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A Pilgrimage to The Seven Churches of Revelation

September 23-30, 2024
James Buxton
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Sep 23 Mon ARRIVE IZMIR (AIRPORT CODE ADB)
After landing at Izmir International Airport, you may join one of our shuttle transfers to your hotel. Dinner and overnight at your Hotel in Izmir. (B,D)

Sep 24 Tue PERGAMUM (Rev 1:11; 2:12–17) and THYATIRA
(Rev 1:11; 2:18-29) - IZMIR This morning, we’ll travel north to visit the first of the seven cities of Revelation—Pergamum. It is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in all of Turkey. Its attractions are hard to surpass: a 10,000–seat theatre on the side of the Acropolis that is the steepest in the ancient world; the magnificently restored Temple of Trajan; the remains of a library of 200,000 volumes second in size only to that in Alexandria; the base of the Altar of Zeus; the Temple of Dionysus; and the medical center of Asclepion. This ancient healing center had its own theater, library, underground tunnel and other buildings. John warned the church here that they were living in a place of “Satan’s throne” (Rev. 2:12–17). On our way back to Izmir, we’ll make a brief stop at the ancient city of Thyatira, where, due to the presence of the modern city of Akhisar, few archaeological remains have thus far been uncovered. John warned the church here about its toleration of a woman symbolically called Jezebel who was leading believers astray, causing them “to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols” (Rev. 2:18–29). Return to Izmir. Dinner at Midpoint Restaurant. Overnight. (B,D)

Sep 25 Wed EPHESUS (Acts 18:19–21, 24–26; 19:1–20:1; 20:16–
17; 1 Cor 15:32; 16:8; Eph 1:1; 1 Tim 1:3; 2 Tim 1:18; 4:12; Rev 1:11; 2:1–7) This morning we head south to the appealing small town of Selcuk. First, we’ll visit the famous ancient city of Ephesus. This site had successive Hellenistic and Roman settlements and was an outstanding example of a Roman port city with a sea channel and harbor basin into which the Apostle Paul sailed. He lived and ministered here for 2-3 years after a riot in the Great Theatre, which we can still visit today. Excavations have revealed other grand monuments of the Roman Imperial period including marblepaved roads, terrace homes of the elite, Roman Baths, the Celsus Library, and more. Today, Ephesus is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Next, we’ll the visit the Tomb and Basilica of St. John, the last-surviving disciple of Jesus who is said to have lived in Ephesus during his final years along with Jesus’ mother Mary. After lunch in Selcuk, we drive to Mount Bulbul and stop at the House of the Virgin Mary. Both Christians and Muslims consider this site sacred, and on their visits they light candles and leave their prayers and wishes tucked into a wall there. In the evening we’ll celebrate the Eucharist at the newly restored Anglican church of St Mary Magdalene, Bornova, followed by dinner al fresco in the gardens of one of Bornova’s great Levantine mansions. Overnight Izmir. (B,D) Sep 26 Thur DAY IN CENTRAL IZMIR After breakfast we walk from our hotel to the Kemiralti (Izmir’s grand bazaar) through the Basmane district along the chaotic but picturesque Anarfartalar Street. In the Bazaar we visit several of Izmir’s beautiful synagogues and mosques, and the impressive Kizlagahanasi (a restored caravanserai) where we’ll relax with a cup of Turkish Coffee. Lunch will be at the Abacioglu Han deep inside the Bazaar. We have a relaxed afternoon in which a stroll is recommended, which may include Clock Tower Square, a walk along the beautiful Kordon (seafront) with its cafes and galleries. Evening meal at Topçu Restaurant. Overnight Izmir. (B,D)

Sep 27 Fri SARDIS (Rev 1:11; 3:1–6), and PHILADELPHIA
(Rev 1:11; 3:7–13) - COLOSSAE (Col 1:2) - PAMUKKALE Depart for Sardis, one of the other cities of Revelation. Here, we’ll see the remains of the magnificent temple of Artemis, the beautifully reconstructed gymnasium and public baths, and the largest known synagogue outside the Holy Land. We’ll make a brief stop in Philadelphia, where much of this ancient city has either been destroyed or lies buried under the modern city. John wrote to the church here (Rev. 3:7–13), commending them for their patience endurance in spite of persecution. Our final stop is the beautiful unexcavated site of Colossae. Paul sent two letters to this city: one to the church of Colossae and one to the rich Christian slave–owner Philemon, who hosted the Colossian church in his home. A short drive takes us to our hotel in Pamukkale,”the Cotton Castle.” This area is another UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its breathtaking waterfalls and calcium cliffs. Once we have settled into our hotel, there is an opportunity to take the plunge in the hotel’s own magnificent thermal pool. Dinner and Overnight in Pamukkale. (B, D)

