Early Churches with Paul & John
September 15 - 29, 2014 | Led by tour host Jeffery A.D. Weima
This fascinating tour led by Jeffery Weima focuses on the ancient churches connected with the New Testament’s two leading apostles: Paul and John.
Visit amazing sites where Paul traveled on all three of his missionary journeys. Learn in-depth information about Paul’s letters to the churches established on these journeys (Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon).
Also, explore the seven churches to whom the apostle John wrote, while exiled on the island of Patmos (Revelation 2-3). Learn why in his letter to the Pergamum church, John rebukes them for eating “food sacrificed to idols” (Revelation 2:14).
This engaging, specialized tour will bring the times and cultures of these noted apostles to life. Join us!
|Double Occupancy and Round-trip Airfare:||$4,950|
|Land Only Rate:||$3,990|
|Single room supplement:||$790|
Full Payment Due by June 13, 2014.
Sep 15 Mon | Depart from New York — Fly to Istanbul
Sep 16 Tue | Arrive Istanbul Airport
Your tour guide will meet you after the customs and baggage claim with a “BAS - TUTKU” sign. Meet and transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)
Sep 17 Wed | Istanbul
Full day tour in Istanbul. Visit the St Cho-ra Church, Hippodrome Square, St. Sophia Church, and the important Istanbul Archaeological Museum containing the Gezer Calender, the Titus Inscriptions, City Walls from Babylon, and other important items. Dinner at an outside Sea Food Restaurant in Kumkapi district. (B,D)
Sep 18 Thu | Istanbul Airport — Fly Adana — Antioch
Transfer to Istanbul Airport for morning flight to Adana. Meet and trans-fer to Antioch , the place where the followers of Jesus were first called Christians. Here you will visit the Church of St. Peter, a grotto discovered by the Crusaders and reputed to be the cave church where early Chris-tians met in secret. At the Mosaic Museum in Antioch you will see an unusually rich collection of mosaics from this area. Following your visit at the museum, you will go to the Seleucia Pieria, the ancient port town of Antioch from which Paul and Barnabas set out on their first journey and where Paul returned afterwards. Finally, you will check into the hotel in Antioch for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Sep 19 Fri | Antioch — Tarsus — Cappadocia
You will have an early departure from Antioch as you drive to Tarsus, the city where the Apostle Paul was born. You will visit the Church of St. Paul as well as the recently excavated remains of the Roman Tarsus in the town center. You will take a short walk to the site known as the Well of St. Paul . In the afternoon you will continue with a drive to Cappadocia, for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Sep 20 Sat | Cappadocia
You will have a full day of sightseeing in Cappadocia. You will visit Göreme where you will see remains of several hundred early churches, with rooms hollowed out of the cones of volcanic ash. Some of them are decorated with scratched frescoes depicting scenes from the Bible. You will drive through the Zelve valley on your way to Kaymaklı, an under-ground city which was an early Christian center that extended downward in the earth for at least eight floors and housed several thousand people in the eighth and ninth centuries. You’ll continue to Uçhisar, another of these early Christian communities, before returning to your hotel for din-ner and overnight. (B,D)
Sep 21 Sun | Cappadocia — Konya
You will have an early departure to drive to Iconium where Paul and Barnabas used the synagogue as their forum to address the local people. They angered the authorities there and were warned in time to escape being attacked. You will continue to Derbe where Paul visited twice. The Bible states that Paul and Barnabas spoke in Derbe and won many converts. You will then visit the area of ancient Lystra also twice visted by Paul. It was here Paul healed a lame man and later was raised after being battered with stones. Here also Paul met Timothy who later accompanied him on some of his travels. You will visit the Shrine of Mevlana before going to the hotel in Konya (ancient Iconium) for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Sep 22 Mon | Konya — Psidian Antioch — Antalya
You will depart and drive to Yalvac, ancient Antioch of Pisidia. Paul visited this town on his first missionary journey and it is here that he addressed the congregation in the synagogue on the Sabbath with his first recorded sermon. You will visit the excavations here and the Yalvac Museum. Then continue to Antalya with a very scenic drive through the lakes and the rocky mountains. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel in Antalya. (B,D)
