2 Days Biblical Tour (Izmir-Pergamon-Ephesus)

2 Days Biblical Tour (Izmir-Pergamon-Ephesus)

Duration:

2 Days

Departing:

Izmir

Time:

08:00

Pickup Point:

Izmir

Highlights:

Izmir Agora, St.Polycarp Church, Pergamon Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, Temple of Athena, Grand Theatre, Pergamon Library, Asclepion, The red Court, Ephesus Ruin, The House of Virgin Mary, and The Temple of Artemis (Diana).

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2 Days Biblical Tour (Izmir-Pergamon-Ephesus)

Christianity was born in the Holy Land, but it became a world religion in the Land of Asia Minor (today's Turkey). The biblical tour is covering to Seven Churches of Asia Minor. Take your bible and read the book of Revelation.

Those churches are Sardis, Smyrna (Izmir), Ephesus (Efes), Thyatira, Pergamon (Bergama), and Laodicea. But on this tour, you will visit only 3 churches. But be ready to follow the footsteps of St. Paul, Imagine walking in the places of St.Paul preached and walked.

Day 1: Full Day Izmir and Pergamon Tour

  • Pick up From Izmir and Izmir Hotels
  • Pergamon Acropolis
  • The Temple of Zeus
  • The Temple of Athena
  • The Library of Pergamon
  • Grand Theatre of Pergamon
  • Arsenals
  • Gymnasium
  • Red Court( Basilica)
  • Asclepion Roman medical center
  • Open Buffet Local Lunch (Drinks Extra)
  • Izmir St.Polycarp Church
  • Agora of Izmir
  • The Castle of Izmir
  • Konak Square
  • Clock Tower
  • Kemeralti Bazaar
  • Drive Back to your hotel or port
  • The drop off at your hotel

Day 2: Full-Day Ephesus Tour

  • Ephesus Ancient Ruin
    • Odeon
    • Roman Bath
    • State Agora
    • Prytaneum (Town Hall)
    • The Temple of Domitian
    • The Monument of Memmius
    • Relief of Niki, Medicine, Hermes and Pharmacy
    • Hercules Gate
    • The Fountain of Trajan
    • Scholastica Bath
    • Terrace Houses
    • The Temple of Hadrian
    • The Public Toilet
    • The Library of Celcius
    • The Commercial Agora
    • Marble Street
    • Brothel
    • Foot Print
    • Grand Theatre
    • Arcadian Street
    • Virgin Mary Church (Church of Council)
    • Vedius Gymnasium
    • The Stadium
  • Local Lunch
  • The House of Virgin Mary
  • The Ephesus Archaeological Museum
  • The Temple of Artemis (Diana)
  • After the tour, We drive back to Izmir

PS: If you wish, you can do an Extention, or you may request transfer service to Denizli, Konya, Cappadocia, Antalya, Marmaris, Gocek, Fethiye, Bodrum, or Istanbul.

2 Days Biblical Turkey Tour run every day and is available all year round. Also, documents with details and confirmations will be e-mailed to you after booking.

Pergamon Acropolis - Asclepion - Izmir St.Polycarp Church - Agora

You will be/can be met at the Izmir port / Izmir airport or even at your Hotel in Izmir. On one day tour during your Turkey Holiday, you will visit two biblical cities, Pergamon and Izmir.

After picking you up, we will drive to Pergamon; during your journey, Castle Travel is independent Turkish Local Travel Agency will give you special Turkey, Pergamon, and Asclepion Maps as a gift so that you can understand this tour better and make your trip more conscious to keep throughout your Pergamon tour.

Also, your local tour guide will give you lots of information about Pergamon, Asclepion, Alexander The Great, the red Basilica, and Christianity in Pergamon.

The journey from Izmir to Pergamon is 197 km/122 miles one way and will take around 1.10 hours. The ruins of Pergamon cross the river in Bergama's pleasant, modern city. The deep-bedded Caicus River flowing through the town adds to Bergama's quiet charms.

Pergamon's archaeological sights, towering 330 m above the city, are extensive and impressive. Its ruins, loping over more than 3000 acres, are located on two main sites.

The Acropolis, which looms above the town, and with one world's wealthiest libraries, the ruins make it one of Turkey's finest archaeological sites.

Pergamon Acropolis

Extremely worthwhile UNESCO world heritage site atop a massive hill. The vantage point is incredible. It's high, panoramic views, its establishment, and the whole city complex in itself; you will love this place because it's overlooking the entire town.

The theater on the side of the hill is simply amazing. The most notable attraction is the mammoth amphitheater, capable of seating 10.000 spectators. It is the steepest theater whole Mediterranean coastline. Most of the Altar of Zeus, consisting of the remains of a marble offering table, graces the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.

The Temple was the "throne of Satan," referred to by St.John in the Book of Revelations. In ancient times, only the library in Alexandria surpassed Pergamon’s, which contained more than 200.000 volumes. When the Alexandrians attempted to eclipse the Pergamon book bonanza by limiting the flow of papyrus from the Nile, Pergamon schoolers invented parchment from goat hide.

The plot thıckned: when the library’s Egyptian rival went up in flames. Marc Antony plundered Pergamon’s shelves and presented the pilfered collection to Cleopatra.

Asclepion (Medical Center)

Under the direction of Galen, the most famous physician of the Roman Empire, Pergamon became the center of the cult of Asclepius, the Greek demi-god of healing and eponym of the Asclepion, which was both a temple and place of healing.

