ISTANBUL – EPHESUS – LAODICEA – HIERAPOLIS – PHILADELPHIA – SARDIS – SMYRNA – PERGAMUM – THYATIRA – ATHENS - CORINTH DAY 1: ISTANBUL ARRIVAL Upon our arrival at Istanbul Airport our representative will meet us and assist in our transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay. (D) DAY 2: ISTANBUL CITY TOUR Today we will enjoy a full   day   tour of Istanbul including the Topkapi   Palace,   Sultan   Ahmed   (Blue)   Mosque ,   St.   Sofia, Hippodrome and the Obelisk brought from Egypt . Try Aristotle Travel is a tour operator specializing in biblical and christian tours, student groups travel, cruises to Greece.    
 




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Seven Churches of the Book of Revelation in Asia Minor and Greece (9 days) - FOR GROUPS ONLY

Seven Churches of the Book of Revelation in Asia Minor and Greece (9 days) - FOR GROUPS ONLY

  ISTANBULEPHESUSLAODICEAHIERAPOLISPHILADELPHIASARDISSMYRNAPERGAMUM – THYATIRA – ATHENS - CORINTH

DAY 1: ISTANBUL ARRIVAL
Upon our arrival at Istanbul Airport our representative will meet us and assist in our transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay. (D)

DAY 2: ISTANBUL CITY TOUR
Today we will enjoy a full  day  tour of Istanbul including the Topkapi  Palace,  Sultan  Ahmed  (Blue)  Mosque,  St.  Sofia, Hippodrome and the Obelisk brought from
Egypt. Try out your bargaining abilities in the Grand (covered) Bazaar. Dinner and overnight at hotel.(B -D)

DAY 3:
ISTANBUL - IZMIR - EPHESUS - KUSADASI
We will transfer with our representative to Istanbul Airport for our departure flight to Izmir. Upon our arrival at Izmir Airport we will begin our full day tour to the ancient city of Ephesus, where Paul worked and preached for three years. We will see the famous Diana's temple with the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the theater. Visit the Archaeological Museum and  the Basilica of Saint John followed by free time for shopping in the bazaar. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kusadasi. (B -D)

DAY 4: KUSADASI-APHRODISIAS-LAODICEA-PAMUKKALE
This morning we will drive to Aphrodisias to visit the 30,000-capacity ancient stadium, the Odeon, the Temple of Aphrodite, Hadrian's Bath and the Bishop's Palace. We will have a Short stop in Laodicea (Denizli), before we continue to the city of Hierapolis (now Pamukkale), with its white 'cotton fortress' ,to visit the Gate of Domitian, the Arcadian Way, the 2nd century A.D. theatre, the Nymphaion, the Temple of Apollo, the Plutonium and the Necropolis. We have the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely bath in the hotel's hot-spring pool followed by dinner and overnight stay. (B -D)

DAY 5: PAMUKKALE-PHILADELPHIA-SARDIS-IZMIR
In the morning we will drive to
Philadelphia to see the remains of a Byzantine basilica. We will then depart  to Sardis (Sart), the capital of the ancient  Lydian Kingdom of  the  6th century B.C. to visit the great Temple of Artemis, the Temple of Cybele, ancient  Lydian houses, and  the  restored  gymnasium and  reconstructed  synagogue. We will also see the remains of the royal Persian Road from Susa to Sardis and the 'golden' river Pactolos. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Izmir. (B -D)

DAY 6:
IZMIR - PERGAMUM - THYATIRA- KUSADASI
In the morning we depart from Izmir for Pergamum (Bergama), where we explore the impressive Acropolis, the Asklepieion, the Altar of Zeus, the marble columns of the Temple of Trajan. We also visit the Red Basilica (St. John's Church), then continue on to Thyatira (now Akhisar), famous for purple dyes!. We then drive to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight at hotel. (B -D)

DAY 7: KUSADASI-SAMOS ISLAND-ATHENS
In the early morning our representative will assist in our transfer to Kusadasi port for the ferry crossing to the Greek island of Samos. Upon arrival we will receive assistance in our transfer to Samos Airport for our flight to Athens. Our representative will welcome us at the airport and assist in our transfer to the hotel. We enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Athens. (B -D)

DAY 8:  
ATHENS - ANCIENT CORINTH-ATHENS
Our morning excursion out of Athens takes us by the Saronic Gulf via the historic Corinthian Canal (quick stop for photos) to ancient Corinth (Acts 18:1-18). It was to this megalopolis where the apostle Paul came and worked, established a thriving church, subsequently sending two of his epistles now part of the New Testament.  Here, see all of the sites associated with his ministry: the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, the Roman Odeon, the Bema and Gallio’s Seat.  The small archaeological museum here is an absolute must! We visit Lechaion and also see the ruins of early Christian 5th century basilica at the ancient port of Cenchreae before returning  to Athens (Acts 17:15) to visit the marble-capped Acropolis  and  the famous Parthenon and the Erechtheion.    We will then walk to nearby Mars' Hill (or Areopagus) (Acts 17:22) where the Apostle Paul delivered his well-known sermon. Our tour continues with the highlights of modern Athens: we pass by the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Parliament House, Presidential Palace, Panathenian Stadium, Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Academy, the University and the National Library. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Athens. (B -D)

DAY 9:  DEPARTURE FROM ATHENS
We will meet our representative who will assist in our transfer to Athens Airport for our departure flight. (B)

*B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner.

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