The Seven Churches of Revelation, also known as the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse and the Seven Churches of Asia, are seven major churches of Early Christianity, as mentioned in the New Testament Book of Revelation. All of them are located in the Asia Minor, present-day Turkey.
Full Itinerary – Seven Churches Of Revelation Tour (Turkey)
Day 1 – Arrival / Istanbul
Upon arrival Istanbul Ataturk airport, meet our representative and proceed to “Old City” for full day tour including the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles and unique with its six minarets built in the name of Sultan Ahmet I. Next we will have a look at the Hippodrome of Constantinople where horse and chariot races used to take place. Then visit the St Sophia Museum which is one of the greatest religious and architectural marvels of all times. Finally the famous Topkapi Palace Museum will be visited, which was built as the home of the Ottoman sultans the World Famous Imperial Chinese Porcelain sections will be visited. After lunch, transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 2 – Istanbul / Pergamon / Thyatira / Izmir
After breakfast, depart from Izmir. Enroute we will have lunch in Bergama before visiting Pergamon to see the Acropolis, the Temple of Trajan and the theater both overlooking to the plain of Bergama with a picture break for one of the Seven Churches of Revelation in downtown Bergama, then finally Ancient Medical Center, Asclepion. Proceed to Thyatira; visit one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Dinner and overnight in Izmir.
Day 3 – Izmir / Smyrna / Sardis / Philadelphia / Izmir
Following breakfast, we visit Smryna, one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Drive to Sardis one of the Seven Churches of Revelation, visit the remains if the church which was built onto the temple of Artemis and the earliest synagogue built in Asia Minor. After lunch, visit Philadelphia, one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Transfer to hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – Izmir / Ephesus / Pamukkale
After breakfast, drive to Selcuk to visit House of Virgin Mary on top of Mt Coressos. Then our memorable visit to Ephesus will begin as well as visiting one of the Seven Churches of Revelation, the Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of Antiquity) and the Basilica of St John, followed by lunch in the township of Selcuk. After lunch we will visit the famous local production center of leather garments whereby after a live Fashion Show time will be allocated for shopping. Drive to Pamukkale. Visit Laodecia, one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Then continue to Pamukkale. You will tour the Ancient City of Hierapolis where Calcareous hot springs descending over cliffs have created fascinating travertines in the form of white terrace and basins. After a picture break, dinner and overnight.
Day 5 – Pamukkale / Konya / Cappadocia
Following an early breakfast we will drive through an interesting landscape where peasants make their living, to have lunch enroute before arriving in Konya. Konya was the center of the Seljuk Empire. After lunch, visit Sultanhani Carvanserai which was used as hotel for tradesmen during Silk Road. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 6 – Cappadocia
Today we visit the incredible Underground City of Kaymakli where early Christians lived secretly in order to survive and keep their faith. Picture stops will be given at the valley of the Birds and at the foot of the Uchisar Castle. Afterwards then proceed to the Goreme Valley to visit the rock carved churches hollowed out of volcanic ash. Lunch will be at Avanos Village followed by the famous local pottery and carpet shows allowing ample time for shopping in the afternoon.
Day 7 – Cappadocia / Bolu
In the morning, drive to Ankara. Lunch enroute or in Ankara. Once arrive Ankara, we will be visiting the Ataturk Mausoleum (1881-1938) founding father of the Turkish Republic. Drive to Bolu and transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 – Bolu / Istanbul / Departure
After breakfast, drive to Istanbul transfer to airport for departure.