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Kusadasi to Leodicia and Aphrodisias Full-Day Private Tour

Start your experience on this private tour with a pickup at your centrally located Kusadasi hotel. Board your air-conditioned coach and admire Turkey’s picturesque countryside on route to Laodicea.Hear engrossing facts about this ancient city on your 3.5-hour journey, including how it was once the jewel of the Lycus River valley. Known in early times as Diospolis, the city was named Laodicea ad Lyceum around the 2nd century BC, and, under Roman rule, became a hugely important trading center in Asia Minor.Enjoy a fascinating tour of the ruins, many of them the monuments that once attested to the city’s power and prosperity. Amble along colonnaded streets, and see baths, theaters and the stadium, where an underground passage used by chariots and horses still stands.Afterward, continue to Aphrodisias, about 1.5 hours away. On arrival, enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant (see the Itinerary for a sample menu). Then, explore the remains of this Ancient Greek city that was dedicated to Aphrodite, the goddess of Love, and famed for its school of sculpture due to its nearby marble quarries.As you walk, hear about the city’s golden age, when pilgrims flocked to its temple to Aphrodite. See the temple remains, the 2nd-century Roman gate and the marble theater, and tread in the footsteps of long-ago spectators at the stadium, one of the best preserved of its kind in the Mediterranean. Then, visit the on-site museum to see some of the city’s famed marble statues. Following your visit, relax on your drive back Kusadasi, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.

$495 Day Trips & Excursions

4 Days-Seven Churches of Revelation Tour

Day 1 (Pergamum,Thyatira,Smyrna)Upon your arrival to Izmir, meet your tour guide and drive to Pergamum.There you explore the impressive Acropolis,the actual ancient city and see the Altar of Zeus which is mentioned as the’Throne of Satan’,Temple of Trajan and the thirds biggest Library of antiquity.Later continue to Asklepion, famous medical centre of classical times,we also visit the Red Basilica (St. John’s Church).Then we continue our drive visit to Thyatira, now called Akhisar. There we see the remains of a basilica and some architectural fragments from the Roman period.Upon driving back to Izmir before we check in at the hotel in Izmir, we enjoy a panoramic ride of Smyrna, the third largest city in Turkey and one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia .Overnight in Izmir.(Lunch-Dinner)Day 2 ( Izmir,Sardis,Philadelphia,Laodicea,Hierapolis )Today we depart early in the morning to  Sardis,There you see, the great Temple of  which became a Byzantine Church later. We will also visit the restored gymnasium and the Synagogue.Then we continue our journey to Philadelphia,  called Alasehir and the only church not censured. There we see the remains of a Byzantine basilica built of bricks, with a bit of high arch and some 11th century frescoes. Afterwards we drive to the healing city of Hierapolis, actually Pamukkale, where hot mineral water bursts from the earth and cascades over steep cliffs forming pools, channels and stalactites,There we visit the Martyrium of the Apostle Philip.Then we drive to  Laodicea.There you walk among the ancient streets of the city and  see the ancient structures. Overnight in a Thermal Hotel in Pamukkale.(Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)Day 3 ( Ephesus, Kusadasi )Drive to Ephesus and visit the ancient city of Ephesus.There you walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings such as the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus,the Temple of Hadrian and the Theatre. Later we drive to the House of Virgin Mary where she spent her last days and the assumption took place.After that you visit the Basilica of St. John and Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.Drive to Kusadasi and overnight in Hotel.(Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)Day 4 ( Leisure Day )To day is the leisure day,explore city by yourself, according your flight time drive to Izmir Airport. End of the service.(Breakfast)

$128.06 Cultural & Theme Tours

Daily Laodicea and Aphrodisias Tour From Kusadasi

Start your experience on this private tour with a pickup at your centrally located Kusadasi hotel. Board your air-conditioned coach and admire Turkey’s picturesque countryside on route to Laodicea.Hear engrossing facts about this ancient city on your 3.5-hour journey, including how it was once the jewel of the Lycus River valley. Known in early times as Diospolis, the city was named Laodicea ad Lyceum around the 2nd century BC, and, under Roman rule, became a hugely important trading center in Asia Minor.Enjoy a fascinating tour of the ruins, many of them the monuments that once attested to the city’s power and prosperity. Amble along colonnaded streets, and see baths, theaters and the stadium, where an underground passage used by chariots and horses still stands.Afterward, continue to Aphrodisias, about 1.5 hours away. On arrival, enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant (see the Itinerary for a sample menu). Then, explore the remains of this Ancient Greek city that was dedicated to Aphrodite, the goddess of Love, and famed for its school of sculpture due to its nearby marble quarries.As you walk, hear about the city’s golden age, when pilgrims flocked to its temple to Aphrodite. See the temple remains, the 2nd-century Roman gate and the marble theater, and tread in the footsteps of long-ago spectators at the stadium, one of the best preserved of its kind in the Mediterranean. Then, visit the on-site museum to see some of the city’s famed marble statues. Following your visit, relax on your drive back Kusadasi, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.

