes and Smyrna tour
- Guided Pisidian Antioch Laodicea and Hierapolis Pamukkale tour
- Guided Ephesus tour
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Professional English-speaking tour guides
- Return airport transfer
- International flights
- Insurance: All types
- Turkey entry visa
- Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
Please Note: Hagia Sophia is open on every day, Topkapi Palace closed on tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on sundays. If your tour is on one of these days we would offer you to visit Underground Cistern instead of Topkapi palace museum, instead of Grand Baazar you will visit Spice Bazaar.
What are the discounts for children?
Children 0-6 years are free of charge.
Children 6-11 years are charged at 50% of a full priced adult tour.
The hotel options we have provided may have different pricing policies for some dates, and we have limited room numbers for each hotel. If you could please inform us about the hotel you are requesting, we will be happy to Check this hotel for availability and confirm accordingly. If above listed hotels are not available, we will book another hotel of the same standard.