Allegedly, no patient left here unhealed, though undoubtedly, many were rushed out the back door in the throes of death. An impressive portion of the Asclepion remains, including a marble colonnade street, a theater, a library, a natural spring, and healing rooms.

Kizil Avlu (Red Baslica)

Red Basilica, which was originally built as a second-century temple to the Egyptian God Serapis and converted into a basilica during to Byzantine Empire.

Pergamon Acropolis, The temple of Zeus, the Temple of Emperor Trojan, the Theatre, the Pergamum Library, Arsenals, Red Basilica, and the Ascleion medical center; after visiting all of them, we will drive for lunch. After lunch, drive from Pergamon to Izmir, It is 197 km/122 miles one way and will take around 1.10 hours.

Izmir- Agora and St.Polycarp Church

Izmir is one of the Seven Churches of Revelation mentioned in the Bible as "the suffering church" (Rv 2:8-11).

Our first stop will be St.Polycarp Church, It was built in 1600 in the name of St.polycarp, who was martyred at the age of 86 in Velvet Castle by the Romans in 155 because of his faith, and it is the oldest church in Izmir. The church always attracts the attention of tourists with its different architectural structure and the process it has gone through in history.

Ancient Agora, Agora etymologically means city square, bazaar, marketplace. Agora, which has commercial, judicial, religious, and political functions, is where art is concentrated and the foundations of philosophy are laid; It is the place where stoas, monuments, altars, and statues are located.

It is the heart of traders. It dates from the Roman Period (2nd century AD) and was built on three floors. Smyrna agora is a very impressive historical place. Columns, tombstones, and texts written on stones are very impressive. Especially the arches and the fountain on the lower floor are wonderful traces of the history of humanity. You should definitely go and see it.

After that we will drive to Kadifekale, Kadifekale is an excellent world heritage that has survived since Alexander the Great. According to legend, Alexander, who came to Smyrna during the Eastern Campaign, fell asleep while hunting on Pagos Hill and had a dream. In his dream, he said he had to move the city to the foot of this hill. The Transport Process took place after the death of Alexander.

The ruins of the castle are still standing. It is a beautiful place to watch Izmir from the top, as a panoramic view.

Konak Square and Clock Tower, Each city has its own characteristics. When Izmir is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is the historic clock tower and Konak Square, where this work is located; the square has the feature of a center. In addition, Yalı Mosque, which draws attention with its tiles, Clock tower in the middle, Yali Mosque on one side, retired people sitting and resting in the shade of the plane tree on the other, Kemeraltı bazaar at the back, and the historical square overlooking the sea. End of the day drive back to hotel. Overnight in Izmir.

Ephesus Ancient City-The House of Virgin Mary-The Temple of Artemis

You will be/can be met at Izmir airport or even at your Hotel in Izmir. Then we will drive to Ephesus; during your journey, your local tour guide will give you lots of information about Ephesus, The House of the Virgin Mary, and The Temple of Artemis.

Your local tour guide will hand you your Ephesus Map and a Turkey Map. The journey from Izmir to Ephesus is 80 km/50 miles one way and will take around 1.10 hours.

The House of Virgin Mary

We will pass through the verdant and picturesque countryside before arriving at our first stop, The House of the Virgin Mary. Following the Predominant Christian tradition, Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the resurrection of Christ and lived out her final resting years here.

This is based mainly on the traditional belief that John came to Ephesus and the biblical statement that Jesus consigned her to John’s care (John 19:26-27). 

Ephesus Ancient Ruin

After The House of the Virgin Mary, we will head on to the next destination, the Ancient City of Ephesus; the tour here shall be a walking tour and will take you through one of the most magnificent archaeological sites in the entire world.

You will be able to see the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, the steam baths of Scholastic, the Temple of Hadrian, and course, lets’ not forget the awe-inspiring library of Ephesus. The library is adorned with columns and statues. The Grand Theatre, where Saint Paul preached, is the largest in antiquity, with a capacity of 24.000 seats.

You will then return to the bus through the Arcadian Way, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. After your 2-hour exploration around Ephesus, we will head for lunch, 1 hour is Lunch Break. 

The Temple of Artemis (Diana)

Then we will continue on tour and head on for our next stop, which is the Temple of Artemis (Diana); this unique temple was built in honor of the Greek Goddess of hunting, wild nature, and fertility, deemed as one of the Seven wonders of the ancient world.

The temple of Artemis used to be the largest marble temple in the ancient Greek world since it was four times as big as the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The temple served as both a marketplace and a religious institution.

Offerings by thousands of pilgrims each year enabled the temple to grow so wealthy that it became the world’s first bank. Today, little remains of the magnificent structure.

Your guide will describe its importance, wealth, and the tension between the Romans and Christians that settled in the area over the centuries. After local lunch, drive to Kusadasi or Transfer to Izmir.

What’s Included?

  • English Speaking Guide
  • All Entrance Fees
  • A/C Vehicle
  • Parking Fees
  • Cable Car

What’s Not Included?

  • Personal Expenses and Gratuities
  • Local Lunch and Drinks

PS: If you wish, you can do an Extention, or you may request transfer service to Bodrum, Kusadasi, Denizli, Konya, Cappadocia, Antalya, Marmaris, Gocek, Fethiye, or Istanbul.

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