Istanbul – Canakkale – Kusadasi – Pamukkale – Istanbul
(7 Nights / 8 Days)

Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to hotel. (D)

Day 2: Istanbul
Start your day with The Hippodrome, where once chariot races, gladiator fights, circuses and triumphal parades were held. Visit the Blue Mosque, considered a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture with its unique six minarets. Continue to St. Sophia, the “marvel of architecture”. Emperor Justinian had it built in only 5 years, dedicated to the Holy Wisdom, and opened the cathedral on Christmas Day, 537 A.D. Visit Topkapi Palace, exploring the breath taking grounds, domes, porticos and terraces. Wander in the great halls of the Palace with exhibits of porcelain, amazing collections of priceless jewels, holy relics and ancient manuscripts. The Royal Chambers and gardens of tulips and roses are going to lead us to the world’s most beautiful Bosphorus view. We will also visit the Grand Bazaar. Incorporating complex streets and mosques, it is the ‘mother of all bazaars‘ and a monument of rise of Istanbul. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Istanbul / Troas / Canakkale
Early departure for Alexandria Troas (Acts 16:9-10) which was an important port city along the Aegean Sea. St. Paul traveled through Troas several times. Before checking in to our hotel, we will visit the ancient city of Troy. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Pergamum / Thyatira / Ephesus
After breakfast we will follow the coast of the Aegean Sea to Pergamum. With its great Acropolis, it was one of the most prosperous cities of the Hellenistic era. After lunch, continue to Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29), where we will visit the ruins of an early Christian Basilica, a colonnaded street and the large Church of ‘growing faith’. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Ephesus
In the morning, we will visit Ephesus (Revelation 1:11; 2:1-17; Acts 18:19-28:19), the most important and one of the best preserved Roman cities in Mediterranean. You will walk on its marble paved streets, as did the Apostles Paul, Luke and John and Mary, the mother of Yeshua. We will see Celsus Library, Great Theater, Roman Baths, Agoras, fountains and temples including that of Artemis which was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. One of the first churches honoring the mother of Yeshua was built here and in 431 A.D. Ephesus hosted the Third Ecumenical Council. You will also visit the Basilica of St. John. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Laodicea / Hierapolis
Drive to Pamukkale and visit the terraces of white limestone formed by a river that is “neither hot nor cold”. Four miles south of Pamukkale we will visit Laodicea, a new excavation site with streets, fountains, baths and theater. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Philadelphia / Sardis / Smyrna (Izmir)
After breakfast, continue to ancient Philadelphia, the city of “brotherly love” and a site of another of the Seven Churches. Then drive to Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6, the capital of Lydia once the richest city in Asia Minor. The site includes Gymnasium, Roman baths, Byzantine shops and one of the world’s oldest Synagogues paved with beautiful preserved mosaics. Continue onto Smyrna and the airport for our evening flight back to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Transfer to airport for international flight.

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