7-Day Discover Turkey and the History Religions through the Centuries

Multi-day & Extended Tours, Istanbul Airport, or Cruise Ship Port to Istanbul Airport, or Cruise Ship Port

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Over this seven day Tour you will see many of the structures, buildings and remains which marked Turkey as a major center for many religions whose history can be dated back 1,000’s of years. Included in the Tour are visits to such famous places as the Blue Mosque (Islam), St Sophia, House of the Virgin Mary & Church of St John (Christianity) and a Synagogue (Jewish) from 3 AD. This tour also takes in other highlights including the Topkakpi & Dolmabahce Palaces of Istanbul, The Roman City of Ephesus and Pamukkale.
Day 1: Arrival to Istanbul / Transfer to Hotel Arrival to Istanbul. Meet at the A/P. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.Day 2: Full Day / Byzantine & Ottoman Relics Tour (B-L) Your Tour Guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at 09:00 and you will have a full day city tour. Topkapi Palace, St.Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodromme, Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul.Day 3: Full Day / Bosphorus Cruise & Two Continents Tour (B-L) Your Tour Guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at 09:00 and you will have a full day city tour. Spice-Egyptian Bazaar, Bosphorus Cruise by Boat, Beylerbeyi or Dolmabahce Palace, Camlica Hill. Overnight in Istanbul.Day 4: Flight to Izmir / Seven Churches Tour (B-L-D) Pick up early from your hotel and transfer to A/P to take a flight to Izmir. Arrival to Izmir airport, drive north to the hauntingly beautiful Pergamon. Among the impressive structures of this city, dating from 399 B.C., we will see the Altar of Zeus, Temple of Dionysus and the 200,000 volume library which was surpassed only by that found in Alexandria at the time. The Asclepieum of Pergamon was a famous health center where methods of treatment included blood transfusions, music therapy and meditation. On our way back to Izmir, we will stop by Thyateria to see the remains of the church. This was one of the principle towns where Christianity spread quickly. After the tour, transfer to hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.Day 5: Seven Churches Tour (B-L-D) After breakfast visit the Apocalyps church in Izmir,then We leave in the morning for Sardis which holds a prominent place in mythology. Sardis felt the influence of the Seven Churches of Revelation and highlights include the 3rd century A.D.Synagogue, Gymnasium, House of Bronzes, Temple of Artemis, and of course the Church. Next on our itinerary is Philadelphia which was an important Christian centre during Byzantine times. We will see the Basilica and several interesting mosques. Then drive to Pamukkale and overnight.Day 6: Seven Churches Tour (B-L-D) After breakfast visit the, combination of history and nature, Pamukkale. You'll visit the Roman city Hierapolis with Apollo Temple competing with Delphi, Monumental Nympheum a 4th century Basilica and the Theatre. The Theater and the well preserved Necropolis, we journey on to Laodicea Ad Lycum where the remains are found on a flat-topped hill. Christianity came to the area during the time of St. Paul, brought by Epaphras of Colossae. Laodicea became the seat of Bishopric and hosted an important Ecumenical Council in the fourth century A.D., it was named in the Revelations as one of the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse. Highlights will be the Water Tower, Stadium and the Council Chamber. Our next stop will be Ephesus, Visiting to House Of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis and The Church of St.John. Day 7: Flight to Istanbul Pick up from your hotel and transfer to A/P to take a flight to Istanbul. Tour ends upon arrival.

What’s included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Professional guide

What’s not included

  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Drinks

Highlights

  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Small-group tour by minibus

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Istanbul / Transfer to Hotel Arrival to Istanbul. Meet at the A/P. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Full Day / Byzantine & Ottoman Relics Tour (B-L) Your Tour Guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at 09:00 and you will have a full day city tour. Topkapi Palace, St.Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodromme, Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: Full Day / Bosphorus Cruise & Two Continents Tour (B-L) Your Tour Guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at 09:00 and you will have a full day city tour. Spice-Egyptian Bazaar, Bosphorus Cruise by Boat, Beylerbeyi or Dolmabahce Palace, Camlica Hill. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4: Flight to Izmir / Seven Churches Tour (B-L-D) Pick up early from your hotel and transfer to A/P to take a flight to Izmir. Arrival to Izmir airport, drive north to the hauntingly beautiful Pergamon. Among the impressive structures of this city, dating from 399 B.C., we will see the Altar of Zeus, Temple of Dionysus and the 200,000 volume library which was surpassed only by that found in Alexandria at the time. The Asclepieum of Pergamon was a famous health center where methods of treatment included blood transfusions, music therapy and meditation. On our way back to Izmir, we will stop by Thyateria to see the remains of the church. This was one of the principle towns where Christianity spread quickly. After the tour, transfer to hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5: Seven Churches Tour (B-L-D) After breakfast visit the Apocalyps church in Izmir,then We leave in the morning for Sardis which holds a prominent place in mythology. Sardis felt the influence of the Seven Churches of Revelation and highlights include the 3rd century A.D.Synagogue, Gymnasium, House of Bronzes, Temple of Artemis, and of course the Church. Next on our itinerary is Philadelphia which was an important Christian centre during Byzantine times. We will see the Basilica and several interesting mosques. Then drive to Pamukkale and overnight.
Day 6: Seven Churches Tour (B-L-D) After breakfast visit the, combination of history and nature, Pamukkale. You'll visit the Roman city Hierapolis with Apollo Temple competing with Delphi, Monumental Nympheum a 4th century Basilica and the Theatre. The Theater and the well preserved Necropolis, we journey on to Laodicea Ad Lycum where the remains are found on a flat-topped hill. Christianity came to the area during the time of St. Paul, brought by Epaphras of Colossae. Laodicea became the seat of Bishopric and hosted an important Ecumenical Council in the fourth century A.D., it was named in the Revelations as one of the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse. Highlights will be the Water Tower, Stadium and the Council Chamber. Our next stop will be Ephesus, Visiting to House Of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis and The Church of St.John.
Day 7: Flight to Istanbul Pick up from your hotel and transfer to A/P to take a flight to Istanbul. Tour ends upon arrival.
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