7 Churches & Istanbul

One of our most popular tours


Experience the 7 Churches of Revelation

This private group tour will feature some of the high spots of Turkey’s Christian history, including the 7 Churches of Revelation, as well as visit the main historic sites and major attractions of Turkey. You’ll first discover Istanbul, a city of business frenzy, entertainment, and a wealth of rich culture. Absorb its ancient structures, from its mosques to the Roman-influenced architecture.

The next leg of your journey will take you along the major classical sites of western Turkey where the 7 Churches of Revelation are found, including Laodicea and  Pamukkale with its thermal pools, Philadelphia, Sardis, Thyatira, Pergamum, Smyrna, and Ephesus. The route will generally follow the text of Revelations 1-3.

This is a trip designed to explore some of the most featured regions of Turkey while giving time and attention to the devotional journey awaiting you at the 7 Church sites of Revelations.


What to Expect

Private guides that move at your pace

After designing your tour, your guide is thoughtfully chosen and briefed on your particular preferences and interests. Having a private guide with you keeps you free of the logistical stresses of traveling in a new place while still keeping you completely in charge of your time and flexible to change the flow of the day as you go. Whenever you want to move faster, slower, stop, or go, our guides are responsive to respect the time as yours and adjust the day’s plans when you ask.

Only the shopping stops you request

Whatever your shopping style and interest or disinterest, your guides will follow our policy that keeps you in charge of your time. None of the days on your trip will be timed around just getting you into touristic shopping centers (an unfortunate practice common on underpriced tours, with costs being covered by shopping commissions). But if you are interested in finding something special, like handmade pottery or carpets, our guides are prepared to help direct you to the most reputable local shops that deal honestly with our customers. They will follow up for you on quality guarantees after you return home, in the event you have any problems with items purchased. Know that if you prefer to focus all your time elsewhere, that decision is entirely yours and will be respected every minute of every day.

Payment and cancellation terms that make sense

Make your reservation whenever you are ready with a 50% deposit. The final balance will be requested two months before travel. Your payment is 100% refundable up to 60 days before travel. In case of international travel restrictions that may prevent arrival, until 21 days before travel, we deduct just cancellation penalties from airlines and hotels, then the remainder is 80% refundable and 20% given as flexible and transferable future travel credit. Group trips (8 or more travelers) cancellation terms differ, and are non-refundable after 60 days before travel. We recommend you obtain travel insurance from your preferred provider to cover your payments in the event of any unanticipated need for cancellation.


  • 2-3 participants: $5796 USD/person

  • 4-5 participants: $4428 USD/person

  • 6-12 participants: $3780 USD/person

  • 13+  participants: Contact us for details

  • Single Supplement: $800 USD

What's Included

  • Accommodation (in Silver class hotels)
  • Breakfast daily, Lunch on Full Day tours
  • Licensed professional English speaking guides with extensive 7 Churches knowledge.
  • Domestic flights (Istanbul – Izmir / Izmir – Istanbul)
  • Airport Transfers
  • Admission tickets to sites and museums
  • Private VIP transportation per tour itinerary
  • Parking, portage, toll roads
  • Coordination and attentive customer service throughout the tour by Sojourn staff

  • Required Association of – Turkish Travel Agencies Foreign Visitors Insurance (a vey basic mandatory policy and not an adequate replacement for purchasing your own travel insurance.)


Not Included

  • International flight tickets
  • Optional gratuities to guides, drivers, etc.
  • Most dinners
  • Entry Visas
  • Additional drinks at lunch and dinner
  • Optional programs listed in the itinerary

7 Churches & Istanbul Sample Itinerary

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Day 1, Arrival (click for details)

Your private guide and driver will greet you upon arrival at the airport and take you to your hotel.

Day Two - Istanbul (click for details)

Take a Bosphorus Cruise, then explore Topkapı Palace and the Spice Market with your private guide.

Day 3, Istanbul (click for details)

Your private guide will take you to the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and Grand Bazaar. Your private driver will take you to the airport to fly from Istanbul to Izmir. Your driver will meet you at the airport to take you to your hotel.

Day 4, 7 Churches Region (click for details)

Visit Smyrna Agora, Ephesus, and St. John Church with your private guide.

Day 5, 7 Churches Region (click for details)

Visit ancient Thyatira and Pergamon sites with your private guide.

Day 6, 7 Churches Region (click for details)

Your private guide will introduce you to Sardis, Philadelphia and Pamukkale & Hierapolis.

Day 7, Istanbul (click for details)

Explore Laodicea and Aphrodisias ancient cities with your private guide, then continue to Denizli Airport for your flight. Fly from Denizli to Istanbul. Your driver will meet you at the airport to take you to your hotel.

Day 8, Departure (click for details)

Your driver will take you to the Istanbul airport.

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Experience a Life-Changing Tour of the 7 Churches & Istanbul