PLACES TO SEE: Sardis ancient site including Gymnasium, Acropolis, Temple of Artemis and the ancient Synagogue and the Alasehir, the old Philadelphia.
Meet with your guide at hotel.
We drive via Izmir , the third largest city on the Western Turkey, alond a scenic drive.
We start our day with a visit to remarkable ruins of Sardis, Known biblically as the home of the church that received the fifth of letters to the seven churches in Revelation, Sardis was the capital of the Lydian empire and one of the greatest cities of the ancient world. Located on the banks of the Pactolus River, Sardis was 60 miles inland from Ephesus and Smyrna. The city was home to the famous bishop Melito in the 2nd century.
We visit the stunningly preserved Gymnasium , the earliest ancient Synagogue built during the 3th C.AD and the Temple of Artemis.After we have lunch at one of the local restaurants, we drive to Alasehir, the old Philadelphia, is one of the seven churches that John addressed in the book of Revelation (3:7–13). It was founded in the third century B.C. by one of the Pergamenian kings and named after Attalus II (159–138 B.C.) who maintained "loyalty/love" for his brother, Eumenes II (197–159 B.C.), in spite of Roman pressure — thus the name "Philadelphia" (brotherly love).
We visit the ancient church of Philadelphia, and columns remained after a massive earthqueake during that times.
At the end of our tour, we drive back to hotel with a counrtyside view.
Then our services are over.
The cost of this tour includes
1 full day private guiding service
1 full day private vehicle
All entrance fees & admissions to historical sites
A’la Carte lunch at one of the selected restaurant
Sandals or casual walking shoes
Windbreaker / lightweight rain coat (in spring and fall)
Sweatshirts or light sweater
Sun hat and sun protector cream
The Cost of this tour excludes
Gratuites to guide & driver
Beverages on lunch
Items of a personal nature
Any item specifically not mentioned on the itinerary
Walking or running shoes
Camera gear and film
Reading or writing material