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Biblical Sites of Turkey & Greece


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16 Days / 14 Nights, Istanbul, Izmir, Philadelphia, Sardis, Pammukale, Laodicea, Hierapolis, Ephesus, Island of Patmos, Ephesus Museum, Thyatira, Pergamum, Bergama, Assos, Troy, Canakkale, Philippi, Kavala, Amphipolis, Thessaloniki, Pella, Berea, Vergina, Kalambaka, Meteora, Delphi, Ancient Corinth, Cenchreae, Athens


Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey


DAY BY DAY ITINERARY DAY 1: USA


Depart for your overnight transatlantic flight to Istanbul.


DAY 2: ARRIVE ISTANBUL Arrival into Istanbul’s International Airport, meet your Homeric Tours representative. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight. (D)


DAY 3: ISTANBUL After breakfast, enjoy a full day tour of Istanbul with a visit to the “Hippodrome Square,” the Obelisk, the Serpentine Column from Delphi, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. We will finish the tour with some free time for shopping at the Grand Bazaar. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 4: ISTANBUL / IZMIR / PHILADELPHIA / SARDIS / PAMMUKALE


Following breakfast, we will transfer to Istanbul Airport for a short flight to Izmir. Visit the city of Philadelphia, famed for its preserved town with its Gymnasium, Synagogue and Byzantine Shops. Continue to Pammukale, once a prosperous city of antiquity. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


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DAY 5: PAMMUKALE / LAODICEA / HIERAPOLIS / EPHESUS


After breakfast we will travel to Laodicea, the seventh city of the Book of Revelations. There we will see the remains of the Roman stadium, Hierapolis. We continue to Ephesus, the ancient capital of Asia Minor and the best preserved of the original Seven Churches of Revelation. Tour the Celsus and Colossal Libraries, the fountain of Trajan, Agoras, baths and the theatre where riots against Paul took place. Paul made his European headquarters here, and he stayed for two years. Ephesus played a significant role in the history of early Christianity. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 6: SAMOS / PATMOS / EPHESUS Breakfast at your hotel and then transfer to the pier in Kusadasi to embark via ferry to the islands of Samos and Patmos. Patmos is an island sacred for Christians. Visit the Monastery of St. John and the Grotto where the author of the Book of Revelation received his first vision (Rev. 1:9). Dinner and overnight in Ephesus. (B,D)


DAY 7: EPHESUS MUSEUM / THYATIRA / PERGAMUM / BERGAMA


After breakfast visit the Ephesus Museum. Onto Thyatira, hometown of Lydia who followed the teachings of Paul. Continue to Pergamum which was the capital of the Hellenistic Kingdom of Pergamum, and famous for its health center, Asclepium, and the Altar of Zeus in its Acropolis. Dinner and overnight accommodation in Bergama. (B,D)


DAY 8: ASSOS / TROY / CANAKKALE Following breakfast depart for Canakkale. Scenic drive to Assos, where St. Paul visited and board the boat to the Holy Land. Continue to Alexandria Troas where St. Paul picked up the boy who fell down from the third floor when he was listening to him. Continue to Assos. Afternoon tour to the mythological city of Troy. Dinner and overnight in Canakkale. (B,D)


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