Sep 28 Sat LAODICEA (Col. 2:1, 4:13–16; Rev 1:11; 3:14–22),
and HIERAPOLIS (Col. 4:13-15; 4:16) - IZMIR Today our first stop is the spectacular ancient city of Hierapolis, where we’ll see the recently discovered Tomb and Martyrium of St. Philip and the city’s theatre with one of most impressive reconstructed Roman skenes. We’ll conclude our visit with a walk along Pamukkale’s dazzling Calcium Cliffs. After lunch we visit Laodicea, a major city in Roman times that is rapidly being uncovered. Laodicea had not one but two theatres, a stadium, an aqueduct, and over 20 churches dating to Byzantine times that archaeologists have already uncovered. Laodicea is the last of the seven churches to whom John directed the book of Revelation (Rev. 3:14–22). It also had a close relationship with the nearby churches of Colossae and Hierapolis (Col. 4:13–15) and was the recipient of one of Paul’s now lost letters (Col. 4:16). Return to hotel in Izmir. Dinner at Sirena Restaurant. Overnight in Izmir. (B, D)

Sep 29 Sun IZMIR
We attend 10.00 AM Eucharist at the Church of St John the Evangelist Izmir. We enjoy refreshments with St John’s Congregation, then walk through the picturesque neighbourhood of Alsancak to a local restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon we travel by coach to the Citadel (Kadifekale), the place of the martyrdom of Smyrna/Izmir’s great martyr-saint, St Polycarp. From this point high above the city there are spectacular views over the whole Gulf of Smyrna. We conclude the day’s visits with our final act of worship at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St John, where we will give thanks in prayer for the time of pilgrimage we have shared together. Final Tour Dinner at Adabeyi Restaurant. (B, D)

Sep 30 Mon DEPART FOR ONWARD DESTINATIONS

Istanbul Extension

Sep 30 Mon Izmir Airport – Fly to Istanbul
06:30 am pick up from your hotel. Transfer to Izmir Airport for 09:00/10:15 flight to Istanbul. Meet and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Afternoon visit to the panoramic Galata Tower, visit the beautiful Crimea Memorial Church (Anglican) and walk through the atmospheric streets of the Beyoglu district. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (D)

Oct 1 Tue Istanbul – The Old City
Full day Istanbul tour to popular sites; the Roman Hippodrome Square, the Blue Mosque with its beautiful blue tiles, Hagia Sophia Church, built by Constantine the Great and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, one of the world’s greatest architectural marvels and a designated World Heritage site. In the afternoon we visit Topkapi Palace, the imperial residential palace of the Ottoman sultans between the 16th and 19th centuries, with its spacious courtyards and exquisite pavilions. Displays include priceless collections of jewellery, porcelain and costumes of the sultans. We then visit Istanbul’s world-famous Grand Bazaar, with its historic halls courtyards and alleyways, and opportunities for shopping. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Oct 2 Wed Istanbul – Local Life
We take the public ferry across the Bosphorus to the Asian side of Istanbul, experiencing wonderful views of the Old City, the Golden Horn and towards the Sea of Marmara. We visit the bustling residential district of Kadikoy (ancient Chalcedon, where the Creed of 451 AD was adopted). We take a public boat back to the European side. In the afternoon, we walk along the impressive Istiklal Street, one of the world’s greatest pedestrian thoroughfares, with its grand nineteenth century buildings and cosmopolitan atmosphere. We visit the Galata Mevlevi Lodge Museum, to see fascinating exhibits from the Ottoman period. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Oct 3 Thu Departure
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel – Transfer to the airport – End

