Cultural Round Trips -- Biblical Tour I

 

Biblical tour from/to İzmir -- The Seven Churches of Asia

Day 1: Arrival

Flight to İzmir, the ancient city of Smyrna (Rev 2:8-11), now the third most populous city in Turkey. After arrival at the airport, reception by our tour guide. Transfer to hotel. Dinner and accommodation in the İzmir area.

Day 2: İzmir – Pergamon
In the morning, a short bus tour around the city of İzmir. Then continue to Pergamon. Visit to the Acropolis of Pergamon (Rev 2:12-17), the place where parchment paper is produced, and the asclepieion, the famous cult and healing temple from the Roman period. Dinner and accommodation in the Bergama area.

Day 3: Pergamon – Pamukkale
Drive to Akhisar (Rev 2:18-19) and visit to the old church. Continue to Sardis (Rev 3:1-6), once the capital of the kingdom of Lydia, which features an ancient synagogue and gymnasium. After the lunch break, drive to Pamukkale via Philadelphia (Rev 3:7-13). Accommodation near Pamukkale.

Day 4: Pamukkale
Visit the ancient city of Laodicea (Rev 3:14-22) and then return to Pamukkale. In Pamukkale, visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, where Philip the Apostle was sentenced to death, and the calcareous sinter terraces. Dinner and accommodation near Pamukkale.

Day 5: Pamukkale – Kuşadası
After a visit to a carpet-making workshop, drive to Aphrodisias, once dedicated to the goddess of love and one of the most important bishop's seats in Anatolia. Visit to the ancient city and drive on to Kuşadası. Dinner and accommodation in Kuşadası.

Day 6: Kuşadası
Thorough visit to the fascinating ancient city of Ephesus. (1 Cor/Rom 16/Acts 19/Eph 1-2 Tim/Rev 2:1-7/Ignatius, Polycrates, Councils of 431 and 449). Afterwards, visit to the Basilica of St. John and the House of the Virgin Mary. Finally, a visit to a jewellery centre. Dinner and accommodation in Kuşadası.

Day 7: Kuşadası
Visit to the ancient scientists' city of Miletus (Acts 20:17-38). Then drive to Didyma and visit this famous oracle site. Dinner and accommodation in Kuşadası.

Day 8: Departure
Transfer to the airport and return flight.

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