Sep 23 Tue | Antalya
You will begin with a visit to Perga, an ancient city even when Paul visited there. He and Barnabas went through Perga on their way from and to Antioch on their first journey. You will visit the Perga Theater, the Agora Stadium, and the columned streets. You will also visit Aspendos, one of the best preserved theaters in the world. Afternoon visit to the Archaeological Museum and Old City. Dinner and overnight will be in the port city of Antalya. (B,D)
Sep 24 Wed | Antalya — Colossae — Pamukkale
You will drive to Collossae (Paul’s letters to the Colossians and Philemon) on the foothills of Mount Honaz. You will continue to Laodicea, one of the Seven Churches of Revelation, and Hierapolis where you will visit the monuments, thermal baths and the theater with its well preserved stage and Temple of Apollo. Dinner and overnight will be in Pamukkale. (B,D)
Sep 25 Thu | Philadelphia — Sardis — Izmir
You will travel to Philadelphia, now called Alasehir. We’ll see remains of a Byzantine basilica as well as some eleventh century frescoes. Phila-delphia and Smyrna were the only two churches among the Seven about which nothing bad was said by John. From there we’ll travel to Sardis, one of the most picturesque areas of any of the Seven Churches. You’ll see the remains of the Temple of Artemis as well as a small Byzantine church, and the largest synagogue discovered outside of Israel. Finally, you will proceed to Izmir (ancient Smyrna), one of the Seven Churches and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities of the world. You’ll check in to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Sep 26 Fri | Ephesus — Izmir
You will leave Izmir and drive to Ephesus, the first of the Seven Church-es, for a visit. You will see the amazing ruins of this great city: the theater, the library, the Temple of Hadrian and the newly excavated Roman Ter-race Houses. Dinner and overnight in Izmir. (B,D)
Sep 27 Sat | Pergamum — Alexander Troas — Canakkale
Today you will leave for Bergama which is the site of ancient Pergamos, one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. You will visit the acropolis there and see the impressive theater, the Temple of Athena, and other ru-ins of former civilizations. You will continue to Odun Iskelesi to visit the site and the port of Alexandria-Troas where Paul raised the boy, Eutychus. Paul visited this area at least twice. You will then go to Canakkale for din-ner and overnight. (B,D)
Sep 28 Sun | Canakkale — Ferry to Dardanelles — Istanbul
Cross the Dardanelles Strait by car ferry. Drive to the hotel in Istanbul for check-in. Tonight, we will have a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Sep 29 Mon | Transfer to Istanbul Airport for flight back to New York. End of our services.
Sep 16 - 18, 2014
Sep 18 - 19, 2014
Sep 19 - 21, 2014
Sep 21 - 22, 2014
Sep 22 - 24, 2014
Sep 24 - 25, 2014
Sep 25 - 27, 2014
Sep 27 - 28, 2014
Sep 28 - 29, 2014
INCLUDED TOUR FEATURES:
- International flights between New York — Istanbul
- Istanbul- Adana domestic flight
- 13 Nights at 4 star hotels in Turkey
- Daily breakfast and 13 dinners
- Transportation by private A/C bus throughout the tour
- English speaking, Bible-oriented, professional tour guides throughout the tour
- All Entry fees to the sites & museums
- Tips to the hotel and restaurant staff
- Tips to the tour guide and driver
- Service charges & local taxes
- Turkish Visa Fee ($20 per person for US citizens to be obtained upon arrival) Citizens of ALL other countries are responsible for checking their own countries’ visa regulations for travel.
- Drinks and lunches
- All personal expenses
- Travel Insurance: Travel insurance may be given as a separate package at an extra cost. Travel Insurance agreement is contract between the traveller and the Insurance Company (American Express).
- $200 per person. Deposit at the time of booking: Fully refundable until June 12, 2014.
- Full Payment: June 13, 2014
15-20 days prior to departure:
You will receive all the travel documents, including airline tickets.
Air Cancellation Policy: We are liable to the airlines’ standardcancellation rules.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance may be given as a separate pack-age at an extra cost. Travel Insurance agreement is contract between the traveller and the Insurance Company (American Express).
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.
- 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
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.
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