The Journeys of Paul in Turkey and Greece
May 4 - 18, 2013 | Led by tour host Mark R. Fairchild
We are ready to depart on a magnificent adventure through lands of legend and sacred landscapes as we follow in Paul’s footsteps to two of the most popular destinations: Greece and Turkey. We’ll experience the gracious hospitality of these two ancient cultures as we explore some of the most beautiful sites and monuments visited by Paul the Apostle during his 1st-century journeys. Biblical scholar Mark Fairchild will be our tour host, bringing the Biblical world of Greece and Turkey to life as we experience first-hand the ancient world of St. Paul.
|Price per person, Land (based on double occupancy):||$3,370|
|Price per person, Land & Air (based on double occupancy and round-trip airfare from New York JFK):||$4,490|
|Single Room Supplement:||$690|
May 4 Sat | Depart New York — Fly Athens via Istanbul
Take the TK 12 JFK-IST flight departing JFK at 11:55pm - arrive Istanbul at 4:45pm next day.
May 5 Sun | Arrive Istanbul — Fly Athens
Arrive in Istanbul at 4:45pm. Take the TK 1843 7:25pm/8:50pm flight to Athens. Upon arrival at Athens Airport, our representatives will meet you after the customs and baggage claim and transfer you to your hotel in Athens.
May 6 Mon | Athens
Enjoy the architectural splendors of the ancient city of Athens as you follow your guide to the world renowned Acropolis, the Propylaea, the Parthenon, and the Erectheum. View Mars Hill where the apostle Paul stood and said, “I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore you ignorantly worship, him I declare to you” (Acts 17:23). See the Agora, the ancient market place and center of the Athenian public life, where the apostle Paul preached “Jesus and the resurrection” (Acts 17:18) to the skeptical Athenians. Also see the House of Parliament, the Presidential Palace and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This afternoon is free to explore Athens on your own or enjoy an optional journey to Sounion to visit the famous Temple of Poseidon (additional $39). Overnight in Athens. (B,D)
May 7 Tue | Corinth and Cenchraeae — Athens
Corinth is the city where Paul met Aquilla and Priscilla, the tent makers, and where the Lord spoke to Paul by a vision saying, “I am with you, and no man shall set on you to hurt you: for I have much people in this city” (Acts 18: 10). Here, Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue believed in the Lord along with and many Corinthians (Acts 18:8). Thus, began the church at Corinth to whom Paul wrote two epistles. Visit the Archaeological Museum, the Market Place and Temples. Walk among the ruins and stand next to the Bema where Paul stood before Gallio facing charges brought by the Jews. Paul stayed a while in Corinth before leaving for Syria from the port at Cenchraea (Acts 18: 12-18). Overnight in Athens. (B,D)
May 8 Wed | Delphi — Meteora — Kalambaka
Travel to scenic Delphi, the religious center of the ancient Greek world, considered by the early Greeks to be the center of the world and marked by the conical stone, called the omphalos or navel. Walk the Sacra Via to the Athenian Treasury, the Theatre, and the Temple of Apollo where the oracle performed the prophetic rituals.
With innumerable pagan ruins surrounding your walk, capture a glimpse of the challenge the apostle Paul incurred in preaching the Gospel of Christ in Macedonia. Visit the Museum where you will view many ancient treasures, the chief of which is the 5th century bronzed Charioteer, complete with eyelashes. Drive to Kalambaka to visit the rock forest of Meteora in western Thessaly and ponder the rough terrain in which the apostle Paul walked during his missionary journey. See famous Byzantine monasteries perched precariously on summits of soaring, sheer-sided grey rock pinnacles of varied and spectacular shapes. Their history goes back to the 14th century when the monks sought refuge in cliff-side caves, then fled higher to build the original wooden shelters, later transformed into monasteries. Visit one of these monasteries. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka. (B,D)
May 9 Thu | Kalambaka — Thessaloniki — Philippi — Kavala
Drive to Philippi, where Paul, intending to find a place to pray by the riverside, spoke to women who had gathered there among whom was Lydia, the seller of purple and whose heart the Lord opened to hear the words that he spoke (Acts 16:13-15). Lydia was the first Christian to be baptized on European soil. Visit the place where this event is remembered and see a crypt dating from the Roman period, which is thought to have served as a prison for the apostle Paul. See the famous Acropolis, the Market Place, the Basilica, and the Theater. Overnight in the Kavala area. (B,D)
May 10 Fri | Kavala (Greece) — Istanbul
Drive to the Greece-Turkey border. Transfer to your Turkish bus and guide, and continue to istanbul for dinner and overnight. Visit the St Chora Church famous for its Golden Mosaics, then visit the Spice Bazaar. Take a leisurely Boat Tour along the Bosphorus seeing both the European and Asian shores of Istanbul. Walk at Beyoglu streets and have dinner at a local restaurant at historic Flower Passage. Overnight in Istanbul. (B,D)
May 11 Sat | Istanbul
