A view from the top of the Hierapolis Theatre looking down onto the stage and the pit where plays would have been performed. the theatre is impressively intact

Turkey - Inspirational Tour

See below our Pilgrimage to Turkey that we offer as an inspirational tour destination for groups of 20 or more

Overview & Itinerary

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A Pilgrimage taking in the The Seven Churches of Revelation is a unique opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the Apostle John and explore the locations of the seven churches mentioned in the opening chapters of the Book of Revelation. During this tour, you will visit the modern-day cities of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamon, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea, all located in Turkey. These ancient cities were home to thriving early Christian communities and were visited by the Apostle John as he carried out Jesus’ command to “write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches".

On a tour of the seven churches we are not looking for remnants of church structures. However, a visit to the impressive excavations of the sites of the ancient Roman cities where these seven churches existed is very moving. These sites show marks of the passing empires and cultures of the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Selcuk Turks, Ottomans and the modem Turkish Republic. A visitor to these ancient places finds remains of massive pagan temples, beautiful Muslim mosques, as well as many Christian church buildings.

During a time of persecution for Christians the Apostle John had been exiled to the Island of Patmos to carry out his missionary work.  From Patmos he travelled to Smyrna and Pergamum, southeast to Thyatira, Sardis and Philadelphia, and finish his journey at Laodicea.

You will also be following in the Footsteps of St Paul.  The Apostle Paul was born in Tarsus, an Ancient city in south central Turkey.  He travelled many routes, preaching the Gospel and gained many followers.  The Church of Ephesus, which became the head of the Seven Churches, in western Asia Minor, was established by Paul. The book of Acts covers most of his exploits.

Turkey Inspirational Itinerary

A view of Pillar ruins in Bergama
A view from a look out spot revealing the countryside view of Bergama
The Thyatira Ruins, now more commonly known as the modern city of Akhisar. The image shows remaining pillars and archways ruins that remain from the original church.
The Ancient City of Smyrna. The pictures shows the ruins of the original archways which are finely preserved
Image taken in Sardis of the ruins of the famous Temple of Artemis
A view from the top of the ruins of the Pergamon Theatre, famous for its sloped structure
A view from the side of the Pergamon Slopped Theatre, showing how steep the slope and theatre are and the impressive look over the towns skyline

Day 1 Izmir/Bergama (Pergamon)
Flights from a London Airport to Izmir and on arrival meet with your courier. Our first stop will be in Izmir, which was the ancient city of Smyrna. Smyrna in ancient times was a very wealthy and powerful city alongside Ephesus and Pergamon for influence in the region.

Visit the Church of St Polycarp – approx 40 mins transfer. This 19th-century church is lavishly decorated and is the oldest in the city. It was named after St. Polycarp, the first bishop of Smyrna. After the visit, transfer on to Bergama, the site of the ancient city of Pergamon.

Check in to hotel for 2 nights.

Day 2 Bergama
Breakfast at Hotel followed by a full day visit to Pergamon. Pergamon is set on a mountain, and once rivalled the greatness of Alexandria, Antioch and Ephesus in culture and commerce. Today Pergamon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Visits will include a full day visit of Pergamon; the visits include the cable car visit to Acropolis. The steepest sloped theatre of the ancient world, temple of Athena and Altar of Zeus, which St John denounced as a “throne of Satan” in his letters to the Seven Churches of Revelation. The medical centre of Pergamon, the Asclepieum, followed by an overnight stay in Bergama with evening meal.

Day 3 Pamukkale
Breakfast at Hotel followed by a visit to three of the Seven Churches and start with the site of Thyatira in the town of Akhisar, where there are very few remains from the old town and some ruins of the Church. Continue to Sardis to see the famous temple of Artemis, see the ruins of the Byzantine Church and finally the Synagogue. The last visit of the day will be to Philadelphia – Alasehir where very few ruins are visible today before transferring on to Pamukkale for dinner and overnight stay.

A view from the top of the Hierapolis Theatre looking down onto the stage and the pit where plays would have been performed. the theatre is impressively intact
A view from the pit of Hierapolis Theatre showing what is left of the stoned seating
Ruins in Hierapolis
A view of the buildings on the Kusadasi hill top, showing the Kasadasi town sign
An upward view of the remaining ruins in Izmir where you can see the carved artwork detail in the roof of the pillar ruins
An image of a statue within the ruins in Ephesus
Considered one of the best preserved ruins in Turkey, an image of the impressive remains of the library of Celsus

Day 4 Kusadasi
Breakfast at Hotel before a visit to Hierapolis – founded during the Hellenistic period, as a control point of trading routes connecting East to West. In the Roman Period, Hierapolis became a centre of worship to Hades and Apollo as well as a thermal centre where massive Roman Baths were built. Visit the Necropolis, Baths, Theatre and the site of the martyrdom of St Philip

The message that Christ instructed John to write to the church of Laodicea was one of judgment with a call to repentance. Laodicea is the only one of the Seven Churches of the Revelation where the exact location has been discovered.

Transfer on to Kusadası, visiting the Roman city of Aphrodisias en route before checking into the hotel for a 2 nights stay on a half board basis.

Day 5 – Kusadasi -Ephesus
Breakfast at Hotel before a full day visit of the most important one of the Seven Churches – Ephesus where St Paul lived. This is one of the most impressive and largely excavated sites in Turkey, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ancient city is believed to have had settlers in the 10th century BC, the Ionians. It was a very important city during early Christian times as evidenced by St Paul’s visit and St John being buried nearby. In the hills behind Ephesus, you will see where the Virgin Mary is believed to have spent the last days of her life. Return to Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6 – Smyrna
Breakfast at Hotel before a transfer from Kusadasi back to Izmir for the return flight to the UK.