In the Footsteps of Paul in Turkey
September 21 - October 3, 2009
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Explore the culture, archaeology and stunning monuments of “the Other Holy Land” with the Biblical Archaeology Society and scholar/guide Mark Wilson. After Israel, Turkey has more Biblical sites than any other country. For this reason, Turkey is rightly called “the Other Holy Land.” Many people are unaware of Turkey’s unique role in the Bible because this strategic peninsula—bounded by the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Black Seas—is usually called Asia Minor or Anatolia. Turkey is especially important in understanding the background of the New Testament because approximately two-thirds of its books were written either to or from churches in Turkey. The three major apostles—Peter, Paul and John—either ministered or lived in Turkey.
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September 21, 2009 | Monday
Depart USA — overnight to Istanbul
September 22, 2009 | Tuesday
Your tour guide will meet you after the customs and baggage claim with a “BAS” sign. Meet and transfer to the hotel for check-in, followed by a short orientation tour of the city. Afterwards we will take a leisurely private boat tour along the Bosporus, a waterway famous not only for its fisheries but also for its busy ship traffic between the Black Sea and the Marmara-Aegean Seas to the Mediterranean. From the boat you will see why Istanbul has always been a cultural bridge between the east and west. It is the only city in the world that sits astride two continents—Asia and Europe. Istanbul has been the capital of two world empires—the Byzantine and Ottoman, and you will see wonderful examples of the art and architecture representing these civilizations. This intertwining of ancient and modern produces a city that provides multiple reasons to attract travelers. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)
September 23, 2009 | Wednesday
Byzantium | Constantinople | Istanbul | Evening Flight to Konya
We will enjoy a full day tour in Istanbul, visiting the Covered Cistern (Yerebatan Saray), the Golden Mile of the Egnatian Way, Hippodrome Square, the architectural wonders of the Blue (Sultanahmet) Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, which is a world heritage site, and the Archaeological Museum, where we will see the Siloam Inscription, the Gezer Calendar, and a large mosaic from Jerusalem. Later we will give you the opportunity to shop at the Egyptian Spice Market. An early dinner will give you the opportunity to sample the best of Turkish cuisine. Transfer to Istanbul Airport for evening flight to Konya; transfer to the hotel for overnight. (B,D)
September 24, 2009 | Thursday
Iconium | Lystra | Konya
Konya is located on the southern edge of the central Anatolian plateau. Paul visited Iconium on his three journeys through Asia Minor. An interesting Sufi order of the Sunni Islamic faith originated in 1273 through its founder Mevlevi, who is buried in Konya. His tomb has become a place of pilgrimage. The initiates of this order are called dervishes, and part of the dervishes’ religious practice is an extended whirling, spinning ritual accompanied by music. We will visit Iconium’s acropolis (Alaattin Tepesi), the archaeological museum with its important inscriptions related to Iconium and Lystra, Sadettin Han, a caravanserai built from a church, and then drive to Hatunsaray to visit the ancient city of Lystra, the home of Timothy, the disciple of Paul. Return to Konya for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
September 25, 2009 | Friday
Eflatun Pinar | Pisidian Antioch | Antalya
We will follow the ancient Via Sebaste westward, including a stop for a brief visit at the Hittite water shrine called Eflatun Pinar. Then we will continue to Yalvaç to visit Pisidian Antioch and its museum. Paul preached his first sermon in Acts here. We will see the important imperial cult temple built by Augustus as well as an important church dedicated to Paul in Asia Minor. Later we will take a beautiful drive south through the Taurus Mountains to Antalya. This city is one of the most famous resort towns of Turkey and is often referred to as the Turkish Riviera. Much of the shoreline is rocky, but the water is clean and inviting. Antalya was founded by the Pergamene king Attalus II in 158 BCE. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Antalya. (B,D)
September 26, 2009 | Saturday
Antalya | Perga | Aspendus | Side | Antalya
First there is a morning walking tour of the ancient city of Attalia—Kaleiçi—where we will see the harbor that Paul and Barnabas departed from, as well as Hadrian’s Gate. Then we will walk through the Hellenistic gate of Perga, the city visited by Paul on his first journey. At Aspendus we will see the bestpreserved Roman theater in Turkey, which is still used for musical and theatrical performances. We will then drive to Side to see the monumental temples to Athena and Apollo. Return to Antalya for dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,D)
