5 Day Biblical Asian Special Tour Izmir

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Highlights

Pergamon; Acropolis, Asklepion, Altar of Zeus, Temple of Trajan Horse, Temple of Hadrian, Red Basilica, St. Johns Church, Mount Pagus, Clock Tower, Pamukkale, Byzantine Church, River Pactolos, Philadelphia, Cotton Fortress, the Arcadian Way, Nymphaion and Asia Minor, Ephesus; Great Amphitheater, Marble Way and Library of Celcus, Temple of Artemis, Ephesus Ancient sites plus Virgin Mary House and the Temple of Diana of the Ephesians
 

Day 1 : Izmir - Arrival Day
Dinner Included Upon our arrival at Izmir airport or Kusadasi /Cesme Port, our guide will meet you with your name sign to assist you on your transfer to hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to Explore Izmir. Dinner and overnight in Izmir.
Day 2 : Pergamon - Thyatira - Izmir
Breakfast and Dinner Included After breakfast we drive to Pergamum, actually called Bergama. It is one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 2:12]. Here we explore the impressive Acropolis, the steepest theatre in the world, the Asklepion, famous medical centre of classical times, see the Altar of Zeus which is mentioned as the «Throne of Satan» in the book of Revelation, the marble columns of the Temple of Trajan and the Library which was foremost in the world and was long a rival of the equally famous Library of Alexandria in Egypt. Its wealth of volumes was estimated at over 200, 000. It inspired the invention of parchment.
We also visit the Red Basilica (St. Johns Church). Then we continue our visit to Thyatira, now called Akhisar, another one of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 2:18 - 24; Acts 16:14]. It was a city famous for purple dyes. We visit the remains of a basilica and some architectural fragments from the Roman period. Lydia, the seller of purple in Philippi, was from Thyatira.
We enjoy a panoramic ride of Smyrna, the third largest city in Turkey and one of the sites of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 2:12 - 17]. Smyrnas is a city scarred with a bloody history of trade and warfare. We ascend to Mount Pagus where we visit the Citadel of Lysimachos, commander of Alexander the Great, erected in the 4th century BC. We will also see the Clock Tower. Check in at the hotel for dinner and overnight in Izmir.
Day 3 : Izmir - Sardis - Philadelphia - Laodicea - Hierapolis
Breakfast and Dinner Included Today, after breakfast, we depart early in the morning to one of the most picturesque areas of any of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 3:1 - 4], Sardis, presently Sart. This was the capital of the ancient Lydian kingdom of the 6th century BC, portrayed as a dying church. We visit the great Temple of Artemis and the Temple of Cybele, which became a Byzantine Church. We will also visit the restored gymnasium and reconstructed Synagogue. We also see the last several meters of the royal Persian Road from Susa to Sardis built by Cyrus the Great and the «golden» river Pactolos. Lunch en route.
Then we continue our journey to Philadelphia, nowadays called Alasehir, another church of the Seven Churches of Asia [Rev. 1:11; 3:7], and the only church not censured. There we see the remains of a Byzantine basilica built of brick, with a bit of high arch and some 11th century frescoes. We drive to the healing city of Hierapolis, actually Pamukkale, the white «cotton fortress» where hot mineral water bursts from the earth and cascades over steep cliffs forming pools, channels and stalactites. The therapeutic waters were known to the founders of Hierapolis and of Laodicea in 190 BC. In Hierapolis [Col. 4:13] we visit the Martyrium of the Apostle Philip where he was martyred during the persecutions ordered by Domitian. Proceed to Laodicea (present name Denizli) yet another of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor [Rev. 1:11; 3:14; Col. 2:1; 4:13 - 16]. We see the ancient theatre, the remains of basilica and ancient stone water pipes.
We visit the Gate of Domitian, the Arcadian Way, the 2nd century AD Theatre, the Nymphaion, the Temple of Apollo, the Plutonium and the Necropolis. Check in at hotel for dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 4 : Ephesus - Kusadasi
Breakfast and Dinner Included After the breakfast, drive to Ephesus to visit the ancient city of Ephesus including the Basilica of St. John. The Apostle Paul preached to the Ephesians and lived here for three years. This church also received an epistle from him. We tour the spectacular ruins where excavations still continue in this once great and important city, which was founded in the 10th century BC. Temple of Artemis, Ephesus ancient sites and Virgin Mary.
Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the Theatre. The Temple of Diana of the Ephesians, another of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was built in this city. We visit the Basilica of St. John. Visit The House of Virgin Mary. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5 : Izmir - End of Tour
Breakfast Included After breakfast, we depart for Izmir airport for our return flight back to home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing TravelShop Turkey.

