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DAY 01– CHECK IN and DEPARTURE
Check in and Departure to Istanbul with complimentary meals and beverages served aloft. Dinner on flight (D)
DAY 02: ISTANBUL
Upon arrival at Istanbul International Airport, our Representatives will meet us with the name sign and assist in transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon at 13:00pm you will have the opportunity to shop at Taksim square (close at 22:00pm). Dinner and overnight at hotel. (D.)
DAY 03: ISTANBUL – IZMIR - PERGAMON – THYATIRA
After early breakfast (coffee, Tea and snacks) we drive to Istanbul Airport for our flight to Izmir which departs at 07:00am. Upon arrival at Izmir our Representatives will meet us with the name sign. We will continue our Tour 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 Asklepieion, 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. John´s 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.
Before we check in at the hotel in Izmir, 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. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D.)
DAY 04: IZMIR – SARDIS – PHILADELPHIA - LAODICEA – HIERAPOLIS
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 some ancient Lydian houses, and 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. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B, D.)
DAY 05 : EPHESUS - KUSADASI
After breakfast we drive to Ephesus to visit the ancient city of Ephesus including the Basilica of St. John and the Ephesus archaeological museum. 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.
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 and the Ephesus archaeological museum. Visit the House of Virgin Mary before drive to Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D.)
DAY 06 : IZMIR – ISTANBUL – TEL AVIV
After early breakfast we board our bus to Izmir airport for our flight to Istanbul at 07:00am. Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport we will make our way to the baggage claim area and collect our luggage ant then check in again to Tel Aviv. Upon Tel Aviv Airport arrival, we will make our way to the baggage claim area and collect our luggage. We will proceed to the arrival's hall, where we will be greeted by our tour guide and/or driver. Transfer to our hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (D)
DAY 07: JERUSALEM - 14 STATIONS - JERICHO
After breakfast we descend to visit the Mt. of Ascension; Garden of Gethsemane; and also visit the Church of All Nations. We visit the Pool of Bethesda and the Church of St. Anne. We walk along the 14 Stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) - the route Jesus took to Crucifixion. We continue to visit Jericho, believed to be the most ancient city in the world; it is the site of Joshua's first dramatic conquest when the city walls collapsed at the sound of his trumpets [Joshua 4:5-6]. We board a Cable Car to Mount of Temptation. We see Elisha's spring and also Zacchaeus Tree (Sycamore Tree). Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D.)
DAY 08: JERUSALEM CITY - BETHLEHEM – NATIVITY – SHEPHERD FIELD - BOAS FIELD
After breakfast we will board our bus and go through Dung Gate to visit the Western (Wailing) Wall (30min of Prayer and drop a prayer requests.). We continue to see the Dome of the Rock at Mount Moriah (where Isaac was to be sacrificed by Abraham). Then continue to visit Mount Zion where the traditional tomb of King David is found. We also visit the Room of the Last Supper (Upper Room). We visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, where Peter denied Jesus (the possible house of Caiaphas). We will continue to visit Nativity where Jesus was born. Followed by our to visit Shepherds’ Field (where the star appeared to the Shepherds). We visit Boaz field, where Naomi and Ruth settled. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D.)
DAY 09: TIBERIAS – MT. CARMEL – NAZARETH - CANA - SEA OF GALILEE
After early breakfast 06:00am we will board our bus for a journey to the North of Israel. We begin our visit to Mount Carmel, venerated as a sacred spot since ancient times, it was originally a sanctuary of Baal whose prophets Elijah defeated. Then we continue to Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus, where He studied and worked, forging the theories that would shape the years to come. We have the privilege to visit the Basilica of the Annunciation where Angel Gabriel announced the birth of Jesus to Virgin Mary; and continue to walk to St. Joseph's carpentry workshop. We will visit the village of Cana which has not changed much outwardly since the times when Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding. We will have lunch at St. Peter’s Fish Restaurant. We continue to Sea of Galilee to have the inner feeling of how Jesus sailed around Galilee, so we will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee to Tiberias. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B, D.)
DAY 10: TIBERIAS - MT. OF BEATITUDES - TABGHA – CAPERNAUM – RIVER JORDAN – DEAD SEA
After early breakfast we will check out from the hotel and depart to Jordan Valley. We will pass through Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene. We ascend to visit Mount of Beatitudes, the Sanctuary of the Sermon on the Mount, it was here that Jesus chose His 12 disciples. We visit Tabgha, the site of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish. We also visit the Church of the Primacy where Jesus delegated the Primacy of the Church to Peter. We visit the village of Capernaum, referred to in the New Testament as a centre of Jesus' ministry after He left Nazareth. We visit the Ancient Synagogue and Peter's house where Jesus healed his mother in law. We finally visit the Baptismal site of River Jordan where it flows out to the Sea of Galilee. It is the River where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. We will end our visit at Dead Sea, where we can float. We will continue to our hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D.)
DAY 11: TEL AVIV - ACCRA.
After early breakfast we board our bus 06:30am to Tel Aviv Airport for our departure to our homeland country. Breakfast at hotel, Dinner on flight. (B,D.)
NB: B = Breakfast D = Dinner * Meals are serve at the Hotels and Flights * HOTEL: CHECK IN 13:00PM CHECK OUT: 10:00AM (Note also that, in case of early arrival, before check in time, we will hold on until rooms are available. Sometimes, we have to start the programs and arrive at the hotel late, please kindly adjust yourself for such inconveniency, if it happens.) * This suggested Itinerary is subject to change at any point in time if the situation demands. Official Airline: TURKISH, AIRLINES.
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