This 8 day tour, starts and ends in Istanbul, Turkey.
Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours free to explore at your own pace.
After breakfast,visit the Museum of St Sophia (the Church of Divine Wisdom, built by Justinian). In the words of a 6th century historian ‘had not been since Adam and never would be again'. Then, visit to the Hippodrome, where chariot races and athletic events took place during the roman period. Continue to the Mosque of Suleyman the magnificient. In the afternoon, we visit the Kariye Museum (Saint Savior in Chora), Church of St. Mary of Blachernae, the Patriarchate of the Greek Orthodox Church.
Early in the morning,transfer to the airport and fly for Izmir then proceed to Pergamon. Pergamon (Bergama) the place where, wrote St John to the Church of Pergamon, Satan's throne is sited. Visit the Church of Pergamon, the red court, Acropolis. After lunch, we drive to, visit Thyatira which was the fourth of the seven churches of Asia Minor to receive an epistle from the Apostle John.
Departure to Sardis,to see the beautifully restored Synagogue, Church, which is on of unique of its kind. Next, continue to Phiadelphia, another Christian congregations and a city built in 2 BC by King Eumenos. We will visit Laodicea en route to Pamukkale.
After visiting Pamukkale, drive to Ephesus, home of St Paul between 53 AD - 57 AD to visit the most impressive archaeological site of today. Then we will visit the cottage of Virgin Mary that is visited by over hundred thousand pilgrims each year. St John brought the Virgin Mary to live here in peace in her her final years.
After breakfast, we will head to Priene,the first gridsystem planned city of the ancient world, built on a hillside. Visit the theater, the temple of Athena, the Bouletorium, the Agora and the Altar of Zeus and Cybele. Then we will head to Miletos, the home of the Thales and a principle Ionian city that was twice visited by St Paul. Visit the Delphinium,The Nymaphium and the theatre and the temple of Apollon in Didyma.
After breakfast we will drive to Izmir airport for our onward flight to Istanbul. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be met and drive old city. Today you will visit Spice Bazaar & take an hour ferry ride on Bosphorous.
After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends and are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.