Seven Churches of Revelation Tour (4 days 3 Nights)
Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.” (Rev. 1:11)
Day 1 (Arrival to Istanbul)
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 Ancient has 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. Paul mentions 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.
Rates, Inclusions & Exclusions
Rates for the itinerary:
For more than 5 people, please email us from firstname.lastname@example.org
Hotel accommodations with breakfasts
Professionally-licensed and experienced English speaking guides (All of our guides graduate from 4-year university course to be a tour guide)
All admission fees on the itinerary (except the entrance to Cleopatra Pool in Hierapolis and The Terrace Houses in Ephesus)
Service Charges and taxes
International or domestic flight tickets
Personal expenses during the tour
Optional tipping to driver, guide, restaurants and hotels
Izmir : Park Hotel Izmir (standard room) on Bed & Breakfast basis
Pamukkale : Melrose Allgau Hotel (suite room) on Bed & Breakfast basis
We have lots of different hotel options available. If you would like to stay at a different hotel than our list above , just let us know the name of the hotel and we will check the rates for your particular hotel. You may also want to book your own hotel and still join the tour. Please ask for this option with an email to email@example.com
How to Complete a Booking with Our Agency
When you email us regarding the tour, we will send you an itinerary based on the actual “real-time” availability and the rate information we are receiving from hotels. Until your deposit is received through our secure form, the rate and availability of the hotels and itinerary might change. When we confirm your reservation; all rates, hotels and itinerary are guaranteed. As we are using several outside vendors, if any arrangements in your itinerary has to be changed after confirmation, we will definitely contact you and offer a suitable alternative that you confirm as well.
When you agreed the itinerary with our travel agent, we will request a 30% deposit to confirm all your reservations. We have 128bit SSL secure form that you can safely send your credit card details at www.turkey-trip.com/secure Once we receive your deposit , we will confirm all the details of your itinerary and email you the travel voucher within 3-5 business days with the details. The balance due will be paid at any time before to arrival – or you can pay when you are in Selcuk in our agency office. In our office we accept all major currencies for cash payments, as well as Visa, MasterCard and AMEX.
To confirm this itinerary, we will also need your international or domestic flight details to arrange the pick-up/drop-off services and your full names as per your passports.
General Guideline for Cancellation
Here is the general guideline for our cancellation policy if your agent does not mention otherwise:
Cancellation Policy for Hotel accommodations:
If you cancel 14 days before check-in date, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 14 to 7 days , there will be a cancellation penalty of 1 night accommodation.
If you cancel between 7 days to 24 hours, the full amount of the hotel will be charged.
There will not be any refunds on "no shows" for the hotel accommodations.
Cancellation Policy for Flight Tickets:
If you cancel the tickets 1 month before departure, only 15 Euro will be charged.
If you cancel within 1 month to 1 week time before departure, 40% of the total cost will be charged.
We cannot give any refund on no-shows for flight tickets.
Promotional fares offered by airlines are non-refundable, non-changeable.
Cancellation Policy for Tours and Airport Transfers:
If you cancel 48 hours before the tour or airport transfer, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 48 hours to 24 hours before the tour or airport transfer, we will charge 50% cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 24 hours of tour or airport transfer , we will charge the full amount as cancellation fee.
We cannot give any refund on no-shows for tours or airport transfers.
*for large groups, please ask to your agent for the cancellation policy and booking requirements