"Western Turkey was the cradle of the early Christian church. With numerous rivers and streams to nourish the fertile land, a large number of populous cities sprouted up in Asia Minor. This area was the centerpiece of Paul’s mission and the area where he spent the bulk of his time. The apostle’s ministry in the region was so productive that it could be said that “all who lived in Asia heard the word of the Lord” (Acts 19:10). The numerous churches established during this time continued to thrive through the bitter persecutions of the Roman Imperial period. Ignatius, a first century disciple of the apostle John, was arrested and brought to Rome for execution. Along the way he wrote letters to several churches in this region including those at Ephesus, Tralles, Magnesia, Smyrna and Philadelphia. Join me on this trip as we visit these sites and trace the history of the earliest church from Paul to the Council of Nicaea – when Constantine the emperor embraced the faith and the world was forever changed."

- Dr. Mark R. Fairchild, Ph.D.,
Luke J. Peters Prof. of Biblical Studies Chair Dept.
Bible & Religion Huntington University
Author of Christian Origins in Ephesus and Asia Minor”. 


BIBLICAL TOURS > Seven Churches of Revelation, Nicaea & Istanbul
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Ephesus Theater



Agora, Smyrna


LAND & AIR from New York
(in US$)

$4,990 Double per person
$990 Single supplement


• International flights between New
   York JFK – Izmir & Istanbul - JFK
• 11 Nights at 4 and 5 star hotels in
• Daily breakfast and 10 dinners at
• Farewell Dinner in Istanbul
• Transportation by private A/C bus
   throughout the tour
• English speaking, Bible-oriented,
   professional tour guide throughout
   the tour
• All Entry fees to the sites &
• Tips to the hotel and restaurant
• Tips to the tour guide and driver
• Service charges & local taxes


• Turkish Visa Fee ($20 per person
  for US citizens to be obtained
online before arrival
• Drinks and lunches
• All personal expenses, laundry,
  phone calls, health and travel


June 10-22, 2018
Tour Host: Dr. M
ark Fairchild


June 10 Sun Depart New York – Fly Istanbul

June 11 Mon Arrive Istanbul – Take connection 08:00 flight
to Izmir
Arrive Izmir Airport at 09:05. Your tour guide will meet you after the baggage claim with a “BAS – TUTKU TOURS” sign. Meet and transfer to the hotel in city center. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (D)

June 12 Tue Ephesus – Kusadasi
After breakfast you will leave Izmir and drive to Ephesus, the first of the Seven Churches, for a visit. You will see the amazing ruins of this great city: the theater, the library, the Temple of Hadrian and the newly excavated Roman Terrace Houses. You will also visit the Cave Church of Paul and Thecla which is closed to the public. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)

June 13 Wed Magnesia – Tralles – Nysa – Kusadasi
Visit Magnesia and Tralles, two early cities where Christianity flourished in the first century. Ignatius wrote letters to churches in these cities on his way to martyrdom. Then visit the new Aydin Archaeological Museum. Continue the journey to the ancient city of Nysa with its beautiful library, theater and odeon. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)

June 14 Thu Priene – Miletus – Aphrodisias – Pamukkale
Drive south to visit the Greco-Roman site of Priene. Then, visit Miletus the site of the theater where Paul spoke to Ephesian elders. Then, drive to Aphrodisias, which is excavated by the New York University. See the Agora, Theater, Stadium, and Hadrian Baths. Then visit the Aphrodisias Museum. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale. (B,D)

June 15 Fri Colossae – Laodicea – Hierapolis – Pamukkale
After breakfast you will drive to unexcavated Colosse (Paul’s letter to the Colossians) on the foothills of Mount Honaz. Then, you will continue to Laodicea, one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Finally, you will visit Hierapolis where you will visit the monuments, thermal baths and the theater with its well preserved stage and Philip’s Tomb. Dinner and overnight will be in Pamukkale. (B,D)

June 16 Sat Philadelphia – Sardis – Izmir
After breakfast you will travel to Philadelphia, now called Alasehir. We’ll see remains of a Byzantine basilica as well as some eleventh century frescoes. Philadelphia and Smyrna were the only two churches among the Seven about which nothing bad was said by John. From there we’ll travel to Sardis , one of the most picturesque areas of any of the Seven Churches. You’ll see the remains of the Temple of Artemis as well as a small Byzantine church. Finally, you will proceed to Izmir (ancient Smyrna), one of the Seven Churches and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities of the world. You’ll check in to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

June 17 Sun Thyatira – Pergamum – Assos
Drive to Akhisar to visit the remains of the Thyatira church. Drive to Bergama which is the site of ancient Pergamum, one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. You will visit the Acropolis there and see the impressive theater, the Temple of Athena, and the ruins of Asklepion, the ancient healing center. Continue to Assos for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

June 18 Mon Alexander Troas – Troy – Bursa
Visit the panoramic Temple of Athena in Assos and the Temple of Apollo Smintheon at Gulpinar. Continue to Odun Iskelesi to visit the site and the port of Alexandria-Troas where Paul raised the boy, Eutychus. Paul visited this area at least twice. Then, visit the legendary city of Troy, and see the replica of the wooden horse. Dinner and overnight in Bursa. (B,D)

June 19 Tue Nicaea – Istanbul
Drive to Iznik (ancient Nicaea). Two ecumenical councils were held here: the First Ecumenical Council of 325 and the Seventh Ecumenical Council of 787. Visit the ruins of the St. Sophia Church where the Seventh Ecumenical Council was held. In the afternoon, drive to Istanbul, the only city in the world spanning two continents; transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

June 20 Wed Istanbul
Full day Istanbul tour; visit Hippodrome Square, Hagia Sophia Church, Archaeological Museum, St Irene Church, Underground Cistern. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,D)

June 21 Thu Istanbul
Visit the Yedikule fortress, and Chora Church in the morning. Then, visit the Patriarchate in Istanbul. Drive to Bophorus strait to visit the Rumeli Fortress. This evening, we gather for a farewell dinner. (B,D)

June 22 Fri Transfer to Airport – Fly Back to New York.



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