6N|7D Christian Pilgrimage to Turkey – Premium

7 Days

Turkey, situated at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, boasts a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty. With its vibrant cities, ancient ruins, and stunning landscapes, Turkey captivates visitors with its diversity. Istanbul, the country’s cultural and economic hub, mesmerizes with its iconic landmarks such as the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, as well as its bustling bazaars and lively street life. Beyond the bustling metropolis, Turkey offers a wealth of archaeological sites like Ephesus and Troy, showcasing its deep-rooted history spanning millennia. Its picturesque coastline along the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas beckons beach lovers and sun-seekers, while the rugged landscapes of Cappadocia entice adventurers with its unique rock formations and hot air balloon rides. Additionally, Turkey’s culinary scene delights with its flavorful cuisine, blending influences from Ottoman, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern traditions. Despite its challenges, Turkey continues to evolve as a dynamic and intriguing destination, blending modernity with tradition to offer visitors an unforgettable experience.

Tour Overview

Embark on a journey through Istanbul’s rich history with visits to iconic landmarks like St. Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Hippodrome. Explore the historic churches of Fener & Balat, followed by a spice market tour and Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul. Then, travel to Izmir to explore its cultural heritage. From Izmir, venture to Pergamon to discover ancient ruins, including Smyrna, Thyatira, and Pergamon Acropolis, before overnighting in Bergama. Continue to Pamukkale to marvel at its natural wonders, exploring Philadelphia, Hierapolis Ancient City & Travertines. Journey to Laodicea and Ephesus, including landmarks like the “loveless church” and the alleged final residence of the Virgin Mary. Conclude the trip with a departure from Kusadasi to Istanbul via Izmir.

Tour Highlights

  • 6 Nights’ Accommodation in All Places
  • Domestic flights included (Istanbul to Izmir and vice versa)
  • Daily Breakfast
  • All Tours and Transfers on Private Basis (as per the Itinerary)
  • Istanbul City Tour with St. Sophia, The Blue Mosque, etc.
  • Fener & Balat Tour
  • Bosphorus Cruise Boat Ticket
  • Ancient ruins Smyrna and Thyatira
  • Philadelphia and Hierapolis Ancient City Tour
  • Laodicea and Ephesus Ancient City
  • Professional English-Speaking Guide (on tour days)
  • Local Taxes Included

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport, you'll be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Settle in before embarking on a captivating half-day city tour of Istanbul, a city straddling two continents. Explore renowned landmarks like St. Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Hippodrome, each steeped in rich history and cultural significance. Gain insights into the chariot races and Byzantine tumults that once animated the Hippodrome. After a day of exploration, return to your hotel for a relaxing overnight stay, ready for more adventures in Istanbul.

Experience the Fener & Balat Church Tour, a journey through Istanbul's historic peninsula. Begin with the ancient Church of St. George, then visit the splendid Church of St. Mary of the Mongols. Explore the vibrant streets of Fener and Balat, discovering their rich heritage. Marvel at the Church of St. Stephen of the Bulgars before visiting the revered Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. This tour offers an enriching experience for all, from seasoned travelers to first-time visitors. Afterward, return to your hotel, reflecting on the day's discoveries in Istanbul.
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Following a delightful breakfast, your day commences with a visit to Istanbul's Spice Bazaar, a bustling market offering a kaleidoscope of exotic spices and traditional Turkish goods. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere, sampling local delicacies while absorbing the market's rich history and culture. Next, embark on a Bosphorus Cruise, treating yourself to breathtaking views of Istanbul from the water. Share this memorable experience with fellow travelers as you sail along the iconic waterway. Afterward, head to Istanbul Airport for your flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay in this vibrant city, where you'll have the chance to explore its rich history and cultural heritage. Enjoy the diverse attractions and landmarks that Izmir has to offer before retiring for the night.
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Begin your day with a journey to Smyrna, an ancient city mentioned in the Bible as one of the Seven Churches in Asia Minor. Explore its historic ruins and delve into the city's fascinating history. Later in the day, venture to Thyatira, another of the Seven Churches, to discover remnants of a Basilica and other Roman artefacts. Then, explore the impressive ruins of Pergamon Acropolis, a significant center of Christianity in ancient times. Conclude your tour by heading to Bergama for an overnight stay.
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Indulge in a hearty breakfast to kick off Day 5 before embarking on an enriching journey to Sardis, a city hosting one of the Seven Churches mentioned in biblical lore. Following Sardis, proceed to Philadelphia, a city with roots tracing back to 2 BC under the reign of King Eumenes, also recognized for its Christian community referenced by St. John. Delve into the historical depths of Philadelphia before continuing your adventure to the captivating Pamukkale Hierapolis Ancient City & Travertines. Marvel at the mesmerizing petrified waterfalls and bask in the beauty of the sunset casting its glow over this natural marvel. Conclude the day's exploration by resting in Pamukkale, ready for more adventures ahead.
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Start your day with a trip to Laodicea before heading to Ephesus, renowned for its remarkably preserved ruins. Explore the city's iconic landmarks, including the significant church known as "the loveless church," and wander along its majestic colonnaded street lined with impressive buildings. Don't miss the chance to visit the alleged final residence of the Virgin Mary. Conclude your day with an overnight stay in Kusadasi, anticipating more discoveries ahead.
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Enjoy a delicious breakfast before checking out of the hotel in Kusadasi and heading to Izmir Airport. Reflect on the cherished memories of your journey as you prepare to depart for Istanbul.
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INCLUSIONS/EXCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS

  • Istanbul
  • St. Sophia
  • The Blue Mosque
  • The Hippodrome
  • St. George
  • St. Mary of the Mongols
  • St. Stephen of the Bulgars
  • Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
  • Istanbul's Spice Bazaar
  • Bosphorus Cruise
  • Izmir
  • Smyrna – One of the Seven Churches
  • Thyatira – One of the Seven Churches
  • Pergamon Acropolis
  • Bergama
  • Sardis
  • Philadelphia
  • Hierapolis Ancient City
  • Travertines
  • Pamukkale
  • Laodicea
  • Laodicea
  • House of Virgin Mary

EXCLUSIONS

  • Flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Entrance Fees mentioned separately
  • Drinks at meals
  • Tips and porterage at hotels
  • Tips to the driver and the guide

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6N|7D Christian Pilgrimage to Turkey – Premium
From ₹145000
/ Adult