Seven Churches of Asia - Turkey

Led by the Rev Agatha Arthur-Bossoh

Saturday 21st - Saturday 28th September 2019

Dear Friend

I am delighted to welcome you on our trip to the geographical, historical, biblical and archaeological Seven Churches of Revelation of the ancient Asia Minor, now modern-day Turkey; from Saturday 21st - Saturday 28th September 2019.

For many Bible believing Christians, visiting these ancient Churches cements their faith even more in relation to the fulfilment of Bible prophecies.

This is not a vacation nor a holiday, but a time of spiritual awareness growth and educational experience.

The aim for our trip is to learn and experience the places named in our bible, to walk where Apostle Paul and the disciples walked with the Bible as our guide book.

When we have stood together in the ruins of the ancient Seven Churches, where riots broke out against Paul, where he taught and brought divine revelation of the light of the Gospel to a world so dark, surely, we will come back home with a new grasp of the bible and an added dimension to our faith.

Check your calendar to see if you can join us in this wonderful experience.

God bless you even as you come on this tour.

Reverend Mrs Agatha A-Bossoh (0208 680 3178 / 07803 752 158)

Seven Churches of Asia - Turkey

Day 1 - Saturday
We depart from London Gatwick for Izmir airport and then transfer to our hotel in Izmir (Smyrna), for dinner and overnight.

Day 2 - Sunday
We spend the morning sightseeing in Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city, and visit the church of St Polycarp, the Izmir Archaeological Museum and the Ancient Agora.
In the afternoon we have free time to relax, take a trip to the harbour or do some shopping.
Dinner and overnight in Izmir.

Day 3 - Monday
Travel by coach 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. In the afternoon we travel to Akhisar (Thyatira), with its remains of a basilica, some Roman archaeological fragments and some Christian remains.
Dinner and overnight in Izmir.

Day 4 - Tuesday
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 5 - Wednesday
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.
Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 6 - Thursday
Today 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 7 - Friday
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.
Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 8 - Saturday
Transfer to the airport for our return flight to London Gatwick.

Itinerary subject to change

Full price £1350 per person

What the price includes

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Izmir (Details of flight numbers and times have not yet been finalised)
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels in twin bedded rooms with private facilities on half board basis
  • Transfer of passengers and baggage
  • Sightseeing as in itinerary
  • Services of a fully qualified English speaking guides
  • Travel by air-conditioned coaches
  • Entrance fees, gratuities, service charges and porterage
  • Airport taxes
  • ATOL Protection Contribution*

Not included in the price

  • Travel from you home to UK airport
  • Items of a personal nature including drinks with meals
  • Single supplement £240 per person
  • Travel insurance (see below)
  • Visa for Turkey, obtained online prior to travel - US$ 20 as at June 2018

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.

General Information

Fitness
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.

Your protection
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.

Travel Advice
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.

Travel Information
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.

Travel Insurance
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.

Gratuities
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 June 2018



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“Our trip with you all was so wonderful, and is a memory that we will treasure forever, and from the bottom of our hearts we thank you for the privilege.”

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