Join Southwest Radio Ministries on a 9 day Churches of Revelation in Turkey, starting at $3,498* from New York, NY or $3,896* from Dallas/Fort Worth, or Houston, TX or Oklahoma City, OK departing on April 26, 2022. Journey to places such as Ephesus, Smryna, Laodicea, Philadelphia, Istanbul, and much more!
*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount
- All Inclusive Pricing
- 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
- Overseas Transfers
- Study Guide
- Visas (U.S. Citizens)
Day 1 April 26 - Depart Home
Your pilgrimage begins as you board your international flight for Istanbul.
Day 2 April 27 – Arrive in Turkey
Upon arrival, you will be met by our airport representative. Transfer to your hotel in Istanbul for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 April 28 – Istanbul
The bejeweled capital of Istanbul sits between two continents. Walk through Hagia Sophia, which was the largest church in Christendom for 1000 years, built by Justinian (532 -537 A. D.). The church has 107 columns, fossil imbedded white marble floors, and beautiful glass mosaics. The church of the Holy Savior in Chora is a beautiful example of a Byzantine church with mosaics and frescoes that rival Hagia Sophia. Enjoy the aroma of cinnamon, cloves, thyme, and other exotic spices as you explore the Grand Bazaar. Over 4000 shops sell everything from herbs to gold. This afternoon, you will fly to Izmir. Dinner & Overnight in Izmir.
Day 4 April 29 - Pergamum & Thyatira
Pergamum is one of the seven churches mentioned in Revelations (Rev. 2: 12). It displeased the Lord because it tolerated the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which Christ hated (Rev. 2:13 -17). The fabled Acropolis towers 1000 feet above the town and commands a spectacular panorama. As you pass through the Royal Gates, you will enter one of the great centers of classic Greek culture. You will see the foundations of the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Athena, and the ruins of the library, which once held 200,000 parchment volumes. You will see the remains of the Temple of Trajan, the Grand Theatre, the gymnasium, and the Health Center (Aesclepion). Visit Thyatira, once a busy trading center, and home to Lydia, the “seller of purple” (Acts 16). Today, it is famous for Persian rugs. Thyatira, one of the Seven Churches mentioned in Revelations, tolerated the false prophetess, Jezebel (Rev. 1: 11; 2: 18 -29). Dinner & Overnight in Izmir.
Day 5 April 30 - Philadelphia & Sardis
Visit the site of Philadelphia, also one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 3: 7 -13). Christ told those who overcame that He would write upon them “the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem.” (Rev. 3: 12) Today, not much is left to mark the spot. You will see an ancient wall and the remains of a Byzantine basilica. Travel to Sardis, another of the Seven Churches of Revelation. You will be impressed by the massive scale of the Temple of Artemis, by the white marble Royal Road, by the gymnasium, and by the synagogue. Dinner & Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 6 May 1 - Colossae, Hierapolis & Laodicea
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. Hierapolis is blessed by hot mineral springs and some of the best preserved Roman ruins in Asia Minor. Paul mentions Hierapolis in his Letter to the Colossians in saluting Epaphras, a fellow laborer, for his love of the brethren there (Colossians 4: 13). The ruins cover more than a mile. You will see the impressive amphitheater with seats still in perfect condition. You will see the City Gates, column lined streets, and arches, which have stood through time and earthquakes. Today, the area is known as Pamukkale, meaning “Cotton Castle”, named for the limestone laden hot springs, which cascade from one white edged terrace pool to the next. 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: 15), 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. Dinner & Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 7 May 2 - Ephesus & Miletus
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 will 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 will visit the Basilica of St. John, traditional site of his grave. From the basilica, enjoy a commanding view of the area. You will 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. Visit the excavations at Miletus, where Paul bid farewell to the elders of the church at Ephesus at the end of his Third Missionary Journey (Acts 20). Dinner & Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 8 May 3 - Smyrna
The third largest city in modern Turkey is Izmir, long a center for Jewish and Christian communities. In Paul’s day, the town was known as Smyrna. It was also 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. Fly to Istanbul and prepare for your return flights after your farewell dinner. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 9 May 4 - Return to USA
Return to USA.
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