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Seven Churches & Istanbul Tour 8 Days Istanbul to Izmir

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seven churches to ephesus smyrna pergamum thyatira sardis philadelphia and laodicea with educadet guide since 1996 ALSERO TOURS  


 

THE SEVEN CHURCHES  TOUR  8 DAYS  Istanbul  to Izmir    BLC2            

 


Tour Code     - BLC2
Season          - All  Year
Duration         - 8 Days  -  7 Nights
Highlights       - Istanbul - Saint Sophia -  Topkapi Palace - Blu Mosque - Grand Bazaar - Chora Church - Ecumenical Patriarchate 
                       Izmir - Thyatira - Pergamon - Smyrna - Sardis - Philadelphia - Pamukkale - Kusadasi - Laodicea - Ephesus 



 
ITINERARY

DAY 1 –  ISTANBUL ARRIVEL
Arrival in Istanbul airport and meeting with guide at the airport, transfer to the hotel and check- in. Take a relax in your hotel and  Discover to Istanbul on your free time. Overnight stay  in Istanbul. (B)

DAY 2 –  SULTANAHMET TOUR HAGIA SOPHIA – TOPKAPI PALACE – BLU MOSQUE – GARND BAZAAR
After breakfast meet with our guide and start Istanbul Tour at 08:45 Today we will visit theTopkapi Palace. which was the home of the Ottoman sultans (15th-19 th century A.D. ) You will  see the Imperial Treasury, diamond, gold  and the famousSpoonmaker Diamond. (Harem section is optional and due an extra entry fee). After  visit   the Saint Sophia (Haghia Sofia) which was built by the emperor Justinian in the 6th century A.D and stands over much older remains of a church. See beautiful mosaics of biblical scenes and the Byzantine emperors and empresses. We take a selected restaurant .
We will see incrediable beaitiful the Blue Mosque, which was built in the 17th century and is the only imperial mosque with 6 minarets. Walking in the Hippodrome, a stadium and meeting place in Byzantine times, theSerpent Pillar from Delphi and the Egyptian Obelisk, with the Fountain of Wilhelm.
Finaley visitingng  Grand Bazaar, which has over 4000 shops full of treasures nenorial riche otantic shops.
*Note that on Sunday the Grand Bazaar is closed. On Monday the St Sophia is closed and on Tuesday the Topkapi Palace is closed.  (All sights that are closed except for Grand Bazaar are replaced by a visit to the Yerebatan Underground Cistern).  The end of tour  return back to hotel Overnight stay in Istanbul.  ( B. L. )

DAY 3 - BYZANTINE CITY WALLS - CHORA CHURCH – ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE – IRON CURCH – PIER LOTI
Departure from your hotel at 08:45. We will see Istanbul’s Byzantine City Walls that were for the most part built during the 5th century by Emperor Theodosius and are 8 km long. We visit the Kariye Museum (Chora Church )with its 14th century mosaics and frescoes with scenes from the Bible. After continiu to the Tekfur Palace (view only) built during the 13th century, it is the only Byzantine Palace still standing today. We are visiting the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople which has been in service since the 6th century. We take a lunch in a local restaurant.  After lunch we continue to Bulgarian Iron Church  The most metal church of all time . It was wery old building and non use.  But it was restored by the Turkish Government in 2015 and opened for worship. After we see Eyup Sultan Mosque (view from outside). It is one of the most holy places in Istanbul and the burial place of Eyub el-Ensari. Befor the tour final we take a Cable Car up to Pierre Loti Hill, where you will get a beautiful view of the Golden Horn and can enjoy a Turkish coffee  or tea in the famous Pierre Loti Café with a beaitiful Golden Horn wiev. Th end  of tour transfer and overnight stay in Istanbul. ( B.L.)
 
DAY 4 –  IZMIR – THYATIRA - PARGAMON
Early Morning  arrival and meeting with guide at the Izmir Airport just outside the arrival’s gate with a sign bearing your name. Then we continue our visit to Thyatira, now called Akhisar, another one of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 2:18 - 24; Acts 16:14]. It was a city famous for purple dyes. We visit the remains of a basilica and some architectural fragments from the Roman period. Lydia, the seller of purple in Philippi, was from Thyatira.
After drive to Pergamon arrive and we have a lunch in a lochal restaurant.
Visit 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. The church in Pergamum (2:1217) existed in the place where Satan had his throne. Visit Red Basilica, Asclepion which is the famous medical center of antiquity.  Arrivel and overnight stay at hotel in Izmir.  (B.L.D.)
 
