DAY 1 : ALEXANDROUPOLIS - GALLIPOLI - CANAKKALE (D)
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. We leave Greece for a short journey as we head towards the border to make our way into Turkey. We will bid farewell to our Greek guide and driver here and after border formalities (Customs & Visa Procedures) we board the Turkish coach & meet our new local guide.
Once in Turkey we will make a brief stop for lunch (on your own expenses). We will then enjoy a scenic drive on the national highway on the North West coast of Turkey. We will visit Gallipoli World War I battlefields (Lone Pine – Australian Memorial, Chunuk Bair – New Zealand Memorial, ANZAC Cove) The Nek and the Gallipoli Museum. We will then continue on to Eceabat port where we will cross by ferry the Dardanelles straights to reach Canakkale. We check-in at hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 2 : CANAKKALE - TROY - TROAS - PERGAMUM (B,D)
After breakfast we will depart from Canakkale and visit Troy, the home of legendary Trojan War with the replica of wooden horse. We will then travel to Alexandria Troas and the port of Assos, both of which were included in St Paul’s missionary journeys. We will then continue our journey towards Bergama (Pergamum) for a lunch break. We will see the Red Basilica before we check-in at hotel for dinner and overnight in Pergamum.
DAY 3 : PERGAMUM - THYATIRA - IZMIR (B,D)
Breakfast and check out. We will visit the Acropolis of Pergamum and the ancient healing centre of Asclepeios, god of healing, before heading to Izmir. On our way, we will make a brief stop in Thyatira to see the ruins of an early church. Continue on to Izmir for later afternoon check-on at hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4 : SARDIS - PHILEDELPHIA - LAODICEA - HIERAPOLIS (B,D)
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 Pactolus. 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.
Check in at hotel for dinner and overnight in a Thermal Hotel.
DAY 5 : SARDIS - PHILEDELPHIA - LAODICEA - HIERAPOLIS (B,D)
Breakfast at hotel and check-out. This morning we will tour Ancient Hierapolis (martyrium of Apostle Philip, Gate of Domitian, Arcadian Way, Necropolis) & the Calcium Terraces. The therapeutic waters were known to the founders of Hierapolis and of Laodicea in 190 BC. Afterwards, it will be a short drive to Laodicea where we will see the ancient theatre, the remains of the basilica and the stone water pipes. We then pass by Colossae before arriving at hotel in Kusadasi.
DAY 6 : EPHESUS - KUSADASI (B,D)
After breakfast we will enjoy a morning visit to St. John’s Basilica where people believed that John passed away. We will stop for lunch (on your own expense). After lunch we visit Ephesus to see Baths of Scholastica, Temple of Hadrian, the Library and the Theatre. We continue our tour with a short stop in a rug making store to watch the demonstration. We will arrive at hotel in Kusadasi at around 3pm.
After dinner the guide may take us to city centre of Kusadasi to walk around and do last minute shopping. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 7 : KUSADASI - PATMOS by 4 DAY CRUISE (B)
Early breakfast at the hotel in time to depart for port to embark on ferry at 7.00am. Bid farewell to our Turkish guide this morning as we depart Turkey. After customs formalities we will board our 4 days Chartered Cruise for our relaxing journey to the Greek island of Patmos. We will share devotions during this trip.
✅ 5 nights Accommodation at 4 star hotels including breakfast
✅ Border Crossing Fees
✅ All transportation in Turkey by private a/c vehicles
✅ 5 breakfast and 5 dinner
✅ Entrance fees to the sites and museums written on itinerary
✅ English Speaking – Bible Oriented Tour Guide
✅ Tips to the hotels and restaurants
✅ Local Taxes