Explore ancient history with our Private Seven Churches Tour Package from Izmir! Discover the spiritual legacy in a 2-night, 3-day journey through significant biblical sites.
Places to Visit: Pergamon, Ephesus, Pamukkale.
Explore Sacred History: 2 Nights, 3 Days Seven Churches Tour from Izmir
Indulge in a spiritual quest across ancient lands with our exclusive private tour, delving into the profound heritage of the Seven Churches. Join us on a transformative journey through time and faith, discovering the essence of history and spirituality in just 3 unforgettable days from Izmir.
Day 1: Unearthing Pergamon and Thyateira
Embark on your journey with a picturesque 1.30-hour drive from Izmir to Pergamon, an archaeological treasure trove brimming with history. Dive into the rich cultural tapestry of this ancient city, once the zenith of the East Roman Empire. Highlights encompass the Library, Anatolia's steepest theatre, the Temple of Trojan and Dionysos, and the grand Altar of Zeus.
Following a delightful lunch featuring Turkish delicacies, our expedition proceeds to Asclepion, the ancient medical center devoted to Asclepios, the God of Health. Our exploration then extends to the enigmatic Red Basilica (St. John’s Church) and the intriguing city of Thyatira, now known as Akhisar. Renowned for its purple dyes, Thyatira's vestiges offer glimpses into its vibrant historical past.
Returning to Izmir, check into your hotel, allowing time to reflect on the day's discoveries and eagerly anticipate the forthcoming spiritual journey.
Day 2: Expedition to Ephesus and Pamukkale
Commence your day with a hearty breakfast, initiating a captivating private tour to Ephesus, a paramount Greco-Roman city of ancient times. Immerse yourself in history at the Temple of Hadrian, Domitian's Temple, Hercules Gate, the renowned Celsus Library, and the awe-inspiring Great Theater, among other Roman marvels. Additionally, visit the House of the Virgin Mary, believed to be her final dwelling, sanctified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006.
Relish the flavors of traditional Turkish cuisine during a delightful break, indulging in delectable and wholesome dishes. The journey continues to the Basilica of St. John (St. Jean Aniti), a monumental church constructed by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century atop the presumed burial site of St. John, the apostle, evangelist, and prophet.
Post-Ephesus exploration, venture to Pamukkale, settling into your hotel and preparing for further discoveries and marvels on this enthralling journey.
Day 3: Revelation of Ancient Mysteries - Pamukkale, Laodicea, Sardis, and Philadelphia Tour
Awaken to a new day and bid adieu to your hotel after a satisfying breakfast. Initiate the day's adventure with a trip to Laodicea, an ancient city at the crossroads of trade and prosperity in Asia Minor. Once a bustling commercial center renowned for its sought-after black wool and esteemed medical school, it now boasts well-preserved ruins, testament to its former grandeur.
Embark on a historical odyssey as you explore the Necropolis, Roman Bath, Domitian Gate, Main Street, and Byzantium Gate at Hierapolis, near Pamukkale. Witness the mesmerizing natural terraces sculpted by calcium-rich warm waters cascading down the slopes, creating the ethereal Pamukkale, or "cotton castle." Enjoy a dip in the warm thermal pools and, if desired, swim in the Ancient Pool (Cleopatra's Pool) to connect with remnants of the past.
Continue your pilgrimage to Alasehir, home to the ancient Philadelphia Church, followed by a sojourn to Sardis, the former Lydian capital. Explore the Church of Sardes, steeped in historical and religious significance.
As the day draws to a close, return to your Pamukkale hotel or opt for convenient transfer to Denizli or Izmir Airport, reflecting on the profound insights and discoveries from this day's expedition.
- Expert English-speaking tour guide throughout the tour
- Comfortable transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
- Transfer from Izmir Airport (ADB) to your hotel and from Pamukkale to Izmir Airport (ADB) or Denizli Airport (DEN)
- 3 delightful lunches during day tours
- 2 satisfying breakfasts provided at the hotels
- Accommodation for 2 nights in esteemed 4-star hotels
- 1 night stay in Izmir with Bed and Breakfast
- 1 night stay in Pamukkale with Bed & Breakfast
- Gratuities for the guide and driver
- Beverages during day tours where lunch is included
Pick-up and Drop-off Details
- Pick-up and drop-off services available from Izmir.