Meet and continue to Ephesos (Efes), visit the old Greco-Roman city of Ephesus, most important of the “Seven Churches of Revelation” in Asia Minor where St. John brought Mary in fulfillment of his pledge to Jesus to protect her, and last abode of Virgin Mary at Mount Solmissos where she is believed to have taken into heaven.
After lunch, continue to Laodicea (Denizli), a crossroads of the ancient world. Dinner at hotel and overnight in Pamukkale(Hierapolis).
Departure after breakfast and visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, home of Philip the Evangelist. Proceed to Philadelphia(Alaşehir), the youngest of the Seven Churches of Revelation, visiting the still standing remains of an early church and the city walls. Lunch on the way.
Afternoon visit to the ruins of the church at Sardis (Salihli), the ancient Lydian capital holding an important place in mythology.
Evening arrival at Thyatira (Akhisar), one of the principal towns where Christianity was spread from and visit the ruins of the church.
Late evening drive to Pergamon. Dinner at hotel and overnight in Pergamum.
Departure after breakfast and visit Pergamon (Bergama), the place where St. John wrote to the church of Pergamon “Satan’ s throne is sited”. The impressive structures dating back to 339 BC.
Pergamon was a health center where methods of treatment such as therapy with music and water, meditation and blood transfusion were first used.
After lunch, drive to Smyrna (İzmir), recipient of a letter from St. Paul praising the early believers for their faithfulness. Visit to St. Polycarp Church. After a short city tour, evening flight or night bus from İzmir to İstanbul.