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After Israel, Turkey has more Biblical sites than any other land. This beautiful country is essential in understanding the context of the New Testament, as 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. Go on the adventure of a lifetime as you navigate the ancient bazaars, walk in the footsteps of Roman emperors and Ottoman sultans, visit key archaeological sites and experience for yourself the graciousness and hospitality of the Turkish people.
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Footsteps of Paul
Follow in the footsteps of Paul at these ancient sites throughout Turkey:
An incomparable journey amid the history, archaeology and culture of a sacred land
September 20, 2010 | Monday
Depart USA — overnight to Istanbul
September 21, 2010 | Tuesday
Welcome to one of the most captivating cities in the world! Your tour guide will meet you after the customs and baggage claim with a “BAS” sign to take you to your hotel for check-in. Following a short orientation of beautiful Istanbul, we will take a leisurely private boat tour along the Bosphorus, the legendary waterway that connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, and divides Istanbul into two continents: Asia and Europe. Once the capital of two of the world’s most important empires—the Byzantine and the Ottoman—Istanbul represents the best of both in its stunning monuments, architectural wonders and world class museums. Following the Bosphorus cruise we will return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)
September 22, 2010 | Wednesday
Today we explore the wonders of Istanbul. Beginning with the stunning, subterranean Basilica Cistern, we move on to the Golden Mile of the Egnatian Way, Hippodrome Square, and the breathtaking Blue Mosque as well as the magnificent, 1700-year-old Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, we will make our way to Istanbul’s Archaeological Museum—one of the most celebrated collections in the world. Among its treasures are the Siloam inscription, the Gezer calendar, and the stunning “Jerusalem mosaic” depicting Orpheus. After our visit to the museum you will have the opportunity to explore the wonders and sights if Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, a centuries-old covered market that is a delightful sensory experience. Dinner will give you the opportunity to sample the best of Turkish cuisine. (B,D)
September 23, 2010 | Thursday
Kaleiçi | Perga | Aspendus | Side | Antalya
Morning flight to Antalya. Our day begins here with a walking tour of the old city Kaleiçi, where we will see the harbor that Paul and Barnabas departed from, as well as Hadrian’s Gate, a beautifully preserved testament to Roman architecture. Entering through the beautiful Hellenistic gate of Perga, we’ll experience the city that Paul visited during his first journey. At Aspendus we will see the best-preserved Roman theater in Turkey, which is still used for musical and theatrical performances. We will next 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 24, 2010 | Friday
Phaselis | Myra | Andriake
Our morning begins with a breathtaking drive along the Mediterranean coast. Following a brief stop at Phaselis to see its three harbours, 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 in the fourth century A.D. After visiting Myra we will stop briefly at its harbour, Andriake, where Paul changed ships on his way to Rome. Dinner & overnight in Antalya. (B,D)
September 25, 2010 | Saturday
Eflatun Pinar | Psidian Antioch | Yalvac | Pamukkale
This morning we begin our day with a visit to Eflatun Pinar, the site of an ancient sacred spring. Continuing on to Yalvaç, we will visit Psidian Antioch, where it is believed Paul preached his first sermon of Acts. We will also have the opportunity to visit the imperial cult temple built by the Roman emperor Augustus, as well as an important church dedicated to St. Paul. We’ll experience the beauty of Pamukkale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its unique travertine cascades, which were formed over thousands of years by mineral-rich waters. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale. (B,D)
September 26, 2010 | Sunday
Hierapolis | Laodicea | Colossae
This morning begins with a visit to stunning Hierapolis, perched above the white cliffs of Pamukkale where thermal waters have made it an attraction to visitors for thousands of years. Featuring the largest known necropolis in Turkey, Hierapolis is also the site of the newly excavated martyrium of St. Phillip, who is believed to have been buried here after his execution at the end of the first century A.D. Paul mentions Hierapolis in his letter to the Colossians. Next we will move on to visit the recent excavations at ancient Laodicea. From here we will continue to the unexcavated site of Colossae in the Lycus valley. It is quite possible (and generally held) that Paul wrote two letters from this city—Colossians and Philemon. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale. (B,D)
September 27, 2010 | Monday
Aphrodisias | Magnesia
We begin our day with a visit to the beautifully preserved site of Aphrodisias, named for Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty. Recent archaeological excavations led by the New York University have unearthed numerous statues that are some of the finest existing examples of ancient art. During our exploration of this magnificent site, we’ll have the opportunity to visit the best-preserved stadium in Turkey, the temple of Aphrodite and the lovely museum, which features statues from the Sebasteion. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)
