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Welcome to Turkey, and the start of your incredible journey through this intriguing land. Arriving into Istanbul Airport, you will see our friendly local team waiting to meet and transfer to your hotel.
After breakfast enjoy a full day tour of the magnificent city of Istanbul. Explore Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque and the Roman Hippodrome; once home to chariot races, gladiatorial battles and public executions, before trying your hand at a spot of haggling in the Grand Bazaar.
Early morning we fly to Izmir. Arriving here, we visit Smyrna; the church at Smyrna suffered amidst prosperity for its refusal to worship the Roman Emperor. This proved to be the last stronghold of Christianity in Asia Minor. Continue to Pergamum; with its acropolis and Great Theatre, the steepest of the ancient world. Revelation 2:12-16 describes the city as "where Satan's seat is", a reference to the altar of Zeus. Nearby, visit the Red Basilica; once a pagan temple, it later converted into a Christian church. Finally, walk through the Asclepion, the famous medical center of antiquity. We then head to the hotel in Kusadasi.
Today we enjoy a full day tour of Ephesus; one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 1: 11). We explore the Great Theatre (stadium) mentioned in Acts 19:29-31 could seat 25,000 people. Walk the marble-paved street with grooves made by chariot wheels. See the Fountain of Trajan, the Library of Celsus, and the Great Theatre with a capacity of 24.000 spectators. Visit the Chapel of the Virgin Mary (Double Church), where the Third Ancient Council convened. We also explore the Basilica of St. John, Church of St. John the Theologian, is located on Ayasuluk Hill and the Museum of Ephesus.
First stop this morning is Thyatira; once a busy trading center and famous in dyeing of purple clothes. Thyatira is one of the Seven Churches mentioned in Revelations (Rev. 1: 11; 2: 18-29). After, we explore Sardis, another of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 3: 1-6). We continue to the Temple of Artemis, by the white marble Royal Road, by the gymnasium, and by the synagogue. After, explore Philadelphia also one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 3: 7-13) where little remains except an ancient wall and the remains of a Byzantine basilica. We continue to your hotel in Pamukkale.
After breakfast, we depart for our exploration of the cascading limestone pools then, Hierapolis; an ancient city of pagan cults. The afternoon is spent exploring Laodicea, one of the Seven Churches, (Rev. 3: 14-22) chastised for being lukewarm, "You are neither cold nor hot" (Rev. 3: 15), and for being too comfortable incorporating pagan and Christian beliefs. In the famous scripture from Revelation (3: 20-21), Jesus says to the Laodicean church: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock". Today, there are many acres of ruins to see, including the stadium and columned streets and a chance to witness the newest excavations in Laodicea.
Today we drive onward to Cappadocia via the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece of Sultanhan Caravanserai and Konya. In Konya visit the 13th century Mevlana Museum; the original lodge of the Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes, a mystical Sufi Muslim group. It contains the tomb of Mevlana, a leading philosopher and mystic of Islam, which remains an important place of pilgrimage. Afterwards continue your journey onward to Cappadocia, arriving in the late evening.
Today will be spend exploring the North Cappadocia sights including the Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar Castle, Avanos, Pasabagi, Cavusin (Rose Valley), Devrent Valley, Urgup and the Kaymakli Underground City.
Today is spent with our guide exploring South Cappadocia, including Goreme Panorama, Pigeon Valley, Nar Lake, Ihlara Valley, Belisirma, Selime and Guzelyurt. In evening, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Istanbul.
Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.
The earliest settle of Kusadasi dates back to the Leleges people in 3000BC and all through the ages, Kusadasi was ...