The Book of Revelation, Seven Churches of Asia Minor and Patmos: 10 Days

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TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1 Flight Day
We depart en route to Istanbul with complimentary meals and beverages served aloft.

Day 2 Istanbul
Upon our arrival we are met by our guide who will accompany us throughout our tour. We are escorted to our private motor coach, which will transfer us to our hotel for the overnight. Dinner is served at a local restaurant.

Day 3 Istanbul
After breakfast we unfold Istanbul’s rich quilt of cultures, Eastern Orthodoxy and Islam, the main fabrics. We begin at Haghia Sophia, at one time the premier church in Christendom, later a mosque and now a museum. Nearby are the Roman Hippodrome and the Ottoman Blue Mosque. We end our day in the otherworldly underground cistern.

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Day 4 Kusadasi
After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our early morning flight to Izmir. We will drive to Selcuk. Our focus today is Ephesus (Letter to the Ephesians, Revelation 1:11; 2:1-7; Acts 18:19-28; 19:1-41), the most impressive archeological site in Turkey. Paul spent more than two years in Ephesus between ca 52 and 54. From Ephesus, he wrote some of his letters. Our excursion visits the great theater (Acts 19:29), the site of the scene of the riot from which Paul escaped. A short walk from the theatre we will visit the Council Church where they held the Third Ecumenical Council in 431. We see the Temple of Artemis (Roman Diana), one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. We also visit the Selcuk Museum, the Basilica of John, and the House of Mary.

Day 5 Patmos/Kusadasi
We will cruise to Patmos Island where author of the Revelation was sent to the exile. During his exile he had the vision described in the Book of Revelation. We will visit the Monastery of John and the Monastery of the Apocalypse. We will cruise back to Kusadasi.

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Day 6 Pamukkale
We will drive to the ancient city of Aphrodisias, where the Romans dedicated massive monuments to Aphrodite. In Aphrodisias, archeologists unearthed an inscription which proves the existence of God-fearers mentioned in the Bible. We continue to Laodicaea, one of the seven churches in the Revelation of John (Rev. 3:14-22; Col. 2:1; 4:13-16). We drive to Hierapolis (Col. 4:13) via the Lycos Valley (Letter to the Colossians and Letter to Philemon) and onto to Pamukkale, famous for its wonderful mineral baths.

Day 7 Izmir
We will visit Philadelphia (Rev 3:7-13) and then continue to Sardis (Rev. 3:1-6). We visit the Temple of Artemis, Roman bath and the biggest Jewish Synagogue of Asia Minor in Sardis. In the afternoon we will drive to Izmir, ancient Smyrna (Rev 2:8-11).

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Day 8 Izmir
Passing via Thyatira (Rev. 2:18-29; Acts 16:14), we arrive in Bergama. We visit the acropolis of Pergamum (Rev. 2:12-17) and the altar of Zeus described as “the throne of Satan” in the Book of Revelation. We continue to the Asclepion, the ancient healing sanctuary of Asclepius and Apollo. We will drive back to Izmir.

Day 9 Istanbul
We take early morning flight from Izmir to Istanbul. Upon our arrival we continue to Kariye Museum where the superb mosaics and frescoes decorate the walls of 14th century church just before the fall of the city to the Turks. Later we visit the famous covered bazaars to meander among the thousands of shops. It is time to bargain.

Day 10 Departure
We transfer to the Istanbul Airport and fly back to home.

 

TRİP COST

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ROUTE MAP

 

CLIMATE

 Average air temperatures in Fahrenheit (and Celsius) and number of rainy days by month along the route (Istanbul and Antalya)

  May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
IstanbulMaximum70 (21)
77 (25)
84 (29)
84 (29)
77 (25)
68 (20)
Minimum52 (11)
59 (15)
64 (18)
64 (18)
54 (15)
53 (12)
Wet Days
8
5
4
5
6
10

 May
JunJul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Marmaris68 (20)
72 (22)
75 (24)
79 (26)
77 (25)
73 (23)
Antalya70 (21)
75 (24)
81 (27)
82 (28)
81 (27)
77 (25)
Wet days8
5
4
5
6
10

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2 comments

  1. Nancy Crotty, M.D. says:

    Hi Aydin,

    I was the university physician at Gonzaga University when you attended school here. Trust all is well with you.

    My husband and I were thinking of taking a tour of the Holy Lands and were wondering if you offered such a tour? If not, is there a tour you would recommend? Best to you. Nancy Crotty

    • Mert says:

      Hello Mrs Crotty,
      We received your message and sent it to Aydin. He will reply your message as soon as possible.
      All the best,

      EON Tours

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