Saturday – Arrive and get settled into the hotel. Walk Istaklal that evening and have dinner.
Sunday – Buyuk Camlica Tepesi
Go up to Buyuk Camlica Tepesi. A valuable place to get an overview of the city, and hear a bit about the state of things in the country. Get some big-picture information about life and faith there.
Monday – Smyrna, St. Polycarp, Agora and Pergamon
Begin your 7 Churches of Revelation Tour with Izmir, in ancient times known as Smyrna, visiting the outside of St. Polycarp Church & the ruins of the Agora. Then depart to Bergama and the ruins of Pergamum, previously a renowned cultural and political center used by the Romans as an administrative center for the province of Asia. Here visit the ruins of the Acropolis and the Asclepion along with its theatre. Overnight stay in Bergama.
Tuesday – Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia
After breakfast, time to depart on to visit the ruins of Thyatira which was founded by the Lydian’s. Then to magnificent Sardis which was the wealthy capital of the Lydian Empire. En route to Pamukkale. Stop to visit the church in Philadelphia which was important for the spreading of thought patterns and activities of the Hellenistic civilization and Christian faith. Then stay overnight in Pamukkale.
Wednesday – Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Laodicea
Visit the natural formation of the travertine (Cotton Cliffs) and ruins of Hierapolis in Pamukkale. Then depart to visit the ruins of Laodicea as well as the barely excavated site of Colossae. The day will end with arrival to the hotel and overnight stay in Kusadasi.
Thursday – Ephesus & House Virgin Mary
After breakfast begin the day with a visit of the Ancient City of Ephesus which represents many different facets of Ancient Greek and Roman culture. The day will also include a visit to the Basilica of St. John where he is believed to be buried, House of Virgin Mary where she is said to have spent the last of her days as well as the remains of Artemis Temple.
Friday – Old city including Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Cisterns,
Saturday – Grand Bazaar or more time on Istaklal. Possible excursion for those who want to see some other sites like Chora chapel.
Sunday – Fly back to the states.