Including

• Sightseeing as per the itinerary
• 4 nights at Kordon Cankaya Hotel or similar
• 1 night at Doga Thermal Hotel in Pamukkale or similar
• 2 night at Kordon Cankaya Hotel in Izmir or similar
• Daily open buffet breakfasts at the hotels
• 2 dinners at the hotels (first day in Izmir and in Pamukkale)
• 5 dinners at local restaurants in Izmir
- 1 dinner at Midpoint Restaurant
- 1 dinner at Bornova al fresco
- 1 dinner at Topçu Restaurant
- 1 dinner at Sirena Pub Restaurant
- 1 dinner at Adabeyi Seafood Restaurant
• Entrance fees to all sightseeing
• Government Licensed, Bible-oriented Tour guide
throughout the tour
• Map of Turkey, Tutku Bag, Tutku t-shirt, electric plug,
Luggage Tag
• Tips to hotel staff
• Service charges and local taxes

ISTANBUL EXTENSION

• Izmir - Istanbul domestic flight (in order to secure everyone at the same flight, TUTKU
will book this flight)
• 3 Nights at 4 Star Grand Halic Hotel in Istanbul www.grandhalic.com or similar
• Daily breakfast and 3 Dinners
• Sightseeing as per the itinerary
• All transfers and transportation by private AC Bus with driver
• English Speaking, Government Licensed Tour Guide throughout the tour
• All Entry Fees to the sites and museums
• Tips to hotel staff throughout the tour
• Tips to tour guide ($20 pp) and driver ($10 pp) total for 3 days
• Service charges and local taxes

Excluding

• Lunches and drinks
• Tips to tour guide, driver
• Personal Expenses, Travel and Health Insurance, any other
item which is not included above
• Flights to and from Izmir

ISTANBUL EXTENSION

• TURKISH VISA: Citizens of ALL other countries are responsible for checking their own
countries’ visa regulations for travel. US and Canadian citizens can get the Turkish Visa
online before arrival www.evisa.gov.tr
• Lunches and Drinks
• Personal Expenses, Laundry, Phone Calls, Travel and Health Insurance


Including

• Sightseeing as per the itinerary
• 4 nights at Kordon Cankaya Hotel or similar
• 1 night at Doga Thermal Hotel in Pamukkale or similar
• 2 night at Kordon Cankaya Hotel in Izmir or similar
• Daily open buffet breakfasts at the hotels
• 2 dinners at the hotels (first day in Izmir and in Pamukkale)
• 5 dinners at local restaurants in Izmir
- 1 dinner at Midpoint Restaurant
- 1 dinner at Bornova al fresco
- 1 dinner at Topçu Restaurant
- 1 dinner at Sirena Pub Restaurant
- 1 dinner at Adabeyi Seafood Restaurant
• Entrance fees to all sightseeing
• Government Licensed, Bible-oriented Tour guide
throughout the tour
• Map of Turkey, Tutku Bag, Tutku t-shirt, electric plug,
Luggage Tag
• Tips to hotel staff
• Service charges and local taxes

ISTANBUL EXTENSION

• Izmir - Istanbul domestic flight (in order to secure everyone at the same flight, TUTKU
will book this flight)
• 3 Nights at 4 Star Grand Halic Hotel in Istanbul www.grandhalic.com or similar
• Daily breakfast and 3 Dinners
• Sightseeing as per the itinerary
• All transfers and transportation by private AC Bus with driver
• English Speaking, Government Licensed Tour Guide throughout the tour
• All Entry Fees to the sites and museums
• Tips to hotel staff throughout the tour
• Tips to tour guide ($20 pp) and driver ($10 pp) total for 3 days
• Service charges and local taxes

Excluding

• Lunches and drinks
• Tips to tour guide, driver
• Personal Expenses, Travel and Health Insurance, any other
item which is not included above
• Flights to and from Izmir

ISTANBUL EXTENSION

• TURKISH VISA: Citizens of ALL other countries are responsible for checking their own
countries’ visa regulations for travel. US and Canadian citizens can get the Turkish Visa
online before arrival www.evisa.gov.tr
• Lunches and Drinks
• Personal Expenses, Laundry, Phone Calls, Travel and Health Insurance


Hosts
James Buxton

DEPOSIT : $100 per person
FULL BALANCE PAYMENT : August 1, 2024
Cancellation:
• 89-60 days prior to departure: No Penalty
• 59-45 days prior to departure: No Penalty
• 44-30 days prior to departure: 20%
• 29-15 days prior to departure: 50%
• 14 days & After: No refund

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