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Seven Churches of Revelation with Gallipoli, Troy & Istanbul

Our journey starts in Gallipoli with visits to WWI battlefields and the British memorial. It then takes us through countryside to the ancient land of Turkey, at the heart of the New Testament church. The origins of Christianity lie in the ruins of the churches, which generated the growth of our faith from Asia westwards to Europe.

Our understanding of the early Christian communities is deepened at places such as Ephesus and Miletus and the lives of St Paul and St John become interwoven. The people, the sites and the geography give us an insight into the world of the first century church.

We visit the sites of the Seven Churches of Revelation and finish in Istanbul, one of the great cities of the world, with a culture and geography that looks both east and west.

 

Itinerary

  1. Journey to Turkey

    We fly to Istanbul and tranfser to Yesilkoy for an overnight stay.

  2. Gallipoli Peninsula

    We drive to Gallipoli and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant by the sea. Visit some of the battlefields and the British memorial at Cape Helles where we reflect on the events of the First World War when thousands of allied and Ottoman troops fought here. We cross the Dardanelles Strait by ferry and stay one night in Çanakkale.

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  3. Troy, Troas & Assos

    We continue our journey south with visits to Troy and Troas and on to Assos, from where Paul sailed on his journey to Miletus. Lunch in Assos. Travel to Bergama and stay overnight.

  4. Pergamum & Sardis

    We visit ancient Pergamum, perched high up above modern day Bergama. We see the impressive remains of the Grand Theatre, the library and the Asclepion on the lower slopes. In the afternoon, we continue to Thyatira and Sardis to see the Temple of Artemis and a Roman gymnasium. We also stop at Philadelphia before arriving in Pamukkale with its chalk white terraces and calcium pools. Overnight stay.

  5. Hierapolis & Laodicea

    We visit the extensive necropolis at Hierapolis, then continue to Laodicea, a remote spot in beautiful countryside. Three night stay in Kuşadası.

  6. Priene, Didyma and Miletus

    We visit three ancient cities: Priene, overlooking the rich farmland of the Maeander Valley; the Temple of Apollo at Didyma and the Port of Miletus, a lovely remote spot where we see the Lion Harbour and ancient Greek theatre. We remember Paul's emotional farewell to the elders of Ephesus.

  7. Ephesus

    We visit the Basilica of St John and see the Temple of Artemis. We then head to Ephesus, one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the world and  head of the Seven Churches. Restoration and preservation are paramount here and it’s easy to imagine the riot of the silversmiths in the vast theatre. We end the day with a group Eucharist at the House of the Virgin Mary.

  8. Smyrna

    We head to İzmir (Smyrna) where we plan to visit the Church of St Polycarp and the Roman Agora. Then a long drive to Bursa for our overnight stay.

  9. Bursa

    Our city tour includes the mausoleums of the early Ottomans as well as the 15th century Yeşil Cami (Green Mosque) and 14th century Seljuk Ulu Cami (Grand Mosque). We head to Iznik (Nicaea of the Creed) and on to Istanbul for our three night stay.

  10. Christianity and Islam

    We visit Hagia Sophia, a basilica dedicated to Divine Wisdom with a history dating back to the 4th century. We then go underground to explore the Justinian cisterns. In the afternoon we visit the Topkapı Palace, once the lavish home of the Ottoman sultans, including the Aghia Eirene, one of the oldest surviving churches in former Constantinople. Last stop of the day is the Blue Mosque.

  11. Bosphorus Cruise

    We join the local congregation at Christ Church for the 10.00am Sunday service and then head to the Egyptian Spice Market. On to the Byzantine Church of St Saviour in Chora with its stunning mosaics and frescoes. Lunch at a harbour side restaurant.  We then embark on our private  Bosphorus cruise, a perfect way to appreciate the grandeur and beauty of this amazing city. Time afterwards to explore the colourful Grand Bazaar, the oldest covered market in the world.

  12. Homeward Bound

    A leisurely morning before we drive to the airport for our return flight to UK

Essential Information

The price you pay is inclusive

The only extras you need to budget for are, drinks and shopping. We include lunches and gratuities to guide, driver and hotel staff.

2020 Price: £1,995, Single Supplement: £475, Travel Insurance Premium: £65 up to age 75 at the time of booking and £115 aged 76-90.

