5 Day Biblical Tour Izmir

Tour Start Date

Available on every day from 01 April 2023 to 31 March 2024

Tour Route

Izmir – Smyrna – Pergamum – Thyatira – Sardis – Philadelphia – Laodicea – Hierapolis – Ephesus – Izmir

5 Day Biblical Tour Izmir Summary

Welcome to Turkey!

We will take you on a journey of ancient temples, 7 biblical churches located within the Aegean Region that will give you a chance to witness the history of humankind from religion perspective. From the altar of legendary, “all mighty” Zeus to the sacred home of holy Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, many mystic relics are along the way for you to view during an amazing 5 day trip. 

Day 1 - Izmir - Arrival Day
(Dinner included) Upon our arrival at Izmir Airport or Kusadasi /Cesme Port, our guide will meet you with your name sign to assist you to transfer to your hotel. You room card will be given to you and the rest of the day is yours to explore Izmir. Overnight in Izmir.
Day 2 - Pergamum - Thyatira - Izmir
(Breakfast and Dinner included) After breakfast we drive 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. Then the Asklepion, famous medical center of classical times, see the Altar of Zeus, which mentioned, as the «Throne of Satan» in the book of Revelation, the marble columns of the Temple of Trajan. Moreover, 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. Johns 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. 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]. Smyrna is a city scarred with a bloody history of trade and warfare. We ascend to Mount Pagus where we visit the Citadel of Lysimachus, commander of Alexander the Great, erected in the 4th century BC. We will also see the Clock Tower. Check in at the hotel for dinner and overnight in Izmir.
Day 3 - Izmir - Sardis - Philadelphia - Laodicea - Hierapolis
(Breakfast and Dinner included) Today we depart early in the morning to visit 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 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 Pactolus. Lunch break will be given 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 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 Nymphaeum, the Temple of Apollo, the Plutonium and the Necropolis. Check in at hotel for dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 4 - Ephesus - Kusadasi
(Breakfast and Dinner included) Drive to Ephesus to visit the ancient city of Ephesus including the Basilica of St. John. 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 are still continuing in this once great and important city, which was founded in the 10th century BC. Temple of Artemis, Ephesus ancient sites and Virgin Mary. 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. Visit The House of Virgin Mary. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5 - Izmir - End of Tour
(Breakfast included) After breakfast, we depart for Izmir Airport for our return flight back to home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing Tursan Travel.
  • Arrival airport transfer from Izmir airport or Kusadası or Cesme cruise ports
  • 2 nights’ hotel in Izmir
  • 1-night hotel in Pamukkale
  • 1-night hotel in Kusadasi
  • 4 open buffet breakfasts
  • 4 dinners at hotels
  • Guided Thyatira Pergamum tour
  • Guided Philadelphia, Sardis and Smyrna tour
  • Guided Pisidia Antioch Laodicea and Hierapolis Pamukkale tour
  • Guided Ephesus tour
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation in a fully air - conditioned, non - smoking coach
  • Professional English - speaking tour guides
  • Return airport transfer to Izmir Airport
  • Hotel room taxes
  • International flights
  • Insurance: All types
  • City Tax
  • Turkey entry visa
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
  • Tipping
  • Domestic Flights
Please Note: Domestic flight price for adult travelers is approximately Euros: 70,00 for one way and for under 2 years old, approximately Euros: 20,00 as an insurance policy.

Tour Highlights

  • Izmir: Asia Minor; Acropolis and Asclepion, Temple of Trajan, Red Basilica, Thyatira, Clock Tower, Altar of Zeus and Library of Alexandria.
  • Akhisar: Asia Minor; Sardis, Temple of Artemis, Temple of Cybele
  • Alasehir: Asia Minor; Philadelphia
  • Pamukkale: Asia Minor; Hierapolis, Waterfalls, Laodicea and Martyrium of the Apostle Philip.
  • Kusadasi: Asia Minor; The Virgin Mary House, Basilica of St. John and Ephesus; Library of Celsus, Theatre, Temple of Aphrodite, Hadrian’s Bath, Town Overlooks, Bishop’s Palace, The Apostle Paul, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Temple of Diana.
Destination BELOW HOTELS or Similar Category
Izmir Karaca Hotel
Pamukkale Pam Thermal Hotel
Kusadasi Ramada Hotel Kusadasi
PS: If This hotel list not available at the time of your booking then we will arrange similar other hotel for your group. If you prefer a Different category hotel, there might be an additional cost.