Ongoing archaeological excavations in Turkey help to uncover more every day, and help us to better understand the Revelation. “Can I take a trip to the actual sites of these seven churches?” is a common question. “Yes” you can. This one-week program is the most comprehensive meeting and visitation of the Seven Cities of Revelation ever organized. All tours are led by expert scholars. Pre or post meeting tours to Patmos, Miletus and Gulet Boat, available on request.
Jun 4 Sun Arrive Izmir Airport (airport code ADB)*Please give us your arrival flight informationOur representative will meet you at Izmir Airport with a “TUTKU” sign. Transfer to Aria Claros Resort Hotel in Ozdere near Ephesus, Izmir.17:30-18:30 Worship Service18:30-18:35 Opening Ceremony – Levent Oral, President of Tutku Educational Travel18:35-18:45 Erin Dailey – Director of Operations, Tutku Educational Travel18:45-18:50 Welcome - Dr. Mark Wilson, Program Director18:50-18:55 Introduction of the groups, churches, and countries18:55-19:00 Welcome from a local pastor19:00-20:00 Dinner at hotel20:00-20:45 The Messages to the Seven Churches
Jun 5 Mon Half Day Presentations & Afternoon Smyrna Agora visit07:00-08:30 Breakfast08:45-09:00 Worship Songs09:00-09:45 Patmos among the Seven Churches09:50-10:35 Ephesus among the Seven Churches10:35-11:00 Coffee break11:00-11:45 Smyrna among the Seven Churches12:00-13:00 Lunch13:00-14:30 Drive to Izmir for Smyrna visit14:45-16:20 Smyrna Agora visit *Dr. Mark Wilson will accompany the groups to point out the Christian graffiti16:30-17:40 Return to hotel19:00-20:00 Dinner20:00-20:45 Lecture by Dr. Jim Hoffmeier “Some Motifs in the Book of Revelation and Ancient Egyptian Counterparts”
Jun 6 Tue Ephesus Tour07:00-08:00 Breakfast08:00-08:30 Departure from hotel and drive to Ephesus08:30-11:30 Ephesus11:45-12:30 St. John’s Basilica12:45-14:15 Lunch & shopping opportunity at the Handmade Carpet Center14:30-15:45 Ephesus Museum16:00-16:30 Return to hotel19:00-20:00 Dinner20:10-20:55 Presentation
Jun 7 Wed All Day Presentations07:00-08:30 Breakfast08:45-09:00 Worship Songs09:00-09:45 Thyatira among the Seven Churches09:50-10:35 Pergamum among the Seven Churches10:35-11:00 Coffee/Tea Break11:00-11:45 Sardis among the Seven Churches11:45-12:30 Presentation12:30-13:30 Lunch at hotel13:30-13:45 Worship songs13:45-14:30 Philadelphia among the Seven Churches14:30-15:00 Coffee break15:00-15:45 Laodicea among the Seven Churches16:00-17:30 Optional tour to Claros (tell us in advance if you wish to join this tour)19:00-20:00 Dinner at hotel
Jun 8 Thu Pergamum & Thyatira Tour06:45-07:45 Breakfast07:45-09:45 Drive to Bergama09:45-12:15 Pergamum tour of Acropolis and Red Basilica12:15-13:45 Lunch in Bergama or Akhisar13:45-14:45 Drive to site14:45-15:45 Thyatira tour16:00-17:30 Main Tour participants return to Aria Claros hotel for dinner.19:00-20:00 Dinner at hotel20:15-21:00 Closing ceremony – Mark Wilson, Levent Oral, sharing of memories by participants
Jun 9 Fri Sardis – Philadelphia – Laodicea– Izmir or Pamukkale06:00-06:50 Breakfast07:00-08:15 Departure from hotel08:15-10:15 Sardis tour10:15-11:00 Drive toAlaşehir11:00-11:30 Philadelphia tour: Church of St. John11:30-12:45 Drive to Denizli12:45-13:45 Lunch14:00-16:00 Laodicea tour16:00-19:30 GSM participants and post-tour participants return to Aria Claros hotel for dinner.16:00-18:00 Gulet Boat participants visit Hierapolis,19:00-20:00 Dinner and overnight at Doğa Thermal Hotel in Karahayıt
Jun 10 Sat Departures for return home07:00-09:30 Breakfast - Transfer to Izmir airport for departure *Please give us your departure flight information
PATMOS PRE-TOUR PROGRAM June 2 - 4
Jun 2 Fri Arrive Izmir Airport – Transfer to Aria Claros https://www.ariaclaros.com 19:00 Dinner at the hotel.Jun 3 Sat 06:00-19:00 Daily Patmos Tour. Return to Kusadasi with transfer to Aria Claros for dinner and overnight.Jun 4 Sun Breakfast & Dinner at the hotel. Main program starts.
MILETUS PRE-TOUR PROGRAM June 2 - 4
Jun 2 Fri Arrive Izmir Airport – Transfer to Aria Claros https://www.ariaclaros.com 19:00 Dinner at the hotel.Jun 3 Sat 08:30-17:00 Miletus, Didyma, Priene Daily tour. Dinner at the hotel.Jun 4 Sun Breakfast & Dinner at the hotel. Main program starts.
GULET BOAT EXTENSION PROGRAM June 10-18
Jun 10 Sat Pamukkale – Colossae - Myra – Embark Gulet Boat07:00-08:00 Breakfast08:00-09:15 Stop at Colossae09:15-13:15 Drive to Demre13:15- 14:30 Lunch14:30-16:30 Visit Myra’s St. Nicholas Church and theater; then synagogue and museum of Andriake16:30 Board GULET BOAT at Andriake Harbor - Kekova areaJune 11 Sun Underwater city and Simena visits; travel to nearby anchorageJune 12 Mon Travel to Kas, AntiphellosJune 13 Tues Travel to Kalkan - visit to Patara-Xanthos-LetoonJune 14 Wed Travel to Gemiler Island also called St. Nicholas SilandJune 15 Thurs Visit St. Nicholas island; travel to anchorage in Gulf of FethiyeJune 16 Fri Hike to Lydai and Kleopatra baths; overnight at anchorageJune 17 Sat Disembark in Fethiye, drive to Izmir. Visit a site on the way. Overnight Izmir.June 18 Sun Transfer to Izmir Airport (ADB) for departure.