I am delighted to invite you to prayerfully consider joining this trip to the Seven Churches of Revelation - Turkey. We welcome people from ALL churches.
Our Pilgrimage takes you through the missionary tours of the bible, and in the footsteps of Apostle Paul. On this trip we shall visit and walk in the places where Apostle Paul and the disciples walked. The Bible will be our guide book as we stand in the ruins of the ancient Seven Churches; recall the teachings and divine revelations of and the riots which broke out against Apostle Paul. The stories of scripture will come alive for you afresh. You will have an unforgettable experience that will encourage and build your faith, as well as wonderful times of great friendship, fellowship and food together.
Come and join us on this exciting and invigorating tour. You will live to remember it for life!
Day 1 - Sunday
We depart from London Airport for Izmir airport and then transfer to our hotel in Izmir (Smyrna), for dinner and overnight.
Day 2 - Monday
IZMIR - BERGAMA
We spend the morning sightseeing in Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city, and visit the church of St Polycarp (if we take permit), and the Ancient Agora (the ruins of ancient Smyrna, one of the Seven Churches) before continuing to Bergama (Pergamum), one of the most impressive classical sites in Turkey, a city which once rivaled Alexandria and Antioch as a centre for the arts and sciences. Of particular interest is the Asclepieon, one of the foremost medical centres of the ancient world - a huge complex that includes temples, treatment rooms, pools, a sacred spring, a library and even a theatre for entertainment.
Dinner and overnight in Bergama.
Day 3 - Tuesday
BERGMA - SARDIS - PAMUKKALE
In the morning we travel to Akhisar (Thyatira), with its remains of a basilica, some Roman archaeological fragments and some Christian remains.
Travel to Sart (Sardis), the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Lydia set in the crumbling mountains. We view the Temple of Artemis, with the largest Ionic columns in the Greek world, Lydian houses, a Byzantine church and a reconstructed synagogue. Continue to Alasehir (Philadelphia), with its numerous remains of early Christian churches. Then to Pamukkale, one of the most spectacular natural wonders of Turkey, where thermal spring waters have carved a dazzling white petrified cascade of basins, cataracts and stalactites.
Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 4 - Wednesday
PAMUKKALE - KUSADASI
We visit the Necropolis at Hierapolis, then drive to Laodicea on the south bank of the River Lyros, whose sights included temples, a fountain, a theatre, Odean gymnasium, aqueduct and sarcophagi. Visit to Colossae and then continue to Kusadasi on the Aegean coast. Stop at Leather Outlet for fashion show and shopping time.
Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5 - Thursday
KUSADASI - PATMOS - KUSADASI
We take a boat to the island of Patmos where St John the Divine wrote the Book of Revelation. Visit the Cave, the Monastery and the Treasury, with light lunch provided and a chance to survey the landscape.
Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 6 - Friday
KUSADASI - EPHESUS - ISTANBUL
Travel by coach to Efes (Ephesus), visiting St John’s church, including the Temple of Artemus, the Gladiators graveyard, House of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus itself and the museum. Ephesus is one of the world’s most impressive sites. Once the Roman capital of Asia, it was here that Mark • Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession, St Paul came at the dawn • of Christianity and the followers of • Artemis rioted in protest. It is said that Mary, the mother of Jesus, spent her last days nearby. Then transfer to Izmir Airport for domestic flight to Istanbul.
Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 7 - Saturday
In the morning, we will embark on a cruise of the Bosphorus, the winding straight that separates Europe and Asia and connects the Black Sea with the inland Sea of Marmara. We will visit Beylerbeyi Palace, Next, we will enjoy impressive views from Camlica Hill. At 268 meters above sea level, it is the highest point in Istanbul, offering panoramic views of the surrounding area. From the top, we can see the Bosphorus Bridge, the Eminonu Peninsula, the Sea of Marmara, and the Princes’ Island.
Then, we will drive across the bridge back to Europe and return to our hotel.
Dinner and Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 8 - Sunday
Free morning. Transfer to the airport for our return flight to London.
Itinerary subject to change
Full price £1465 per person
What the price includes
Not included in the price
Please note that the cost of the tour may be subject to surcharges - please see the booking conditions. Currency exchange rates used £1 = € 1.1005 as published in the Financial Times on 14th August 2017.
* APC (ATOL Protection Contribution) provides passenger protection via the ATTF (Air Travel Trust Fund). For further information visit www.caa.co.uk
HOW TO BOOK
Either click 'Book' at the bottom of this page or download, complete and return the booking form to:
Worldwide Christian Travel 36 Coldharbour Road, Bristol, BS6 7NA UK
Tel: 0845 458 8308
Worldwide Christian Travel has been organising Christian holidays and tours, mainly to the Holy Land, for over 50 years. We cover all aspects of travel and are one of the most comprehensive Christian travel organisers in the country. Worldwide Christian Travel is a trading name of Hadler Tours Limited.
People of all ages are welcome, but, whatever your age, we must insist on a reasonable level of fitness. A number of sites involve rough walking.
Hadler Tours Limited is a member of ABTA with membership numbers 93522 & V2096. ABTA and ABTA Members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration scheme available to you or if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 68-71 Newman Street London W1T 3AH Tel: 020 7637 2444 or visit www.abta.com.
All monies paid by you for the air holiday package shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 3078. For more information see our booking terms and conditions.
Passports, Visas and Vaccinations
Travellers are responsible for ensuring that they have a valid passport for travel to the relevant countries and that it is valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. A Visa is required for British Passport holders visiting Turkey which can be obtained prior to travel. At the time this brochure went to press no vaccinations or inoculations are required for travel but you may wish to consult your own doctor for advice concerning this. If you have any queries regarding the above, we will be happy to help.
For the latest travel advice please visit www.fco.gov.uk or call 0870 606 0290.
Further Information And Paying The Balance
Further information will be sent to you regarding any action that may be required approximately 10 weeks before departure. A final invoice will also be sent at this time and the balance for the tour must be paid at least 8 weeks before departure.
Full travel information, including details of meeting points, flight times, accommodation and travel information, will be sent to you approximately 2 weeks before departure. Normally, tickets are not issued but are handed to you at the airport or departure point by our representative who will be there to ensure that you depart without a hitch and to deal with any last minute difficulties.
It is compulsory to have travel insurance for your booking. Holiday Extras have a range of policies available at very competitive prices. You can obtain a quote online by clicking here or alternatively you can call 0871 360 2742 and quote ABTA number 93522.
Our normal procedure is to deal with tips on a group basis and these are included in the price. The tour leader will distribute them to the guide, driver and hotels on your behalf. Individual tipping is not recommended unless the circumstances are exceptional.
Room Check In and Check Out Times
The standard international practice is to let rooms from midday to midday. However times do vary. Check-in times are usually between 2pm and 3pm, check-out times between 11am and 12 noon on the day of departure. Therefore, if you check-in immediately after a night flight this would normally count as one night’s accommodation. Similarly if your return flight is at night you will normally be required to vacate your room at 12 noon prior to leaving for the airport. Day rooms are subject to availability/cost and should be arranged locally with the accommodation management.
Page published August 2018
“My wife and I have just returned from the Mothers Union Pilgrimage to the Holy Land led by Jennie and Malcolm Jones. The hotel, guide, itinerary and leadership were excellent, making it 7 unforgettable days. Many thanks to all involved. ”