You’ll visit the famous Blue Mosque, with its six minarets and sparkling interior. You’ll visit the Topkapi Palace, once home to royal Sultans. Inside, you’ll see the fabled jewels of the Treasury, delicate displays of Chinese porcelain in the Kitchen Quarters and the provocative Harem Quarters. Walk through St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia) that, for 1000 years, was the largest church in Christendom. Built by Justinian (532-537 AD), the church has 107 columns, fossil imbedded white marble floors and beautiful glass mosaics. Today, it is the Museum of Byzantine Art. Then visit the Archaeological Museum containing important Biblical artifacts. Explore the Grand Bazaar, over 4000 shops sell everything from herbs to gold. Overnight in Istanbul. (B,D)
May 12 Sun | Istanbul — Canakkale — Troas — Troy
Drive to Gallipoli. Cross the Dardanelles strait by car ferry. Drive to Alexandria Troas, founded by Alexander the Great, Paul visited here at least twice. Then visit the legendary Troy and see the replica of the wooden horse. Overnight in Canakkale. (B,D)
May 13 Mon | Assos — Pergamum — Izmir (Smyrna)
Visit Assos and drive to Pergamum and the church that was praised for its forbearance during hard times (Rev. 2:12-17). Rome executed the first Christians here. Towering 1000 feet above the town and commanding a spectacular panorama is the fabled Acropolis. Then drive to Izmir, ancient Smyrna. Overnight in Izmir. (B,D)
May 14 Tue | Miletus and Priene — Kusadasi
Visit the excavations at Miletus, where Paul bid farewell to the elders of the church of Ephesus at the end of his Third Missionary Journey (Acts 20). Priene had a substantial Christian community during the Byzantine period and was the seat of a bishop. Four of Priene’s bishops are known: Theosebius, present at the Council of Ephesus (431); Isidore, who was living in 451; Paul, present at the Council of Constantinople (692); and Demetrius (12th century). Overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)
May 15 Wed | Ephesus — Kusadasi
Ephesus is one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 1:11). In ancient days, Ephesus was a bustling port town of 250,000, graced with wide, colonnade-bordered streets. Today you will be impressed with the spectacular excavations of the major streets of ancient Ephesus. You’ll view the Library and the huge Agora. You will visit the Terrace Houses and then hike up to the hill to visit the Cave Church of Paul which is close to the public. The Temple of Artemis was declared one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Today, only a single column remains to mark the site. You’ll visit the Basilica of St. John, traditional site of his grave. From the basilica, enjoy a commanding view of the area. You’ll visit the Museum of Ephesus for an up-close look at artifacts from the ancient city. You will have time to explore this powerful city on your own and recreate some of the footsteps of Paul. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)
May 16 Thu | Laodicea — Aphrodisias — Pamukkale
Visit Aphrodisias excavated by the New York University and see the Stadium, The Theater, The Agora and more. Proceed to Laodicea. The Christians of Laodicea, one of the Seven Churches (Rev 3:14-22), were chastised for being lukewarm, “You are neither cold nor hot” (Rev. 3:14) and for being too comfortable incorporating pagan and Christian beliefs. In the famous scripture from Revelation (3:20-21), Jesus says to the Laodicean church: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock...” Today, there are many acres of ruins to see, including the stadium and columned streets. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale. (B,D)
May 17 Fri | Hierapolis and Sardis — Izmir
Hierapolis is blessed by hot mineral springs and some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Asia Minor. Christianity came to Hierapolis via Paul (Colossians 4:13). The ruins cover more than a mile. You’ll see the impressive theater with seats still in perfect condition. You’ll see the City Gates, column-lined streets and arches that have stood through time and earthquake. Today, the area is known as Pamukkale, meaning “Cotton Castle”. It is named for the limestone-laden hot springs that cascade from one white-edged terrace pool to the next. Sardis, another of the Seven Churches of Revelation, was berated by John the Prophet for its facade of strength when, in reality, it was weak (Rev. 3:1-6). In Sardis, coins were minted and the dyeing of wool originated. The massive scale of the Temple of Artemis and by the white marble Royal Road, the gymnasium and the synagogue will impress you. Continue on to Smyrna, modern day Izmir for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
May 18 Sat | Departure
Transfer to Izmir Airport for TK 2305 Izmir-Istanbul 05:00am/06:05am flight to Istanbul. Take the connection flight TK 3 07:25am/11:20am to New York. Arrive New York same day at 11:20am.
Mark R. Fairchild, Ph.D.
Included Tour Features
- International Air Fare between New York-Athens & Izmir-New York
- 6 Nights at 4 star hotels in Greece
- 7 Nights at 4 star hotels in Turkey
- Daily breakfast and dinner at hotels
- All transportation by private AC Bus
- English Speaking, Government Licensed, Bible Oriented guides in Turkey and Greece
- All Entry fees to the sites and museums
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary
- Service charges and lcoal taxes
- Tips to Tour Guide and driver
Deposit of $100.00 due at time of registration. Full payment due by February 13, 2013.
15-20 days prior to departure: You will receive all the travel documents, including airline tickets.
- 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