DAY 5 –  SMYRNA – SARDIS – PHILIDELPHIA -  PAMUKKALE
After breakfast sight seeng in Izmir. Visit the second city of the seven churches of Book of Revelation to receive the message from the St. John was that of Smyrna. Visit Smyrna Ancient biblical church       (Rev. 1:11;2:8) one of the biblical seven churches. And continiu Salihli city ( Sardis ), presently Sart. This was the capital of the ancient Lydian kingdom of the 6th century BC, portrayed as a dying church. We visit the great Temple of Artemis and the Temple of Cybele, which became a Byzantine Church. We will also visit the restored gymnasium and reconstructed Synagogue. Lunch en route. Then we continue our journey to Philadelphia, nowadays called Alasehir, another church of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 3:7], and the only church not censured. There we see the remains of a Byzantine basilica built of brick, with a bit of high arch and some 11th century frescoes. Arrivel  and overnight at thermal hotel in Pamukkale. ( B.L.D.)
 
DAY 6 –  HIERAPOLIS – LAODICEA – APHRODISIAS  - KUSADASI
After breakfast  start our tour in Pamukkale. In Hierapolis [Col. 4:13] we visit the Martyrium of the Apostle Philip where he was martyred during the persecutions ordered by Domitian. We visit the Gate of Domitian, the Arcadian Way, the 2nd century AD Theatre, the Nymphaion, the Temple of Apollo, the Plutonium and the Necropolis. Walking on the white travertines.  We take a Lunch in a local restaurant.
We depart for Laodicea (present name Denizli) yet another of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor [Rev. 1:11; 3:14; Col. 2:1; 4:13 - 16]. We see the ancient theatre, the remains of basilica and ancient stone water pipes. Aphrodisias is our next stop.  We see the odeon with its extraordinary blue marble stage, the Temple of Aphrodite that marks the site of ancient veneration, Hadrian’s Bath and the Bishop’s Palace, part of a building christened by the archaeologists.
We departure for Aphrodisias visiting the ancient site of Aphrodisias the ancient city of Aphrodisias is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Greek and Roman periods in Turkey. The name of the city is derived from the goddess of love, Aphrodite – called Venus by Romans, who has her famous sanctuary here.  Arrivel and Overnight stay in Kusadasi  ( B.L.D. )
 
DAY 7 –  EPHESUS – THE HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARRY – ST. JOHN CHURCH
Ephesusu is  the most important of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor. It is thought that the Gospel of John was written here. Visit the famous ancient city of Ephesus (Acts 18:19-24; 19:1-35), and its Terrace Houses, the Ephesus Archaeological Museum and the Basilica of St. John. Today we enjoy a visit to the ancient city of Ephesus including the Basilica of St. John. The Apostle Paul preached to the Ephesians and lived here for three years. This church also received an epistle from him. We tour the spectacular ruins where excavations still continue in this once great and important city, which was founded in the 10th century BC.   Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the Theatre. The Temple of Diana of the Ephesians, another of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was built in this city.
      Lunch at a selected lochal restaurant. After visit Temple of Artemis  is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. We visit the Basilica of St. John.. See the final abode of the Virgin Mary where she spent her last years. Overnight  stayat hotel in Kusadasi. ( B.L.D.)
 
DAY 8 –  THE END OF TOUR – RETURN TO COUNTY
Kusadasi is one of the  most popüler touristical  resort in Turkey.  After bresakfast explore Kuşadası in your free time till your flight time from Izmir Airport . You can visit the historical caravanserai, the excellent bazaar, the Pigeon Island Castle.
Our tour concludes and are transferred to the airport for your onward flight to your country. Hope to see you at the an other tour. 