September 28, 2010 | Tuesday
Miletus | Didyma | Priene
A visit to Miletus this morning will include the well-preserved theater and bouleterion. It is here at Miletus that Paul delivered his speech to the Ephesian elders, near one of its four harbours. As we approach Didyma, we will see the remains of the Sacred Way that linked Miletus to this ancient oracle site. The site of Didyma includes the Temple to Apollo, considered to be the finest in the Aegean region. Continuing on to Priene, we will see the best preserved Hellenistic theater in Turkey and visit the newly excavated remains of a synagogue in the west residential district. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)
September 29, 2010 | Wednesday
Ephesus | Kusadasi
Our morning begins with a visit to the incomparable site of Ephesus, whose most famous feature—the ancient library—will rise majestically into view as we stroll down the monumental street. Located near the modern town of Selçuk, Ephesus is considered the best-preserved classical city of the eastern Mediterranean. Paul spent nearly three years here during his third journey. As we explore the site, we’ll see the Temple of Domitian, the Temple of Hadrian, and a magnificent theater that had a seating capacity of 24,000. Our visit includes a special visit to the ongoing excavations at the terrace houses, where the elite of Ephesian society resided. We will also visit the excellent local archaeological museum and the site of the temple of Artemis, the largest religious structure of the ancient world and one of the Seven Wonders. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)
September 30, 2010 | Thursday
Smyrna (modern Izmir) | Sardis
This morning we explore the ongoing excavations of the agora and acropolis of ancient Smyrna, nestled in the middle of the glittering seaside city of Izmir, Turkey’s third-largest city. We’ll continue on to ancient Sardis, the capital city of the powerful Lydian empire and location of one of the largest known synagogues from antiquity. Dinner and overnight in Izmir. (B,D)
October 1, 2010 | Friday
This morning we drive north to the stunning city of Pergamon, whose ancient acropolis is perched high on a hill above the modern town of Bergama, commanding sweeping views of the Aegean. The site boasts its famous ancient library, the Trajan imperial cult temple, the steepest and most dramatic theater in Turkey, as well as the foundation of the altar of Zeus. We will also see Pergamon’s Asclepion—an ancient cultic healing center that was renowned throughout the ancient world, and where the famous second-century physician Galen trained and practiced. Dinner and overnight in Izmir. (B,D)
October 2, 2010 | Saturday
Izmir Airport | Departure
Today we conclude our wonderful adventure in the land of legend and hospitality as we transfer to the Izmir Airport for our flight to Istanbul, from where we will depart for the U.S. (arriving the same day). (B)
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Payments: A deposit of $500 per person is required to secure your place on the program, along with signed application form. (Full deposit may be refunded only if Biblical Archaeology Society [BAS]/Tutku Tours withdraw the offer of the program.) Final payment is due to BAS no later than June 28, 2010. Thereafter, late fees may be issued by some land and air providers.
Cancellation & Refund Policy: All cancellations for any reason and at any time must be received in writing and will be subject to a $500 per person administrative fee. Cancellation between 90-61 days of departure will be subject to additional loss of some non-recoverable sums from independent providers of land and air services. No refund is available 60 days or less prior to departure. Air tickets once issued are non-refundable.
Itinerary length: 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 (April 2, 2011) is required of all tour members.
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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.
Transfers: You will be transferred with the group between arrival airport and hotel, transfer to and from airports on September 23 and to the departure airport. Non-group flight participants must handle their own ground arrangements.
Accommodations: Price is based on two persons in a room in four-star and five-star hotels. A supplemental room charge of US $600 will be applicable to individuals enrolling without a roommate. If you are interested in BAS assigning you a roommate, all attempts will be made to do so, but it is not guaranteed. All single rooms are subject to availability and are often smaller than normal twin rooms.
Meals: Breakfasts and dinners included.
Travel Program: Includes the services of an English speaking scholar/lecturer, local guides (where required), entrance fees and transportation to sites on deluxe coaches as listed in the program, lectures by other scholars. All entrances for activities scheduled on the tour, plus the guide services, are included throughout.
Luggage: Restricted in size and shape by your airline. You may contact them if you need the specific restrictions.
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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.
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