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Seven Churches of Asia Minor - 9 days map

Embark on a spiritual journey through Turkey, beginning in Istanbul, where you'll explore iconic landmarks like the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Travel to Canakkale and visit the historic battlegrounds of Gallipoli. Explore the legendary city of Troy and the ancient city of Pergamum. Continue to Kusadasi to visit Ephesus and the charming village of Sirince. Journey to Akhisor, a town with Christian significance, and then visit Pamukkale, Hierapolis, and Laodicea. Explore Philadelphia and Sardis before concluding your pilgrimage back in Istanbul.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Istanbul – Visit highlights of the Old City including the beautiful Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and imposing Topkapi Palace
Troy - See the replica Trojan Horse in the ancient city, the setting of one of Ancient Greece's most famous tales
Ephesus - Explore the classic Roman city, one of the best-preserved examples in the whole of Europe
Akhisor - A modern town on the site of the old Lydian city of Thyateira, and one of the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse
Ancient Cities - Explore the ancient cities of Philadelphia and Sardis, once the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Lydia; visit a Roman-era synagogue, a preserved gymnasium, and other historic ruins
Gallipoli – Pay your respects at the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials and visit ANZAC Cove, a famous WW1 landing site
Pamukkale - Visit the ancient Hierapolis and explore the magnificent Necropolis, graveyard, and the lime cascade
Pergamum – Marvel at the Roman amphitheater which is one of the steepest in the classical world
Laodicea - Explore the ancient city, which was one of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor and holds great historical and biblical significance

Included

Daily breakfasts & 5 dinners
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer on day 9
English-speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide for all included sightseeing
Entrance fees for all included sightseeing
8 nights 4-5 star hotels
Guided sightseeing - Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus, Sirince, Pamukkale Hierapolis & Sardis
Transportation for sightseeing in a modern air-conditioned touring vehicle/coach
Economy class flight from Izmir to Istanbul

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping Kitty: EUR€50-60pp, paid in EUR
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Istanbul

Saturday. Welcome to the vibrant city of Istanbul, the beginning of your exciting adventure. Upon your arrival, our friendly representative will be there to greet you and accompany you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your own pace.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2

Tour of Istanbul

Following breakfast at the hotel, your day in Istanbul begins with a guided tour that will take you to some of the city's most iconic landmarks. Explore the magnificent Topkapi Palace, the exterior of St. Sophia, the enchanting Blue Mosque, and the bustling Grand Bazaar.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Gallipoli & ANZAC Cove

Istanbul - Canakkale. Today, you'll embark on a journey to Gallipoli, where you'll have the opportunity to explore the legendary landmarks of ANZAC Cove, Nek, Conk Bair, Lone Pine, and the 57th Regiment Memorial.

Afterwards, you'll proceed to cross the Dardanelles, where Asia and Europe meet. Your day concludes with an overnight stay in Canakkale, where you can enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Canakkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Legendary Troy

Canakkale - Troy - Pergamum - Kusadasi/Izmir. Following breakfast, we'll head for the legendary city of Troy, where the renowned Trojan War unfolded. You'll have the opportunity to explore the fascinating archaeological site, delving into its rich history.

Continuing on, we'll cross the picturesque Ida mountain range and arrive in Pergamum. Here, you'll visit the ancient Acropolis. Your day concludes with an overnight stay in the charming town of Kusadasi, where you can relax and prepare for tomorrow's adventures.
Overnight: Kusadasi or Izmir  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Ancient Ephesus & Sirince

Kusadasi/Izmir - Ephesus - Sirince - Kusadasi/Izmir. Today, a brief drive will take you to the ancient city of Ephesus. Here, you'll have the opportunity to explore the magnificent library, theater, and temples. The day's journey also includes a chance to discover the local craftsmanship of hand-made carpets and leather products.

Continuing on, you'll reach the charming village of Sirince, celebrated as one of Turkey's most beautiful villages. While in Sirince, you can shop unique local crafts and taste the delightful wines produced in the village. We'll end the night in Kusadasi.
Overnight: Kusadasi or Izmir  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Ancient Foundations of Thyteria

Kusadasi/Izmir - Smirne - Thyateria - Kusadasi/Izmir. Delve into the Christian history of Akhisor, a modern town built upon the ancient foundations of Thyateira, which holds significance as one of the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse where early Christianity rapidly spread.

You'll spend some time exploring the historical and spiritual significance of this site before returning to Kusadasi for the night.
Overnight: Kusadasi or Izmir  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Hierapolis & Laodicea

Kusadasi/Izmir - Pamukkale - Hierapolis - Laodicea - Pamukkale. Set off in the morning for a picturesque drive to Pamukkale, passing through the fertile Meander plain, known for its natural beauty.

Your first stop is the ancient city of Hierapolis, where you'll have the opportunity to explore its fascinating ruins and the captivating terraces.