September 27, 2009 | Sunday
Phaselis | Myra | Andriake | Patara | Kalkan
In the morning we have a beautiful drive along the Mediterranean coast. First we will make a brief stop at Phaselis to see its three harbors. Next we will visit Myra, with its lovely Roman theater and Lycian tombs. Today, Myra is best known as the city of St. Nicholas, where he served as bishop. After visiting Myra we will stop briefly at its harbor Andriake. Here Paul changed ships on his way to Rome. We will continue to Patara, where we will see a Roman theatre and the lighthouse recently discovered in the sand dunes by archaeologists. It is this lighthouse that probably guided Paul’s ship into the harbor. Dinner and overnight in Kalkan. (B,D)
September 28, 2009 | Monday
Aphrodisias | Colossae | Pamukkale
Drive to Aphrodisias, where archaeological excavations led by New York University have unearthed numerous fine marble statues.We will see the best-preserved stadium in Turkey, as well as the temple of Aphrodite. We will also visit the newly opened museum that features statues from the Sebasteion. Then we will drive to Colossae in the Lycus valley to see the location of the unexcavated site. Paul wrote two letters to this city— Colossians and Philemon. Later we will drive to Pamukkale, famous for its unique travertine cascades formed over thousands of years by deposition from mineral-rich thermal waters. Today it is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale. (B,D)
September 29, 2009 | Tuesday
Hierapolis | Laodicea | Sardis | Izmir
First we will visit Hierapolis, which features the largest necropolis in Turkey. Near the city’s theater we will also see the newly excavated martyrium of Philip. Paul mentions Hierapolis in his letter to the Colossians. Next we will visit the new excavations at Laodicea, one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. In the afternoon we will drive to Sardis, passing through ancient Philadelphia. Sardis—ancient Sepharad—was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia and another of the Seven Churches. Sardis was an important city in the Persian, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine empires. At Sardis we will see the best preserved temple of Artemis in Turkey and also the largest synagogue from antiquity. We will continue to Izmir, ancient Smyrna. Izmir, situated beautifully at the head of the Gulf of Izmir on the Aegean Sea, is noted as the home of Homer. Dinner and overnight in Izmir. (B,D)
September 30, 2009 | Wednesday
Pergamum | Smyrna | Izmir
Drive north to Bergama to visit the acropolis of Pergamum, one of the Seven Churches, which is set on a hill high above the modern town of Bergama. On the site are its famous ancient library, the Trajan imperial cult temple, the steepest theater in Turkey, and the foundation of the altar of Zeus. We will also see the healing center at the Asclepium. The famous doctor Galen lived and practiced at the Asclepium for many years. After our return to Izmir we will visit the ongoing excavations at the Smyrna agora and the ancient acropolis. Dinner and overnight in Izmir. (B,D)
October 1, 2009 | Thursday
Ephesus | Kusadasi
In the morning we will visit the ancient site of Ephesus. Located near the modern town of Selšuk, Ephesus is considered to be the bestpreserved classical city of the eastern Mediterranean. Paul spent nearly three years in the city during his third journey. At Ephesus we will see the Temple of Domitian, the Temple of Hadrian, Celsus Library, and a theater that can hold 24,000 people. We will also tour the ongoing excavations at the terrace houses, where the rich and famous of Ephesus lived. We will also visit the excellent local archaeological museum, and the site of the Temple of Artemis, the largest religious structure in the ancient world. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)
October 2, 2009 | Friday
Miletus | Didyma | Priene | Izmir
First we will drive to Miletus to see the well preserved theater and bouleterion. At Miletus Paul delivered his speech to the Ephesian elders near one of its four harbors. As we approach Didyma, we will see the remains of the Sacred Way that linked Miletus to this ancient oracle site. The temple to Apollo at Didyma is the finest temple in the Aegean region. At Priene we will see the best-preserved Hellenistic theater in Turkey. We will also view the remains of a synagogue in the west residential district. Return to Izmir for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
October 3, 2009 | Saturday
Izmir Airport | Departure
Transfer to Izmir Airport for flight back to USA. Arrive back same day late afternoon. (B)
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