Departing on September 28, 2020 | Join Carroll Robertson Ministries for this exciting 7 Churches of the Revelation & the Isle of Patmos Tour as you explore Turkey and Greece! Pricing starts at $3,498* from New York.
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Entrance and Program Fees
- First Class Hotels
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare from NY
- Love Offering for Guide and Driver
Day 1 Sept. 28 – Depart USA
Your journey begins with your international overnight flight.
Day 2 Sept. 29 – Izmir
Our representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Sept. 30 – Smyrna
In Paul’s day, the town was known as Smyrna. It was one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 2: 8-11). You will see the Agora, the colonnaded commercial center where Roman statues can still be seen. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Oct. 1 – Pergamum (Bergama)
The most favored of the Seven Churches was Pergamum and the church was praised for its forbearance during hard times (Rev. 2:12 -17). Rome executed the first Christians here. Towering 1000 feet above the town and commanding a spectacular panorama is the fabled Acropolis. As you pass through the Royal Gates, you will enter one of the great centers of classic Greek culture. You’ll see the foundations of the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Athena and the ruins of the Library that once held 200,000 parchment volumes. You’ll also see the remains of the Temple of Trajan, the Grand Theatre, the Gymnasium, and the Health Center (Aesclepion). Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 Oct. 2 – Thyatira (Akhisar), Sardis and Philadelphia
Thyatira was once a busy trading center and famous as a “seller of purple.” Today it is famous for Persian rugs. Thyatira is one of the Seven Churches (Rev. 1:11; 2:18-29) and Paul may have visited the town during his missionary journeys (Acts 19:10). Sardis, another of the Seven Churches of Revelation, was berated by John the Prophet for its facade of strength when, in reality, it was weak (Rev. 3:1-6). In Sardis, coins were minted and the dyeing of wool originated. You’ll be impressed by the massive scale of the Temple of Artemis and by the white marble Royal Road, the gymnasium and the synagogue. Philadelphia is also one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 3:7-13) and is referred to as the “New Jerusalem.” Today, not much is left to mark the spot. You’ll see an ancient wall and the remains of a Byzantine basilica. Check in to your hotel in Pamukkale for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 Oct. 3 – Colossae, Laodicea, and Hierapolis
Famous as the receiver of Paul’s Letter to the Colossians, the town of Colossae has fallen into obscurity. While you can still see traces of the Theatre, the Necropolis and the Church, the ancient city is mostly indistinguishable ruins. The Christians of Laodicea, one of the Seven Churches (Rev 3:14-22), were chastised for being lukewarm, “You are neither cold nor hot” (Rev. 3:14) and for being too comfortable incorporating pagan and Christian beliefs. In the famous scripture from Revelation (3:20-21), Jesus says to the Laodicean church: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock...” Today, there are many acres of ruins to see, including the stadium and columned streets. Christianity came to Hierapolis via Paul (Colossians 4:13). The ruins cover more than a mile. You’ll see the impressive amphitheatre with seats still in perfect condition. You’ll see the City Gates, column lined streets and arches that have stood through time and earthquake. Today, the area is known as Pamukkale, meaning “Cotton Castle.” It is named for the limestone laden hot springs that cascade from one white edged terrace pool to the next. Finish the day in Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 Oct. 4 – Ephesus
Ephesus is one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 1:11). In ancient days, Ephesus was a bustling port town of 250,000, graced with wide, colonnade bordered streets. Today you will be impressed with the spectacular excavations of the major streets of ancient Ephesus. You’ll view the Library and the huge Agora. The Temple of Artemis was declared one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Today, only a single column remains to mark the site. You’ll visit the Basilica of St. John, traditional site of his grave. From the basilica, enjoy a commanding view of the area. You’ll visit the Museum of Ephesus for an up-close look at artifacts from the ancient city. You will have time to explore this powerful city on your own and recreate some of the footsteps of Paul. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 Oct. 5 – Patmos
Today you’ll travel by ferry to the Isle of Patmos. While not one of the churches of the Revelation, John is thought to have written to the churches from here. Visit the Monastery of St. John, high on the mountain overlooking the entire island. Walk down to the Grotto of the Apocalypse and the caves where the exiled Apostle John lived and inspired by God wrote the Book of Revelation as well as other letters to the early church. Return to Izmir for dinner and overnight.
Note that the ferries to Patmos are dependent on the weather, and alternative touring may be substituted due to the weather conditions.
Day 9 Oct. 6 – Return to USA
Begin your return flights home with memories of the people and places of the Churches of the Revelation.
Monday, September 28, 2020From $3498* Registration Closed