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Seven Churches Of Revelation

May 13 - 20, 2024 Classical Treasures and Apocalyptic Churches of Turkey’s Aegean Region
James Buxton
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May 13 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) 

May 14 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) 

May 15 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 marble-paved 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) 

May 16 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 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)   

May 17 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 Palestine. 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.  This is an important site for Christians to visit since 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. This evening, you’ll be able to have dinner and relax at our hotel, and we will be able to take the plunge in some of Pamukkale’s famous heated thermal pools. Dinner and Overnight in Pamukkale. (B, D)

May 18 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. Well conclude our visit with a walk along Pamukkales 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 18 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)

May 19 Sun            IZMIR
We attend 10.00 AM Eucharist at the Church of St John the Evangelist in the district of Alsancak. Enjoy refreshments with St John’s Congegation, then walk to Kibris Sehitleri street and have lunch at Kircicegi Restaurant. After lunch we travel by coach to the cidadel (Kadifekale),the place of the martyrdom of St Polycarp for spectacular views over the city. We conclude the day’s visits with our final act of worship at the spectacular Roman Catholic Church of St Polycarp, where we will reflect on the life and witness of the city’s most famous saint, and give thanks for the time of pilgrimage we have shared together. Final Tour Dinner at Adabeyi Restaurant. (B, D) 

May 20 Mon        DEPART FOR ONWARD DESTINATIONS

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 Sirena Pub Restaurant
- 1 dinner at Bornova
- 1 dinner at Adabeyi Seafood Restaurant
- 1 dinner at Altınkapi Restaurant
- 1 dinner at Midpoint 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

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

Hotels
  • May 13, 2024 - May 17, 2024 Kordon Otel Çankaya, İzmir, Turkey
  • May 17, 2024 - May 18, 2024 Doga Thermal Otel, Denizli, Turkey
  • May 18, 2024 - May 20, 2024 Kordon Otel Çankaya, İzmir, Turkey

 Locations on the map may include pre program or extension locations with main program.
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 Sirena Pub Restaurant
- 1 dinner at Bornova
- 1 dinner at Adabeyi Seafood Restaurant
- 1 dinner at Altınkapi Restaurant
- 1 dinner at Midpoint 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

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

Hotels
  • May 13, 2024 - May 17, 2024 Kordon Otel Çankaya, İzmir, Turkey
  • May 17, 2024 - May 18, 2024 Doga Thermal Otel, Denizli, Turkey
  • May 18, 2024 - May 20, 2024 Kordon Otel Çankaya, İzmir, Turkey

Hosts
James Buxton

DEPOSIT : GBP 50 per person
FULL BALANCE PAYMENT : April 1, 2024
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