This is a private tour designed only for you and your loved ones.
Day 1: Izmir Arrival
We are picking you up from Izmir airport after your flight and transfer you to your hotel in order for your to have dinner and get some rest before next day’s big adventure.
Day 2: Pergamon, Thyatira, and Izmir
After breakfast at hotel, we are driving to Pergamum, currently named as Bergama, mentioned in the New Testament as one of the 7 Churches of Asia Minor [Rev. 1:11; 2:12]. We are visiting the Acropolis of Pergamum, an amphitheater perched dramatically atop a steep hill. We are stopping by at the Asklepion, a well-known medical center during the classical era. We will see the Altar of Zeus, which was referred as the “Throne of Satan” by John the Apostle. We are exploring the area by wandering around the marble columns of the Temple of Trajan, which once housed a library of 200,000 texts, rivaling the Library of Alexandria. We will also have chance to take some time to admire the immense walls of the Red Basilica (St. John’s Church).
Our journey continues to Thyatira, now called Akhisar, another one of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 2:18-24; Acts 16:14]. Known for its purple dyes in ancient times, Thyatira is also the city where St. Lydia once lived. As we make our way through the city, we will be able to see the ruins from Roman times.
We will enjoy a panoramic ride through Smyrna, the third largest city in Turkey and one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 2:12-17]. We will ascend Mount Pagus and visit the Citadel of Lysimachos, a well-known commander of Alexander the Great. Before we end the day, we will see the famous Izmir Clock, then return to the hotel for dinner and some rest.
Day 3: Izmir, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea, and Hierapolis
We will have an early start to the day and leave the hotel to reach one of the most picturesque of the Seven Churches of Asia, Sardis [Rev. 1:11; 3:1-4]. Sardis, now known as Sart was portrayed in the Book of Revelations as a dying church. We will visit the Temple of Artemis and the Temple of Cybele, which was turned into churches in Byzantine period. We will see the restored gymnasium and the reconstructed Synagogue. We will have chance to walk the last several meters of the royal Persian Road from Susa to Sardis built by Cyrus the Great. We will have some time to enjoy the "Golden" river Pactolus and a delicious lunch along the way.
Our journey continues once we reach Philadelphia, currently known as Alasehir, another of the Churches of Asia, and the only church not censured. Unlike the other 6 churches, they remained steadfast in their faith. Visit the remains of a Byzantine basilica that features 11th-century frescoes.
We are hitting the road once more to drive to Hierapolis, a city known for its therapeutic springs. See the Pamukkale, or “Cotton Fortress,” where hot mineral water bursts from the earth and cascades over steep cliffs forming pools, channels, and stalactites. We will visit the Martyrium of the Apostle Philip where he was martyred during persecutions ordered by Domitian.
Our tours continues to Laodicea (now called Denizli), another of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 3:14; Col. 2:1; 4:13-16]. There we will see the ancient theatre, the remains of a basilica and ancient stone water pipes. We will stop by at the Gate of Domitian, the Arcadian Way, a 2nd-century theatre, the Nymphaion, the Temple of Apollo, the Plutonium and the Necropolis. After a full day of trip with lots of great memories, we are heading to a Thermal hotel and enjoy dinner before having a good night’s rest.
Day 4: Ephesus
On the Day 4 of our tour, we drive to Kusadasi and visit the ancient city of Ephesus. There we will see the Basilica of St. John, who was known to receive an epistle from the apostle Paul who lived in Ephesus for 3 years. We will take a tour around the spectacular ruins where excavations still continue in this once great and important city founded over 2 millennia ago. We are listening great historical stories from our professional guide as we walk along the marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings such as the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the Theatre.We will see the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world and visit the House of the Virgin Mary, a house said to have been the Virgin Mary’s home in her final years. Afterward, we enjoy a great dinner at our hotel in Kusadasi.
Day 5: Izmir
Our adventure comes to an end on Day 5. We are picking you up from your hotel in Kusadasi and then transferring you to the Izmir airport for your flight home after this unforgettable 4 days.