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Seven Churches Tour: A Spiritual Pilgrimage Through Turkey

April 23-May 2, 2023 With Istanbul Extension: May 2-5, 2023

This is a fantastic opportunity to experience a biblical tour in Turkey led by Dr. Andrew Jackson. Dr. Jackson will teach at each of thearchaeological sites of thee SEVEN CHURCHES (Revelation 2-3). Required reading: The Early Church of Turkey by Dr. Andrew Jackson (purchased on Amazon).

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April 23, Sunday - Depart USA to Istanbul
Tour participants depart on Turkish Airlines to Istanbul (non-stop) from one of the following airports: Seattle, LAX, Houston, New York JFK, Washington DC.

April 24, Monday - Istanbul to Ephesus
Our overseas flights arrive in Istanbul where we go through customs and take an in-country flight (one hour) to the Izmir Airport on the Aegean coast. The Tutku guide or representative will meet us after the baggage claim with a sign that reads “DR. ANDREW JACKSON TOUR, TUTKU.” We drive (one hour) to our hotel on the Aegean Sea for dinner and overnight (KoruMar Hotel, www.korumar.com.tr) (D).

April 25, Tuesday - Biblical Ephesus Tour
After breakfast we tour the archaeological biblical city of Ephesus. This magnificent reconstructed Greco-Roman port city has the great theater, marble-paved roads, Roman baths, the Celsus Library, and much more. Today, Ephesus is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The apostle Paul lived and ministered here for three years from where he wrote 1 Corinthians. Later on Paul wrote the letters of Ephesus and 1-2 Timothy that were sent to Ephesus. We return to our hotel on the Aegean Sea for dinner and overnight (KoruMar Hotel) (B, D)

April 26, Wednesday - Ephesus Area Tour
After breakfast we visit the archaeological museum of Ephesus displaying ancient coins, statues, and mosaics from the Roman period, the archeological remains of the spectacular Basilica of Saint John where the apostle John was buried, and the modern Turkish towns of Sirince and Selcuk where you will meet the locals and shop. For those who are interest, you can visit a local Anatolian Handmade Carpet and Kilim production center and learn how world-famous Turkish rugs are made. We drive (20 minutes) to our hotel on the Aegean Sea for dinner and overnight (KoruMar Hotel). (B, D)

April 27, Thursday - Colossae
After breakfast we drive (three hours) to the Lycus River Valley and visit the archaeological site of Colossae, Paul wrote the letters of Colossians and Philemon to the Colossae church. We then drive to our spa hotel for a relaxing afternoon, dinner, and overnight (Doga Thermal Hotel www. dogathermalhotel.com) (B, D)

April 28, Friday - Hierapolis and Laodicea
After breakfast we visit the archeological biblical sites of Hierapolis (Pamukkale) and Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22) located in the Lycus River Valley. In the massive archeological remains of Hierapolis we visit the tomb and martyrdom of the apostle Philip, and one of the best reconstructed Roman theaters in Turkey (see Colossians 4:13-15). In the huge reconstructed biblical city of Laodicea we see two large theaters, a stadium. and excavated churches dating to the Byzantine period. We then drive to our spa hotel for dinner and overnight (Doga Thermal Hotel) (B, D)

April 29, Saturday - Philadelphia, Sardis and and Smyrna
After breakfast we drive to tour the biblical archeological sites of Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13) and to Sardis (Revelation 2:8-11). Our first visit is Philadelphia, where most of the ancient remains are buried under the modern city. Our visit will focus on the Basilica of the Apostle John built in the AD 500s. Then we drive (one hour) to the large archeological site of Sardis where we see the remains of the magnificent temple of Artemis (later converted into a church), the beautifully reconstructed gymnasium and public baths, and the largest known synagogue outside Palestine. We then drive (three hours) to our hotel to our hotel in Izmir on the Aegean Sea for dinner and overnight (Movenpick Hotel, www.Movenpick.com) (B, D)

April 30, Sunday - Smyrna Tour and Free Day
İzmir, historically Smyrna, is the third largest city in Turkey located on the Aegean Sea. After breakfast we visit Smyrna’s acropolis Kadifekale for an overview of the city, and then we visit the archeological site of biblical Smyrna (Revelation 2:8—) with its Roman Agora and where the early church father Polycarp was martyred. The rest of the day will be free to walk along the Aegean waterfront, interact with the locals, and shop. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight (Movenpick Hotel,). (B, D)

May 1, Monday - Pergamum and Thyatira
After breakfast we drive (one hour) north to visit Pergamum (Revelation 2:12–17), one of the most impressive acropolis and archaeological sites in Turkey, which is called the Seat of Satan in the book of Revelation. Here we see a 10,000-seat theatre on the side of the acropolis that is the steepest in the ancient world, the temple of Trajan, the remains of a library of 200,000 volumes second in size only to that in Alexandria, and the remains of the huge altar of Zeus and the temple of Dionysus. We then drive (one hour) to visit Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29) where there are only a few archaeological remains. We then drive back (two hours) to our hotel in Izmir for dinner and overnight (Movenpick Hotel,) (B, D)

May 2, Tuesday - Departure for USA
After breakfast those returning back to the USA will take a flight (one hour) to Istanbul to connect with your international flight.

