We begin our day arriving in Kusadasi, a lively Turkish port. Drive through the colorful town of Kusadasi to reach Mt.
Koressos. Located in a small valley, it is here where you will visit the humble chapel which lies on the site of the little
house where The Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her last days. Despite the many controversies, the Christian
World still favors this belief and the site has been officially sanctioned by the Vatican for pilgrimage. Continue on to
Ancient Ephesus and, accompanied by your guide, walk through the Magnesian Gate which is the entrance to the
ancient city of Ephesus. Your guided walking tour will take you through one of the most magnificent excavations in the
world. See the Odeon (concert hall), the Fountain of Trajan, the steam-heated Baths of Scolastika, the Temple of
Hadrian and the Latrians, the Library of Celsus and The Great Theatre where St. Paul preached, which is the largest
theatre in antiquity, having a capacity of 24,000 people. Walk back to your motor coach along the Arcadian Way, where
Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. While driving back to Kusadasi and just outside Ephesus, view the
Basilica of St. John, which was erected over his grave in the 6th Century AD by the Emperor Justinian. Before returning
to the ship, enjoy free time in Kusadasi.
Continue our journey to Patmos, where we will enjoy a short journey to the village of Chora where the monastery of St.
John is built within the walls of a strong fortification. As you walk uphill towards the entrance of the monastery, marvel
at this magnificent structure which was built over 900 years ago, an architectural marvel. View the courtyard, the
monk's dining room and the old bakery before you visit the main church, noting its outstanding frescoes and interior
decoration. Next, see the priceless ecclesiastical treasures housed in the beautiful but small museum: books and
manuscripts, mosaics, icons, splendid medieval textiles and vestments as well as jewelry. Return to your motor coach to
continue on to the nearby Grotto of the Apocalypse, where the Monastery of the Apocalypse stands as a sub-unit of the
main monastery. Walk down the steps to visit the Grotto of the Apocalypse. Here you will see the silver niches in the
wall that mark the pillow and ledge used as a desk by the author of the Book of the Revelation, as well as the three-fold
crack made by the voice of God emphasizing the honor of the Holy Trinity. Afterwards, drive back to the port of Scala
and enjoy some free time in this quaint and picturesque harbor.