The Ancient Civilizations of Turkey
September 14 - 28, 2013 | Led by tour host Dr. Mark Wilson
Turkey is more than the land of the Seven Churches of Revelation or the site of St. Paul’s missionary journey; It is the place where civilization began and is even linked with the Garden of Eden mention in Genesis 2-3. The great civilizations that existed here thousands of years ago serve as the backdrop for some of the most important stories from the Old Testament. Here, the Assyrians traded at Kanesh, the Babylonians fought the Egyptians at Carchemish, and Alexander the Great cut the Gordion knot at Gordion, home of King Midas. Join us as we take an extraordinary journey through the earliest Biblical periods and explore the remains of the great civilizations that helped shaped the Biblical world.
|Price per person, Land (based on double occupancy):||$3,190|
|Price per person, Land & Air (based on double occupancy and round-trip airfare from New York JFK):||$4,590|
|Single room supplement:||$790|
Sep 14 Sat | Fly from New York to Istanbul
Sep 15 Sun | Arrive Istanbul
Arrival at Istanbul Airport. Your tour guide will meet you after passport control and baggage claim with a “TUTKU TOURS” sign. Meet and drive to the hotel for check-in. Afternoon visit to the Haghia Sophia Church built by Justinian in the 6th century, one of the world’s greatest architectural marvels and a designated World Heritage site, and the Istanbul Archaeology Museum containing important biblical artefacts. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Istanbul. (D)
Sep 16 Mon | Istanbul Full-day Istanbul tour
Visit the Chora Church famous for its golden mosaics, the Roman Hippodrome Square, Blue Mosque with its beautiful blue tiles, Underground Cistern; then take a relaxing afternoon Boat Tour along the Bosphorus visiting both Asian and European shores of Istanbul. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Sep 17 Tues | Fly Sanliurfa — Göbekli Tepe — Harran — Urfa
07:00 AM pick up from your hotel and transfer to the Istanbul Airport for TK 2246 9:40/11:25 AM flight to Sanliurfa.
Your tour guide will meet you after baggage claim with a “TUTKU TOURS” sign. Drive to Göbekli Tepe that dates from 10,000 BC. Then drive south to visit Harran. Later we will return to Urfa (ancient Edessa) to visit the traditional birth cave of Abraham and the pool of sacred fish. Dinner and overnight at Urfa (Ur/Edessa). (B,D)
Sep 18 Wed | Nemrut Mountain — Arsemeia — Urfa
Drive to Mount Nemrut to visit the huge heads of god and kings from 1st century Commagene Kingdom. Then visit the ancient city of Arsemeia. Return to Urfa for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Sep 19 Thu | Zeugma — Rumkale — Gaziantep
Take a boat ride on the Euphrates to Rumkale and visit Zeugma and its new excavations. Then to Gaziantep and a short city tour. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Sep 20 Fri | Gaziantep — Adana
Morning visit to Gaziantep Mosaic Museum. Then drive west with stop at Zincirli, ancient Sam’al. Then continue to Adana for short city tour and stop at Roman brige. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Sep 21 Sat | Issus — Karatepe — Adana
Visit Misis Museum with its biblical mosaics, then to the Neo-Hittite summer palace at Karatepe, brief stop at Hierapolis Castabala on the return to Adana for overnight. (B,D)
Sep 22 Sun | Tarsus — Kanesh — Cappadocia
Visit Tarsus, Paul’s home town, and its ancient settlement Gözlü Kule, then drive through the Cilician Gates to the Assyrian merchant colony of Kanesh near Kayseri. Drive north to Cappadocia where nature has scoured surrealistic moonscape shapes. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. (B,D)
Sep 23 Mon | Cappadocia
Full day sightseeing in Cappadocia; visit the Underground city where persecuted Christians lived in the 9th century A.D. Göreme Open Air Museum with painted rock churches, the pottery making town of Avanos and the citadel of Uçhisar. (B,D)
Sep 24 Tues | Hattusha — Yazilikaya — Ankara
Drive to Bogazkoy to visit Hattusha, capital city of Hittite Empire. Then visit Yazilikaya and continue to Ankara, the capital city of modern Turkey. Dinner and overnight in Ankara. (B,D)
Sep 25 Wed | Ankara — Gordion — Eskişehir
Morning visit to the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Temple of Augustus, and Acropolis. Afternoon visit to Gordion. Dinner and overnight in Eskişehir. (B,D)
Sep 26 Thu | Phrygia Tour — Eskişehir
Full day tour in the Phrygian Valley. Dinner and overnight in Eskişehir. (B,D)
Sep 27 Fri | Eskişehir — Istanbul
Morning drive to Istanbul; afternoon free time in Istanbul. Farewell dinner at a seafood restaurant in Kumkapi district. Overnight in Istanbul. (B,D)
Sep 28 Sat | Departure — Fly back to New York
Transfer to airport for flight back to New York. Arrive New York same day afternoon. End of our services. (B)
INCLUDED TOUR FEATURES:
- Roundtrip Air fare between New York and Istanbul
- Istanbul-Urfa domestic flight
- 3 nights at Special Class Germir Palas Hotel in Istanbul
- 2 nights at 5 star Dedeman Hotel in Urfa
- 1 night at 5 star hotel in Gaziantep
- 1 night at 5 star Anemon Hotel in Antakya
- 1 night at 5 star Seyhan Hotel in Adana
- 2 nights at 5 star Dedeman Hotel in Cappadocia
- 1 night at 5 star Moevenpick Hotel in Ankara
- 2 Night at 5 star Anemon Hotel in Eskişehir
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary
- All escorted transfers
- Daily open buffet breakfasts at hotels
- 12 Dinners at hotels
- Farewell dinner at outdoor restaurant in Istanbul
- All transportation by Private A/C bus
- English speaking professional tour guide throughout the tour
- All Entry fees to the sites & museums
- Portage at hotels
- Tips to the hotel and restaurant staff
- Service charges & local taxes
- Tips to the tour guide
- Drinks and Lunches
- All personal expenses — Any other item which is not listed above
- Turkish Visa Fee: $20 per person for US citizens to be paid upon arrival.
