Lake Basin Tours & Travel has partnered with Turkish Airlines to bring you this once in a lifetime chance to visit the holy sites in Turkey. While many Christians do not think of Turkey as a biblical land, during much of the first century it was the center for the young church. Two-thirds of the 27 books in the New Testament were either written in Asia Minor (the term for the Asian portion of Turkey) or were addressed to communities there.
A day to take in the sights and sounds of Turkey.
Your guide will pick you up from hotel reception around 08:30-09:00 and drive you to Ephesus for prayers with the Bishop in the house of Virgin Mary.
The tour will start with a drive to Selcuk to visit Ephesus ruins which was one of the greatest cities in the ancient world. Ephesus has special significance for Christians. From Ephesus Paul preached, Timothy taught, while later, John warned the church at Ephesus “…you have abandoned the love (you had) at first.” (Revelation 2:4). The tour includes a visit to St. John’s Basilica built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. It is believed that the grave of the Apostle John was located under the central dome in the basilica. The tour will end with a visit to Ephesus Museum which has lots of artifacts from the ancient city including the statues of Artemis. Drive to your hotel in Selcuk or Kusadasi.
The tour will begin with a pick-up from your hotel after your breakfast at around 08:30am. We will start the day with a visit to Smyrna Ancient City which has Hittite remains from about 4000 years ago. Ancient Smyrna is one of the oldest inhabited communities in the world. Polycarp, a bishop from this ancient city from 115-156 AD, was martyred because of his faith to Christianity.John told the Christians in Smyrna not to be afraid to suffer but “…be faithful till death” (Revelation 2:10-11) and he did exactly what John requested. We then drive to Pergamum and Asclepion Health Centre ruins. Located on top of a hill,Pergamum has served to Christianity a lot and we will see the ruins with the imagination of the past. Walking down from the ancient city, we will visit the Asclepion, which was used as a health centre in old times.
We will start the day quite early around 08:30 am and our first stop will be Sardis, an ancient political and cultural center in Anatolia which was the capital of the Lydian Kingdom. The ruins at Sardis are quite impressive such as public toilets, gymnasium and the synagogue and Artemis Temple. Ruins of a small building at the south corner of the synagogue from 4th century AD are believed to be an early Christian church, subject of John’s text on the church at Sardis in Revelation.
We will then visit Hierapolis and Laodicea Ancient Cities. Hierapolis Ancient has thermal springs and travertine terraces which is going to be unique experience to see a World Heritage Site. The ancient city contains the biggest necropolis (cemetery) in Anatolia with about 1200 graves. What make Hierapolis Ancient City different from the others is monumental limestone and marble tombs, sarcophagi and house-type tombs and St. Philip The Evangelist Martyrium. St. Paulmentions Hierapolis along with Laodicea as the centre of Epaphras’ ministry
Background: Religious faith (beliefs) were founded in the ancient times by prophets and messiahs (messengers) who were delivering to people messages and the works of the almighty God. They preached their beliefs to followers whom they later converted to have the same beliefs as them. Before they died, they passed on authority to leaders among their followers carry on the work they had started.
In the modern times, the followers have taken it upon themselves to preserve the sites where these founders where born, where they lived and where they died and or buried. This is to let their followers affirm that these people existed. For them to understand that what they are telling to them is true. They have encouraged the followers to visit these sites with the motive of having their followers to strengthen and deepen their faith (beliefs), to get the satisfaction that these people existed and some followers believe that they will get indulgence for their wrong doings once they visit these sites and pray for intercession.
With the increase in people’s incomes, the easy access to information and the opening of borders as result of the global trade, Faith Based Tourism has evolved where people have had the desire(s) to move to these places so they would need to have the services of transport, accommodation, meals and information. Lakebasin Tours and Travel Ltd a registered Tour Operator has stepped in to provide these services for the prospective visitor; we shall target the Christians by selling to them a packaged tour to Ephesus in Turkey.
Ephesus is located in the Republic of Turkey it is where the last dwelling house of the Blessed Virgin Mary is located. Aware of the influence of the Blessed Virgin Mary has on the Christian believers and her power of intercession, we believe that a Pilgrim to this site will bring satisfaction to the visitor and it will deepen his/her faith in the wonders of the Blessed Virgin.
The Pilgrimage: In partnership with Turkish Airlines, we have arranged a 7 days, 6 nights’ tour to Ephesus, beginning on 1st October 2016. You will visit the House of the Blessed Virgin Mary together with other sites and museums related to the Christian faith.
The rates for this itinerary are as follows :
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