Included

Flights, hotel accommodation, breakfast, most lunches and dinner daily, sightseeing programme, entrance fees & guiding, gratuities

Not included

Travel insurance, single room supplement

Visas, passports and health

A Turkish visa is required for this holiday and MUST be obtained in advance of travel

We ask you to go to the Turkish Embassy website and follow the instructions. They will ask for payment (about £15) by credit or debit card.  www.evisa.gov.tr/en

If you prefer, the McCabe office can obtain this visa for you. Simply complete the visa application form which we send out with final invoices. Our charge is £25 (to include our administration) and we will ask you to pay this along with the balance of your tour cost.

Please also check that your passport is valid for six months beyond your return date. If you have a non-British passport you should contact the McCabe Pilgrimages office or the Turkish Embassy in London for advice.

It is essential that you carry your visa with you when you travel

No inoculations are required but do consult your GP about your own particular requirements.

Travel Insurance

The McCabe recommended insurance policy is designed for the older traveller. The premium for a Turkey pilgrimage is £65 up to age 75 at the time of booking and £115 aged 76-90. Do feel free to shop around as there are many suitable insurance options including annual policies on the market. We do insist that all travellers take out medical insurance.

A key feature of our recommended policy is that there is no requirement to call a Medical Help Line as most pre-existing conditions are covered.

You can read the full policy wording here.

Airline

Flights are available from regional airports on Turkish Airways to Istanbul. We recommend a Thursday departure with Sunday worship in Istanbul or a Tuesday departure with extra time in Izmir

Hotels

All of the hotels we use in Turkey are carefully chosen for their comfort and quality, proximity to the sites you will be visiting and for friendly service. Hotels are graded three and four star, and the bedrooms have twin beds and private facilities. Note that some hotels do not have sink plugs for cultural reasons, as it is considered cleaner to wash in running water. You may wish to consider bringing a universal plug with you.

You can click on the hotel websites below:

WOW Airport Hotel Istanbul

Troia Tusan Hotel in Çanakkale

Berksoy Hotel Bergama

Richmond Thermal Hotel in Pamukale

Richmond Ephesus Hotel near Kusadasi

Celik Palace Hotel in Bursa

Yasmak Sultan Hotel in Istanbul

Cuisine

We advise against drinking tap water in Turkey. Bottled water usually tastes better and is widely available. A buffet breakfast and three or four-course evening dinner are provided daily and lunches en route. Drinks are always extra, except at breakfast when tea, coffee and fruit juices are provided. Meals tend to be European in style, and not over-spicy. Fresh fruit is widely available and you should try the eastern dips and salads, which are served with most meals.

If you require vegetarian meals, or have any special dietary requirements, please let us know and we will advise the airline, hotels and restaurants. On arrival at each establishment, please check that the guide make the staff aware of your needs. Vegetarians are not always well catered for in Turkey; choices can be limited and unimaginative. That said, the salads and vegetables are very varied. Please note that alcohol (especially wine) can be expensive in Turkish hotels.

 

 

Practical information

Travelling Alone

Many of our passengers travel alone and object to expensive single room supplements. McCabe Pilgrimages will accept individual bookings on a 'guaranteed share' basis. We charge the basic price and accommodate you with a person of the same sex also requesting shared accommodation. If we do not find someone to share with you, you will be accommodated in a single room at only 50% of the usual single room supplement. For single travellers who do require single accommodation this should be requested when booking and, if available, the normal supplement will be payable.

The McCabe Educational Trust

For many, meeting the ‘Living Stones’ of The Land becomes a real highlight of their pilgrimage. The McCabe Educational Trust is an independent registered charity with the aim of helping inspiring people we meet on pilgrimage. On your pilgrimage you will meet some of these people. As ‘the haves’ encounter the ‘have nots’ the Trust has become a practical tool for one to help the other.

McCabe Pilgrimages invite all travellers to become partners in this work. A £15 voluntary donation to the Trust’s work is added to every pilgrim’s invoice and all money raised in this way is given in full to the projects the Trust supports. This scheme is voluntary and confidential with nobody put under any pressure to participate.

Full Financial Security

All money paid to McCabe is fully secure. Holidays including flights are covered by our ATOL license from the Civil Aviation Authority, and holidays without flights are protected by our membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme. If a pilgrimage is cancelled, for instance through lack of numbers or for political considerations, McCabe will promptly refund all monies paid.

AITO Quality Statement

McCabe Pilgrimages is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. The Association represents Britain’s leading independent tour operators and encourages high standards of quality and service. McCabe abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Quality Charter.

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Seven Churches of Revelation with Gallipoli, Troy & Istanbul Prices from £1995 pp The Very Revd Geoffrey Marshall 04/06/2020 for 12 days Download brochure Limited availability

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