May, 23-25, 2001, Grand Hotel Tarabya,
Istanbul, Turkey
(Field Trip on May 26, 2001)

May 26, 2001 / Saturday
Following the technical excursion, we will proceed to our Hotel in Bursa for dinner and overnight.
May 27, 2001 / Sunday
After breakfast, we drive for touring the Ottoman Highlights of the city. We are going to start with the Green Tomb which is one of the most beautiful monumental Royal Saint Sepulcher within the country with its turquoise colored hand made tiles of 14th century. Next, the Green Mosque of same era is an interesting experience to see the Islamic art of early Turkish Civilization. Finally, we are going to visit the Ottoman Masterpiece of the city which is the Ulu Camii (Royal Grand Mosque) has a wonderful interior design embellished with the very best samples of the those days calligraphy art and atmosphere enriched with a monumental fountain. After lunch drive Ayvalik via Balikesir which is a beautiful city in the countryside famous with the very best of olive oil production. Dinner is going to be served in the Hotel.
May 28, 2001 / Monday
Departure from the Hotel for Pergamum: once upon a time proclaimed its Kingdom and ruled Ephesus even for a short time. Early Hellenistic city was the center of culture, commerce, pagan worship and medical with its philosophers, scientists, fortune tellers and artists who created the masterpieces of those era like "the Altar of Zeus" was described as the "Thrown of the Satan" by Jesus. Acropolis, remains of celebrated library, (where the Parchments Paper was, invented first) more then 200.000 books were stored in Roman era then given as a gift by Antonio to Cleopatra. World steepest Hellenistic style 10000 spectator capacity theater, marble columned temples of Trojan and the Temple of Dionysus, the Temple of Athena, the sanctuary of Demeter, Zeus Altar one of the grandest monuments. Then proceed to Asclepion great medical center where you will have a change to see the curing methods of the ancient doctors for the mentally sick people. Where they promised, "the death can not entire to the city". After lunch, we'll depart for Izmir the third biggest city of Turkey, which has an importance of being the home of early Christianity and the city where St Polycarp was martyred. Being the birthplace of Homer Izmir composes a radius position for our special Seven Churches of Revelation tour in Asia Minor. We'll proceed for Alexander Great' s Velvet Castle to get the best view of Izmir Bay and the other side of the Gulf (Karsiyaka) from here. After we checked in the Hotel. Those who would like to explore the city can take a walk to wonder around and experience the Mediterranean way of modern life in Turkey. Dinner and overnight in the Hotel. May 29, 2001 / Tuesday
Departure from the Hotel in route to Pamukkale via Sardis, "the richest city and the man" (where the first coins were minted) the capital of the Lydian realm of Croesus, located by the ancient Pactole River. The city was the beginning of the famous "King Road" reaching up to Black Sea. Sardis, We'll enter from the marble way passing by the old Byzantine shops. Another must to see is old Synagogue (3rd AD) been restored by American foundation with its dazzling decoration and style. Next to that there is a very well restored gymnasium complex. After lunch proceed to Pamukkale; (Cotton Castle) where the thermal water flows from natural pools in white terraces. Visit the cascading clefts of the region, which is unique in the world. Then the ancient city of Hieropolis was named after Hiera, wife of the founder of Pergamon. Highlights include the Roman Baths, the temple of Apollo and the Nymphaeum is located by the Acropolis Next we'll see the Roman Bath later converted into a church in the name of St. Philip where he was killed in. And the Necropolis one of the biggest in the world with over 1200 cemeteries and hundreds of Sarcophagus dated back to Hellenistic and the Roman era. Overnight in Pamukkale where you can enjoy the hot spring pools of the Hotel. Dinner will be served in your hotel.
May 30, 2001 / Wednesday
Today we will depart from Pamukkale down to west for the invitation to one of the greatest archaeological sites as well as Seven Churches in the Book of Revelation. Ephesus where St. Paul preached is an ancient city. The city in 2'nd century was the second biggest after Alexandria. And the leading worshipping center because of Artemis Temple and its sanctuary, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Later not in Byzantine time but also in Turkish period city kept its religious importance due to its strategically position. The Third Ecumenical Council was held in Ephesus. St John is buried there and Holy Virgin spent her last days in this city also. The east Gymnasium, the state Agora, the remain of the Temple of Isis (Goddess of Egypt), the Hercules Gate, Curates Street named for the college of the virgin priests guarding Holy Fire of Vesta located here, Scholastic Baths and the Brothel as its component, well preserved two story Celsius Library, Marble Road, great theater that is still hosting the concerts and festivals, Arcadian way, (Harbor Street) once lined up with shops towards the harbor After lunch, we are heading to the Basilica of St. John with the crypt where he was buried right after he died then became center of worship and the Saint Sepulcher. Before driving to the home of the Virgin Mary, who was brought to Ephesus by John, the beloved disciple of Jesus. Over a hundred thousand pilgrims now visit the home of Virgin Mary on a hilltop, where she lived out her days each year. May be is the only place in the world where the Christians and the Moslems pray side by side. The pilgrims drink the water of the sacred spring, meditate and pray for health at this ancient spot of worship. Both Pope Paul VI in 1967 and Pope John Paul II in 1979 have celebrated mass here. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
May 31, 2001 / Friday
After breakfasts in your Hotel depart for your flight to Izmir Airport. Leave you to Airport and ending of our services. Farewell.

Per Person in Double Room : 495.-USD
Single Room : 595.-USD


* 5 nights room with private bath or shower at good 4 star Hotels.
* 5 open buffet breakfasts at your hotel
* 5 open buffet dinners at your hotel
* 4 lunches in local restaurants including water
* Hotel service charges, hotel tips and portage
* Professional tour director at your service throughout the tour
* Sightseeing as described in the itinerary
* Land transportation by private air-conditioned minibus or motor coach depending on group size.


* Beverages, alcoholic and hot drinks in the lunches and dinner.
* Personal expenses.
* Customary tips to your guide and to your driver.