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Day 1 - Istanbul - Izmir - Pamukkale (L,D)

Transfer from the hotel to Istanbul airport. Fly to Izmir. Visit the city of Ancient Ephesus, the most important of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor. See the great Library of Celsus, Agora, Odeon, Trajan Fountain, Domitianus Temple, Roman Latrines, Theater and Stadium in which St. Paul preached the gospel. Also visit the House of Virgin Mary, where she is said to have spent her final years and St. John's Basilica, a Byzantine church marking his burial place. After lunch, drive to Eskihisar, site of the Church of Laodicea, to which St. John addressed his letter concerning the city’s waning faith.
Overnight in Pamukkale


Day 2 - Churches at Sardis, Philadelphia, Thyatira & Pamukkale (B,L,D)

Pick up to visit the ancient city ruins of Hierapolis, where St. Philip was martyred in 1AD. See the Necropolis, Avenue of Tombs and Thermal Baths. Enjoy a break at Pamukkale with snow-white terraced cliff pools. Then we proceed to the ancient Philadelphia Church at Alasehir, the youngest of the Seven Churches of Revelation,visiting the remains of an early church and the city walls. After lunch, visit the site of Sardis - the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia. Walk the Royal Avenue and see the site of the Church of Sardis built on the foundations of the Temple of Artemis. Finally at Akhisar we visit the Church of ancient Thyatira, another one of the 7 churches, set in an ancient commercial town with strong ties to Troy and Sardis. Drop off to hotel.
Overnight in Bergama


Day 3 - Pergamon - Smyrna & St. Polycarp (B,L)

Drive to Pergamon, site of one of the Seven Churches, where St. John wrote of Satan's throne being sited. Visit the Church of Pergamon, the famous Red-Court and the Acropolis. After lunch, proceed to Smyrna (Izmir), whose early faithful were praised in a letter from St Paul. Finally visit the Church of St. Policarp and enjoy a short tour of Izmir city. Transfer to Izmir Airport. Transfer to Izmir Airport to depart for your flight to Istanbul. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. End of arrangements (your hotel accommodation in Istanbul is not included in this tour).


Legend : B : Breakfast, L : Lunch, D : Dinner,
You can customize this trip with additional days! Slow the pace with rest days in locations of your choice, or add additional sightseeing days along the route.

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Tour Details

This is a short 3 Day tour to cover the Seven Churches of Revelation. We can add additional days to this tour or you have the option of continuing onto the South instead of heading back to Istanbul.

This is a fully flexible, private tour. It can be amended in any way you wish.

- All accommodation as per the itinerary
- Professional English speaking guide on tours
- All flight tickets mentioned in the itinerary
- Airport transfers by private car
- All meals mentioned in the itinerary
- All museum and entrance fees where necessary
- All Local taxes

- International airfares
- Drinks with meals
- Travel Insurance, visas or passports
- Tips & Personal Expenses

Hotels

Destination Hotel Name Type Detail
Bergama Hera Hotel or similar Special Class Boutique Hotel Detail
Pamukkale Doga Thermal Health & Spa Hotel or similar 5 Star Boutique Hotel Detail

Reviews

David Swan

Hi, Michae

Just a short note to thank you and your staff for all the arrangements made for our recent trip to Turkey.

We had a great time. We came away from this, our second visit, more fascinated by Turkey, with the intention of making Istanbul a standard stop-over whenever we fly to Europe. Where ever we went, the Turkish people were very friendly, good humoured and treated us with kindness.

Everything went according to plan and not once were we inconvenienced with any of our transfers. All vehicles we travelled in were in very good condition, well maintained and the drivers very competent.

We enjoyed travelling domestically with Turkish Airlines, all of whose flights left on time, and where the in-flight service was consistently excellent and the refreshments served (in economy) tasty and enjoyable. Qantas could learn a lot from Turkish Airlines!

We were very happy with the accommodation arranged for us, particularly in Istanbul (Sokullu Pasa Hotel), Kusadasi (La Vista Hotel), Pamukkale (Spa Collosae Hotel) and Cappadocia (Sultan Cave Suites).

Our guides were uniformly good, particularly the excellent Mahmet in Istanbul but especially our guides in Pamukkale and Cappadocia (whose names we have unfortunately misplaced).

We bought a carpet in Istanbul from 5K Rug Store and some pottery from Guray Seramik In Nevsehir. In both cases the service we received was excellent with all purchases were safely delivered in accordance with our instructions. 

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The Ancient Roman Ruins of Ephesus

The extensive work of historians and archaeologists over many centuries has given current generations, some impressive landmarks across the world. On the Aegean Coast of Turkey, near the popular coastal resort of Kusadasi, sits one of them.

It still portrays magnificence. It still leaves people speechless. It still shows evidence of the forward thinking, intelligence, and confidence of the former Roman Empire. Called Ephesus, it should be on everyone’s bucket list, whether you have a passion for history or not.

Visiting Ephesus

The city had a long Greek history but it was under Roman rule that it excelled. The Romans had absorbed many traditions, cultural aspects, and philosophical ideas from ancient Greece and as visitors walk around the structures that have been excavated and reconstructed, it is easy to see how Romans lived their lives, from the water aqueducts, terraced houses, and public latrines, use by the rich and influential citizens of society.

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What clothes do you need to pack?

March-late May & October - late November

In this ‘shoulder season’ you may have pleasant mild days in Istanbul and the coastal areas, but cool evenings. In Gallipoli and Cappadocia days may be cool to cold, and you’ll definitely need a warm jacket for nights and early mornings. During the day you’ll need long trousers and maybe a sweater.

Late November to March

Winter in Turkey is very cold. Some parts of eastern Turkey and mountainous areas such as Mt Nemrut will be unreachable in this time due to heavy snow. It will be very cold in Istanbul and you will need coat, hat and sometimes gloves and scarf during the day. In January and February there is a high chance of snow, and every few years there is a major snow which shuts down the city.

At these times, no public transport runs and banks and schools are closed. Sites such as Gallipoli, Ephesus and Cappadocia still have daily tours, but you need to dress very warmly and be prepared for occasional delays in road travel. There is no chance of cruising or beach travel in this time.

Most Greek islands are more or less shut down to tourists. Ferries between Greek islands are irregular and unreliable. Restaurants and hotels are closed in the islands.

Mid-May-early October

These are the summer months. You can expect sunshine almost every day, with very occasional short periods of rain. In July and August it can be extremely hot, especially in Istanbul, the south and east of the country. Tourist sites such as Ephesus and Cappadocia become very crowded.

Istanbul’s night life is at its peak, and Istiklal Street in Istanbul sees crowds of tens of thousands of people, well into the early morning hours. June and all of September are the best times to visit Turkey. The heat is not too oppressive, and but the days are warm and sunny. For swimming and sailing, September is nicer as the sea is warmer.

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Departure Date

Start Date Finish Date Day / Days / Every Day  
01.01.2017 31.12.2017 Every Day Enquire Or Book

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Daily Guaranteed Departure

Start Finish Single Double/Twin PP Triple PP  
01.01.2017 31.12.2017 2,181.04 AUD 1,333.63 AUD 1,215.55 AUD Enquire Or Book

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