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DAY 01 ARRIVAL – ISTANBUL (Dinner) 
Upon arrival Istanbul International Airport, meet and greet your local guide and proceed to dinner. Check in hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

DAY 02 ISTANBUL – CANAKKALE  (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) 
Breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Constantinople to visit; Blue Mosque which is the second largest mosque in Istanbul, built to compete with St. Sophia. Dating back from 17th century. Mosque is Famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets. Hippodrome Square former centre of sportive and political activities of Constantinople. See the famous Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column and Wilhelm II fountain. St. Sophia, which has been a cathedral and a mosque, now is a magnificent museum. Its mosaics, stained glass windows & decorated domes create an atmosphere of breath taking beauty. After lunch we depart for Canakkale, enjoy a leisure drive along the shores of Marmara Sea. Troy for a visit of the famous mythology city in Homer’s epic poem, Iliad, one the oldest settlements in the world. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Canakkale. 

DAY 03 CANAKKALE – PERGAMUM – THYATIRA - SMYRNA  (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) 
After breakfast at the hotel we drive to Pergamum in Asia Minor. we have Cable Car experience to visit Acropolis. Acropolis is on the highest part of the city. Some of the sites include acropolis Temple of Athena, Temple Of Trojan, Arsenals, Altar of Zeus, and the Library. Acropolis; In Asia Minor. One of the Seven Churches was planted here ( Revolution 1:11, 2:17 ) It was noted for its wickedness, in so much that our Lord says ‘’Satan’s seat’’ was there. The church of Pergamum was rebuked for swerving from the truth and embracing  the doctrines of Balaam and the Nicolaitanes. After lunch in Pergamum we continue to Akhisar (Thyatira), which is the fourth of the Seven Churches (Revelation1-3) the letter to Thyatira is the central and the longest of the seven letters. Then procced to Izmir City (Smyrna) Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Izmir. 

DAY 04 SMYRNA – EPHESUS - KUSADASI    (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) 
After breakfast at the hotel, we have panoramic city tour by bus to see famous Izmir Bay. We visit one of the Seven Churches Of Revelation Agora of Smyrna where St. John preach and point St. Policarp to the people to follow him for Christianity. We continue our journey to Ephesus we will begin as well as viewing one of the Seven Churches of Revelation, you will see impressive structures such as great theatre where St. Paul and St. John met. Arcadian Street,Trajan fountain, Celsius Library, Hadrian Temple etc… Visit St. John’s Church: After Jesus Christ was taken up to heaven in Jerusalem   Virgin Mary and St. John went to Ephesus and St. John built his church in Ephesus. After he passed away early Christians built his grave in his church. After lunch we visit House of Virgin Mary a marvelous atmosphere hidden in the green. It is the place where Mary may have spent her last days… After Pop Paul VI visited these places in 1967. Those places became a Pilgrimage Center for Christians. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Kusadasi.

DAY 05 KUSADASI – LAODICEA – HIERAPOLIS - PAMUKKALE  (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) 
After breakfast we continue to Pamukkale Town and upon arrival visit Laodicea: The Leodicean Church was a Christian community established in the ancient city of Leodicea  (on river Lycus) The church was established in the earliest period of Christianity, and probably best known for being one of the seven churches addressed by name in the Book of Revolution (3:14-22) We have lunch in Pamukkale Town and visit Cotton Castle is a magical and unique terraces and castles created by deposits of white limestone from thermal springs. This spectecular natural wonder is also in world heritage protection list of UNESCO. Hierapolis The city was founded in 190 B.C. by Eumenes II, king of Pergamum. In the 2nd and 3rd centuries, it reached the height of its development as a Roman thermal bath center. Visit  the ruins of St. Philip’s Church and Grave. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Pamukkale.

Don’t forget to bring your swimwear to enjoy the thermal swimming pools of Pamukkale year-round! 

DAY 06 PAMUKKALE – PHILADELPHIA – SARDIS – BURSA (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) 
This morning we proceed our Biblical Journey to another two Churches. Sardis: One of the most picturesque area of The Seven Churches. It is here St. John expressed his concern for pushing further with the progress of the city’s faith. Sardis also is one of the first settlements for Jewish people after they were sent from Holy Land by Babylon. ( Revolution3; 1:11,3:1,3:4 ) After lunch in Sardis, we visit PhiladelphiaA favorite city of St. Paul and St. John. The city for the love of brothers. ( Revolution2 1:11, 3:7 ) Continue to Bursa. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bursa.

DAY 07 BURSA – NICEA – ISTANBUL  (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) 
Morning proceed to Istanbul. En-route enjoy a leisure drive along the shores of Marmara Sea and arrived Nicea. Iznik, formerly known as Nicea, lies at the eastern tip of Lake Iznik, south of Izmit. Originally an important Roman and Byzantine town, it fell to the Seljuks in 1078 and subsequently to the ottomans in 1331. In the town center the ruins of the St.Sophia Cathedral, the seat of the Seventh and First Eucomenical Council of 325 and 4 Gospels we have now choosen there. evoke images of convening bishops and clergy. Lunch will be in Nicea. After lunch proceed to Istanbul. Bosphorus Cruise; we will see the beauty of Bosphorus Channel which spreads over Asia and Europe Continents. This is the great experience to be between Asia and Europe Continents on the boat. We see and take pictures of Ottoman Palaces, Rumeli Castle, Anatolian Castle and the life style of people on the coast line of Bosphorus. We visit Spice Market shopping in Istanbul. Spice Market is the most populer bazaar for local people to buy apple and pomegranate tea, turkish delight, nuts, dried fruits and spices. Dinner will be at a local restaurant then transfer to hotel for check in. Overnight in Istanbul. 

DAY 08 ISTANBUL – DEPARTURE (Breakfast) 
After breakfast at the hotel free time at your leisure until transfer to airport to take flight back home.

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