The Seven Churches of Revelation, also known as The Seven Churches of the Apocalypse and The Seven Churches of Asia (referring to the Roman province of Asia, not the entire continent), are seven major churches of Early Christianity, as mentioned in the New Testament Book of Revelation and written to by John the Apostle. All seven sites are in modern-day Turkey and no longer have significant Christian populations because the majority of the Greek population had been deported under the Convention Concerning the Exchange of Greek and Turkish Populations signed by Greece and Turkey .
While on exile on the Greek island of Patmos , the Apostle John was instructed by Jesus Christ to: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamon, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
"Churches" in this context refers to the community of Christians living in each city, and not merely to the building or buildings in which they gathered for worship.
During this short program, you will have the chance to discover these places.
This is a program that can easily be fit into any of our cultural tours in Turkey .
Day 1 (Monday) ARRIVAL – IZMIR
Upon our arrival at Izmir Airport or Kusadasi Port or Cesme Port, our driver will meet you with your name sign and assist and transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Izmir. (D)
Day 2 (Tuesday) PERGAMON – THYATIRA – IZMIR
After breakfast we drive to Pergamum, actually called Bergama. It is one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 2:12]. Here we explore the impressive Acropolis, the steepest theatre in the world, the Asklepieion, famous medical centre of classical times, see the Altar of Zeus which is mentioned as the «Throne of Satan» in the book of Revelation, the marble columns of the Temple of Trajan and the Library which was foremost in the world and was long a rival of the equally famous Library of Alexandria in Egypt. Its wealth of volumes was estimated at over 200,000. It inspired the invention of parchment.
We also visit the Red Basilica (St. John's Church). Then we continue our visit to Thyatira, now called Akhisar, another one of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 2:18-24; Acts 16:14]. It was a city famous for purple dyes. We visit the remains of a basilica and some architectural fragments from the Roman period. Lydia, the seller of purple in Philippi, was from Thyatira.
Before arrive our hotel, we enjoy a panoramic ride of Smyrna, the third largest city in Turkey and one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 2:12-17]. Smyrnas is a city scarred with a bloody history of trade and warfare. We ascend to Mount Pagus where we visit the Citadel of Lysimachos, commander of Alexander the Great, erected in the 4th century BC. We will also see the Clock Tower.
Dinner and overnight in Izmir. (B+D)
Day 3 (Wednesday) IZMIR – SARDIS – PHILADELPHIA – LAODICEA – HIERAPOLIS
Today we depart early in the morning to one of the most picturesque areas of any of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 3:1-4], Sardis, presently Sart. This was the capital of the ancient Lydian kingdom of the 6th century BC, portrayed as a dying church. We visit the great Temple of Artemis and the Temple of Cybele, which became a Byzantine Church. We will also visit the restored gymnasium and reconstructed Synagogue. We also see the last several meters of the royal Persian Road from Susa to Sardis built by Cyrus the Great and the «golden» river Pactolos. Lunch en route.
Then we continue our journey to Philadelphia, nowadays called Alasehir, another church of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 3:7], and the only church not censured. There we see the remains of a Byzantine basilica built of brick, with a bit of high arch and some 11th century frescoes. We drive to the healing city of Hierapolis, actually Pamukkale, the white «cotton fortress» where hot mineral water bursts from the earth and cascades over steep cliffs forming pools, channels and stalactites. The therapeutic waters were known to the founders of Hierapolis and of Laodicea in 190 BC. In Hierapolis [Col. 4:13] we visit the Martyrium of the Apostle Philip where he was martyred during the persecutions ordered by Domitian. Proceed to Laodicea (present name Denizli) yet another of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor [Rev. 1:11; 3:14; Col. 2:1; 4:13-16]. We see the ancient theatre, the remains of basilica and ancient stone water pipes.
We visit the Gate of Domitian, the Arcadian Way, the 2nd century AD Theatre, the Nymphaion, the Temple of Apollo, the Plutonium and the Necropolis. Check in at hotel for dinner in a Thermal Hotel.
Overnight Pamukkale (B+D)
Day 4 (Thursday) EPHESUS – KUSADASI
Drive to Ephesus. Upon arrival visit to the ancient city of Ephesus including the Basilica of St. John. The Apostle Paul preached to the Ephesians and lived here for three years. This church also received an epistle from him. We tour the spectacular ruins where excavations still continue in this once great and important city, which was founded in the 10th century BC.
Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the Theatre. The Temple of Diana of the Ephesians, another of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was built in this city. We visit the Basilica of St. John. Visit The House of Virgin Mary before drive to Kusadasi
Overnight in Kusadasi (B+D)
Day 5 (Friday) END OF OUR SERVICE
After breakfast pick up from hotel and transfer to Izmir Airport or Kusadasi Port.
Thanks for choosing Anker Travel. (B)
If you would like to spend a few days more to explore Kusadasi or Izmir (not included in the program) can be organized upon request.
Highlights; Izmir – Smyrna – Pergamum – Thyatira – Sardis – Philadelphia – Laodicea – Hierapolis – Ephesus – Izmir
The price quoted is for one person in a double/triple room.
Single Suplement is 80€
Per Personin Double Room
The prices in Turkish Liras have been calculated according to the exchange rate of Central Bank. The rates can change depending on the rate of the payment day.
Please contact us for the group prices.
- Accommodation in 4 star hotels
- 4 X breakfasts & 4 X dinners
- All sightseeing & entrance fees
- English-speaking Bible Oriented professional Guide
- Private arrival & departure transfers
- A/C transportation
- Parking, high-way fees
- International/Domestic Flight/ferry Tickets
- Drinks and other personal expenses
- Visa fee to enter Turkey, if applicable
- Tips to driver and tour guide
- Any other service which has not been stated as included above.
- Compulsory Travel Insurance
- Suggested optional activities
- Overnight Tax