Seven Churches of Asia Minor
History and Religious Studies Tour
7 days/6 nights from only £389pp
Uncover the secrets of the Seven Churches of Revelation on this fascinating cultural tour around the Western Aegean. Visit the important religious sites and discover the social and religious context of this controversioal and mysterious book.
|Day 1||Flight from UK to Izmir||Transfer to hotel in Izmir||Free time to explore the town.|
|Day 2||Morning visit to the ancient site of Smyna (Izmir) and the Church of St.Polycarp||Continue to Pergamon to visit the Church of Pergamon – the Red Court & Acropolis||Overnight in Pergamon or Dikili|
|Day 3||Morning visit to Thyatira – the site of the one of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor||Continue to site at Sardis – the ancient capital of Lydia and then journey to Philadelphia. Finish the day at Pamukkale to see the breath-taking cliff pools||Overnight in Pamukkale|
|Day 4||Morning visit to the ancient ruins of Hierapolis before continuing to Laodicea Ad Lycum||Afterwards drive to Kusadarsi||Overnight in Kusadarsi|
|Day 5||Morning visit to the site of ancient Ephesus perhaps the most important of the Churches||Time to explore the Library of Celsus – St.John’s Basilica and the House of Virgin Mary||Overnight in Kusadarsi|
|Day 6||After days of exploring today is a day to relax and enjoy the sights of Kusadarsi||Overnight in Kuşadası|
|Day 7||Check out of your accommodation||Transfer to the airpor for your return flight to the UK|
Feel free to contact us to tailor your own tour. 0845 200 0030
This is the ruins of the Ancient City of Smyrna located within what is modern day Izmir on the Aegean Sea. It was an important port and trading route.
Church of St Polycarp
The oldest Church in Izmir. It is one of the Seven Churches of Asia mentioned in revelations as the church ‘that would suffer persecution’ (Revelation 2:8-11).
Pergamon and the Red Court & Accropolis
The Christian community living in Pergamon are referenced in Revelations as being the ‘Church that needed to Repent’ (Revelation 2:12-17). The Red Court is one of the largest structures still standing that was built by Ancient Rome.
According to the book of Revelations the church of Thyatira was the church that had a false prophetess (Revelation 2:18-29). There false prophetess encouraged the Christians to commit sexual immorality.
Of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor this is one of only two (the other being Smyrna) who received praise. In Revelations they are referred to as ‘the church that had endured patiently’ (Revelation 3:7-13).
This is a UNESCo World Heritage site and the Hot Springs here have been used as a spa since 2Centuary BCE. The entire site is now protected and it is an archaeological museum.
Laodicea Ad Lycum
Described in Revelations as being the church with the lukewarm faith (Revelation 3:14-22). The town had a large Jewish population which may help to explain why a large Christian community was established there.
Within Revelations the Church in Ephesus is the church that had forsaken its first love (Revelation 2:1-7). The great library here was an ancient seat of learning and during its history as a living city it was considered to be of vital importance.
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✓ Return scheduled flights
✓ Accommodation on a b&b basis
✓ Multi-bedded rooms for students
✓ Single/twin rooms for leaders
✓ Free itinerary planning and visits booking service
✓ Comprehensive travel pack
✓ 1:15 leader place ratio