Includes

  • Professional English - speaking tour guides
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation in a fully air - conditioned, non - smoking coach
  • Guided Ephesus tour
  • 1 nights hotel in Pamukkale
  • Return airport transfer
  • Guided Philadelphia, Sardes and Smyrna tour
  • Guided Thyatira Pergamum Tour
  • 2 nights hotel in Izmir
  • 4 local dinners
  • 4 open buffet breakfasts
  • 1 night hotel in Kusadasi
  • Arrival airport transfer from Izmir airport
  • Guided Pisidian Antioch Laodicea and Hierapolis Pamukkale tour


Excludes

  • International flights
  • Insurance: All types
  • Turkey entry visa
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
  • City tax
  • Domestic flight from Izmir to Istanbul
  • Please Note: Domestic flight price for adult travelers is approximately Euros: 50,00 for one way and for under 2 years old, approximately Euros: 20,00 as an insurance policy.
  • Tipping

TRAVELSHOP TURKEY NEW TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
We would like to offer you our updated cancellation policies due to Corona Virus issue.

TravelShop Turkey and Murti’s Tour; cares for the well-being of its guests and its partners very much. As a company, we keep guests’ satisfaction, health & wealth as our priority.

In order to pre-book your tours and benefit from your bookings until the last day, we have made some alterations to ease the process. As a result of this process, you will save time and money and no risk taken when you book to travel with us.

BOOKING PAYMENT CONDITIONS:

TravelShop Turkey and Murti’s Tour; makes it easy to book the tours with an advanced payment of only 25% with the rest of 75% payable on arrival. You can cancel your new bookings anytime until 15 May 2020 up to 2 working days prior to your departure. If you will prefer to make bank transfer for the remaining balance of 75%, you need to make sure that it is received by our side by the tour start date. If through a credit card, you can always make the payment our online service only to be withdrawn by the tours start date.


CANCELLATION PROCEDURES:

TravelShop Turkey and Murti’s Tour; will not apply any penalties to you if you cancel before 2 working days of tour departure date until 15 May 2020, your deposit of 25% to be refunded. This way, our guests will be on the safe side and will not worry about penalties. In case that you have informed us of your arrival/departure flight details and received related confirmations for accommodation and tour programs, yet haven’t showed up for the tour, 25% deposit to be non-refundable. With the exception of ready-made packages, if you require different accommodation venues like any international brand name hotels, your tours would fall under “customized/tailor-made tours” category and hotels’ regulations to be applicable and to be announced within the itinerary. Our aim is not to charge guests’ for a penalty and care for the benefit of the guests that we will comply from here on end. 

 

DOMESTIC FLIGHT PAYMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS:

As we strive to refund our guests fully, we haven’t included our domestic flights. Each domestic flight has its own set of regulations applicable. Therefore, to cover you and keep from a no-show penalties, we will provide our tours without the calculation of domestic flights. Domestic flight price for adult travelers is approximately Euros: 50,00 for one way and for under 2 years old, approximately Euros: 20,00 as an insurance policy. When your booking is ascertained, we will require flight ticket price in full. If cancelled, we will comply by Airline Company’s cancellation policy. This way, we would be able to ease the process and provide a comfortable and worry-free travel.  

 

WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR COOPERATION

We would like to again underline that our purpose is to cover you from any harm due to this virus issue and help as best we can. You may direct this information to your guests with a comfort and the fact that no loss on their part that, this may help you to travel to Turkey as a popular destination that TravelShop Turkey caters for. TravelShop Turkey has over 1.000 tours in 30 different categories that you can book and purchase with a comfort and confidence as no cancellation fees will be deducted from you.

 

Please let us know in case of any further assistance required by yourselves that we are willing to help in every way that we can.

 

P.S. Besides from the Updated Terms & Conditions, Cancellation Procedures and Domestic Flights Regulations as listed above, all current terms and conditions  on the itineraries still valid and applicable respectively.


Many of our Tours include domestic flights. These flights have a limitation of 15 to 20 kg of luggage with 8 kg of in-cabin weight depending on the Airlines. Please abide by these in-flight regulations. You should be present at the Airport an hour prior to flight times. We reserve and book your flight Tickets a week before the travel dates with the names provided by yourselves. If there is a typo or a lettering mistake on the names, our company holds no responsibility of any incovenience thay may be experienced so it is best to have a copy of the passport provided to your reprsentative.

Our vehicles differ in line with group sizes. For 8 pax, we have Mercedes Vito, over 14 pax, we provide Sprinter, for over 29 pax, we have midibuses and finally for up to 45 pax, we have Coaches available. Taking into consideration of guests’ luggages we make an arrangement as below:

For 8 pax van: Maximum 5 persons.
For 14 pax van: Maximum 10 persons
For 29 pax van: Maximum 24 persons
For 45 pax Coach: Maximum 40 persons

Our vehicles are fully equipped with A/C, refrigeration, clean, comfortable and brand new or latest models. For long bus rides, we will have regular breaks in rest points on highways fora quick coffee and food, rest room breaks and such neccesities.   

