Day 1: Arrival to Istanbul – Transfer to Hotel
Arrival to Istanbul. Your personal COS Agent will meet you at the A/P. You will get the tour documents and briefing about your tour. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Full Day / Byzantine & Ottoman Relics Tour (B-L)
Your Tour Guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at 09:00 and you will have a full day city tour. (Topkapi Palace, St.Sophia, Lunch at a charming restaurant, Blue Mosque, Hippodromme, Grand Bazaar) After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel at around 18:00. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: Full Day / Bosphorus Cruise & Two Continents Tour (B-L)
Your Tour Guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at 09:00 and you will have a full day city tour. (Spice-Egyptian Bazaar, Bosphorus Cruise by Boat, Lunch at a charming restaurant, Beylerbeyi or Dolmabahce Palace, Camlica Hill) After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel at around 18:00. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4: Flight to Izmir / Seven Churches Tour (B-L-D)
Pick up early from your hotel and transfer to A/P to take a flight to Izmir. Arrival to Izmir airport , drive north to the hauntingly beautiful Pergamon. Among the impressive structures of this city, dating from 399 B.C., we will see the Altar of Zeus, Temple of Dionysus and the 200,000 volume library which was surpassed only by that found in Alexandria at the time. The Asclepieum of Pergamon was a famous health centre where methods of treatment included blood transfusions, music therapy and meditation. On our way back to Izmir, we will stop by Thyateria to see the remains of the church. This was one of the principle towns where Christianity spread quickly. After the tour, transfer to hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5: Seven Churches Tour (B-L-D)
After breakfast visit the Apocalyps chuch in Izmir,then We leave in the morning for Sardis which holds a prominent place in mythology. Sardis felt the influence ofthe Seven Churches of Revelation and highlights include the 3rd century A.D.Synagogue, Gymnasium, House of Bronzes, Temple of Artemis, and of course the Church. Next on our itinerary is Philadelphia which was an important Christian centre during Byzantine times. We will see the Basilica and several interesting mosques. Then drive to Pamukkale. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 6: Seven Churches Tour (B-L-D)
After breakfast visit the, combination of history and nature, Pamukkale. You'll visit the Roman city Hierapolis with Apollo Temple competing with Delphi, Monumental Nympheum a 4th century Basilica and the Theatre. The Theater and the well preserved Necropolis,We journey on to Laodicea Ad Lycum where the remains are found on a flat-topped hill. Christianity came to the area during the time of St. Paul, brought by Epaphras of Colossae. Laodicea became the seat of Bishopric and hosted an important Ecumenical Council in the fourth century A.D., it was named in the Revelations as one of the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse. Highlights will be the Water Tower, Stadium and the Council Chamber. Our next stop will be Ephesus, Visiting to House Of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis and The Church of St.John. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 7: Flight to Istanbul
Pick up from your hotel and transfer to A/P to take a flight to Istanbul. Tour ends upon arrival. (If you would like, you can extend your trip by adding extra nights in Istanbul, please advise..)