$158.06 Cultural & Theme Tours

Daily Laodicea and Aphrodisias Tour From Izmir

Start your experience on this private tour with a pickup at your centrally located Izmir hotel. Board your air-conditioned coach and admire Turkey’s picturesque countryside on route to Laodicea. Hear engrossing facts about this ancient city on your 3.5-hour journey, including how it was once the jewel of the Lycus River valley. Known in early times as Diospolis, the city was named Laodicea ad Lyceum around the 2nd century BC, and, under Roman rule, became a hugely important trading center in Asia Minor. Enjoy a fascinating tour of the ruins, many of them the monuments that once attested to the city’s power and prosperity. Amble along colonnaded streets, and see baths, theaters and the stadium, where an underground passage used by chariots and horses still stands. Afterward, continue to Aphrodisias, about 1.5 hours away. On arrival, enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant (see the Itinerary for a sample menu). Then, explore the remains of this Ancient Greek city that was dedicated to Aphrodite, the goddess of Love, and famed for its school of sculpture due to its nearby marble quarries. As you walk, hear about the city’s golden age, when pilgrims flocked to its temple to Aphrodite. See the temple remains, the 2nd-century Roman gate and the marble theater, and tread in the footsteps of long-ago spectators at the stadium, one of the best preserved of its kind in the Mediterranean. Then, visit the on-site museum to see some of the city’s famed marble statues. Following your visit, relax on your drive back Kusadasi, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.

$398.03 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Seven Churches of Revelation Tour from Izmir

Day 1: Izmir - Smyrna - Pergamum - Thyatira - Izmir (L)After pickup from your Izmir hotel or Izmir Airport, settle into your comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle and visit Izmir Agora, once part of the ancient city of Smyrna.Then, make the journey to visit the ancient ruins of Pergamum, including its famous Asclepion healing center. Next, continue to the relics of Thyatira, a city of artisans’ guilds during St. Paul's time and one that received one of the longest letters in the Revelations.Overnight: 4-star hotel in Izmir Day 2: Ephesus - St. Mary’s House - Pamukkale (B, L, D)This morning, head to Ephesus, one of the most important cities in the eastern Roman Empire, and home to many Greco-Roman and Christian remains. St. Paul resided and preached here between 54 and 57 AD. After exploring here, visit the nearby House of the Virgin Mary, where a chapel stands on a wooded hilltop marking the site of what’s believed to have been her last home.Make a short visit to St. John's Basilica and then continue to Pamukkale for overnight and dinnerOvernight: 4-star hotel in Pamukkale Day 3: Pamukkale - Hierapolis - Laodicea - Philadelphia - Sardis - Izmir (B, L)After breakfast at your hotel, set off to tour Hierapolis, the one-time home of Philip the Evangelist’s home. Stroll around the Greco-Roman remnants to see the extensive necropolis, churches, and baths, and then stop at nearby Laodicea. This afternoon, continue to the archaeological site of Philadelphia, a favorite city of St. Paul and St. John, and visit Sardis, the capital of the kingdom of Lydia, to inspect the remnants of its beautiful gymnasium and marble-paved synagogue. Later, return to Izmir and finish your tour with a drop-off at the airport or your hotel.

$140 Cultural & Theme Tours

Seven churces tour

Day 1 SMYRNA - PERGAMUMWe will meet you at the Izmir Airport and depart for the visit of ancient Smyrna; poor and persecuted, the church at Smyrna suffered amidst prosperity for its refusal to worship the Roman Emperor. This proved to be the last stronghold of Christianity in Asia Minor. Home of the great second century Bishop Polycarpwho was burned alive at the age of eighty-six. Continue to Pergamum; a most memorable experience will be Pergamum, with its acropolis and Great Theatre, the steepest of the ancient world. Revelation 2:12-16 describes the city as "where Satan's seat is", a reference to the altar of Zeus, where we pause for reflection on the fulfillment of Scripture. Nearby, visit the Red Basilica; once a pagan temple, it later converted into a Christian church. Finally, walk through the Asclepion, the famous medical center of antiquity. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Izmir.Day 2 THYATIRA - SARDIS - PHILADELPHIADepart for the visit of Thyatira; was once a busy trading center and famous in dyeing of purple clothes. Thyatira is one of the Seven Churches mentioned in Revelations tolerated the false prophetess, Jezebel (Rev. 1: 11; 2: 18-29). Travel to Sardis, another of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Jesus told Sardis, "I know thyworks, that thou hast a name, that thou livest, and art dead"(Rev. 3: 1-6). Coins were minted and the dyeing of wool originated in Sardis. You will be impressed by the massive scale of the Temple of Artemis, by the white marble Royal Road, by the gymnasium, Day 3 HIERAPOLIS - LAODICEAAfter the breakfast at the hotel, depart for the visit of Hierapolis; an ancient city of pagan cults, Hierapolis or "holy city" was evangelized by Paul and Epaphras. The Apostle Philip lived and is said to be buried here. Pamukkale, or "cotton castle" is a spa and resort center with its hot springs and cascading limestone pools. Col. 4:12-13.The Christians of Laodicea, one of the Seven Churches, (Rev. 3: 14-22) were chastised for being lukewarm, "You are neither cold nor hot" (Rev. 3: 15), and for being too comfortable incorporating pagan and Christian beliefs. In the famous scripture from Revelation (3: 20-21), Jesus says to the Laodicean church: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock...". Today, there are many acres of ruins to see, including the stadium and columned streets and a chance to witness the newest axcavations in Laodicea. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.Day 4 EPHESUS Full day tour of Ephesus; Ephesus is one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 1: 11). In ancient days, Ephesus was a bustling port town of 250,000, graced with wide, colonnade bordered streets. The St. Paul's first visit to Ephesus was brief - during his second missionary tour (Acts 18:19-21).His second visit lasted about three years - during his third missionary tour (Acts 19:1 to 20:31). Luke's account of the worship of Diana appears in Acts 19:34-35.

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