All of our Tours include Professional and knowledgeable Professional Tour Guides. Our guides have all the information that may be requested by yourself whether historically, culturally or locally with very good English spoken. Although Regular Tours will have an English Speaking guide, for private Tour Options, we will have multi-lingual Professional Tour guides available as you may need.

We use mostly 4 star, 5 star or boutique hotels for your convenience and comfort. For example, in Istanbul and other regions we have 4-5 star hotel where for Cappadocia and such areas, we use classy cave resorts. On guaranteed tours, we declare the accommodation venues but it may differ for private ones within the same category, with good reviews. 

Dinners usually served in the hotels on half board category. Lunches will be served in restaurants on the destination route.  Meals are mostly served as Set Menu or Open Buffet Style. If you have meal preferences or special diet requirements, please inform us beforehand for necessary arrangements during your tour confirmation.    

On our Tour Routes, we include all the “must see” museums and sight-seeing venues in our itinenary. This service is included within the Tour price. Some museums have different operation days and times but we will have similar sites to fill in for them.  

Turkey is a great destination for shopping opportunities especially Trukish rugs/carpets, jewelry, leather, textile, ceramics and many other hand made artifacts. During the tours, we recommend some of the reliable and reasonable shopping venues to be visited. Our shopping stops are consisted of trustworthy, guaranteed vendors. Our guide will direct you to such stores during the tours. You may get informed by our guide in regards to shopping mattters while on the tour. Some of our shopping venues may apply group discount that you may want to take advantage of.

It is not a  -must- to tip on our tours. However, if you are satisfied with the services provided by driver and the guide, you may consider tipping them accordingly as 2 EUROS for the guide and 1 EUROS for the driver. It is customary in Tourism industry in line with customer expectations and we inform our personnel to provide the best of our services whether or not tip is given.

Most of major sight seeings, museums included within the tour prices. However, some of the activities and excursions that are not favoured everyone, are not included. Such as Hot-Air Ballooning, Paragliding, Dinner Cruise, Turkish Night Shows, Whirling Dervishes Ceremony and Turkish Bath visits may be extra upon requests.

The prices for such exclusions are available on our website. We recommend that you book before the booking of your tour to make sure the Availability. You may not find space for some of these activities on the last minute or once you have arrived.  

We provide your airport transfers for arrival and returns. Please, provide us the flight details when purchasing the tour for proper arrangements with flight code, destination, date and arrival timing. Our airport officer will be present to Welcome you after you pass the customs,luggage claim and greet you with a name board outside the gates.

Winter Season: Between the months of December, January, February as the weather is around 10 degrees Celsius.
Spring: Between the months of March, April and May as the weather is around 22 degrees Celsius
Summer: June, July and August are summer time with approx 30 degrees celsius.
Autumn: September through November is considered to be Autumn month with a National average of 20 degrees celsius.
Have your attire accordingly and dress with proper clothing as per the guidance above.

Turkey is a very modern Islamic country. You may just have fun and go around as in any European country when you are in Turkey. Only a few things to pay attention for such as entering into a Mosque with an alcoholic beverage in hand. Women should be carefully head-covered when in a holy environment. Rest is Pretty much the same as in any western city. Bars, cafes and restaurants are open until late nights and People get entertained safely.  We suggest for you have the items listed below.

  1. Travel Insurance that covers Health as well. Globally recognized credit cards
  2. Cash needed for small purchases where cards are not accepted. It is best to use an official Exchange office for Turkish currency transactions.
  3. Clothing in line with seasonal standarts as indicated above.
  4. Camera
  5. Universal adaptor and charger equipments for electronical devices.
  6. Comfortable trekking shoes for walking around as the tours most likely to have walking distances
  7. International Telephone Communication checked
  8. Have a copy of your flight ticket with you
  9. Have a personal identification on you at all times

Please check the information below before your departure

  1. International Flight Tickets
  2. Tour itinenary
  3. Confirmation received from us to include Hotel reservations etc.
  4. Domestic Flight Tickets if any (Please check your title/name spelling printed correctly)
  5. Passport Validation Terms
  6. Visa if needed (check before your trip for the dates on your visa )
  7. If visa needed, please ask us for invitation letter to ease the visa application process
  8. Flight details for on time Airport transfer services
  9. Observe the luggage limitation by Airlines for domestic flights if any
  10. Obtain emergency contact details from our office 

Available On Dates

12 May, 2020 - 31 March, 2022 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Book Now
Izmir - Izmir
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