5 DAYS BIBLICAL TOUR FROM IZMIR

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5 DAYS BIBLICAL TOUR FROM IZMIR

5 Days Biblical Tour from Izmir

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We will take you on a journey of ancient temples, 7 biblical churches loc..

5 Days Biblical Tour from Izmir

Details:

We will take you on a journey of ancient temples, 7 biblical churches located within the Aegean Region that will give you a chance to witness the history of mankind from a religious perspective. From the altar of legendary “all-mighty” Zeus to the sacred home of holy Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, many mystic relics are along the way for you to view during an amazing 5-day trip. 

Day 1: Izmir - Arrival Day
Upon our arrival at Izmir airport or Kusadasi /Cesme Port, our guide will meet you with your name sign to assist you in your transfer to the hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to Explore Izmir. Overnight in Izmir.

 Day 2: Pergamon - Thyatira - Izmir
After breakfast we drive to Pergamum, actually called Bergama. It is one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 2:12]. Here we explore the impressive Acropolis, the steepest theatre in the world, the Asklepion, famous medical center of classical times, see the Altar of Zeus, which is mentioned as the «Throne of Satan» in the book of Revelation, the marble columns of the Temple of Trajan and the Library which was foremost in the world and was long a rival of the equally famous Library of Alexandria in Egypt. 
We also visit the Red Basilica (St. Johns Church). Then we continue our visit to Thyatira, now called Akhisar, another one of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 2:18 - 24; Acts 16:14]. It was a city famous for purple dyes. We visit the remains of a basilica and some architectural fragments from the Roman period. Lydia, the seller of purple in Philippi, was from Thyatira.
We enjoy a panoramic ride of Smyrna, the third-largest city in Turkey and one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 2:12 - 17]. Smyrna is a city scarred, with a bloody history of trade and warfare. We ascend to Mount Pagus where we visit the Citadel of Lysimachos, commander of Alexander the Great, erected in the 4th century BC. We will also see the Clock Tower. Check-in at the hotel for dinner and overnight in Izmir.

 Day 3: Izmir - Sardis - Philadelphia - Laodicea - Hierapolis
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 a basilica and ancient stone water pipes.
We visit the Gate of Domitian, the Arcadian Way, the 2nd century AD Theatre, the Nymphaion, the Temple of Apollo, the Plutonium and the Necropolis. Check-in at the hotel for dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.

 Day 4: Ephesus - Kusadasi
Drive to Ephesus to visit 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. Temple of Artemis, Ephesus ancient sites and Virgin Mary.
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. Overnight in Kusadasi.

 Day 5: Izmir - End of Tour
After breakfast, we depart for Izmir airport for our return flight back home.

Includes:
- Overnight stay in HB hotel
- Transfers
- English Tour guide
- Entrance fees
- All taxes - fees
- Domestic flights

Excludes:
- Single occupation
- Drinks
- Personal expenses