7 Churches of Asia Minor in 8 days
Day 6 : Izmir – Sardis – Philadelphia – Laodicea – Hierapolis (Breakfast - Dinner)
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 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.
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. Continue to visit to Laodicia. The city established in the C3 BCE by the Seleucid Antiochus II, the city was named after his wife Laodicea. Built on the Lycus Tributary of the Meander River, it was surnamed Laodicea on Lycus, to distinguish it from other similarly named cities. Laodicia is the last of the seven churches. As a crossroad of two important roads, this city had an important commercial and logistical position. 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. Check in at hotel for dinner and overnight in a Thermal Hotel.
Day 7 : Ephesus – Kusadasi (Breakfast - Dinner)
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.
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 before drive to Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
✅ 7 nights accommodations based on bed and breakfast
✅ 7 breakfast and 4 dinners
✅ Professional licensed Bible Oriented Tour Guide
✅ Private airport transfers
✅ Transportation with brand-new Mercedes A/C Minibus
✅ All entrance fees to the sites stated above the itinerary
✅ Izmir – Istanbul flight ticket
❌ Personal expenses
❌ Meals & drinks not indicated in includes section
❌ Drinks during meals
❌ Tips to driver & guide
|Number of pax||Departure Days||
in 4 star hotels
|in 5 star hotels|
|Small Group (Max. 16 pax)||Friday||1599-US$||1929-US$|
|(Private) 2 Pax||Everyday||1999-US$||2329-US$|
|(Private) 4 Pax||Everyday||1729-US$||2059-US$|
|May||5, 11, 19|
|July||6, 12, 13, 15|
|August||13, 16, 29|
|November||7, 10, 19|