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One of our most popular tours

The 7 Churches of Revelations Tour

This is one of our most popular tours.

We’ve designed a tour of the Seven Churches of Revelation to maximize your time at the sites and minimize your time in bus travel.  This has greatly benefited travelers who want devotional time during their tour.  This tour can be done in reverse order or as an add on to any other tour or locations you’d like to visit.  You will stay a minimum of two nights at each hotel, significantly easing your transitions and allow you time to unwind. Sojourn Turkey likes to allow people the time to savor this so we run this trip normally 1 day longer than most everyone else. Why? Because we want you to be able to reflect and experience the wonder of these sites, rather than just check them off.

Following the text of Revelations the tour starts with the best preserved classical site in Turkey – Ephesus. You’ll find more than just Ephesus in this rich area, with a few surprises including St. John’s Basilica, The House of Mary, and one of Turkey’s most amazing villages Sirince.

The Journey then follows the Biblical text stopping through Smyrna (Izmir) on the way to Pergamum. With its rich history, and numeous sites, a day is just enough to see this unique antique site.

The following days Journey takes you quickly through Thyatira and to a wonderful afternoon in Sardis – one of the oldest Biblical sites with the Jewish congregation established here at the end of the King’s highway during the Old Testament Persian Captivity.

Day four  takes in the small site of Philadelphia and the newly uncovered ruins in Laodiciea. This evening is spent at a thermal hotel to relax and reflect on all that you have seen.

Itinerary

DAY 1    Laodicea (with option of Colossae)  Laodicia (Revelations 3:13-22)

 

Today we’ll begin our journey toward the Seven Churches of Revelation.  Discover how the history of these ancient cities can unlock your understanding of the letters the Apostle Paul wrote to these churches. After crossing beautiful countryside vineyards and rolling hills, we visit the ancient ruins of Hierapolis, Laodicea, and Colossae and the gleaming white mineral springs of the “Cotton Castle”  or Pamukkale.  A hearty dinner, and a massage or visit to the mud baths, then a good night’s rest at a Thermal Springs Resort will be in order this evening.

Hotel: Umut Thermal Hotel
Meals: Dinner

 

DAY 2    Aphrodisias (optional)

Today you will tour Aphrodisias, one of the best preserved historical sites in Turkey.  Located quite close to Pamukkale but off the map of most tours, this center of Roman marble statuary has arguably one of the finest museums in Turkey. Additionally the spacious and often empty site allows for relaxed devotional time.  After a short ride back to your thermal hotel, you’ll be able to relax in the evening with a thermal bath and delicious meal.

Hotel: Umut Thermal Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY 3   Philadelphia, Sardis and Thyatira (Revelations 2:18-3:13)

Continue through the churches today, visiting the small ruins of Philadelphia in the morning and then spending the afternoon in the serenity of deserted Sardis. After a late afternoon visit to Thyatira (optional) you will settle into your hotel near Pergamum.

Hotel: Kervansaray Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 :  Pergamum (Revelations 2:12-17)

With its outstanding Acropolis rising hundreds of feet around the surrounding plains, Pergamum is a site to remember.  With visits to both the Asclepion and the ruined Red Church you will get a sense of the size of this expansive city, once home to a library rivaling Alexandria’s.  Extra time is available to also visit this small town’s modern day markets.

Hotel: Kervansaray Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY 5 :  Smyrna/Izmir (Revelations 2:8-11)

Today you follow the ancient paths along the coast to Smyrna (Izmir) where you will see the Acropolis, Agora, and remaining churches in this sprawling port town.  Time is available for a visit to the well known Caravan Saray shopping area to pick up gifts for friends and family back home.  Dinner will be after arrival into Selcuk, a quaint town adjacent to ancient Ephesus.

Hotel: Hittit Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY 6 : Ephesus (Revelations 2:1-7

Today we’ll focus on the magnificent city of ancient Ephesus, spending the entire morning in its incredible atmosphere.  Devotional time can be set aside at one of its many points of significance.  Today will be a day that stays with you for a lifetime. Starting in the morning with a visit to the magnificent ancient city of Ephesus, you will see one of the finest examples of a Roman city. From the detailed facade of the library to the size of the theater to the brillant lavious colors in the slope homes, you’ll have time to experience the wonders for yourself.  Next you’ll visit the ruins of the Artemis Temple – one of the 7 great wonders of the ancient world. Destroyed by fire on the night of Alexander the Great’s birth.  After a delicious lunch prepared by a lovely Swiss/Turkish family, you’ll have a chance to visit the Ephesus Museum and see some of the many items preserved there. Next you’ll see the St. John’s Basilica ruins and grave where John is believe to have been buried.   Next you’ll visit the Isa Bey Mosque a wonderful example of Selcuk / Ottoman transitional architecture, built with the remains of the Artemis Temple. A drive up the hill takes you to Mary’s Home a place of pilgrimage for both Catholics and Muslims alike (which you’ll notice having tied cloth onto the lower wall as a prayer).  The day will end with a visit to the Greek Village Sirince – a haven in the hills above modern day Selcuk where time seems to have stood still. You’ll have opportunity to shop here and then have dinner at any of the many nice restaraunts.

Hotel Hittit Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

DAY 7: Departure

Today you will leave early in the morning for the airport for your return flight.

Price

$1100 / person

All prices or per person in double room and in USD $ based on 12 passengers.
Prices Include:
Transfer TO/FROM Airport
5 Nights Accomodation as listed.
Breakfast each day at the Hotel
Lunch at preferred A – La Carte restaraunts each day of the tour.
Dinner on 3 nights as listed.
Private A/C Minibus transportation and experienced driver.
Professional Licensed and Experienced English Speaking Tour guide.
All admission fees to sites and historic areas.
All parking, toll and fuel expenses.

Pricing excludes:
Airfare international or domestic (we can book that for you CLICK HERE for assistance)
Beverages during lunch and dinner.
Optional gratuities for guides, drivers, hotel staff (a few Lira to the person is sufficient)
Travel Insurance (we recommend Travel Insured International used by USAA )
Personal Expenses
Visa entry into Turkey (for pricing of visas purchased at Border CLICK HERE)

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