Day 1 (Arrival to Izmir)
After your arrival to Izmir Airport, we will meet you in front of the exit gate at the domestic terminal; with a sign bearing your name and transfer you to your hotel in Izmir City. You will have free time in the afternoon depending on your arrival time.
Overnight accommodation in Izmir.
Day 2 (Tour of Smyrna, Pergamon and Thyatira, breakfast & lunch included)
The tour will begin with a pick-up from your hotel after your breakfast at around 08:30am. We will start the day with a visit to Smyrna Ancient City which has Hittite remains from about 4000 years ago. Ancient Smyrna is one of the oldest inhabited communities in the world. Polycarp, a bishop from this ancient city from 115-156 AD, was martyred because of his faith to Christianity.John told the Christians in Smyrna not to be afraid to suffer but “…be faithful till death” (Revelation 2:10-11) and he did exactly what John requested.
We then drive to Pergamum and Asclepion Health Centre ruins. Located on top of a hill,Pergamum has served to Christianity a lot and we will see the ruins with the imagination of the past. Walking down from the ancient city, we will visit the Asclepion, which was used as a health centre in old times. The last stop will be the Thyatira ruins which is in a modern city of Akhisar now. Overnight accommodation in Izmir
Day 3 (Tour of Sardis, Philadelphia, Hierapolis and Laodecia, breakfast & lunch included)
We will start the day quite early around 08:30am and our first stop will be Sardis, an ancient political and cultural center in Anatolia which was the capital of the Lydian Kingdom. The ruins at Sardis are quite impressive such as public toilets, gymnasium and the synagogue and Artemis Temple. Ruins of a small building at the south corner of the synagogue from 4th century AD are believed to be an early Christian church, subject of John’s text on the church at Sardis in Revelation.
Philadelphia, the city of Brotherly Love, is our next stop. The city has some ruins of the city wall and some arches dating from the late Byzantine era.
We will then visit Hierapolis and Laodicea Ancient Cities. Hierapolis Ancienthas thermal springs and travertine terraces which is going to be unique experience to see a World Heritage Site. The ancient city contains the biggest necropolis (cemetery) in Anatolia with about 1200 graves.What makes Hierapolis Ancient City different from the others is monumental limestone and marble tombs, sarcophagi and house-type tombs and St. Philip The Evangelist Martyrium. St. Paulmentions Hierapolis along with Laodicea as the center of Epaphras’ ministry.
Overnight accommodation in Pamukkale.
Day 4 (Tour of Ephesus, St. John Basilica and Museum, breakfast & lunch included)
Our last day will start with a drive to Selcuk to visit Ephesus ruins which was one of the greatest cities in the ancient world. Ephesus has special significance for Christians. From Ephesus Paul preached, Timothy taught, while later, John warned the church at Ephesus “…you have abandoned the love (you had) at first.” (Revelation 2:4).
The tour includes a visit to St. John’s Basilica built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. It is believed that the grave of the Apostle John was located under the central dome in the basilica. The tour will end with a visit to Ephesus Museum which has lots of artifacts from the ancient city including the statues of Artemis. We will then transfer to Izmir Airport and you will have an evening flight to Istanbul.
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