In the afternoon, your journey continues with a visit to Laodicea, an ancient city located just seven kilometers from Pamukkale. Laodicea holds historical significance as one of the seven churches of Asia Minor, providing insights into early Christianity.
Overnight: Pamukkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Ancient Cities & Back to Istanbul

Pamukkale - Philadelphia - Sardis - Istanbul. Begin your day with a drive to Philadelphia, one of the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse, where you can explore its historical and religious significance mentioned in Revelation (3: 7-13).

Your journey continues to the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Lydia, Sardis, referred to in the New Testament (Rev 2; 18-29). During your visit to Sardis, you will encounter a Roman-era synagogue, a remarkably well-preserved gymnasium, and various other ancient ruins mentioned in Revelation (3: - 6).

Afterwards, head to Izmir airport for your included flight back to Istanbul.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Goodbye

Sunday. Today marks the end of your adventure. Departure transfer to your onward flight is included.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are operating. All departure dates are guaranteed to operate when there are 2 persons booked on the tour. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travellers or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

2024
Twin Share
Single Room
22 Jun - 30 Jun 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
06 Jul - 14 Jul 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
13 Jul - 21 Jul 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
20 Jul - 28 Jul 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
27 Jul - 04 Aug 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
24 Aug - 01 Sep 20% off G
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
31 Aug - 08 Sep 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
07 Sep - 15 Sep 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
14 Sep - 22 Sep 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
21 Sep - 29 Sep 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
28 Sep - 06 Oct 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
05 Oct - 13 Oct 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
12 Oct - 20 Oct 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
19 Oct - 27 Oct 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
05 Apr - 13 Apr 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
12 Apr - 20 Apr 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
26 Apr - 04 May 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
03 May - 11 May 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
10 May - 18 May 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
24 May - 01 Jun 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
31 May - 08 Jun 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
07 Jun - 15 Jun 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
14 Jun - 22 Jun 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
21 Jun - 29 Jun 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
05 Jul - 13 Jul 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
19 Jul - 27 Jul 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
02 Aug - 10 Aug 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
16 Aug - 24 Aug 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
23 Aug - 31 Aug 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
30 Aug - 07 Sep 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
06 Sep - 14 Sep 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
13 Sep - 21 Sep 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
20 Sep - 28 Sep 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
27 Sep - 05 Oct 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
04 Oct - 12 Oct 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
11 Oct - 19 Oct 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
18 Oct - 26 Oct 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
01 Nov - 09 Nov 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092
20 Dec - 28 Dec 20% off
AUD $5,985
AUD $4,788
AUD $7,615
AUD $6,092

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre-Tour Accommodation - Istanbul
AUD $265
AUD $475
Post-Tour Accommodation - Istanbul
AUD $265
AUD $475

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul - Piyalepasa, Istanbul

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

This impressive 5-star hotel is located in the upmarket Beyoglu district of Istanbul and a free shuttle is provided to the city centre, home to the Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, and Hagia Sofia, amongst other attractions. Rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton are elegant and modern, with floor-to-ceiling windows, ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning and a flatscreen TV. Some rooms feature a balcony. There is free Wi-Fi at the property and amenities include an indoor pool with whirlpool, fitness centre and sun terrace. There are two onsite restaurants and a daily breakfast buffet.

Kolin Hotel, Canakkale

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Looking out across the Dardanelles, the modern and bright Kolin Hotel offers well appointed rooms with hard wood flooring and tasteful decor. The hotel also boasts a luxury spa, wellness centre and a number of mouth watering restaurants all set within perfectly manicured lawns. Sipping a sundowner on the roof bar, overlooking the beautiful strait, is the perfect way to end the day. The hotel is located on the water’s edge a short drive from the town centre with beautiful views out to sea.

Charisma Hotel, Kusadasi

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The Charisma is a modern and elegant hotel with spacious rooms. The rooms are equipped with jacuzzi, LCD screen television, split air conditioning, mini-bar, electronic safe box, hairdryer and free internet connection. Towering over the Aegean Sea's outstanding view, the Hotel is just 15 minutes by walk from Kuşadası's shopping and entertainment area.

Adempira Termal & Spa Hotel, Pamukkale

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Adempira Termal & Spa Hotel is ideally located just a short drive from the Pamukkale Travertines surrounded by mountains. Guest rooms are modern and comfortable equipped with private bathrooms, air conditioning and satellite tv channels. There is a restaurant and bar onsite offering Turkish and international cuisine. The hotel features a Thermal Pool, Outdoor Swimming Pool, 2 Red Thermal Pools, Turkish bath and sauna as well as an array of luxurious spa treatments to indulge in after a day of sightseeing.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Istanbul
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 28
Hotel Rating
4-5 star
Tour Guide
Yes, for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 8, Dinner: 5
Countries
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes - from IST or Sabiha
Dep. Transfer
Yes, to Istanbul Airport at 9am & 1pm on day 9
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul
Pillars on a cliff in Canakkale
View of Kusadasi from across the water
View of Kusadasi from across the water
View of Kusadasi from across the water
The salt encrusted pools at Pamukkale
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul
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