A Tour of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor and Istanbul

200622- 9 Day Tour of Turkey – Hosted by Dr. & Mrs. John W. Coker, Jr.

$300.00$642.00

9 Day Tour – June 22-30, 2020

$4,179.00 Per Person Based on Double Occupancy

from Raleigh, NC

Of Turkey, it is said that over fifty percent of the places mentioned in the Bible are in this incredible country. Some speak of Turkey as the “Second Holy Land!”

Our 2020 tour will be an exciting and powerful spiritual pilgrimage. You will visit the sites of the “Seven Churches of Asia Minor,” referenced in Revelation 1-3. You will walk in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul. In Istanbul, you will visit the Basilica of St. Sophia. You will tour Topkapi Palace, home to the great Sultans. And then for a panoramic view of this extraordinary city, you will cruise the Bosphorus, the winding straight that separates Europe and Asia and connects the Black Sea with the inland Sea of Marmara.

We have visited this part of the world on a number of occasions. Our understanding of Scripture and our faith have been strengthened and we look forward to returning. We hope you will travel with us on this dramatic journey!

Jay and Sharon Coker

 

Description

Destination: Turkey

Highlights: Hellenistic City of Pergamum, Agora, Church in Philadelphia, Sardis, Colossea, Laodicea, Basilica of St. John, Topkapi Palace, Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Cruise, St. Sophia Museum 

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Inclusions

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Current round trip economy air fare from Raleigh to Izmir, Turkey, returning from Istanbul via United Airlines & Turkish Air

Current airport fuel surcharges, departure taxes, customs & security fees

Turkish visa

Superior first-class & deluxe (4 & 5 star) hotel accommodations throughout 7 nights

Izmir                  2 Nights       Movenpick
Pamukkale     1 Night         Doga Thermal
Kusadasi          2 Nights       Charisma Hotel
Istanbul            2 Nights       The Titanic City

Breakfast and dinner daily (coffee and tea included with breakfast)

A special farewell dinner

Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary by private deluxe motor coach with qualified driver and English-speaking, licensed guide, who meets you upon arrival into Izmir (as per itinerary) and stays with the group throughout until returning you to the airport for your flight to USA

Entrance fees to all archaeological sites and museums

A cruise of the Bosphorus by private boat

 

V.A.T. service charges at the hotels and restaurants

All transfers and porterage (one suitcase per person)

All tipping to hotel and restaurant personnel, porters, drivers, and guides

Wilcox World Travel and Tours flight bag

 


NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Single room supplement $375.00

Baggage fee on the outbound and return domestic flights

Insurance: Travel, baggage, trip cancellation, etc…

Passports

Beverages with meals

Lunches

Personal items and immunizations

Itinerary

DAY 1 – MON. JUNE 22 – DEPART FROM USA
Today, we depart for an exciting place in the world—a place of tremendous biblical and historical significance. Our destination…Izmir, Turkey!

DAY 2 – TUE. JUNE 23 – ARRIVE IZMIR, TURKEY
Welcome to Turkey — a land of minarets, ancient civilizations, and modern bustling cities! Upon arrival into Istanbul, following passport and visa control, we board our connecting flight for Izmir. In Izmir, we claim our bags and meet our tour guide at the international arrivals terminal. We then make our way to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)

DAY 3 – WED. JUNE 24 – PERGAMUM
After breakfast, we depart Izmir for the drive to Bergama to visit the Acropolis of the Hellenistic City of Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17) . Sites at the Acropolis include the Altar of Zeus and the temples of Athena, Trajan and Dionysus. We will see the magnificent 10,000 seat theatre from the staircase leading from the Temple of Athena. The next stop is the Asklepion, the ancient medical center where the first psychological treatment was used. On our return to Izmir (Smyrna – Revelation 2:8-11), we will visit the restored Agora of the Roman city. Then, back to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

DAY 4 – THU. JUNE 25 – SARDIS / PHILADELPHIA
Today we travel to historic Alasehir to view the remains of the Church in Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13). We then drive to the ancient city of Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6) to see the restored façade of the gymnasium, the Roman synagogue, the ancient remains of the Temple of Artemis, and the church. In Pamukkale we will have dinner and overnight. (B, D)

DAY 5 – FRI. JUNE 26 – PAMUKKALE
Following breakfast, we travel to the ancient cities of Colossea and Laodicea where the Apostle John chastised the inhabitants for being “lukewarm” (Revelation 3:14-22). We then view the ruins of Hierapolis, an important seat for early Christians. We drive to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight at our hotel on the shore of the Aegean Sea. (B, D)

DAY 6 – SAT. JUNE 27 – EPHESUS
This morning the coach takes us to the town of Selcuk to visit the remains of the ancient city of Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7). We visit the temples of Hadrian and Domition. We explore the Library of Celsus and the large theatre with a capacity of 24,000 spectators. We then continue our tour with a visit to Mother Mary’s last home—a visit to the chapel erected at the traditional site where the Virgin Mary spent the last days of her life. We make our way to the Basilica of St. John. We then return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

DAY 7 – SUN. JUNE 28 – IZMIR / ISTANBUL
After breakfast, we fly to Istanbul from the Izmir airport. Upon arrival in Istanbul, we visit the Roman Hippodrome where chariot races and competitive athletic events took place during the Roman period. We then enter the Blue Mosque, a 17th-century Ottoman mosque famous for its six minarets and magnificent interior with blue tiles. Afterwards, we tour Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman sultans. This palace houses the richness of 700 years. Its treasures include the crown jewels and a unique collection of Chinese porcelains. Then, on to Dolmabahce Palace, another fitting symbol of the
magnificence and decadence of the 19th-century. The stunning interior décor of this palace is composed of French Baccarat crystals, rose and mahogany furniture, and massive hand-woven rugs. We then make our way to our hotel in Istanbul for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

DAY 8 – MON. JUNE 29 – ISTANBUL
Continuing with historical highlights of Istanbul, today we visit the famous Spice Market for a true taste of the culture of Istanbul. Afterwards we board a private boat for a cruise of the Bosphorus. As we cruise, we view both Europe and Asia with stops en route to take photos of the 15th-century Rumelihisar Fortress and summer palaces. Next we tour the Mosque of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. We visit St. Sophia Museum, the great Byzantine basilica built in the 6th century. We walk through The Grand Bazaar where we have many opportunities to shop for Turkish handmade crafts. Then, our Farewell Dinner served at the Hamdi Restaurant in Eminonu. We return to our hotel and prepare for departure to the USA on the next day. (B, D)

DAY 9 – TUE. JUNE 30 – RETURN FLIGHT TO THE USA
Today, we depart for the USA. After breakfast, our coach returns us to the Istanbul Grand Airport. There we begin our flight back to Raleigh/Durham or other city of origin. (B)

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