Citizens of ALL other countries are responsible for checking their own countries’ visa regulations for travel. US and Canadian citizens can get the Turkish Visa upon arrival.
- $200 per person. Deposit at the time of booking: Fully refundable until July 1, 2013.
- Full Payment : July 2, 2013
15-20 days prior to departure:
You will receive all the travel documents, including airline tickets. Cancellation penalty:
- 60-46 days prior to departure: No penalty
- 45-15 days prior to departure: 10%
- 14-7 days prior to departure: 25%
- 6-1 days prior to departure: 50%
- After tour departure: No refund
Air Cancellation Policy: We will be liable to airlines’ standard rates and rules.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance may be purchased as a separate package. Travel Insurance agreement is contracted directly between the traveller and the insurance company.
Terms and Conditions
Flight times are subject to change without advance notice. BAS/Tutku Tours are not responsible for changes and delays in airline schedules and cannot reimburse passengers for expenses resulting from airline delays. Because airlines often change flight times and dates at the last minute, BAS/Tutku Tours strongly recommend the purchase of domestic tickets, which can be changed without heavy fees and penalties. If airline changes flight schedules, BAS/Tutku Tours reserve the right to lengthen or shorten the itinerary accordingly, and whenever possible, you will be notified in writing. If airline changes necessitate an extra overnight, you will be charged (per night) the full cost of the hotel room.
Passport Requirements: A valid passport, good for at least 6 additional months from date of return is required of all tour members.
Air Transportation: Round-trip flights, group economy class, scheduled from New York JFK to Istanbul. Your tickets are usually finalized and written a minimum of 45 days prior to departure in order to guarantee the fare. Once your group ticket has been written, it cannot be rewritten or refunded to the passenger by the airlines. Air transportation will be jet economy class aboard carriers which may utilize non-refundable, non-transferable tickets to/from your destination for groups flying together for the entire itinerary. Any fare increases or surcharges will be paid by the passenger. Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS) and Tutku Tours cannot be responsible for any such increases.
Luggage: Restricted in size and shape by your airline. You may contact them if you need.
Insurance: We highly recommend that applicants purchase trip cancellation insurance to protect your investment in the event of illness or accident. Information will be provided upon deposit.
Tour deviations: All deviations from or additions to the tour may be subject to a handling and processing fee plus any out-of-pocket charges (i.e., telex, hotel cancellation charges, messenger or other fees involved).
Notice: Dates, schedules, program details and costs, although given in good faith and based on information available at the time of publication of the brochure, are subject to change and revision. In the event of such an omission or substitution, no liability will be granted by BAS/Tutku Tours. All itineraries are subject to change. Prices quoted for this tour are based on a minimum group size of 15 participants.
Responsibility: The Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS), Tutku Tours and/or their agents, affiliates, assignees and cooperative agents act only as agents for the passenger with respect to transportation, hotels and automobile contractors. They exercise every care possible but cannot be held responsible for personal injury in connection with the service of any hotel, ship, airplane, train, automobile, horse, donkey, carriage or other conveyance used in carrying out the tours, nor are they responsible for delay, accident, sickness, loss of personal property, strikes, armed conflict, additional expenses due to weather, disruption of advertised schedules, refusal of visas or other causes beyond their control. Further, the operation of vehicles used in their tour is the full responsibility of the companies and individuals engaged in the conveying of passengers; said companies or individuals are governed by the laws of the country of operations, and recourse for any mishap must be filed locally. Unforeseen conditions may necessitate tour changes and the right is reserved to make such changes or withdraw the tour as deemed advisable. The right is also reserved to refuse to accept or retain any passengers on any tour at any time for any reason. Cooperating airlines and steamship companies are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board; the limit of their liability is that of a common carrier, and the passage contract in use by such carriers, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between companies and the purchaser of this tour and/or passenger. Acceptance of the services of BAS/Tutku Tours, by all agents and/or travelers constitutes acceptance by them of all the above terms and conditions. The program conditions become a binding contract when your signed enrollment form and deposit payment are received and accepted by Biblical Archaeology Society, Travel/Study Department.
The program conditions become a binding contract when your signed enrollment form and deposit payment are received and accepted by Biblical Archaeology Society, Travel/Study Department.
For more information contact:The Biblical Archaeology Society
4710 41st St. NW
Washington, D. C. 20016
1-800-221-4644 ext.216 or 202-364-3300 x 216