Seven Churches Tour
Anatolia has been the centre of Christianity ever since St. Paul,
St. Peter, St. John. Many other apostles came here to preach the
Gospel of Jesus Christ. This intensive religious effort bore fruit
in the building of "Seven
Churches of Revelation"
in seven major cities throughout western Turkiye.
Early morning flight or night bus to Smyrna (Izmir),
recipient of a letter from St Paul praising the early believers
for their faithfullness. Visiting to St. Polycarp Church and a
short tour of the city, drive to Thyateira (Akhisar), and Sardis
(Salihli), the ancient Lydian capital. Philadelphia (Alasehir),
the youngest of the "Seven Churches of Relevation", visiting the
still standing remains of an early church and the city walls.
Dinner and overnight at Hierapolis (Pamukkale)
Departure after breakfast, tour of Hierapolis. Visit to Laodicea
(Denizli), a crossroad of the ancient world, home of Philip the
Evangelist. Continue to Ephesus, most important of the "Seven
Churches of Asia Minor", where St. John brought Mary in
fulfillment of his pledge to Jesus to protect her, she is
belived to have taken into heaven. Visit to the last abode of
Virgin Mary and St. John Basilica. Dinner and overnight in Izmir.
Departure after breakfast
for Pergamum (Bergama), the place where, wrote St. John to the
church of Pergamum, "Satan's throne is sited". Evening return to
Izmir and transfer to the airport for flight, or evening bus to