Istanbul Extension

May 2, Tuesday - Istanbul Tour
After breakfast will take a morning flight (one hour) to Istanbul, and then we will drive (one hour) to our hotel in the old city of Istanbul. After unloading our luggage we take a walking tour of the Hippodrome Square (Blue Mosque), the famous Hagia Sophia Church, Saint Irene Church where the Nicene Creed was written, and the underground cistern built by emperor Justinian in the AD 500s. We then walk back to our hotel for dinner and overnight (Arcadia Blue Hotel, www.hotelarcadiablue.com) (B, D)

May 3, Wednesday - Istanbul Tour
After breakfast we visit the Istanbul Archaeology Museum, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, take a walk down the famous Istiklal street (if time permits), and then take a leisurely boat tour on the Bosphorus Straight. We then return to our hotel for dinner and overnight (Arcadia Blue Hotel) (B, D)

May 4, Thursday - Free Day
After breakfast couples and small groups have a free day to walk through Istanbul, interact with locals, and shop (you will be given a map of Istanbul.) Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight (Arcadia Blue Hotel) (B, D) May 5, Friday, Departure to USA We depart early and drive (one hour) to Istanbul Airport where we take our international flight back to the USA. End of our services.

Including

• International flights between US – TURKEY
• Istanbul–Izmir domestic flight
• Izmir–Istanbul domestic flight
• 3 Nights at Korumar Hotel in Kusadasi
• 2 Night at Doga Thermal in Pamukkale
• 3 Nights at Mövenpick Hotel in Izmir
• Istanbul Extension: 3 Nights at Arcadia Hotel in Istanbul
• Daily breakfast and 7 dinners at hotels
• 1 dinner at local seafood restaurant in Izmir
• All Entry fees to the sites and museums
• All transfers and transportation
• Bosphorus Boat Tour
• English Speaking Professional Tour Guide
• Tips for the Turkish Guide and bus driver
• Service charges and local taxes

Excluding

• Lunches and all drinks
• Turkish Visa Fee to be obtained online before arrival www.evisa.gov.tr
• Personal Expenses, All Travel & Health Insurances

Hotels
  • April 24, 2023 - April 27, 2023 Korumar Hotel de Luxe, Aydın, Turkey
  • April 27, 2023 - April 29, 2023 Doga Thermal Otel, Denizli, Turkey
  • April 29, 2023 - May 02, 2023 Mövenpick Hotel, Izmir, Turkey
  • May 02, 2023 - May 05, 2023 Hotel Arcadia Blue, Istanbul, Turkey

 Locations on the map may include pre program or extension locations with main program.
Including

• International flights between US – TURKEY
• Istanbul–Izmir domestic flight
• Izmir–Istanbul domestic flight
• 3 Nights at Korumar Hotel in Kusadasi
• 2 Night at Doga Thermal in Pamukkale
• 3 Nights at Mövenpick Hotel in Izmir
• Istanbul Extension: 3 Nights at Arcadia Hotel in Istanbul
• Daily breakfast and 7 dinners at hotels
• 1 dinner at local seafood restaurant in Izmir
• All Entry fees to the sites and museums
• All transfers and transportation
• Bosphorus Boat Tour
• English Speaking Professional Tour Guide
• Tips for the Turkish Guide and bus driver
• Service charges and local taxes

Excluding

• Lunches and all drinks
• Turkish Visa Fee to be obtained online before arrival www.evisa.gov.tr
• Personal Expenses, All Travel & Health Insurances

Hotels
  • April 24, 2023 - April 27, 2023 Korumar Hotel de Luxe, Aydın, Turkey
  • April 27, 2023 - April 29, 2023 Doga Thermal Otel, Denizli, Turkey
  • April 29, 2023 - May 02, 2023 Mövenpick Hotel, Izmir, Turkey
  • May 02, 2023 - May 05, 2023 Hotel Arcadia Blue, Istanbul, Turkey

Tour Host
Dr. Andrew Jackson

Dr. Andrew Jackson is a pastor, teacher, and author. He lives in the Phoenix Valley of Arizona, USA with his wife Barbara.

He earned his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, and his specialized Doctor of Ministry in the “History of Church Renewal Movements” from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Jackson also studied historical-geography of the Bible for one year at the Jerusalem University College in Jerusalem, Israel.

Dr. Jackson served as a senior teaching pastor at two large churches, as an adjunct Seminary professor, and taught world religion courses at two colleges. He now focuses his time on writing, teaching, and ministry in Turkey. Dr. Andrew Jackson is the translator and writer of the International English Bible: A New Testament Translation.

Dr. Jackson leads annual tours in the Bible lands of Israel and Turkey. His expertise is in the New Testament and early church history of Asia Minor (modern Turkey). He authored two books related to Turkey: A Guide Inside the Early Church of Asia Minor: 300 Profiles and The Lost Land of the Bible: Prayer Pilgrimages Through Turkey. He was also the co-host on the travel documentary “Exploring Ephesus: The City of the Apostles.”

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