 

   


Terms and Conditions


 

THE SEVEN CHURCHES  TOUR  8 DAYS  Istanbul  to Izmir        

 


Tour Code     - BLC2
Season          - All  Year
Duration         - 8 Days  -  7 Nights
Highlights       - Istanbul - Saint Sophia -  Topkapi Palace - Blu Mosque - Grand Bazaar - Chora Church - Ecumenical Patriarchate 
                       Izmir - Thyatira - Pergamon - Smyrna - Sardis - Philadelphia - Pamukkale - Kusadasi - Laodicea - Ephesus 


 
PRICES

Privat
e Tour Price list    ( Guaranteed Departures Daily )


 Winter Season Date01.11.2018 - 15.03.2019 //
                                       01.11.2019 - 29.12.2019 // 
 Rates are based on per person
Hotels 2   3  - 4   5  - 6   7  - 8  9  - 10   11 - 12  
Per Person Per Person Per Person Per Person Per Person Per Person
HOTELS 4* 1770 1350 1015 885 798 750
HOTELS 5* 1885 € 1466 € 1130 € 986 € 917 € 865 €
             
 
- Child  00 - 01,99  :     Free
- Child  03 - 06,99  :    190 EURO
- Child  07 - 11,99  :    % 90 
 

 
 Summer Season Date : 16.03.2019 – 31.10.2019   //  
Rates are based on per person 
Hotels 2   3  - 4   5  - 6   7  - 8  9  - 10   11 - 12  
  Per Person Per Person Per Person Per Person Per Person Per Person
HOTELS 4*  1870 € 1456 1120 970 895 845
HOTELS 5* 2050 1629 1294 1150 1080 1015
             


- Child  00 - 01,99  :     Free
- Child  03 - 06,99  :    220 EURO
- Child  07 - 11,99  :    % 90
 


-As the number of partant over 12 person increases the certain amount of discount will be applied.
- Please kindly contact us for your group requests

Prices includes
- Istanbul Airport Transfer pick-up and drop back to your hotel
- Izmir Airport – Hotel –  Izmir Airport Transfer
- Istanbul - Izmir - Istanbul Domestic Flight
- All Entrance Fees the sides and museum.
- All tours in the program
- Professional licenced educucatidional tour guide
- 7 Nights Accommodation at your preferred hotel.
- Transportation Private A.C. Luxurius Car, Van, or Midibus, parking and VAT.
- Breakfast  included in the hotel.
- 6 Lunches 4 Dinner 7 Breakfast:
- Transfers
Car, Van, or Midibus, parking and VAT.


Tour Excluding
- Personal expences
- Beverages
- Tips to guide, driver and hotel personnel

Remarks
- Please ask for discounted rates for family and for large groups.
- Rates in EURO per person sharing a Double Room.
- Flights tickets are e-tickets. Calculation is based on promotional class and rates are subject to change   until  ticketed.
  You will receive references to flight tickets after booking.
- This itinerary is subject to change and may be reversed without prior notice according to weather,  museum -  closing days,
  daily events or  other unforeseen circumstances outside the control of Euphrates Tours.
- Small Group tours are with English speaking guide. On Private Tours, you may ask to have Spanish, German,   Portuguese,
  Italian, French, German, Russian or Japanese Speaking guides which will depend on availibility.
- You may join this tour in Istanbul or Cappadocia, we can reverse the itinerary.
- For groups over 12 people, contact us for special rates.
- During the tour, Guests must be able to walk approximately 1 - 2 miles over uneven
  and    cobblestone surfaces, inclines and 80 to 100 steps.
- Comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes, sun hat, sun glasses and sun screen In summer.
   Raincoat, thick clothes, winter walking shose, umbrella in summer.
- The order of the sites visited may change to avoid the crowds.
 
Cancellation Policy
- In the event of cancellation, written notice must be received by Alsero Tours at least
  7 days before the arrival in order to receive the full refund.
- For cancellations made 60 days before the tour, 100% refund will be made.
- For cancellations made 89 - 60 days before the tour, 50% refund will be made.
- For cancellations made 59 - 20 days before the tour, 30% refund will be made.
- For cancellations made 19 - 00 days before the tour 100% penalty is applied. 


Customized Tours
We can create the tour program on your request  itinerary  that most ideally suits your personal,  educational, cultural, and budgetary  and requirements. Please contact us for your request.

Hotel Upgrades
We have a wide range of hotels and upgrades available. You may wish to stay in a hotel not listed here. Just give us a name and we will check rates for that particular hotel. You may also book your own hotel and still join the tour.

   


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Seven Churches & Istanbul Tour 8 Days Istanbul to Izmir


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